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House boat in Kerala Backwaters

The Glorious Kerala Tour

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Destination Cover: Cochin / Alappuzha/ Trivandrum/ Periyar/ Munnar/ Wayanad/ Kozhikode/ Thrissur / Kochi

Feel the nature on your palms. Serene backwaters and rolling hills, gushing waterfalls and adrenaline-pumping boat races, ancient culture in modern cities, delectable cuisines and colourful festivals... Ask for as many enchantments as you can and we will gift you one solution - The Glorious Kerala Tour. Plan a holiday in God's Own Country and let us take care of your pleasures, while feeling at home.
Day 1 : Abroad - Cochin
  • Received at the Cochin International Airport with absolute customized assistance.
  • A grand welcome at the Bolgatty Palace reception.
  • Visit to Fort-Kochi and Beach.
  • Sightseeing of Chinese fishing nets, Santa Cruz Basilica.
  • Lavish lunch at Grand Hotel's restaurant.
  • Visit to the Jewish Synagogue

Your arrival at Cochin International Airport. Our trained escort will help you to relax and enjoy the trip to the famous Bolgatty Palace Hotel by taking complete care of your valuables. At the palace hotel, you will experience a grand Indian welcome at the reception by beautiful Malayali girls. We have planned your stay in luxurious honeymoon cottages that have their own charm. Refresh yourself and get ready for a grand sightseeing.

Enjoy your leisure ride on a Volvo tourist bus while we take you to Fishing Nets, Cochindifferent tourist places Kochi is famous for. Let us first take you to the famous Fort Kochi where you will see a grand mix of Portuguese and Indian architecture. We will also entertain you with the history and interesting legends related to this fort. Now come with us to the silvery sands of Fort Kochi Beach where you can spend some leisure time building castles or eating banana chips, sold by the local hawkers right on the sands. Get close to the famed Chinese fishing nets, which line the lagoon's north-west shore transforming into a heavenly sight under the cobalt blue sky.

The next attraction in our itinerary is the Santa Cruz Basilica, located on the Rampart Road. This 500 year old Portuguese built church is a wonder in itself. We will take you to the inside where you can see impressive carvings and stained glass work and the life-like caryatids watching over the quaint confessional boxes. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Grand Hotel's restaurant. The 'meen pollichathu', a delicious fish fillet coated with spice paste, is a complimentary dish from our side. In the evening, visit the Jewish Synagogue with us. You will be amazed to see the exquisite hand painted blue Chinese tiles and silver crowns that add a magic to the interiors. Overnight at Hotel Bolgatty Palace.
Day 2 : Alappuzha
  • Herbal Oil massage, Panchkarma Treatment at Kalari Kovilakom Ayurveda Resort
  • Driving to Alappuzha, the land of backwaters
  • Stay in a Gold Star house boat
  • A memorable cruise on Kerala backwaters
  • Halt at Karumadikuttan, a Kerala village
  • Visit to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Houseboar Ride on Alappuzha BackwatersNext morning your day starts with a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel's multi cuisine restaurant, after breakfast get ready for a mindblowing tour to Kalari Kovilakom Ayurveda Beach Resort near Cochin. After a rigorous pamper with herbal massage and Panchkarma treatment, head towards Alappuzha, the land of backwaters. To make your journey enjoyable, we have planned your stay in luxurious houseboats (Gold Star). Relax with your favourite drink and a light sea food refreshment on board before you start with the most memorable journey of your lifetime, the cruise on backwaters. The cruise will go past swathes of palm trees, vast paddy fields and small villages and you can enjoy a beautiful sight of Kerala rural life from a close proximity.

Watch women spinning coir in their courtyards, children diving into the emerald waters, fishermen catching fresh haul or farmers ploughing the green paddy fields. We will take a halt at Karumadikuttan, a virgin village famous for its black granite idol of Lord Buddha and handicrafts. See local artisans creating magic in fabrics and wood. Besides, there is also a surprise waiting for you. The village people climbing lanky palm trees and bringing fresh coconut for you. Relax with a sip of a green coconut, as a compliment from our side. Relish a multi cuisine lunch and taste 'kappa' (tapioca) and pearlspot fish (a backwater fish) baked over coals and covered in banana leaves. We also provide delicious vegetarian cuisine, so don't panic if you don't eat meat.

