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Kerala Nature & Pilgrimage Tour
Trivandrum – Kovalam – Kanyakumari – Rameshwaram – Madurai –
Periyar – Munnar – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Cochin
11 Nights / 12 Days


01 Day: Arrival Trivandrum (By Air) – Kovalam (16 kms: ½ hr):
Meeting and assistance on arrival at the Trivandrum airport, our representative assists and escorts you by a private car and transfer Kovalam. On arrival, check in to the pre-booked beach resort. After your check in, you will be given all the required documents related to your tour plan; he will explain all your queries and feedback about the entire tour plan. Rest of the day is free for relaxation. You can indulge in Yoga rejuvenation, the beach resorts offers oil baths and Ayurvedic massages, and here you can enjoy skiing, surfing and also kayaking. Enjoy the sunbathing under the tropical sun. Overnight at the beach resort of Kovalam.

02 Day: Kovalam:
After breakfast enjoy watching the patches of coral reefs lining on the coast of the Kovalam beach, the world of fantasy with coconut groves and the palm trees surrounding you in the beautiful landscape. Enjoy Ayurveda massage and treatment, for which Kovalam is most popular beach in Kerala. Rest of the day is free for beach activities. Overnight at the beach resort.

03 Day: Kovalam – Trivandrum – Kanyakumari (80 kms: 3 hrs):
After breakfast check out of the hotel and drive to Kanyakumari. Enroute take a sightseeing tour of Trivandrum city, (16 kms) the capital of the state of Kerala is a beautiful seaside city built on seven hills. The famous Sri Padmanabhaswamy Swami Temple is dedicated to Vishnu and is a landmark in the city. Also visit Horse Palace, Sree Chitra Art Gallery, and Padmatheertha Kulam (Temple Pond). If time permits, also visit The Zoo in Thiruvananthapuram which has many shady and delightful walks. Later drive to Cape Camorin also known as Kanya Kumari, this place is at the tail tip end of India, one can see the 3 seas meet over here (Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean & Bay of Bengal. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Visit Kumari Amman Devi Temple, Vivekananda Rock & Ashram, enjoy sunset over here. Overnight at the hotel.

04 Day: Kanyakumari – Rameshwaram (250 kms: 6 hrs):
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Rameshwaram. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Later visit the city, often referred to as the ‘Island of Prayer’, and also considered to Varanasi of the South this major pilgrimage center is on an island in the Gulf of Mannar. Most of the town’s places to stay and eat are clustered around the Ramanathaswamy Temple. Built in the 12th century AD, the temple with its awe-inspiring corridors, and the longest in India. Overnight at the hotel.

05 Day: Rameshwaram – Madurai (172 kms: 3 hrs):
After early breakfast visit to Adam's Bridge the name given to the chain of reefs, sandbanks and islets that almost connects Sri Lanka with India. According to legend, this is the series of stepping stones used by the monkey army, lead by Hanuman to cross the ocean in a bid to rescue Sita from the clutch of Ravana. Later check out of the hotel and drive to Madurai. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Then visit to Meenakshi Sundareshwar, one of the largest temple complex in India built between the 16th and 18th centuries. Apart from the estimated 33 million sculptures there, the temple is absolutely absorbing with the endless rounds of ceremonies, prostration of countless devotees and glittering market stalls, later visit Tiruparankundram Murugan Temple, Palamuthirsolai Murugan Temple. Also visit the Tirumal Nayak’s Palace, which is in a highly decorative monument. Its enormous roofed arcade supported by 48 – foot high stone pillar, still stands. In the evening visit the Meenakshi temple for the special evening Aarti. Overnight at the hotel.

06 Day: Madurai – Periyar (140 kms: 3 hrs):
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Periyar. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Later visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, discover the park, animals found here include elephant, gaur and wild boars and birds like ibis and grey heron. The visit is done in a boat at Periyar lake to view animals with a bit of extra luck we may be able to see the rare tiger as well. Later in the evening take a spice plantation tour to see crops of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. on your way back to the hotel, you could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices. Overnight at the hotel.

07 Day: Periyar – Munnar (110 kms: 3 hrs):
After an early breakfast drive to Munnar, on arrival transfer to the hotel, Munnar is located at the Idukki district of Kerala State in India. The word "Munnar" means three rivers. 3 mountain streams (Madurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala) are joining together here. During the British rule in India, Munnar was the summer resort of the Government officials. The natural beauty, calmness and mild cold climate throughout the year make it the favorite tourist places. There are about 30 tea plantations in and around Munnar. The tea estates, hills, lakes and forests inside Munnar range exposes it's beauty. The Munnar hills are covered by tea plants, which make Periyar the feeling of seeing a wide green carpet. Later take visit at Rajmalai Wild Life sanctuary – this is the only sanctuary in India where Indian Ibex’s are found, followed by visit at Kannan Devan Hills from here you can have a panoramic view of Munnar Tea Estates & the Lake of Munnar. Overnight at the hotel.

