TRIVANDRUM (Varkala) – KUMARAKOM-PERIYAR-MUNNAR-COCHIN
Kerala, a vibrant and beautiful land with mile upon mile of silver beaches, stretched taut and inviting over a lace edged coast; silent sleepy backwaters fringed by trailing fingers of green; verdant hillsides laden with their bounty of spices; gracious homes gleaming with the warmth of polished wood.
The heart of the land is composed of intensely green paddy fields and a unique network of rivers and lagoons. Upland Kerala, relatively little visited, comprises hills thickly wooded with teak and rubber. It is here that Kerala’s most precious spices are grown in carefully nurtured plantations: cardamom, pepper and nutmeg.
Sun kissed beaches; exotic hill stations, suspended in time amidst sprawling tea plantations; picture-book towns with winding lanes and an intruiging mix of cultures; wildlife reserves; trekking and cruising facilities; all combine to make this a most enjoyable itinerary.
JEWELS OF INFORMATION:
The turbulence that plagued the South in the 11th century resulted in the development of a special cadre of warriors who fought to settle the nobility’s disputes. Requiring absolute concentration and total control over every part of the body as well as the variety of weapons used, the disciple requires long and vigorous training.
Day 01 Arrival
Reception and Welcome at Thiruvananthapuram airport followed by transfer to your hotel.
Day 02 Varkala
Lie back, bask on the beach and see the sun kiss your skin to brinze in minutes.
Day 03 Varkala – Kumarakom
Drive to Alleppy after breakfast to take a boat cruise to Kumarakom
Day 04 Kumarakom-Periyar
En route to Periyar stop at a rubber plantation to see hor rubber is tapped and processed.
Day 05 Periyar
Watch from a boat as herds of elephants enjoy the cool waters of the lake.
Day 06 Periyar-Munnar
After breakfast, drive to Munnar, the summer resort of the British in South India, visiting the Cardamom Research Centre on the way
Day 07 Munnar-Cochin
Explore the cultural diversity of Cochin
Day 08 Departure
Transfer to the airport in time for your flight out.
If you have a few days an optional extension for XX days, to include the Marai Beach Resort, can be arranged.