Duration 19 Nights/ 20 Days
Mumbai – Trivandrum – Kovalam – Cape Comorin – Varkala – Kumarakom – Periyar – Kottayam – Allepey – Cochin – Calicut – Treehouse – Ooty – Mysore – Bangalore – Mumbai.
Day 01: Mumbai
Arrive to a warm welcome in Mumbai. Thereafter, an Indian Holiday representative will escort you to the hotel. Spend the remaining part of the day at leisure. Stay overnight in Mumbai.
Day 02: Mumbai
With many interesting attractions to boast of, Mumbai is an experience you will never forget. As the entertainment and commercial capital of the country, Mumbai is a fine mix of modernity and tradition, something that draws tourists from all across the world. As part of your Mumbai tour with Indian Holiday, visit attractions like the Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Chowpatty Beach, Prince of Wales Museum and the like. Return for an overnight stay at your hotel in Mumbai.
Day 03: Trivandrum - Kovalam
On day 3 of the Kerala Backwaters tour, transfer to the airport and board a flight to Trivandrum (now called Thiruvananthapuram), the capital of Kerala. On arrival in Trivandrum, you will be taken to a hotel in Kovalam, a popular beach holiday destination in Kerala. From water sports to lazy beach walks, Kovalam offers a fine range of beach activities for you to indulge in. You can also treat yourself to many invigorating Ayurvedic therapies at the treatment center located nearby. Stay overnight in Kovalam.
Day 04: Kovalam – Cape Comorin – Kovalam
Spend a lazy day on the beach and enjoy its lush green surroundings that never fail to soothe the senses. Later, travel to Cape Camorin or Kanyakumari, located at the southernmost tip of the country. Visit the Padmanabhapuram Palace and take a tour of Archeological museum before returning for an overnight stay in Kovalam.
Day 05: Kovalam - Varkala
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast before traveling to Varkala, one of the most frequented beach retreats in Kerala. Complete with a beautiful beach and a peaceful ambience, Varkala is an idyllic hideaway for weary travelers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the cities. Check into a hotel on arrival in Varkala and relax for the remaining part of the day. You may also relieve your stress with some traditional massages and therapies. Stay overnight in Varkala.
Day 06: Varkala – Kumarakom
Travel to Kumarakom by speedboat. Known for its bird sanctuary, Kumarakom is an oasis of tranquility that soothes both body and soul. Indeed, from mangrove forests to paddy fields, Kumarakom is truly a place worth visiting at least once during your tour to Kerala. Check into a hotel on arrival and spend the remaining part of the day at leisure. Stay overnight in Kumarakom.
Day 07: Kumarakom
As part of your tour to Kumarakom, indulge in backwater cruises besides enjoying bird watching tours to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Return for an overnight stay in Kumarakom. Also indulge in a number of windsailing and water skiing exercises or canoe ride over the lake. Stay overnight in Kumarakom.
Day 08: Kumarakom – Periyar
As part of the Kerala Backwaters Tour, travel to Periyar. Known for its National Park, Periyar is peppered with many delightful rubber estates and tea / spice plantations. Check into a hotel on arrival and relax for the remaining part of the day.
Day 09: Periyar
Visit the famous Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and explore its rich flora and fauna. Trek through forest and see a wide variety of birds and animals. You will also visit a spice plantation besides enjoying a boat safari on the Periyar lake that will allow you a fine view of the wild elephants and other animals in their natural habitat. Stay overnight in Periyar.
Day 10 - 11: Periyar – Kottayam – Backwater
Transfer to Kottayam after breakfast. On arrival, board a houseboat and embark on a journey that will etch itself in your memory for life. Enjoy two full days on board the houseboat that will take you through the sleepy backwaters of Kerala to Alleppey.
Day 12: Allepey – Cochin
On arrival in Alleppey, transfer to a hotel in Cochin. Relax awhile before embarking on a sightseeing tour of the city. Visit tourist attractions like the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace and St. Francis Church besides other tourist attractions. Also enjoy a Kathakali dance performance in the evening before returning for an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 13: Cochin – Calicut
As part of the Kerala Backwaters tour, depart for Calicut (now called Kozhikode) after breakfast. Calicut is the first place Vasco da Gama set his foot on when he came to India in 1458 from Europe. On arrival in Calicut, check-in at a hotel and rest awhile. Later enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kozhikode (Calicut) and visit attractions like the Art Gallery, Pazhassiraja Museum and Krishna Art Museum. After your Kozhikode tour, return to the hotel for night stay.
Day 14: Calicut - Treehouse
Travel to the Treehouse resort, a place blessed by nature. Experience living like Tarzan on your Kerala Backwater tours. Stay in houses built on trees with eco-friendly material. The Treehouse is located 65 km from Calicut (Kozhikode) en-route Ooty-Mysore highway.
Day 15: Treehouse
On day 15 of the Kerala backwaters tour, explore the nearby area. Relax in the lap of nature and indulge in a communion like never before. Photography enthusiasts can also look forward to a wonderful time. Stay overnight at the Treehouse resort.
Day 16: Treehouse – Ooty
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast before leaving for Ooty, the “queen of hills”. This beautiful hill station is truly a place worth visiting at least once during your travel to South India. Check into a hotel on arrival and stay overnight.
Day 17: Ooty
Nestled amidst the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu, Ooty or Udagamandalam charms visitors with its rolling hills, gushing brooks and cascading waterfalls. It is indeed a place you will love to visit again and again. You may also opt for a sightseeing tour of Ooty or indulge in a novel shopping experience. Stay overnight in Ooty.
Day 18: Ooty – Mysore
Leave for Mysore in the morning. Check-in at a hotel on arrival and rest awhile. Later, an Indian Holiday representative will take you on a sight seeing tour around the city. Return for an overnight stay in Mysore.
Day 19: Mysore – Bangalore
After a morning sightseeing tour of Mysore, leave for Bangalore. Upon arrival, check into a hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 20: Bangalore – Mumbai
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Bangalore. Around afternoon, transfer to the airport and board a flight to Mumbai. On arrival in Mumbai, check-in at the hotel where you can rest for a few hours. Domestic travelers are taken to the airport to board the flight back home. International travelers will be taken to the airport after dinner to board International flight.
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