Highlights: Kovalam - Cochin - Periyar - Kumarakom - Backwater
Tour travel dates: 24 Jan 18 / 7 Feb 18 / 21 Feb 18 / 7 Mar 18 / 21 Mar 18 / 4 Apr 18 / 18 Apr 18
Kovalam - The Leela
Cochin - Holiday Inn
Periyar - Spice Village
Kumarakom - The Zuri Kumarakom
Backwater - AC Houseboat
Day 0: London Heathrow to Dubai
Dubai to Trivandrum
Trivandrum to Kovalam
08:30 hrs - Arrive Trivandrum airport
Upon arrival at Trivandrum airport you will be met and assist and transferred to your Hotel
Upon arrival at Kovalam , check in at hotel
Day 2 & 3: Kovalam
Both days at leisure
Day 4:Kovalam to Cochin by surface (Approx. 220 kms, 5-6 Hrs)
After breakfast drive to Cochin – the Gateway to Kerala was once an important spice-trading route on Arabian Sea where Vasco D Gama landed in 1498 and boasted that he has come for soul and spices.
Upon arrival at Cochin, check in at hotel.
In the late afternoon you'll be picked up from your hotel. Then, make your way to drive to Marine Drive where a cruise ship will be docked and ready for boarding.
Your 1.5 hours sunset cruise will take you on the waterway of Cochin Harbour offering picturesque seaside views of the Kochi.
Day 5: Cochin
Your morning sightseeing tour of Kochi includes a visit to the Dutch Palace and Synagogue. En route see the famous Chinese fishing nets.
In the evening enjoy a Kathakali dance show.
Evening cooking demonstration and dinner with local family.
Day 6: Cochin to Thekkady (Periyar), 195 Km/6 hrs
Take a scenic drive through tea and spice plantations and blue hills and arrive at Periyar for a 2-night stay
Day 7: Thekkady (Periyar)
During the morning take a two-hour boat safari on the mist-shrouded lake, which offers excellent opportunities for spotting wildlife, especially herds of elephants.
Afternoon visit the tea, cardamom, pepper and coffee plantations that surround the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Day 8: Thekkady to Kumarakom, 140 Km/5 hrs
You’ll leave just after breakfast, driving back down to the coast and the melodically named town of Kumarakom on the banks of lake Vembanad.
Day 9: Kumarakom
Day at leisure to relax at the resort. The resort offers comfortable accommodation and exclusive leisure options like Ayurvedic message, yoga, meditation, boating, fishing, angling and swimming or a cruise along the Vembanad Lake to experience the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.
Day 10: Kumarakom
Day at leisure and Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 11: Kumarakom to Alleppey (House boat)
The Kerala backwaters consist of a complex network of lagoons, lakes, and canals. These are best experienced while slowly punting down the labyrinth of canals in a traditional thatch-roofed houseboat, known as ‘kettuvallam’. Embark on your houseboat, a renovated cargo boat with either one or two bedrooms, kitchenette and all modern conveniences. A 3 member crew will cater for your comforts and meals. See life on the banks, lush green rice fields, and coconut groves with occasional temple or church as you cruise through the canals. An experience you will savour for a long time.
Day 12: Alleppey to Cochin by surface
After breakfast drive to Cochin
Upon arrival at Cochin check in at hotel
Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at hotel
Cochin to Dubai
Dubai to London Heathrow
Transfer from hotel to Cochin airport in time to board flight for London Heathrow via Dubai.
- Flights from London with Emirates
- Airport taxes
- 11 nights accommodation at chosen hotels as per itinerary on Bed & Breakfast Basis
- 1 Night on full board basis at Houseboat
- All transfers, sightseeing & excursion as mentioned in itinerary by air-conditioned Vehicle
- Entrance fees to the monuments
- Kathkali dance show in Cochin
- Boat ride at Lake Periyar
- Sunset Harbour cruise at Cochin
- As per Itinerary