Hills, Jungle & Backwaters

Duration : 8 Nights / 9 Days

Places to Visit : Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady - Kumarakom - Kovalam – Trivandrum

Day 01 : Arrive Cochin

Welcome to Cochin or Kochi! On arrival at Cochin International airport you are traditional welcome by our tour representatives and transfer to your hotel.

Cochin is known as the Gateway to Kerala picturesquely situated on the south-west cost of the Indian peninsula. Kochi is the heart as well as prosperous and the breathtaking picturesque state of Kerala, known as the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’. This fascinating town is filled with coconut trees, magnificent backwaters, bygone churches, Portuguese artistic and British monuments etc, also referred as the ‘God’s Own Country’ for its strategic importance over the centuries. In the evening take a walk along the historic colonial streets of Fort Cochin. Watch a Kathakali Show, a traditional art performance of Kerala. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02 : Cochin

After breakfast proceed for a guided tour of Fort Cochin and the Jew Street in Mattancherry.Visit the synagogue, century’s old churches and palaces, colonial buildings, Chinese fishing net etc. Spend your evening on the nearby Fort Cochin beach or ferry across to Cherai Beach which is half an hour away. Come back to the hotel or visit Ernakulam city for souvenir and other shopping on Mahatma Gandhi Road. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Chinese Fishing Nets Cochin

Chinese Fishing Nets, Cochin

Day 03 : Cochin - Munnar (140 Kms, 4 hours drive by road)

Today after breakfast transfer to Munnar. The entire route filled with the endless tea plantations looks like a green carpet spread over 100’s of kilometers, Rubber, lush green valleys, magnificent mountains, Pepper cardamom and the scenic beauty of evergreen forests. On arrival at Munnar transfer to your hotel.

Munnar- is the most beautiful tourist paradise and the splendid pearl of Kerala situated at the merging point of 3 mountain streams - Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Munner is a haven of peace and tranquility and a beautiful hill station set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district. Munnar is used to be the summer place of the erstwhile British Government in South India. This fascinating city is blessed with extensive wide area of tea plantations, waterfalls, rivulets, natural beauty and exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04 : Munnar

After breakfast start for a full day sightseeing of Munnar watch beautiful mist kissing romantic green meadows- mind-blowing hills sleeping under green carpet (Tea Gardens) visit Mattupetty Lake & Dam, Echo Point, Kundala Lake, Blossom Garden, Rajamalai, Eravikulam Wildlife sanctuary & Tea Plantation. Dinner and Overnight stay at Munnar.

Day 05 : Munnar - Thekkady (120 kms, 4 hours drive by road)

This morning after breakfast check out from hotel and ready to transfer for Thekkady, one of the picturesque journey of south India filled with cloudy mountains, spice plantations and open grasslands lined with spectacular waterfalls. On arrival at Thekkady Check in Hotel.

Thekkady – the fabulous wildlife Sanctuary, which is a veritable paradise for all wildlife lovers. It is one of the world's most fascinating wild life reserves, spread across 777 sq km. The sanctuary is a treasure of flora and fauna with a wide range of animals including tiger, elephants, leopards, deer, the elusive Nilgiri tahr, and hundred species of birds. Afternoon proceeds to visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Spice Plantation and mullaperiyar dam also enjoy boating at Periyar Lake and the breathtaking view of wildlife animal in their natural habitation. Return to your hotel for delicious meal and Overnight stay.

Kumarakom, Bird Sanctuary

Day 06 : Thekkady - Kumarakom (145 kms, 4 hours drive by road)

Morning after breakfast derive to Kumarakom, a breathtaking small village surrounded by serene palm-fringed backwaters of Kerala spread over 900 sq. km. Kumarakom a haven in Kerala is picturesquely situated in the hills and on the Western bank of Vembanad Lake. It is blessed with coconut trees, never ending paddy fields, windings lagoons, backwaters and a home to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world. On arrival at Kumarakom check in resort.

Afternoon visits the scenic beauty of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom Beach and in the evening join sunset cruise or enjoy the romantic beauty of Vembanadu Lake. Overnight stay at the resort.

Day 07 : Kumarakom (Houseboat)

This morning after breakfast at resort. Morning is free at resort or you can join the Yoga and Meditation classes. Afternoon check in at houseboat where you can hear the soothing sound of water rippling alongside your houseboat and which will give you the completely relaxed as you enter a world of serenity and natural beauty in Kerala. Through the Kerala backwaters you can see the magnificent view of the green countryside, swaying palm trees, endless rice fields. Enjoy your on the sundeck away from polluted cities and maddening crowd with Tea/Coffee with snacks. Dinner and overnight stay on House Boat.

Day 08 : Kumarakom - Kovalam (172 kms, 4 hours drive by road)

After breakfast start for Kovalam. Check-in at hotel at Kovalam. The rest of the day is kept for leisure at the Kovalam Beach.

Kovalam a beach town breathtakingly nestled by the Arabian Sea. It is a dreamland for visitors blessed with an endless sight of coconut trees, beaches, backwaters and Lakes. Azure water and favorable climate make Kovalam a favorite year-round spot for swimming. Kovalam beach is known as the "Paradise of the South" where you can enjoy surfing and swimming which captures the soul of Kerala.

In the evening enjoy the cool breeze, wet sand and gently lapping waves, with golden skies reflecting the beautiful sunset with different colors in the sun and sky, which shows the new master piece art works in the sky at Kovalam Beach. Dinner and Overnight stay at Kovalam.

Day 09 : Kovalam - Trivandrum (16 Kms, 20 mins drive by road)

After breakfast start for Trivandrum to board flight for destination ahead. If the time permits visit Museum Complex, Padmanabha Swami Temple, Science and Technology Museum, Veli Tourist village. Board flight for destination ahead with sweet memories of Kerala, Gods own country.