Kerala Holidays 11N 11 Nights / 12 Days

  • Flights
  • Hotel Stay
  • Meals
  • Transfers
  • Sightseeing
  • Cruise
Overview

 

With a population of over 34 million people, Kerala is one of the richest states in India. It's quite advanced in comparison to other regions on a social level. Keralites have the best quality of life and have access to excellent medical and educational facilites, on parr with some western countries with its best places to visit in Kerala.

 

Itinerary
Day 1 : (Cochin)ARRIVE KOCHI (COCHIN)

Arrive Cochin, meet upon arrival and transfer to hotel.( 45 kms / 01.5 hrs) Kochi, or more familiarly, Cochin is a city of many parts. Around for a long, long time, Kochi played a pivotal role in the development of shipping and trade in the region. Kochi's prime location on the west coast, its fine bay and protected harbor made it popular with seafarers and merchant ships who made frequent stops to stock up on spices, coffee and wood en route to the rich markets of Europe and West Asia. And so down the ages, Kochi prospered as a busy port city and commercial centre. Its seafront is still extremely relevant to Cochin and to India: In the evening, you will be taken to a Kathakali dance centre where you will witness the most elaborate of the dance forms in southern India.OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL

Day 2 : (Cochin)EXPLORE KOCHI

After b/fast proceed for a half day city tour of Kochi visiting ST FRANCIS CHURCH, CHINESE FISHING NETTS, DUTCH PALCE(closed on Fridays) and JEWS SYNAGOGUE(closed on Fridays, Saturdays & Jew Festival days) Heralded as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi was an important spice trading centre on the west coast of India from the 14th century. Occupied by the Portuguese Empire in 1503, Kochi was the first of the European colonies in colonial India. It remained the main seat of Portuguese India until 1530, when Goa was chosen instead. The city was later occupied by the Dutch and the British, with the Kingdom of Cochi DUTCH PALACE The Palace was built and gifted by the Portuguese as a present to the Raja of Cochin around 1555. The Dutch carried out some extensions and renovations in the palace in 1663, and thereafter it was popularly called Dutch Palace. The rajas also made more improvements to it. Today, it is a portrait gallery of the Cochin Rajas and notable for some of the best mythological murals in India, which are in the best traditions of Hindu temple art. The palace was built to appease the king after they plundered a temple nearby

JEWS SYNAGOGUE,COCHIN The Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue located in Kochi Constructed in 1568, It is one of seven synagogues of the Malabar Yehudan people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin. Paradesi is a word used in several Indian languages, and the literal meaning of the term is "foreigners", applied to the synagogue because it was historically used by the typical Jews,

Chinese fishing nets (Cheena vala) are that are fixed land installations for fishing. While commonly known as "Chinese fishing nets. While such nets are used throughout coastal southern China and Indochina, in India they are mostly found in the Indian state of Kerala, where they have become a tourist attraction. The Indian common name arises because they are unusual in India and different from usual fishing nets in India.OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTELDAY3

Day 3 : (Munnar)KOCHI-MUNNAR- 150 KMS 04 HRS

After b/fast proceed to MUNNAR and on arrival check in HOTEL

Evening visit local market/walk around tea plantations.

Munnar is a town in the southwestern state of Kerala and is situated around 1600 m above sea level, in the Western Ghats range of mountains The name Munnar is believed to mean "three rivers referring to the location at the confluence of the Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers Munnar town is situated on the Kannan Devan Hills village in Devikulam taluk and is the largest panchayat in the Idukki district in Kerala

RETURN TO HOTEL FOR OVERNIGHT STAYDAY4

Day 4 : (Munnar)FULL DAY VISIT MUNNAR

After b/fast around 08 30 hrs EXPLORE MUNNAR. Visiting ERAVIKULAM NATIONAL PARK

The main body of the park consists of a high rolling hill plateau with a base elevationof about 2000 altitude grasslands interspersed with sholas Twenty six species of mammals have been recorded in the park including the largest surviving population of Nilgiri Tahr,estimated at about 750 in number. The other ungulates are Gaur, Indian Muntjac andSambar Deer. Golden Jackal, Jungle Cat,Wild dog, Dhole, leopard and tiger are the main predators.

TEA PROCESSING FACTORY You will be taken to a known tea factory to witness the processing of high quality tea.

