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Kerala – home to the languid backwaters, long coastlines, sprawling tea gardens, and colorful dance forms, is also famously known as ‘God?s Own Country’. Located on the Malabar coast of Southern India, it is a tiny sliver of paradise that is also one of the best tropical tourist destinations one can look for. Whether you want to bask in the sun and sand of the palm tree-lined Kovalam beach or want to take a hike to Munnar hill station, or even if you’re going to walk down the bustling streets of Kochi, Kerala has everything on offer to take your pick from!
Tranquil backwaters. Manicured tea estates. Enchanting forests. Beguiling mountains. Just some of the many images of Kerala tourism that conjures in our minds. A palette of emerald, turquoise, and chestnut – Kerala is nothing short of a Van Gogh masterpiece. The state is home to lovely cities, each with its own charm and special purpose. Ideal for a little romance, a little fun at the beach, heavenly trails, and solitude galore! Teeming with history, and a gripping back story, Kerala will creep its way into your mind as it did with your heart.
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Kochi ( Cochin )
Arrive at Kochi (Cochin). You are met & Transferred to your Hotel.
Kochi (also known as Cochin) is a city in Costal Kerala in southwest India. It has been a port since 1341, when a flood carved out its harbor and opened it to Arab, Chinese and European merchants. You can still feel the influence in the Fort Kochi area – a settlement with tiled colonial bungalows and diverse houses of worship. Chinese fishing nets, typical of Kochi, have been in use for centuries.
In the morning we leave for a tour of Cochin. We visit the St. Francis considered the first European Church in India, built-in 1562 by St. Francis; this is India’s oldest European-built church. Continue on to Mattancherry Dutch Palace (closed on Friday & Public Holiday), a double-storied palace. The most important feature of Mattancherry Palace is the murals in the bedchambers, which depict scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata. These murals are some of the most beautiful and extensive, one of the wonders of India.
Return to the hotel after the visit, rest of the day is free.
In the evening you will witness Kathakali Dance Show, India’s most spectacular Dance Drama based on stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata. The dancers are elaborately made up of paint and masks, accompanied by drummers and musicians. We reach the theatre early to get a chance to see the dancers getting ready for the show and their faces being painted. Overnight is at Hotel
Kochi – Periyar
In the morning you will drive to Periyar.
Afternoon, we explore the Spice plantations tour by Jeep. This exotic land reminds of a colorful impressionistic painting stirred to life as if by a miracle. Thekkady’s fantabulous landscape is diffused with exotic spice plantations, green carpets of endless tea gardens and lush tropical forests. Garbed in vibrant hues and bountiful gifts of nature, Thekkady offers a perfect romantic escapade into the soothing laps of Mother Nature. Lunch is at the Spice Farm.
After the visit we return to the hotel.
Periyar – Allepey
Early morning we take our boat for a ride on Lake Periyar to see the wildlife. One can see herds of elephants grazing near the edges of the shoreline. Deer, sambar, gaur and wild boars can be seen flocking around the place at regular intervals.
Late morning, you will drive to Alleppey and board the Houseboat and sail though backwaters towards Alleppey for an overnight backwater cruise.
The boat cruise takes you to small islets & you get glimpses of village at the best of its serenity and innocence. Watch village girls picking mussels or laundering clothes or pots on the small ponds in front of their house, while menfolk are busy plucking coconuts, dates from the trees. Watch the village folk make the golden fiber called coir from coconut husk and transform it into various coir products. Rustling coconut groves abound. So stop over to drink calm fresh coconut water from the kernel and watch the toddy-taper tap at work. You can see birds like kingfishers, pheasants, cormorants, drogues, woodpecker, Bee-eater & kite. Meals are freshly cooked and served on the houseboat. Overnight in the Houseboat.
Allepey – Kollam
After breakfast, you will disembark from your Houseboat and proceed for Kollam. Kollam is a city in the state of Kerala, on India’s Malabar Coast. It’s known as a trade hub and for its beaches, like lively Kollam and secluded Thirumullavaram. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Police Museum has artefacts tracing the history of the police force. Nearby, Ashtamudi Lake is a gateway to the Kerala backwaters, Check in at the hotel upon arrival. Afternoon visit Jatayu Earths Center, Incorporates all aspects of tourism, offering a complete God’s own Country experience to each one of you. Spread across 65 acres of land, Jatayu Earth’s Center has elegant and mesmerizing elements that lure you for a visit. After visit back to the hotel. Overnight is at Hotel
Kollam – Kovalam
After breakfast, Morning free for personal activity.
You have an option to join the adventure activities in the area.
Later check out from the hotel and drive to Kovalam. Check-in at the hotel upon arrival.
Rest day is free to enjoy on the Beach
After breakfast at the hotel.
Full day free to enjoy on the beach Or Take the Ayurvedic treatment or massage.
Kovalam – Trivandrum Airport
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Trivandrum airport to board your onward flight to home
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The land of literate and simple citizens, Kerala amuses you with its spectacular dance forms, music and handicrafts. Considered to be one among the ten paradises of the world, Kerala is known for long palm tree beaches, beautiful rivers, pious inland water bodies and a calm, green atmosphere. Apart from lush green and lovely hills of Wayanad and Idukki, beaches like Kovalam and Varkala and backwater destinations including Alleppey and Kumarakom are among few of the highlights of Kerala. Surrounded by coconut trees, the long coastline provides ample opportunity for fishing. Kerala's backwaters, wildlife sanctuaries, mountain ranges and beaches will give you an ecstatic pleasure, and the serenity is sure to refresh your mind and body