01: Flight to India (Chennai)
Around midnight arrive in
Chennai (formerly Madras).
The cosmopolitan city and capital of
Tamil Nadu is the
main gateway for travellers to South India. Upon arrival, you will be met
by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to
02: Chennai - Cochin (by air)
After the breakfast we start the sightseeing of Chennai.
We visit the Fort St. George near the harbour area of Chennai that was built by the British in the 17th century
and also the St. Mary's Church. This church was the first
English church in
India. In the afternoon we
have a flight to Cochin. Cochin is the most interesting town
in South India at Malabar Coast and is also known as Venice
of South. In Cochin we visit
St. Francis church, the oldest
European church in India in which the grave of famous
sailor Vasco da Gama can be visited. After the visit of
St. Francis Church we have a walk through the Jewish area
Cochin is divided into different parts, Fort Cochin, Willington
Island, Ernakulam, Bolghatty Island and Vypeen Island.
Most of the historic buildings are in Fort Cochin. We
have whole day today at leisure so that we can explore
Cochin on our own and visit these islands and churches.
In the afternoon we visit a Kathakali dance school.
dances come from
Kerala and in its traditional form relate
stories from the Hindu epics
04: Cochin - Munnar (about 127 kms)
In the morning after the breakfast drive to Munnar.
is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams.
It is situated at a height of 1600 meter above sea level.
This hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile
British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations,
picture book towns, winding lanes, and holiday facilities
make this a popular resort town. Munnar also has the highest
peak in South India - Anamudi, which towers over 2695
m. This peak is an ideal spot for trekking.
This day free to explore the natural surroundings at
06: Munnar - Periyar (about 108 kms)
Today we drive to the Periyar WildLife Sanctuary. We start
our sightseeing by having a Boat ride on the lake of
The lake of Periyar is the central point of the famous
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. This sanctuary was designated
a part of Project Tiger in 1973. It covers an area of
780 square km. After the Boat ride we drive through the
Park and observe the elephants, bison, sambar, wild oxen,
wild boar and spotted deer which are common here.
07: Periyar - Trivandrum (about 195 kms)
In the morning we drive from Periyar to Trivandrum.
formerly known as Thiruvananthapuram is gateway to one
of the most beautiful Indian states, Kerala. Stretching
along the southern coast of the country, with the Backwaters
reaching deep into the verdant countryside, Kerala affords
a fascinating experience. It is one of the most beautiful
cities of India. It is also an excellent base to explore
the interiors of Kerala. On arrival, you will be met by
an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to hotel.
Later proceed for a sight seeing of Trivandrum. We will
visit Padmanabha Swamy Temple. This temple is devoted
to Lord Vishnu who is depicted reclining on Sri Anantha,
the hooded snake from which the city derives its name.
Exquisite stone carvings and pavilions are worth admiring.
We also visit Science & Technology museum, Anchuthengu
Fort. The British East India Company built this historic
fort in the 17th century. We will also visit the Vettukad
Church. This church is also known as The 'Madre De Deus'
Church and attracts thousands of devotees from all religions.
Today we will visit
Varkala Beach and Sankhumugham Beach.
Varkala beach is a seaside resort, as well as an important
Hindu centre of pilgrimage. High cliffs with rich mineral
springs rise majestically from the coastline. Sankhumugham
Beach has long stretch of clean sand and is located near
the airport. Enjoy whole of the day at beaches.
09: Trivandrum - Kovalam (about 16 km)
Today in the morning, after having breakfast we drive
to Kovalam beach. Kovalam beach is one of the most beautiful
beaches in the world and is most people's idea of paradise.
This unique and uncluttered beach of silvery sands is
fringed with rows of tall swaying palms. There are facilities
here for water sports and a taste of Kerala culture, including
Kathakali performances in the evenings. One can enjoy
the whole day at Kovalam beach and as well as enjoy the
water sports and Kathakali dances. After coming back from
Kovalam beach we visit Vizhinjam. It is a fishing port,
which is also important for an ongoing pioneer project
to generate electricity from wave energy.
Today we have this day at leisure at beach.
- Kollam (about 77 km)
Today we drive to
Kollam from Kovalam. Kollam is the centre
of the country's cashew trading and processing industry.
One of the oldest ports on the Malabar Coast, Kollam was
one the port of international spice trade. This district
also has some interesting historic remnants and a number
of temples built in the traditional ornate architectural
style. It also has various beaches. Today we will visit
Thangasseri village and
Thirumullavaram beach. This seaside
village of historic importance has the ruins of an Old
Portuguese fort and churches built in the 18th century.
The Thangasseri Lighthouse is situated at 144 feet height.
Thirumullavaram beach is a beautiful picnic spot. This
beach is very beautiful place for relaxation and enjoyment.
One can enjoy the day at beach.
12: Kollam - Alleppey (Allappuzha)
(about 86 km)
After having breakfast drive to
Alleppey to enjoy the
magic by going on a Houseboat (Kettuvallam) cruise across
the backwaters. Today enjoy the backwaters of Kerala by
getting a glimpse of the village life at close quarters.
The boat trip between Kollam and Alleppey is the longest
and most enchanting experience on the backwaters of
It will be a very unique and unforgettable experience.
Today enjoy the sunset & stay overnight in the houseboat.
- Mararikulam (about 15 km)
Today from Alleppey after having a day at the houseboat
we drive through the narrow channels of famous backwaters
of Alleppey and proceed further to Mararikulam.
is a famous beach resort at the Malabar Coast.
Today we enjoy the famous palm beaches of Mararikulam
by refreshing our memories of our Kerala Tour as we have
here an opportunity to enjoy this sunny day at the famous
beaches of the ocean of Mararikulam.
15: Mararikulam - Cochin (about 55 km)
Today we drive to Cochin. This drive gives us again an
impression of the beautiful landscaping of this region.
The rest of the day at leisure.
Around midnight flight to home destination.
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Stay in Houseboat in Alleppey.
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