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YATRA INDIA.com South India Tours Tropical South India Tour

Tropical South India Tour





Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days
Places Covered: : Mumbai - Calicut - Kappad - Vythri - Calicut - Cochin - Kumarakom - Kovalam - Neyyar - Kovalam - Trivandrum




Day 1: Arrival Mumbai

Arrive at Mumbai (Bombay), the commercial capital of India. Upon arrival, transfer and check into the hotel. Proceed for an afternoon city tour of Mumbai. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Mumbai - Calicut

In the morning, board the connecting flight for Calicut, now known as Kozhikode where Vasco da Gama landed. Upon arrival transfer and check into the hotel. In the afternoon, city tour of Calicut, visiting the Pazhassiraja Museum, the Art Gallery, the Krishna Memon Museum and the market. Stay overnight at the hotel.




Day 3: Calicut - Kappad

In the morning, drive to Kappad. This historic beach is locally known as Kappakadavu. Stay overnight at the hotel.




Day 4 : Kappad - Vythri

In the morning, drive to Vythiri and check into a hotel. The rest of the day would be spent at leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 : Vythri

The day would be spent at leisure to enjoy the Eco-Friendly nature at its best. The hotel is situated close to the Pookode Lake, evergreen forests with perennial steams and stunning waterfalls. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 : Vythri - Calicut - Cochin
In the morning, drive to Calicut to board a train for Cochin. The city is now known as Kochi which with its wealth of historic associations and its setting of a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas perfectly reflects the eclecticism of Kerala. Upon arrival transfer and check into the hotel. The evening would be spent at leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 : Cochin
In the morning, enjoy a city tour. Visit the Mattancheery Dutch Palace where the superb series of murals painted on the wooden walls are its main attraction. Stay overnight at the hotel. Cochin set on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas, the port city of Cochin (Kochi) (Queen of Arabia) reflects the eclecticism of Kerala perfectly. With a rich past and a bustling present, it has been the business hub of the region from the very early days after Alleppey (Alappuzha). Cochin consists of mainland Ernakulam, the islands of Willington, Bolgatty and Gundu in the harbour, Fort Cochin and Mattancherry on the southern peninsula, and Vypeen Island north of Fort Cochin, all was linked by ferry but now some islands have bridges. The influence of Chinese, Jews, Arabs and Europeans is evident in Cochin and its people. The oldest church in India, 500-year-old Portugese houses, old tiled houses built in the Chinese pagoda style, the famous Chinese fishing nets, a Jewish community whose roots go back to the Diaspora, synagogues and mosques all tell the fascinating story of this harbour town. The harbour is still at the heart of the city and pepper, sea food, rubber and coir mats and matting are exported from here. Despite this, Cochin is an attractive city with serene creak & lagoons overhung with feathery coconut palms and picturesque islands. The older parts of Fort Cochin and Mattanchery are an unlikely blend of medieval Portugal, Holland and an English country village grafted onto the troppical Malabar coast. Cochin is one of India's largest ports and a major naval base.

Day 8 : Cochin - Kumarakom

In the morning, drive to Kumarakom and check into the hotel. The rest of the day can be spent at leisure or one can visit the villages, the Bird Sanctuary, the Country Boat Cruise, or go for an Ayurvedic Massage. Stay overnight at the hotel. Kumarakom slumbers on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake, which is a part of Kuttanad ('granary' of Kerala). The Vembanad Lake with its majestic canals, streams and distributaries along its banks weave an intricate and enchantingly beautiful web. The gorgeous green of the fringed palms ripple in the blue waters and blend into wavelets. The entire state of Kerala is blessed with plenty of rivers and the resources of many are still untapped. The waterways of Kerala which play a main role in the economy of the state links remote villages and islands with the main land. The water ways provide a cheap and economical mode of transport. The water ways of Kuttanad is now a big attraction for tourist. It is incredibly different experience to cruise in the backwaters in country boats, absorbing the beauty of Kerala villages. The scenery flashes up vivid contrasts of breath-taking greens and deep blues. Boat rides are available for tourist and others at nominal rates.

Day 9 : Kumarakom - Houseboat
The morning would be spent at leisure. In the afternoon, check into a Houseboat and depart for a cruise through the scenic backwater towards Alleppey. Stay overnight on the Houseboat.

Day 10 : Houseboat - Kovalam
In the morning transfer to Alleppey by road. Later, drive to Kovalam. Upon arrival, check into a hotel. The rest of the day would be spent at leisure on the beach. Stay overnight at the hotel. Kovalam beach is known as the "Paradise of the South". Kovalam is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum, Kerala's capital city. Kovalam is an evergreen and pleasant climatic beach resort. Kovalam is a dreamland for tourists all over the world. With high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. Over the past three decades, the place has been well developed, and now figures prominently on the world tourism map. The warm and clean atmosphere by the coconut trees and the white sandbed are perfect for relaxing holidays, as the seabreeze gently plays with the waves.

Day 11 : Kovalam - Neyyar
In the morning, drive to Neyyar situated in the base of the forest, Agastyarkoodam, where the Hindu Saint Agastya spent his life in meditation. This area has rich in flora and fauna with lots of medicinal plants and orchids. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. The rest of the day would be spent at leisure, enjoying nature and trekking. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 : Neyyar
Early in the morning, attend Yoga and meditation sessions. The rest of the day would be spent at leisure enjoying nature and mild trekking. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 13 : Neyyar - Kovalam
Early in the morning, attend Yoga and meditation sessions. Later, drive to Kovalam visiting Aruvikkara en route. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Return to Kovalam and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 14 : Kovalam - Trivandrum - Departure
In the morning, transfer to the Trivandrum airport for your onward connection




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