10-Day Kerala Backwaters & Beach Holiday
Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
- Stroll among the tea plantations in Munnar
- Cruise along the backwaters in relaxing atmosphere
- Enjoy yourself on the romantic and pristine beach
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- Day 1
Upon your arrival at the airport of Cochin, also known as Kochi, a port city on the southwest coast of India, our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel, and a brief introduction will be given to you. The remainder of the day is left free for you.
- Day 2
Explore Cochin with a highlight visit to the Fort Cochin, the Dutch Palace, also known as the Mattancherry Palace, the St. Francis Church and the Jewish Synagogue in Jew Town, which is the oldest existing synagogue amid Commonwealth countries. After that, move to the harbor for watching local fishermen using old Chinese fishing nets to catch fishes.
Optional: In the evening, you can choose to enjoy Kerala’s signature performance of Kathakali, a classical form of dance, drama, and music that is more than 400 years old.
Note: The Dutch Palace is closed on Fridays and national holidays; The Jew Town is closed on Fridays, Saturdays, and Jewish holidays.
- Day 3
Drive about 4 hours to Munnar, the largest tea growing region of South India known for the honeymoon trip. On your arrival, check in and the remainder of the day is free at leisure, so you can simply relax or explore the locality around your hotel.
- Day 4
Start your full day adventure in Munnar. You can stroll through the emerald green tea plantations, which are contoured, clipped and sculpted like ornamental hedges. No one will return home without tasting or shopping the tea essence of Munnar. Just immerse yourself in the world’s best and renowned tea estates.
- Day 5
Take a morning drive to the Periyar Tiger Reserve. It will take around 3.5 hours on the road. Check in as soon as you arrive, and stroll through the spice plantations and learn the various uses in medicine and food. In the late afternoon, enjoy a boat ride on the Periyar Lake at the heart of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, during which you will have a chance to encounter the wildlife on the bank.
Optional: This evening, a martial art performance is recommended to you, which is an ancient Kalaripayattu reputedly with a history of 3,000 years.
- Day 6
Head for Alleppey by car about 3-4 hours. After arrival, embark on your houseboat and cruise on the world-famous backwaters of Kerala. Cashew nuts, coir trade, and coconuts will be seen along your way, and it is a good chance to observe the rural lifestyle of Alleppey’s people. Enjoy lunch and dinner on the houseboat and you will feel like being one with nature.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 7
Have breakfast on the houseboat, and then disembark at Alleppey and leave for Kovalam by car (about 4 hours), a beach town by the Arabian Sea. Kavalam is well-known for its beaches, which are among the most pristine in India.
After arrival, spend the rest of the day at your leisure. A variety of activities are provided for your choice such as sunbathing on the beach, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs and catamaran cruising, etc.
- Day 8
Soak up the amazing seascape and relax on the white beaches. There will be no car or guide today, and all is up to you.
- Day 9
A full day relaxation will give you a further chance to step into Kovalam. You can stay at the hotel, take an excursion to Cape Comorin on the southernmost tip of India, or visit the famous Amman Temple.
- Day 10
Say goodbye to India. Enjoy a leisure morning and our representative will come to transfer you to the airport in Trivandrum, and then connect your flight back home.
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