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IN25: 10 Days Kochi - Munnar - Periyar - Alleppey - Kovalam - Trivandrum

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

  • Proceed along India’s western coast from Kochi to Trivandrum.
  • Rich south India holiday, combining sunny beaches with cool hill stations.
  • Escape fast paced life with an overnight houseboat cruise along Kerala backwaters.
  • Exciting boat trip on the Periyar Lake to discover the wildlife along the shore.

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Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Arrive in Kochi (Cochin), India
Arrival Note: Welcome to Kochi (Cochin), a major port city and metropolitan area in Kerala State! On your arrival at the airport, our representative will greet you and transfer you to the hotel in our comfortable private car. Our driver will help you with the check-in procedure. Once settled in, you will enjoy some free time to explore and familiarize yourself with the city. You can relax at the hotel’s rooftop outdoor pool or go out for a walk.

Accommodation: Radisson Blu, Kochi (4 stars)
Day 2: Kochi highlights with Mattancherry Palace
Sightseeing Activities: The first stop of our Kerala holiday package will be the Jew Town, an ancient market area comprising narrow alleys rich in colonial styled structures. You could enjoy various architectural styles, exotic spices and antiques. Next, we will get into the Mattancherry Palace, a Portuguese palace built in 1555 and home to many delicate frescoes depicting Hindu legends. Then our guide will lead you to see the 16th-century St Francis Church, a simply decorated European church believed to be the oldest in India, as well as the Jewish Synagogue, the oldest surviving synagogue in the world, dating back to 1567. Finally, we will go the Kochi Harbor to see the ancient Chinese Fishing Nets, which were brought as gifts by a Chinese diplomat during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

► Tip: In the evening, if you are interested, the guide can take you to an optional performance called Kathakali, a traditional dance performance of Kerala with a history of over 400 years, at your own expense.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Radisson Blu, Kochi (4 stars)
  • Chinese Fishing Nets
    Chinese Fishing Nets
Day 3: Drive to Munnar and visit Athirappilly Water Falls on the way
In the morning, we will begin our road trip to Munnar by private car. During the 3.5 hours’ drive, you can enjoy the beautiful rural scenery of south India. We will visit the Athirappilly Water Falls on the way. At 24 meters (80 feet) high, the Athirappilly Water Falls is the largest waterfall in Kerala and features stunning landscapes. Feeling the roar of the rapids and admiring the boundless green, you will indulge in the beauty of nature. With a refreshed mood, we will then proceed to Munnar, and check into a nice hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Devonshire Green, Munnar (4 stars)
Day 4: Relax in the natural beauty of Munnar
Sightseeing Activities: Our guide will take you to visit the highlights in Munnar. After breakfast, we will start with the Eravikulam National Park, the first national park in Munnar. It is a vast habitat for hundreds of species of birds and butterflies, and a sanctuary for the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Coming out of the park, we will visit the Tea Museum showing the history and development of the tea production in Munnar. Next, we will drive to the Top Station for a picturesque panorama comprising of vibrant forests and hills. On the way, we will stop by the Echo Point known for the natural echo phenomenon. Our last destination today will be the hill town Mattupetty, where you can relax and enjoy the emerald lakes, lush vegetation and fresh air.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Devonshire Green, Munnar (4 stars)
Day 5: Road Trip from Munnar to Periyar; Periyar Lake cruise
Morning Drive to Periyar (86 km; 2.5 hours): After breakfast, we will continue to the next destination - Periyar. After a comfortable ride, we will check into the hotel in Periyar. Then you can spend some time visiting a spice plantation, full of various local spices you may never have seen before.

Special Experiences:
1. Boating through Periyar Tiger Reserve: In the afternoon, our guide will escort you to the Periyar Lake for an enjoyable 1-hour cruise. The tranquil lake is located in the Periyar Tiger Reserve, a sanctuary for tigers and elephants, as well as boars, deer, monkeys and birds. During the cruise, you can not only appreciate the stunning landscape, but also catch a glimpse of free-living wildlife.
2. Watch Performance at Night (optional): If you are interested, we can book you a seat to see Kalaripayattu (pay on site), a North Indian martial art that originated in the third century.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: The Elephant Court, Periyar (4 stars)
  • Take a boat on Periyar Lake
    Periyar Lake
Day 6: Road Trip from Periyar to Alleppey; backwaters cruise
Morning Drive to Alleppey (135 km; 4 hours): After breakfast, we will take our private car for a road trip to Alleppey, officially known as Alappuzha, popular for the Kerala Backwaters, and also known as ‘Venice of the East’. 

Travel Different – Houseboat Overnight Tour: Upon arrival, you will be escorted to a houseboat and start a cruise on the backwaters. Floating on the green water and watching the coconut trees glide by, you will be fascinated by the scenery and observe the local lifestyle of the small villages on the shore. For lunch and dinner, the chef on board will serve you delicious Kerala dishes. At sunset, your houseboat will dock and you will spend the night on the houseboat, which will be an experience of a lifetime.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Lakes & Lagoon, Alleppey (Houseboat)
  • Houseboat in South India
    Houseboat in Alleppey
Day 7: Travel further south from Alleppey to Kovalam
Morning Drive to Kovalam (158 km; 4.5 hours): Today, we will head to Kovalam, a famous beach town and one of the most popular resorts in south India. On arrival, our guide will help you check into the hotel, and then you can enjoy the rest of day on your own.

Free Time on the Beach: The hotel we have chosen for you faces the sea and is close to the beautiful Ashok Beach. You can relax on the beach and take part in some interesting water sports.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Resort, Kovalam (4 stars)
Day 8: Day trip to Trivandrum from Kovalam
Sightseeing Activities: After breakfast, we will drive you to Thiruvananthapuram, formerly known as Trivandrum. Our guide will first lead you to visit the 8th-century Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, a Hindu temple built for Lord Vishnu. It is combined with the architectural styles of Kerala and Dravidia. Next, we will proceed to the Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace, also known as the Palace of Horses, which features hundreds of wooden sculptures of horses. Afterwards, we will visit the Napier Museum, which focuses on Kerala’s art, culture and natural history.  You will see many antiques and cultural artifacts, which will help you learn more about Kerala. Finally, we will end the day at the Sree Chithra Art Gallery, which keeps a lot of rare artistic paintings from centuries ago.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Resort, Kovalam (4 stars)
  • Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
    Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
  • Napier Museum
    Napier Museum
Day 9: Free day in Kovalam
We will leave you with a whole day to enjoy a relaxing beach vacation in your own way.

► Suggested Activities: You can get totally relaxed on the beautiful beaches. The top three beaches in Kovalam are the most-visited Lighthouse Beach, the palm-backed Hawar Beach, and the Kovalam Beach popular with the locals. You can sunbathe, swim, try exciting water sports, or you can take some local specials such as herbal oil massage.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Resort, Kovalam (4 stars)
Day 10: Transfer service to Trivandrum Airport & departure
Departure Note: After breakfast, you can enjoy a leisure morning on your own. In the afternoon, our driver will escort you to the Trivandrum International Airport and see you off. You can catch a flight home from here or fly to Kochi or Mumbai for a connecting flight home. Have a nice journey!

Meals Included: Breakfast
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What's Included
  • Assistance by our representative on arrival/departure.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Service of English speaking local guides per the itinerary.
  • Transfers in private A/C vehicle with experienced driver.
  • Monuments Entrance fees per the itinerary.
  • All government applicable taxes and service charges.
What's Excluded
  • The airfare of arrival in and departure from Delhi.
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • India visa fee.
  • Personal expenses (insurance, drinks, camera fee etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
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