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Backwaters Tour South India

Tour Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days
Destinations Covered: Cochin - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Marari Beach - Kovalam

Day 01 – Arrive Cochin
Meeting and greetings on arrival at airport and transfer to the hotel for check in.

Cochin - Known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea it is the heart of God’s Own Country and also the center of business and commercial establishments.

Afternoon commence sightseeing tour to visit Fort Cochin, Mattancherry, Spice Markets, Antique Shopping, Jewish Synagogue, St Francis Basilica, Dutch Palace, Vasco Da Gama Square and Chinese Fishing Nets. Return to the hotel in the evening for overnight stay.

Cochin Backwaters

Day 02 – Cochin to Munnar – proceed by car
After breakfast proceed to Munnar, where sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make it a unique experience. This hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British empire in south India. Check in to your resort / hotel and get ready for the special trip to Pothamedu for an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The breathtaking scenery here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks. Time permiting also visit Mattupetty famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project. Onwards from the farm you proceed to Mattupetty lake and dam, which is a very beautiful picnic spot. You could enjoy boating in the lake and view mountains and landscapes from afar. Onwards proceed to Echo point famous for the natural echo phenomenon and then to Top Station offering marvellous views of Munnar valley below. Return to the resort and enjoy the facilities at your resort.  Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 – At Munnar
Full day exploration of this tea country and its surroundings. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04 – Munnar to Periyar – Proceed by car
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Periyar - nestled in spice and rubber plantations. Known to be Kerala’s pride and testimony to nature’s splendour, Periyar has a lot to offer in terms of wildlife. Periyar is famous for its rare habitat of birds and animals and is one of the most popular destinations for nature lovers. Check in to your resort. Later proceed to visit cardamom hills where you could have a closer look at the spice plantations. Overnight at the resort / lodge.

Day 05 - Periyar to Kumarakom – by car
Morning commence motorboat ride to watch the wild life mainly wild elephants in herds. Other than wild elephants, you may also catch sight of Tigers, Bison, Spotted deer, Gaur and other animals. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake.

Afternoon proceed to Alleppey to board your waiting houseboat and sail through the backwaters of Kerala to Kumarakom. The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. A picturesque, clean village, Kumarakom is a tiny hamlet on the banks of a lagoon formed by the Vembanad lake. Check in to your resort where calm, emerald backwaters reflect hundreds of thousands of gently swaying palms where the primary attraction however, is its lazy ambience.
Meals and overnight on board the houseboat.

Day 06 – At Kumarakom
Morning after breakfast check out from the houseboat and check in at the Resort. Rest of day free to explore the bird sanctuary of Kumarakom and explore a whole new world of feathered species. For an inquisitive bird watcher it is an ideal place that echoes with the chirping of birds including a variety of migratory birds. Take a walk around the sanctuary while experiencing the sights and sounds of these birds. Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. Either you are free at leisure, or enjoy the backwaters with paddleboats, canoe and Kayaks at the lagoon available at the resort.

Day 07 : Kumarakom to Marari Beach
Morning after breakfast proceed to Marari Beach and check in at the Resort. Rest of the day at leisure to relax and enjoy the facilities available. You may opt Ayurveda treatment / massage being offered by the hotel.

Day 08 : At Marari Beach
Full Day at leisure OR Ayurveda treatment. Overnight at the Resort.

Day 09 : At Marari Beach
Full Day at leisure OR Ayurveda treatment. Overnight at the Resort.

Day 10 – Marai to Kovalam - by car
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to Kovalam and check in at one of the beach resort. Rest of the day free to relax and enjoy the beach. Overnight at the hotel.
Kovalam beach, one of the best in India and perhaps world. A rocky promontory jutting into the sea render Kovalam safe for sea bathing even in the roughest weather.

Kovalam Tour

Day 11 – At Kovalam
Morning after breakfast at the hotel explore the adjoining city of Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala and a beautiful city of magnificent structures showcasing the ancient and modern style of architecture in a unique setting. The other attractions in the city include various cultural institutions, palaces, art galleries, and the Sree Padmanabha Swami temple.

Day 12 – At Kovalam
Full day free to relax and enjoy the beach. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13 - Depart Kovalam
Transfer to the Airport in time to bard flight for onward journey.

End of your memorable tour !

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