Kerala & Andaman Nicobar Island | 14 Days

Cochin –Kumarakom – Backwaters –Periyar – Madurai – Chennai – Port Blair – Havelock
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Tour Overview

This magnificent journey crosses the tropical South of India, from Kerala to Tamil Nadu, to the distant Andaman Islands. It will allow you to discover the natural and cultural wonders of the Indian peninsula: Cochin, backwaters, Periyar National Park and the beautiful Madurai temple. From Chennai, you will fly to Port Blair and the sublime island of Havelock to end your stay on paradisiacal beaches.

Tour Highlights

  • Traditional Indian Welcome
  • Visit the Dutch Architecture of Portuguese Churches, a Jewish Synagogue
  • Boat Trip fringed lakes and Backwaters to the Chinese fishing nets
  • Sunset cruise in Kumarakom
  • Attend the performance of the Kathakali
  • Boat ride to see the fishing net and rural lifestyle
  • Experience backwater of Kerala
  • Game viewing in Periyar by Motor launch
  • Visit to Nectar City of Madurai
  • Enjoy the stay in Havelock Island

Day 01     Arrive Cochin

Today arrive at Cochin meet and greet at airport and transfer to hotel.Kochi, is the only place in the country where today you can see Portuguese Churches, a Jewish Synagogue, Hindu Temples, Dutch Architecture & Mosque nearly side by side.

A memorable experience in any journey in Kerala is a Boat Trip along the Palm Fringed Lakes & Backwaters of the Area; we enjoy this extraordinary excursion today. As we sail along the shady canals we see cantilevered Chinese fishing nets. From our launch, we enjoy use of narrow produced – Laden dugouts & the everyday life of families living on narrow spits of land between the waters. Later we attend the performance of the Kathakali, one of India’s most famous Classical dances. Lavish Costumes & Exotic makeup & Masks intensify the beauty of the dancers, intricate moments. Overnight stay

Day 02 Cochin – Kumarakom

After breakfast drive to Kumarakom in the heart of backwater. Discover the temple D'ettumanoor renowned for its superb carved wood and wall paintings.Enjoy a sunset cruise every evening on a vallam (country boat) out on the open backwaters. The sights, breezes, sounds and smells of the late evenings are indeed very soothing. If you are lucky you might also catch the moonrise. Sighting, visit St. Mary’s parish church at Vechoor. This is an old Syrian Catholic church with a history dating back to over 500 years. It is a great place to exchange travelers’ tales

Day 03 Backwater Cruise

After breakfast board the backwaters cruise Kettuvalam - An Authentic Kerala air condition Houseboat- the moving master piece, have been plying the inland waterways of southwest India for untold centuries and originally used as cargo rice boats. The fully furnished and palm covered boats (single & double) bedrooms with attached bath, sit out, kitchen and living room made of traditional wood. In each houseboat, there are 3 men staff (crew), comprising a cook and two well trained punters throughout the cruise. A canoeexpedition via an intricate network of canals, through backwater villages where daily continues unaltered, as it has for centuries. You will see lush palm groves and stretches of rice fields. Overnight stay

Day 04 Kumarakom – Periyar 119 kms/2.30 hrs

After breakfast drive to a tranquil hill retreat, the Spicy Village. Along the way we pass through Tea, Cinnamon, and Clove & Cardamom plantations –beautiful to see & smell! Our hotel is set in a Spicy Garden & has been molded after the Tribal dwellings of the area; each Cottage has thatched roof & a deep, Airy Verandah.

This evening we visit the nearby Periyar Game Sanctuary; Game viewing here is like no other Safari experience. We simply relax in a Motor Launch& sail along as heard of Elephant & Bison come into view. During the dry season Tigers & Panthers come down to the Lake shore for a drink – be sure to have plenty of film on hand. Overnight stay

Day 05 Periyar – Madurai 135 kms /3.30 hrs

After breakfast drive to Nectar City of Madurai, Meenakshi temple where Dravidian Temple architecture may be seen in its exuberant baroque phase,Its hall of thousand pillars is fabulous & is filled with worshippers at all hours of the day, another terrific photographic opportunity. Afternoon visit the Tirumal Nayak’s Palace, which is in a highly decorative monument. Its enormous roofed arcade supported by 48 - foot high stone pillar, still stands. In the evening take auto Rickshawpasses through the market to reach and see the aarti ceremony in the evening in Meenakshi temple. Overnight stay

Day 06 Madurai- Chennai

In the morning, departure for the visit of the basin of Mariamman Teppakkulamlocated at 5 km of Madurai. Visit the temple of Alagarkovil located in the countryside at the foot of the hills, 20 km from Madurai. Return to Madurai and continue with the discovery of the city,visit of the palace and bazaar where shops, markets, temples.

Later transfer to airport for boar the flight for Chennai. Upon arrival meet & greet by our representative and escorted transfer to hotel. Overnight stay

Day 07 Chennai – Port Blair

After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Port Blair. Remainder of day is free. Overnight stay

Day 08 Port Blair

Today discover of Port Blair and its surroundings with your vehicle and driver (no guide available to Andamans). The driver will introduce you to the city and its famous prison. It will then take you to the public ferry (your ferry fee) to Ross Island, a small island, formerly the headquarters of the archipelago. Visit the ruins of a prestigious past. Return to the dock by ferry (about 20 minutes by ferry). Overnight stay in port Blair

Day 09 Port Blair - Havelock

Today after breakfast embark on your ferry to Havelock (2 hrs),a beautiful island. White sand beaches, exceptional underwater depths and a calm rhythm of life, so far from the Indian continent.Settle into your hotel, beautifully located in the middle of nature facing the beach n ° 7, one of the most beautiful of the island.

Day 10 Havelock

Today entire day is free to enjoy on beach. Overnight stay

Day 11 Havelock

Today entire day is free to enjoy on beach. Overnight stay

Day 12 Havelock

Today entire day is free to enjoy on beach. Overnight stay

Day 13 Havelock

Today entire day is free to enjoy on beach. Overnight stay

Day 14 Havelock –Port Blair – Onward Destination 

After breakfast Embark on your ferry to Port Blair, Transfer to airport to bard the flight for Chennai. Arrive Chennai for Transit to take the connected flight for onward destination.

Accommodation

  • 01 night stay in Cochin
  • 01 night stay in Kumarakom
  • 01 night stay in House Boat
  • 01 night stay in Periyar
  • 01 night stay in Madurai
  • 01 night stay in Chennai
  • 02 night stay in Port Blair
  • 05 night stay in Havelock

Meal

  • Daily breakfast at hotel
  • During stay in house boat full board basis

Transportation

  • Transportation by air condition Vehicle
  • Entry fees for Kathakali dance
  • Periyar boat cruise
  • English speaking local guide in Cochin & Madurai

Exclusive

Language guide, Laundry, Insurance, Tips, Telephone Calls and Expenses like personal nature, still &video Camera fees in Monuments