Separated from the rest of the Indian sub-continent by the hills of the Western Ghats, the southern state of Kerala has been more influenced by the arrival of Arab and Chinese traders from the sea than by the attentions of the rest of their own country.

A land of spices, ivory and the sandalwood tree – beautiful long white beaches and sandy coves, with a backdrop of palm trees waving seductively in the cooling sea breeze – rustling walls of palm leaf huts – fisherman using dugout canoes and Chinese fishing nets.

With its world class hotels, this lush, green state at India’s southern trip has become a favourite with western visitors. The cosmopolitan outlook of the Kerala’s, following their contact with visitors from overseas for centuries and their easy going attitude to life, adds to the great feeling of welcome experienced by all visitors to this coastline. And, as if the beaches were not inducement enough to visit this beautiful land, the famous backwaters entice and lure all comers into the hidden vistas of the inland lagoons, overhung with even more palm trees and full of the most wonderfully coloured birds and flowers. A boat trip through these lovely waterways is an experience of a lifetime – and it is included in your holiday price to make sure you don’t miss it! (Full day excursion to Kollam and the inland lagoons)

Following your flight to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), we take you straight to the wonderful beaches of Kovalam and your hotel, so that you can instantly begin to relax and unwind and get ‘into the mood’ for the rest of your stay here.

Kovalam is not one long continuous beach, but two coves separated by a headland. Whilst these beaches are busy with both western tourists and at weekends, local visits, a short distance back from the beaches, the local population carry on as they have always done. Here you can see plantations of mangos, papaya, bananas, coconut, rice paddies and vegetables – some of which you will never find in your local supermarkets! When you tire of lying on a beach, as short stroll through the palm groves and into this area is both cooling, and gives you another view of life in this exotic land.

A day trip to Trivandrum – the City of the Scared Snake – is always interesting, with its red tile roofed building jumbled together to make a maze of lanes and streets that are a delight to explore. The city is built on seven green and wooded hills, and their gentleness appears to have pervaded even the temperament of the people, who conduct their affairs with a minimum of fuss. If you bargain here, you will find it a much calmer business than in other parts of India.

Day trips to other parts of this wonderful coastline are easily arranged and with 14 days at your disposal you have the time, if you have the inclination! Hot, lazy days and warm, tropical nights combine to create the perfect atmosphere and a holiday you will always remember.

DAY 1, Arrive Trivandrum International airport then transfer to Kovalam :
Arrive Trivandrum International airport, assistance, garland welcome and transfer to your hotel in Kovalam (15 Kms / about 30 minutes drivr). Overnight at hotel.

DAY 2, In Kovalam:
After breakfast, explore Kovalam Beach – The Kovalam beach in Kerala offers the most excellent of facilities to its visitors like sunbathing, swimming, Ayurvedic massages and plenty of other options. Apart from sunbathing and swimming, the beach is idyllic to get long walks and watch the miraculous sunset while the warm water softly laps at your feet. Come and experience here to recharge your energy levels and feel refreshed. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 3, In Kovalam:
Kovalam also position as a most important Ayurvedic centre with many of\ its hotels and resorts providing excellent Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapies and treatments. You can either laze around on the beach for the entire day or pamper yourself with some rejuvenating Ayurvedic therapies at the Ayurvedic Treatment Centre in Kovalam. Trained masseurs will provide you traditional Ayurvedic massages with oil extracts and aromatic herbs. So spend your days revelling in the natural beauty of Kovalam besides enjoying some of the best Ayurvedic treatments that benefit both body and soul. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 4, In Kovalam – Excursion to Trivandrum.:
After breakfast set out on a sightseeing tour to Trivandrum. Trivandrum is a bordered by Quilon district. It is a Capital of the Kerala State, is a most attractive city of magnificent structures built on seven hills with ancient and modern style of architecture. The main attractions include famous Padmanabhaswami temple, Museum, Sree Chithira Art Gallery and Science & Technology Museum. Padmanabhaswami temple, renowned for its towering gopuras and temples arts and paintings. The main pavilion of the temple stands impressive with 400 marvellously granite carved pillars. Your guided sightseeing tour will cover the rest of the places. Later in the evening return back to hotel in Kovalam. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 5, Kovalam to Alleppey (190 kms / about 05 hrs):
After breakfast, half day will be devoted to the exploration of famous tourist sites of Chennai like The Kapaleeshwar Temple, St. George and the ever interesting National Art Gallery.
Evening transfer to Chennai airport fly to Bhubaneswar. On arrival at the Bhubaneswar airport, meet our representative to get assisted to pre booked hotel. Check-in at the hotel and relax.
Overnight at hotel.

