13 Days Kerala Tour of India

Trivandrum - Cape Comorin (Kanya Kumari) - Kovalam - Alleppey - Kumarakom - Periyar - Munnar - Cochin

13 days Kerala Tour of India covers the backwaters in Kerala and also takes you to the mountains and the jungles. A night in a houseboat will leave you completely thrilled. Trivandrum has one of the richest temples of the world. Kovalam offers you the best of beaches of India. Alleppey is the Venice of India. Periyar Jungle offers you wild elephants. Munnar is a beautiful hill station. Kochi has a Jewish synagogue.

Accomodation with breakfast, All transfers & city tours with air-conditioned vehicles.

1 Day 01:- Arrive in Thiruvananthapura

This morning on your arrival in Trivandrum, now called Thiruvananthapuram, you will be transferred to your hotel. Thiruvananthapuram earlier known as Trivandrum means the "City of Lord Ananta". The name comes from the deity of Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple. In the temple, Padmanabaha (Vishnu) is reclining on Anantha (Sheshanag). The city shot into fame globally recently as when some of the vaults of the temple were opened, a treasure worth billions was discovered making it one of the richest temples of this world. A few more vaults still are to be opened. Only those who profess faith in Hindu religion are permitted and you have to adhere to a dress code for entering the temple. Overnight in Thiruvananthapuram.

2 Day 02:- Visit to important places to see in Thiruvananthapuram.

The morning tour of Thiruvananthapuram will take you to Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Napier Museum. Napier Museum an art and natural history museum was named after Lord Napier, an erstwhile Governor of Chennai, is closed on Mondays, Wednesday afternoons and also on some public holidays like January 26, August 15, etc. The rulers of Travancore took a lot of interest in art and culture. Some of the famous artists from here are Maharaja Swathe Thirumalai, Drayman Hampi and Raja Ravi Varma. Raja Ravi Varma is known globally for his paintings. You could see his paintings as well as paintings of Nicholas Roerich at the Sree Chithra Art Gallery in the city which is a part of the Napiers Museum. The museum has a good collection of bronze idols, old ornaments, etc. and also a temple chariot. One of the oldest zoos of India is also a part of the museum. Afternoon is free. Overnight in Thiruvananthapuram

3 Day 03:- Visit to important places to see in Kanya Kumari. Return to Thiruvananthapuram (172 kms).

Today you have a full day excursion to Kanya Kumari earlier known as Cape Comorin. This place is the land's end of India where the water of the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet. Kanya Kumari is a holy place for Hindus with two of the 51 Shakti Peethas Bhagavathy temple and Shuchindram present here. The legend goes that Kanya Devi an incarnation of Parvati was to marry Siva. As Siva failed to show up at the wedding, rice and other grains meant for the feast remained uncooked. The uncooked grain turned into stones and it is believed that the stones on the shore look like un-cooked rice. You will take a ferry to reach the Vivekananda Rock Memorial with a 133 feet tall statue of Tamil saint–poet Thiruvalluvar. Swami Vivekananda had meditated here for three days. Gandhi Memorial was built where the urn with Gandhi's ashes was kept for public viewing before immersion. Kanya Kumari is known for its spectacular sunrise and sunset. Overnight in Thiruvananthapuram.

4 Day 04:- Visit to important places to see in Kovalam (11 kms).

This morning you will be transferred from Thiruvananthapuram to Kovalam which is one of most beautiful beaches of the world. Kovalam meaning a grove of coconut trees is a town at the Arabian Sea and is a paradise of the south. Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore had built the Halcyon Castle here in the 1920s. Kovalam has a lot of salons for Ayurvedic treatments for all. Kovalam has many beach resorts offering Ayurvedic treatment for recuperation and regeneration. Overnight in Kovalam.

5 Day 05:- Kovalam.

You will have a full day free at Kovalam Beach for relaxation. Kovalam is an important city in Kerala's honeymoon tours packages. Kovalam has three beaches which form a crescent of the Kovalam beach. The Lighthouse Beach derives its name from the Vizhinjam Lighthouse located on a rocky promontory. Eve’s Beach also known as Hawa Beach offers calm blue waters. The Samudra Beach is used more by the local fishermen. Vizhinjam sea port is only 3 km away and known for its temples, churches and a mosque. It offers a huge variety of fish. Overnight in Kovalam.

6 Day 06:- Kovalam to Alappuzha by road (159 kms).

This morning you will be transferred to Alappuzha which was earlier known as Alleppey. This picturesque town also known as Venice of the East is crisscrossed with canals and offers you backwaters, beaches, and lagoons. A cruise in the backwaters is an unforgettable experience. Every year, on the second Saturday of August the Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held on the Punnamada Lake. Kuttanad with continuous paddy fields and lush green coconut palms is known as the rice bowl of Kerala. This is one of the few places in the world where rice is cultivated below sea level. Coir is the most important commodity manufactured in Alappuzha. Here you will board a houseboat in Kerala’s backwaters. The Alleppey to Kumarakom houseboat trip is quite interesting as you will be passing by small villages. Overnight is on board the houseboat.

7 Day 07:- Alleppey to Kumarakom (Kottayam) by road (54 kms).