Day 1 : Arrival / Cochin Day 2 : Cochin / Munnar Day 3 : Munnar Day 4 : Munnar / Cardamom House Day 5 : Cardamom House / Periyar Day 6 : Periyar / Kumarakom Day 7 : Kumarakom Day 8 : Coir Island / Kovalam Day 9 : Kovalam Day 10 : Kovalam / Trivandrum Day 11 : Trivandrum Departure
Highlights of the Tour : Best of Kerala
takes you to Kerala's popular tourist destinations namely - Cochin, Munnar,
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumarakom Wildlife Sanctuary and Kovalam. Fort
Cochin, Fishing community of Cochin, Kathakali Dance Drama, Elephant Safari
and boating in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary are other hightights of this tour.
Best of Kerala, as the name suggests is the best tour package to explore
God's Own Land - Kerala. The tour package 'Best of Kerala' provides you
the touch and feel of some selected destinations of Kerala, the important
ones from tourists perspective. The destinations and places covered in this
tour takes you through the heartland of Kerala encompassing numerous picnic
spots, historic places, beaches, hill stations and backwaters. Your tour
begins from Cochin which is followed by popular destinations namely Munnar,
Periyar, Kumarakon, Kovalam and Trivandrum. In fact, Best of Kerala tour is
a brief sojourn filled with all the excitement and leisure. This
enlightening tour is especially customized to put you close to the local
culture, nature and the rich bio diversity of Kerala. So, stay with us for
more details and discovering more of Kerala on your own.
Accommodation, Meal, Transport, Local guides for city tours as per the
itinerary, Elephant ride and Boat ride.
Shopping and other meals apart from breakfast.
Transportation : Transport by
Accommodation : Accommodation on Twin
Namaste - We welcome you with folded hands
Day 1: Arrival / Cochin
Mid morning arrival. Meeting and assistance upon arrival, transfer to hotel
Casino, a fascinating 4 star hotel replete with character. You would be
assisted by our representative who would furnish the details of the tour.
After much rest and relaxation, we proceed on a guided tour of the city. The
true character of the city is to be found in the older parts of the Fort
Cochin area. This part of the city reflects an unusual blend of medieval
Portugal, Dutch and English country life grafted on to the tropical Malabar
Coast. The fishing community of Cochin is also very interesting.
We would also visit the 16th century Mattancherry Palace, also known as the
Dutch Palace. The double storied quadrangular building surrounds a courtyard
containing a Hindu temple. The Central Hall on the first floor was the
coronation hall of the Rajas of Cochin; on display are their dresses,
turbans and palanquins.
We would visit 'Jew Town', in the Mattancherry section and a short walk
from the ferry, is one street long. The area around the Synagogue, known, as
Jew Town is one of the main centres of spice trade. Scores of small firms
huddle together in old dilapidated buildings and the air is filled with the
aroma of ginger, cardamom, cumin, turmeric and cloves.
Kathakali Dance : A special treat awaits us this evening as we
proceed to witness the strength and vigor of Kathakali dance drama, as it
enacts episodes from great Indian epics. The extremely stylized gestures,
the elaborate make-up, the masks and the splendid costumes of these all-male
dancers, recreates an incomparable sense of pageantry. Overnight Hotel
Casino (Standard Room).
Day 2: Cochin / Munnar
After breakfast, we drive to Munnar, through the scenically vibrant valley
of the Cardamom Hills of the Western Ghats. It's a journey through extensive
tea and spice plantations and for most part of our journey; the air is
rendered with the fragrance of tea and spices. Munnar, a hill station on the
Western Ghats is beautifully situated at the confluence of three rivers -
the Muthirappuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala.
Upon arrival check into the hotel Siena Village. Set against the
breathtaking backdrop of the Anayirangal dam, the resort is a perfect
holiday destination for anyone wishing to get away from the hustle and
bustle of urban life.
