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9N/10D: Cochin – Munnar – Thekkady – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Kovalam – Trivandrum

What will you see:  Dutch Palace Museum, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Cheeyappara Waterfalls, Mattupetty Dam, Echo Point, Shooting Point, Eravikulam National Park, Kathakali performance, Kalaripayattu performance, Kumarakom/Kottayam, Kovalam Beach, Padmanabhaswami Temple, Kuthiramalika Palace, Veli Lagoon, Zoo

What will you do: Jewish Street tour, Thekkady sightseeing, Bird Sanctuary tour, Houseboat Cruise, Chitra Art Gallery tour

Known as a nature’s paradise, Kerala has a lot more to offer. For it is here that you have a tryst with the vibrant and rich culture of the state. Encompassing all that and more is this tour. On one hand visit the oldest European church in India and on the other, relish in the cultural art performances of the elaborate dance-drama of Kathakali and the performance of Kalaripayattu, an Indian marshal art form.

Other experience of this tour includes visiting Dutch Palace Museum that represent Hindu temple art, paying homage at Sri Padmanabhaswami Temple which is glorified in ancient Tamil literature, strolling by the Jewish Street known for its antique shops and a lot more. 

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Kovalam – Trivandrum Airport (11 kms - 20 mins by road)

    After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Trivandrum Airport for onward journey.

  • Day 2 - Cochin – Munnar (140 kms – 04 hours by road)

    Cheeyappara Waterfalls visit

    Post breakfast, checkout from hotel and take a drive to the picturesque hill station of Munnar. Once a sprawling dense forest, this place was turned into a plantation sometime in the mid nineteenth century and still retains its natural beauty. En-route, visit the cascading Cheeyappara Waterfalls. On arrival, check into hotel. Evening can be spent at leisure. Overnight stay in Munnar.

  • Day 3 - Munnar

    Mattupetty Dam visit, Echo Point visit, Shooting Point visit, Eravikulam National Park tour

    After breakfast, proceed for a refreshing sightseeing of Munnar. Visit Mattupetty Dam where you can take in the sights of the pristine lake and lush hills. Post that, head to the tranquil Kundale Lake, famous Echo Point and Shooting Point that is a perfect place to click away. Then, head to Eravikulam National Park. Placed at the majestic Western Ghats, it is from here you can get a glimpse of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Overnight stay in Munnar.

  • Day 4 - Munnar – Thekkady (110 kms – 03 hours by road)

    Post breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to the rustic land of Thekkady (Periyar). On arrival, check into hotel. Evening can be spent in leisure. Overnight stay in Thekkady.

  • Day 5 - Thekkady (Periyar)

    Thekkady sightseeing, Kathakali performance, Kalaripayattu performance

    After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of Thekkady (Periyar). Revel in the scintillating performances of Kathakali (a classical dance-drama with elaborate costumes and vibrant makeup) and Kalaripayattu (Indian marshal art form). Overnight stay in Thekkady.

  • Day 6 - Thekkady – Kumarakom (140 kms – 04 hours by road)

    Kumarakom/Kottayam sightseeing

    Today, post breakfast check out and drive to Kumarakom, known for its emerald backwaters. On arrival, check into the resort. In the afternoon, proceed for sightseeing of Kumarakom/Kottayam. This nature haven is famous for the alluring Vembanad Lake, stretches of green paddy fields, lush hillocks and arresting backwaters. Overnight stay at Kumarakom.

  • Day 7 - Kumarakom – Alleppey (45 kms – 01 hour by road)

    Bird Sanctuary tour, Houseboat experience

    Early morning, proceed for a bird sanctuary visit. After breakfast, checkout of the resort and drive to Alleppey, referred as the Venice of the East. On arrival, check into the quaint houseboat. The entire day, enjoy the backwater cruise through Vembanad Lake and get mesmerised by the captivating sights. Overnight stay in Houseboat.

  • Day 8 - Alleppey – Kovalam (180 kms – 04 hours by road)

    Kovalam Beach experience

    After breakfast, checkout from Houseboat and drive to Kovalam, the inviting beach town. On arrival check into the hotel. Evening, enjoy a relaxed day by the sparkling Kovalam Beach. Overnight stay in Kovalam.

  • Day 9 - Kovalam – Trivandrum (11.1 kms - 20 misn by road) – Kovalam (11.1 kms - 20 misn by road)

    Padmanabhaswami Temple visit, Chitra Art Gallery tour, Kuthiramalika Palace tour, Veli Lagoon visit, Zoo experience

    After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of Trivandrum. This capital city has a history of trading traditions that go way back to 1000 BCE. Here, visit Sri Padmanabhaswami Temple which is praised in the ancient literature of Divya Prabandha. Have a cultural tryst with Chitra Art Gallery. Other places on the list include Zoo, Kuthiramalika Palace that reflects Southern architecture and Veli Lagoon. Overnight stay in Kovalam.

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