PLACES COVERED: COCHIN (1N) – KUMARAKOM (2 N)-KOVALAM (2N)-TRIVANDRUM
DURATION: 05 NIGHTS / 06 DAYS
On Arriva pick up and transfer to Hotel
Later do Cochin Sight-Seeing
Bolgatty palace:- Built by the Dutch in 1744, this beautiful palace is today a hotel run by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation.
Willingdon Island:- Named after lord Willingdon, a former British Viceroy of India. This is man-made island is surrounded by beautiful backwaters.
Chinese Fishing Nets / Vasco Da Gama Square:- These huge cantilevered fishing nets are legacy of one of the first visitors to the Malabar coast . Erected here between 1350 & 1450 AD by traders from the court of Kublai Khan, these nets are built teakwood & bamboo poles, the best place to watch the nets being lowered into the sea & the catch being brought in is the Vasco da Gama Square
St Francis Church:- Built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan friars, that is India‘s oldest European Church.
Santa Cruz Basilica:- Dating back in 1558, this church has beautiful murals on the ceiling
About 50 kms – 2 hr drive
Drive to Alleppey Check-in to the Houseboat by 1200 hrs and rest of the day at leisure in the houseboat. Cruise through the famed backwaters of Alleppey.
Have lunch & dinner on board. Stay overnight in the houseboat.
Kerala Houseboats (Rice boats) or Kettuvallam are country boats that were used in the early days for the transport of goods from the isolated interior villages of Kerala Backwater area to the towns like Alleppey, Kollam, Cochin and Kottayam. With the advent of roads, bridges and ferry services, gradually these boats went off the scene. Now these boats are used as a major tourist attraction.
Morning After breakfast, check out from the houseboat. Visit Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Check in to the backwater resort by afternoon. Evening at leisure. Stay overnight in the resort.
Kumarakom bird sanctuary, spread across 14 acres, has an interesting variety of birdlife. If you are a bird enthusiast, visit the sanctuary between June and August, the breeding season of resident wetland birds such as Indian Darter, Little cormorant, different species of egrets and herons, white ibis, several species of kingfishers, etc. Between the months of November and May, the bushes and woods of the sanctuary play host to some rare migratory birds. The Vembanad lake body attracts waterfowl like pin-tailed duck, spot-billed duck, birds of prey like osprey, marsh harrier, steppe eagle, etc
Visiting hours: 0600 to 1800 hrs
Approx 200 kms –5hrs drive
Drive to Kovalam- Evening at leisure at Kovalam Beach
Kovalam offers an excellent diversity with Kovalam beach to suit all desires and occasions. There are three curve shaped beaches. Kovalam beach is well known not only for its beauty but also for the entertainment programs and sports conducted on the beach Stay Overnight in Sagara Kovalam
Drive to Kanyakumari visit the famous Vivekananda rock, Thiruvallur statue, Triveni Sangamam, Sri Bhagavathi Amman Temple, Our lady of ransome shrine etc., On the way you can visit Padmanabhapuram wooden palace
Vivekananda Rock Memorial:-This Rock Memorial is another place in Kanyakumari which attracts large number of tourists. As its name implies, it is essentially a sacred monument, built by the Vivekananda Rock Memorial Committee to commemorate the visit of Swamy Vivekananda to “Shripada Parai” during 24th, 25th and 26th December 1892 for deep meditation and enlightenment. Sunset can be seen from View Tower throughout the year except the months of June, July and August.
Thiruvallur statue:- The Thiruvallur Statue is a 133 feet (40.6 m) tall stone sculpture of the Tamil poet and philosopher Tiruvalluvar, author of the Thirukkural. It is located atop a small island near the town of Kanyakumari on the southernmost Coromandel Coast, where two seas and an ocean meet; the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean. Its opening ceremony was on 1 January 2000 (Millennium). The monument was hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami on 26 December 2004.
Bhagavathi Amman Temple:- Bhagavathi Amman Temple is a 3000-year-old temple dedicated to Goddess Kumari Amman, the sea Goddess by the Villavarayar dynasty of kings located at Kanyakumari. Kumari Amman is one of the form of Devi, popularly known as “Kumari Bhagavathi Amman”. Kumari Bhagavathi Amman temple is the first Durga temple created by Lord Parasurama and one of the 108 Shakthi Peethas. This temple is situated at the shore of the Laccadive Sea. Kumari temple has been mentioned in Ramayana, Mahabarata and Purananooru.
Padmanabhapuram Palace:- Rejoicing in all its glory, the Padmanabhapuram Palace is located 64 km from Thiruvananthapuram in Thuckalay. This 16th century palace quenches the thirst of art lovers. This fascinating structure has a special air about it. The rosewood carved ceilings and a fine collection of paintings makes it one of the best specimens of Kerala.
After Sunset drive back to Kovalam-Stay overnight.
After breakfast, check out from the Hotel.
If time permits, you can do local sightseeing of Trivandrum. Visit Sri Padmanabha swamy temple, Maharaja Swathi Tirunal Palace, Attukal temple, Kowdiar palace, Napier Museum etc.
Sri Padmanabha swamy temple:-Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is one of the famous places to visit. This holy shrine is one of the 108 abodes of Lord Vishnu. A large number of devotees throng the temple on multiple occasions. The place of worship has lent its names to the capital city as ‘Thiru’ ‘Anantha’ ‘Puram’, which means Sacred Abode of Lord Anantha Padmanabha. Dravidian style of architecture is prominent in this holy structure.
Maharaja Swathi Tirunal Palace:- Neighbour to the famous Napier Museum stands Kanakannu Palace, an embodiment of excellent craftsmanship and architecture. This palace is the pride possession of the state of Kerala. Built by Sree Moolan Thirunal for holding royal ceremonies and banquets, it retains its image as a place of entertainment for the royal family. At present too, the palace plays host for many cultural programs. It has been named as the heritage monument by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).
Napier Museum:- Named after Lord Napier, this art and history museum was established in 1855. An exemplary example of gothic architecture-style, Napier Museum boasts greatly of its natural air conditioning system. It houses an exceptional collection of ornaments, bronze idols, chariots and ivory carvings. The museum offers insight into the rich and glorious culture and history of Kerala.
The great contribution made by Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art along with the skilful work by several Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan artists can be found in here. The Japanese leather figures depicting the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana catches the eyes of tourists.
Later drop to the airport for your onward journey
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