On arrival, met upon by assistance and transfer to Hotel. Cochin, A port town since early centuries, Cochin attracted traders and invaders from the world over. Cochin offers some fascinating snippets of history and culture. Also known as the spice coast of India. Overnight at Cochin.
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of cochin including. The Hill Palace Museum, a fully-fledged archeological museum and Kerala’s first ever Heritage Museum are the main attractions (closed on Mondays). 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. 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. Inside Fort Cochin - The Jewish Synagogue, constructed in 1568, this is theoldest Synagogue in the Commonwealth (closed on Saturdays & Jewish Holidays). The area around the Synagogue, called Jew Town, is the centre for Spice & Handicraft shops. Mattanchery Palace (Dutch Palace), built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to the Regent of Kochi (closed on Fridays.
Evening Witness Kathakali the famous dance drama of kerala. This dance is characterised by some great story telling, amazing costumes and extensive make-up. Start early to see the artist preparing themselves for the show (5 PM ). Watch in detail the ritual worth seeing hour long process of make-up as part of our daily KATHAKALI performance. After the Performance, you will have a unique opportunity to take photographs along with the artists in colorful costumes as a souvenir. Overnight at Cochin.
After breakfast drive to the Periyar. On arrival transfer to hotel. Periyar an area known for its undulating hills, spice plantations, and elephant sightings. One of the many tiger reserves in India, the Periyar valley in Thekkady is the oldest. Spice plantation tour where you will be enticed by not only the aroma of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg but will also get to know how they are grown, harvested and processed before they reach the supermarkets. Overnight stay in Periyar.
After breakfast, Jungle walk at Periyar tiger Reserve, Thekkady, is an example of nature’s bounty, with great scenic charm, rich bio diversity and providing veritable visitor satisfaction. Sprawled over an area of 777 Sq .km., Periyar is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India.
Lake Boat Ride:- Take a boat ride on Lake periyar . Located in side the Periyar Tiger Reserve, this is where the British Viceroys and Governor-Generals used to take time of from the world to listen to call of the wild, watch Elephant herds playing by the Lake side . Overnight in Periyar.
After breakfast, check out and leave to Alleppy by surface.
On arrival transfer to your private Kettuvallam (House Boat). Cruise start after Lunch on board. cruise on the Backwaters, a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves.
Houseboats or ‘Kettuvalloms’ are luxurious boats with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm fringed landscape from your cabins. Apart from the mesmerizing surroundings it’s the life along the coast that adds a touch of exotica to this experience. The locals’ travel in canoes and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods, door to door in small wooden boats. As you cruise along the backwaters you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places, enroute. Dinner meal and Overnight on board.
After breakfast, check out and transfer to Hotel in Kovalam. Day at Rest and overnight in Kovalam.
After breakfast proceed for Kanyakumari 100 kms. Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India. It is at the tail point of India, where the three seas meet together. Enroute visiting Padnabhapuram palace - a wooden palace dating back to the 17th century. Visit Vivekananda rock memorial, Kanyakumari temple etc. Overnight stay in Kovalam.
Have a comfortable breakfast, day free for rest. Overnight in Kovalam.
Early morning witness the sunrise from the terrace of the hotel and after breakfast drive to the Trivandrum Airport to connected the flight for your onward journey.
Cochin – Hotel Brunton Boatyard – Deluxe Sea Facing Suite
Periyar – Hotel Spice Village Deluxe Cottage with Private Garden
Alleppey – Spice Route House boat
Kovalam – The Travancore Heritage – 03 Nights – Pool Mansions