Arrive into Cochin from where you will be transferred by road to Munnar, approximately 140 km away. Munnar is a picturesque hill station with a very pleasant climate, surrounded by undulating tea gardens and coffee plantations.
Spend the day at leisure exploring the wonderful countryside. You have a car at your disposal. Some of the attractions are the Eravikulam National Park (which includes Mt. Anamudi, the highest peak in India outside of the Himalayas), Devikulam, another idyllic hill station and the Mattupetty lake and dam with the adjoining Indo-Swiss dairy farm (great place for a picnic). Walk or drive around with the windows down and the fresh breeze in your hair.
Drive approximately 100 km to Thekkady, home to the Periyar lake and wildlife sanctuary. The place is special because of the huge lake which runs through the park, carving and meandering through the forest. Check-in to the resort. Relax and enjoy the forest atmosphere.
Note - There's a daily one-hour show at 6:00 pm at the Kadathanadan Kalari Centre. Kalaripayattu is an ancient Indian martial art form. The demonstration displays the incredible synthesis of mind and body that these practitioners achieve. Catch the show if you can while you're there, it's worth it.
Take a boat ride on the lake to observe elephant herds and other animals that come from the surrounding jungles to quench their thirst. You could also take an optional bamboo raft ride or go on a trek through the forest in the day.
Drive 120 km to Kumarakom near Kottayam, situated on the banks of the famous Vembanad lake fringed by coconut palms. Sip toddy and relax in this dreamy green village, with its numerous islands scattered across the water.
Start on a scenic ride by boat on the tranquil backwaters and join your car at Alleppey to continue your journey to Kovalam- Kerala's premier beach resort, close to Trivandrum. An option to Kovalam is the stunning beach at Varkala. Both these places offer a vast choice in terms of accommodation, besides delicious fresh seafood.
Day free to enjoy the sand and the wind-swept surf at Kovalam / Varkala, or make an optional excursion to land's end - Kanyakumari (about 85 km from Kovalam).
Kovalam, meaning ‘coconut grove’ is Kerala’s premier beach getaway, located close to Trivandrum. There are many choices in terms of accommodation – for those looking to get pampered silly in a luxury hotel, there are places like the Leela or the Taj Green Cove. However, these are located near the main beach front of Kovalam, and this place is most often crowded and messy. Not to worry, though. There are places just a few minutes away, further south, that are private, secluded, and would make the ideal spot for this last leg of your Kerala sojourn. The Bethsaida Hermitage with its private golden beach and traditional ayurveda treatments is one of these.
Varkala, Another fantastic beach destination with a friendly, chilled-out vibe is Varkala. About 120 km south of Allepey (60 km north of Kovalam), Varkala has a clean beach backed by red cliffs coming down to meet the turquoise sea. There’s plenty of cheap accommodation up on the cliff, and a lovely place right on the beach as well – the Varkala Marine Palace. Candlelight dinner with lights from the fishing boats dancing on the water comes highly recommended.
Visit Trivandrum city enroute to the airport. Catch your flight out.
|City / No. of Nights||Option 1||Option 2||Option 3||Option 4|
|Munnar / 2||Tea County||Windernere Estate|
|Thekkady / 2||Carmelia Heaven||The Elephant Court|
|Kumarakom / 1||Backwater Ripples||The Zuri|
|Kovalam / 1||Somatheeram||The Leela|
|Varkala / 1||Somatheeram||The Leela|
|Per Couple||Rs 54500||Rs 85800|
|Extra person||Rs 50000||Rs 80000|
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