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Captivating Kerala with Kovalam(10 Nights)

Cochin (Fort Cochin), Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey, Kovalam, Trivandrum

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Holiday Overview

Backwaters of Alleppey (Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
Backwaters of Alleppey (Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
Backwaters of Alleppey
Backwaters of Alleppey (Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
Periyar Boat Ride (Nivalink Trip Dated - 5 May 2008)
Periyar Boat Ride (Nivalink Trip Dated - 5 May 2008)
Walking in Periyar (Photo Courtesy: Jonathanawhite)
Bamboo Rafting in Periyar (Photo Courtesy: Bernard Gagnon)
Greenix Village Interior (Nivalink Trip Dated - 31 August 2012)
Greenix Village Interior (Nivalink Trip Dated - 31 August 2012)
Greenix Village Interior (Nivalink Trip Dated - 31 August 2012)
Greenix Village Interior
Greenix Village Entrance (Nivalink Trip Dated - 31 August 2012)
Greenix Village Exterior (Nivalink Trip Dated - 31 August 2012)
Jewish Synagogue Fort Cochin (Nivalink Trip Dated - 31 August 2012)
St Francis Church (Nivalink Trip Dated - 5 May 2008)
Chinese Fishing nets (Nivalink Trip Dated - 23 September 2008)
Fort Cochin beach (Nivalink Trip Dated - 31 August 2012)

Captivating Kerala with Kovalam offers travellers insight into most popular destinations of Kerala that includes heritage areas, plantation highlands, backwaters along with beach getaway of Kovalam.

Route

Cochin (Fort Cochin)(2) - Munnar(2) - Thekkady(2) - Alleppey(2) - Kovalam(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at Cochin
  • Day-2 Explore Fort Cochin
  • Day-3 Drive to Munnar
  • Day-4 Explore Munnar
  • Day-5 Drive to Periyar
  • Day-6 Gavi Experience
  • Day-7 Travel to Alleppey for Overnight Houseboat experience
  • Day-8 Cruise Checkout - Travel to Kovalam
  • Day-9 Relax by the beach
  • Day-10 Relax by the beach
  • Day-11 Depart from Trivandrum
Sightseeing Summary

Alleppey - Backwaters of Alleppey (1.00 kms)

Cochin (Fort Cochin) - St Francis Church (0.50 kms), Greenix Village (0.50 kms), Fort Cochin Walk (0.50 kms), Jewish Synagogue Fort Cochin (1.00 kms), Kodanad Elephant Camp (45.00 kms)

Kovalam - Hawa Beach and Lighthouse Beach (3.00 kms)

Munnar - Eravikulam National Park (9.00 kms)

Thekkady - Bamboo Rafting in Periyar (1.00 kms), Spice farm visit (3.00 kms), Periyar Boat Ride (5.00 kms), Gavi Ecotourism (40.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Cochin (Fort Cochin) Departure - Trivandrum
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
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  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Distances
  • Cochin (Fort Cochin) to Munnar -129 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Munnar to Thekkady -102 kms (3 hrs)
  • Thekkady to Alleppey -138 kms (4 hrs)
  • Alleppey to Kovalam -159 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Kovalam to Trivandrum -11 kms (0.5 hrs)
Route

Cochin (Fort Cochin)(2) - Munnar(2) - Thekkady(2) - Alleppey(2) - Kovalam(2) - Trivandrum

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Cochin Arrival at Cochin International Airport and Transfer to Fort Cochin (45 kms - 1.5 hours), a heritage area of Cochin overlooking the Arabian Sea. Evening walk by the heritage bylanes and Fort Cochin beach.

Day-2 Explore Fort Cochin Visit heritage areas and experiences in Fort Cochin that includes St Francis Church, Jewish Synagogue, Chinese Fishing nets, maritime museum etc. In the evening visit Greenix village for cultural performances.

Day-3 Drive to Munnar Drive to Munnar (5500 ft asl - 140 kms - 4 hours). Enroute guests can stop at Kodanad Elephant Camp for some elephant experience.

Day-4 Explore Munnar Explore Munnar. Guests may visit tea museum, Eravikulam national Park (for Nilgiri Tahr), walk upto waterfalls and enjoy overall plantation character of the area.

Day-5 Drive to Periyar Drive to Periyar (2500 ft asl - 110 kms - 3 hours) through very thick forests. In the afternoon visit spice plantation followed by a boat ride in periyar lake.

Day-6 Gavi Experience One full day experience of the Periyar Forests through Gavi eco tourism programme (Bamboo rafting, jeep drives, walks, bird watching etc.)

Day-7 Travel to Alleppey for Overnight Houseboat experience Depart early (8 AM) to reach Alleppey in time (before 12 noon) for the overnight backwater Cruise. Alleppey is what gives Kerala name "Venice of the east" and overnight houseboat stay offers travellers an upclose insight into the backwater character and living of Kerala.

Day-8 Cruise Checkout - Travel to Kovalam After Checkout from the cruise (9:30 AM), depart for Kovalam (150 kms - 3.5 hours). Most popular beach destination of Kerala. In the afternoon explore beaches around the resort.

