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Get ready for a fascinating journey of pristine beaches and tranquil backwaters that will carve a special place for Kerala in your heart. Best of Kerala Backwaters's itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. This tour offers the best of backwater places of India: Kochi (Cochin), Munnar, Alleppey, Kovalam and Trivandrum are the most visited backwater places which take you close to nature and relax you peacefully with the best and simplest of things around. You will enjoy leisurely walks in Cochin’s picturesque old town, experience the best sights and sounds around the backwaters of Kerala. You can also relax under swaying palms on Kovalam's beaches and rejuvenate your body and soul with Ayurvedic massages at charming resorts.
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Day 01: Cochin Arrival
On arrival at the Cochin Airport/Railway Station, you will be welcomed by our Asia Senses representative. They will pick up and transfer you to hotel for check in and take a short rest.
After lunch, we will travel across the Cochin Harbor and arrive at Fort Cochin to enjoy sightseeing. Our first destination is St. Francis Church, well-known for its beautiful architecture and ambience. It is believed to be one of the oldest churches in India, which was made by the Europeans. Next, we visit Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace), one of the finest examples of the Kerala style of architecture interspersed with colonial influences and Jewish Synagogue, the oldest (constructed in 1567) active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations.
In the evening, you will enjoy the special Kathakali dance. Overnight stay at hotel in Chochin.
Day 02: Cochin – Munnar
After breakfast, we will drive towards Munnar, a hill station and former resort for the British during the British Raj. Sprawling tea plantations, picturesque towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town.
Upon arrival Munar, check in at a tree house resort. The tree house is equipped with all the modern amenities, ensuring you a contemporary and comfortable stay. The rest of the day is free at leisure. You can stroll around the town to explore the nearby surroundings.
Overnight stay in a tree house resort in Munnar.
Day 03: Munnar Sightseeing
A full day excursion tour awaits you today. Spending sightseeing holidays in Munnar is one of the best ways to take a break from your monotonous life. We will visit all Munnar’s attractions like Mattupetty Dam, Old Munnar Town, Town Market. All these places are great for sightseeing and each place offers you a unique side of Munnar.
We also take a trip to Eravikulam National Park, a sanctuary famous for the endangered mountain goat of South India, the Nilgiri Tahr. Apart from Nilgiri Tahr, one can find around 26 different species of mammals and 120 species of birds at this park.
Stay overnight in a tree house in Munar.
Day 04: Munnar – Alleppey
After breakfast, start our journey to Alleppey (Alappuzha) which is known as “the Venice of the East”. This charming city is the hub of Kerala’s backwaters and is home to a vast network of waterways and more than a thousand houseboats. Upon arrival Alleppey, you will check in to a Kettuvallam, a traditional houseboat equipped with all the modern facilities and amenities. In the olden days, kettuvallam or boat with a thatched roof that covers over wooden hulls was used to carry tons of rice and spices. Vast stretches of paddy fields, coconut groves, serene villages, rich avian life, old temples and churches, the chorus of the ducks…. these are some of the sights, sounds and fragrances of Alleppey backwaters that you are bound to experience with this overnight cruise.
Stay overnight on board of the houseboat.
Day 05: Alleppey – Kovalam
After breakfast, disembark from the houseboat and hit the road to Kovalam, a tourist paradise with many a sight to see. It is extremely popular among westerners due to shallow waters and low tidal waves. The crescent-shaped beach of Hawa, Lighthouse and Samudra are among the best
beaches in India
Upon arrival Kovalam, check in to your resort which is located near the beach. The rest of day is free at leisure.
Stay overnight at a resort in Kovalam.
Day 06: Kovalam Sightseeing
After a hearty breakfast, begin your day to view the romantic and natural surroundings of Kovalam like Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Veli Tourist Village, the Museum Complex, Science & Technology Museum.
The rest of day is free at leisure for independent activities. You can visit famous beaches like Lighthouse, Hawah and Samudra, or take variety of Ayurveda relaxing massage in your resort.
Overnight stay at Kovalam’s resort.
Day 07: Kovalam – Trivandrum
You are free at leisure until our guide and driver come to pick up and transfer you to the Trivandrum airport/railway station to continue with your onward journey.
Private Tour (02 Pax Up)
Tour Price Includes
05 hotel night accommodation + 01 night accommodation on houseboat
Local English speaking guide
Meals as mentioned
Ticket for Kathakali dance performance show
All sightseeing as specified and entrance fees included
Bottled drinking water per touring days
Tour Price Excludes
International and domestic flights (quoted separately)
Travel and medical insurances
Meals other than mentioned above
Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature)
Tips for local guides and drivers
When to Go
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