One of the most popular destinations in India, Kerala has been blessed with several natural as well as man-made wonders. Old temples, pristine beaches, scenic backwaters, colonial town, splendid monuments, varied wildlife, lush hill towns, aromatic plantations, etc., all make Kerala alluring. Best of Kerala tour offers a visit to all these appealing attractions and destinations during the span of 7 nights and 8 days. The well-planned itinerary takes you to the popular destinations of Kerala- including Cochin, Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey, Kovalam, and Trivandrum.
- City tour of Cochin including Jewish Synagogue
- Enjoying Kathakali dance performance in Cochin
- Sightseeing in Munnar including Eravikulam National Park
- Overnight houseboat on Aleppey backwater
- Day excursion at Kovalam Beach
- Sightseeing in Thiruvananthapuram including the Padmanabha Swamy Temple
Day 1 – Arrival in Cochin
Your Kerala tour begins with the arrival at the Cochin Airport/ Railway Station. Meet our tour representative who helps you with an assisted transfer to the hotel. Have your lunch and take some rest to get over the tiredness. Now get ready to enjoy cruising in the Cochin marine drive. Look at the Chinese fishing nets suspended in mid-air row upon row from your boat.
Next, head to the Fort Cochin, for an exciting tour of the historical sites. Visit St. Francis Church, Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue and other attractions.
St. Francis Church is the oldest European Church in India and stands as a silent witness of colonial struggle. Also, get impressed at the beauty of Mattancherry Palace also known as Dutch Palace. The Palace showcases the excellent murals, palanquins and many other big and small historical items. Visit the famous Jewish Synagogue which was built in 1568. The house has a beautiful exterior Made of blue and white hand-painted Chinese tiles. Stroll through the lanes of Jews town and explore the shops which are more than 100 years old. The evening is scheduled for a special Kathakali dance performance followed by dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 2 :Cochin – Munnar
There are many beautiful places to visit in Kerala. On day 2, have your breakfast and start your road journey to Munnar, probably the most popular and beautiful hill station of Kerala. The road journey from Cochin to Munnar is filled with mesmerizing views of the Cardamom hills and lush tea plantations. As you reach Munnar, complete the check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in the hotel.
DAY 3 : MUNNAR SIGHTSEEING
In the morning start the sightseeing of Munnar visiting the tea plantations, Tea Museum, the Eravikulam National park home of the endangered Niligiri Thar (Ibex), followed by visit to the Mattupetty dam, the the Kundala Lake and other scenic spots. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Sightseeing:- Eravikulam National Park (Raja Malai), mattupetty dam, tea estates, eco point, spice plantation, rose garden, photo point, honey bee tree, tea museum, blossom park, kundale dam and top station.
DAY 4 : MUNNAR TO THEKKADY
Morning transfer to Thekkady (Periyar) (4 hrs drive). Thekkady has one of the world’s most fascinating natural wildlife reserves noted for its geography, diverse wildlife and scenic beauty. Arive at Thekkady and check-in at Hotel: Later afternoon boat ride on the Lake Periyar where one can have a unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar, however are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake (Wild life viewing is always dependent on one’s good fortune). Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Sightseeing:- visit periyar wild life sanctuary where you can see wild elephant, boar, deer, the great Indian tiger and more, mullaperiyar dam and spice plantations tour where one can shop exotic spices.
DAY 5 : THEKKADY TO KUMARAKOM
Morning breakfast and check out from hotel. Drive to Kumarakom & check-in at hotel. Visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, an ornithologist’s paradise, is a favourite haunt of migratory birds like the Siberian Stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. Overnight at Hotel in Kumarakom.
Distance between Thekkady to Kumarakom is 125 Kms / 3.5 Hours by road —Thekkady – Alleppey Houseboat
Morning leave for Alleppey to enjoy a boat cruise tour in Alleppey Houseboat. Rest of the day at leisure on the House Boat which is world’s major tourist attraction. Sit back and relax while the boat cruises through the narrow serene backwater canals of Alleppey. We can see here in breathing green, the village slumbers by the Vembanad Lake. On cruise scenery flashes up vivid contrasts of lush green and deep blues. As the boat glider along the gorgeous green of the fringed palms the ripples in the blue water blend in to little wavelets. Lunch, Evening Tea/ Coffee with snacks, dinner all are provided inside the houseboat. Overnight stay will provide on House Boat. Note: • The cruise commences at 1230 hrs with lunch served on board and continues till dusk. At dusk the boat will anchor in a wide waterway or lake for the night (The backwaters close to boat traffic at dusk as the fisherman lay their nets in the backwaters. Other boats are not allowed to ply in the backwaters after dusk. On the following day the cruise commences again after breakfast and the guest will be dropped at Alleppey by 0900Hrs. Overnight stay at hotel.
- Houseboat check in at 12Noon and cruises till 5PM, Boat will be anchored till 8AM and cruises till 9AM for checkout
- For A/C Houseboat, A/C will be operating from 9PM till 6AM only (All houseboat related inclusions are applicable only if the Itinerary is including Houseboat stay)
- Cruise Time : 6 hrs.
- Bed Rooms : 01, 02 or 03 Bedroom as per room occupancy
- Boarding @ : 12.00 pm
- Ac will be operational from 09.00 PM to 06.00 AM
DAY 6 : ALEPPY HOUSEBOAT TO KOVALAM
Morning get up early to enjoy sunrise of backwater , also you will get a chance to see fishermen catching fish of boat men selling household items in their small canoe , After breakfast the boat will move again for a morning cruise, you will check out from the houseboat at 0900 hrs and proceed to Kovalam beach. The journey is through costal areas of Kerala, you can see , view of lagoons rivers, evergreen coconut palms make this journey very enjoyable , Reach Kovalam and check in at your hotel It is one of the beast beaches of India with its lovely slice beach sand and perfectly positioned palms. Evening relax on the Kovalam beach . Overnihgt at Hotel.
Sightseeing:- Light house beach, Howah Beach, Ashoka beach
DAY 7 : KOVALAM TO TRIVANDRUM DAY VISIT TO KOVALAM RETURN
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing experiencing a tour around Trivandrum: The Napier Museum, Kuthiramalika Museum, and Sri Padmanabha Temple. At afternoon you will be transfered to the famous Kovalam Beach and you can relex your mind and body there. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kovalam.
Sightseeing:- Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple, Kuthiramalika Palace museum, The Napier museum, Sree Chithra art gallery, zoological park, science and technology museum, Kanakakunnu Palace, planetorium.
DAY 8 : KOVALAM TO TRIVANDRUM DEPARTURE
After breakfast check out and transfer to Trivandrum for your departure.