We have two days at leisure to explore the virgin beauty of the place and
its several possibilities at your own pace. Anamudi (2694 m), the highest
peak in the southern India, is nearby and the views from here are
incredible. Munnar offers some great possibility for nature walks and visits
to nearby tribal villages where people, though poor are extremely friendly,
charming and hospitable. The ethnic life-styles, traditional homes and the
traditional occupation with ethnic tools and implements provides an
incredible experience. The forest that surround Munnar are still rich in
wildlife and inhabited by world's rarest mountain goats (Nilgiri tahr),
elephants, tigers, deer and gaur (bison). Munnar is a bird watcher's delight
with a variety of birds that are supported by the evergreen vegetation of
the region. If one seek a sense of peace, a desire to communicate with
nature and most importantly participate in a journey through a living
museum, Munnar is the place that seeks to provide all this in a heavenly
setting. Overnight at Siena Village (Standard Room)
Overnight : At Siena Village (Standard Room)
Day 3: Munnar
Day is at leisure. Munnar is surrounded by 30 tea gardens; the atmosphere
is fragrant with extensive tea and cardamom plantations. Tea estates are
situated mostly on the inner slopes of an elevated basin-like plateau.
Estate elevations are among the highest in the world. It would be worthwhile
to visit some of these tea gardens to witness the plucking of leaves by
women. You may also visit the nearby Lockhart Gap, which provides a
panoramic view of the valley and plantation down below. The enchanting high
range of lakes and streams, the low-flying clouds and the mist-filled
valleys cast a magical spell, which lingers long in the memory. You could
also visit the Mattupetty dam and lake, Rajamala, the natural habitat of
Nilgiri Tahr, a rare mountain goat and the Eravikulam National Park.
Day 4: Munnar / Cardamom House
This morning, we ride to Cardamom House, situated in stunningly beautiful
surroundings on a hillside of the Western Ghats over-looking a monsoon
dependent 400-acre lake. Cardamom House is owned and managed by Dr. Chris
Lucas, a retired English physician, ably assisted by 6 Indian staff. All
rooms have either twin or separate double-bedded accommodation, face south,
and have modern western style bathroom facilities en-suite with solar heated
Besides experiencing a great, traditional accommodation in stunning natural
settings, we also want you to experience a typical back of beyond unhurried
Athoor village that has remained frozen in time. A quiet stroll through the
village will unfold the rural atmosphere encompassing a Hindu Temple
situated under a Banyan Tree, Banana Plantations, fields of Chilli and
Groundnuts, and of course hundreds upon hundreds of Coconut Trees. The
villagers are friendly. Some of the Cardamom House staff either hail from,
or are living in Athoor and will ensure that they are there to help you,
introduce you to people and help with the devilishly difficult Tamil
language. Overnight at Cardamom House.
Overnight : At Cardamom House
Day 5: Cardamom House / Periyar
After finishing the breakfast, drive to Periyar through the scenically
vibrant valley of the Cardamom Hills of the Western Ghats. The Periyar
Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkady in Kerala, is one of the 16 Project Tiger
Reserves in India. The 55 sq km reservoir and the surrounding forests,
provide protection to the animals within. Today, Periyar is undeniably, one
of the most impressive wildlife sanctuaries in the world.
Upon arrival check into the hotel Michael's inn. Tucked away in the midst
of virgin lush green tea gardens of the Western Ghats is Michael's inn. The
proximity of Periyar wild life sanctuary with its unsullied green and
exciting blue mountains makes it photogenic. Girdled by the Periyar Lake the
sanctuary is resplendent with untamed wild animals like tiger leopard
elephant gaur sambar, bear, jackal and more in companionship with scores of
water birds. Amidst the calmness of Periyar lake rare and rich variety of
scenic beauties wait for you in silence to share their secrets. Venture onto
the wild on an elephant's back to have very real and close looks at the
amazing animal kingdom or take a boat and raft over the Periyar Lake.
Late afternoon, we take a boat ride along the lake into the more inner
areas of the reserve. There is probably no sanctuary in the world where
elephant behavior can be watched in such absolute comfort and safety. From
the lake we can get as close as 20 meters to watch placid groups feeding,
bathing and mud slinging. We end this adventurous day at our hotel, turning
in for the night matching the tranquil pace of the forest around us.
