Kerala With Kanyakumari
Highlights: Munnar (2N) - Thekkady (1N) - Alleppey (1N) – Kanyakumari (1N) – Kovalam (2N)
Location: Kerala
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Starting Point(s): Cochin
Ending Point(s): Trivandrum Airport / Cochin Airport

Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. Over the years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India (after Mumbai/Bombay). Cochin is proud of its world class port and international airport that link it to many major cities worldwide.

Munnar is located at the Idukki district of Kerala State in India. The word "Munnar" means three rivers. 3 mountain streams (Madurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala) are joining together here. There are about 30 tea plantations in and around Munnar. The tea estates, hills, lakes and forests inside Munnar range exposes it's beauty. The Munnar hills are covered by tea plants which makes the feeling of seeing a wide green carpet. The natural beauty, calmness and mild cold climate throughout the year makes it the favourite tourist place of both Indians and foreigners.

Thekkady is a nature lover’s delight. With its unspoilt tropical forests & its incredible wealth of animal & plant life is a naturalist’s paradise. The journey to Thekkady takes you through quaint little hill towns & softly contoured hill sloped surrounded by plantations of tea, coffee & spices like cardamom & pepper. Thekkady is a heaven for the wild animals especially elephants that are the prime attractions at the Periyar National Park & Tiger Reserve.

Alleppey is all backwater stretch & undoubtedly the most fascinating paradise in Kerala, God's own country. This area is also called as the “Venice of India”. This rich green, sleepy little villages are located on the Vembanad lake amidst mangrove forests and coconut groves. It is an enchanting picnic spot and provides boating, fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating. The slender coconut palms standing here, there and everywhere, its never ending paddy fields, meandering lagoons and backwaters, mangroves nesting birds of a hundred varieties can peacefully calm and invigorate your mind. On the scenic Vembanad lake you will come across plenty of traditional country crafts or houseboats, boats and canoes. The fresh water of the lake runs into the mainland making a labyrinth of lagoons, brooks, canals and waterways. The backwater houses a variety of species of both fauna and flora and marine life.

Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach of Kerela, with three adjacent crescent beaches. Kovalam has been a favorite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse - sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes, Catamaran cruising etc. Thiruvananthapuram ( Trivandrum ), the capital city of Kerala, is just 16 km away from Kovalam and getting there is no hassle.

Kanyakumari is located at the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent. The South Eastern boundary is the Gulf of Mannar . On the South and the South West, the boundaries are the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea . On the West and North West it is bound by Kerala. The small temple dedicated to Kanyakumari , or the youthful form of the primeval energy Shakti (Mother Goddess) is located on the seashore, in the town known by the same name. Kanyakumari was referred to by the British as Cape Commorin. The Kanyakumari district was one of the worst affected districts in the Tsunami that ravaged the coasts of various countries in South and South East Asia, on 26th Dec 2004.

Day 1 :
Mumbai – Cochin by train / air. Arrive Cochin & meet our representative / driver at the airport. Later transfer to hotel. Afternoon proceed to Munnar (4 to 5 hrs). Arrive Munnar & transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner & Overnight in Munnar.

Day 2 :
After breakfast, local sight-seeing of Munnar covering Mettupati Dam, Indo-Swiss Dairy Project, Echo Point, Lake, Tea Gardens, Rajmalai Sanctuary. Overnight in Munnar.

Day 3 :
After breakfast, proceed to Thekkady (3 hrs drive). Arrive Thekkady & transfer to hotel. Afternoon enjoy two hours boat ride at Periyar Lake (at your own cost). Evening visit Spice Plantation tour. Overnight in Thekkady.

Day 4 :
After breakfast, proceed to Alleppey / Kumarakom(4 to 5 hrs drive). Arrive Alleppey / Kumarakom & transfer to hotel / houseboat. Evening enjoy sun-set at Vembanad Lake from the houseboat (at own cost). Overnight in Alleppey / Kumarakom.

Day 5 :
After early breakfast proceed to Kanyakumari (7 hrs). Arrive & transfer to hotel. Later visit Swami Vivekanand Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari Temple, Saint Thiruvalluvar (Poet) Statue, Gandhi Mandapam, Three Oceans Sangam. Overnight in Kanyakumari.

Day 6 :
After breakfast, proceed to Kovalam (4 to 5 hrs drive). Arrive Kovalam & transfer to hotel. Evening free for leisure. Overnight in Kovalam.

Day 7 :
After breakfast, local sight-seeing of Trivandrum covering Padmanabhaswami Temple, Zoo, Museum. Evening visit Shanmugham beach & enjoy sun-set at Kovalam beach. Overnight in Kovalam.

Day 8 :
After breakfast, proceed for Trivandrum airport / railway station (half an hour) / Cochin airport / Ernakulam railway station (5 to 6 hrs drive) to board flight / train for onward destination. Tour concludes with pleasant & everlasting memories…

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Distance Charts

  Kochi Munnar Thekkady Alleppey Kovalam / Trivandrum
Kochi - 135 195 64 236 / 222
Munnar 135 - 112 198 371 / 357
Thekkady 195 112 - 164 329 / 315
Alleppey 64 198 164 - 165 / 151
Kovalam / Trivandrum 236 / 222 371 / 357 329 / 315 165 / 151 -
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