General Description about Kerala
Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast, has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It’s known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters, a network of canals. Inland are the Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife. National parks like Eravikulam and Periyar, plus Wayanad and other sanctuaries, are home to elephants, langur monkeys and tigers.
Kerala has emerged as one of the prime tourism destinations on the national and international map and is considered as the tourism trendsetter in the country. The availability of plenty of natural resources, skilled manpower, supportive entrepreneurial community, strong local-self-governments, civil society organizations, multitude of micro enterprises, streams of professionals and academicians, responsible media and responsive tourism industry, provide the state an ideal setting to implement and practice sustainable tourism models in the state. As the best way to maximize the positive impacts of tourism and minimize the negative ones, Responsible Tourism (RT) is gaining widespread acceptance across the world today. Pioneering the concept of RT in India is Kerala in 2007, which launched the initiative in four destinations – Kovalam, Kumarakom, Thekkady and Vythiri on a pilot basis. In 2012, the initiative was extended to three more destinations – Kumbalanghi, Bekal and Ambalavayal.
Day 01: Delhi – Cochin
Upon arrival at Cochin Airport You will be met and transferred to Hotel. Enjoy at Lunch at hotel and move out for local sightseeing at Cochin. Visit Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Chinese Fishing nets. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02: Cochin – Munnar (150 Kms – 6 Hrs)
After Breakfast checkout from hotel and proceed to Munnar, enjoying the stunning panoramic view of the Cardamom hills & green carpets of tea plantations enroute. On arrival, check in at Hotel/ Resort. Spend the rest of the day at leisure trekking around the estate. Overnight stay at Munnar. En route visit Spice Garden if time permit.
Day 03: Munnar
A morning sightseeing trip of Munnar; visiting the Eravikulam National Park where you can see the very rare mountain goats locally called the Nilgiri Thar, the Mattupetty Dam, Old Munnar Town, the town market etc… Rest of the day at leisure and enjoy another overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 04: Munnar – Thekkady (120 Kms – 4 Hrs)
After an early breakfast, check out from the Hotel & proceed to the wildlife sanctuary at Periyar/Thekkady and check in at the Hotel/Resort. Go on an evening game viewing cruise on the Periyar Lake. Here you will be able to see a large variety of wildlife, which include elephants, monkeys, deer, wild boar etc, and quite a lot of unique birds can also be spotted. Later, come back to the hotel; relax & enjoy your stay overnight.
Day 05: Thekkady – Alleppey (130 Kms – 4 Hrs)
After morning breakfast, Proceed to Alleppey. Check in into the houseboat. Alleppey is a place where you will forget everything except enjoyment of life. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the houseboat.
Day 06: Alleppey – Kovalam (170 Kms – 5 Hrs)
After sumptuous breakfast check out from the hotel & get transferred to Kovalam. Arrive Kovalam, check in into the hotel. Day free at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 07: Kovalam – Trivandrum – Kovalam
After breakfast proceed to visit local sightseeing of Trivandrum which includes Padmanabha Swamy Temple, The Napier Museum, Shangmugham Beach and Kovalam Beach,. Return back to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 08: Kovalam – Trivandrum Departure
After breakfast check out from hotel and get transfer to Trivandrum Airport for your onward journey.