Also visiting Mattupetty dam, Kandla Lake, Top station etc.

Return to Hotel for OVERNIGHT STAY.LDAY5

Day 5 : (Munnar)MUNNAR-PERIYAR 120 KMS 04 HOURS

After b/fast proceed to PERIYAR through wind winding ghat section of Western Ghats sharing the aroma of spices, tea ,coffee .cardamom, pepper, ginger, nut mug etc.

On arrival check in HOTEL.

Afternoon SPICE PLANTATION TOUR for familiarizing different spices /herbal plants.                   

RETURN TO HOTEL for OVERNIGHT STAY

Day 6 : (Periyar)EXPLORE IN PERIYAR

Early morning you will be taken for FULL DAY TREKKING AND BAMBOO RAFTING at Periyar wildlife sanctuary.This is a dawn to dusk range hiking and rafting programme through some of the richest forest tracts of Periyar Tiger Reserve. Starting at 8 am from the boat landing, a mosaic of habitats will be traversed before the party gets into rafts made of bamboos.

The forests are rich in bird life and arboreal animals like giant squirrel and Nilgiri langur. The rafting is for about three hours and one gets a panoramic view of forest-clad hills reflected on the lake. Animals like elephant, gaur and sambar are sighted keeping close to the edges of the lake.

The team hitchhikes back to the boat landing by about 5 pm. An armed guard and 4 guides will accompany a maximum of 10 tourists. Tea, snacks and packed lunch will be served en route.RETURN TO HOTEL for OVERNIGHT STAY

 

Day 7 : (Periyar)PERIYAR - KUMARAKOM 140 KMS 04 HOURS

After b/fast drive down to KUMARAKOM through the hills traks and rubber plantations.On arrival check in HOTEL Afternoon free at leisure

Evening SUN SET CRUISE on backwaters.

KUMARAKOM Kumarakom is a popular tourism destination located near the city of Kottayam (16 kilometres (10 mi)), in Kerala, India, famous for its backwater tourism.It is set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake which is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTELAY8

Day 8 : (Kumarakom)KUMARAKOM- ALLEPPEY 45 KMS 01 HOUR

 

After b/fast drive down to ALLEPPEY- On arrival board in to a traditional Kettuvallam HOUSE BOAT for cruises and overnight stay . Houseboats in Kerala, are huge, slow-moving barges used for leisure trips. They are a reworked model of Kettuvallams , Kettu means "tied with ropes", and vallammeans "boat"), which, in earlier times,used carry rice and spices The popularity of Kettuvallams has returned in the function as major tourist attractions.Such a houseboat is about 60 to 70 feet (18 to 21 m) long and about 15 feet (4.6 m) wide at the middle. The hull is made of wooden planks that are held together by ropes of coconut fiber; the usual wood is 'Anjili'. The roof is made of bamboo poles and palm leavesCRUISES AND OVERNIGHT STAY ON

 

 

 

Day 9 : (Alappuzha)ALLEPPEY-TRIVANDRUM VISIT- KOVALAM 170 KMS/04 HRS

After b/fast disembark from house boat at 09 30 hrs and drive to KOVALAM The famous beach destination of KERALA. On Arrival check in to a beach Hotel. Enroute visit Mannarsala Snake Temple and Krishnapuram Palace (Subject to Open)

 

 Lunch at Trivandrum and then proceed for a sightseeing tour of Trivandrum ,TRIVANDRUM THE CAPITAL CITY OF KERALA is located on the southern tip of the Indian west coast, sandwiched by Arabian  Sea  Western Ghats and Interlining Backwaters, and visit Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Palace Musium (Kuthira malika ), Napier Musium, ( Govt Arts Musium) ,Zoo ,Kanakakunnu Palace

SREE PADMANABHASWAMI TEMPLE located in the Fort Area. The temple is one of the 108 Divyadesams of Lord Vishnu

The main deity is seen in reclining position over the serpent Anantha or Adi Sesha. The temple depicts a blend of Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture

Padmanabha Kshetram and its properties were controlled by Ettuveetil Pillamar under the guidance of Ettara Yogam. Later, Marthanda Varma defeated the Pillamar and his cousins took over power

PALACE MUSEUM ( KUTHIRA MALIKA ) It is a rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional Travancore style of architecture. The Museum displays paintings and various priceless collections of the royal family. The name Kuthira Malika means 'Palace of Horses' and is derived from the frieze of 122 wooden horses on the exterior walls.

