Kerala is the southern most state of India. The name Keralam is believed to have been origined from the word “kera” and “alam”. Kera means coconut and alam means land or location – Thus it is meant by “The Land Of Coconut Trees”. It was a part of “Thamizhagam” (present Tamil Nadu) which covered the then Chola, Chera and Pandya region. The music, dance and language of Kerala are same to that can be seen in rest of Thamizhagom. The arrival of Vasco da Gama, coming of foreign traders and invation by Portuguese defined a new cultural heritage in its people.
The mother tongue of Kerala is Malayalam and the natives are known as Malayalees. It is believed that Parasurama is the creator of Kerala. He converted a portion of sea into land by throwing his axe.
Kerala has a rich cultural heritage. Its diverse culture is influenced by three main religions of Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. Exquisite sculptures, music and dance forms can be seen in the historic development of Kerala’s cultural traditions. The traditions of Kathakali and Mohiniattam are highly developed art forms that have developed from their folk origins into highly evolved classical dance forms. Kathakali is a 300-year-old dance form developed exclusively in Kerala combining the performing art forms of opera, ballet, masque, and pantomime. The dance is a beautiful blending of color, dance, music, drama, and expressions. In a sense, a lot of the fame that the state has gained is mainly due to the popularity of this dance form. Other dance forms of Kerala are Krishnanattom, Mohiniyattom, Thullal, Koodiyattom, Kolkkali, Thiruvathirakali, Kakkarishi Natakom, Oppanna, and Chavittunatakom. Panchavadyam, Nadanpattu, Omanathinkal Kidavo and many more music forms have evolved over the centuries in Kerala.
Upon your arrival at Cochin Airport or Ernakulam Railway Station, you will be transferred to Munnar. En route, visit Spice Plantations and Valara/Cheeyappara Falls. Once you reach Munnar, check in at the hotel. Spend a leisurely evening and stay overnight in Munnar.
In the morning, head out for a full-day sightseeing tour of Munnar visiting Mattupetty Dam/Lake, Echo Point, Nursery Garden, Photo Point, Rajamalai National Park, Anamudi Peak and Tata Tea Museum. In the evening, enjoy Spice Tea trailing at Munnar. Stay overnight at the hotel, in Munnar.
In the morning, drive to Thekkady. On arrival, check in at the hotel and refresh yourself. Later, head out for a half-day sightseeing tour of Thekkady. Enjoy the boat safari on the Periyar Lake through Periyar Tiger Reserve. Later, visit the spice plantations. In the evening, stroll along the colourful Spice Market in the Kumili Village. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel, in Thekkady.
In the morning, drive to Alleppey. On arrival, check in at the famous Kerala Houseboat. Cruise through the unique web of lakes, lagoons, canals and rivers. Stroll along verdant paddy fields in Kuttanad Region. Stay overnight on the houseboat, in Alleppey.
In the morning, disembark from the houseboat at the boat jetty. After a short trip to Alleppey Beach, proceed to Kovalam. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel, in Kovalam.
Visit the ancient Padmanabhaswami Temple and the famous Kovalam Beach. Stay overnight in Kovalam, in comfort.
Today, you will be transferred to Trivandrum Airport or Railway Station for your onward journey.
DAY 1 Cochin- Munnar (130 Km/ 3 Hours 44 min)
DAY 2 Munnar Sightseeing
DAY 3 Munnar to Thekkady (92 Km/ 3 Hrs)
DAY 4 Thekkady to Alleppey (138 Km/ 3.5 Hrs)
DAY 5 Alleppey to Kovalam (159 Km/ 4 Hrs)
DAY 6 Trivandrum Sightseeing
DAY 7 Departure
2h 10m | Non Stop
2h 5m | Non Stop
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