Kerala, God's Own Country
9 day tour of South India
Day One: Cochin
After breakfast take a full day tour of Kochi visiting Fort Kochi, Mattancherry Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Bolgatty Palace located on scenic Bolgatty Island and Museum of Kerala History. In the evening walk on Marine Drive - a picturesque promenade of Kochi. The walkway has the Rainbow Bridge and the Chinese Fishing Net Bridge. The Marine Drive is a riot of colours in the evenings. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day Two: Cochin – Athirappilly
After an early breakfast drive to Athirappilly located 66 km from Kochi. Enroute pass thorough breathtaking forest cover and rivulets. Athirappilly has South India's most beautiful waterfalls: Charpa and Vazhachal. Here you will be driving along the 150-km Chalakudy River that finally merges into the Arabian Sea. The forests are home to lion-tailed macaque, bison, and sambhar and rare species of birds. Return to Kochi for relaxation, dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day Three: Munnar
After an early breakfast leave for Munnar. Visit Pothamedu for an enchanting view of lush- green tea, coffee and spice plantations, the lovely waterfalls at Nyayamkad and Attukul. See in its natural habitat at Rajmala the rare mountain goat called Nilgiri Tahr. Rajmala is located 2700 meters above sea level. Return to your resort for dinner and overnight.
Day Four: Munnar
After an early breakfast visit the Echo Point, Periyar Kannal Waterfalls and Kundala Reservoir. In the evening take a walking tour and see the setting sun in all its glory. Dinner and over-night at your resort.
Day Five: Thekkady
After breakfast leave for Thekkady - the cardamom country and wildlife destination of South India. Visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Abraham's Spice Garden. See a Kathakali Classical dance performance at Mudra Cultural Centre. Take a walking tour of the colourful bazaars of Thekkady before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day Six: Thekkady
Visit the Sita Devi Lake. Take a cruise on the lake. In the afternoon enjoy a rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage for which South India is so well-known the world over. Walk through the beautifully laid out spice and herb plantations before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day Seven: Alleppey
After breakfast leave for Alleppey - one of the world's most beautiful locations with its lagoons, backwaters and unending stretches of paddy fields. Check into your luxury houseboat. Cruise through the backwaters and enjoy the serene beauty all around. Take a walk on the beautiful Alleppey beach. Visit the Buddhist Statute at the nearby Karumadi village.
Day Eight: Kovalam
After breakfast leave for Kovalam and check into your hotel. Visit the Vellayani Lake and the Neyyar Dam. Late afternoon takes a tour of the Kovalam Fish Market and the Kovalam and Hawa Beaches. Also visit the Napier Museum, Padmanabhanapuram Temple and Sri Chithira Art Gallery. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day Nine: Kovalam
After breakfast take an excursion to Kanyakumari – the Southernmost tip of India. It is the confluence of Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. See the lighthouse and Vivekananda Rock Memorial. Return to your hotel for dinner and flight back home from Trivandrum
Return home with lasting memories of your South India Tour.
Minimum on tour: 4
Best time: August to March
Fee per person (in US dollars)
$2520 - Twin share
$3920 - Single
• 3.5* - 4 * AC accommodation on twin sharing.
• All breakfasts.
• All buffet dinners
• AC car or coach with English-speaking driver and local guides.
• Airport-hotel-airport transfers.
• Dance show.
• All entry fees
• All activities fees.
• Mineral water and soft drinks during excursions.
• Lunches, unless stated in itinerary.
• Insurance of any kind.
• Personal expenses.
India is a country of 1.30 billion mostly peace-loving people. Sometimes a foreign authority issues advisories to its citizens regarding taking extreme care when in India. Your welfare is equally our concern.
- You will be received and seen off at the airports.
- Our representative will display your name on a placard.
- If we feel certain areas are to be avoided we may modify routes, etc without in anyway effecting your overall experience which would be enthralling.
- Please obtain proper receipts for all the products you buy and do so only from authorised shops.
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