Highlights: Kovalam - Cochin - Periyar - Kumarakom - Backwaters - Cochin
Other departure: Manchester - £1749
Hotels: 4* (or similar)
Kovalam - Uday Samudra
Cochin - Crowne Plaza
Periyar - Elephant Court
Kumarakom - Lakesong
Backwaters - Houseboat
Cochin - Courtyard by Marriott Please Note: Dutch Palace (Closed on Friday), Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Friday & Saturday)
* All Accommodation is subject to availability
* Check-in and check-out timing of the hotels will be according to the timing of the respective Hotel
* Complimentary usage of WIFI is as per the respective hotel policy Itinerary:
3rd Mar 21: (Wed) London Heathrow to Dubai by flight
Dubai to Trivandrum by flight. 4th Mar 21: (Thu) Trivandrum to Kovalam by surface.
Arrive at Trivandrum airport. Upon arrival at Trivandrum airport, welcome meet and assist by our representative and drive to Kovalam is a golden sand virgin beach on the Malabar Coast of Kerala and is amongst the most prominent beach holiday spot of the world. Upon arrival at Kovalam, check-in at Hotel where accommodation is protected from the previous night i.e. 03rd Mar’21 for immediate occupancy of the room. Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at the hotel. 5th Mar 21: (Fri) Kovalam
Day at leisure and Overnight stay at hotel. 6th Mar 21: (Sat) Kovalam to Cochin by surface (Approx. 230 Kms, 5 Hrs)
After breakfast check out from Hotel and drive from Kovalam to Cochin – the Gateway to Kerala was once an important spice-trading route on the Arabian Sea where Vasco D Gama landed in 1498 and boasted that he has come for soul and spices. Cochin is virtually the spice capital of the world from where Portuguese were exporting 10,000 kilos of spices to east-indies and other countries and has derived its name from Calico-the the famous fabric manufactured in this town. Cochin also forms the part of the emerald isle of India. Harbour Cruise of Cochin is very much popular. With one of the finest natural harbors in the world, Cochin was once a major center for commerce and trade with the British, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, and Dutch, etc. Upon arrival at Cochin, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at the hotel. 7th Mar 21: (Sun) Cochin
Morning proceeds to visit the Dutch Palace (Closed on Friday) – The place has a fine collection of mural paintings depicting the scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharata & Ramayana, Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Friday & Saturday) – the oldest synagogue in the world is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers, was built in 1568. St. Francis Church: is the oldest church built by Europeans in India & Huge, elegant Chinese fishing nets that line the tip of Fort Kochi. Evening you will Witness the Kathakali Dance Show. Kathakali is the classical dance-drama of Kerala dates from the 17th century. Kathakali recitals are drama and are danced with elaborate mask s and costumes. They are emotive and narrative, while other dance forms have either one of them. The dancers use their stunning costumes and make-up, with the accompaniment of drums and vocalists, to create various moods and emotions. Overnight stay at the hotel. 8th Mar 21: (Mon) Cochin to Periyar by surface (approx. 195 km, 5 hrs)
After breakfast travel by road to Periyar - The scenic drive takes you through green hills with forests, plantations of tea, spices and rubber, streams and waterfalls. Upon arrival at Periyar, check-in at your Hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel. 9th Mar 21: (Tue) Periyar
In the morning take a boat ride on the lake in the Periyar National Park, a ‘Project Tiger’ reserve. A boat ride is the only way to observe closely the giant of Periyar – Elephants and Gaurs (The giant Indian Bison) without disturbing them on their way (Subject to availability). In the afternoon visit plantations of tea, cardamom, and pepper. Overnight stay at the hotel. 10th Mar 21: (Wed) Periyar to Kumarakom by surface (approx. 135 km, 3 hrs)
Today you'll leave just after breakfast driving back down to the coast and the melodically named town of Kumarakom on the banks of Lake Vembanad. Upon arrival at Kumarakom, check-in at Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at the hotel. 11th Mar 21: (Thu) Backwaters
Breakfast at the hotel. Noon checks out from hotel and transfers to Alleppey boat jetty to embark houseboat – The Kettuvallam - the typical House Boats. Houseboats are traditional country boats, which used to carry tons of cargo in the backwater region in ancient times, have now been converted with one or two-bedrooms with attached bath, kitchenette, and a sitting area. (Lunch and Dinner). Overnight on board. 12th Mar 21: (Fri) Alleppey to Cochin by surface
After breakfast disembarks houseboat and drives to Cochin. Upon arrival at Cochin, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at the hotel. 13th Mar 21 (Sat) Cochin to Dubai by flight
Dubai to London Heathrow by flight. Transfer from hotel to Cochin airport in time to board flight for London Heathrow via Dubai. Excludes:
- Entrances fees to the monuments and activities (Kathkali dance show, Boat ride at Lake Periyar)
- Visa fees & travel insurance.
- Any vehicle on leisure days.
- Expenses of personal nature such as soft drinks, liquor, laundry, tips, telephone calls, porterage, visa fees, camera fees, etc.
- Anything not mentioned in the above inclusion.