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Glimpses of South 11 Nights 12 Days

Kochi> Alappuzha> Tekkady> Madurai> Kovalam

Day 1 : Arrival at Kochi On arrival at Kochi Airport, our representative will greet and transfer you to the Hotel in Fort Kochi for two nights stay. In the evening, you can enjoy a sunset cruise and the Chinese fishing nets. The fish market near the fishing nets is famous for the fishes caught with Chinese nets and sea fishes. If you wish you can select from the fresh catch and will be prepared for you in different styles to tantalize your taste buds.

Day 2 : Kochi After breakfast you will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Kochi. The older parts of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry have an unlikely blend of medieval Portugal, Holland and also of an English country village grafted on the Tropical Malabar Coast – a radical contrast to the bright lights of mainland Ernakulam. You will be taken to the St. Francis Church constructed by Portuguese – said to be India’s oldest European built church, Mattancherry Palace where the astonishing murals depicting stories from Ramayana, Mahabharatha and Puranic legends are seen. Next stop is at Paradesi Jewish Synagogue, originally constructed in 1568. In the evening, you can watch a Kathakali performance, which is the renowned stage drama of Kerala. Overnight stay in the same hotel.

Day 3: Kochi – Alappuzha – Ourland After breakfast, drive to Alappuzha – ‘the Venice of the East’ – check in at “Ourland Resort”, which is a beautiful Kerala style Resort situated in a very small island surrounded by backwaters. A singular characteristic of ‘Ourland’ is that it is located in a region called ‘Kuttanad’ known as the ‘Rice Bowl of Kerala’. This is also one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.

Day 4: Drive to Thekkady –Spice Plantation Visit After breakfast at hotel, check out and drive to Thekkady. Thekkady is a world famous wildlife sanctuary and it is also called as Periyar Wildlife Santuary. Here you will be able to see a large variety of wildlife, which include elephants, monkeys, deer, wild boar etc. You can check in at the hotel and in the evening you will be taken to visit a Spice Plantation. Overnight stay at Thekkady.

Day 5: Game viewing at Periyar Lake This day you will be taken for a game viewing cruise on the Periyar Lake. You will get a chance to see a variety of wild animals in their natural habitat. For the rest of the day you will be left free to explore the beauty of Thekkady on your own. Overnight stay at Thekkady.

Day 6: Drive to Madurai – En route Visit Trichy After breakfast at hotel drive to Madurai . On arrival at Madurai, check in at hotel and relax. Evening visit Madurai Meenakshi Temple for the Night Ceremony.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Madurai Morning sightseeing tour of Madurai. You can visit the Madurai Meenak- shi temple famous for the 1000 pillared Hall carrying some beautiful sculptures of the seventeenth Century and Thirumalainayak Palace. Evening go for special Cycle Rickshaw tour to explore unseen Madurai.

Day 8: Drive to Kovalam – En route visit Kanyakumari & Padmanab- hapuram Palace Morning proceed to Kovalam. En route visit Kanyakumari – located at the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent. After Kanyakumari visit, proceed to Padmanabhapuram Palace – Oldest and Biggest wooden palace in India. This palace was constructed around 1601 A.D and is a best example of traditional Kerala architecture. Overnight stay at Kovalam.

Day 9 to Day 11: Free at Kovalam Free at Kovalam.

Day 12: Transfer to Thiruvananthapuram Airport Transfer to Thiruvananthapuram International Airport for your onward journey.

P R I C E & C O N D I T I O N See price sheet attached.

Price inclusive of – - Accommodation using Double/Twin sharing room as per itinerary - Daily breakfast - Transportation using Air-conditioned vehicle - All entrance fee - Local guide services at Cochin and Madurai - Activities in Ourland - Spice plantation visit at Thekkady - Cycle Rikshaw tour at Madurai - Boating at Periyar Lake - Sunset cruise at Cochin - Kathakali show at Cochin

Price excludes – - Flight tickets, Extra meals & Drinks, Tips, Telephone charges, - Laundry & other expenses of personal nature

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