The beautiful God's Own Country
The beautiful God's Own Country
Day 1: Kochi Arrival
Arrival in Kochi Airport. Meet and Greet with Santos King representative and transfer to hotel. In the evening you can go for an optional sunset cruise around the Kochi harbour area with views of the Marine Drive, Cochin shipyard, Vallarapadam container terminal, Vypin and the spectacular Chinese fishing nets in the pink haze of the sunset. Overnight stay at Kochi.
Day 2: Kochi sightseeing; To Munnar
Morning sightseeing with visit to the Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace), built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Cochin Veera Kerala Varma, Jewish Synagogue, where scrolls of the Old Testament and copper plates inscribed in Hebrew script are preserved, Jews Street, St. Francis Church, built in 1503, the oldest European church in India where the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama's body was originally buried, Santa Cruz Basilica, the Roman Catholic church with beautiful paintings on the ceiling, Chinese fishing nets & the Indo-Portuguese Museum. Afternoon transfer to resort at Munnar (4 hours drive), the popular hill station in Kerala situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Munnar, at 1600 metres above sea level is filled with sprawling tea plantations and picture book towns and was once the summer resort of the British Government in South India. Overnight stay at Munnar.
Day 3: In Munnar
Morning sightseeing with visit to Mattupetty Lake & Dam, Echo Point, Kundala Lake, Blossom Garden, Tea Museum & Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park famous for Nilgiri Tahr. Overnight stay at Munnar.
Day 4: To Thekkady
Morning drive through the scenic Western Ghats and spice trails to Thekkady (4 hours drive). Enroute, we will stop by a Spice Garden and you will be shown cardamoms, peppers, coffee, ginger, cocoa, nutmeg growing. Transfer to your resort in Thekkady. Evening enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar to see wild animals. Optional visit to Spice Market in the town. Overnight stay at Thekkady.
Day 5: To Kumarakom
Early Morning drive to your backwater resort at Kumarakom (4 hours drive). The panoramic backwaters here offer an ideal retreat to enjoy nature at its best. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Kumarakom.
Day 6: In Houseboat
Afternoon, you will be taken aboard your floating houseboat (Kettuvallam), boat with bedroom and en-suite rest room for your comfort. Enjoy unlimited cruising on backwaters, sip a coconut, get disturbed by only the chirping of birds and occasional ripples in water and savor mouthwatering delicacies prepared in front of you by your kitchen crew. Overnight stay in Houseboat.
Day 7: To Kovalam
Morning drive to Kovalam through the coastal area (5 hours drive). Kovalam meaning grove of coconut trees is an internationally renowned beach with lot of leisure options including sunbathing, swimming, herbal massages, cultural programmes and catamaran cruises. Check-in to resort. Overnight stay at Kovalam.
Day 8: In Kovalam; Trivandrum sightseeing
Morning half day Thiruvananthapuram sightseeing with visit to Napier Museum, Kuthiramalika Museum & Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Kovalam.
Day 9: To Kanyakumari
Morning drive to Kanyakumari (3 hours drive) with enroute visit to Padmanabhapuram palace and Suchindram temple. Kanyakumari is the southernmost tip of the peninsular India where the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal & the Indian Ocean meet. Check-in to hotel. Afternoon Kanyakumari sightseeing with visit to Gandhi Memorial, Vivekananda Rock, Devikanya temple & Sunset at Southern Tip. Overnight stay at Kanyakumari.
Day 10: Departure
Transfer to Trivandrum airport / railway station.