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Home   South India Travel >> Kerala Backwater Travel   -  12 Days / 11 Nights

Destinations Covered: Thiruvananthapuram - Kovalam, Thekkady, Munnar, Cochin

Duration of the tour : 12 days.

Day 1 : Arr. Trivandrum & Transfer to Kovlam ::   Arrival at Trivandrum Airport / Railway station. Transfer to a hotel at Kovalam.

Day 2 : Kovlam :: Get ready for a thrilling windy day. Kovalam has become one of the most popular beach hangouts in India. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and truly the coconut trees along the beaches gives it a ravishing look. The palm-fringed bays in secluded coconut groves, promise a relaxed stay.
The boundless blue waters of the Arabian Sea and miles of white sands makes this beach a paradise.

Day 3 : Kovlam -Thiruvananthapuram :: The day is set to catch the beautiful locales of the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. Here, you have a lot to witness through. From historical museums to temples and palaces. The Padmanabhaswami temple with its gopuram, soaring majestically upwards, is believed to be one of the 108 shrines sacred to the Vaishnavites in India. Besides this magnificent temple the city offers a great deal more.

One can visit the Museum with its profusion of gables and turrets. A repository of fine works of art, the chief attraction here is the 250-year-old temple car made for Lord Vishnu, artistically designed and ornamented. Lying within the museum compound, Sri Chitra Art Gallery proves to be an ideal place for art lovers. The piece de resistance is the large section devoted to the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, an Indian painter of distinction in the history of the country's modern art.

Day 4 : Thiruvananthapuram - Kumarakom :: From Thiruvananthapuram, we move towards the backwater paradise of Kerala, Kumarakom. A ride through the backwaters of Kerala is an unavoidable choice. At Kumarakom, which is also called the 'backwater country', you are off to explore the splendid spectacle of the town on the shores of the enchanting Vembanad Lake

Day 5 : Overnight on House Boat:: A long cruise in a House boat awaits you. They carry furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. These house boat will have a private sit-out. The boat cruise which helps to see the rural Kerala which is preserved through the ages & is also completely hidden from the busy roads which will be a unique experience to the visitor.

Day 6 : Arr. Thekkady :: After the memorable cruise through the backwater we move towards Thekkady located on the Western Ghats. In the rich jungles of Periyar is Thekkady, one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves - 'The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary'. Spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is thick evergreen forest, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978.

Day 7 : Periyar :: A crusie along the splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river adds to the charm of the park. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar remains the large herds of wild elephants that come down to the lake's edge.

Day 8 : Periyar -Munnar :: After starting off the day with enjoying the geo-morphological diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, we move on towards Munnar. It is a hillstation situated at the confluence of three mountain streams -Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni & Kundala. 1600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India.

Day 9 : Munnar ::  In the crack of dawn, we set off to enjoy the sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and also take the pleasure of holiday facilities that make this a popular resort town. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.

Day 10 : Munnar - Cochin :: This day is set aside for visiting the boundless destinations of the land.
St. Francis Church: Built in 1503 by Portuguese Francis Canfriars, this is India's oldest European church.
Vasco House: Believed to have been the residence of Vasco da Gama, this is one of the oldest Portuguese residences in Fort Kochi.
Bastion Bungalow: Built in the Indo-European style way back in 1667, the Bungalow gets its name from its location on the site of the Stromberg Bastion of the old Dutch fort.

Day 11 : Cochin :: (Dutch Palace): Built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi, the Palace was renovated in 1663 by the Dutch.
Synagogue: Constructed in 1568, this is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth.
Willingdon Island: This Island is Named after Lord Willingdon, a former British Viceroy of India, this man-made island is surrounded by beautiful backwaters.

Day 12 : Cochin - Back Home:: Departure from Cochin International Airport / Railway station.


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