Arrive at Cochin and head to Thekkady (4-5 hrs. Journey) Pick-up from hotel in the morning from where we’ll head to Thekkady. Upon arrival, we’ll proceed for a boat cruise at Periyar Lake in Thekkady (on direct payment basis), which is synonymous with wildlife and nature treks. Later in the evening, visit the theater (Non air- conditioned) to have a firsthand experience of arts and crafts through the traditional Kalari Show. In evening, we can either go for an elephant ride (on direct payment basis) or shop around local market area. Return to the hotel for overnight stay. 1. Periyar National Park – It is the most important reserve of Southern India for Tigers and Elephants habitation. Rich in flora and fauna, the national park is a feast for all those who love nature and wildlife more than people. Enjoy a walk in the nature bliss which lies untouched by the human disturbances. Look out for the ambush of tigers and herd of elephants playing in the Lake. The principle attraction of the park remains the Periyar Lake, spread in the area of 25 sq. km surrounding the national park. 2. Elephant ride – When you are at Periyar National Park, a mere sight of the elephant isn't just enough to make your trip worthwhile. Enjoy the elephant ride hitching slowly in his habitat. If you think that's enough the mighty creature will further surprise you with its trunk on your head giving you blessings or you could just enjoy the bath with the elephants in nature's Jacuzzi. 3. Kalari show – Thekkady is full of surprises. When you have had enough of wildlife, it will offer you its culture, rising up your interest again. Kalari or Kalaripayattu is one of the major contributions India has given to the world. Kalari is an ancient form of Martial art which originated in South India and is still a popular art of Kerala. Do not miss this culture coupled with action show, with the stunts that will leave you in awe. Know your history better!
Head to Munnar (3 – 4 hrs. Journey) Check-out the hotel after breakfast and we can cover the local attractions (if left any yesterday) Now we’ll start our journey to Munnar – a beautiful hill station situated 1800 mtr above sea level and also the place of South India’s highest peak (Anamudi - 2695 mtr). Enroute we’ll visit Valara, Cheeyappara waterfalls and Tea Plantations. On arrival at Munnar, check in at the hotel. After some leisure, we’ll head to visit the Rajamala (Eravikulam National Park - open as per the directions by the forest authorities), the best place to see Nilgiri Tahr (Hermitragus Hilarious) - the mountain goat of South India followed by Tea Museum. Return to hotel in the evening for overnight stay.
Local sight-seeing in Munnar Wake up lazy morning. After breakfast, we’ll proceed for local sightseeing including Maduppatty Dam, Echo Point, Kundalay Dam, Pothenmedu View Point, Blossom Park etc. In evening, return to the hotel for overnight stay. Note: Eravikulam National Park is closed during FEB & MAR every year due to breeding period. Visiting hours – Eravikulam National Park – 09.00 hrs. - 16.00 hrs. Tea Museum – 10:00 hrs. - 16:30 hrs. Mattuppetty Dam – 09:30 hrs. - 15:00 hrs.
Head to Alleppey (5 – 6 hrs. Journey) Wake up lazy morning. Check-out the hotel after breakfast and we’ll continue towards Alleppey. Reach Alleppey in the afternoon and check-in at the Houseboat. Enjoy the boating in backwater and have your meals in the houseboat. Overnight stay in the houseboat.
Head to Kovalam (4-5 hrs. Journey) Have a scrumptious breakfast served at the houseboat. Check out and we’ll continue our journey to Kovalam. Enroute take halt at Trivandrum to fill your appetite at a good restaurant. Now we’ll head to visit Napier Museum and zoological park – enjoy a walk through the lush green zoo (Closed on Mondays). Reach Kovalam in the evening. Check-in at the hotel for overnight stay.
Day trip to Kanyakumari (2.5 hrs. Journey one side) After breakfast, enjoy the day excursion tour of Kanyakumari – the southernmost tip of Indian subcontinent with three major sea joints together (Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal). On the way back you can visit Padmanabhapuram palace – an architecture wonder with aesthetics and complicated wooden works. Spend your time exploring the beaches including Hawa beach, Light beach and some local places. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Drop at Trivandrum airport Check out the hotel after breakfast and you’ll be transferred to Trivandrum airport to board the flight back to home.
Thekkady, Kerala, India
Check In - 4-Jan-2017
Check Out - 5-Jan-2017
Munnar, Kerala, India
Spice Country Resort
Check In - 5-Jan-2017
Check Out - 7-Jan-2017
Alleppey, Kerala, India
Check In - 7-Jan-2017
Check Out - 8-Jan-2017
Kovalam, Kerala, India
Check In - 8-Jan-2017
Check Out - 10-Jan-2017
Welcome Drink on Arrival. 3 rooms on double sharing basis with 1 extra bed (mattress) at all the locations. Meal plan: CPAI (Breakfast only) at all the locations except Alleppey. In Alleppey, meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. All ex-Cochin airport transportation in dedicated & exclusive private vehicle (Innova). Includes driver’s expenses, parking & toll charges, and road taxes. All the sight-seeing and transfers as per the itinerary. Airport pick-up and drop included. All applicable taxes