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Kerala Heritage Tour
Anyone wishing to experience the serenity of Kerala should make a visit to the village a must do leg of their journey. The pace of life in Kerala village is unhurried and the people friendly. For villages that lie on the banks of the water bodies, a major part of their lives revolves on these. Canoes transporting men and material are a common sight. As men leave to work in paddy fields or in coir making,
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women get busy with household chores. Women and girls can be seen laundering clothes and washing utensils in small, open enclosures in front of every house.
   
   
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DURATION : 8 Days / 7 Nights
PLACES COVERED : Trivandrum - Kovalam - Alleppey - Kumarakom - Periyar - Munnar - Kochi

DAY 1: ARRIVE TRIVANDRUM; DRIVE TO KOVALAM
Upon your arrival at Trivandrum airport tonight, you will be met by our representative. After a warm welcome, you will be escorted to your hotel in Kovalam, one of the most serene and beautiful beaches of south India.

DAY 2: DAY IN KOVALAM
The beautiful beaches of Kovalam are still far from being commercialized or packed with tourists. Today, enjoy a day at leisure to relax and unwind by the tranquil beaches of Kovalam or enjoy the various facilities offered by your hotel

DAY 3: DRIVE KOVALAM TO ALLEPPEY; CRUISE ALLEPPEY TO KUMARAKOM
After an early breakfast, drive to Alleppey, a coastal town in the backwaters of Kerala. Upon arrival in Alleppey, board your houseboat to cruise through the backwaters.

Kerala backwaters consist of a complex network of lagoons, lakes, & canals and are best experienced while slowly rowing down the labyrinth of canals in a traditional thatch-roofed houseboat, known as 'Kettuvallam'. See life on the banks, lush green rice fields, and coconut groves with occasional temple or church as you cruise through the canals. Enjoy the special Kerala style meals prepared by your chef on board. Overnight stay at houseboat

DAY 4: KUMARAKOM TO PERIYAR
This morning, enjoy breakfast on board. Alight your houseboat at Kumarakom. Visit the Kumarakom bird sanctuary on the banks of Vembanad Lake. This sanctuary is spread over 100 acres and is home to thousands of resident and migratory birds. Some commonly found species include egret, darter, waterfowl, heron, bittern, kites, marsh harries, kingfishers, woodpeckers and wild ducks.

Later, embark on a scenic drive to Periyar, the wildlife and spice plantation hub of Kerala. Upon arrival in Periyar, check in to your hotel for 2 nights stay.

DAY 5: DAY IN PERIYAR
This morning, explore the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary, one of the finest elephant reserves of south India. Enjoy a boat ride on the serene Periyar Lake, in the heart of the sanctuary.

Later, take a spice plantation tour and learn about the mystery and history of Indian spices. You also get the opportunity to shop for fragrant spices at a local market.

DAY 6: PERIYAR TO MUNNAR
This morning, embark on a scenic drive to Munnar, one of the most popular hill resorts of south India. Under the British Raj, Munnar was popularly called 'Switzerland of India' for its natural surroundings and cool climate. The entire area is occupied by thick forests and tea estates. The specialty of Munnar is jungle honey, tea and a rare flower 'Neela Kurunji' which blooms once in 12 years.

This afternoon, visit a local tea plantation and the Tata Tea Museum to learn about the cultivation and processing of a variety of Indian teas.

DAY 7: TRICHY / MADURAI (140 KMS / 3.3 HRS)
We drive to Madurai this morning, a city with a history that goes back to about 600 B.C. The Pandyan rulers made this their capital until the 14th century and the city bloomed with writers, builders, poets and academics. Later, the Nayaks ruled from the middle of the 16th century to 1743. The ten tall Gopurams of the Meenakshi Temple were raised during their dynasty.

Check in your hotel. Spend the rest of the day visiting this huge complex of temples, the Palace of King Triumalay, Gandhi Museum and the Temple at Alaghat Koli where you can see its beautifully carved stone lattice windows. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 7: MUNNAR TO KOCHI
After breakfast, embark on a short drive to Kochi, the famous coastal town of Kerala. Starting from the Dutch, Portuguese and the British, Kochi was the site of the first European colonial settlements in India.

Upon arrival in Kochi, check in to your hotel and freshen up. This afternoon, enjoy a city tour of Kochi, visiting the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Fort Cochin, St. Francis Church and Chinese fishing nets.

This evening, watch a spectacular Kathakali performance. Kathakali is one of the oldest theatre forms in India. It is a spectacular combination of drama, dance, music and ritual. Characters with vividly painted faces and elaborate costumes re-enact stories from the Hindu epics of Mahabharata and the Ramayana.

DAY 8: DAY IN KOCHI (DEPARTURE)
After breakfast, embark on a morning excursion to Vaikom village. Enjoy a village tour, seeing local villagers making coir from the fibre of coconut husk, weaving straw mats and moulding pottery. Visit a khadi weaving unit, where villagers produce home spun and hand woven cloth, an art practiced by Mahatma Gandhi. You also get the opportunity to interact with local villagers and visit the famous Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, to see a typical example of Kerala style temple architecture.
Later, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight back home.

 
 
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