11 NIGHTS / 12 DAYS – TOUR 05

Highlights of Spice Holidays Tourism Company : A complete all-inclusive 12 Days tour at an honest price. Safe and secured accommodations selected by Spice Holidays Tourism Specialists for the best results @ Best Bargained Prices. Experienced ‘multi-lingual’ chauffer – trained and monitored by Spice Holidays team – for your tour guidance and local guarding with a friendly behavior. An exclusive air-conditioned cab from arrival date till departure, for easy and cozy traveling. Maximum sightseeing with minimum traveling time – informative tips, guidance and follows up on every day by Spice Holidays Tour Executive, from arrival till departure whilst you on tour, as a part of our “Responsible Tourism ” policy. You may contact us locally for any guidance on Mobile/Office/Residence round the clock on your tour dates 24 Hrs. X 7 Days basis.

Day-1

(Arrival – Trivandrum Airport) – (South Kerala)

Pick up from the Trivandrum Airport and stay in a hotel in the Airport surrounding itself. Get ready for an exotic holiday in Gods own country.
Overnight stay in Airport Surrounding

Day-2

Trivandrum sightseeing, The Zoological Park: (10.00am to 6.15 pm – Closed on Mondays)

One of the first Zoos in India, it is located in a well planned Botanical Garden, with huge trees, sprawling lawns and wildfowl swimming in the lakes which feel like a small jungle in the heart of the city. A reptile house with different species of snakes is also located in this premise. The Napier Museum & Sree Chitra Art Gallery: (10.00am to 04.45 pm- Closed on Mondays and Wednesday forenoons). Located near the Napier Museum, this art gallery displays select paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlana and Nicholas Roerich and exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India. The collection also includes paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali. Lunch Break Science and Technology museum complex: The exhibits here are related to Science, Technology and Electronics (10.00am to 05.00 pm-Closed on Mondays), Priyadarshini Planetarium (Daily shows from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm). Finish your sightseeing trip on and return back to Kovalam Beach. Enjoy the sunset and return back to the hotel.
Overnight stay in Kovalam.

Day-3

(Kovalam) – Kovalam (Thiruvananthapuram)

Beaches & Estuary Islands, Historical Temple, Zoo, Museums & Art Galleries – (SK) – Kovalam a haven of peace and tranquility, the idyllic tourist destination in God’s own country. Kovalam offers an excellent diversity with Kovalam beach to suit all desires and occasions. Three curve shaped beaches, alienated by stony outcroppings, from the major attraction of this coastal resort.
Overnight stay in Kovalam.

Day-4

(Kovalam to Varkala)

Varkala – Beaches, Cliffs, and Lakes – (South Kerala) – Varkala, a calm and quiet hamlet, lies on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district. It has several places of tourist interests like a beautiful beach, a 2000-year-old Vishnu Temple and the Ashramam – Sivagiri Mutt a little distance from the beach.Varkala is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea.
Overnight stay in Varkala.

Day-5

(Varkala to Kumarakom)

Kumarakom – Backwaters & Canals, Paddy fields, Palm groves, Boat Cruises & Stay – (Central Kerala) -Serene Backwaters, coconut palm groves and green paddy fields. Beneath the backwaters Kumarakom – Kottayam is a vast network of rivers and canals which empty into the great expanse of water called the Vembanad Lake. This lake, an enchanting picnic spot and a fast developing backwater tourism destination, provides boating, fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating. The Kumarakom tourist village offers houseboat cruises and nature entertainments. The serene lake comes alive during Onam – The most celebrity festival in Kerala – with a spectacular regatta-the Snake Boat Race.
Bird Sanctuary: The village of Kumarakom is located on the bank of the Vembanad lake is a cluster of little islands and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. The Kumarakom bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist’s paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck, and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that live there in flocks fascinate the visitors.
Pathiramanal: Located on the border of Kottayam and Alappuzha. The name Pathiramanal means Sands of the night which is a 10-acre island on the backwaters and is home to many rare varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world. This little island on the backwaters is a favorite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world.
Overnight stay at Kumarakom.

Day-6

(Kumarakom to Munnar)

Munnar – Misty Hills, Spectacular Tea Plantations, Lakes, Flora & Fauna – (East Kerala) – Land of Misty mountains and spectacular tea plantation, Munnar. Tucked away in sunny, tropical Kerala is a cool green paradise away from heat and dust, state’s finest Tea plantations, the best hill station of Kerala. Watch the spectacular beauty of Tea gardens. Enjoy the nature, where the cloud turns into mist, which may touch you with a romantic feeling. It is located 1600 meters above the sea level. This hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular and most wanted tourist place of Kerala. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana). Munnar is an idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna. Breathing of fresh, cool mountain air is a rare experience. Visit Kundale Lake, Eco Point, Mattupetty Dam.
Overnight stay in Munnar.

