Arrive Cochin - Located in the beautiful state of Kerala, Cochin was built by the Portuguese and is today the busiest port of the country and an important tourist destination of the state. Evening attend the Kathakali Dance Performance - A unique dance which has a 2000 year old history with more than 100 different 'mudras' or gesture depicting deities, demons, heroes, heroines and kings - each based on episodes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana, the two epic Indian myths.. Overnight stay in Cochin.
After breakfast visit the Bolghatty Palace - The palace is situated in the Bolghatty island and was built by the Dutch. St. Francis Church - The Church of St. Francis is another place that tourists must visit during their trip to the beautiful city of Cochin. Jewish Synagogue - The Jewish Synagogue was built in 1568 and is extremely beautiful. It is exquisitely ornate by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Mattancherry Palace - The Mattancherry palace is also known as the Dutch palace, however, it was originally built by the Portuguese. Evening is free. Overnight stay in Cochin.
After breakfast drive to Kozhikode (Calicut) - A great sea port in olden days, was once the capital of the powerful Zamorins. It was here at kappad that Vasco Da Gama first landed in 1948. Later the Dutch, the French and the British came to these shores to trade. Kozhikode still maintain its commercial traditions. As cargo steamers visit the port even today. The town is famous for its boat - building yard, timber industry and historic temples.Calicut is located on the South west coast of India, in the Indian state of Kerala. Arrive and check in. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay in Kozhikode.
Kappad BeachAfter breakfast proceed for the city tour visiting Pazhassiraja Museum and Art Gallery, Kappad Beach where Vasco da Gama landed in 1498 and the prominent port of Beypore. Ancient Beypore was much sought after by merchants from Western Asia for its shipbuilding industry. The art of "Uru" (Arabian trading vessel) building is a tradition of over 1500 yrs and you can even see some of them being built perhaps even buy their miniature version from local shops. Evening return to hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Kozhikode.
After breakfast drive to temple town of Guruvayur - It is among India's most important pilgrimage centres and is also known as the Dwaraka of the South. Arrive and check in. Later proceed on city tour visiting the Sree Krishna Swamy Temple - which attracts thousands of pilgrims is said to date prior to the 16th century. The walls of the sanctum are inlaid with exquisite mural paintings and carvings. Only Hindu's are allowed inside the temple followed by visit to Punnathur Kotah - This lovely elephant sanctuary is attached to the Sree Krishna Temple. The open green area is the home of around 55 temple elephants. Evening visit Chavakkad Beach - with its virgin waters, will entice you to come again. Later return to hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Guruvayur.
Today after breakfast drive to Munnar - Surrounded by lush green-carpeted tea and coffee plantations, It is a picturesque hill station situated in the eastern part of Kerala. The town is located at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kudala - and is known for its clean, neat, and brightly painted ambience. The beautiful landscapes, cosy weather, and the smell of tea leaves makes Munnar one of the most sought-after destinations in South India. Munnar is situated near the Anaimudi Peak, the highest peak in the Western Ghats. The hills here are covered with a carpet of flowers in bloom. Also found here is an exotic plant called Neelakurunji that flowers just once in a 12-year period. Arrive and check in. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay in Munnar.
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Munnar visit Pothamedu - is known for its plantation business apart from trekking and hiking options amidst sylvan surroundings, Devikulam - is an idyllic hill station near Munnar, Pallivasal - is home to the first hydropower project in Kerala, Attukal - has several panoramic waterfalls and offers trekking options, Nyayamakad - is again a well-known picnic spot around Munnar, Mettupetty - has an artificial lake built by a small hydroelectric project and Rajamala - is known as the natural habitat of endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Later return to hotel. Evening is free to relax. Overnight stay in Munnar.
Thekkady LakeAfter breakfast drive to Thekkady - a landlocked district, is one of the most nature rich areas of Kerala. High ranges and wooded valleys are girded by three main rivers. As a tourist destination it offers diverse attractions like wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantation tours, mountain treks and Elephant rides, etc. Arrive and check in. Evening is free to rejuvenate yourself with ayurvedic massage. Overnight stay in Thekkady.
Early today proceed on wildlife cruise on Periyar lake. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungle of Periyar in Thekkady is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves and is declared as Tiger Reserve in 1978. Later return to hotel. Afternoon proceed on spice plantation tour covering cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea plantations. Evening is free for leisure / relax. Overnight stay in Thekkady.
After breakfast, drive to the coast and this melodically named town of Kumarakom nature's best with its virgin forest backwaters on the banks of lake Vembanda. An enchanting backwater destination offer visitors many other leisure options. Boating and fishing facilities are available at Kumarokam. Arrive and check into your backwater resort. Evening walk through the village near by. Overnight stay in Kumarokam.
Day at leisure to relax at the resort. The resort offers comfortable accommodation and exclusive leisure options like Ayurvedic message, yoga, meditation, boating, fishing, angling and swimming or a cruise along the Vembanad Lake to experience the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. At this idyllic retreat, one can look forward to practicing the 'Art of Doing Nothing'.
HouseboatThe Kerala backwaters consist of a complex network of lagoons, lakes, and canals and are best experienced while slowly punting down the labyrinth of canals in a traditional thatch-roofed houseboat, known as 'kettuvallam'. Embark your houseboat, a renovated cargo boat with either one or two bedrooms, kitchenette and all modern conveniences. A 3-member crew will cater for your comforts and meals. See life on the banks, lush green rice fields, and coconut groves with occasional temple or church as you cruise through the canals. An experience you will savour for a long time.
After breakfast disembark your houseboat and drive to Kovalam - A groove of coconut trees. This is a combination of three small beaches, the sheltered natural bay, the azure blue waters and the sumptuous spread of green palm groves, reefs and shoals, leisurely sailing wooden canoes, clear waters at dawn, corals, shells, marine life, foliage and rejuvenating herbal and body toning massages make it a tropical paradise. Arrive and check in. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay in Kovalam.