Day 1 / Arrival Trivandrum
Arrive Trivandrum, meet assist at the airport and transfer to
Kovalam, the internationally renowned Beach Resort (12Kms drive).
Kovalam, a favorite haunt for tourists since the 1930’s,
consists of three adjacent crescent beaches.
Transfer to accommodation. The day is free to relax on the beach.
Night stay in Kovalam.
2 / Sightseeing Trivandrum
A whole day spent sightseeing in Trivandrum.
Trivandrum, the Kerala State Administrative Capital is 16Kms
City sightseeing features among other places of interest:
1. Padmanabha Swami Temple, the only one in Kerala where foreign
nationals are allowed near the Sanctum Sanctorum. Known for
its mural paintings and stone carvings, the temple is a blend
of Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture.
2. Kuthiramalika, a palace of the erstwhile Composer King of
Travancore, displays a rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional
Travancore style of architecture with exquisite woodcarvings
(closed on all Mondays).
3. The Napier Museum, houses a rare collection of archaeological
and historic artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple
chariot and ivory carvings (closed on all Sundays & Wednesdays).
4. Shree Chitra Art Gallery, displays select paintings by Raja
Ravi Varma, Svetlava & Nicholas Roerich, including some
exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools
of art in India. The collection includes paintings from China,
Japan, Tibet and Bali (closed on all Mondays & Wednesdays).
The evening is free to relax on the Beach. Night stay at Kovalam.
3 / Kumarakom
Morning drive to Kumarakam (180Km drive).
Kumarakam is situated on Lake Vembanad, the hub of backwater
tourism in Kerala. Mangrove Forests, Paddy Fields, and Coconut
Groves networked by a maze of waterways and canals adorned with
waterlillies, make Kumarakam an unbelievably beautiful natural
Transfer to hotel. Night stay in Kumarakom.
4 / Kumarakom
The day is free for trekking in the Mangrove Forests, Water
Sking, Fishing by the Lake or Bird Watching at Kumarakam Bird
Sanctuary - an ornithologists heaven. Night stay in Kumarakom.
5 / Periyar
Morning Drive to Periyar (130Km drive).
The Periyar Forest is one of the finest wildlife reserves in
India. Lying at an altitude of 900 – 1800m above sea level
and spread across 777sq.Km, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was
declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted for its geomorphology,
diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty. It’s the only
sanctuary in India where you can view wildlife at close quarters
from the safety of a boat on the lake. Periyar’s biggest
attractions are the Herds of Elephants that come down to water
and play, lakeside.
Transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Periyar.
6 / Kumily - Thekkady
Start the day with a short Trek inside the Sanctuary followed
by a two hour Boat Ride.
Evening leaves you free to check out the local Spice Markets
at Kumily, a small town 4Kms from Thekkady [Reserve]. Night
stay in Thekkady.
7 / Cochin
Morning drive to Cochin (225Kms drive).
The Commercial Capital of Kerala, and the most cosmopolitan
of Kerala’s cities, Cochin is a fascinating blend of cultures.
The evening is free for Leisure & Shopping. Night stay in
8 / Sightseeing Cochin
Sightseeing in Cochin, takes you very close to the regions History
on the international stage .
1. The Hill Palace Museum, a fully-fledged archeological museum
and Kerala’s first ever Heritage Museum are the main attractions
(closed on Mondays).
2. Chinese Fishing Nets, this unique style of huge cantilevered
fishing nets were erected between 1350 and 1450 AD by traders
from the Court of Kubla Khan, a Chinese King.
3. Santa Cruz Basilica, this historic church was built by the
Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558.
Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Church a Basilica in 1984.
4. The Jewish Synagogue, constructed in 1568, this is the oldest
Synagogue in the Commonwealth (closed on Saturdays & Jewish
The area around the Synagogue, called Jew Town, is the centre
for Spice & Handicraft shops.
5. Mattanchery Palace (Dutch Palace), built by the Portuguese
in 1557 and presented to the Regent of Kochi (closed on Fridays).
Night stay in Cochin.
9 / Departure
Transfer to Cochin / Trivandrum International Airport to board
the onward flight.
/ Choices / Additions
- One Night on a Houseboat:
The nights stay of ‘Day Two’ of the Tour can be
spent on a Houseboat; we board at Alleppey – the “Venice
of the East”.
Alleppey is a fascinating part of Kerala; land of Canals and
The classic Kerala Houseboat or “Kettuvallam”, (as
it would be locally known), is the giant traditional craft of
the waterways. Measuring up to 80 feet in length, they were
used to carry tonnes of rice & spices. A standard Kettuvallam
can hold up to 30 tonnes.
Today these Houseboats have been transformed into an innovative
holiday idea, including all the creature comforts of a well-furnished
Bedroom, an en-suite Bathroom, cosy Living Room, Kitchen and
even a Balcony for Angling.
The Houseboat will cruise at a leisurely pace along palm-fringed
waterways, giving a panoramic view of Kerala Village Life. On-board
catering will provide the best of Kerala Cuisine to suit your
night the Boat will be Anchored on Lake Vembanad.
Three & Four at Alleppey:
day trip to Kumarakam to visit the Bird Sanctuary.
[Note: This option will save cost on the Deluxe Tour].
a Break – [Additional Charges Apply] ~
Two nights in any one of the Beach Resorts –
(a) Taj - Garden Retreat, Varkala.
(b) Marari Beach Resort, Mararikulam.
(c) Kadapuram Beach Resort, Nattika.
Two nights in any one of the Backwater Resorts –
(a) Poovar Island Resort, Poovar, near Kovalam.
(b) Aqua Serene, Paravoor.