8 Days - Kerala Cultural Tour

Trivandrum - Kovalam - Alleppey - Kumarakom - Thekkady - Munnar - Cochin

Overview

Kerala is the most beautiful state of South India. Your journey is incomplete without a tour to Kerala. While you can spend some pleasant time under the shadow of the coconut trees, the backwaters exhibit a splendid view. It is a state blessed with natural bounties and hence besides sightseeing, the delicious sea food is a perfect treat for vacation. It is a state rich in cultural activities, like the Kathakali dance.

It is a seat of the ancient medicine and treatment, Ayurveda and hence here you can rejuvenate your senses and return to a healthy lifestyle with the use of natural herbs and oils. We cover the popular destinations of Trivandrum, Kovalam, Alleppey, Kumarakom, Thekkady, Munnar, and Cochin as a part of our 8 Days Kerala Cultural Tour Package.

Highlights

  • Visit Sree Padmanabha Temple, Horse Palace Museum and Kovalam Beach
  • Enjoy the houseboat at Alleppey
  • Visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
  • Enjoy Motorboat ride at Periyar Lake
  • Enjoy wildlife at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Witness the highest mountain peak at Anamudi - Munnar
  • Visit Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace and Chinese Fishing Net - Cochin

Day Wise Itinerary

Day 1 : Trivandrum - Kovalam (by surface approx 16 kms / 45 mins)

You are welcomed at the airport by our representative and escorted to the hotel at Kovalam. After some rest, you start the tour of Trivandrum. You are taken to the famous Sree Padmanabha Temple; the temple is known for its exquisite designs and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The mural paintings of the walls are another attraction.

We next visit the horse palace museum. It treasures numerous artifacts, paintings and other collections of the royal family of Travancore. At evening, you can stroll at the Kovalam beach. There is an overnight stay at the city.

Day 2 : Kovalam - Alleppey (by surface approx 160 kms / 4 hrs)

This is a day to have a different stay experience. As you are escorted to Alleppey from Kovalam, our representative does not take you to any hotel but instead to a houseboat!

You can explore the mirrored lagoons and the backwaters of the place on a houseboat. Enjoy the bliss of nature on a houseboat for a day and night. It is also a great place to experience the magic of Ayurveda, boat racing, fishing and prawn farming.

Day 3 : Alleppey - Kumarakom (by surface approx 51 kms / 45 mins)

After a traditional breakfast, we move on to the beautiful Kumarakom. For the rest of the day you can stroll around this cluster of islands, enjoying the lush green meadows and refresh yourself. There is an overnight stay here.

Day 4 : Kumarakom - Thekkady (by surface approx 132 kms / 4 hrs)

Early morning visit the Kumarakom bird sanctuary. It is spread over a massive area of 14 acres and is a natural habitat of numerous migratory birds, like the darters, teals, egrets, cuckoos and wild fowls.

After enjoying some boating and fishing, you head towards the Thekkady. You reach here at afternoon and rest at hotel till evening. We go for a boat ride on the crystal clear Periyar Lake and have a glimpse of the wild life. There is an overnight stay here.

Day 5 : Thekkady - Munnar (by surface approx 94 kms / 4 hrs)

We have a tour of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary to check out the thick evergreen forest, the numerous species of wild life, including the ferocious tigers and lots of elephants, playing in the lake waters. You can also enjoy some trekking here along with a visit to the spice plantations of cardamom, coffee and pepper.

At afternoon we reach Munnar. It is a hill station at the confluence of three mountain springs with wild valleys, huge tea plantations and numerous wild life species. The flora and fauna of the place gives a feel of being in heaven with breath taking natural view. There is an overnight stay at Munnar.

Day 6 : Munnar Sightseeing

Today we tour to the Eravikulam National Park (closed in February & March) which is a natural habitat for one of the endangered animal, the Nilgiri Tahr. The blue Neelakurinji flowers are also fascinating. Matupetty and Kundala Dam are the other picturesque spots of Munnar. We visit Marayoor, known for the forest of sandalwood trees.

Witness the highest mountain peak at Anamudi Peak of South India. Enjoy some unique snaps, curios and machineries related to tea at the Tea Museum (closed on Monday). We stay at Munnar for the night.

Day 7 : Munnar - Cochin (by surface approx 133 kms / 5 hrs)

After breakfast we drive to Cochin. After lunch, we explore the city of Cochin. Our first visit is to the beautiful Jewish Synagogue (closed on Saturday). The walls are tiled with Chinese tiles and consist. The walls are tiled with Chinese tiles and consists of Belgian chandeliers. It contains the huge scrolls from the Old Testament.

We visit the oldest British made church in India, the St. Francis church and the Portuguese built Dutch Palace(closed on Friday). This palace is a treasure house of mural paintings. At evening, you can linger at the coast, enjoying a charming sun set and experiencing the unique fishing technique of Chinese nets. There is an overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 8 : Cochin (Departure)

After a delicious traditional breakfast, our representative escort you to the Cochin airport or railway station on your way back home. End of the programme and check-in and check-out time is 12 noon at all hotels.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in standard category of rooms at all hotels
  • Meal Plan on Bed & Breakfast at all places accordingly
  • All meals in houseboat.
  • Kathakali Dance in Cochin
  • Tea Plantation tour in Munnar
  • Boat ride in Periyar
  • English speaking guide as per places mentioned in itinerary.
  • All transfers & sightseeing as per itinerary by air-conditioned private vehicle for the entire tour
  • All applicable current taxes for hotels and transport

Exclusions

  • Air Fare / Rail Fare
  • Expenses of personal nature such as laundry / tips / shopping / telephones / Medical etc.
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusions mentioned above
  • Entry fees to Monuments specifically
  • Charges in hotels for additional services
  • Photography and video making fees at the sites
  • Personal insurance

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