Overnight: Michaels Inn (Standard Room).
Overnight : At Michaels Inn (Standard Room)
Day 6: Periyar / Kumarakom
After breakfast this morning we would take a short trek inside the forest.
The bird life comprises of darters, cormorants, kingfishers, great hornbills
(the great Malabar hornbill) and racket-tailed drongoes. Monitor lizards,
pythons, king cobras, flying lizards, flying squirrels, flying snakes and to
top it all, flying frogs are the other inhabitants of this amazing
sanctuary. There are a few fascinating tribal villages around the Periyar,
primarily the Manan and Oorali tribes. The Manans are ace fishermen, and a
few of them still indulge in the traditional, if dangerous, practice of
collecting the honey of large and deadly hill bees. The Ooralis build tree
dwellings, though not as residences, but watchtowers to keep wild pigs, and
elephants from ruining their crops. Later we drive to Kumarakom.
Upon arrival check into Coconut Lagoon, it has rightly secured its place
among the top 10 heritage resorts of the world. The resort is on a small
island and can be reached only by boat. The accommodation consists of
individual cottages built in the traditional Kerala style, relying heavily
on wood and some with private pools. Overnight at Coconut Lagoon (Mansion).
Overnight : At Coconut Lagoon (Mansion)
Day 7: Kumarakom
Day is at leisure for independent activities. You can also enjoy the
optional ayurvedic body massage at the resort. You could also choose to
explore the surrounding tribal villages, visit the nearby water bird
sanctuary or ride through the narrow backwater channels through back of
beyond Kerala. Overnight at Coconut Lagoon (Mansion).
Day 8: Coir Island / Kovalam
Following the breakfast, drive to Kovalam. Upon arrival in Kovalam check
into - The Travancore Heritage, a seaside resort set in 8 acres of lush
green coconut garden has comfortable and well-appointed rooms. The
restaurant, which overlooks the pool, offers multi-cuisine fare but
specializes in local ethnic cuisine. The Travancore Heritage also has
another restaurant, which specializes in seafood. For relaxation there are
two pools including one for children and a set of Jacuzzis. There are also a
wide range of beach activities. Nature walks on the extensive network of
pavements along the edge of the cliff are also possible. Rest of the day is
at leisure for Ayurvedic massages and beauty treatments or to enjoy the
magnificent beach and your fascinating hotel. Overnight Travancore Heritage
(Heritage Premium Room).
Overnight : At Travancore Heritage (Heritage Premium Room)
Day 9 - 10: Kovalam
Days are at leisure to enjoy the spectacular resort as well as the
incredible countryside. Those guests who would like to have a splash in the
sea can venture to do so when allowed by the coast guards of the resort or
just loll up on the beach for the perfect suntan, under the beach umbrellas.
Games like beach volley ball are organized on request. Barbeque service will
be a special fare at the lawn, providing spectacular view of the night sky
and the countless lights of a myriad fishing boats of the local fishermen
reflecting on the waves of the turquoise blue sea. Overnight Travancore
Heritage (Heritage Premium Room).
Overnight : At Travancore Heritage (Heritage Premium Room)
Day 11: Kovalam / Trivandrum / Departure
Drive to Trivandrum airport for your onward flight back home.
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Thanks to Trinetra for providing us a wonderful trip of Kerala. Serene
beaches, tranquil backwaters, beautiful houseboat, Kerala offers plethora of
attractions to you. In fact, it's impossible to explain the exprience
in words, better you visit Kerala on Best of Kerala tour.
--- Kathleen Crudden (Italy), visited in
Visiting Kerala with Trinetra tours was a great experience for us. Our
visit to God's own Land, Kerala became more wonderful as the guide
Pawan was well informative about the state. Really I plan to visit Kerala
again on this tour.
--- Lucy Beeler (Australia), visited in
Wonderful travelling experience as we got to see and do things that you
wouldn't see on your own. Vacation of Kerala with Trinetra tour was a
fabulous experience as we saw the best of the state on this trip.