Stroll through the eclectic markets, cruise along the twisting backwaters, catch the sun set over the Arabian Sea, spot elephants in wild, sip tea while soaking up spectacular landscape, relish the rich aromas of spice plantations and taste the local cuisine.
Duration : 12 Days
Route : Thiruvananthapuram → Kanyakumari → Kovalam → Varkala → Kollam → Alappuzha → Thekkady / Periyar → Munnar → Kochi
Days 1-2 Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
Thiruvananthapuram, built on hills by the sea shore and sandwiched between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, is a fascinating destination.
Popular attractions include Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple, Fort, Napier Museum, Sree Chithra Art Gallery and the Palace Museum.
Day 3 Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari, located at the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula, is the geographical end of the Indian mainland. It is situated situated at the very confluence of the three water-bodies – the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.
Kanyakumari is known for its spectacular and unique sunrise and sunset. The confluence of three ocean bodiesmakes the sunrise and sunset even more special. On balmy, full-moon evenings, one can also see the moon-rise and sunset at the same time.
Day 4 Kovalam
Kovalam beaches are extremely popular due to shallow waters and low tidal waves.
Enjoy the soft white sands, emerald sea and the swaying palms.
Day 5 Varkala
The sensational cliffs of Varkala with a strand of golden beach nuzzling the cliff edge, remains one of the faithfully laid-back places in Kerala.
It is famous for the 2,000-year old Janardana Swami Temple and for Ayurveda treatments.
Day 6 Kollam (Quilon)
Kollam, a tranquil trading town, is the southern approach to Kerala’s backwaters.
The town’s tree lined streets and antediluvian market are worth a wander, and the calm waterways of the surrounding Ashtamudi Lake fringed with coconut palms, cashew plantations and traditional villages are quite popular.
Days 7-8 Alappuzha (Allepey)
Alappuzha is inlaid with numerous channels that support its thriving backwater tourism. It is one of the best places to go on a houseboat cruise along the backwaters.
Alleppey is known for its snake-boat race held on the second Saturday of August.
Top attractions include Sreekrishna Swamy Temple, Karimadi Kuttan, and Marari beach.
Days 9-10 Thekkady / Periyar
Thekkady is enchanting place with winding roads, tranquil countrysides, rich plantations and thick forests.
The Periyar National Park, centered around a large lake, supports a diverse range of animals including 62 species of mammals, 320 species of birds, 45 species of reptiles, 27 species of amphibians, and 38 species of fishes.
Enjoy safaris and walks in the park and end your evenings with an Ayurveda massage.
Day 11 Munnar
Munnar is a beautiful hill station, is famous for its tea plantations, many of them started by the British.
Eravikulam national park is one of the main tourist attractions, where you can spot the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Treks to Rajamala is also a popular for those who enjoy the outdoors. The region is rich in wildlife, which includesGaur, Langur, Lion-tailed macaque, and Elephants.
Popular attractions include Atukkad Waterfalls, Chithirapuram, Blossom Park, and Pothamedu View Point.
Day 12 Kochi (Cochin)
Kochi, a major port city on the west coast of Kerala, straddles the backwaters, encompassing the northern end of a peninsula, several islands and a portion of the mainland.
Top attractions include Chinese fishing nets, Hill Palace Museum, Dutch Palace, Santa Cruz Basillica, St. Francis Church, Jewish Synagogoue, Fort Kochi, Princess Street, and Chendamangalam Palace Fort.