Kerala Backwaters, Beaches & Wildlife

This tour is a perfect way to explore the southern Indian paradise of Kerala, its beaches and Wildlife. The hill stations, and backwaters is where greenery and nature is abound in plenty. Located on the shores of the Indian Ocean and the spice growing Cardamon Hills to the east, Kerala is a beautiful and fertile paradise.

Munnar

Munnar is located at an altitude of 1,524 metres. Due to its location it provides a welcome cool climate and relief from the heat of the plains. The surrounding hills are covered in a dense carpet of tea plants (Camellia sinensis). Here you find some of the world’s highest tea plantations.
Between the hills and coast are the lush backwaters. A network of waterways providing a source of fish for food, water for farming and a communication route for villagers.

Get ready for a fascinating journey to pristine beaches and tranquil backwaters that will carve a special place in your heart. The natural beauty of Kerala’s beaches and backwaters will offer you memorable experiences for a lifetime. The state is a picture perfect combination of beautiful nature and captivating attractions.
Cruise on the serene Periyar Lake, relax at the waterfront in Kumarakom with the cool breeze kissing your cheeks.

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Day 1 Welcome to Cochin. Transfer to your hotel Day 6 Board your houseboat for a cruise through the canals
Day 2 Morning tour of Cochin Day 7 Travel to Kovalam famous for its beaches
Day 3 Travel to Periyar and boat ride on Periyar Lake Day 8 Day at leisure
Day 4 Onwards to Kumarakom and check in at your hotel Day 9 Depart to Trivandrum Airport
Day 5 Day free in Kumarakom    

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Day 1

Arrival Cochin
* On arrival you are met by our representative for assistance and transfer to the hotel and check-in.
* Overnight at your hotel in Cochin
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Day 2

Cochin
* Morning sightseeing of Cochin; a city till today influenced by medieval Portugal; Holland and England.
* You visit St. Francis Church; built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan friars where Vasco da Gama was buried for 14 years before his remains were transferred to Lisvon. His tombstone still stands.
* Nearby is the Mattancherry Palace or “Dutch Palace”. The central hall on the 1st floor was the coronation hall of the rajas of Cochin. Other rooms depict scenes from the Ramayana and Puranic legends connected with Hindu gods.
* Amazing are the Chinese fishing nets. These cantilevered fishing nets line the entrance to the harbour mouth. They were introduced by traders from the courts of Kublai Khan.
* You also see the Jew City with the Jewish Synagogue; constructed in 1568; with hand-painted; willow-pattern floor tiles brought from Canton in the mid-18th century by a Rabbi..
* Overnight at your hotel in Cochin.
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Day 3

Cochin – Periyar (By road; Approx. 4.5 Hrs.)
* After breakfast drive to Periyar National Park.
* This unique wildlife sanctuary is about 780 sq. km centered around an artificial lake fed by the Periyar River.
* In the morning enjoy a short Trek in the forest with a naturalist. Different nature trails traversing diverse habitats form the trekking routes; generally 4 to 5 km. in length.
* This is an interpretive program offering excellent opportunities to watch birds; butterflies and other wildlife.
* The trails often pass through evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands.
* The trek lasts for about 3 hours per trek.
* The Nature walk is the right program to feel nature; hear her whispers and smell her flowers.
* Overnight at your hotel in Periyar.
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Day 4

Periyar – Kumarakom (By road; Approx. 4.5 Hrs.)
* After the breakfast leave for Kumarakom by road.
* On arrival check-in at your hotel.
* The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake; and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region.
* The bird sanctuary here; which is spread across 14 acres is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist’s paradise. Egrets; darters; herons; teal; waterfowl; cuckoo; wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that live there in flocks are a fascination for visitors.
* The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a boat trip round the islands.
* In the evening enjoy a sunset boat cruise on the Vembanad lake provided by the hotel.
* Overnight at your hotel in Kumarakom.
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Day 5

Kumarakom
* A full day at your leisure to explore Kumarakom.
* Overnight at your hotel in Kumarakom.
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Day 6

Kumarakom – Alleppey
* In the morning check-out from the hotel and board the houseboat.
* Cruise towards Alleppey; the backwaters cruise takes off through a network of canals with a back drop of villages and coconut trees on the shores.
* Overnight on board the houseboat.
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Day 7

Alleppey – Kovalam (By road; approx. 4.5 Hrs.)
* After breakfast depart for Kovalam by road and on arrival check-in at the Hotel.
* Overnight at your hotel in Kovalam.
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Day 8

Kovalam
* Full day at your leisure to explore Kovalam.
* Overnight at your hotel in Kovalam
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Day 9

Kovalam – Trivandrum (By road; approx. 30 Min) Leave Trivandrum
* After breakfast leave Kovalam for Trivandrum.
* On arrival in Trivandrum you will be transferred to the airport and board your flight for onward destination.
* Services end at Trivandrum airport.
* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your India experience. We value your patronage & look forward to serving you again in the near future.

* 2 Nights in Cochin
* 1 Night in Periyar
* 2 Nights in Kumarakom
* 1 Night in Alleppey
* 2 Nights in Kovalam
* Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our representative from / to airport, along with 1 piece of baggage per person
* Sightseeing tours and intercity transfers as per itinerary in AC medium car for 2 passengers ( AC Innova for 3-4 passengers)
* Accommodation (3*- 4*- 5*) including breakfast daily
* Local English Speaking Guide
* Alleppey (house boat) inclusive of all meals.
* Check in and check out time is 12h00 ( midday).

* International/Domestic flights – Departure & fuel taxes
* Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
* Travel insurance
* India visa fee
* Tips
* Services not stated in the itinerary

* International/Domestic flights – Departure & fuel taxes
* Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
* Travel insurance
* India visa fee
* Tips
* Services not stated in the itinerary

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Rates valid for travel between 01 August to 30 September 2017.
Seasonal supplements may be applicable.

India house boats at Alleppey
India house boats at Alleppey
India view of the backwaters at Kumarakom
India man in a traditional canoe in Kumarakom
India Bengal tigers taking a dip in a pond at Periyar National Park
India buck at Eravikulam_national_park
India view of the Munnar hillstation
India chinese cantilevered fishing nets at Cochin
India view of the canals in Cochin
India Tea plantations. Munnar, Kerala, India
India view of cottages beside a lake in Munnar
India housebaot sailing on backwaters-in-kerala
India view of the lighthouse at lighthouse beach in Kovalam
India view of kanyakumari
India houseboat on the water in Kumarakom
India Kumarakom backwaters with palm trees reflected in the water
India houseboat o tranquil water in Kumarakom