Leisurely Kerala India Tour
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Tour Code: (NHI – LKIT 12D / 11N)
Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Destinations: Trivandrum / Kovalam / Kumarakom /
Munnar / Thekkady / Cochin / Mumbai
• Tour Escort
• Kathakali Show
• Ayurvedic massages for stress relief and rejuvenation
• Backwaters cruise and stay in traditional houseboats “Kettuvallams”
• Paragliding at Munnar
DAY 01: Arrive in Thiruvananthapuram
On arrival in Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram), transfer to Kovalam which is
just 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram. Check into the Hotel, Overnight at Kovalam
We shall offer a choice between staying at a beach resort in Kovalam or at en
exotic beach house, 8 kms from Kovalam complete with Private Beach, Chef, and
Private Servants. (Recommended for persons interested in Ayurvedic programmes
for stress relief and rejuvenation)
Thiruvananthapuram: Earlier known as Trivandrum is sprawling over seven hills
covered with English government buildings side-by-side local traditional wooden
houses in this seaside capital city. True to its composite and cosmopolitan
character, the capital city's attraction is run from museums, art galleries,
temples, and zoos. With a seven-storied Gopuram, the Padmanabhaswamy Temple is
the most famous site of the capital city.
DAY 02: Kovalam
Spend the day at leisure by the beach, Overnight at Kovalam.
Kovalam: Located 16 km south of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) city, Kovalam is
one of the most beautiful and famous beaches world-famous beach resort, which
has been a favorite spot for tourists since 1930s. This beach has lovely coconut
palms fringe the golden sands. Kovalam is the best place for relaxation. It has
three different beaches of which the Lighthouse beach is the most famous beach.
Ayurvedic treatment is another attraction of Kovalam.
DAY 03: Kovalam
Take a return excursion to Kanyakumari & Vizinjam, Overnight at Kovalam.
DAY 04: Kovalam - Kumarakom (Distance 176 Kms & 4 - 5 hrs Drive)
Morning after breakfast proceed to Kumarakom, Kumarakom the charming emerald
peninsula jutting into the ever-effervescent Vembanad Lake takes you into the
heart of the scenic lake where you'll come across plenty of traditional country
crafts, boats and canoes. The fresh water of the lake runs into the mainland
making a labyrinth of lagoons, brooks, canals, and waterways. The backwater
houses a variety of species of both fauna and flora. They are rich with marine
life namely the exclusive 'Kumarakom Karimeen' (pearl spotted fish), Konju
(tiger prawns), Njandu (crabs), Chemeen (prawns) and many more. Overnight at Taj
Garden Retreat Kumarakom
Kumarakom: An unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green
paddy fields, and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and
canals adorned with white lilies. Situated on the Vembanad Lake, in this small
water world you will come across plenty of traditional country crafts, boats,
and canoes, which will take you into the heart of the scenic lake. The resorts
nearby offer comfortable accommodation and exclusive leisure options like an
Ayurvedic massage, yoga, meditation, boating, fishing, angling and swimming.
Day 05: Kumarakom
After Breakfast, move into the traditional houseboat “Kettuvallam” to enjoy
backwater cruise and overnight stay. Cruise starts from Kumarakom at 12:00 noon.
Cruise through Vembanad Lake, C-Block, H-Block, R-Block, where one can see below
water level cultivation, night anchoring at the shore.
Day 06: Kumarakom-Munnar (Distance 200 Kms & 5 hrs Drive)
Morning after breakfast proceeds to Munnar, following a journey through
spectacular countryside. You will arrive in the hill-station of Munnar, situated
in the heart of the Cardamom Hills, at an altitude of 1700m. Endless green,
rolling hills and 30 of the world’s highest tea estates surround Munnar. Check
into the Hotel, Rest of the day free to relax or stroll around the tea garden,
Overnight at Hotel.
Munnar: Munnar - breathtakingly beautiful - a haven of peace and tranquility -
the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country. Set at an altitude of 6000
ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile
British rulers in the colonial days. Unending expanse of tea plantations -
pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild
sanctuaries and forests - aroma of spice scented cool air - yes! Munnar has all
these and more. Munnar also beacons the adventure-seekers, who is interested in
paragliding. National Adventure Foundation in Munnar conducts courses for
paragliding. It has some of the highest tea estates in the world.
Trek and camp amidst the shola-grasslands of the Western Ghats at Munnar and
among the thick evergreen canopy of the Periyar Tiger reserve. At Munnar, the
trek will take you camping at altitudes of over 7000 feet.
Day 07 Munnar
Relaxed day, Visit the tea plantations .Option for Paragliding, Overnight at
Day 08: Munnar - Thekkady (Distance 100 Kms & 3 hrs Drive)
After breakfast, depart for Thekkady (about 100kms/03hrs) through the
cardamom hills of Idukki. Check into the Hotel. Afternoon we explore the Periyar
Wildlife Sanctuary which spreads over 777 sq km, roughly half of which is dense
evergreen forest, savannah grassland and moist deciduous forest. The forest was
declared a tiger reserve in 1978 under Project Tiger, and so the name Periyar
Tiger Reserve is sometimes used to denote the place as well.
Periyar: One of the largest wildlife reserves in India, the Periyar Wildlife
Sanctuary is more popular as a tiger reserve. A boat ride on the splendid
Periyar Lake is the best way to experience the sanctuary. The Periyar Wildlife
Sanctuary is one of the few places where the chances are high that you will spot
an elephant in the wild at close quarters and from the safe confines of a boat.
Not just elephant and tiger, but if it is your lucky day, gaur, masher, otter
and other wildlife, Rest of the day free to relax, overnight at Hotel.
Day 09: Thekkady
In the morning, you can enjoy a boat ride in the Periyar Lake. Periyar
Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Periyar Lake. The pride of
Kerala and a testimony to nature's splendor and human innovation - an artificial
lake, at Thekkady, Here the high ranges of the Western Ghats are clothed in
dense evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savannah grasslands. Below this
thick green canopy roam herds of elephants, sambars, tigers, gaurs, lion tailed
macaques and Nilgiri languor, overnight, stay at Taj Garden Retreat Thekkady.
Day 10: Thekkady - Cochin (Distance 190 Kms & 5 hrs Drive)
After breakfast, transfer to Cochin. On arrival in Cochin, check in at your
pre-booked Hotel. Afternoon, visit Cochin - the city of lagoons Visit the Dutch
Palace, St. Cruz Cathedral, the church of San Francisco, the Bolghatty Islands,
Afternoon, free for individual activities.
Kochi (Cochin): An all time tourist favorite, Kochi is the commercial capital of
Kerala. It has to offer palaces, forts, beaches, backwaters, old churches, snake
boat races, Kathakali, museums, and the convenience of the big city.
Kochi is just about the center of Kerala. It is a collection of islands and
narrow peninsulas. Ernakulam is the commercial center and forms the main land.
It has a fine natural harbour around which the city has grown. Kochi is the
famous port, trading between India and the rest of the world. Attracted by trade
and its liberal laws, many foreigners have made this their home.
Day 11: Cochin-Mumbai (Distance 1384 Kms)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board on your flight to Mumbai.
On arrival in Mumbai, transfer to your pre-booked Hotel, Afternoon; take a city
tour of Mumbai.
Transfer to international airport to board on your international flight
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