BANGALORE - HASSAN - BELUR - HALEBID - KOZHIKODE - THRISSUR - KOCHI - PERIYAR - ALAPPUZHA - VARKALA - KOVALAM - KANYAKUMARI - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM TOUR
The 16 days itinerary although touches Karnataka and Tamilnadu it is more of a Kerala backwaters holiday package. The highlight of the program is Kerala's backwater cruise package. Services International Ltd the luxury India based tour operator offers you the best South India luxury vacation tours and Kerala houseboat packages. In this luxury South India tour, you are covering beaches, backwaters, houseboats & wildlife. This is a complete luxury Kerala tour for the first timers to India and also a good deluxe tour for elders and families.
Day 01 : - Arrive Bangalore and drive to Hassan.
On your arrival in Bangalore, you will be transferred directly by road to Hassan, a city in Karnataka. Karnataka has one of the highest numbers of nationally protected monuments in India and is one of the most visited states of India. Some of the important places in Karnataka are Bangalore, Mysore, Sravanbelgola, Hampi, Badami, Bijapur, etc. The important festivals celebrated here are Dussehra, Ugadi, Makara Sankranti, Nagapanchami, Deepavali and Ramzan. Overnight is in Hassan.
Day 02 :- Hassan Belur Halebid Hassan.
Today, you have a full day tour of Belur & Halebid. Belur was the capital of Hoysala Empire and has one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture - the Chennakesava Vishnu Temple which was built by king Vishnuvardhana in celebration of his victory over the Cholas in the 12th century. It took 103 years to complete the temple and sculptures include elephants, lions, horses, stories from the Indian legends and dancers.
Halebid or Halibeedu meaning the Old City was also known as Dwarasamudra and was the capital of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century. The walls of the temple are covered with depictions of Hindu mythology, animals, birds and dancing damsels. The sculptures of the temple are different from each other and there is a museum in the complex. After the visit of Belur and Halebid, return to Hassan. Overnight is in Hassan.
Day 03 :- Drive Hassan to Kozhikode.
Today you will be transferred by road from Hassan to Kozhikode. Kozhikode earlier known as Calicut means "fortified palace" and was called the "City of Spices" as it was a major trading point for spices like black pepper, cardamom, etc. Calicut was a famous cotton-weaving center and gave its name to the Calico cloth. In 1948 the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed arrived in Calicut and opened a trade route between Europe and India.
You have time to visit Kozhikode known for its historic temples and churches. Your tour of Kozhikode will take you to Kappad where Vasco da Gama set foot in India, Pazhassirajah Museum, with paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Dolphin's Point and the Science Planetarium. The other places of interest are The Kozhikode Beach known for its charm and natural beauty has two crumbling 100 year piers, a lighthouse and Marine Water Aquarium and Lions Park. Overnight is in Kozhikode.
Day 04 :- Drive Kozhikode to Thrissur.
This morning you will drive to Thrissur earlier known as Trichur. The name Thrissur is derived from Thrishivaperur meaning "the place of three Shiva Temples". Thrissur once the capital of the Kingdom of Cochin hosts in April or May the Pooram festival a colorful and spectacular festival. This city hosts Juma Masjid, the country’s first mosque in AD 629. Thrissur is a paradise for buying silk and gold jewelers.
Thrissur has a number of religious places like Vadakkumnathan temple, Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple, Our Lady of Lourdes Syro-Malabar Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral, Our Lady of Dolores Syro-Malabar Catholic Basilica, etc. The colorful Thrissur Pooram festival is held here. This city is the Cultural Capital of Kerala and is the centre for the Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy, Kerala Lalithakala
Academy and Kerala Sahitya Academy. Overnight is in Thrissur.
Day 05 :- Drive Thrissur to Kochi.
Today morning you will drive from Thrissur to Kochi earlier known as Kochi. Kochi earlier known as Cochin is referred as the Queen of Arabian Sea. Kochi has remained the popular centre in across the world for the trade of spices for number of centuries. The name of the city comes from Malayalam term “Kochazhi” that actually means small lagoon. Kochi was put on the world map by Vasco-de-Gama. The Arabs, Portuguese, British, Dutch, all have left their impression on the history of Kochi. Overnight is in Kochi.
Day 06 :-Kochi.
During the morning city tour of Kochi, you will be taken to some of the renowned spots of Kochi that will include the Portuguese churches, mosques and temples along with a Jewish synagogue. You will be taken to watch the Chinese style fishing nets. It holds around 10m of height and consists of cantilever along with an outstretched net that is suspended in the sea and one huge stone suspended on other end with ropes for the counterweights. You have a free time in the afternoon. Overnight is in Kochi.
Day 07 :- Drive Kochi to Periyar.
In the morning, you are transferred from Kochi to Periyar National Park also called Thekkady. Periyar is famous as an Elephant and Tiger Reserve and shelters various animals like Bengal Tiger, Indian elephant, wild boar, sambar, tiger, leopard, wild dog, langur, monkeys, etc. It has an abundance of birds and plants. The Park is surrounded by various plantation regions for coffee, tea, etc. and a visit to these plantations is a worth. You have free time for selecting any of the above activities. Overnight is in Periyar.
Day 08 :- Periyar.
