Explore the wonders of South India in this comprehensive tour that takes you on a captivating journey through the cultural and natural gems of the region. Beginning in the vibrant city of Cochin, now known as Kochi, immerse yourself in the blend of historic charm and modern vibrancy. Witness the legacy of various influences as you visit the Jewish Synagogue, the iconic Chinese Fishing Nets, the intricate Mattanchery Dutch Palace, and the revered St. Francis Church.
Embark on a scenic drive to the serene Periyar, where the lush Western Ghats house a rich array of rare animals, birds, and plants. Relax in the tranquil ambiance of Periyar and set sail on a mesmerizing boat ride along the picturesque Periyar Lake, providing glimpses of wildlife against the backdrop of natural beauty. Immerse yourself in the fragrant world of spices as you explore a spice plantation, gaining insight into Kerala’s aromatic treasures.
Next, journey to the enchanting realm of Kumarakom, a cluster of serene islands on the Vembanad Lake. Indulge in the tranquility and breathtaking views as you unwind in this idyllic setting. A short drive away, you’ll be captivated by the allure of Alleppey, where you’ll embark on a unique houseboat adventure along meandering canals and backwaters. Traverse through paddy fields, witness coconut palm groves, and experience the captivating simplicity of village life.
Your unforgettable journey concludes as you return to Cochin, where you’ll bid adieu to the mesmerizing landscapes and cultural treasures of South India. This tour promises a seamless blend of relaxation, exploration, and discovery, leaving you with cherished memories of this captivating region.
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Places: Cochin > Periyar > Kumarakom > Alleppey > Cochin
Cochin (Kochi): A fascinating blend of history, culture, and modernity, Cochin welcomes you with open arms. Explore the Jewish Synagogue with its intricate design, the iconic Chinese Fishing Nets that adorn the shoreline, and the historically significant Mattanchery Dutch Palace, offering a glimpse into the region’s colonial past. St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, adds a touch of spirituality to your visit.
Periyar: Nestled in the Western Ghats, Periyar is a nature lover’s paradise. The serene Periyar Lake offers a unique boat ride experience where you might spot a variety of wildlife along its shores. Discover the secrets of spice plantations during your visit and immerse yourself in the vibrant green landscapes that make this region so enchanting.
Kumarakom: This tranquil cluster of islands set against the backdrop of Vembanad Lake provides the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Kumarakom offers a serene setting to unwind and rejuvenate, surrounded by the beauty of Kerala’s backwaters and lush greenery.
Alleppey (Alappuzha): Known as the “Venice of the East,” Alleppey is famous for its picturesque backwaters. Embarking on a houseboat cruise here is a unique experience, allowing you to float through serene canals, past paddy fields, and beneath swaying coconut palms. Immerse yourself in the simplicity of village life and enjoy the tranquil beauty of the waterways.
Houseboat Experience: Cruising on a traditional Kettuvallam houseboat is the highlight of this tour. As you glide through Alleppey’s intricate network of canals, you’ll witness the harmonious coexistence of nature and human life. The houseboat provides a comfortable and unique way to explore Kerala’s backwaters, offering glimpses of local culture and captivating landscapes.
Cultural and Religious Heritage: This tour brings you closer to South India’s rich cultural and religious heritage. From the historic St. Francis Church to the elegant Jewish Synagogue and the splendid Dutch Palace, you’ll experience the diverse cultural influences that have shaped the region over centuries.
Spice Plantation: Discover the aromatic world of spices during your visit to a spice plantation in Periyar. Gain insight into the cultivation and processing of a variety of spices, which have been an integral part of Kerala’s history and cuisine.
Overall, this tour takes you on a journey through South India’s enchanting landscapes, cultural treasures, and natural wonders, providing a well-rounded experience that balances relaxation, exploration, and immersion in the region’s unique charm.
Detailed Tour Plan
Day 01 – Arrive Cochin
Upon arrival in Cochin new name Kochi you will be met and transferred to hotel.
