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Kerala Nature Trail with visit to Trivandrum, Kovalam, Alleppey, Houseboat, Periyar, Kumarakom, Cochin - 6 Nights | 7 Days

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Inclusions:

  • Assistance
  • Breakfast
  • Hotel Stay
  • Local Transportation
  • Sightseeing

In a Nutshell

  • Arrival Trivandrum
  • Kovalam                (02 Nights)
  • Houseboat             (01 Night)
  • Periyar                   (01 Night)
  • Kumarakom           (01Night)
  • Cochin                   (01 Night)
  • Departure Cochin 

 

This 6 Nights holiday package tour 'Kerala Nature Trail with visit to Trivandrum, Kovalam, Alleppey, Houseboat, Periyar, Kumarakom, Cochin' captures the best of what Kerala can offer. This is a fully customizable trip and you can always ask our travel consultant to extend stay in any of the locations of your choice or add an extensions to Marari or Kovalam. Depending on the flight connectivity You may also choose to arrive in Trivandrum and depart from Cochin or vice versa. Have a wonderful trip to God’s Own Country. 

 

 

Package Itinerary:

1
DAY

Arrive Thiruvananthapuram - Kovalam (20 Kms)

Upon your arrival at the airport in Thiruvananthapuram (previously known as Trivandrum), you will be met by our La Vacanza Travel representative, who will assist you with transferring to your resort at Kovalam.

 

The famous beach of Kovalam, with three adjacent crescent beaches and a massive rocky promontory creating a beautiful bay of calm waters, has been a favorite destination among local and foreign tourists, where it is said that is has been flocked by beach lovers, especially Europeans, since the 1930s.

 

You will have a plethora of leisure options here, including swimming, sunbathing, catamaran cruising, herbal body toning massages and special cultural programs. 

 

There are also fun activities in the evening, as life on this beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night. You will spend the rest of the night at Kovalam.

 

2
DAY

Kovalam (Day Excursion to Thiruvananthapuram - 20 Kms)

After having a leisurely breakfast at Kovalam, you will then take a sightseeing tour of the capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, which is just nearby. 

 

The tour will include some of the most interesting places to see in the city, such as the art and natural history Napier Museum; the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, which displays original paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Nicholas Roerich and Svetlova; the Padmanabhaswamy Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu; and, the beautiful two-storeyed Puthenmalike Palace Museum.

 

You also have the option to have lunch at a city restaurant and shop for some antiques and souvenirs before returning to Kovalam. Overnight at your resort in Kovalam.

 

3
DAY

Kovalam - Alleppey on Houseboat (175 Kms)

After having your breakfast at Kovalam, you will be driven north to Alleppey to board a private, one-room houseboat, locally known as kettuvallam, to embark on an unforgettable overnight round cruise through the mesmerizing backwaters of Kerala

 

The cruise will include lunch, snacks, evening tea and dinner. Typically, the boat travels until sunset when it anchors for the night in Alleppey.

 

Once used to transport rice bags in the past, these uniquely designed houseboats have become a major tourist attraction in Kerala, being used as a fascinating way to explore the beauty of the backwaters. 

 

Their languid grace and quaint design add another dimension to your cruise in the shimmering blue waters here. They have a private balcony with comfortable chairs for your sightseeing and are fully equipped with a kitchen with an experienced cook who will prepare authentic Kerala cuisine for you during the trip. 

 

They also have a well-furnished and air-conditioned room that is attached with a bathroom to ensure you will have a good night sleep. 

 

During this cruise, you will learn how the waterways play a major role in the economy of Kerala as they link remote islands and villages to the mainland.

 

You will definitely have an incredibly unique experience of cruising the backwaters and absorbing the beauty of the villages around. Overnight in the houseboat.

 

4
DAY

Alleppey on Houseboat - Periyar - Thekkady (145 Kms)

As you wake up to the sounds of the water birds in the backwaters, you will be served with a traditional Kerala breakfast that is prepared by the boat crew. 

 

Afterwards, you will then disembark the houseboat to end the cruise and be driven to Periyar, which is referred to as the land of unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations, covering the most famous wildlife sanctuary in South India and the Tiger Reserve. 

 

During this tour, you will have the opportunity to spot some bisons, sambars, wild boars, langurs, elephants and tigers that make this vast region their home. 

