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Enchanting Kerala

Enchanting Kerala

Kerala

Price

$1500

Duration

10 days

Max People

40

Min Age

5+

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Overview

Introduction to Tour

Kerala, the abode of the silent backwaters, azure canals, lush and evergreen coconut groves, and warm hearted locals, is one of the most picturesque holiday destinations in the country. Fondly called the “God’s Own Country”, it is adorned by the Arabian Sea and casts a magical spell on the visitors.

Within this Enchanting Kerala Tour, you will be taken to some of the most stunning holiday destinations in Kerala. From hill station to backwater region to prismatic beach, you will get to enjoy all the aspects of Kerala’s meticulous beauty within this tour.

Spend pleasant moments amidst the towering hills of Munnar, cruise the silent backwaters in a houseboat and call it for a tranquil holiday. Drive to Kanyakumari and spend amazing moment in the untouched Kovalam Beach.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jama Masjid – The largest Mosque in India
  • Rikshaw Ride in the streets of Delhi
  • Akshardham Temple – An epitome of Modern Architecture
  • Night visit to Qutab Minar
  • Cruise the tranquil backwaters of Kerala
  • Jatayu Sculpture visit with the thrill of Cable car ride
  • Enjoy performance of Kalaripayattu (Traditional form of Martial Art) in Thekkady
  • Enjoy performances of Kathakali in Kochi

STRUCTURAL ITINERARY

Day 01                Arrive Delhi

Day 02                Delhi

Day 03                Delhi to Kochi (By Air) & Kochi sightseeing

Day 04                Kochi to Kumarakom (60 Kms/ 1 Hr)

Day 05                 Kumarakom

Day 06                 Kumarakom to Kovalam En-route Jatayu Earth Centre (180 Kms/ 4 Hrs)

Day 07                 Kovalam

Day 08                 Kovalam – Kanyakumari – Kovalam (100 Kms/ 3 Hrs one way)

Day 09                 Drop to Trivandrum Airport (15 Kms/ 0.5 Hrs) & Departure to Delhi

Day 10                 Delhi Departure

Included/Excluded

  • Specialized bilingual guide
  • Private Transport
  • Entrance fees (Cable and car and Moon Valley)
  • Box lunch water, banana apple and chocolate
  • Departure Taxes
  • Entry Fees
  • 5 Star Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers

Tour Plan

Day 01 Arrive Delhi

On your arrival at Delhi airport, meet our representative (preferred language speaking) and greeted with a warm welcome with garlanding. Then our representative will escort you to the pre-booked hotel. Arrive hotel & fulfil check-in formalities. Spare little time with our representative to provide brief information about the tour.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02 Delhi City Tour

This day introduces you with the city Delhi where you can witness a unique blend of the traditional and cosmopolitan styles. Delhi is a city that bridges two different worlds. Old Delhi, once the capital of Islamic India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. In contrast, the imperial city of New Delhi created by the British Raj is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and

imposing government buildings. In Delhi, you will discover that the city is sprinkled with dazzling gems: captivating ancient monuments, fascinating museums and art galleries, architectural wonders, a vivacious performing-arts scene, fabulous eating places and bustling markets.
After breakfast gather at hotel’s lobby & proceed for guided city tour of Delhi including Jama Masjid followed by Rikshaw ride, Raj Ghat, Humayun’s Tomb – the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, drive past through India Gate & Rashtrapati Bhawan (President’s House), Akshardham Temple (closed on Mondays) – A Hindu temple which exemplifies traditional Hindu culture and architecture. 7000 artisans were involved in the construction of the temple aided by 3000 volunteers.

At last visit Qutab Minar to experience night view (visit permitted till 9 pm). The Qutub Minar is a towering 73-meter-high tower built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1193. The tower was built to celebrate Muslim dominance in Delhi after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu ruler. This tower is the highest tower in India, complete with five storeys and projecting balconies. The first three storeys of the Qutub Minar are made of red sandstone and the last two are made of marble and sandstone.

