LEISURE AT KERALA
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Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
Destinations: Cochin - Periyar - Munnar - Kumarakom - Kovalam - Trivendrum

Day 01: Arrive Cochin

Welcome in KERALA .On arrival transfer to hotel. Rest of day is free for personal activities. Overnight at hotel.


DAY-02: In Cochin

Halfday city tour .. Chinese Fishing Nets: They are huge cantilevered fishing nets brought by the Indian traders from the court of Kublai Khan, the famous Mongol Emperor who founded the Yuan Dynasty of China.Jewish Synagogue: Built in the year 1568, the Jewish Synagogue is probably the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth..St. Francis Church: Built by the Portuguese in 1503 AD, it is the first church built by the Europeans in India. Vasco De Gama, the famous Bolghatty Island: An enchantingly beautiful and narrow long island, it's famous for housing the Bolghatty Palace, built by the Dutch in 1744. The only golf course of Cochin is located on this picturesque island. Other major attraction of the Bolghatty is an exciting Boat cruising on the island connecting Cochin to Bolghatty Island. Willington Island: Surrounded by beautiful backwaters of Cochin, Willington Island is an artificial island created by the dumping of the materials that were dug out while Cochin Port was being deepened. It houses the city's best hotels and trading centers, the port trust and the headquarters of the southern naval command. Over night at hotel


Day 03: Cochin / Periyar (Drive : 195 kms/05hrs)

In morning drive to Periyar wild life sanctuary. On arrival check-in at hotel . Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated around the artificially created Periyar Lake. In 1895 a dam was constructed across the Ulla periyar River. The resultant lake and its surrounding forest area were abundant in wildlife, leading to the creating of a hunting reserve for the Maharaja of Travancore. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Project Tiger reserve in 1978 and is one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries in India. Its unique ecosystem which consists of thick moist deciduous vegetation, dense evergreen forests and the aquatic environment of the Periyar Lake make Periyar a unique and precious wildlife resource. ENJOY BOAT CRUISE AT PERIYAR LAKE. Overnight at hotel.


Day 04 :In Periyar

Early morning visit park for games viewing . Apart from Elephants, the other animals to be seen in the Periyar sanctuary are Gaur, Wild Pigs, Sambar, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Dole or Indian Wild Dog and very rarely, a Tiger. There are, now, an estimated 40 tigers here. Four species of primates are found at Periyar - the rare lion-tailed macaque, the Nilgiri Langur, Common Langur And Bonnet Macaque. Periyar also happens to be the habitat of the elusive Nilgiri Tahr, The birdlife comprises of Darters, Cormorants, Kingfishers, the great Malabar Hornbill and racket-tailed Drongoes. The reptilian population boasts Of Monitor Lizards that can be spotted basking in the sun, on the rocks along the lakeshore. Visitors who trek into the Periyar national park often see a Python and sometimes even a King Cobra.

In the lap of the mountains, the Periyar wildlife sanctuary's environ is like a canvas of many shades. The fresh air of the moist deciduous forest gives one a chance to experience the peace and serenity and long to return for more. Overnight at hotel.


Day 05 : Periyar / Munnar (Drive : 155 kms/05hrs)

In morning drive to Munnar . Drive to Munnar . On arrival check-in at hotel . Munnar is a picturesque chunk of the lofty Western Ghats in the backwater country of Kerala in South India. The town of Munnar stands at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Munnar is the most ideal place for the tourists looking for trekking, boating, riding, angling and much more all at the same time. The balmy climate of the Munnar will prompt you to laze about and fill your soul with peace and delight.

A haven of peace and tranquillity, Munnar is amazingly beautiful, an idyllic tourist destination in God's own country. At an altitude of 6000 ft, Munnar has been the favoured summer resort . There are many waterfalls, lakes and streams among the green hill slopes and valleys of the Western Ghats in Munnar, Kerala, India. Three mountain rivers the Kundala, Nallathanni and Mudrapuzha come together at Munnar. The green hills of Munnar are covered by extensive tea plantations and spice plantation ,enjoy walking amongst the numerous tea estates of Munnar and view the entire process of making tea, right from plucking of tealeaves to their processing at the Kundale tea. Overnight at hotel.


Day 06 : In Munnar

Day is free at leisure . Overnight at hotel.


Day 07 : Munnar / Kumarakom (Drive:200kms/05hrs)

In morning drive to Kumarakom to board house boat for back water. Kumarakom in Kerala is a beautiful backwater destination. Located on the picturesque Vembanad Lake Kumarakom has to be seen to be believed. Kumarakom consists of a cluster of islands which have been converted into a number of tourist resorts. Popular with the discerning luxury tourist, Kumarakom is a must visit on your Kerala tours with Kerala Backwater Overnight at House boat.


Day 08 : Kumarakom / Kovalam (Drive:170kms/04hrs)

In morning drive to Kovalam .On arrival check-in at hotel . Kovalam, is one of the most beautiful and famous beaches of Kerala.. The three beaches are called Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach. All the three beaches have clear sandy expanses and are backed by waving palm trees. A cool sea breeze blows in from the Arabian Sea and the rhythmic waves roll onto the beach, to the delight of paddlers and swimmers. Kovalam is a natural bay on the Arabian Sea coast of Kerala and with its blue waters, white sand and green coconut trees looks like a picture postcard image of a tropical paradise. Overnight at hotel.


Day 09 : Kovalam / Trivendrum / Kovalam (Drive : 30kms/01hrs one way )

In morning drive to same day excursion for Trivendrum . half day city tour Padmanabha Swamy Temple: The temple is also one of the tourist attractions in Trivandrum. The presiding deity is lord Vishnu reclining on a large serpent that is 'Anantha'. Stone carvings and murals adorn thetemple. Napier Museum: This 19th century structure displays a rare collection of archaeological artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. The Indo-Saracenic structure boasts of a natural air-conditioning system that bears testimony to the technological progress of that period. Some other tourist attractions in Trivandrum are: The Zoological Park,PriyadarshiniPlanetarium.Afternoon proceed to Kovalam .Overnight at hotel.


Day 10 : In Kovalam

Day is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel .


Day 11 : Kovalam / Out

Transfer to Trivendrum (50 kms) to board flight for onwards destination.


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