Nestling between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, Kerala is an enchanting mosaic of coconut groves and paddy fields, beaches, backwaters and verdant hills. Cochin, Kerala’s main trading center for spices and sea food is also Kerala’s most cosmopolitan city. According to legend, Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu, created Kerala by throwing his battle-axe into the sea. The abundance of canals, lagoons and lakes in the state seem to reinforce this legend of a land born from the sea. Undoubtedly the commercial hub of Kerala, the city of Cochin is where ancient civilization gracefully mingles with modern life. Right from the early years, Cochin has had cultural and trade relations with the outside world. She had also experienced pulsating episodes of European colonial rivalry. Today with a natural, all-weather harbor and replete with serene backwaters, beautiful lagoons, wooded isles, and a magnificent seascape, Cochin is indeed the Queen of the Arabian Sea.
After breakfast at hotel, proceed to visit the city of Cochin, visiting historic Jewish Synagogue (closed Friday & Saturdays), with its Cantonese tiled floors, fine chandeliers, and the Great Scrolls from the Old Testament. Stroll through the Jewish Quarter, browsing at fine antique shops, and warehouses creaking with bric-a-brac.
Also visit the Portuguese built The Mattanchery Palace or Dutch Palace (closed Fridays)- an amazing museum that displays the artifacts of the erstwhile Rajahs of Cochin and visit the enduring 16th century AD attractions for Fort Cochin, the Church of St Francis, within which is the Tomb of Vasco da Gama.
After Breakfast at hotel, proceed for full trip around Munnar, visiting The Mattupeety Lake, is one of the major tourist attractions around Munnar. The Lake at a distance of 13kms from Munnar, was created by a small hydroelectricity dam is flanked by steep hills and woods all around. The Top Station is a vintage point around Munnar that offers panoramic views of the lovely landscapes and the valley. Echo Point, This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. Echo point is on the way to Top Station from Munnar. Kundala is a picturesque town on the way to Top Station. The Golf Course which belongs to Tata Tea Ltd. is located here. The Kundala artificial dam is another attraction. Aruvikkad Waterfall is also near Kundala. Attukal Waterfalls, is located just 9kms from Munnar is breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls and rolling hills, Attukal, located between Munnar and Pallivasal, is a feast for the senses. The place is also ideal for long treks.
Periyar Tiger Reserve and National Park - Established in 1934 as the Nelliampatty Sanctuary, the park was enlarged in 1950 and is India's southernmost tiger reserve. The lake covers some 10 sq. miles and most of the sanctuary is undulating.
Day 05: Periyar/ Alleppey/ House Boat (140Kms & 4hrs drive)
After Breakfast at hotel, proceed to visit the plantation.
The spice plantation in Thekkady is a prime attraction of this beautiful land. Though sprawling tea estates cover much of the landscape of Thekkady, plantations of cardamom, rubber, vanilla and coffee are also aplenty. Walk amidst the green, terraced farms, while you hear the murmuring sound of the rippling stream and breathe in the fragrant air while exploring the spice plantation in Thekkady.
Day 06: House-Boat/ Alleppey/ Kovalam (160Kms & 4hrs drive)
Breakfast will be served on board.
Later, disembark at Alleppey, from where you will be transferred by car to Kovalam.
Kovalam, meaning "a groove of coconut trees," is just 16kms from the state capital of Kerala- Thiruvananthapuram. Kovalam is actually a combination of three small beaches. Among these, the southernmost beach, named Lighthouse Beach, is the most frequented beach in Kovalam. Earlier this beach of Kovalam was an anglers' paradise. It still has some small villages, just a few kilometres away, which belong to the fishing community. Gradually, this beach of Kovalam has been transformed to a tourist spot of great interest. Kovalam is an ideal place for a sunbath during the winter. Tourists to Kovalam can also experience the typical Kerala massage from the parlours available a few kilometres away along the Kovalam beaches.
Arrive Kovalam and check- in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
After breakfast at hotel, proceed for full day excursion to Kanyakumari (100kms & 2.5hrs drive one way). Kanyakumari is a small but exceptionally beautiful town, located on the confluence of three oceans - the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, and the Bay of Bengal. Kanyakumari is referred as the southernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent. The name of Kanyakumari is derived from two Hindi words 'Kanya' and 'Kumari' which translates into the 'virgin girl'. It's because that the place is named after the beautiful princess Kanya Devi, one of the many forms of goddess Parvathi, the consort of Lord Shiva. For its association with the goddess, Kanyakumari is regarded as one of the most sacred pilgrimage centers for the Hindus. The town houses several beautiful temples including the one dedicated to Goddess Parvathi.