Day 1 – Arrive in Trivandrum
On arrival at Trivandrum airport our representative having a placard displaying your name will meet you to pick you up and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Trivandrum.
Day 2 – Trivandrum – Varkala
60km / 1½ hours
Breakfast at the hotel visit Trivandrum city. Visit Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple Covering an area of about 2,400 sq. metres, the temple of Sri Padmanabhaswamy is believed to be around 260 years old. The temple with its gopuram (tower) soaring majestically upwards is believed to be one of the 108 shrines sacred to the Vaishnavites in India. Also visit Napier Museum. Dating back to 1880, the Napier Museum building is a combination of the Kerala, Mughal, Chinese and Italian architectural styles. The building has a unique natural air-conditioning system. A visit to this museum gives you glimpses of Kerala’s rich cultural heritage.
Overnight at the hotel in Varkala.
Day 3 – Varkala
Morning visit the Portugese church of Anjengo dated to the time of occupation, which maybe the Elanchoros of the geography of Ptomempee (2nd century A.D.). Also visit the English Fort constructed in 1695 A.D. by the English 'East India Company'. Rest of the day is free at leisure.
Day 4 – Varkala – Alleppey – Kumarakom
Backwaters cruise till Kumarakom – 120km / 3 hours
Drive towards Alleppey. On arrival check in to traditional Kerala house boat for a cruise, which is totally a delightful experience. Cruise through the palm fringed canals, watch the paddy fields and village folk, while relaxing on board hearing the lullaby of the wind & waves. This mysterious strip of emerald green land is stuffed with endless miles of placid backwaters that appends to its charm. Freshly cooked local food is served onboard. Dinner and overnight stay at the houseboat.
Day 5 – Kumarakom – Periyar
130km / 3½ hours
Breakfast at houseboat and then check out from the houseboat. Your houseboat will drop you at Kumarakom. Directly drive to Periyar. The most renowned destination in Kerala, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkady is one of India’s major sanctuary areas. Arrive and check in to the hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore the local spice market. Overnight at the hotel in Pariyar.
Day 6 – Periyar
Early morning we take boat ride over the Lake Periyar to watch animals in their natural habitat on the water's edge. While cruising on Lake Periyar, you are likely to see animals like wild boars, sambars, wild dogs, Langur monkeys and wild elephants. Late afternoon again visit the park by boat. Overnight at the hotel in Pariyar.
Day 7 – Periyar – Munnar
110km / 4 hours
After breakfast, we leave Periyar for a scenic drive to Munnar – Kerala’s tea garden hill station. Reach Munnar in the afternoon and check in to the hotel. Later proceed to visit Tea Museum and Tea Garden. Evening free for shopping some Tea & Spices from the busy markets of Munnar Town.
Day 8 – Munnar – Cochin
140km / 3½ hours
Morning free at the hotel or to explore the surroundings. Later in the afternoon drive to Cochin. Arrive in the evening and check in to the hotel. Later there will be a cultural show of Kathakali dance of Kerala to give you the glimpse of tradition and culture of Kerala. Overnight at the hotel in Cochin.
Day 9 – Cochin – Abroad
After breakfast visit of Cochin including The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry, renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana. Visit the Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town, and the St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. In the late evening transfer to the airport to board the flight for your onward destination.
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