Footprints of Saint Thomas
Seven and half Churches (Ezhara Pallikal)
Seven and half Churches (Ezhara Pallikal)
Day 1: Trivandrum Arrival; To Kanyakumari
Arrival in Trivandrum Airport. Meet and Greet with Santos King representative and transfer to hotel in Kanyakumari. Rest of the day at leisure to relax in your hotel after a long flight journey. Overnight stay at Kanyakumari.
Day 2: To Kollam
We will start our day early morning to view the beautiful sunrise in Kanyakumari and then proceed to Kollam. Enroute visit to the Padmanabhapuram Palace, a fine specimen of Kerala's indigenous style of architecture. Later, we will visit one of the "Seven and a half churches" established by St. Thomas in Thiruvithamcode. Transfer to resort in Kollam. Kollam, also known as Quilon, was one of the oldest ports in the Arabian sea. Evening visit to the church in Kollam. Overnight stay at Kollam.
Day 3: To Alappuzha (Houseboat)
Morning visit to the church in Niranam. Later you will be transferred to your houseboat in Alappuzha. Cruise through the picturesque backwaters passing by rustic villages, coconut groves, paddy fields and exotic birds. Visit to the church in Champakulam. Overnight stay in Houseboat.
Day 4: To Thekkady
Check-out from houseboat and visit to the church in Nilackal. Later we will pass by Gavi in an open jeep or van. Gavi, part of Periyar Tiger Reserve is rich in flora and fauna. The place is surrounded by hills, valleys, tropical forests, sprawling grasslands, sholas, cascading waterfalls and cardamom plantations. Transfer to resort in Thekkady, one of the finest wildlife reserves in Kerala. Overnight stay at Thekkady.
Day 5: To Munnar
Early morning boating in Periyar Lake to see wild animals. Later, you will be transferred to resort in Munnar. Munnar, situated at a height of 1600 metres above sea level was once the summer resort of the British Government in South India. The beauty of the place lies in the endless stretch of manicured tea gardens spread all across the region. Overnight stay at Munnar.
Day 6: In Munnar
Today we will go for a sightseeing tour of Munnar.
Places to see: Tea Museum, Mattupetty Lake and Dam, Echo Point, Kundala Lake, Blossom Garden, Rajamalai
Overnight stay at Munnar.
Day 7: To Thrissur
Morning transfer to hotel in Thrissur, the "Cultural Capital of Kerala". Afternoon visit to the church in Palayoor and the elephant camps in Anakotta and Punnathurkotta. Overnight stay at Thrissur.
Day 8: To Fort Kochi via Muziris
Visit to the church in Paravur. Later you will be transferred in an air-conditioned boat which will take you across the Muziris region, an ancient seaport and urban centre on the Malabar Coast of Tamilakam (modern-day Indian state of Kerala) that dates from 1st century BC. According to tradition, St. Thomas reached Muziris in AD 52. Visit to the historic sites in Muziris region and the church in Kodungallur. Transfer to hotel in Fort Kochi. Overnight stay at Fort Kochi.
Day 9: In Fort Kochi
We will go on a sightseeing tour of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry.
Places to see: St. Francis Church, Chinese Fishing nets, Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Indo-Portuguese Museum, Dutch Palace, Paradesi Synagogue and Jew Town.
In the evening, we will watch Kathakali show in theatre. Kathakali, a 300 year old classical art form of Kerala is a spectacular blend of dance, drama, mime and song. Overnight stay at Fort Kochi.
Day 10: To Marari
Transfer to Marari, one of the finest beaches in Kerala. With its vast coastal line fringed with coconut trees, white sand and the clean water, this beach is the perfect place to unwind and relax. Overnight stay at Marari.
Day 11: In Marari
Morning visit to the churches in Kokkamangalam and Arthunkal. Optional visit to St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara Church. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Marari.
Day 12: To Chennai
Transfer to Kochi airport to catch the flight to Chennai. Meet and greet service by Santos King representative at the airport. Visit to San Thome Basilica, built in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers over the tomb of St. Thomas. Later we will proceed to St. Thomas Mount, where St. Thomas was believed to have been martyred. Transfer to resort in Pondicherry. Overnight stay at Pondicherry.
Day 13: To Pondicherry
Today we will go for a sightseeing tour of Pondicherry, a French colony until 1954, which has retained a number of colonial buildings from the old era.
Places to see: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Our Lady of Angels Church, Promenade beach.
Overnight stay at Pondicherry.
Day 14: Departure
Transfer to Chennai aiport.