Apart from the tower, the Qutub Minar complex comprises of the Quwwat-us-Islam Mosque (the first mosque to be built in India), a 7-metre-high iron pillar, the tomb of Iltutmish, Ala’i-Darwaza and the Ala’I Minar. After sightseeing return to your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03 Delhi to Kochi (By Air) & Kochi sightseeing

After breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed for Delhi airport to board flight for Kochi, the capital city of Kerala. It often referred to as the Queen of the Arabian Sea and is a cluster of islands narrow peninsulas built off the mainland. After a brief period of rest, proceed for city tour of Kochi visiting The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry (Closed on

Fridays) is renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Indian epic Ramayana. The Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Fridays & Saturday) is at the heart of what is locally called Jew Town. The St Francis Church is the oldest European church in India. The Santa Cruz Basilica was originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. The Chinese fishing nets are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have been introduced to Kochi by the Chinese trade. In evening come to a local theatre to cherish a dance performance of Kathakali. Dancers with painted faces and equally vocal gestures would portray nice and inspiring art form of Kerala that happens to be one amongst the national dance forms of our nation. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04 Kochi to Kumarakom (60 Kms/ 1 Hr)

After breakfast check out from hotel & complete left-over sightseeing of Kochi (if any) and then proceed for Kumarakom. The enchanting backwater destination of Kumarakom is a small village that is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Kumarakom strengthens Kerala’s reputation for being God’s own country

with its unbelievably beautiful mangrove forests, coconut groves and emerald green paddy fields interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with while lilies. It is a breath-taking bout to experience a solitary and calm glide through this network of waterways. Arrive Kumarakom & check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to relax & to joy the nature’s bounty beauty of this destination. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 05 Kumarakom

After an early breakfast, proceed to visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Thereafter, you will board a local houseboat right from boat jetty and sail through mysterious canals and dancing waves of Kerala backwaters. Experiencing this unique travel on an exclusive wooden houseboat or Kettuvallam, you will cherish a delicious lunch time in the backdrop of hills and paddy fields. With winds accompanying you on this ride, you will revive your very self with the nature’s healing bliss.

It would be a great experience to observe the peace and love nature has bestowed upon this small place on earth. Explore myriad shades of life while sailing through the backwaters lying between Periyar to Kumarakom.
Disembark houseboat in evening & Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 06 Kumarakom to Kovalam En-route Jatayu Earth Centre (180 Kms/ 4 Hrs)

After breakfast check out from hotel and proceed for Kovalam.

During your road journey to Kovalam, take a stop at Jatayu Earth Centre. Situated in Chadayamangalam, this rocky hilltop is unique with its amalgamation of artistic brilliance, mythological history, innovative technology, culture, adventure and leisure. The park located near the town of Chadayamangalam (Jatayumangalam), which was named for Jatayu.

