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Cochin -Thekkady- Kumarakom- Varkala (6 nights / 7 Days Package)

 Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival at Cochin

Arrival at Cochin Airport, meet & greet and later transfer to Taj Malabar Hotel. After lunch you will be taken for city tour of Cochin, which includes the Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace, and Chinese Fishing Nets etc. Combine with a shopping at Le Meridien shopping Arcade. Overnight at Taj Malabar.

Kochi (Cochin): An all time tourist favourite, Kochi is the commercial capital of Kerala. It has to offer palaces, forts, beaches, backwaters, old churches, snake boat races, Kathakali, museums and the convinence of the big city.
Kochi is just about the center of Kerala. It is basically a collection of islands and narrow peninsulas. Ernakulam is the commercial centre and forms the main land. It has a fine natural harbour around which the city has grown. Kochi is the famous port, trading between India and the rest of the world. Attracted by trade and its liberal laws, many foreigners have made this their home.

Day 2 : Depart to Thekkady

Morning after breakfast proceed to Thekkady, following a journey through spectacular countryside. you will arrive in the hill-station of Periyar. Check in to your Taj Garden Retreat hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Taj Garden Retreat Thekkady

Day 3 : Thekkady (Periyar)

In the morning you can enjoy a boat ride in the Periyar lake . Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Periyar lake. The pride of Kerala and a testimony to nature's splendor and human innovation. - an artificial lake, at Thekkady. Here the high ranges of the Western Ghats are clothed in dense evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savannah grasslands. Below this thick green canopy roam herds of elephants, sambars, tigers, gaurs, lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs. Over night stay at Taj Garden Retreat Thekkady.

Periyar: One of the largest wildlife reserves in India, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is more popluar as a tiger reserve. A boat ride on the splendid Periyar lake is the best way to experience the sanctuary.The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the few places where the chances are pretty high that you will spot an elephant in the wild at close quarters and from the safe confines of a boat. Not just elephant and tiger, but if it’s your lucky day, gaur, masher, otter and other wildlife. Rest of the day free to relax. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 4 : Transfer to Kumarakom

Morning after breakfast proceed to Kumarakom, Kumarakom the charming emerald peninsula jutting into the ever-effervescent Vembanad Lake takes you into the heart of the scenic lake where you'll come across plenty of traditional country crafts, boats and canoes. The fresh water of the lake runs into the mainland making a labyrinth of lagoons, brooks, canals and waterways. The backwater houses a variety of species of both fauna and flora. They are rich with marine life namely the exclusive 'Kumarakom Karimeen' (pearl spotted fish), Konju (tiger prawns), Njandu (crabs), Chemeen (prawns) and many more. Overnight at Taj Garden Retreat Kumarakom.

Kumarakom: An unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with white lilies. Situated on the Vembanad Lake, in this small water world you'll come across plenty of traditional country crafts, boats and canoes which will take you into the heart of the scenic lake. The resorts nearby offer comfortable accomodation and exclusive leisure options like an Ayurvedic massage, yoga, meditation, boating, fishing, angling and swimming.

Day 5 Transfer to Varkala

Morning after breakfast proceed to Varkala, is a seaside tourist resort and spa. A small town 55km north of Thiruvananthapuram, it is also an important religious place for the Hindus. The Papanasam Beach at Varkala is a quiet, secluded beach known for its white, silvery stretch of sand, mineral springs and rocky cliffs. Varkala is also an important pilgrimage center. The final resting place of Sree Narayana Guru, the great social reformer of Kerala, is near Varkala atop a hill named Sivagiri. High cliffs from mineral springs majestically rise is a scene. Overnight at Taj Garden Retreat Varkala.
Varkala : Varkala is small town in Kerala, South India. If you're looking for beaches and are fed up with the crowds & prices at Kovalam, then its well worth checking out Varkala. The best times to go, are of course in the season, when the beach extends out all around the cliff face for 500 meters.The beaches around this area are excellent and if you're looking for a cheap holiday Varkala should definitely be on your list.

Day 6 Varkala

The whole day for your leisure, enjoy the golden sandy beach or experience an ayurvedic massage (optional). Over night at hotel.

Day 7 Depart to Home

Morning transfer to Airport for departure flight/train