Places to Visit: Cochin – Athirapally water falls – Vazhachal water falls – Guruvayoor – Munnar – Thekkady – Kumarakom – Houseboat – Alleppey – Trivandrum – Kanyakumari.
Best of Kerala with Kanyakumari Tour features the many flavours of southwestern land of Indian Territory. Often referred to as God’s own country, the state has a lot of unique natural diversity, making it a part of impeccable heritage. Beginning from Kochi’s sightseeing, the tour moves towards the ever-young Athirapally and Vazhachal Waterfalls for the great escapade. Also, Guruvayoor offers a never before encounter with elephants at the sanctuary. Munnar with its sweet reminisces and famous tea plantations attract the old and young alike. The spice farms of Thekkady and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary form a memorable experience of encountering the wild amidst the lush greens. Following next is Kumarakom, famous more for its Houseboats-Kettuvalams and a well-defined network of Backwaters to Alleppey. The next alluring destination is Kovalam, the idyllic beach cove resort near Trivandrum. The last halt is at the meeting point of three seas at Kanyakumari beach. Truly, the Best of Kerala with Kanyakumari Tour has so many diversities that allow a tourist can relive the many emotions of life.
Day 1 : Arrival Kochi (previously known as Cochin)
You are greeted on arrival at the Kochi international airport / railway station and transfer to pre-booked hotel. Afternoon, Cochin sightseeing by luxury boat, visiting the Jewish Synagogue in Mattancherry, Cochin, is the oldest Synagogue of India. Dutch palace, One of the oldest buildings in Cochin, the Dutch palace is a beautiful structure built in oriental style of architecture, Chinese Fishing nets, St. Francis Church etc. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 2 : Kochi – Athirampally & Vazhachal – Guruvayoor
Approx 130 kms / 3 hrs drive
After breakfast, proceed to Vazhachal water falls, a tranquil and much needed escape from the troubles and stress of life. Later proceed to Guruvayoor. On arrival transfer to hotel. Later visit to ‘Elephant Sanctuary’ (Punnathur Kotta), Mural Painting, Kudakallu etc. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 3 : Guruvayoor – Munnar
Approx 140 kms / 4 hrs drive
Early morning visit Sree Krishna temple (non Hindus are not allowed inside the temple). After breakfast, proceed to Munnar. Upon arrival, check in to hotel by noon. Afternoon visit the tea plantations. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 4 : Munnar
After breakfast spend the entire day at Munnar, visiting Pothamedu for an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations, Devikulam – This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience. The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. Pallivasal, Attukal, A panorama of waterfalls and rolling hills, Attukal, Mattupetty, it is famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, the Indo-swiss live stock project. The Mattupetty Lake and dam, just a short distance from the farm, is a very beautiful picnic spot. Echo-Point etc. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 5 : Munnar – Thekkady (Also known as Periyar)
Approx. 120 kms / 3 ½ hrs. drive
Morning drive to Thekkedy. Spend the entire day at Thekkady, visiting Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Murikady, Pandikuzhy etc. Boating through Periyar lake will be ever-memorable one. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 6 : Thekkady
Morning visit the park again. Afternoon visit the spice plantations. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight a thotel.
Day 7 : Thekkady – Kumarakom
Approx 120 kms / 3 ½ hrs drive
Early morning, depart to Kumarakom, famous for its Bird Sanctuary situated on the Lake of Vembanand. Visit Kumarakom bird sanctuary, covering this bird sanctuary covers an area of around 101 acres of land full of woods and the lake, which attracts various kinds of birds here. Check in to your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 8 : Kumarakom – board Houseboat
After breakfast check in to ‘house boat’. Proceed to Alleppey through paddy fields, coconut lagoons, narrow canals and coir villages. A rare chance to see pepper, coffee, cashew nut, coco, pineapple, nut mug etc. Watch birds like kingfisher, wood pecker, drongo, egrets, bee-caters, etc. Overnight stay at houseboat.
Day 9 : Alleppey – Kovalam
175 kms / 4 hrs drive
Disembark from the houseboat at Alleppey and depart to Kovalam visiting Trivandrum enroute. Trivandrum is the capital of Modern Kerala and the seat of erstwhile Travancore Maharaja. Visit the Art Gallery, Padmanabha Swami Temple and Museum.
Day 10 : Kovalam
Full day free to relax on the beach. Overnight stay at Kovalam.
Day 11 : Kovalam – Kanyakumari
74 kms / 1 ½ hrs drive
Morning drive to Kanyakumari enroute visiting Padmanabhapuram Palace. Visit Vivekananda Rock, on the seaside is built a large, beautiful memorial dedicated to the Indian philosopher, Swami Vivekananda. Kanyakumari temple dedicated to Parvathi as Devi Kanya- the Virgin Goddess who did penance to obtain the hand of Lord Siva. Gandhi Memorial Built in memory of Gandhiji, the memorial is a good example of modern architecture. In the evening watch spectacular sunset. Overnight at hotel
Day 12 : Kanyakumari – Trivandrum / Out
Approx 90 kms / 2 hrs drive
Morning watch sunrise. Later drive to Trivandrum international airport to connect flight for onward destination.