DAY 6, In Alleppey (On Houseboat):
After breakfast continue cruising through the back waters of Alleppey. It gives a delightful experience and shows the great Kuttanadu, Nedumudi and Chambakkulam which is the rice bowl of Kerala. The history of paddy cultivation in Kuttanad can be traced back to centuries. The cruise covers the great Nehru trophy boat race track Punnmada. Evening enjoy canoe ride in narrow canal. Overnight on the houseboat.

DAY 7, Alleppey to Philipkutty’s Farm
After breakfast, drift through the backwater canals and reach Philipkutty’s Farm. Houseboat will drop you at hotel. Philipkutty’s farm an island with a magnificent view and exceedingly serene atmosphere. On arrival check in to the home stay (Check in time is 1400 hrs and early check in will be subject to Availability). Overnight at the home stay.
Staying at Philipkutty’s Farm is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the real Keralan experience in a fascinating location with a very hospitable family to look after you. There are five waterfront villas, one open plan and four have a bedroom and a separate living area, making it ideal for families with younger children. They also have a private veranda to sit and watch life on the backwaters. All this is set on a small farm island which was actually reclaimed from the backwaters in the early 1950’s. The farm, which practices sustainable and organic methods of agriculture, is two metres below the lake level and has coconut, toddy, nutmeg, banana, cocoa and pepper cultivation not to forget the jumbo prawns and karimeen found in some of the farm canals.

DAY 8, In Philipkutty’s Farm:
Enjoy the day with activities in resort. Go on farm walk with one of our family and learn about farming below lake level as well as the different crops cultivated. Undertake a wider sightseeing and exploration tour of the countryside on a bicycle. A sketch of the region can be provided and you can get to enjoy the coconut groves, vast paddy fields, canals and villages that blend into each other also visit St. Mary’s parish church at Vechoor. This is an old Syrian Catholic church with a history dating back to over 500 years. Evening enjoys a sunset cruise on a vallam (country boat) out on the open backwaters. Overnight at the Home stay.

DAY 9, Philipkutty’s Farm to Kumarakom (10 kms / About 20 minutes drive):
Morning is free for own activity. Afternoon drive to Kumarakom on a beautiful lake and backwaters, stay overnight in Delightful Resort. Rest of the day free to enjoy the facilities at the resort. Overnight at the Resort.

DAY 10, In Kumarakom:
Early morning visit the Kumarakom bird sanctuary where you will get chance to closely watch birds like Kingfisher, Wood Peeker, Drongo, Egrets, Bee-caters, etc. after visits, return to hotel for breakfast. Rest of the day free to enjoy the facilities at the resort. Overnight at the Resort.

DAY 11, Kumarakom to Thekkady (150 kms / about 4-5 hrs drive):
After breakfast drive to the gateway to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thekkady. The core feature of the park is Periyar Lake – a rich habitat for large mammals. Here it is possible to see large herds of Indian elephant. There are more than 30 species of mammals including tiger, gaur (Indian bison) and sloth bear. The birdlife is vibrant and includes numerous aquatic species and the great Indian hornbill. On arrival check into the hotel. Late afternoon make a short drive to nearby plantation to know more about the spices of Kerala and the plantation crop. Evening stroll around the small spice market of Kumily by your own. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 12, Thekkady to Kochi (180 kms / about 5-6 hrs drive):
Early morning explore the park by hiking through the buffer zone of the forest with tribal tracker as a local guide from the forest department. Return from hike around 08:00 hrs and back to hotel for breakfast. Later drive to Kochi – Also known as ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’’. It has a fascinating blend of cultures. From time immemorial, traders and travellers frequented the place. On arrival check into the hotel. Evening free to enjoy walk on the streets and beach of Fort Kochi by your own. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 13, In Kochi:
After breakfast make a short drive to visit Mattancherry Palace (Closed on Friday), which was built by the Portuguese as a gift for the Raja of Kochi in exchange for trading rights. The main attraction of the Palace is the series of murals painted on the wooden walls. The Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Friday Afternoon and Saturday), built in 1568 AD, the great scrolls of the old Testament , the copper plates in which the grants of privilege made by the cochin rulers were recorded and the exquisite Chinese hand painted tiles are of interest. The main peculiarity of these tiles is that no two tiles are not alike, Santa Cruz Basilica, built by Portuguese and elevated to Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558, The St. Francis Church, and a protestant Church was built by Portuguese in 1510 AD and it is believed to be the first Church built by the European in India. Vasco Da Gama was buried here and the Chinese Fishing Nets, large nets that hang from bamboo or teak posts and are still used by local fishermen in Fort Kochi to catch fish attracted by the lights suspended above the net. Evening watch Kathakali Dance drama show of Kerala in local theater. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 14, Kochi – Home (Fly):
Early Morning departure transfer with assistance to Kochi International airport (47 Kms / About 1.5 hrs drive) in time to board flight back to home country via gulf country.