Afternoon free to relax or to do your own activities
Overnight: hotel in Cochin
Day 02 – Cochin
At 0900 hrs you will be taken for morning city tour of Cochin visiting Jewish Synagogue, Chinese Fishing Net & Mattanchery Dutch Palace, St. Francis Church.
Afternoon free to relax
Overnight : Hotel in Cochin
Day 03 – Cochin / Periyar (195 kms, 5 hours drive)
At 0845 hrs you will be driven from Cochin to Periyar (a few miles away from civilization, there is a place, the abode of many rare animals, birds and plants in the western ghats in Kerala, the land of green magic) and checkin at hotel.
Rest of the day free to relax.
Overnight : hotel in Periyar
Day 04 – Periyar
At 0630 hrs, you will be taken for a Boatride (public boat sharing with other passengers) to view wildlife on the bank of Periyar Lake.
At 1130 hrs you will taken for spice plantation tour.
Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight : Hotel in Periyar
Day 05 – Periyar / Kumarakom (135 kms, 3 hours drive)
At 0945 hrs you will be driven from Periyar to Kumarakom – a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake and checkin at hotel.
Rest of the day free to relax.
Overnight : Hotel in Kumarakom
Day 06 – Kumarakom / Alleppey (20 kms, 30 minutes drive)
At 1130 hrs you will be driven from Kumarakom to Alleppey Jetty Point (when someone steps aboard a Kettuvallam, they step back into history, for these “moving masterpiece” have been plying the inland waterways of southwest India for untold centuries) and checkin at house boat.
Your houseboat will move slowly thru’ narrow canals & backwater where you will see paddy fields, temples, churches, coconut palm trees, island etc.
Overnight : Houseboat in Alleppey
Day 07 – Alleppey/ Cochin (90 kms, 2 hrs drive)
At 1000 hrs your houseboat will reach Jetty point and then driven from Alleppey to Cochin Airport.
End of Tour
FAQs about the Tour
Q1: What is the duration of this tour?
A1: The tour spans over a duration of 7 days, allowing you to explore the captivating destinations of Cochin, Periyar, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Trichy, and Madurai.
Q2: What attractions can I expect to see in Cochin?
A2: Cochin offers a rich blend of attractions, including the Jewish Synagogue, Chinese Fishing Nets, Mattanchery Dutch Palace, and the historic St. Francis Church.
Q3: What unique experience does the houseboat cruise in Alleppey offer?
A3: The houseboat cruise in Alleppey provides a chance to float through Kerala’s tranquil backwaters, passing by paddy fields, coconut palms, and village life, offering a serene and immersive experience.
Q4: What is the significance of Periyar?
A4: Periyar, nestled in the Western Ghats, is known for its lush landscapes and Periyar Lake. It offers wildlife viewing opportunities and insight into spice plantations.
Q5: What cultural gems are explored during this tour?
A5: You’ll explore cultural treasures like the St. Francis Church, Jewish Synagogue, and Dutch Palace, offering a glimpse into the historical and religious fabric of the region.
Q6: What can I expect in Trichy and Madurai?
A6: In Trichy, visit the impressive Rock Fort Temple and Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. In Madurai, the Meenakshi Temple showcases intricate carvings and vibrant ceremonies.
Q7: How do I get a taste of local life?
A7: The houseboat cruise and visits to spice plantations provide opportunities to interact with local communities and gain insights into their way of life.
Q8: What’s the best way to explore Kumarakom?
A8: Kumarakom, a cluster of islands, offers a tranquil escape by the Vembanad Lake, perfect for relaxation amidst lush greenery.
Q9: Can you elaborate on the boatride on Periyar Lake?
A9: The boatride allows you to view wildlife along the shores of Periyar Lake, providing a chance to spot various animals and birds amidst the scenic Western Ghats.
Q10: How can I explore the backwaters of Kerala?
A10: The houseboat experience in Alleppey offers a unique way to explore Kerala’s intricate network of canals, providing a serene journey through the heart of the backwaters.
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