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.
Arrive at Cochin Airport or Ernakulam Railway Station and enjoy a four-hour drive to Munnar. Admire the spice plantations and Valara or Cheeyappara Falls. Check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Revel an overnight stay in Munnar.
Get ready early in the morning to enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Munnar and visit Nursery Garden, Echo Point, Mattupetty Dam or Lake, Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park, which is famed for Nilgiri Tahr, Photo Point, Anamudi Peak, which is South India’s highest peak and Tata Tea Museum. In the evening, take a visit to spice/tea trailing at Munnar. Overnight stay is arranged at the hotel in Munnar.
Head on to Thekkady in the morning and enjoy the Cardamom Hills of Kerala. Enjoy your journey by admiring the mist capped mountains, spice plantations and open grasslands lined with waterfalls and trekking trails. Then check in at the hotel and refresh yourself. Later, enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Thekkady and enjoy a boat safari on the Periyar Lake through Periyar Tiger Reserve. In the evening, have a glimpse of the Spice Market in Kumili Village and have a happy overnight stay at the hotel in Thekkady.
Proceed to Alleppey in the morning, which is a village along the Vembanad Lake. Feel refreshed with the view of the backwaters, swaying palms, and floating houseboats. Upon arrival, check in at Kettuvallam, a famous Kerala Houseboat. Savour your lunch on the houseboat as you cruise through the unique lakes, lagoons, canals and river. Take a visit to paddy fields in Kuttanad region and enjoy an overnight at houseboat in Alleppey.
In the morning, enjoy travelling from the houseboat at the boat jetty and proceed to Kovalam. Admire the true beauty of Kerala at Kovalam, where you can witness the boundless blue grace of the Arabian Sea. After your arrival, check in at the hotel and enjoy an overnight stay in Kovalam.
Take a visit to Padmanabha Swami Temple and Kovalam Beach in the evening. Kovalam offers backwaters, green landscapes, coconut palms and beaches. Have a relaxing overnight stay at the hotel.
Proceed to Kanyakumari, where you can witness the confluence of three oceans, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal. On the way, take a visit to Padmanabhapuram Palace and Suchindrum Temple. After arrival, check in at the hotel. Later, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kanyakumari and visit Swami Vivekananda Memorial, Triveni Sangam and Thiruvalluvar Statue. In the evening, admire the sunset view and enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel in Kanyakumari.
Proceed to Trivandrum and travel to Trivandrum Airport or Railway Station for your journey back home
DAY 1 Cochin- Munnar (130 Km/ 3 Hours 48 min)
DAY 2 Munnar Sightseeing
DAY 3 Munnar – Thekkady (92 km / 2 hours and 58 minutes)
DAY 4 Thekkady – Alleppey (137 km / 3 hours and 39 minutes)
DAY 5 Alleppey – Kovalam (158 km / 2 hours 57 minutes)
DAY 6 Trivandrum Sightseeing
DAY 7 Kovalam – Kanyakumari (82 km / 2 hours and 21 minutes)
DAY 8 Departure from Trivandrum
2h 10m | Non Stop
2h 5m | Non Stop
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