NAPIER MUSEUM ( GOVT.ARTS MUSEUM) It was built in the Indo-Saracenic style. It has a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, ancient ornaments, bronze idols, ivory carvings and a chariot. The museum is named after the former Governor General of Madras, Sir John Napier. 

KANAKAKUNNU PALACE : At a distance of 3.5 Kms from Trivandrum Central Railway Station, The Kanakakunnu Palace is situated near the Napier Museum

After visit and proceed  to  Kovalam and Check in at HOTEL FOR OVERNIGHT STAY

Day 10 : (Kovalam)KOVALAM- KANYAKUMARI-KOVALAM DAY RETURN EXCURSSION

After breakfast proceed for Kanyakumari ( 90 Kms/ 03 hrs) enroute  visit Sucheenram Temple,Padmanabhapuram Palace

PADMANABHAPURAM PALACE: Aproxminate 53 Kms from Trivandrum on Trivandrum - Kanyakumari road), Padmanabhapuram is an ancient historical town surrounded by a fort with an area of 187 acres. The ancient capital of Travancore might be constructed before AD 1601. The palace with an area of seven acres, is situated in the very centre on the Padmanabhapuram Fort, amidst hills, dales and rivers. The fort which was built with mud originally was dismantled and reconstructed with granite by Maharaja Marthanda Varma. The height of the walls varies from 15 ft to 24 ft according to the inclination of the ground. 

SUCHINDRAM TEMPLE : Suchindram is a holy place located on the bank of the river Pazhayar. It is famous for the temple dedicated to Sri Sthanumalayan. The word denotes Siva, Vishnu and Brahma as Sthanu represents Siva, Mal represents Vishnu while Ayan represents Brhamma, in 'One Form'.

Suchindrum means the place where Indra attained 'Suchi' i.e., purification. The Sthalapurana has it that Indra suffered a curse from sage Gowthama and offered worship to Lord Shiva at this place. Relieving Indra of his curse, Lord Shiva granted him of his wish that the place where he attained purification should henceforth be called 'Suchindrum'. After visit and proceed Kanyakumari

 

After Lunch proceed for visit kanyakumari

 

Kanyakumari is a coastal town in Tamil Nadu and a famous pilgrimage and tourist place. Located at the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula, it is also called Cape Comorin.
Kanyakumari has been a great centre for art and religion for centuries. It was also an area of great trade and commerce. It was ruled by Cholas, Pandyas and Nayaks. Later on, Kanyakumari came under the rule of the Venad dynasty and its capital was located at Padmanabhapuram. In spite of the troubles encountered in the southern border of Venad, Marthanda Varma expanded the kingdom northwards to Aluva and established the kingdom of Travancore.

 Swami Vivekananda is said to have been lived here for a while and meditated. It is situated at the confluence of Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. This place offers marvelous Sunset and Sunrise views. It is the only place in India where one can enjoy the unique spectacle of Sunset and Moonrise simultaneously on full moon days. 

The main attractions in Kanyakumari is the Kumari Amman Temple, The Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Gandhi Memorial, Thiruvalluvar Statue and Beach. Visit and return back to KOVALAM HOTEL for OVERNIGHT STAY

Day 11 : (Kovalam)KOVALAM FULL DAY AT LEISURE AND ENJOY THE BEACH
Day 12 : (Kovalam)DEP: KOVALAM-TRIVANDRUM AIRPORT
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Kerala ,a state in Southern India is known as a tropical paradise of waving palms and wide sandy beaches. It is a narrow strip of coastal territory that slopes down the Western Ghats in a cascade of lush green vegetation, and reaches to the Arabian sea. Kerala borders the states of Tamil Nadu to the east and Karnataka to the north. It is also known for its backwaters, mountains, coconuts, spices and art forms like Kathakali and Mohini Attam. It is the most literate state in India, and a land of diverse religions, where you can find Hindu temples, mosques, churches, and even synagogues. With world class tourist sporting options, ayurvedic spas and treatments, eco-tourism initiatives, a large number of visit options ranging from beautiful high altitude blue mountains to pristine rain forests to golden sun-sand beaches and an enormous range of accommodation, Kerala has much to offer the visitor.

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