Honeymoon Package

Tour cost not valid for the period 20th December – 08th January and other festive seasons.

DELIGHTFUL KERALA

Day 01: ARRIVE COCHIN

Arrive Cochin by International flight

Meetings & assistance upon arrival and transfer to hotel

Cochin (Kochi) was born in a storm, nurtured in rivalry, and established as the Crossroads of the Battling Empires of Europe: Portuguese, Dutch and British. In the 1340's torrential rains filled the Periyar River, which broke through to the Arabian Sea and formed Kochi's protected harbor. Trading ships soon sailed in: and out. The much-photographed Chinese fishing nets at the harbour-mouth, best seen at sunset, testify to Cochin's pre-European association with China. In 1502, Portuguese Seafarer Vasco da Gama came to Kochi seeking spices. He found his spices, launched Europe's great Age of Exploration, and prayed in the first European church in Asia and converted many of the locals to Christianity. Unlike the Portuguese, Kochi's kings were very tolerant of other faiths. European Jews, fleeing persecution at home, settled in Jew Town near the Mattancherry Palace of the Hindu king and prosper.

Afternoon: City tour of Cochin

Visit the synagogue - built in 1568 AD. It contains Grand Scrolls of the Old Testament and the copper plates containing the privileges granted to the Jews by the Cochin rulers. The floor of the Synagogue is paved with exquisite Chinese hand painted tiles. Overlooking the Jewish synagogue is Mattancherry Palace, home of the former Rajas of Cochin. Today it holds royal Palanquins, weapons, robes and beautiful murals of ancient Hindu epics painted in vegetable dyes. When the Dutch ousted the Portuguese on January 7, 1663, the people of Cochin renamed Mattancherry Palace as the "Dutch Palace" to honour the Netherlanders. Visit St. Francis Church, built originally by the Portuguese in 1510 AD. It is believed to be the oldest church in India. The building was originally constructed out of timber and later reconstructed in stone masonry during the 16th century. Vasco Da Gama, who died in Cochin in 1524, was buried here before his remains were returned to Portugal 14 years later

Overnight in Cochin

Day 02: COCHIN / MUNNAR

After a leisure breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Munnar by car (130 Kms / 4-5 hrs drive)

Arrive Munnar and check-in at the hotel.

Situated at 1,524 m above sea level, Munnar is the highest town of Kerala, with a cool bracing climate exuding an old world charm. The atmosphere is fragrant with extensive tea and cardamom plantations. There are enchanting high ranges, lakes, streams and beautiful view of low-lying clouds and the mist filled valleys.

Afternoon: At leisure

Overnight in Munnar

Day 03: IN MUNNAR

Breakfast at the hotel

Full day tour of Munnar visits the park, tea factory etc.

Overnight in Munnar

Day 04: MUNNAR / THEKKADY (PERIYAR NATIONAL PARK)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Thekkady by car (150 Kms / 4 hrs drive).Arrive Thekkady and check-in at the hotel Periyar Tiger Reserve, 777sq kms in area, is set in a rich, mixed deciduous forest, interspersed with open areas of tall grass. Periyar has a splendid artificial lake dotted with snags of dead wood, which provides a perch for water birds: darter, grey heron, egret and kingfisher. It is one of the finest habitats for the Asiatic elephant. These enormous mammals swim in the waters and streams and usually can be observed during an exciting boat ride. You may view a tiger, leopard, sambar, wild dog, barking deer, the unique Nilgiri langur - the lion tailed macaque and a variety of birds.

Late afternoon: Visit Periyar National park by boat to see the wildlife in their natural habitat

Overnight in Thekkady

Day 05: THEKKADY (PERIYAR NATIONALPARK) /ALLEPPEY HOUSEBOAT

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to alleppey boat jetty. Upon arrival in, check-in at houseboat on your one bed room private houseboat boat where you will be welcomed by the Captain. While your luggage will be transferred on the Houseboat, after introducing with the rest of your Houseboat staff, sail through the backwaters of Alleppey.

To experience this world of simple pleasures, you’ll skim past ancient Chinese fishing nets, water lilies, lush paddy fields, coir villages, rustic homes, temples, churches and coconut groves.

Lunch will be served on board the Houseboat.

At around, 5 pm the houseboat will be docked at some nice place as after sunset, sailing is not allowed on the lake because the fishermen come to collect their catch.

Dinner & overnight on the HOUSEBOAT

Day 06: ALLEPPEY / KOLLAM

After a leisure breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Kollam (86 kms / 3 hrs), Upon arrival check-in to the Hotel. Kollam or Quilon, an old sea port town on the Arabian coast, stands on the Ashtamudi Lake. Kollam, the erstwhile Desinganadu, had a sustained commercial reputation from the days of the Phoenicians and the Romans. Fed by the Chinese trade, it was regarded by Ibn Batuta, as one of the five ports, which he had seen in the course of his travels during a period of 24 years. Afternoon: Free at leisure

Overnight in Kollam

Day 07: IN KOLLAM

After leisure breakfast at hotel, full day free at leisure

Overnight in Kollam

Day 08: KOLLAM / KOVALLAM

Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Kovalam by car (77 kms / 2-3 hrs). Kovalam, known as the ‘Paradise of Southern India’ is just 16 kilometers away from Trivandrum city. The word ‘Kovalam’ means a grove of coconut trees. The coconut trees at the Kovalam villages epitomize natural beauty and economic value. A characteristic feature of the sands in the Kovalam beaches is that they are black in color, to an extent. This is attributed to the presence of thorazite and ilmenite.

Afternoon: At leisure

Overnight in Kovalam

Day 09: KOVALAM / KANYAKUMARI / KOVALAM

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for day excursion to Kanyakumari by car (80 Kms / 2 hrs drive on way). Kanyakumari, lies at the southernmost tip of India located at the confluence of the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. Famous Indian poet and philosopher, though probably unknown to most foreigners, Swami Vivekandi spent long periods of time meditating here and resultantly has a large monument erected to him just off the shoreline. Mahatma Gandhi also visited Kanyakumari and another prominent attraction is a mausoleum dedicated to him in the form of an Orissan Sun Temple. A rare phenomenon and depending on the weather, at certain times of the year the setting sun and rising moon can be witnessed in the twilight. The oldest and the most ancient landmark in this town is the temple of Goddess Kumari who prayed to Lord Shiva to be accepted as wife by him.

Later, return back to Kovalam.

Overnight in Kovalam

Day 10: KOVALAM / TRIVANDRAM

After leisure breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Trivandram Airport to board flight for onward destination.

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