Kerala Backwater And Beach Tour
Duration: 18 Nights/ 19 Days
Places Covered: Trivandrum - Kovalam - Kumarakom - Alleppey
- Calicut- Kannur- Mangalore- Goa
Day 01: Arrive at Trivandrum-Kovalam
Begin your Tour.
Arrive into Trivandrum
Welcome to Vardhman's "Kerala Backwater & Beach Tour"!
On arrival in Trivandrum, you will be met and transferred to Kovalam
by Vardhman's representative to your hotel. Relax for a remaining
part of the day. Kovalam, famous for its pristine beaches.
Day 02: Kovalam
Spend entire day at Kovalam beach, the paradise of sun, sea,
sand and surf.
OPTIONAL: Full day Excursion to Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari is the confluence of three seas - Bay of Bengal, Arabian
Ocean & Indian Ocean. It is an important pilgrim centre of India
is famous for Amman Temple a symbol of unity and sanctity
dedicated to the virgin goddess, Kanyakumari. To its South East
lies the famous Vivekananda rock memorial, a blend of all architectural
styles of India. Later in evening drive back to Kovalam to stay
overnight in the hotel
Overnight : Hotel
Day 03: Kovalam beaches
Full day free for Leisure activities on the Golden beach. Day
will be spent amidst the beauty of the Kovalam Beach, with tall
palm groves and the blue sea lapping against the shore.
Day 04: Kovalam- Kumarakom
On the day 4 of your tour, drive to Kumarakom. Upon arrival,
check into your hotel. Spend the remaining part of the day exploring
the green woods along the banks of the lagoons and canals of the
nearby fishing hamlet.
Day 05: Kumarakom
This morning after breakfast visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary,
famous for its diversity in flora and fauna. Later in the day, you
can enjoy boat cruise (at your own cost) on the backwaters of this
picturesque Kerala town. You will spend the night at your hotel
Day 06: Kumarakom- Alleppey
Morning drive to Alleppey and upon arrival, board the houseboat.
Staying in this moving palace is breathtakingly stimulating experience.
While sailing down a maze of canals one sees different scenes from
the villages, paddy fields, coconut palms, fisherman and local life.
Lunch, dinner next day breakfast and tea snacks will be provided
in the boat. The cool breeze from the Lake make you sleep early
in the night after anchoring in a fancy place.
Day 07: Alleppey- Cochin
This houseboat comes to halt at Alleppey. Disembark the houseboat
after breakfast and drive to Cochin. Upon arrival, check into your
hotel. After a short rest at a hotel, proceed for a tour of the
historic port city of Cochin, its Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis
Church, and Cochin Harbor, where the Chinese style fishing nets
take many visitors by surprise.
OPTIONAL: Enjoy the traditional Kathakali dance performance in the
Day 08: Cochin- Calicut/Kozhikode
On the day 8 of your tour drive down to Calicut. Enroute visit
the Guruvayoor Elephant School and the Cheruthuruthi Training Center
for Traditional Dance.
Continue drive to Calicut, nearby Beypore. Upon arrival, check into
your hotel. Later proceed on a city tour of Calicut. Visit Art gallery
and Krishna Menon Museum at East Hill in Kozhikode, Mananchira Square,
Mananchira Square: Mananchira Square was formed by joining Tagore
park, Ansari park and the large maidanam (grounds). The maidanam
has a green carpet lawn and the whole complex is circled by a laterite
(a kind of stone) sculpted wall. The entire complex is circled by
250 lamp posts that are designed in the colonial style. Mananchira
Square also has an artificial stream, a musical fountain, an open-air
theatre and a music stage.
Lokanarkavu Temple,dedicated to goddess Durga,is situated at Memunda
,The temple is 4km from vatakara.
Kozhippara waterfalls is located at the eastern side of the district
and offers a good trekking experience
Day 09: Cochin- Vythiri/Wayanad
Drive to Vythiri in the morning. Upon arrival, check into your
hotel. Later visit Wyannad Wildlife Sanctuary, famous for its many
species of birds and animals.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary: Wild animals such as Indian Bison, elephant,
deer and tiger has been spotted. There are also quite a few wild
birds in the sanctuary.Peacocks and Peafowl tend to be very common
in the area.The sanctuary is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
The Western Ghats, Nilgiri Sub-Cluster (6,000+ km²), including
all of the sanctuary, is under consideration by the UNESCO World
Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site.
Day 10: Vythiri/Wayanad- Kappad
This morning after breakfast drive to Kappad, famous as the
port through which Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese explorer, entered
India, ending his quest for the famed Golden Bird of the ancient
world. Kappad, is known as Land of Looms and Lores. Upon arrival,
check into your hotel. Relax for the remaing part of the day.
Day 11: Kappad
Spend the day at Kappad Beach. Apart from enjoying the pleasure
of paddling in the waves and walking on the wet sands of the beach,
you will also be treated to a Kalaripattayam performance, reportedly
the oldest martial arts form in Asia.
Day 12: Kappad- Kannur
This morning after breakfast drive to Kannur via the historically
important towns of Mahe and Thalasseri. Upon arrival, check into
your hotel. Later visit St. Angelo Fort was built in 1505 by the
first Portugese Vicereroy of India Don Francisco de Almeida. In
1663 Dutch captured and in 1772 then they sold the fort to the Arakkal
King the 1790 British Captured then it was under british until 1947.
History book of St Angelo Fort is Vasco Da Gaamayum Charithrathile
Kaanaappurangalum (Vasco Da Gama and the unseen pages of history)
written by a Tourism Policeman named Sathyan Edakkad. Visit Arakkal
Museum, located in Ayikkara, is a museum dedicated to the Arakkal
family, the only Muslim royal family in Kerala, south India. The
museum is actually a section of the Arakkalkettu (Arakkal Palace).
The durbar hall section of the palace has been converted into a
museum by the Government of Kerala. It was opened in July 2005 after
a Rs. 9,000,000 renovation and is managed by the Arakkal Family
Day 13: Kannur- Mangalore
On the day 13 of your tour, drive to Mangalore. Enroute visit
Bekal Fort. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Later proceed on
a city tour of Mangalore.
Day 14: Mangalore- Coondapoor
Today visit the 1000 Pillar Jain temple and Karkal Gomateshwara's
Statues, after which you will be driven directly to Coondapoor.
Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Realx for rest of the day.
Day 15: Coondapoor- Karwar
Drive to Karwar. Enroute visit Bhatkal Fort in Karwar. Upon
arrival check into your hotel.
Later vist Karwar. Visit Guddahalli Peak,Shirve Ghat,Anshi National
Park,Durga Devi Temple,Naganath Temple,Sadashivgadh Maratha Fort
Day 16: Karwar- Goa
After breakfast,drive to Goa, and upon arrival, check into your
hotel. Spend the evening touring the beautiful Goa beaches.
Day 17: Goa
Go on a tour of the beautiful beach state of Goa. Visit the
temples of Goa, the old Portuguese churches and homes, and the sandy
beaches. The next two days will also be spent in touring Goa.
Day 19: Departure
After breakfast transfer to Goa airport to catch flight for
your onward journey to back home with sweet and unforgettable memories
of "Kerala Backwater & Beach Tour" escorted by Vardhman
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