9 Days - Kerala Backwaters First Time Tour

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

Overview

This 10 Days Kerala Backwaters Tour is specially designed for the First Timers visiting India. During this tour you will see the beauty of backwaters along with spice gardens and captivating sunrise and sunset views. You can enjoy cruising through houseboats on the serene backwaters of God’s Own Country- Kerala. Travelogy India provides you best accommodation and great food along with best guides to assist you and help you discover the best of India.

Note : This Tour Itinerary can be customized according to your travel needs & requirements.

Highlights

  • Visit Dutch of Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Bolgatty - Cochin
  • See Mattupetty Dam, Echo Point, Tea Plantation - Munnar
  • Experience the wildlife at Periyar National Park
  • Enjoy the cruise backwaters in Periyar Lake
  • Visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Vembanad Lake
  • See Alleppey Beach, Kuttanad
  • Enjoy night stay at Alleppey Houseboat
  • Visit Light House, Kowdiar Palaces, Napier Museum - Kovalam
  • Relax yourself with Ayurvedic massage at Kovalam Beach
  • Visit Kanyakumari Temple, Wax Museum, Vivekananda Rock

Day Wise Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival at Cochin - The Gateway of Kerala

On your arrival at Cochin Airport / Station, you will get a warm welcome from our representative. He will accompany you to the pre-booked hotel for check-in. There he will give all your tour related documents and an introduction about the tour program. After spending some relaxing moments in the hotel, you will go for Cochin tour.

A visit to the Dutch Palace (closed on Friday), St. Francis Church, Jewish Synagogue (closed on Saturday), Gunda and Willingdon Islands, Bolgatty, Hill Palace Museum, Kerala History Museum and Santacruz Cathedral. An overnight stay is scheduled.

Day 2 : Cochin - Munnar (by surface approx 133 kms / 5 hrs)

On the second day, you will move towards Munnar located at a distance of 110 Km from Cochin. On the way to the resort, you will enjoy the beautiful tea plantations. Have a comfortable overnight stay at the resort.

Day 3 : Munnar Sightseeing

On the third day of tour, post breakfast, you will experience the pleasant weather of Munnar during your city tour. Visit to Mattupetty Dam and Farm, Pallivasal, Devikulam, lock Heart Gap, Nyayamakad, Eravikulam National Park (closed in February & March), Rajamala, Echo Point, Power House Waterfalls and Thommankuthu Waterfalls will be on the cards. Back to hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 4 : Munnar - Thekkady (Periyar) (by surface approx 94 kms / 3 hrs)

On the fourth day, you will take on a pleasant journey of 100 km to reach Thekkady also known as Periyar. You will have a pleasant view of flora, fauna and unique birds in wild life sanctuary. You will also have the glimpses of the wonderful spice plantation.

A cruise through boat across the backwaters of Periyar Lake is on the cards. After paying visits to Murikkady, Mangala Devi Temple and Pandikuzhi, you will stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 5 : Thekkady – Kumarakom (by surface approx 132 kms / 4 hrs)

You will take on a journey from Thekkady to Kumarakom. You will reach Kumarakom in the evening. You will visit the Vembanad Lake, enjoy the lush vegetation and great climate.

A trip to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuaries and a house boat jetty ride will rejuvenate you. Overnight stay at the houseboat is scheduled.

Day 6 : Kumarakom – Alleppey (approx 51 kms)

On the sixth day, you will experience the beauty of God’s Own Country by cruising across the backwaters to reach Alleppey. A comfortable overnight stay on the houseboat will be on the cards for you.

Day 7 : Alleppey (Backwaters)

After breakfast in the morning, you will check-out of the houseboat to reach Alleppey. On reaching there and after checking-in the hotel you will go for sightseeing to see the beauty of lagoons, lake and fresh water. You will visit Kuttanad and Alleppey Beach. An overnight stay at Alleppey hotel is scheduled for you.

Day 8 : Alleppey - Kovalam (by surface approx 160 kms / 4 hrs)

You will take a journey of about 160 Km to reach Kovalam titled as ‘Paradise of South’. You will experience the beauty of Kerala which include coconut trees on some beautiful beaches. You will visit the Light House Beach, enjoy an Ayurvedic massage on the white sandy beach shore.

Later you will visit Padmanabhapuram and Kowdiar Palaces, Napier Museum, Anchuthengu Fort and Kuthiramalika Palace Museum.

Day 9 : Kovalam – Kanyakumari – Kovalam (by surface approx 90 kms/2 hrs – one way)

Post breakfast you will travel to the southernmost point of India, Kanyakumari. You will pay a visit to the Kanyakumari Temple, Wax Museum, Vattakottai, Gandhi Museum and Vivekananda Rock. You will move to Kovalam for an overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 10 : Kovalam – Trivandrum (Departure)

The tour will come to an end on the tenth day. You will go to Trivandrum Airport to take a flight for your onward journey. You will carry with you unforgettable memories from your visit to India.

End of the tour or services.

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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