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Houseboat in Kerala

Houseboat Cruise on Backwaters

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IN42: 7 Days Chennai - Madurai - Periyar - Alleppey - Kochi

Tour Type: Private tailor-made tour, experienced guide and driver
Accommodation: 4-star well selected hotels, also be open to your own choice

  • Kerala backwaters cruise: sail by houseboat through the tranquil canals and lagoons.
  • Drift on Periyar Lake and spot wildlife in the lakeside reserve.
  • Marvel at the architectural extravaganza of Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram.
  • Great view of sea and inlets from eastern port Chennai to western harbor Kochi.

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Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Arrival in Chennai; airport pick-up
Arrival Note: Welcome to Chennai! Claim your luggage and walk out of the customs where you will be met by our representative who will escort you to the hotel in a comfortable private car. After settling in, you can make your own arrangements for the rest of the day. You can wander around and familiarize yourself with Chennai, which is a perfect place to relax and also an ideal place for honeymoon trip.

Accommodation: Accord Metropolitan, Chennai (4 stars)
Day 2: Excursions to Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram
Sightseeing Activities: In the morning, we will first drive 2 hours to Kanchipuram, which is famous for thousands of ancient temples, among which the oldest dates back to the 7th century. Our guide will take you to visit the most famous Ekambaswara Temple and Kailasanatha Temple. Next, we will continue to drive 2 hours to Mahabalipuram, where we will see three UNESCO World Heritage sites: the 7th-century Shore Temple built of granite, the Arjuna’s Penance with vivid bas-reliefs, and the Five Rathas, a 7th-century carved temple complex. Finally, we will return to Chennai for the night.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Accord Metropolitan, Chennai (4 stars)
  • Shore Temple
    Shore Temple
Day 3: Fly to Madurai & sightseeing
Fly from Chennai to Madurai: In the morning, our driver will transfer you to the Chennai Airport for a flight to Madurai. After 1.5 hours’ flight, you will arrive and our local representative will greet you at the airport and then escort you to the hotel in downtown for check-in.

Afternoon Sightseeing in Madurai: After a break at the hotel, our guide will lead you to visit the exquisite Thirumalai Nayak Palace, and then the Meenakshi Temple, one of the largest temples in India with a history of more than 2,000 years.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Fortune Pandiyan, Madurai (4 stars)
Day 4: Drive to Periyar and cruise the Periyar Lake
Sightseeing Activities: Today we will drive more than 3 hours to Periyar, known for the Periyar Tiger Reserve, a wildlife sanctuary with many endangered animals. Upon arrival, you will have an enjoyable cruise on the Periyar Lake, located in the heart of the reserve. You could see some wildlife such as deer, wild boar and birds and enjoy the picturesque scenery.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Elephant Court, Periyar (4 stars)
Day 5: Drive to Alleppey; houseboat cruise
Road Trip from Periyar to Alleppey (155 km; 4 hours): In the morning, our guide and the driver will escort you to Alleppey, which is officially known as Alappuzha and honored as ‘Venice of the East’ because of its beautiful backwaters.

Special Experience: Houseboat Cruise on Kerala’s Backwaters
Upon arrival, our guide will help you board the houseboat for check-in. Then there would be the highlight of your Kerala boat house package - a cruise on the backwaters. The stunning scenery, exotic lifestyle and authentic Kerala cuisine served on board will be unforgettable for the rest of your life. Tonight, you’ll be staying on the houseboat.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Lakes & Lagoon, Alleppey (Houseboat)
  • Houseboat in South India
    Houseboat in Alleppey
Day 6: Drive to Kochi & city sightseeing
Morning Transfer to Kochi (63 km; 1.5 hours): In the morning, the houseboat will sail back to the dock and then our guide will pick you up for a private car transfer to Kochi, earlier known as Cochin. Upon arrival, the guide will assist you to check in at the hotel and leave you with a break before your guided Kochi tour.

Sightseeing in Kochi: The first stop in Kochi will be the Jew Town, which is popular for its blend of architectural styles from many Eurasian countries. Next, we’ll visit the Dutch Palace to admire the exquisite Kerala murals, the oldest European church in Kochi, St. Francis Church, built in the 16th century, as well as the Jewish Synagogue known for its long history and interesting antiques. Finally, we will go to the Kochi Harbor, where you will marvel at the giant and photogenic Chinese Fishing Nets suspended from tall bamboo poles along the coast.

► Tip: In the evening, you can, at your own expense, enjoy Kathakali, Kerala’s representative dance performance dating back to the 17th century. Please inform our guide in advance so that he or she can book tickets and arrange seats for you.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Radisson Blu, Kochi (4 stars)
  • Jewish Synagogue
    Jewish Synagogue
  • Chinese Fishing Nets
    Chinese Fishing Nets at Kochi Harbor
Day 7: Departure from Kochi; airport see-off
Departure Note: After breakfast at the hotel, our guide and the driver will escort you to the Kochi Airport for your flight home. We hope you would enjoy this memorable Kerala tour. We assure you of a warm welcome if you return for another trip of Kerala or book an extension trip with us to other destinations!

Meals: Breakfast
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Tour Prices
Month2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Jan - Mar, Oct - Dec$1239$1089
Apr - Sep$1139$959
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
What's Included
  • Meeting and assistance on arrival/departure by our representative.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast except in Alleppey (Houseboat) where stay will be on full board basis.
  • 2 bottles of drinking water per person per day.
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Regular shared boat ride on Lake Periyar.
  • Monument Entrance fee as per itinerary.
  • English-speaking guides for tours mentioned in the itinerary (No guide in Alleppey & Periyar).
  • All presently applicable taxes.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into Chennai and out of Kochi.
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses (insurance, drinks, camera fee etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • India Visa Fee.
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