08 Day: Munnar
After breakfast visit to Pothamedu which offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenery here is ideal for trekking and Long Mountain walks. Visit the tea factory and the museum here. Later visit at Devikulam (7 km from Munnar). This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience. The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing. Also take a sightseeing towards Mattupetty Side, where you can visit the Photo point, Mattupetty Dam - 15 Minutes Boat Drive in this Dam, Echo point (The natural Echo phenomenon is always happening here), Shooting point and the Kundale Lake. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

09 Day: Munnar – Kumarakom (200 kms: 4 hrs):
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Kumarakom - for the nature-lover. Here in this backwater town, you can laze in a canoe amidst sylvan surroundings where the only presence is yours and the egrets. Later visit at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, to see bird viewing where numerous species of birds, including Darters, Bitterns, Brahminy kites, Marsh Harries, Teals and several varieties of Herons roost are found. For an inquisitive bird watcher, it is always advisable to carry their binoculars at all times. Return to hotel, make sure you do not miss out on Karimeen and fresh toddy the favorite fresh water food and the local wine. Overnight at the hotel.

10 Day: Kumarakom – Alleppey (Backwaters tours through sailing boat to Alleppey):
After breakfast, embarks at the houseboat. The day for the journey of backwaters in the boat, through the tropical countryside enchanting backwaters of Kumarakom by regattas (snake boats) for which Kerala is very famous, while sailing enjoy palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals are panoramic sights one can never forget. The Chinese fishing nets, the reminiscent of our past trade links, are also found on the way. Flocks of duck swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky remains as enduring pictures reflecting the charm of this tourist land, you also enjoy fishing from the houseboats, evening enjoy sunset from the sun-deck of the houseboats, moving towards Alleppey. The Houseboats have generated electricity; sitting cum dinning area, separate bedroom with attached English toilets, sun deck and fully loaded kitchen with a Chef, and Srank (Driver). Overnight at the houseboat.

11 Day: Alleppey – Cochin (64 kms: 1½ hrs):
After breakfast, disembark from the houseboat and drive to Cochin. Take a sightseeing tour of Cochin: Oasis state of Kerala & on to the Malabar Coasts & Kochi (formerly Cochin), one of the India's most colourful cities. This inter, connected series of Islands & shoreline presents a vivacious blend of Cultures & Religions; Visit to Fort Cochin & St. Frances Church to see the town of Vasco da Gama. We also see the Jewish Synagogue & the Mattancherry "Dutch" Palace. In the evening enjoy the Kathakali, one of India's most famous Classical dances. Lavish Costumes & Exotic makeup & Masks intensify the beauty of the dancers, intricate moments. Overnight at the hotel.

12 Day: Cochin – Hometown (By Air):
After breakfast, your day is free for relaxation and individual activities. Later transfer to the airport to board the scheduled flight for hometown. On departure, tour concludes with happy memories.

Tour Packages in USD per Person

Package
01 Pax
02 Pax
04 Pax
Extra Pax
Premium
3350
1780
1250
600
Superior
2890
1450
1050
450
Standard
2000
1100
825
330

Accommodation:

Sector
Premium ( 5 Star) 
Superior ( 4 Star)
Standard ( 3 Star)
Kovalam
Taj Kovalam
Uday Samudra
Kovalam Beach Retreat
Kanyakumari
Sparsa Resort (Higher Category Room)
Sparsa Resor
Sea View
Rameshwaram
Daiwik (Higher Category Rooms)
Daiwik
Royal Park
Madurai
Heritage Madurai
Sangam/ GRT Regency
Germanaus
Periyar
Wild Corridor/ Elephant Court
Wilderness
Green Forest/ Tree Top
Munnar
Tea County
Silver Tips
Copper Castle
Kumarakom
Manor Backwaters
East End Lake Song
Zuri Resort
Alleppey
A/C Luxury Houseboat
A/C Deluxe Houseboat
Deluxe Houseboat
Cochin
Trident
Dream Cochin
Abad Plaza

The above Tour Package is valid from 1st April 2016 to 30th September 2016.

Services Included:

  1. Hotel accommodation with breakfast and all luxury taxes.
  2. Extra Supplement staying in the double room with extra bed with breakfast and other services.
  3. A/C Car with English speaking driver throughout the tour for all transfers, sightseeing, intercity travel etc as per the above tour programme.
  4. The transportation services in inclusive of all toll taxes, fuel cost, vehicle insurance, driver allowance (Stay and food), parking charges.
  5. English Speaking Guide during city tours, historical places, ancient temples, monuments (Guides are not required/ available at places like religious temples, beaches, mosques, hill stations).
  6. 01 Kathakali Dance Show in Cochin
  7. Entrance of Tea Gardens during plantation tour in Munnar. 
  8. Alleppey Houseboat accommodation inclusive of all meals.
  9. Entry to Spice plantation in Periyar

Not Included:

  1. Any domestic Train/ Air fare
  2. 3.09% Government service tax on the total tour cost.
  3. Expenditure pertaining to personal nature: like mineral water,  portage, laundry, tips, phone calls etc.,
  4. Monuments charges/Entrance fees/Safari/Any event/ New Year Gala or any Festival Gala Dinner at actual directly payable by the guest.
  5. Camera fees, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages and starters
  6. Vehicle use for those places /excursions not included in the tour plan.
  7. Medical and travel insurance.
  8. Anything not specifically mentioned in the “included” section.

Note:

  1. In case of non-availability of the above hotels similar category of hotels will be provided.
  2. Child over 6 years with extra bed in parents room with breakfast (directly payable to the hotel on actual basis)
  3. Any additional visit to any sightseeing places, food, entry fees or any other services will be on extra cost.
  4. 5 Star Deluxe luxury hotels package can be worked out according to the date of travel and destinations. 
  5. Tour cost subject to change on ground of unexpected hike due to government taxes, fuel cost and other unseen reasons with prior information to the guest before commencement of the tour.