Honeymoon Kerala Tour
|05 NIGHTS / 06 DAYS||Cochin - Munnar - Alleppey - Kovalam - Trivendrum|
Arrive at Cochin. You will be greeted & assisted upon arrival. You will be met by Superb India Tours representative, holding a placard with your name on it at the exit. Proceed to Munnar. In the afternoon reach at Munnar, check in at the hotel.
Kerala, one of the most beautiful and richly endowed territories in the world- a country very rich in scenery, in natural resources and in water-ways and communications, a country in which, in fact, both land and sea are smiling so agreeably. A taste of real spice in the bazaars of Kochi, glorious days on fabled backwaters of Alleppey and Kumarakom and tusker spotting by Periyar Lake make your Kerala tour a lifetime experience.
Only around 6th century, we find any mention of Travancore and Cochin, but the name Kerala dates back to the great Chera Kings who shared the suzerainty of South India with the Pandyas and the Imperial Cholas of the south. It is from the Chera kings that the land got its name Cherala or Kerala.
Kerala served as the gateway to the western world from early times. The ships of the ancient Phoenicians, Egyptians, Syrians, Jews and Romans visited this southern coast of India long before the British came in. Kerala has been gateway of India since time immemorial. In Kerala, India exchanged both her culture and goods - of small bulk but of great value- with the western world.
Kerala's theatrical art has its origin in religion. Some branches of it, even today, remain confined to precincts of the temples. The Koothu and Kootiattam, for instance, are still performed in certain temples only. The excellence of these dances rests not only in their "mudras" but also the manner in which the story is told.
The theatrical art of Kerala reaches its perfection in Kathakali, revival of which is engaging the attention of the Kerala Kalamandalam at Trissur. With its specialized convention, the historic Kathakali art can be appreciated only by those who are well versed in its language of signs, symbols and underlying ideals.
The Archaeological Museum at Thiruanantpuram is one of the finest in the East. Its central hall is devoted to indigenous Arts and Crafts and its corridors and wings to Natural History. Equally reputed is the Aquarium, reputed to be the largest and most up-to-date in Asia.
Relax, refresh and stay overnight in Munnar hotel.
Have breakfast at the hotel and leave for full day sightseeing.
Munnar, a hill station, is 132 kms away from Kochi. Its greenery, clean air and beautiful scenes attract touriss who visit South India on a tour programme, Located at an altitude of about 1800 metres at the confluence of three mountain ranges, the hill station really soothes the spirit and satisfies the soul. It is a paradise for a nature lover, bird watcher and photographer. Munnar is a delight for the trekker and camper also. One could trudge up to Medupetty Lake, 13 kms away, for an excellent boating in the glorious solitude. Pothamedu view point is a popular place for seeing the expanse of valleys and reservoirs around. The Rajmalai or Iravikulam National Park is the home of Nilgiri Tahr, a rare species of mountain goat that lives along the sheer rock face of the mountains. Strawberries are in plenty; all around are vast tea plantations. A beautiful golf course is maintained at Kundale located in the central pain area. Munnar has lovely lodgings to suit the budget of the tourists to enjoy a liberating experience.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
After early morning breakfast, proceed to Alleppey. Arrive at Alleppey, board a house boat before lunch. Have lunch on board the houseboat.
Alleppey deserves to be called as the Venice of the East, with its intricate network of canals, backwaters and bridges. Alleppey, sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the Punnamada backwaters on Kerala's southern coast, can be characterized as "life in slow motion". This commercial town built along the Vembanad Lake combines the charms of network of backwater canals with lush Kerala country side. Drift through the backwaters of Alleppey slowly, leisurely and languidly on a traditional Kettuvalam, the traditional rice boat -turned- houseboat, and forget the trials and tribulations of modern life in crowded cities. Alleppey is the heart of backwaters and it naturally known for its snake boat racing events. The most popular event is the Nehru Trophy Boat Race which is organised on the second Saturday of August every year. These boats are unique creations rowed by 120 oarsmen.
Vembanad Lake is second largest wetland in India and the largest tropical wetland ecosystem and the region adjoining Vembanad Lake is the "rice bowl of Kerala". A nice example of eco tourism is blessed with very high footfalls of tourists. Tourists relish scenes like colourfully dressed women planting rice in the paddy fields, aged people languidly bathing in the shallow water, sun-tanned crew tossing nets into water while plying the traditional fishing boats, coconut palms on the fringes in every direction.
Back on land, Kayaloram (Lake Shore) is an enchanting resort on the banks of the Vembanad Lake. Vembanad Lake is the biggest water-body of Kerala. It is an ideal gateway from the maddening crowds of everyday life. This famous resort is merely fifteen minutes boat-ride away from the jetty in Alleppey town. For those in search of peace and tranquility, Alleppey and "Kayaloram" offer a refreshing interlude. The Mullackal Bhagawathi temple in the heart of the town is a popular place of worship.
Start cruising in the backwater of Kerala. Have dinner in the houseboat. Enjoy overnight stay in houseboat.
After early morning breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Kovalam. On arrival in Kovalam, check in at the designated hotel, refresh & proceed for the refreshing beaches of Kovalam to rejuvenate yourself.
Kovalam Beach is 14 kms from Tiruvananthapuram. The major attraction of the town is the Kovalam Beach. The Kovalam beach is one of the finest beach of India and certainly the best beach of Kerala. Kovalam curves a crescent around a sheltered bay and its tall palms afford privacy. There are water sports available here. A visit to the nearby fishing village is also interesting.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
After early morning breakfast at the hotel, proceed to visit Trivendrum. Visit Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Museum and Art Gallery.
Thiruvananthapuram, capital of Kerala, is a beautiful sea-side city built on 7 hills, which had past trade links with many countries outside India. The name is derived from Tiru Anantha Puram, meaning the city of Anantha, referring to Vishnu as Padmanabhswamy. It is also known as the Holy City of Anantha. Marthand Varma, the most famous king of Travancore, dedicated the entire state to the deity and became the Padmanabha Das or the Servant of Lord Padmanabha. The city once formed a part of the erstwhile Travancore state which had its capital at Padmanabhapuram. The present capital city is well located with spacious avenues with several parks. The city forms the entry into the state from the southern side and serves as a base for the tourists who want to visit Kerala and its interesting places.
Return to Kovalam hotel for overnight stay.
Have relaxed breakfast at the hotel and proceed for Trivendrum airport to board flight for your onward destination.
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