Kerala Backwaters + Madurai and Periyar and finish with a rest in Kovalam
Some of the sights within are listed below:-
Kerala Backwaters: Travelling by boat along the Kerala backwaters is an
experience not to be missed. The backwaters is an amazing network of lakes, canals,
lagoons and rivers and coconut trees on the banks. You can view chinese fishing
.nets and small village settlements along the narrow strips of land along the
Cochin: A inter-connection of islands. Diverse places to view such as The
Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace, Fort Cochin. An excellent place to view
Kathakali dancing (a unique motion of body and the facial features).
Periyar wildlife Park: Built around an artificial lake and very close to
the spice hills this wildlife park has a spectacular setting. It is an excellent
retreat to view wildlife and enjoy the setting. Various animals can be found such
as bison, monkey, sambar, antelopes. The most exciting viewing is that of elephants
walking along the banks of the waters.
Madurai: Dravidian temple architechture at its best. A temple town with
all the activities concentrated around the temple. Other sights worth visiting
are Tirumalai Nayakar Palace.
Kanniyakumari: Interesting temples such as Kumari Aman temple, Vivekananda
rock memorial; Suchindram temple a short distance away. Despite the existence
of temples, Kanniyakumari is known primarily for its view of the sunrise and the
sunset across the 3 major seas.
Kovalam Beach: Kovalam beach is an excellent beach resting point in the
southern tip of Kerala with the nearest town being Trivandrum.
Detailed itinerary is given below:
||START KERALA BACKWATERS PROGRAMME . COCHIN.
Arrival transfer from Cochin airport or railway station to hotel
for 2 night's stay.
||COCHIN. Car & driver available
for full day sightseeing in Cochin.
|| COCHIN - ALLEPEY - PERIYAR. Drive
from Cochin to Allepey in the morning. Board motor boat for backwaters
boat cruise in & around Allepey. Then drive on to Periyar for
2 night's stay at hotel.
||PERIYAR. Day in Periyar Wildlife Reserve
& visits to the local spice plantations. (Note: Park rides and
entry fees are not included).
||PERIYAR - MADURAI. Car & driver
available for local transfers and early morning views in Periyar before
driving onto Madurai for overnight stay. Car & driver available
for local transfers within Madurai for seeing the Meenakshi temple.
||MADURAI - KANNIYAKUMARI. Morning sightseeing
of Madurai including Tirumalai Nayyakar Palace & Meenakshi temple.
Afternoon departure for Kanniyakumari to view sunset. Overnight stay
||KANNIYAKUMARI - TRIVANDRUM - KOVALAM.
View early morning sunrise. Check out of hotel. Drive to Trivandrum
visiting Padmanabhapuram Palace en-route. Visit the museum in Trivandrum
before driving on to Kovalam for 7 night's stay.
||TRIVANDRUM/ KOVALAM. Check out of hotel.
KEY TO AID UNDERSTANDING OF TABULAR ITINERARY ABOVE.
Alphabets in red represent car + driver itineraries
for individuals for that section.
Alphabets in green means train travel for that
section (generally in AC 2 Tier or AC 3 Tier unless stated otherwise).
Alphabets in blue indicate flights between sections.