The Discovering South India Tour will first take you to Kochi, known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. From the 14th century, Kochi was an important trading centre on the west coast of India for spices. The oldest European church in India can also be found in Kochi.
Next you will be taken to the hill station Munnar, believed to mean "three rivers" and the city of Thekkady and Kumarakom. All three cities are known for its protected areas of nature and wildlife. The nature in these cities will be an image late forgotten.
You will also be taken to the city of Alappuzha, known as Alleppey. It is considered to be the oldest planned town in this region. Alleppey is known for its backwaters that are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes near the Arabian Sea coast. Many unique species can be found in the backwaters, such as sea creatures, water birds and animals. The houseboats and ferry cruises are famous attractions when visiting the backwaters.
At the end of the tour you will visit the town Kovalam, famous for their beaches and resorts as well as a quick stop in Trivandrum. You will be able to relax and finish up your tour in peace.
Day 1 Cochin - Munnar
Tea Garden, Munaar
Arrive Cochin airport / Railway station, our executive meet you on arrival and explain the tour to you and later drive to Munnar (140 kms / 4. hrs). Munnar is one of the most famous hill station situated on the Western Ghats at the height of 1600 metres above the sea level. It is essentially a tea town – miles of unending tea plantation can be seen here. Enroute see Cheeyappara, Valara water falls and Karadipara View Point. Also see Spice plantations, Rubber Plantations, Pineapple garden etc… Arrive and check into the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 Munnar
kolukkumalai Tea Estate
After breakfast proceed for Munnar sightseeing. Morning visit the Mattupetty dam, Echo point and the Kundala Lake. Boating facilities are available at Mattupetty Dam. Later visit a tea factory and tea museum. Afternoon visit Nyayamakad water falls and Eravikulam National Park which is also known as Rajamala is the natural habitat of Nilgiri Thar. Nilgiri Thar can be observed very closely here. Evening free for shopping. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3 Munnar - Thekkady
Boat Rides at Periyar
After breakfast drive to Thekkady (110 kms / 3.30 hrs). Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves. Enroute visit Devikulam, Signal view Point, Anayirangal Dam, Spice Plantations etc. Arrive and check in to hotel. Afternoon enjoys a boating (on own) at man made lake and this is the only wild life sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close from the safety of a boat on the lake. The probable animals to watch are Bison, Gaur, Wild Elephants, Sambhar and a wide variety of birds. Rest of the day will be free for other activities. Overnight at Hotel.
Other activities available at Thekkady are : Spice Plantation tour, Ayurveda Massage, Martial Arts Kalaripayattu Show, Elephant ride, Nature Walk etc.
Shopping : Tea, Coffee, Spices, Antiques etc.
Day 4 Thekkady - Kumarakom
Morning after breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Kumarakom (145 kms / 4.30 hrs) the backwater destination of Kerala. Evening go for a backwater cruise through Vembanad lake, on own will cost around 500 per hour. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Option for houseboat stay, Morning after early breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Kumarakom (145 kms / 4.30 hrs) the backwater destination of Kerala. Arrive and check in to Houseboat which is also called as Kettuvallom and begin your journey through the picturesque backwaters and small lakes of Kerala. Your houseboat has a bedroom with attached toilet, a dining area cum sit out. There will be 3 accompanying staff in the boat, one drive, one helper and one cook. Lunch, Evening Tea, Snacks and Dinner will be cooked and served on board by the accompanying cook. overnight at Houseboat.
Day 5 Kumarakom - Kovalam
Morning after breakfast houseboat drop you at nearest Jetty around 0900 hrs where our car and driver wait for you, drive to Kovalam, the beach destination (175 kms / 3.30 hrs). Arrive and check in to the hotel, rest of the day at leisure at hotel / beach. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 6 Kovalam
After Breakfast proceed for Trivandrum sightseeing. The interesting places to see are Padmanabha swami temple, Horse shoe museum, Chaitram Art gallery and Shanghumugham Beach. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Shopping : Shell Products, Antique, Textile etc.
Day 7 Kovalam - Kanyakumari
Vivekananda Rock Memorial
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Kanyakumari (90 kms / 2.30 hrs). Kanyakumari is situated at the southern most and is the confluence of Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. On the way visit Padmanabhapuram Palace. The interesting places to see at Kanyakumari are Vivekananda Rock Memorial, which is accessible by boat, Gandhi memorial, Devi temple, Wax Museum, Bay watch amusement park etc.. . Later see sunset. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 8 Kanyakumari - Trivandrum (Departure)
Early morning see sunrise, after Breakfast checkout from hotel and proceed to Trivandrum (100 kms / 3 hrs) for the airport connectivity. Bon Voyage!
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