Kerala is situated in the southwest of India. It has one of the highest literacy rates in India and is also the most densely populated state in India. It is located between the Lakshadweep Sea and the Western Ghats. Beautiful beaches, rice fields, mango and cashew nut trees, and coconut palms dominate the landscape of Kerala. Upland area, relatively less visited, is composed of thick teak and rubber trees where Kerala’s most precious spices – cardamom, pepper, nutmeg are grown, giving Kerala the name – ‘the Spice Coast of India.’
It is also known as the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’. It is a natural harbor and a commercial hub. Some of the places of tourist interest in Kochi are the ‘Jewish Synagogue’, ‘Dutch Palace’ and ‘Vypeen Island’.
Situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, this coastal town on the Arabian Sea is known as the ‘Venice of the East’ for the numerous canals that meander through it, on which travelers can enjoy boating tours. It is also popular for its cashew nuts, coir trade, rice, pepper, and coconut. The Snake-boat race is a thrilling event held here every year in August.
Day 1: Arrival Kochi (Cochin)
Arrive at Kochi (Cochin), the natural harbor of India. After breakfast enjoys the harbor cruise and Kathakali Dance Show in the city. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Alleppey
Drive to Allepey (Alappuzha) and spend your morning at leisure. Book a cruise on the backwaters in canoes called “vanjis” to get familiar with the agricultural activities of the local people. Also, visit the beautiful bird sanctuary. Board the traditional rice boats – “Ketuvallam” sailing through the picturesque backwaters and small amidst Kerala’s beautiful scenery. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3: Kumarakom
Disembark the boat at Kumarakom. Visit the bird sanctuary thereof. The rest of the day is free for other activities at the resort. A boat cruise on the Vembanad Lake dotted by the swaying coconut palms on the distant banks. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4: Departure
Leave for Kochi/Thiruvananthapuram. Board a flight way back home or to your onward destination from the Cochin/Trivandrum international airport.