THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - KANYA KUMARI - KOVALAM - ALAPPUZHA - KUMARAKOM - PERIYAR - MUNNAR - KOCHI TOUR.
This 13 days luxury backwaters tour package of Kerala also takes you to some places in Tamilnadu. You are covering temples, beaches and wildlife in this luxury Kerala holiday package. Your favored travel agency Services International Ltd offers you the best luxury houseboats in Kerala and specializes in Kerala cultural tours.
Day 01 : - Arrive 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. Overnight is in Thiruvananthapuram.
Day 02 :- Thiruvananthapuram.
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, and also a temple chariot. Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight is in Thiruvananthapuram.
Day 03 :- Thiruvananthapuram to Kanya Kumari to Thiruvananthapuram by road.
Today you will visit Kanyakumari which is at 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 Thiruvananthapuram.
Day 04 :- Thiruvananthapuram to Kovalam by road.
This morning you will drive 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 05 :-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 06 :- Kovalam to Alappuzha by road.
This morning you will be transferred 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.
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 07 :- Alleppey to Kumarakom (Kottayam) by road.
In the morning on your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kumarakom. Kumarakom is on the shores of the freshwater Vembanad Lake and has a large variety of flora and fauna. Arundhati Roy's novel "The God of Small Things" which won the Booker Prize is set in Ayemenem village, near Kumarakom. Fruit like banana, mango, jackfruit pineapple, etc. grow here in abundance and the place is a lush green covered with paddy fields and coconut groves. Overnight is in Kumarakom.
Day 08 :- Kumarakom to Periyar by road.
Today morning you will drive to Periyar animal sanctuary which is also known as 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 09 :-Periyar to Munnar by road.
Today you will be transferred by road to Munnar. Munnar means three rivers and gets its name from the Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers. Munnar situated on the Kannan Devan Hills is a beautiful hill station and was the summer resort of the British. Munnar is a popular honeymoon destination in Kerala and viewing the vast tea plantations in this area is a pleasure for the eyes. Anamudi, the highest peak in South India is here. Munnar is surrounded by different wild life sanctuaries. Overnight is in Munnar.
Day 10 :- Munnar
You have an entire day free in Munnar. Or, optionally you could visit the nearby areas of Munnar. Atukkad Waterfalls is a beautiful waterfall set amidst hills and jungles. Chithirapuram is known for its tea plantations. Floriculture Centre is a garden with different species of flower and herbal plants. Take a short elephant ride at the Elephant Arrival Spot. Top Station gives you spectacular views of the Western Ghats. At the Tata Tea Museum, you will be taken around to know how the tea is processed. Overnight is in Munnar.
Day 11 :- Munnar to Kochi by road.
Today morning you will drive to Kochi earlier known as Cochin. 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 12 :- 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 13 :- Kochi.
You have a free day in Kochi. Check-out from the hotel is 1200 hrs. Later you will be transferred to the airport for your return/onwards flight.
Day 14 :- Departure.
END OF YOUR LUXURY KERALA BACKWATERS TOUR.