Relax on your cozy bed and enjoy the Kerala backwaters from the window, that is located at the exact height of bed so that you get a good view even while lying. After some time you can see colourful birds, flying over your 'kettuvallam' (houseboat). We are at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Here you can have the pleasure of spotting egrets, herons, darters, drongoes, teals and hundreds of other migratory birds dwelling in the vast greens. Overnight in houseboat.

Day 3 : Trivandrum
  • Arrive at Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala.
  • Check into Leela Kovalam Beach Resort
  • Sightseeing of Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Napier Museum,
  • Indulge into watersports at Kovalam Beach
Enjoy Leela Kovalam Beach Resort In the morning after a good breakfast on board, we will take you to the capital of God's Own Country at Thiruvananthapuram. Enjoy a Hollywood movie during the 3 hour journey or just look outside your window to see a green Kerala and blue sea gushing by. Enjoy your stay at the world famous Leela Kovalam Beach Resort & Spa, located on the sands of Kovalam Beach. Refresh yourself at the Club swimming pool or enjoy a quick round of swim on the beach before you splurge on a wide array of delicious cuisine at 'The Cafe'. Your holiday itinerary in Trivandrum starts with a visit to the Padmanabha Swamy Temple, the Hindu placard of Kerala. Our guide will tell you everything about this temple including its history and architecture, and interesting facts that make this temple unique in India.

Next we will take you to the Napier Museum, an impressive building offering tales of the bygone era. Look at the tall, slender towers, gabled roofs and stained glass windows with our trained guide, which somehow give the impresson that the entire structure is extremely light and might be carried away by a gush of wind at any moment. After lunch at Leela Beach Resort, kick back the afternoon on the sands of Kovalam Beach. We also provide a complete adventure trip and you can indulge into a lot of water sports like parasailing, water-scootering, wind surfing and water skiing. Enjoy your hearts out while flying in the air or dancing on the heads of the waves of Kovalam Beach. Evening at your leisure, and you can also go out for shopping. Overnight at Leela Beach Resort.
Day 4 : Periyar
  • Arrive at Periyar
  • Check into Shalimar Spice Garden Resort
  • Trek through the wilds of Periyar Tiger Reserve
  • Visit the tribal villages in the proximity
Elephants at Periyar Leave early morning for the jungles of Periyar. It is a long journey of six hours, so prepare yourself for a good ride through the heart of Kerala. Check into the greens of Shalimar Spice Garden Resort and relax in the serene and natural ambience of Kerala wilds. Take out your hunting shoes because now we are going to take you out for a thrilling trekking experience on the hills of Periyar. Capture some of the wild pigs, gazelles and darting deers in your handycam before you continue with your journey to the nearby tribal villages as a part of the Tribal Heritage Programme. You can actually get a glimpse of their archaic lifestyles through the huge array of hunting traps, traditional fishing gears, vessels, furniture and indigenous medicinal plants, displayed in the museum. Overnight at the resort.

Day 5 : Periyar Tiger Trail - Munnar
  • Jeep safari in Periyar Tiger Reserve
  • Boat cruise on Periyar Lake
  • Drive to Munnar through Kerala tea gardens
  • Visit to the tea factories and tea museum
Boat Cruise on Periyar LakeWake up early for a memorable jeep safari in the dark jungles of Periyar. This is a time when the animals gather near the waterfronts, so don't miss the opportunity. You will be amazed to see tigers relaxing before your peeled eyes or drinking water from the Periyar Lake. Our guide will help you to identify footprints of different animals and how to identify calls of the same. You can also go for a boat cruise on the Periyar Lake, the option is left on you to choose from. Enjoy the gathering of spoonbills by the lake side, where they share their day-to-day experiences with one another. See a kingfisher hunt a colourful fish from the emerald waters.