Jatayu was a demi-god in Ramayana (a Hindu epic) who had the form of a vulture. According to the Ramayana epic, Ravana abducted Sita to Lanka. Jatayu had tried to rescue Sita from Ravana while Ravana was on his way to Lanka. Jatayu fought valiantly with Ravana, but as Jatayu was very old, Ravana soon defeated him. Rama and Lakshmana while on the search for Sita, chanced upon the stricken and dying Jatayu, who informed them of the battle with Ravana and told them that Ravana had headed South. Legend says that Jatayu fell on the rocks in Chadayamangalam, after his wings were clipped by Ravana. This is where you get to see the world’s largest bird sculpture. To quench the curiosity of the visitors, a virtual reality museum and a theatre is also set up here that showcases the story of the mythical bird Jatayu and its era. After finishing this phase of sightseeing proceed towards Kovalam.
Kovalam beach is the world famous Indian tropical beach, boarded by blue waters and lush coconut gardens, is a western cultural dot on a traditional and orthodox Kerala physique. Blue water and favorable climate make Kovalam a favorite year-round spot for swimming. Sea, here, is pacific and shallow where you can take a dip in the saline waters. The warm and clean atmosphere by the coconut trees and the white sand bed are perfect for relaxing holidays, as the sea breeze gently plays with the waves. Arrive Kovalam by evening and check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 07 Kovalam After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple & Napier’s Museum at Trivandrum. Thereafter proceed for Poovar Beach, located 30 km from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), here one gets to see a slice of life in a coastal village. It offers one a wonderful view of the formation of the backwaters. The golden sands are home to some of the best picnic spots in the area. This area is located at the juncture of the Neyyar River joining with the Arabian Sea. The serene beauty of the place can be explored through a boat ride providing you an opportunity to see the mangrove forest, Golden sand beach, floating cottages, elephant rock and many more. By evening return to Kovalam and have a relaxing time while strolling at the beach, as Kovalam has three incredible beaches. The lighthouse beach, Hawah beach and Samudra beach. The three beaches together form the famous crescent beach with a coastline length of 17km. The iconic Lighthouse Beach is the kind of beach with a lighthouse, straight out of a picture book. With its red and white painted tower structure standing tall above a hillock at a height of 118 feet. The beach is loved for its soft expanse of sand and calm waters. Ideal to idle away. Hawah Beach with its rocky cape is preferred for swimming and sun bath. You can also spot fishermen in action on their catamarans. Samudra Beach is a calm and secluded beach which is less visited by tourists. This beach is mostly preferred by honeymooners for its privacy. Overnight stay at hotel.

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple & Napier’s Museum at Trivandrum. Thereafter proceed for Poovar Beach, located 30 km from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), here one gets to see a slice of life in a coastal village. It offers one a wonderful view of the formation of the backwaters. The golden sands are home to some of the best picnic spots in the area.

This area is located at the juncture of the Neyyar River joining with the Arabian Sea. The serene beauty of the place can be explored through a boat ride providing you an opportunity to see the mangrove forest, Golden sand beach, floating cottages, elephant rock and many more.
By evening return to Kovalam and have a relaxing time while strolling at the beach, as Kovalam has three incredible beaches. The lighthouse beach, Hawah beach and Samudra beach. The three beaches together form the famous crescent beach with a coastline length of 17km. The iconic Lighthouse Beach is the kind of beach with a lighthouse, straight out of a picture book. With its red and white painted tower structure standing tall above a hillock at a height of 118 feet. The beach is loved for its soft expanse of sand and calm waters. Ideal to idle away. Hawah Beach with its rocky cape is preferred for swimming and sun bath. You can also spot fishermen in action on their catamarans. Samudra Beach is a calm and secluded beach which is less visited by tourists. This beach is mostly preferred by honeymooners for its privacy. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 08 Kovalam – Kanyakumari – Kovalam (100 Kms/ 3 Hrs one way)

After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to the southernmost tip of India and visit some of the historic temples and monuments. Stop at Padmanabhapuram Palace (closed on Mondays) on the way. The palace was constructed around 1601 CE. After the palace, next stop is Suchindram Temple. Continue to Kanyakumari and after reaching there, visit the most famous monument – Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

Back on the mainland, visit the Gandhi Memorial & the ancient Kanya Kumari Temple. The last stop is the beautiful Kanyakumari beach. Return to Kovalam by evening.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09 Drop to Trivandrum Airport (15 Kms/ 0.5 Hrs) & Departure to Delhi

After breakfast check out from hotel & proceed for Trivandrum airport to board flight for Delhi. Arrive Delhi airport, greeted by our representative & transfer to hotel pre-booked for you. Rest of the day at leisure or if time permits you can go for shopping.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10 Delhi Departure

This is the last day of the tour & it’s time to say Goodbye to India. The morning is at leisure. Your escort and vehicle are at your disposal. Later, depending on the time of your international flight you are assisted with your transfer to the airport for your homebound journey.

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