Day-7

(Munnar)

About 15 km from Munnar, the famous hill station of Kerala, is the beautiful Rajamala. The natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragas hylocrius), the Eravikulam – Rajamala region is now home to half the world Tahr population estimated at around 1300. But the Tahr is only one of the reasons to make a visit to Rajamala. The picturesque beauty of this mountain will make you want to tent here forever. Later visit Tea Museum and Blossom Park.
Overnight stay in Munnar.

Day-8

(Munnar to Thekkady/Periyar)

Thekkady – Periyar – Wildlife, Rain Forests, Spice Plantations, Forest lake Boating, Flora & Fauna, Adventure & Ecotourism – (East Kerala) – Thekkady, it’s a land of rainforests, wildlife and spices. Thekkady (Evergreen Forest’s Land with Spice Plants) the very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. In the Periyar Forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India, and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks. This plantation town is situated on the outskirts of the Periyar sanctuary. Get ready with your camera for the wildlife scenario.
Overnight stay in Thekkady.

Day-9

(Thekkady)

Fill your eyes with the lush green spice plants blessed with cardamom and pepper plantations, a generous gift of ginger, clove and nutmeg and a variety of Ayurvedic medicinal plants, go for an exotic spice plantation visit. Optional activities like; Elephant safari, Kalari Payattu (A traditional Martial Art), Kathakali Show (A traditional performance-Art), Jungle Jeep Safari and Ayurveda Massages etc are available here in Thekkady.
Overnight stay in Thekkady.

Day-10

(Thekkady to Charai via Thattekadu – Kodanad – Elephant Training Centre Visit; Birdwatching Sanctuary & Reservoirs/Dams –  Thattekkad)

Kodanad, a rural riverside village of Ernakulam district. Elephants are an integral part of Indian mythology and culture. They are often referred to as the sons of the ‘Sahya'(the Western Ghats). Once a part of daily life, these animals are ornamental and auspicious pieces now. No festival or celebration is complete without rows of caparisoned elephants, replete with silk parasols. Situated on the southern banks of the Periyar, amid the high ranges, near Perumbavoor, Kodanad is one of the largest elephant training centers in Kerala.
Thattekad bird sanctuary was the first bird sanctuary in Kerala. It is popularly known as Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and is situated at the foot of Western Ghats. It expended over 25 km on the North side of Periyar River.
Cherai – Experience the best of both the worlds of the beach and the backwaters. Cherai beach is famous for dolphin watching as well. The calm and shallow waters make Cherai beach well cut for swimming and bathing. The recently revamped main beach with well-illuminated walkways makes the beach accessible even at night.  Unlike the many other beaches in Kerala, Cherai has an added advantage of having backwaters at one side and lake on the other, which would surely make your Cherai visit exceptionally beautiful.
Overnight stay in Cherai.

Day-11

(Cherai to Kochi) – Kochi – Heritage Harbor Town, Beaches, Water Cruiseways, Palaces, Islands, Churches, Temples, Synagogue & Commercial City Centre-(Central Kerala)

It’s an old harbor town with heritage palaces, Temples and Churches. Kochi (Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. Over the years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India (after Mumbai/Bombay). Cochin is proud of its world-class port and an international airport that link it to many major cities worldwide. Places to visit, Jewish Synagogue (Built-in 1568 AD. Closed on Saturdays & Jewish Holidays), Dutch Palace (Built-in 1557 AD. Closed on Fridays & National Holidays), St. Francis Church & Santa Cruz Cathedral (Built by Portuguese in 1503 AD), Maritime Museum – INS Dronacharya Fort Cochin (Monday Holiday), Chinese fishing net (The Chinese Fishing Nets that line the sea-front and exhibit a method of catching fish, introduced by Chinese traders) then proceed to the hotel.
Overnight stay in Kochi.

Day-12

(Departure from Cochin International Airport)
Do the shopping at Cochin City as time permits, and drop at Cochin International Airport, where your memorable tour comes to an end. Do spare a few minutes to fill in the feedback form. Your valued suggestions will be most appreciated.
Good Bye! Enjoy the Golden memories of God’s Own Country till lifelong & Share it with your friends and Relatives. Have a safe & happy Journey.

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