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Backwater Holidays Kerala & Famous Beaches Trip

Kerala Backwater Until few years back, most tourists headed the beaches and churches of Kerala. Having seen some enterprising and adventurous tourists enjoying the ride on rice boats on the backwaters of Kerala, that new idea of houseboats as we see today started taking shape. Once just the state's trade highways, the palm-fringed, tranquil waterways are now a major tourist attraction in Kerala. It offers an enchanting experience of fun and relaxation and a chance to see authentic local life.

It is astonishingly romantic to watch the sunset from one Kettuvallam among several, as you pass a world of coconut trees, marshy groves, shallow lakes, deep canals, and long boats. Your backwater odyssey will have twittering kingfishers, eye-catching cormorants and gliding ducks. The coastline of Kerala is dotted with delightful backwater destinations. One can choose and enjoy one or more out of : Alappuzha Backwaters, Veli Aakulam Backwaters, Kollam Backwaters, Kumarakom Backwaters, Kozhikode Backwaters, Alumkadavu Backwaters, and Ernakulam - Kochi Backwaters.
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Kerala Backwater Holidays

Duration : 08 Nights / 09 Days
Destination : Cochin - Thekkady - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Kovalam - Trivandrum

Day 1 Arrive Cochin
Met upon arrival at Cochin Airport, transfer to the hotel for the overnight stay at Cochin or Kochi, is one of the finest natural harbours on the Arabian coast. Cochin- renamed. Kochi has been a port of call for foreign traders from very early times. Its cosmopolitan character is reflected in the many buildings and structures representing different regions of the world. A city of peninsulas and islands, today it is the commercial hub of Kerala. For here you can transit gracefully between two worlds. On the one hand, the cosmopolitan delights of Cochin, with its restaurants, shopping and entertainment. On the other, Kerala's unique culture, manners and cuisine.

Early evening enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Cochin, options include: Santa Cruz Basilica, Dutch palace, Chinese fishing nets, hill palace. St Francis Church and the Jewish Synagogue. Cochin is famous for antiques. (Jew Street)
Return to the hotel in the evening. Overnight at the hotel in Cochin.

Elephants, Thekkady Tours Day 2 Cochin - Thekkady ( about 150 kms )
This morning after breakfast, depart for Thekkady. On arrival, check in at the hotel booked for you. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thekkady is one of the largest in India occupying 777 sq kms of land in the cardamom hills at the heart of Thekkady district. The resident herd of wild elephants is the parks star attraction, and every day visitors flock to the lake side to watch them gambol in the shallow waters, The park is also a home to spotted deers, tigers, sambers bison , malabar flying squirrels and over 260 bird species. Evening at leisure, overnight at the hotel in Thekkady

Day 3 Thekkady
Morning enjoy a boat ride on the beautiful Lake Periyar located in the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary which is the best way to experience the sanctuary. Evening go on a Spice Plantation Tour. Later return to the hotel for overnight in Thekkady

Day 4 Thekkady- Kumarakom ( approx 175 kms )
Kumarakom Backwater, Kerala Tour Packages After breakfast depart for Kumarakom. On arrival check into the hotel booked for you. Kumarakom offers nature's best with its virgin forest backwaters. Slumbers on the banks of Vembanad Lake, which weaves an enchanting web with its canals, streams and distributaries, Kumarakom is a place fit for those quie tand intimate moments when you just want to be with yourself in tranquility and peace.
This evening, enjoy a sunset cruise on the Vembanad Lake. Overnight at Hotel

Day 5 Kumarakom
Today, the day will be at leisure for you to relax and enjoy your scenic surroundings. Option to do ayurveda massage at the resort's ayurveda center. Or opt to visit the Bird sanctuary - a favourite haunt for Migratory birds, from across the world (The best time to visit the bird Sanctuary is in the morning between 6 am and 9 am). Overnight at Hotel

Day 6 Kumarakom - Alleppey ( by jetty- approx 30 minutes )
This morning after breakfast, transfer to Alleppey in a jetty. On arrival check in at the hotel / Resort booked for you
Alleppey, now renamed Alappuzha, is one of the exotic backwater sites in Kerala. Washed by the Arabian Sea and interlocked by a number of canals and bridges, this stunningly gorgeous 'Venice of the East' has more than the boat races, houseboats, beaches, marine products and the coir industry; Alleppey is home to the diverse animal and bird life. Overnight in Alleppey

Kovalam Beach, Kerala Vacations Day 7 Alleppey - Kovalam( approx 175 kms )
After breakfast depart for Kovalam. On arrival check in at the hotel. An uncluttered beach of silvery sands, fringed with rows of tall palms, a sheltered bay, a wide choice of water sports, Kovalam is a perfect place to unwind & relax on the seaside hotel. Evening at leisure on the beach. Overnight at Kovalam.

Day 8 Kovalam - Trivandrum - Kovalam ( approx 15 kms )
Option to relax at the beach or enjoy a sightseeing tour of Trivandrum. Visit the Padmanabha Swamy temple and the Napier museum, After Lunch at Trivandrum, return to Kovalam. Overnight at Kovalam

Day 9 Kovalam- Trivandrum ( approx 15 kms )
In the morning is at leisure. Check out of the hotel at noon and transfer to the Trivandrum airport for your flight back home

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