Kerala: God’s Own Country (9n/11d)

Elephants in Periyar Tiger Reserve

Elephants in Periyar Tiger Reserve

Day 1 Arrival in Kochi
Arrive at the international airport in Kochi. On arrival, check into your room and refresh. The day is free for you to enjoy at leisure. The evening is reserved for an enthralling Kathakali dance performance. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Kochi.

Day 2 Kochi
Proceed for a sightseeing tour of Kochi after breakfast at the hotel. Visit Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, St Francis Church, Chinese fishing nets and Bolgatty Palace. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Kochi, Kerala.

Day 3 Kochi – Munnar
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Munnar and enjoy the refreshing greens and blues of the countryside. On arrival, check into your room, refresh and relax. Later in the day, proceed for a sightseeing tour of the hill station in Kerala. Visit Pothamedu, Devikulam and Pallivasal. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Munnar, Kerala.

Day 4 Munnar
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a full day excursion to Rajamala and Eravikulam National Parks, Kundala Lake and Mattupetty. Return to the hotel. The day is free for you to spend on recreational activities available at the resort. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Munnar.

Day 5 Munnar – Periyar
After breakfast at the resort, go on a trek to the waterfalls, dams, and plantations. Later in the afternoon, check out from the resort and drive to Periyar, Kerala. On arrival in Periyar, famous for elephants and tigers, check in at the forest lodge and proceed for a boat safari on the Periyar Lake. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay in Periyar, Kerala.

Day 6 Periyar
After breakfast at the lodge, begin your day with a guided trek to the jungle. Later in the day, go on a tour of the spice plantations in Periyar. The evening is free for you to walk down to the stunning spice market at Kumily and revel in the heady cocktail of spicy aroma. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay in Periyar.

Day 7 Periyar – Kumarakom – Houseboat
After breakfast at the lodge, go on a tour of the spice plantations. Later in the day, drive to Kumarakom set on the Vembanad Lake. On arrival, drive to the boarding point, check into the private houseboat to begin your backwater tour. Enjoy the languid countryside along the Kerala backwaters as you drift on the Vembanad Lake. Dinner and overnight stay aboard the houseboat.

Day 8 Houseboat – Alappuzha – Kovalam
After a leisurely breakfast aboard the houseboat, enjoy the stunning backwaters of Alappuzha. On arrival at the finishing point, disembark and drive to Kovalam. En route, visit the Napier Museum and Wood Palace at Trivandrum. On arrival in Kovalam, check in at the beach resort. Enjoy the beaches of Kovalam. Return to the resort for dinner and overnight stay in Kovalam.

Day 9 Kovalam – Kanyakumari – Kovalam
After breakfast proceed for a full day excursion to Kanyakumari located over the holy confluence of three bodies namely the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, and the Bay of Bengal. After a holy dip, visit the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Gandhi Mandapam and Temple. Enjoy the view of the setting sun. Return to Kovalam Beach Resort for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 10 Kovalam – Trivandrum
After breakfast at the resort, drive to the international airport at Trivandrum for a flight back home or to your onward destination.

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