Edakkal Cave, Wayanad
Soochipara Waterfalls, Wayanad
Shri Krishna Temple, Guruvayur
Jewish Synagogue, Cochin
Tea Estate, Munnar
Expanse of green covered hills, intricate network of palm fringed canals and lake offering a perfect backdrop for a lazy unhurried life, the expanse of white sandy beaches inviting you to relax and just be with yourself, all lying in close vicinity of each other, Kerala invites you to live life in the lap of nature and rediscover yourself. Explore the various shades of nature, the rainforests of wayanad, the tea gardens of Munnar, the spice plantation of Thekkady, palm fringed backwaters of Alleppey and Kollam and the vast expanse of beaches at Kovalam, and discover the various hues of Kerala, with Colours of Kerala Tour. The neotlithic carvings of Edakkal, the beautiful architecture of Guruvayur & Padmanabhaswamy temples and the display of people’s faith in them, the colonial buildings of Jewish synagogue and Dutch Palace, the fisherman’s villages of Alleppey, all add different human shades to unveil the Colours of Kerala.
Arrive Kozhikode (earlier known as Calicut) International airport, clear your immigration, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge, our executive will be waiting with the placard in your name, meet and greet, thereafter, assisted transfer to the hotel. Evening at leisure. Stay overnight at Kozhikode. (No meals)
After a leisurely breakfast, check out and drive to Wayanad – Part of western Ghat, it is the least inhabited district of the state of Kerala and a natural Paradise. Arrive and check in at the hotel. After a brief rest, proceed to visit Edakkal Cave – a natural cave situated at around 1200mts from sea level, and have pictorial carvings dating back to 6000 BC, the Neolithic age, thus indicating presence of prehistoric settlement. Later take the scenic drive through the tea plantations to visit Soochipara waterfalls, also known as Sentinal Rock Waterfalls, a three tiered waterfall dropping down from the height of 200mts.
Return to the hotel for overnight stay. Stay overnight at Wayanad. (Breakfast and Dinner)
After a leisurely breakfast, proceed to visit Kuruva Island, a 950 acre protected river delta on Kabini River, this dense and evergreen forest delta is uninhabited and home to various rare and extra ordinary species of plants, birds and orchids. The island is accessible only through rafts or boats. Return to Wayanad to visit Pookode Lake, a scenic fresh water lake spread over an area of 8.5kms, this perennial fresh water lake is nestled among wooded hills. The Late is full of fresh water fishes including Pethia Pokodensis - a species of cyprinid fish known to occur only in Pookode Lake and Blue Lotus. Return to the hotel in Wayanad for overnight stay. (Breakfast and Dinner)
After a leisurely breakfast, check out and proceed to Guruvayoor, famous for the Guruvayur Shri Krishna Temple, the fourth largest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees visiting per day. The idol in Guruvayur Temple is believed to be 5000 years old. Legend says, the idol was brought from Lord Krishna’s Capital Dwarka, when it was getting destroyed. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Later visit the Guruvayoor Krishna Temple, the Elephant Park at Mammiyoor, where around 60 elephants in the service of Guruvayoor Temple are kept in an area of around 10 acres. You can also visit Palayoor Church, one of the oldest churches in Kerala, believed to be initially built by Jesus St. Thomas, during the early year of Christianity in India.
Evening at leisure. Stay overnight at Guruvayoor. (Breakfast and Dinner)
After a leisurely breakfast, check out and drive to Cochin - also known as “Queen of Arabian Sea” was one of the first city to be colonized by Europeans, when it was occupied by the Portuguese in 1503. An important spice trade centre, it later was occupied by the Dutch and British, thus giving it a unique cultural mix. Arrive and check in at the hotel.
Afternoon explore Cochin visiting the area around the synagogue known as “Jew town” which is one of the Kochi spice trade centres. Stop at Mattancherry Dutch Palace (Closed on Friday/Saturday) which was built by the Portuguese, and presented to the Maharaja of Cochin in 1568. At the centre of the building is a large coronation hall. Seventeenth century mural paintings depicting scenes from the India epic Ramayana can be seen in the palace. Visit Jewish Synagogue (closed on Friday/Saturday) one of the oldest Synagogues in India. Also see St. Francis Church; the first church to be built in India by the Portuguese. Vasco-de-Gama, who discovered the sea route to India from Europe, was originally buried here (his remains were later taken to Portugal). We see the High Court Building, Santa Cruz Cathedral and also view the famous Cochin Chinese fishing nets.
