KOCHI - MUNNAR - KODAIKANAL - PERIYAR - ALAPPUZHA - MARARIKULAM -KOCHI.
This is a 13 days easy trip to Kerala backwaters and is one of the best Kerala tour packages for honeymooners. the Indian tour operator Services International Ltd offers you the best of Kerala tour & travel packages. Come and enjoy your holiday trip to Kerala. In this tour you are covering history, culture, nature and visiting monuments, temples, hill stations, wildlife, beaches and much more.
Day 01 : - Arrive Kochi.
On your arrival Kochi, you will be transferred to your hotel. 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 02 :- 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 03 :- Kochi 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 04 :- Munnar to Kodaikanal by road.
This morning you will drive from Munnar to Kodaikanal. Rest of the day is at leisure. Kodaikanal meaning "The Gift of the Forest" is known as "Princess of Hill stations". Kodaikanal is famous for its meadows, grasslands, waterfalls and gardens. Pear, cypress, eucalyptus and acacia trees are plentiful. Kodaikanal has many religious places like Church of South India, St. Peters Church, La Salette, Lutheran Mission, Union Church, Durgai Amman Kovil, Kurinji Andavar Kovil, etc. Overnight is in Kodaikanal.
Day 05 :- Kodaikanal.
You have a full day at leisure for exploring this beautiful hill station Kodaikanal. Bryant Park has a large species of trees, shrubs and hundreds of varieties of roses. Green Valley View offers you a beautiful view of the plains. Dolphin's Nose is a flat rock projecting over a 2000 meter chasm. Silver Cascade is a waterfall formed from the outflow of Kodaikanal Lake. Bear Shola Falls is a waterfall where you need to climb a bit. Pillar Rocks are three giant rock pillars which stand 122 meters high. Overnight is in Kodaikanal.
Day 06 :- Kodaikanal to Periyar National Park by road.
Today morning you will drive to Periyar animal sanctuary which is also known as Thekkady. Your evening is free for game viewing. 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 07 :- Periyar National Park.
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. Periyar National Park is famous for its dense deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. 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 Chellar Kovil, etc. Overnight is in Periyar.
Day 08 :- Periyar 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. Overnight is in Alleppey.
Day 09 :- Alappuzha.
You have a full day at leisure in Alappuzha. 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 :- Alappuzha to Mararikulam by road.
This morning you will drive from Alappuzha to Mararikulam. Your evening is free for relaxing at the beach. Mararikulam a beach village is known for its very beautiful beach known as Marari Beach or Mararikulam beach. It is one of the most beautiful beach destinations in India and was rated as one of the world’s top five hammock beach by National Geographic survey. Mararikulam the sleepy little village is about 11 kms from Alappuzha and is an idyllic location for a vacation. Overnight is in Mararikulam.
Day 11 :- Mararikulam.
Your full day is free to relax at the beach. Optionally you could visit nearby places. Cherthala is about 12 kms from the Mararikulam village and has many religious places. The Karthyayani Devi temple complex also has temples of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Lord Ayyappa and Kshethrapalakan. In the Muttathu Thirumala Devaswam temple, the deities are Saligrama and Sree Venkatachalapathy Moorthy with Bhoo Devi and Sree Devi. Goddess Mutharamma and Annapoorneswary are the deities in the Sree Mutharamman Kovil temple. Overnight is in Mararikulam.
Day 12 :- Mararikulam.
You have one more day free to relax at the beach. Optionally you could visit the nearby places of Mararikulam. Saint Augustine Church is one of the oldest Latin Catholic churches and is located near Aroor. The St. Andrues Basilica is located at Arthunkal. There is a Devi Temple and Christian church at Thycattusserry. Kandamangalam Rajarajeshwari Temple is located at Kadakkarappally. The Kandakarana temple and Vyathara Trimurthi temple dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma temple is located in Andhakaranazhy. Overnight is in Mararikulam.
Day 13 :- Departure
This morning you will drive to Kochi airport for your connecting flight. END OF OUR LUXURY KERALA LEISURE TOUR.