14 NIGHTS / 15 DAYS – TOUR 08

Highlights of Spice Holidays Tourism Company : A complete all-inclusive 15 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 travelling. Maximum sightseeing with minimum travelling 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 – Cochin International Airport

Airport Village (Kochi) -Waterfalls/Pilgrim/Lakes-(Central Kerala) – Pick up from the Cochin International Airport and stay in a Hotel in the Airport Village itself. Get ready for an exotic holiday in Gods own country. Day 2 (To Athirappally – Water Falls & Tribal village) – The soothing sounds take you to the nature’s most relaxing, rejuvenating place, East of Chalakkudy The Athirapally Waterfalls. Athirappally is an 80ft high waterfall which literally takes your breath away. Starting calmly from the high ranges, and crashing through gorges overhung with trees. Athirappally Waterfalls is located 60 kms from Cochin Airport located at the entrance to Sholayar ranges, this waterfall is a popular picnic spot.

Guruvayoor – a thriving township in Trichur district, Guruvayoor is known for its scenic beauty and serenity. The place is noted for the Guruvayurappan Temple, Anakotta – Guruvayoor Devaswam elephant sanctuary -one of the largest elephant sanitarium in all over the world. Also known as Punnathurkotta, Anakotta is 3 km far from Guruvayoor Temple. Evening Darshan at Guruvayoor Temple.

Overnight stay in Guruvayoor

Day-2

To Kozhikode/ Calicut

Calicut or Kozhikode is well known for its beautiful landscape, festival calendar and above all its warm and fun loving local populace. There are many tourist places to visit in Calicut. Take a peek at the past by visiting the Kappad Beach & Beypore Fort. The unspoilt and unbelievably uncrowded, the Kappad beach offers a memorable experience. Enjoy one of the best sunsets that you have ever seen or soak up the enviably slow pace of life here. The bird watchers cannot afford to miss out a trip to the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, which is home to over hundred bird species. All Calicut holidays would invariably have a trip to the Thusharagiri waterfall that beats down from an impressive height. It is a popular trekking and rock-climbing spot as well, which makes it popular among adventure tourists. It also has crocodile farm, managed by the state forest department. Peruvannamuzhi dam site is another must see in Calicut Tourism . Nestled amidst verdant green hillocks, it is a popular picnic spot. Speed boat and slow boat cruise options are available in the reservoirs.

Overnight stay In Calicut

Day-3

To Wayanad

Wayanad – Explore the wilderness of the Western Ghats. Wayanad, is a rich treasure trove of some of the relics of the New Stone Age civilizations in the forms of engravings and pictures in the caves of Edakkal and Ampukuthimala, which offer clues about the past civilizations. Wayanad sightseeing includes  various attractions like the Chembra Peak, Edakkal Cave, Kuruva Island and Lakkidi, which is the highest point in Wayanad.  No trip to Wayanad can be complete without a trip to Muthanga wild life sanctuary and Pakshipatahalam, which represent the wilderness and the wild life of this part of Kerala at its best. In case you are looking for some adventure sporting activities, you can set out on jungle trails or trekking and hiking expeditions. A boating trip in the serene Pookot Lakeand a stop over the picturesque Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Soochippara Waterfalls will top off the Wayanad holidays in style.

Overnight stay In Wayanad

Day-4

Wayanad

The Banasura Sagar dam is another attraction. Located at a distance of 15 Km from Wayanad, Banasura Dam is the largest earth Dam in India, which is flanked by verdant hills on all three sides. The spectacular views offer ample photo shoot opportunities; speed boating facilities are also available. Wayanad tourism has a rich smattering of cultural and historical attractions too. There are many ancient religious places like Sulthan Bathery Jain Temple, Thirunelli Temple and Valliyoorkavu Temple. Wayanad has the only temple in Kerala dedicated to Sita and the twin sons of Lord Ram, Lava-Kusha.

Overnight stay In Wayanad

Day-5

To Thrissur

Kerala’s Cultural Capital. Thrissur, the renowned cultural capital of the state of Kerala, offers a fantasy escapade into Kerala’s rich and vibrant cultural heritage. The city built around the pivot of Vadakkumnathan Temple will stupefy you with its exotic festivals, imposing temples, magnificent palaces, historic monuments, and abounding natural splendor. Thrissur gets its present name from “Thiru Siva Perur”, which means a town with the name of Lord Siva. Thrissur has always upheld secular views and Hindus, Malabar Mappilla Moslems, Syrian Christians and Jews have peacefully co-existed here from ancient times. Places to visit at Thrissur incluses Kerala Sahitya Academy, Town Hall in Thrissur, Vadakkumnathan Temple, Kerala Lalithakala Academy, The Sakthan Thampuran Palace, The Church of Lady of Dolours, Thrissur Archeological and Art Museum, Thrissur Zoo, Kuriachira, Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy, Vilangan Hills.

Overnight stay In Thrissur

Day-6

Thrissur 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 back waters 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 House Boat 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 Alapuzha. The name Pathiramanal means Sands of night which is 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-7

Kumarakom to 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-8

Kovalam

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 planed Botanical Garden, with huge trees, sprawling lawns and wild fowl 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 Hotel.

Overnight stay in Kovalam

Day-9

Kovalam to Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari – Southern Tip of India for Full Swing Sunrise & Sunset.-Beaches, Temples & Fishermen Lifestyle- (South Kerala) –

Kanyakumari is a land which is famous as a place where one could watch the Sunrise and Sunset at the same spot. The sight of full moon rising along with the sun setting is a unique sight that one could see only in Kanyakumari in India. Places to Visit: Vivekananda Rock, Beaches, Wax museum, Triveni Sangamam.

Overnight stay in Kanyakumari

Day-10

Kanyakumari 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-11

Houseboat

Have you ever gone cruising in a houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala? If you haven’t, make sure you do. This one is really a wonderful and unforgettable experience!
Present day houseboats are huge, slow moving exotic barges used for leisure trips, and are in fact reworked version of kettuvallams of olden times. The original kettuvallams were used to carry tons of rice and spices. A standard kettuvallam can hold up to 30 tons from Kuttanad to the Kochi port.By constructing special rooms to accommodate travelers, these boats cruised forward from near-extinction to enjoy their present great popularity. The Backwaters of Kerala is a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets formed by more than 900 km of waterways. The backwaters have a unique ecosystem – freshwater from the rivers meets the seawater from the Arabian Sea.

Overnight stay in Houseboat

Day-12

Houseboat to Thekkady/Periyar

Thekkady -Periyar -Wild Life, Rain Forests, Spice Plantations, Forest lake Boating, Flora & Fauna, Adventure & Eco tourism – (East Kerala) – Thekkady, it’s a land of rainforests, wildlife and spices. Thekkady (Ever Green 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 wild life 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 wild life scenario.

Overnight Stay in Thekkady

Day-13

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-14

Thekkady to Kochi

Kochi -Heritage Harbor Town, Beaches, Water Cruise ways, 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 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 proceeds to Hotel.

Overnight stay in Kochi

Day-15

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.
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