This compact package covers the famous beach and backwater destinations in south Kerala. Admire the mish-mash of colonial style & cosmopolitan temperament of Kochi, chill out on beaches and experience the tropical beauty of the backwaters in this evergreen tour.
You will be welcomed at Kochi International airport / rail station by our company representative and taken to your hotel.
Spend the day at Kochi, one of the finest natural harbours and the oldest European settlement in India. The cultural mosaic here is shaped by a long history of visitors – Arab, Chinese, British, Jewish, Portuguese and French – making for a remarkable heritage city.
A mix of people from all over the world have left their stamp on this fascinating town of Fort Kochi
Do-it- yourself walk: heritage sites of Fort Kochi
You start your walking tour of Fort Kochi at the St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India and explore the imposing Santa Cruz basilica built by the Portuguese. It will be fun to observe the iconic and still-in-use Chinese fishing nets and even try using them yourself. Stroll past the shops along Jew Street shopping for antiques and spices and also visit the Jewish Synagogue and the Dutch Palace. You will notice that the heritage zone of the city is amazingly well preserved.
Stay at one of the fine hotels in Fort Kochi to soak in the colonial ambience. Relax for the night at your hotel.
Today venture out to east Kumarakom, an idyllic village set in a maze of complex lush waterways marked by its gentle pace of life. This day of the tour has been set aside for you to relax or experience the best of the famed ayurveda massages (if interested).
TRAVEL TO KUMARAKOM (55 KM, 1.5 HRS)
Take it slow: A day of relaxation in a backwater heritage resort
Check into your heritage resort, totally recreated from traditional Kerala style homes. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the scenic environs by the lake side. You may choose to lounge by the pool or pamper yourself with an ayurveda treatment. The evenings are best spent playing games or by the lake side soaking in the backwater sunset.
Recreate the way of life very typical of the backwater culture at Kumarakom
This morning,take a short journey through backwater villages to reach the town of Alleppey. The ‘Venice of the East’ as it is called supports a vibrant village life along the shorelines with paddy fields and palms.
On board a ‘Kettuvallom’: A glimpse of backwater life
After traditional lunch on your private houseboat, the cruise will take you through splendid waterways of narrow canals. You will get opportunities to explore village life and the country side. Afternoons are best spent sunbathing on the deck or lounging in the shade while socialising with your crew. As we drift along you will be amazed by the life by the waterside and witness a spectacular sunset. Experience night life in an anchored houseboat in the middle of the lake. Overnight stay in Houseboat.
Your trip along narrow canals and stay on a houseboat can be an experience of a lifetime
Today you will travel to a place where you will find some of the most popular beaches in the country. Famed for its ayurveda centres with enough opportunities for adventure junkies, Kovalam will not disappoint.
TRAVEL TO KOVALAM (170KM, 3.5 HRS)
Soak in the view from atop the Vizhinjam lighthouse
This afternoon, climb up the spiral staircases of one of the oldest lighthouses in India to get a stunning view of the coast. Atop thrilling height of this candy-striped lighthouse, enjoy the strong winds and an awesome vantage point. (Open between 3 pm to 5 pm).
A day time shot from the light house beach at Kovalam
Sunset by the seaside: Explore lighthouse beach
This evening is free for you to spend time by the beach side. The atmosphere will be laid back and relaxed. With lots of options around, consider dining at some of the open air restaurants around or shopping for souvenirs.
Relax for the night at your beach resort.
Explore the city of Trivandrum, a city which showcases the heritage of Kerala like none else. With famous temples, palaces, museums and art emporiums, a tour of Trivandrum will as exciting as it is insightful. The evening is left free for some more beach time!
A half-day tour exploring the heritage city of Thiruvananthapuram
After breakfast, head to the Padmanabhaswamy temple, the richest temple in the country with antique riches (Entry for Hindus only). After darshan explore the horse palace (Puthenmalika) - magnificently crafted wooden palace famous for its house sculpture work. Later, revel at the oil paintings of the raja and exquisite collection at Napier Museum.
The Padmanabhaswamy temple, famous for its antique riches also features some astounding stone work
An evening at leisure by the sea
This evening we leave free for you to spend time at leisure by the sea. Walk around the Kovalam, visit some of the other beaches around, watch fishermen at work and enjoy. Shop around if you may or even take an ayurveda massage if you are interested.
Relax for the night at your beach resort.
Today will be the last day of your tour. Have a splendid breakfast at your resort and get ready for onward journey. Check out from your resort and head to Trivandrum. Drop back at Airport in the afternoon bidding farewell to god’s own country with memories to last for a life time.
3 star Hotel/resort with neat amenities, hygienic bathrooms & European toilets, Telephone and 24 hours room service
Air Conditioned vehicle with chauffer at your disposal thorough out the tour
Buffet breakfast included at all resorts/ hotels and all meals on the houseboat
Total tour cost
Starting from INR 18900 per person in October to March and INR 15700 per person from April to September
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Get to see backwater life up close on a country boat which traverses through narrow canals
Enjoy a stress relieving ayurveda massage which will go well with your slow holiday by the backwaters
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Thekkady, boat cruise