After lunch, pack yourself for a mindblowing journey on the hills of Kerala to the dreamland of Munnar. The road snakes through postcard locations amidst forested ghats and thus soothes any weary eyes. From the bottommost curves, as we will drive upto Munnar, you will see thousands of hectares of lush, manicured tea fields forming an irresistible canvas of green. We have planned your stay at the Club 9 resorts so that you can have a grand view of the snow clad green hills from your balcony. Refresh yourself with a cup of hot herbal tea before we take you to the nearby tea factories and tea museum, where we will make you see how the best flavours in the world are made using simple and archaic techniques. Overnight At Club 9.
Day 6 : Munnar - Athirapally Waterfall - Wayanad
  • Leisure walk on Munnar hills
  • Drive to Wayanad
  • Halt at world famous Athirapally and Vazhachal Waterfalls.
  • Arrive at Vythiri (Wayanad) and check into Blue Forest tree houses
  • Leisure walk in the forest
Munnar tea GardensEnjoy your breakfast amidst greenery and mist clad hills of Munnar. After breakfast, we will take you to the green mist clad hills of Munnar. Don't be surprised to see hundreds of people gathered together only to see a handsome couple dancing together. A Malayali or Hindi movie shooting might be taking place. If lucky, you can even see a herd of elephants playing amidst the bushes. Travel with us to another green destination of Kerala, in Wayanad. Enroute halt at world famous Athirapally and Vazhachal Waterfalls. You will be amazed to see the 80ft high waterfall, that starts calmly from the high ranges, and crashes down through gorges overhung with trees, its white spray of water appears almost magical from the rocky road that swerves around the mountain. It is impressive, believe us, and that's why it is world famous! Check into one of the enticing tree houses of Blue Forest Eco-lodges, and feel the pleasure of staying above fallen leaves. Enjoy a mug of hot herbal tea with some black pepper added to it along with a few drops of lemon. Go for a leisure walk amidst the greens of Wayanad. Overnight at tree house.

Day 7 : Wayanad - Kozhikode
  • Visit to the spice gardens of Wayanad
  • Detailed knowledge about farming, processing and packing of Indian spices.
  • Drive to Kozhikode
  • Check into Kappad Beach Resort
  • Leisure at Kappad Beach, sightseeing
  • Shop for exquisite Kozhikodan Halwa
  • Kathakali dance performance after dinner
Kathakali Dancers After a delicious Malayali breakfast, we will take you to the famous spice gardens of Wayanad. You will see women plucking leaves or digging earth to get gingers right before your eyes. Our guide will tell you everything about the farming, processing and packing of spice plants. You can even shop for a handful of Kerala spices and take them home. Relish a delicious lunch prepared with fresh Wayanad spices only for you.

After lunch, we will take you to Kozhikode, a place still carrying the ancient footprints of Portuguese traveller, Vasco da Gama. Welcome to Kappad Beach Resort, the only thing that roosts beside those ancient footprints on the sands of Kappad. After you refresh yourself, we will take you to the famous Kappad beach. Our guide will show you the sprawling rock that extends into the sea carrying the event when Vasco da Gama came here. We will also take you to the 500 year old ancient temple, nestling on the sands, that is as unique as Goa. Let it be a surprise for you.

Evening is for your leisure. You can relax in your luxurious room or go out for shopping a bit of Kerala. Don't forget to taste the famous Kozhikode Halwa and banana chips that spray a mind blowing aroma in the market. When you return and help yourself with a delicious array of fine cuisine, there will be a amazing Kathakali dance performance waiting for you in the resort arena. You will be amazed to see how the dancers leap through the air with their knees half-bent, dolled up in huge drooping skirts and magnificent hairdresses, telling the mythological tales of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Overnight at the beach resort.
Day 8 : Kozhikode - Thrissur - Kochi
  • Drive to Thrissur
  • Sightseeing includes Vadakkunathan Temple, Marthoma Mariam Church
  • Arrive at Kochi
  • Check into Hotel Taj Malabar Kochi
  • Ayurvedic massage at the hotel spa.
  • Farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant
  • The tour ends here, your departure to Cochin International Airport
Vadakkunathan Temple, ThrissurIn the morning, after your breakfast we will take you back to the commercial capital at Kochi with an enroute halt at the Hindu heartland and the cultural capital of Kerala at Thrissur. A town whose heart is stuffed with tradition, a vibrant school of literature and arts, Trichur, is a town so content with its past that modernity is still something to be gaped at. We will take you to the famous Vadakkunathan (Shiva) Temple, where you can behold ancient Hindu customs being performed, a magnificent thing to experience. Next in our itinerary is the Marthoma Mariam Big Church. Here you can see huge chandeliers and coloured glass balls dangling from the ceiling, the choir's gallery and a tulip-shaped pulpit, but no image of Lord Jesus save the cross. Continue with our journey to Kochi.

Check into Hotel Taj Malabar Kochi, built amidst serene surroundings lavished with five star amenities and facilities that can satisfy any international traveller. To add the last moment refreshment to your holiday in God's Own Country, we have also added a therapeutic massage at the Tamara Ayurveda Spa & Massage Center inside the hotel. Rejuvenate your lost spirits with various types of ayurvedic massages and feel refreshed like never before. In the evening, enjoy a grand farewell ceremony before you are transferred to the Kochi International Airport, Nedumbassery for your onward destination.

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