Arrive Trivandrum. On arrival, you will be greeted and assisted by our representative at the Arrival terminal building.
On arrival in Trivandrum, transfer to Poovar island.
Poovar is a small coastal village in the Trivandrum district of Kerala state. This village is almost at the southern tip of Trivandrum and there is only one last village Pozhiyoor which mark the end of Kerala.
Poovar Beach is situated at a short distance from Kovalam Beach separating the River Neyyar from the Arabian Sea. The boat is the only medium to reach Poovar Beach. The estuary of Poovar Beach is one of its kinds in Kerala where water of river, sea and lake meets the land.
On arrival in Poovar, transfer to hotel.
Rest of the day is at Leisure on Poovar Beach.
Overnight at the hotel
After breakfast, drive to Trivandrum – Enjoy visit of Padmanabhaswamy Temple - Located in the heart of the city is the famed Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Run by a trust headed by the erstwhile royal family of Travancore, this temple is one of the 108 holy abodes of Lord Vishnu.
Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the main attraction here is the deity of Padmanabhaswamy, which is enshrined in a reclining posture on a serpant called Anantha. The main deity of Lord Vishnu has his consorts Sridevi (Goddess of prosperity) & Bhudevi (Goddess of Earth) by his side. Only Hindus are permitted inside the temple.
Also visit Horse Palace and Art Gallery.
And Napier Museum Established in the year 1855 this art & history museum was named after Lord Napier who was the governor of the then Madras (Chennai) from 1866 - 1872. Designed by Robert Chisholm, this architectural master piece was completed in the year 1880. Its gothic style architecture & minarets along with its Indo-Gothic structures boasts of natural air conditioning! This museum houses rare collections of bronze idols, ancient ornaments, temple chariot & ivory carvings.
Afternoon visit Kovalam, an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favourite haunt of tourists, since the 1930s.
A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. Kovalam Beach is one of the famous attractions in Poovar which is situated at a distance of 18 Kms from Poovar.
The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs and catamaran cruising are some of them. The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes. Light House Beach is a very famous beach in Kovalam, situated at Kurumkal hill and is very popular for its 35 m high light house.
In the evening return back to the hotel in Poovar and rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel
After breakfast, drive to Periyar.
Periyar National Park is a unique wildlife sanctuary and is about 780 sq. km centered on an artificial lake fed by the Periyar River. Periyar national park is famous for the varied wildlife it houses. The exotic Periyar sanctuary is situated in the city of Thekkady and synonymous with name of the city. Though the sanctuary houses many species of wild animals and birds, the most famous are the wild Asian elephants.
On arrival, transfer to the Hotel and check in
Evening, enjoy the game viewing by boats in Periyar National Park, which is a unique wildlife sanctuary and is about 780 sq. km centered on an artificial lake fed by the Periyar River. The boats will carry you through the jungle along convoluted waterways and afford sightings of elephant, bison and deer. There are trees more than 100 years old and over 50 m high.
Boat ride at direct payment Overnight at the hotel
After breakfast, enjoy the visit to an Elephant Camp where we will organize elephant bathing and elephant feeding for our clients. We will also organize a 30 min Elephant ride (Optional & on direct payment)
Also visit a Spice Plantation. You will walk through the aromatic spice gardens where the air is laden with the fragrance of nature's bounty. Spices can be defined as “aromatic substances of vegetable origin, used for Flavoring food or as a preservative."
Many spices are also known to have medicinal value, for instance turmeric is a known anti-oxidant and curry leaf can control and prevent diabetes. The spice plantations of Kerala are fascinating farms to wander in, for different sections of each plantation are dedicated to different spices. Apart from spices traditionally grown in India such as pepper, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom farmers in Kerala have taken to growing spices that are used worldwide. Some of the spices cultivated in spice plantations are vanilla, oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, mint, bay leaf and sage.
Rest of the day is at Leisure.
Overnight in the hotel
After breakfast, drive to Alappuzha also known as Alleppey, is a town in Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. This town is considered to be the oldest planned town in this region and the lighthouse built on the coast of the town is the first of its kind along the Arabian coast.A town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons, it was described as the one of the places known as "Venice of the East" by Lord Curzon .
On arrival in Alleppey Jetty, board on the houseboat
Enjoy the drive on the House-boat on the World famous Backwaters of Kerala. Kettu" literally means to tie up and "Vallom" means” boats". The boats played a major role in the economic development of ancient Kerala, moving cargo and men from the very nook and corner of otherwise unreachable area, cutting across the length and breadth of the land.
Boats cruise around the backwaters. Fringing the coast of Kerala and far inland is a vast network of lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals. These backwaters represent a unique geological formation and the basis of a distinct lifestyle.
Traveling on backwaters is one of the highlights of a visit to Kerala. The boats cross shallow, palm-fringed lakes studded with cantilevered Chinese fishing nets. You can see people live on narrow spits of reclaimed land only a few meters wide. Although practically surrounded by water, they still manage to keep cows, pigs, chickens and ducks and cultivate small vegetable gardens, prawns and fish.
Enjoy your overnight stay in Kettuvallom.
Lunch + Dinner & Overnight in houseboat.
After breakfast board down at Jetty & drive to Cochin.
Cochin is till date influenced by medieval Portugal, Holland and England. The city displays a blend of different people and architecture and it is one place where you can see a Jewish synagogue, Portuguese churches, Dutch architecture, Mosques, Hindu temples and Chinese fishing nets all in one day.
On arrival in Cochin, Afternoon visit the followings:
St. Francis Church:
It is the oldest church built by Europeans in India. On his 3rd visit to Kerala, Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese trader who reached India from Europe by sea, fell ill and died in Kochi.
He was buried in the St. Francis Church.
Later his remains were taken back to Portugal. In spite of that, his burial spot inside the church has been clearly marked out.
Chinese Fishing Nets:
The Chinese fishing nets (Cheenavala) are distinctly unique to Cochin. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. Oddly, these nets are found only in Kochi, outside China! Many fishermen earn their livelihood by fishing using these massive nets.
A whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen are dotted with these nets.
The synagogue, built in 1568, is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here. It is located near the Dutch Palace in Mattancherry.
IMP: It remains closed on Fridays and Saturdays.
Timings for the visit: 0900 hrs to 1200 hrs and from 1500 hrs to 1700 hrs.
The Dutch Palace was originally built by the Portuguese. Later, in 17th century, the Dutch modified it and presented it to the Raja of Kochi. Coronation of many Rajas of Kochi was held here. The palace has a fine collection of mural paintings depicting scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana. The palace is located in Mattancherry.
IMP: It remains closed on Fridays. Timings for the visit: 1000 hrs to 1700 hrs.
In the evening, enthrall yourself with a special presentation of the colorfully costumed Kathakali Dance Drama. This mask dance form is originally from Kerala and 1500 years old. This classical dance has 24 mudras expressing the nine emotions of serenity, wonder, kindness, love, valour, fear, contempt, loathing and anger. Usually performed by males.
After breakfast, you will be transfer to Cochin airport to connect for onward journey.