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Home » Hansa Backwater Tours Kerala » Exotic Kerala Backwater Tour 11 Days

Exotic Kerala Backwater Tour 11 Days
Duration : 11 Days / 10 Nights
Destinations : Cochin, Alleppey, Thekkady, Madurai, Rameswaram, Kanyakumari, Kovalam

Day 01: Arrival Cochin (35 Km / 01 hr)
Arrival Cochin Airport and you will be met by a Hansa Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day you will be at leisure. Evening enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance show. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Cochin
After breakfast proceed for a sightseeing tour of Cochin which include Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and the Chinese Fishing nets. Afternoon will be at leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Cochin – Alleppey (Houseboat) (100 Km / 02 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Alleppey which is famous for its beautiful backwaters. On arrival, board the houseboat which is also known as Kettuvallams, from the jetty. Savour the natural beauty and relax while the boat cruises through the beautiful canals with palm trees, coconut trees, villages, paddy fields and local villages. Enjoy the delicious and traditional Kerala food. Overnight stay is in houseboat.

Day 04: Alleppey – Thekkady (160 km-4 hrs)
After a sumptuous breakfast on board the house boat you will disembark at Alleppey and drive to Thekkady and check-in at the hotel. Afternoon enjoy an enchanting boat ride in the lake Periyar and watch the wildlife from close quarters. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 05: Thekkady
After breakfast take a tour of the surrounding Tea plantation fields. Evening you can go for a spice shopping tour of the local markets. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 06: Thekkady – Madurai. (180 km-5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Madurai the Temple city of South India. The ancient city of Madurai, some 2600 years old is laid out in the banks of river Vaigai as a lotus flower with the Meenakshi temple in the centre. After lunch go for a city tour visiting – Meenakshi temple, King Tirumala’s Palace, Great Tank and Gandhi Museum. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 07: Madurai – Excursion to Rameshwaram –Madurai (360 Kms / 10 hrs)
After breakfast proceed to Rameshwaram ( 180Km – 5Hrs) – the most sacred temple town of India is an island hallowed by the epic Ramayana, where Lord Rama is said to have visited before going into battle with evil Lord Ravana. Legend has it that Lord Rama had sent the great Hanuman to Mount Kailash to bring a Lingam for worship when he set foot after defeating Ravana. As Hanuman did not return when the auspicious hour was approaching, Sita made a sand Lingam so that worship could be performed in time, which is where the present day Ramanatha Swamy Temple stands close to sea on the eastern side of the island. One of the twelve Jyotirlingam shrines is also well known for its magnificent corridors and the massive sculptured pillars lining them. Return to Madurai and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 08: Madurai – Kanyakumari (260 Kms / 6.5 hrs)
After breakfast proceed for Kanyakumari – the land’s end of India where the water of the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet. An important pilgrim centre of India, it is famous for the Amman Temples – a symbol of unity and sanctity – dedicated to the virgin Goddess, Kanya Kumari. To its South – East lies the famous Vivekananda Rock Memorial, a blend of all the architectural styles of India. Evening enjoy the beautiful sun set. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 09: Kanyakumari – Kovalam (90 Kms / 03 hrs)
After watching sunrise at Kanyakumari proceed to Trivandrum/ Kovalam. Optional: enroute local sightseeing of Trivandrum which includes Museum complex, Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Science & Technology museum, Veli Tourist village, Aakulam boat club, Shangmugham Beach. Later proceed to Kovalam Beach. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Kovalam
Full day at leisure to enjoy the amenities at hotel or you can take a Ayurvedic massage to rejuvenate your senses. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Departure Trivandrum (30 Kms / 01 hr)
In time a Hansa Vacations representative will transfer you to Trivandrum airport for your flight your onward journey.