 

Firmly established on both the local and foreigner tourist trails, you will feel like the place is like a Disneyland in the Ghats, with splendid mountain scenery and jungle walks making your visit more enjoyable.

 

This tour will see you checking in to your hotel upon arrival for a 1-night stay, proceeding to a boat ride to Lake Periyar by late afternoon for wildlife viewing, and then returning to your hotel at Periyar to spend the rest of the night. Overnight in Periyar.

 

5
DAY

Thekkady - Kumarakom (120 Kms)

By early morning, you will be taken to a tour of the spice plantations in Periyar with a naturalist and see the wide variety of spices, including pepper, cardamom and nutmeg, before returning to your hotel for breakfast.

 

Afterwards, you will check out to head to Kumarakom, which is known as the land of lakes and lagoons. Upon arrival, you will check in to a lakeside resort in Kumarakom and enjoy some time to relax. 

 

Then you will be given a range of leisure options, including Ayurveda massage, sunset cruise or a visit to the bird sanctuary. 

 

If you are a bird lover, you would love to take the tour to the bird sanctuary, which is spread across 14 acres, to see an interesting variety of birds.

 

Between June and August, the sanctuary sees the breeding season of the resident wetland birds, such as the little cormorants, Indian darters, white ibis, kingfishers and different species of egrets and herons. 

 

Between the months of November and May, there are some rare migratory birds that haunt the region’s woods and bushes, such as pin-tailed ducks, Garganey teals, spot-billed ducks, as well as birds of prey, such as marsh harriers, ospreys and steppe eagles.

 

After your exploration, you will then spend the rest of the night at your resort at Kumarakom.

 

6
DAY

Kumarakom - Cochin or Kochi (80 Kms)

Wake up to a leisurely breakfast at Kumarakom and then check out from the hotel to head to Cochin, which is the most cosmopolitan city in Kerala. 

 

Upon your arrival in the city, you will check in to your hotel and later proceed for a sightseeing tour of the place, covering several places of interest, such as the Dutch Palace at Mattancherry, the Jewish Synagogue, the St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica. 

 

There are also the giant Chinese fishing nets, which are a sight to behold especially during sunsets, and the world-famous Kathakali dance at a local theatre. After the tour, you will then stay at your hotel in Cochin for overnight.

 

7
DAY

Departure from Cochin

This time, you will depart for the Cochin Airport, still being assisted by La Vacanza Travel representative. 

 

However, you are also given the option to take a beach stay extension at Mararikulam or Kovalam for 3 to 5 days, and then fly out from Cochin or Thiruvananthapuram, respectively.

 

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  • Kathakali dance show in Cochin, Kerala
  • Lush green countryside
  • Beautiful drive - View of tea plantation.

Customer's Questions & Answers

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Q.

Can you include meals in our Kerala holiday package?

A.

We can offer you Kerala holiday package on half board basis if you wish, i.e included with breakfast and dinner every day at your hotel. Tour arrangements are generally "room with breakfast" (Onboard houseboat all meals are served) giving freedom to all the guests to eat out and get a taste of local Kerala cuisine.

Q.

Can you book domestic flights?

A.

Yes, we can make bookings for domestic flights. There are many airlines offering convenient flights connections to Cochin or Trivandrum in Kerala from Delhi, From Kolkata, From Mumbai, From Ahmedabad, From Chennai, From Bangalore or Hyderabad.

Q.

Is vegetarian food easily available in Kerala?

A.

Cuisine in Kerala has many vegetarian dishes. Vegetarian food is easily available in Kerala. While you are onboard a houseboat, please request your in house chef to prepare all vegetarian meals for you in advance and he will be happy to do it for you.

Q.

What is the mode of transportation during Kerala Tour?

A.

Along with a professional local driver you have a comfortable air conditioned vehicle at disposal. After meeting at airport or train station your local driver and car remain with you till the end of the tour. We offer many options of budget friendly, business or first class vehicles with professional local driver.

Q.

How many types are Houseboats are there?

A.

You are travelling solo, with someone special or with family and kids there is a suitable houseboat for your requirements, you may choose from 1 bedroom, 2 bedrooms, 3 or 4 bedroom houseboats. There are few categories of houseboats also, depending on the quality of services you would like to enjoy during your Kerala vacation.

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