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Visit the beautiful water beaches of Kovalam and most prominent backwaters
of Kumarakom during this unique Kerala travel package. Tour also offers
excursion to popular Periyar wildlife sanctuary and heritage places of
Cochin for better holidays vacation in India.
Day - 1 - Arrive Cochin
Arrive, Cochin, after a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative
would assist you at the airport & transfer to hotel for check in. Cochin
always had a very popular & historical sea trade connection with Middle
East, Mediterranean Europe & Dutch. It has one of the finest natural
harbours on the Arabian coastline. Its cosmopolitan character is reflected
in the buildings & structures representing different regions of the
Half Day Tour - Later we visit Jew Town, synagogue, built in the year 1568,
is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles & Belgian chandeliers. Giant
scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here. Also visit the spice market,
where the air is filled with the pungent smell of spices & history that
brought the world to its doorstep. Chinese fishing nets, (Cheenavala) are
distinctly unique to Cochin. It is believed that traders from the court of
the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. Evening see
Kerala's most popular classical dance, Kathakali. Overnight Hotel - Cochin
Day - 2 - Cochin - Alleppey (70 km - 01½ hr) - Kumarakom (Overnight
Today we drive to Alleppey, Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey, is a town in
Kerala. A town with picturesque canals, backwaters & lagoons, it was
described as the Venice of the East. It has a wonderful past, it owes its
existence to the sagacious Diwan Raja Kesavadas in the second half of 18th
century. Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala with the unending stretch of
paddy fields, small streams & canals with lush green coconut palms, was
well known even from the early periods of the Sangam age. History says
Alappuzha had trade relations with ancient Greece & Rome in BC & in
the middle Ages. Alleppey now is the hub for backwaters tourism in Kerala.
On arrival we board the houseboat, locally called Kettuvallam, cruise
around backwaters of Alleppey to Kumarakom to observe & experience the
daily life of the villagers along the backwaters. Overnight Houseboat (B, L,
Day - 3 - Arrive Kumarakom
Morning after breakfast we disembark the houseboat in Kumarakom. It is a
cluster of little islands, on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Kuttanad, the
'Wonder Land' believed to have been lying below the sea level, sprang out
into the marshes when the sea receded later. The land of lakes, canals &
paddy fields, Kumarakom transports you to sheer ecstasy. Holiday on the
houseboats, traditional Kettuvallam, are an out-of-this-world experience.
Furthermore Vembanad Lake is home to several types of marine life
exclusively the Karimeen (Pearl Spotted Fish), Chemeen (Prawns) & Konju
Later we visit Kumarakom Bird sanctuary. There are two seasons for birds:
between October & February there are cormorants, teals, & other
ducks & from February to July there are darters (snake birds), night
herons, egrets, & Siberian storks. It also has golden backed woodpecker,
crow pheasant, white-breasted water hen, tree pie etc. Overnight Hotel -
Day - 4 - Kumarakom - Periyar (135 km - 04 hr)
Today we drive to Periyar (Thekkady), one of India's most fascinating
natural wildlife sanctuaries, where one can watch wildlife at close range.
The vegetation, the flora & fauna & the birds are uniquely rich,
vast & varied that it does not bear semblance to any other wildlife
sanctuaries in the world. Even a casual visitor to this place will not fail
to observe the special ecological pattern. The very sound of the name
conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hill & spice scented
plantations. The sanctuary is one of the best in the country for watching &
photographing wild life. Notable among the inhabitants are the tigers,
majestic Asiatic wild elephants & distinctive Nilgiri Langur. A cruise
through the waters of Periyar lake around which the wildlife sanctuary is
situated, offers a soul stirring pleasant experience.
Later we explore the sanctuary to experience the beauty & ecological
Option Tour - Spice Plantation. Overnight Hotel - Periyar (B)
Day - 5 - Periyar - Kovalam (250 Km - 06hr)
Early morning before breakfast leave for a wildlife viewing to the
sanctuary on Lake Periyar by boat cruise. After two hours of wildlife
viewing get back to the hotel for breakfast.
Later we drive to Kovalam, South of Trivandrum. There are two main beaches
at Kovalam, separated by a high cliff. It is finding a new significance in
the light of several Ayurvedic salons, & recuperation & regeneration
resorts which provide a slew of Ayurvedic. Overnight Hotel - Kovalam (B)
Day - 6 - Kovalam
Day at leisure, Explore water sports / Ayurvedic salons on own. Overnight
Hotel - Kovalam (B)
Day - 7 - Kovalam - Trivandrum Airport (16 Km - 30 mins)
Today we take an excursion Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram), an ancient city
with trading traditions dating back to 1000 BC. It was a trading post for
spices like the rest of ancient Kerala. However the ancient political &
cultural history of the city was almost entirely independent from that of
the rest of Kerala. The early rulers of the city were the Ays. With their
fall in the 10th century, the city was taken over by the rulers of Venad.
Thiru-v-anantha-puram is a three syllable name meaning the abode of the
sacred snake god "Anantha". Lord Vishnu of the ancient Indian
mythology rests on this huge serpent.
Here we visit the Padmanabha Swami Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu is held
sacred by the Hindus from antiquity. The temple has a large complex with a
huge Gopuram. It has a tank beside it for ritual bathing. Next we visit It
is situated north of the city, at Museum road & 400m east of Indian
airlines. It displays an eclectic assortment of historical &
contemporary ornaments, temple carts, ivory carvings & life-size figures
of Kathakali dances in full costume. It has a famous collection of 8th-18th
century south Indian bronze. Sri Chittira Art Gallery, an excellent
collection of Indian art with examples from early to modern schools.
Paintings by Raja Ravi Varma & works from Mughal & Rajput miniature
paintings & Tanjore paintings embellished with semi- precious stones are
displayed. Evening we take a flight to onward destination.
Our tour concludes : We thanks you for your patronage & look forward
serve you again in near future.
Cost Includes :
Cost Does Not Include :
- 06 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis with breakfast
- All meals in Houseboat.
- A-C transportation as per the itinerary (No transportation on leisure
- English speaking Guide for the Tour
- Kathakali dance show in Cochin.
- Boat safari in Periyar
- Any airfare or airport tax.
- Any Monument entry fee & camera fee.
- All presently applicable taxes.
- Any expense of personal nature such as hard-soft drinks, laundry,
phone-fax calls, tips etc.
- Any other expense not mentioned in the "Package includes".