Kerala, a state on India's tropical Malabar Coast, has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It's known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters, a network of canals. Inland are the Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife. National parks like Eravikulam and Periyar, plus Wayanad and other sanctuaries, are home to elephants, langur monkeys and tigers.
Day 1: Cochin - Munnar (Tea Garden & Hill station). Arrival at Cochin airport/ railway station. Then to Munnar. This beautiful hill station was once the summer capital of the British Government in India. The never ending vast expanse of tea plantations and the round the year moderate climate makes it a little haven for visitors. The day at leisure. Overnight at Munnar.
Day 2:Munnar: Visit to Rajamala- house of the highly endangered mountain goats - the NilgiriThars. Then to Lakkam waterfalls which is accessible by a short trek through the forest. Afternoon visit Echo point and Mattupetty Dam. Speed boating facilities are available here. The dam is flanked by forests and vast expanse of grass land on one side and the Kundala tea plantation on the other. Overnight at Munnar.
Day 3:Munnar - Periyar (wild life sanctuary & Spice plantation). Morning proceed to Thekkady. By noon at Thekkady. Afternoon at Periyar lake around which the sanctuary is built, for boating. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing the wild life at close quarters from the safety of a boat. Stay in Thekkady.
Day 4:Periyar - Kumarakam (Backwaters). Drive to Kumarakam. By noon check in at the backwater resort in Kumarakam. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight stay at Kumarakam.
Day 5:Kumarakam - Alleppey. Morning after breakfast proceed to Alleppey. By noon check in at the house boat in Alleppey for a 20-hour house boating through the legendary backwaters of Kerala. On the way you will witness a full range of lifes and activities and some mind boggling sceneries. Overnight in the house boat. House boat is a private boat with fully furnished spacious bath attached bed rooms, hygiene kitchen, dining area and private front deck to capture the beauty of the back waters.
Day 6: Alleppey- Kovalam (International beach) Morning after breakfast check out from the houseboat and proceed to Kovalam- the internationally renowned beach destination. Spend the rest of the day in the sandy beaches of Kovalam flanked by coconut groves on one side and Arabian sea on the other. Overnight at the beach side hotel.
Day 7: Kovalam. Morning after breakfast proceed for a city tour of Trivandrum covering Napier Museum and Sri PadmanabhaSwamy Temple. Afternoon at leisure in Kovalam. Overnight at Kovalam.
Day 8:Kovalam - Trivandrum (Capital City) Morning after breakfast proceed to Trivandrum airport / railway station for onward journey.
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Munnar - Violet Woods Hotel C 7 Birds Valley Or Similar, Kovalam - Jasmine Palace Swagath Or Similar, Thakkady - Periyar Meadows Coffee Routes Seasons Or Similar, Kumarakam - Kalathil Lake Resort Kondai Lip Or Similar, Alleppey - A/c Deluxe House Boat