Stay overnight at the hotel in Cochin. (Breakfast and Dinner)
After a leisurely breakfast, check out and drive to the beautiful hill station of Munnar, known for its green carpeted hills, largely due to the tea and coffee plantations. The scenic journey to Munnar is magical with some of the best scenic view. Munnar Literally means “three rivers”. Arrive Munnar and check in at the hotel. Afternoon is at leisure to explore Munnar Town on own. Stay overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast and Dinner)
Morning after breakfast proceed to explore Munnar. Visit Pothemedu view point offering panoramic views of green mountains and cloud kissing mountains around, international blossom park – an ideal place for boating, roller skating and cycling, Mattupetty Dam – and ideal place for Speed boating, Echo Point – where natures revert back your voice, Kundala Dam, Photopoint, Tea museum – the first ever in India, it traces the history of growth of tea industry around the area and gives you a firsthand knowledge about tea processing displaying rudimentary tea roller to the present day fully automated tea plants, Rajamala and Eravikulam National Park - house of the highly endangered mountain goats - the Nilgiri Thars) etc. Stay overnight at the hotel in Munnar. (Breakfast and Dinner)
After a leisurely breakfast check out and drive to Thekkady – better known for the Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady represents the spiceland of Kerala. Periyar Tiger Reserve is spread over an area of 777 sq kms and is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Afternoon at leisure to explore Periyar Tiger Reserve on own. Enjoy a boat ride to witness the wildlife of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Stay overnight at the hotel in Thekkady. (Breakfast and Dinner)
After a leisurely breakfast check out and drive to Alleppey, on the verge of the famous backwaters of Kerala, Alleppey was once described as “Venice of East” by Lord Curzon. Alleppey is also the oldest planned city in this part of the country. Arrive and board the houseboats – “Kettuvalams” as they are locally known as, were the traditional rice boats and have now been converted into the luxury accommodations. These are the best means to discover the inherent beauty of the various canals and backwaters of Kerala. Sail to enjoy the nature’s bounty. Dinner and overnight stay on the houseboat. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Morning sail through the backwaters experiencing life along the backwaters. Enjoy the breakfast on board. Later check out (Around 0900hrs) and drive to Kollam. An old trading town on the banks of Ashtamudi River, Kollam was known for trading with Romans, Chinese, Arabs and other Orientals dating back to Biblical times. Arrive Kollam and check in at the hotel. Kollam is a perfect holiday resort with beaches, backwaters and a beautiful surroundings.
Proceed to visit Palaruvi Waterfalls: With a massive height of 91 meters the Palaruvi Waterfalls are a horsetail waterfall and a major tourist attraction in Kollam. Thevally Palace: The erstwhile abode of the King of Travancore, the Thevally Palace was constructed between 1811 and 1819. The architecture of the palace borrows influences from British, Dutch and the Portuguese architectural styles. The Palace also contains a temple dedicated to a local deity Lord Sastha. Stay overnight at the hotel in Kollam. (Breakfast and Dinner)
After a leisurely breakfast, check out and drive to Kovalam. The most famous beach resort in Kerala, first came into limelight when The Regent Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore constructed her first resort here. Later the beach was used to entertain European guests of the State of Travancore. It gradually become one of the most famous beach resorts in India. Check in and overnight stay at the hotel. Stay overnight at the hotel. (Breakfast and Dinner)
After a leisurely breakfast, rest of the day at leisure to explore the Kovalam Beach, or just relax at the hotel. Stay overnight at the hotel in Kovalam. (Breakfast and Dinner)
After a leisurely breakfast, check out and proceed to Trivandrum, capital city of state of Kerala. Arrive and visit Padmanabhaswamy Temple – one of the richest Hindu Temples, this 16th century temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, enshrined in the "Anantha Shayanam" posture, the eternal yogic sleep on the serpent Adisheshan. The Temple is a perfect fusion of Kerala Style with the Dravidian Style having high Gopurams. Later visit Napiers Museum - with rare collections of bronze articles, antique musical instruments and ivory carvings, it is also known for its admirable architectural design. Later transfer to the airport for onwards flight. (Breakfast)