Day 1 : Arrival at Trivandrum Airport
You will be warmly received by MJ Tours & Travel crew at Trivandrum airport and transfer to the hotel in Kovalam. Located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the mainland, Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram is the economic and political capital of Kerala. It is home to many scientific and technological institutions. In Malayalam, Thiruvananthapuram means "the city of the Lord Anantha" and thus refers to the Hindu deity Ananta Shesha. The Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, situated in the heart of the city, is dedicated to him. Mythical serpent Shesha is the king of the Nagas - serpent deities. Servant of Vishnu, it is the expression of the manifested and the unmanifested, and forms the bed on which Vishnu lies. During that day you will also have a rest.
Day 2 : Kovalam
Kovalam is a beach town which is located 16 km far from Trivandum. Kovalam came into the limelight, when in 1920, the regent Maharani Sethulakshmi Bayi of Travancore constructed a beach resort named Hacyon castle. Kovalam used to be a village known for fishing in Kerala and later on, it has transformed into one of the most beautiful tourists destinations in Kerala. Let us visit one of the most popular temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Vishnu has 108 incarnations and for each of his incarnations one temple 'Divya Desam' has been erected in the world. Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple located in Trivandrum is one of them and considered to be the richest temple in the world. The entry to this temple is restricted to only those who profess the Hindu faith. Devotees have to strictly follow the dress code and men have to remove their shirts and they have to be wearing dhoties. The Thiruvananthapuram Zoo is not far away and here we could see animals like Tigers, Lions, Crocodiles, Bears and Monkeys.
Day 3 : Kovalam
Let us visit all three beaches amongst which Kovalam Lighthouse beach will be topping the list. It is a very clean beach with neatly maintained and an ideal beach for sunbathing. Boat-rides in Lighthouse beach bring much excitement and there are different kinds of boat-rides available here. We could also visit the two other calm beaches which are less crowded. Hawah and Samudra beaches are adjacent to each other and they are preferred by the tourists for sunbathing. Water sports in these two beaches are highly recommended and the sunrise will be a great experience.
Day 4 : Varkala
Now we travel to the famous Varkala beach which is known for the cliff views. Varkala is 50 km far from Trivandrum and it is the only destination in Southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. Let us move around Janardana Swamy Temple and spend some quiet time on the beach with the cliff view and we will make our stay in Varkala for a night. In the evening, we will be invited by a local family for dinner.
Day 5 : Varkala
Let us go to the Varkala beach as it is heaven for sunbathing and swimming. We move to the Helipad close to the beach which has many Ayurveda massage parlours and we will experience a traditional Kerala Ayurvedic massage here. We will visit a famous Ashram known as Sivagiri Mutt, founded by the philosopher and social reformer Sri Narayana Guru. His tomb is located in the ashram and the Sivagiri Mutt is situated at the top of the Sivagiri hill. The Guru had his own concept of 'One Caste, One Religion, One God' and then we will slowly get back to the hotel for a night stay.
Day 6 : Alleppey
Let us get prepared and travel to Alleppey. Kerala has many beautiful destinations but Alleppey offers very unique backwaters and houseboats. Alleppey is considered to be the oldest planned town in this region and it is a town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches and lagoons. It was described as the 'Venice of the East' by Lord Curzon. Alleppey is reachable in two hours from Varkala and once arrived we will move to houseboats for an exciting experience. We will stay in houseboat and sail through Vembanad lake which is the longest lake in India. It spans several districts of Kerala.
Day 7 : Kumarakom
Kumarakom is set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake which is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala. There are plenty of home stays available and the experience is worth a day. We will rest in a home stay and walk around the lagoons. Let us go for a canoe ride in the evening and a sunset view from the lake will be a memorable experience! We will get ready and go to Alleppey beach for dinner. In this beach there will be a carnival from 25th December to 31st December. We will drive back to our home stay.
Day 8 : Thekkady
Now it is time to move to Thekkady, is 140 km far from Alleppey. This place is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers etc. We will reach Thekkady in the evening and get ready for an exciting Kerala Dance Show which will last for two hours. That dance style is an evolved form of the ancient Kathakali dance. We will stay for the night in a hotel which is in the middle of the jungle.
Day 9 : Periyar
An early rise and we head towards Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary where we can go for boating on the Periyra lake. This boat ride is about 2 hours and we will see some Elephants, Nilgiri langur, Giant squirrels and Sambar deer. In the evening we will go to an Elephant camp where we will ride an Elephant for 30 minutes. This ride will happen in a jungle and it will prove be very exciting. We will head back to the hotel for a night's stay.
Day 10 : Munnar
We transfer to Munnar and visit the Tata Tea Museum on the way to the resort. Munnar is 85 km far from Thekkady and we will reach it in 3 hours. Munnar is a very popular hill station which situated 1600 meters above the sea level. The best season to visit Munnar is from December to January and May to June. We visit the Mattupetty dam in the evening and we stay for a night here.
Day 11 : Munnar area
We will get up very early to enjoy a trek to the Great Chokkan Mudi peak which is 7400 ft, 7th tallest peak in Kannan Devan Hills. We will have a picnic at the top of the peak. We will get back to the hotel and relax. At about 5:30 p.m. we will have a lovely walk across huge tea gardens that will lead us to the Pallivasal waterfalls. It is quite an experience! We have walked a lot today exploring nature and it is time to go back to the hotel.
Day 12 : Kochi (Fort Kochi)
Let us be nice and relaxed and will start our journey to Kochi after breakfast. Kochi is 130 km far from Munnar and it will be a 4 hours journey. In the evening we will visit St Francis Church in Fort Kochi. It was originally built in 1503 and it is the oldest European Church in India. Vasco da Gama died in Kochi in 1524 when he was on his 3rd visit to India and his body was originally buried in this church but after 14 years his remains were removed to Lisbon. We will walk around Fort Kochi Beach and we could happen to see some huge ships moving around and the Fort as well. Then we will move towards the Chinese Fishing Nets. It was earlier thought that the nets might have been introduced by Chinese explorer Zheng He but recent research shows that these were introduced by Portuguese Casado, from Macau. We will head to the hotel for a nights stay.
Day 13 : Fort Kochi
After breakfast we will visit the Dutch Palace and the Jewish Synagogue. Please note that the Jewish Synagogue will be closed between 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dutch Palace was built and gifted by the Portuguese as a present to the Raja of Cochin around 1555. It depicts the Hindu temple art, portraits and exhibits the Rajas of Kochi. The Paradesi Jewish Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations. It was constructed in 1568. There said to be seven synagogues earlier but this is the only one remaining in use. Paradesi means refugees or immigrants. We refresh and get prepared to be a spectator in a Kerala Kathakali Dance Show organized by MJ Tours & Travel which starts at 6:30 p.m. and but the makeup session takes place at 5:30 p.m. and is a must! Kathakali translates literally as 'story play' and came into being during the 17th century. It portrays stories derived from the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. We will get back to the hotel for a dinner and sleep.
Day 14 : Transfer to Cochin Airport
Lets get ready and get transferred to Cochin Airport. Fly home with the Happy Memories!
From 999 per person based on 8 people
- Above quoted rate is Per Person
- Accommodation in 2 or 3-star hotels with breakfast included and twin-share rooms
- AC taxi with English-speaking driver
- Private English-speaking guide
Package does not include:
- The Flight tickets
- Visa Charges
- Lunch and Dinner
Depending on your arrival and departure time you may have to pay for the additional nights stay.