Kerala with Spice Tour (9 Days / 8 Nights)
Destinations: Cochin- Kumarakom- Alleppey- Kovalam
Day 1: Cochin
After arriving Cochin airport or railway station, meet our representative who’ll escort you to the hotel. After freshening up, we head to the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations. The ‘Paradesi’ synagogue or the Mattancherry Synagogue was built in 1568 and reflects the traditional style of architecture and interiors. After that we head to the Mattancherry Palace which was commissioned by the Portuguese and then set out to see the famous Chinese fishing nets that line the harbour.Retire for the night at hotel.
Day 2: Cochin-Munnar
In the morning we start off for Munnar, which is roughly a 3 hour journey by road. This magnificent place was once the summer resort for British Generals from the East India Company. As we approach Munnar, you will be greeted with the pleasant fragrance of freshly grown tea. On arrival, we will check into the hotel and you are free to explore the town of Munnar. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3: Munnar- Periyar
After breakfast we head to Periyar, the land of wilderness and untamed wildlife. Home to India’s premier wildlife sanctuary, one can easily spot tigers, elephants and exotic birds on these plains. We visit the spice plantations in the afternoon. The entire day is at leisure, with an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4: Periyar
We start off early for a boat ride at the Lake Periyar. Due to fluctuating weather conditions in this region, we shall schedule this boat ride after arriving in Periyar. A boat safari on the Periyar Lake will give you an opportunity the exotic wild species in their natural turf. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 5: Periyar-Kumarkom
Early morning after breakfast , head straight to Kumarakom which is home to the rubber plantations and a beautiful bird sanctuary. We travel for four hours via road off the shores of the scenic Lake Vembanad. On reaching Kumarakom you will be accommodated at a resort on the banks of backwater. Enjoy boat ride during your stay at the resort. Overnight at the resort.
Day 6: Kumarkom-Alleppey (House Boat)
At Kumarkom, we board the Kuttuvallam or the House boat. As you cruise romantically through the quite waters of the rivers and lakes, watch the tall palms that canopy the bright sun, the emerald paddy fields and locals going about their business. Enjoy the lazy streams of water as the travel to our next destination Alleppy. Experience the off shore hospitality as we stay overnight on the splendid house boat.
Day 7: Alleppey-Kovalam
By morning reach Alleppey, afterwards driving straight to Kovalam. Assistance and transfer to the hotel or resort. Retreat yourself by spend the day at ayurvedic center. Retire for the night in the hotel.
Day 8: Kovalam
The whole day is at leisure.You can opt for a sightseeing and shopping tour of Thrivandrum or stay and explore the city of Kovalam and its breath taking beaches and relax in golden sands. The beach is ideal for various kind of water sports like kayaking, surfing , skiing and swimming.
Day 9: Kovalam – Trivandrum
After breakfast, transfer to airport to board a flight for your onwards journey.