Kerala Beach and Backwater Holiday Itinerary

Kerala Beach and Backwater Holiday Itinerary - 15 Nights / 16 Days
Places Covered - Bekal » Wayanad » Calicut » Cochin » Munnar » Thekkady » Kumarakom » Quilon » Varkala » Kovalam » Thiruvananthapuram (75)

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  • Mangalore (By flight) – Bekal (50 kms)

    After breakfast, board a flight to Mangalore. On arrival, Drive 1.5 hours to reach  Bekal. Check- in at the hotel and relax for a while. In the evening, explore Bekal Fort, the largest and a well-maintained fort in Kerala that is situated along the Arabian Sea. Visit the underground tunnels and the Observation. Overnight stay.

  • Bekal – Wayanad (225 kms)

    Post breakfast, begin your journey towards Wayanad. In the afternoon, you will proceed towards Vythiri for visiting Lakkidi, located at an altitude of 700 m, it is the gateway to Wayanad and is one of the highest points at Wayanad as well. Enjoy the sight of the peaks, the water streams and the forests. Do not miss visiting the Pookot lake, surrounded by lush forests. You can enjoy boating, can visit the Children’s Park and the fresh water aquarium. Overnight in Wayanad.

  • Wayanad

     After breakfast ,You can either go for trekking or you can explore the wildlife at the Wayanad wildlife Sanctuary. If there is still time, then you can also visit the Sentinal Rock Waterfalls in Soochippara. This is a special three-step waterfall at a height of 200 mts. You can enjoy a nature walk here. The other attraction that one can visit the Wayanad Heritage Museum, which has a collection of various artifacts of the region. Stay overnight at Waynad.

  • Wayanad – Calicut (75 kms)

    After breakfast, drive towards Kozhikhode (Calicut). On arrival, move to your hotel. Afterwards, proceed for a half-day sightseeing  covering  Mananchira - Palace tank transformed into an architectural marvel, Marine Life Aquarium, the jetties at Kozhikhode beach. Last visit of the day will be Kappad, the very place from which Vasco da Gama entered India. Stay overnight.

  • Calicut – Cochin (225 kms)

     Do not miss an early morning visit Dolphin point where you can observe dolphins playing in the water. After breakfast, set-off for Cochin (Kochi) by road. On arrival, check-in at your hotel. In the evening, you can simply relax or can visit the local markets for shopping. Overnight stay at Cochin.

  • Kochi - Munnar ( 130 Kms )

    Early Morning sightseeing tour of cover the city covering  Kochi Fort , Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis' Church, Dutch palace and the Jewish Synagogue. Later, drive towards Munnar . Enroute  visit Kodanadu elephant care centre, Cheyyara waterfalls, Valara waterfalls, Attukadu waterfalls, Spice plantations etc. Overnight stay at Munnar

  • Munnar

    Full day sightseeing of Munnar including  Eravikulam national park (Raja Malai), mattupetty dam, tea estates, eco point, spice plantation, rose garden, photo point, honey bee tree, tea museum, blossom park, kundale dam and top station. Overnight stay at Munnar

  • Munnar - Thekkady (100 Kms )

    Post breakfast, drive towards Thekkady and reach by the Noon.. Spend the evening shopping at the handicraft and spice shops, starting from Kumily to Thekkady. Stay overnight.

  • Thekkady

    Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the Periyar Lake. Post breakfast, you can do several activities at the Periyar Tiger Reserve such as Nature Walk, Jungle Patrol, Bamboo Rafting, Border Hiking or a Bullock Cart ride. Overnight stay.

  • Thekkady – Kumarakom (125 kms)

    Once you have your breakfast, visit the Tribal Heritage Museum. Later drive towards Kumarakom. After reaching, check into a backwater resort . Spend the day at leisure.  overnight at the Hotel.

  • Kumarakom (Houseboat)

    Post breakfast. Drive towards the embarkation point to board your private Kettuvalloms, traditional name for backwater houseboat. Cruise along the scenic landscape, paddy fields, villages and the coconut groves. Lunch and dinner will be served on-board. Stay overnight in the Houseboat.

  • Arrive Tottapally – Quilon (35 kms)

    Have breakfast on board. Disembark at Tottapally. From your road journey towards Quillon (Kollam) begins. On arriving, check-in at your pre-booked resort. You can either opt for enjoying a relaxing Ayurvedic massage at the beach or can enjoy fun activities at the beach. Overnight stay at Quilon.

  • Kollam- Varkala (40 kms)

    After breakfast, leave for exploring a beautiful seaside hamlet, Thangesseri. Visit the remains of Portuguese and Dutch forts, ancient churches, built during the 18th century, a 3 kms long beach and a 100-year old lighthouse. Late evening, set-off for Varkala, by road. Check into resort and spa. Stay overnight.

