Day 01 ARRIVE TRIVANDRUM/KOVALAM
On arrival in Trivandrum by your international flight, meet and greet at the airport and transfer to check-in at the Resort at Kovalam (16 kms/ ½ hr). Rest of the day free on the beach. Overnight in Kovalam.
Day 02 IN KOVALAM
Morning after breakfast, sightseeing tour of Trivandrum , a beautiful seaside city and the capital of the state of Kerala. Visit the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, a sacred place of the Hindus from antiquity. It's a magnificent example of classic south-indian architecture with its seven-storey tower rising against the sky by the side of the magnaimous and sacred temple pool. Visit the Art Museum known as the museum- a colorful and attractive turreted structure standing on the crest of the public gardens it is a land mark in the city wi-
th its unique ornamentation and architectural style with gothic roof and minarets, pointed walls and callings and has many relics of historic, artistic and cultural importance. Later visit the Art Gallery known as Sri Chitra Art Gallery which has a good collection ofRaja Ravi Verma, Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore paintings, and that of the Ajanta and Bagh coves.
Day 03 KOVALAM-QUILON
Morning after breakfast, depart by surface to Quilon and upon arrival check-in at the Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure or do boating on the Backwaters. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 IN QUILON
Breakfast at the hotel. Later proceed to Adoor to witness the spectacular Elephant pageant (Gajamela) and other cultural activities of the event. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 QUILON-ALLEPPEY-HOUSE BOAT
Morning depart by surface to Alleppey (167 kms/4 hrs approx) and upon arrival board House Boat to Kumrakom and cruise on the enchanting backwaters, engulfed by a lush-green landmass lying below sea level, known as kuttanad. Kuttanad is known as the rice-bowl of Kerala for its paddy fields. Overnight on board the house-boat.
Day 06 HOUSE BOAT-KUMARAKOM
Kumarakom is an idyllic floating Island situated on Vembanad Lake . The island provides a spectacular view of the adjoining bird sanctuary with a large collection of resident and migratory birds. Backwater boat cruises, Ayurvedic massages in traditional form (practiced since ancient times in Kerala) and swimming are the attractions of this heavenly place. Special arrangements for leisure-fishing can also be made. Overnight in Kumarakom.
Day 07 IN KUMARAKOM
Early morning optional visit to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. After breakfast, visit the Churches and nearby village. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Kumarakom.
Day 08 KUMARAKOM-PERIYAR
Morning after breakfast disembark from the House Boat at Kumarakom and drive to Periyar (120kms/03 hrs) and on arrival check in at a jungle resort. Late afternoon boat ride on lake Periyar to watch the wild life. Evening: visit to Kumaly spice plantations and spice market, spice scan be bought from here at cheaper rates than normal. Overnight in Periyar.
Day 09 PERIYAR-COCHIN
Morning after breakfast, depart by surface to Cochin (5 hrs approx.) and upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Afternoon sightseing tour of Cochin . Cochin is a city with an eventful history. The Portuguese, the Dutch, the English all had established themselves here at one time or the other. Prominent attractions are the Jewish synagogue, santa cruz church( built in 16 th century by the Dutch ), cochin fort (built-1503 by Dutch ), Bolgatty Palace built by Dutch in 1744 and the St. Francis church ( built-1510 AD by the Dutch ) where Vasco de Gamma was buried ( later his remains were taken to Portugal, but his tombstone is still there at the St. Francis church which is the oldest church in India built by Europeans ) Evening witness a Kathakali Dance Drama. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 DEPART COCHIN
In time departure transfer to the Cochin airport to board flight back home.