Kerala Backwater Tour Best of Kerala (8N/9D)
Destinations Covered: Cochin – Munnar – Periyar – Allepey – Kovalam – Trivandrum
Day 1 : Arrival in Cochin
Meet Alpine Eco drive representative at Kochi airport who would assist you at the airport and accompany you till the hotel. Checkin into the hotel & relax for a while. Later proceed for the sightseeing of Cochin, the Commercial capital city of Kerala. This city is a cosmopolitan and mixed culture. Visit Chinese Fishing Nets, the nets were introduced a long ago by the traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan. The Santa Cruz Basilica church which is situated in Fort Kochi, was built by the Portuguese. The Hill Palace Museum which is located 16 kms of Cochin. You can find the collection of archaeological and the collection of articles showing the glory and wealth of the Rajas of Kochi Jewish Synagogue, which is beautifully decorated by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandelier. Mattancherry Palace, this palace was built by the Portuguese. Later, it was modified in the 17th century, by the Dutch and presented to the Raja of Kochi. You can see the beautiful scenes from the Hindu epics of Ramayan and Mahabharatha.
Overnight stay in Cochin.
Day 2: Cochin-Munnar (130 kms / 4 Hrs)
Today morning after breakfast you can proceed towards Munnar which is the most famous hill station of Kerala. Upon arrival in Munnar checkin into the hotel and checkin. You can relax and have a walk around the hotel/resort and witness the scenic beauty of this hill station.
Overnight stay in Munnar.
Day 3: Munnar
Today morning after breakfast full day is to explore the beauty of Munnar. The highest peak in the Western Ghats is Anaimudi peak. Munnar is located near Anaimudi peak. You can visit the Rajamala National Park, which is located 15km from Munnar. The Nilgiri Tea and spices are in this region. The Rajamala is the part of the Eravikulam national park. You can view the natural sandalwood forest at Marayoor, which is 42 kms north from Munnar. Muniyara caves are one kilometer away from Marayoor. This place is believed to be the meditation place for ancient sages. The Muniyaracaves have the monuments and paintings from Stone Age Civilization. One of the most wonderful view is the children’s park, which spread across a hectare of land under the canopy of a single Banyan tree.
Overnight stay in Munnar.
Day 4: Munnar-Periyar (110 kms/ 3 hrs 30 min)
Morning after breakfast drive towards Periyar. Arrive at the hotel and relax for a while. Later spot the beautiful plantations of cocoa, green pepper, cardamom, areca nut and rubber to the wildlife reserve at Periyar. You can have a walk through the spices and coffee plantations. This town is famous for various spices and coffee plantations.
Overnight stay in Periyar.
Day 5: Periyar- Allepey Houseboat
Morning drive up to Allepey. Reach Allepey and board the houseboat baackwater trip & explore the rural life through backwaters. The houseboat has all the amenities which meets to your comfort. You will enjoy never ending beautiful scenic of the towering coconut trees, long canals, green paddy fields and shimmering water. You can enjoy mouthwatering dishes prepared before you by the crew members. Enjoy the backwater cruise through bridges, canals and fresh fish for dinner.
Overnight stay in the floating houseboat.
Day 6: Allepey houseboat-Kovalam
Morning after breakfast drive to Kovalam. Kovalam is the one of the best beach destination in South India which has three adjacent renowned white sand beaches of Kerala. Kovalam is full of Coconut trees. Kovalam is being loved by tourists from all over the world especially Europeans. The white sand beaches of Kovalam are perfect for sun bathing. Checkin at the hotel and relax for a while. Evening visit the exotic beaches of Kovalam. There are plenty of activities which can be enjoyed in Kovalam like sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs, Catamaran cruising etc.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 7: Kovalam-Kanyakumari-Kovalam
Morning after breakfast explore beaches of Kovalam. Later proceed towards Kanyakumari & proceed for & proceed for the sightseeing of Kanyakumari – visit Suchithram Temple, Devi Kanyakumari Temple, Vivekananda Rock, Gandhi Memorial and Triveni Sangam. Evening witness the most beautiful sunset of Kanyakumari.
Evening return and Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 8: Departure for Trivandrum
On the last day of your tour you will be transferred to Trivandrum’s international airport to board the flight for onward destination.