Unearth paradise! With nearly 400 miles of coastline, secluded beaches and lush green landscapes and tranquil houseboats plying the backwaters, Kerala is the perfect destination for rest and relaxation. Discover the energy and colonial-era architecture of Trivandrum, amble in idyllic Kumarakom or soak up some sun on the sandy beaches of Bekal. With extensive insights on the unique culture and cuisine in the region, visits of UNESCO-listed temples, and a sojourn in charming Cochin, this private Kerala vacation is perfectly tailored to culture and nature enthusiasts.
Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram assumes its name from the several thousand years old deity of Sree Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple.
Highlights of Trivandrum Relax by the beach; explore your immediate surroundings by visiting the many quaint and small temples that dot the coast line enjoy the markets that are abuzz with activity and observe the quaint fishing hamlets around.
Kumarakom is a gentle town of mesmeric beauty, where marshy mangroves, brackish lagoons, and sweeping inland lakes criss-crossed by canals, vie for attention.
Leisurely Cruise of Kumarakom Backwaters Embark from Aattamangalam church on your exploration of the tranquil backwaters of Kumarakom in a local country boat. Sit back as your float by soothing green paddy fields while two expert boatsmen navigate the boat through picturesque canals. Observe villagers who inhabit the hamlets around the backwaters go about their daily chores. Stop by the village of Kandan Kavu for a firsthand look at the biodiversity of the region. Witness villagers expertly strip coconut fronds to make broomsticks and later, stroll across a plantation. Try weaving coconut fronds and go fishing with a net or use a bow and arrow to snag some fresh catch as the locals do! (Half Day; Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Moderate.)
Kochi, formerly Cochin, is considered the Queen of the Arabian Sea as it was one of the first European settlements in India, due its ideal positioning for trading.
Highlights of Cochin Kochi is an engaging city to explore, from the absorbing views of Fort Kochi harbor with its huge Chinese fishing nets to ancient mosques, Portuguese architecture and the crumbling remnants of the British Raj. Explore Mattancherry, where you can observe murals and antiquities at the Dutch Palace and Cemetery. Indulge your senses browsing traditional spice and antique markets. Encounter the fascinating 400 year old, fully-functioning Pardesi Synagogue in the Jewish quarter. Visit the original grave of Vasco da Gama in St. Francis Church, before his remains were returned to Portugal. Discover Hill Palace, the state’s largest archaeological museum, which is located in the regal and artistic suburbs of Tripunithura. Enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance, or the captivating display of Kalaripayattu, a 3,000 year old martial art form.
Bengaluru, India’s answer to Silicon Valley, was ranked third in 2012 amongst the list of world’s top ten cities to visit by Lonely Planet! Formerly a ‘pensioners paradise’, the bustling city sits high above sea-level, and is blessed with pleasant weather all year round.
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 13 days / 12 nights.
Meals as indicated
Economy flights for all sectors :
Flight from Cochin to Kannur
Mangalore – Bangalore
All activities as listed :
Trivandrum: Highlights of Trivandrum
Kumarakom: Leisurely Cruise of Kumarakom Backwaters
Cochin: Highlights of Cochin
All airport and hotel transfers
All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by our tour guide
If your itinerary includes self-drive travel then all such travel comes with CDW insurance for an unlimited number of kilometers. For further details about the type of car please speak to your Travel Consultant.
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