You have a free day in Periyar to watch animals, or go for a soft trek, take a boat on Lake Periyar or visit the local bazaars. This park is the home to a large number of animals and birds. A boat ride to watch the herds of elephants and other animals in the lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River is worth every moment. The nearby places of interest are Murikkady with spices & coffee plantations, Chellar Kovil with its picturesque waterfalls, etc. Overnight is in Periyar.
Day 09 :- Drive Periyar to Alappuzha.
This morning you will be transferred from Periyar to Alappuzha which was earlier known as Alleppey or Venice of the East. The city is crisscrossed with canals and offers you backwaters, beaches, and lagoons. A cruise in the backwaters is an unforgettable experience. Kuttanad with continuous paddy fields and lush green coconut palms is known as the rice bowl of Kerala. This is one of the few places in the world where rice is cultivated below sea level.
Your afternoon is at leisure to this beautiful city. The Kerala backwaters are a network of large lakes linked by canals and fed by rivers. The backwaters are formed because of the waves and shore currents creating low barrier islands. Here you will embark a houseboat known as kettuvallam. Thatched roof covers provide protection from the sun and rain. The boats are like floating cottages with a sleeping area, toilets, dining area and a sit out on the deck. The food is cooked on board by staff. Overnight is on board the houseboat.
Day 10 :- Drive Alleppey t0 Varkala.
This morning you will drive to Varkala. You will have the rest of the time at leisure. One of the myths about the origin of Varkala is that a Pandyan king who had sinned was ordered by Lord Brahma to construct a temple a temple here to absolve himself of his sins. Varkala has cliffs adjacent to the Arabian Sea with a number of water spouts. The Varkala Beach also known as Papanasam beach is a beautiful place for sun-bathing and swimming and has a lot of Ayurvedic treatment centers nearby. Overnight is in Varkala.
Day 11 :- Varkala
You will have a full day at leisure in Varkala. Varkala is a calm and quiet hamlet and the beach is a quiet sea resort rich in mineral water springs. Varkala is known as Dakshin Kashi - Benares of the South due to its 2000 year old Janardana Swami Vishnu Temple. The mausoleum of Sree Narayana Guru who established the Sivagiri Mutt has a huge number of devotees visiting here. He taught about 'One Caste, One Religion and One God'. The Anjengo Fort was selected by the British in 1684 as their first business settlement. Overnight is in Varkala.
Day 12 :- Drive Varkala to Kovalam.
This morning you will drive from Varkala to the beautiful beaches of Kovalam. Your rest of the day is at leisure for relaxing at the beaches. Kovalam meaning a grove of coconut trees is a town at the Arabian Sea and is a paradise of the south. Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore had built the Halcyon Castle here in the 1920s. Kovalam has a lot of salons for Ayurvedic treatments for all. Kovalam has many beach resorts offering Ayurvedic treatment for recuperation and regeneration. Overnight is in Kovalam.
Day 13 :- Kovalam.
You will have a full day free at Kovalam Beach for relaxation. Kovalam is an important city in Kerala's honeymoon tours packages. The Lighthouse Beach derives its name from the Vizhinjam Lighthouse located on a rocky promontory. Eve’s Beach also known as Hawa Beach offers calm blue waters. Vizhinjam sea port is only 3 km away and known for its temples, churches and a mosque. It offers a huge variety of fish. You could enjoy an Ayurvedic oil massages and oil bath given by experts. Overnight is in Kovalam.
Day 14 :- Drive Kovalam to Kanyakumari.
Today you will drive to Kanyakumari also known as Cape Comorin is the southernmost tip of India where the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet. The legend goes that Kanya Devi an incarnation of Parvati was to marry Siva. As Siva failed to show up at the wedding, rice and other grains meant for the feast remained uncooked. The uncooked grain turned into stones and it is believed that the stones on the shore look like un-cooked rice.
Kanya Kumari is a holy place for Hindus with two of the 51 Shakti Peethas Bhagavathy temple and Shuchindram present here. You will take a ferry to reach the Vivekananda Rock Memorial with a 133 feet tall statue of Tamil saint–poet Thiruvalluvar. Swami Vivekananda had meditated here for three days. Gandhi Memorial was built where the urn with Gandhi's ashes was kept for public viewing before immersion. Kanya Kumari is known for its spectacular sunrise and sunset. Overnight is in Kanyakumari.
Day 15 :- Drive Kanyakumari to Thiruvananthapuram.
This morning you will be transferred from Kanyakumari to Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum. Thiruvananthapuram earlier known as Trivandrum means the "City of Lord Ananta". The name comes from the deity of Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple. The city shot into fame globally recently as when some of the vaults of the temple were opened, a treasure worth billions was discovered making it one of the richest temples of this world. A few more vaults still are to be opened. You have to adhere to a dress code for entering the temple.
The tour of Thiruvananthapuram will take you to Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Napier Museum. Napier Museum an art and natural history museum and is closed on Mondays, Wednesday afternoons and on public holidays. The rulers of Travancore took a lot of interest in art and culture. Paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Nicholas Roerich and other painters are at the Sree Chithra Art Gallery. The museum has a good collection of bronze idols, old ornaments, etc. and also a temple chariot. Overnight is in Thiruvananthapuram.
Day 16 :- Departure.
This morning you will be transferred to airport for your connecting flight.
END OF YOUR LUXURY SOUTH INDIA VACATION PACKAGE.