Day 1: – Kochi (Cochin)
On arrival in Kochi, our tour representative will be there to welcome you and transfer you to your pre-booked hotel. Check in at the hotel. Freshen up and relax in the hotel and enjoy the first glimpse of the city. You will be meeting your other group members and get a detailed overview of your trip. Thereafter, we will leave for a walk along the streets of the city and look at its major highlights. On the way, we will see coconut tress reflected in the light, waters of backwaters, ancient churches, fort, Chinese fishing nets, Dutch buildings, Bolghatty Palace and Cherai Beach, Portuguese artistic and British monuments. Further, we will be visiting the Kochi Fort to see the beautiful sunset views. Here, you can also see the old cantilevered fishing nets, brought from China, in Malayalam they're called 'cheena vala'. Later in the evening return back to the hotel to enjoy delicious dinner and an overnight stay.
Kochi or Cochin is situated in the South Western Coast of the Indian Subcontinent. The city is often referred as the Gateway to Kerala. It is a small and beautiful town that lies in the Ernakulum district of Kerala state of India. The city is bordered by the Western Ghats in the East and the Arabian Sea in the West. Kochi is famous worldwide for its beautiful gold designer jewellery and is also offer habitat to the Dutch Palace (Mattancherry), Jew Town with its temple and the Fort.
Day 2: –Cochin- Alleppey
Today in the morning, we will travel to Allepey. On arrive in Alleppey, check in at the houseboat and enjoy journey cum stay in your pre-booked houseboat.
Alleppy or Alappuzha is categorized as the Venice of the East. Alappuzha means the land between the sea and a network of rivers falling into it. The place brings to mind a sense of romance and beauty. It has a golden streak of land woven with rivers, lakes, lagoons and canals. Alappuzha has a lighthouse, where one can witness the beautiful view of Alleppey coast from above the lighthouse. The white sand beach is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the sea and the sun. It is also home to Kuttanad, the Rice Bowl of Kerala, one of the very few interesting places in the world where farming is done below the sea level.
In the afternoon, we will explore the Vembanad Lake, a striking picnic spot and fast developing backwaters, which offers boating and fishing. Further, we will continue our explorations by boat along winding backwaters witnessing the life of the people of Kerala and its entire colour. As the sun goes down, we will be entertained by the boatmen singing traditional songs.
Throughout the day, you will get an opportunity to talk and interact with the local families, learn about their life in the islands and eat traditional local cuisine in their homes. An overnight stay in the houseboat.
Day 3 – 4: – Periyar Tiger Reserve (Thekkady)
In the morning, we will drive to Periyar. On arrival, our representative will transfer you to your pre-booked hotel.
The Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary is one of most fascinating and natural looking wildlife sanctuaries of India where one can see wildlife from the close range. The vegetation, flora and fauna, and the birds of Thekkady are uniquely rich. It is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Located on the banks of the Periyar Lake, an artificial lake, at Thekkady, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of Project Tiger, a wildlife preservation project designed to protect Royal Bengal Tigers from extinction. The park offers habitat to 62 different kinds of mammal. Out of them, one most famous ones are the park's famous herds of wild Asiatic elephants that often come to bathe in the Periyar lake.
In the afternoon, we will proceed to a spice plantation to learn various things such as how cardamom and pepper grow and witness the mind bowing view of calm crystal clear Periyar Lake. Bamboo rafting and trekking, these are some other unique activities in the Periyar National Park. Here, you can take a hiking and rafting trip through the deep jungles of the Tiger Reserve and also visit Periyar National Park, which is located in the hills of the Western Ghats.
Later, return back to the houseboats hotels to enjoy food and an overnight stay.
Day 5: – Thekkady-Varkala
Today we will start our day a bit early in the morning and drive to Varkala. On arrival, check in at the hotel.
Varkela, a temple town, is also famous for its landscape. Nestled in the southern Indian state of Kerala, it is known for its mineral water springs and sea beach getaway. A tour to Kerala remains incomplete without a stop-off at the beautiful beaches of Varkala. The silvery stretches of sands along the Arabian Sea offer a placid destination for the beach lovers. The sunset at Varakala Beach is truly overwhelming with the sun sinking into the sky just like a ball of molten gold as the sun.
In the evening, spend some time travelling in the peaceful gardens of an ashram devoted to the most eminent spiritual and social reformer of Kerala. Also, visit the mystical Janardhana Swamy Temple or just head to the beach to relax and watch the Arabian Sea.
Later return back to the hotel to enjoy delicious meal and an overnight stay.
Day 6: – Varkala
Take pleasure of another purifying morning in Varkala. This picturesque town is a group of religious pilgrims approached Narada, a saint of ancient times and confessed to having sinned. Narada threw his valkalam and it landed at a place near the seashore.
We will be visiting the ancient Janardhana temple. It is at the cliff top where most of the hotels and restaurants are situated. Further, we will visit Sivagiri Mautt, which is located just 3 kms away from the Janardana Temple, Varkala Tunnel which is the 924ft tunnel and Kappil Lake that gives way to the beautiful world of the Kerala backwaters. Also, one can enjoy an elephant ride down the village roads.
Later return back to the hotel for meal and an overnight stay.
Day 7: – Varkala-Kochi (Cochin) Departure
Today in the morning, we will leave for railway station where you will take train from Varkala to Cochin.
Tour & services Ends.