God's Own CountryAfter breakfast city tour of Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram. Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, is built over low hills near the seashore. Though a well-developed capital city, it is not noisy. Trivandrum is clean, green and peaceful. Derived from Tiru-Ananthapuram, Thiruvananthapuram means the city of Anatha. Anatha is the sacred eternal snake that shelters Lord Vishnu (the Preserver in the Hindu Holy Trinity of Creator-Preserver-Destroyer) with its hood. Visit the sacred Padmanabha Swamy Temple. The temple is known for the Mural paintings and stone carvings is one among the 108 temples dedicated to Vishnu in India. A magnificent array of gods, goddesses, nymphs, sprites and demons adorn the seven-storey 'gopuram' that forms the temple tower. Later return to hotel and rest of the day free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 Trivandrum - Kovalam (16/15 min Kms/Hrs (Aprox.))
After breakfast check out of the hotel and drive towards Kovalam. 'Kovalam' known for its golden sands bordered by coconut palm trees. 16 km from Trivandrum, it was once a fishing village and is now an evergreen beach resort with a pleasant climate. Known as the 'Paradise of the South', Kovalam is now one of the most favourite tourist destinations all over the world. The scenic beauty, serenity and the seafood along with Ayurvedic massage parlors, yoga centers and water sport facilities make Kovalam a popular haven for tourists. Upon arrival at Kovalam check into the hotel. Rest of the day free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Sree Narayana Guru SamadhiAfter breakfast check out of the hotel and drive towards Varkala. 'Varkala' The famed beach destination, Varkala is a religious centre too. Like the white cliffs of Dover, the pink laterite cliffs of Varkala rise right off the sea side along with beaches in between. A dip in the holy waters of this beach and a prayer at the 1000-year-old Janardhana (Lord Krishna) temple is said to cleanse one of all sins. The Sivagiri Mutt established by the great social reformer, Sree Narayana Guru is also nearby. Mineral water springs on the high cliffs are a unique attraction of the destination. Upon arrival at Varkala check into the resort. Rest of the day free for leisure. Overnight at the resort.
Day 07 Aleppey - Kayamkulam (47/1 Kms/Hrs (Aprox.))
God's Own CountryAfter breakfast check out of resort and check into a houseboat. You will be taken to Kayamkulam through the backwaters where you will be having a glimpse of the lives of the local fishermen and their fishing techniques. Kayamkulam a scenic ancient market town popular for its fishing, coir and tourism industries. Enjoy this pleasant ride through the small fishing villages to Kayamkulam where the boat anchors at the Kayamkulam lake. Overnight at the houseboat.
God's Own CountryNext morning we resume our tour on the houseboat through the famous backwaters of Kerala. Now you will be taken to the small fishing village of Changnacherry. The houseboat stays anchored at Changnacherry for your overnight stay in the beautiful backwaters.
The next destination is Kumarakom, which is constituted by a cluster of small islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. The sail through the backwaters on the houseboat will surely be a memorable trip for you. Then later check out of the houseboat. Then you will be taken to a beautiful resort at Kumarakom. Check into the resort. Overnight at the resort.
Day 10 Kumarakom - Cochin (80/1.5 Kms/Hrs (Aprox.))
Willingdon IslandAfter breakfast check out of the resort and drive towards Cochin. 'Cochin' or Kochi is the second city of Kerala. From 1100 AD Kochi was the seat of the Kingdom of Cochin, a princely state, which was only given up by the Maharaja when the Indian Union was formed at Independence in 1947. Upon arrival check into the hotel. Then later visit the Fort Kochi, St. Francis Church, Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), Synagogue, Bolghatty Island, Willingdon Island. Later return to the hotel and rest of the day free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
God's Own CountryAfter breakfast check out of hotel and drive towards 'Periyar' known for the River Periyar, the second longest and the perennial river of Kerala. On arrival check into the resort. Later enjoy boat ride on the Periyar River touring the Periyar wild life sanctuary. Then return to the resort and overnight at the resort .