  • Varkala – Kovalam (50 kms)

    Have your breakfast at the resort and then drive towards Kovalam. On arrival, check into your pre-booked resort. If you want then you can cover the major attractions today such as the lighthouse, Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium, Halcyon Castle etc. Overnight stay at Kovalam.

  • Kovalam

    Post breakfast, enjoy fun activities at the popular beaches of Kovalam- Samudra beach, Lighthouse beach and Hawah beach. Enjoy sunbathing, a leisure walk etc. Stay overnight at Kovalam.

  • Kovalam - Thiruvananthapuram (for onward destination)

    After having your breakfast, spend a relaxed day, laze on the beach or have an Ayurvedic massage. Get on-time transfer to Trivandrum airport to board a flight for your onward destination.


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Kerala Beach and Backwater Holiday Itinerary 

A charming  myth  explains the creation of Kerala, the narrow strip of a state running 560 km (350 miles) along India's western coast. Parashurama, an avatar of Vishnu, performed a series of penances to atone for a grievous sin, and the great god rewarded his devotion by reclaiming or  Kerala from the sea.

In 1956 the Malayalam-speaking states of Cochin and Travancore joined with the district of Malabar to form Kerala. The new Indian state wastes no time achieving a name for itself, becoming the first place in the world to adopt a communist government in a free election, a that caused global discussion and speculation. The fiercely pro-labor government has kept industry to a minimum in the state, leaving its rural beauty largely intact.

A tropical paradise in the south between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, Kerala is one of India's most progressive states, with a literacy rate of well over 90%. Even in the shabbiest backwater toddy shop, where locals come to knock back a few glasses of potent coconut liquor, you'll find a copy of the day's newspaper. Malayalees are the most highly educated population in India, many conversant in English, Hindi, and Tamil in addition to their native Malayalam. In the nearly three millennia before the 1795 establishment of British rule, Phoenicians, Arabs, Jews, Chinese, and Europeans came in droves, attracted by the region's valuable cash crops: tea, rubber, cashews, teak, and spices—most notably black pepper and cardamom. Kerala's natural wealth and a heritage of 3,000 years of commerce with the rest of the world has made it remarkably cosmopolitan and a popular holiday spot with both Indian and Foreign tourists , yet the pace of life remains easy and slow.

Since Independence, many places have been renamed to reflect their names prior to British colonization. Since the British had a strong presence in Kerala, name changes are particularly germane here; hence Alleppey/Alappuzha, Calicut/Kozhikodc, Cochin/Kochi, Palghat/Palakaad, Quilon/Kollam, Trichur/Thrissur, and Trivandrum/Thiruvananthapuram. Official maps and tourist brochures reflect these changes but the new (old) names are not yet in general use, as the British names had been in place for more than 200 years.

Pleasure and Pastimes

Beaches

Pristine beaches studded with coconut palms are Kerala's main attraction, and even though vacationers from all over the globe have heard the word, there are still quiet places to relax. For serious pampering, wind down in a secluded cove on the Arabian Sea near Kovalam, where many of the beach resorts offer ayurvedic health treatments (a holistic approach based on traditional Hindu medicine), massage, yoga, and meditation for a physically relaxing and mentally soothing vacation.

Cruises

A backwater cruise through Kerala's inland waterways, known locally. as kayals, can be a two- or three-hour journey through sheltered and shady villages or a week-long adventure that runs the length of Getting to the backwaters is easiest by car from Cochin, where Swan Tours can help you arrange private boat If either of the resorts in Kumarakom is on your holiday itinerary, their sister hotels in Cochin, the Casino and the Taj, will help you set things up before you arrive. Swan Tours  can also arrange romantic lake trip on houseboats; they work with Spice Coast Cruises based in the town of Puthenangadi, on Vembanda Lake.

Performing Arts

Another tourist highlight in Kerala is the Kathakali dance-drama, performed by many companies in Cochin and at Kumarakom's Vijnana Kala Vedi Cultural Center (where it's also taught), will introduce you to a vital aspect of South Indian heritage. In addition, some 50 classical, folk, and tribal dance forms survive throughout Kerala, many unique to a particular caste, some even to a particular temple. Mohiniyattam is a beautiful dance that lies some-where between Kathakali and classical Bharata Natyam. Padayani, performed during festivals at many South Indian temples, is a colorful recreation of the goddess Kali's victory march after vanquishing the demon Darika. Pulikali (or Kaduvakali) brings men, brightly painted as green-, yellow-, orange-, and red-striped tigers, into the streets in the Trichur and Palghat districts. For details on which dances might be performed while ybu're in a certain town, inquire with Swan Tours Local representative.

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