Day-9 Relax by the beach Relax by the beach. Lighthouse and Hawa beaches are most happening in terms of restaurants and activities. Chowara beach is idyllic, good for long walks and swimming.

Day-10 Relax by the beach Relax by the beach. Alternatively guests can opt for a day visit to Kanyakumari or nearby plantation highlands / Sanctuary (Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary)

Day-11 Depart from Trivandrum Depart from Trivandrum for International flight (either to Maldives or to Gulf countries for onward flight)

Detailed Sightseeing

Alleppey :

  • Backwaters of Alleppey - Kuttanad Backwaters in South Alleppey is what gives Kerala Venice of the East tag. Day cruises / hourly boat rides are popular and available from Alleppey jetty. Guests seeking an experience either opt for overnight houseboat or Kayaking tour.

Cochin (Fort Cochin) :

  • St Francis Church - St Francis Church is a tourist attraction at Fort Cochin. It was built in 1503 and is the oldest European church in India

  • Greenix Village - A craft village at Fort cochin that offers a wide ranging live performances. A visit here is very popular with guests to Fort cochin.

  • Fort Cochin Walk - Fort Cochin heritage walk is one recommended for any heritage traveller. The Fort cochin heritage area is home to buildings that date back to the dutch settlements in the area and still laidback and full of character. Within a short walk one can visit Jewish Synagogue, Chinese Fishing nets and St Francis Church. There are several renowned heritage hotels here.

  • Jewish Synagogue Fort Cochin - Jewish Synagogue at Fort Cochin was built in 1568 and is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations.

  • Kodanad Elephant Camp - An elephant training camp on Cochin - Munnar route and a popular for overseas travellers and families with kids for a bit of fun with elephants and a touristy elephant ride.

Kovalam :

  • Hawa Beach and Lighthouse Beach - Hawa Beach and lighthouse beach interconnect each other and have a number of bars and beachside restaurants connecting them. At both ends there are number of hotels stacked next to each other. Guests arrive here in the evening for the sunset and then hangaround at one of the restaurat / Bars / Curio shops. Mornings one can see fishermen at work taking out fresh catch from their nets.

Munnar :

Thekkady :

  • Bamboo Rafting in Periyar - One of the full day long forest programmes has a combination of walking, hiking and bamboo rafting across periyar lake. Its one of the definitive experiences of Periyar.

  • Spice farm visit - Spice farm visit is a popular excursion for guests in Kerala. The spices grown around the area include cardamom, cinnamon etc. alongwith vanilla, tea and coffee.

  • Periyar Boat Ride - A highly touristy boat ride is the main attraction for average tourist to Periyar. The boats are filled with 30-40 tourists with the aim of spotting wildlife on the edge of the lake. Binoculars are a must to have any chance of spotting a wildlife.

  • Gavi Ecotourism - Gavi is a quiet and pristine forest located at a distance of 40 km from Periyar Tiger Reserve. Gavi often serves as a base camp for deep jungle trekkers, birdwatchers, nature lovers and research student. There are number of eco-tourism related activities that are conducted by the forest authorities around Gavi area and are popular with tourists. Guests typically opt for a full day Gavi eco tourism programme.

Destination Overview

Trivandrum - Trivandrum is a state capital of Kerala and access point to visit Beach Resorts of Kovalam / Varkala and plantation highlands around Ponmudi.

Cochin (Fort Cochin) - A heritage area a few kilometers from Willingdon Island. With many charming heritage hotels in the area, its perhaps the best area of accommodation for leisure and experience oriented travelers.

Munnar - Munnar is a premier hill station in Kerala. It is situated at about 6000 ft above sea level and surrounded by tea and Cardamom Plantations

Thekkady - Thekkady (2500 ft asl) is a stopover on the South India Itinerary on Madurai - Kottayam route known for nature centric experiences connected with Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Alleppey - Alleppey is renowned for its backwaters and is known as the Venice of the east. Overnight houseboats in Alleppey lake and backwaters are considered an experience.

Kovalam - Kovalam is one of the few developed beach retreats in India alongside Goa and home to several luxury beach resorts.

Access
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Distances
  • Cochin (Fort Cochin) to Munnar -129 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Munnar to Thekkady -102 kms (3 hrs)
  • Thekkady to Alleppey -138 kms (4 hrs)
  • Alleppey to Kovalam -159 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Kovalam to Trivandrum -11 kms (0.5 hrs)

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Travel Ideas incorporated in the itinerary

Thekkady Getaway

Thekkady (2300 ft asl) is a stopover enroute Kumarakom (100 kms from Kottayam) from Madurai and more

Alleppey Getaway

Alleppey and its backwater network have given Kerala the name “Venice of the east”. Alleppey more

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Distances
  • Cochin (Fort Cochin) to Munnar -129 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Munnar to Thekkady -102 kms (3 hrs)
  • Thekkady to Alleppey -138 kms (4 hrs)
  • Alleppey to Kovalam -159 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Kovalam to Trivandrum -11 kms (0.5 hrs)

Expert Speak

Captivating Kerala is a recommended itinerary for International travellers looking to explore most popular destinations and experiences of Kerala.

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