Day 01: Arrival Cochin – Thekkady
After breakfast proceed for the sightseeing tour of Thekkady - one of the world's most fascinating wild life reserves. The Periyar wild life sanctuary in Thekkady is spread across 777 sq km of which 360 sq km is thick ever green forest. Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wild life and scenic beauty, the sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Optional activities like Boating at Periyar Lake, Spice Plantation visit and Elephant Ride can be done at an extra cost. Overnight stay is arranged in Thekkady.
After breakfast checkout from the hotel and proceed to Alleppey, an important backwater destination attracting thousands of tourists every year, who come all the way to enjoy Alleppey for what it offers. Referred to as the “Venice of the East”, the place is home to diverse animal and bird life. Alleppey is also famous for its beaches, marine products, coir industry and boat races. A singularity of this land is the region called “KUTTANAD” – a land of lush paddy fields referred to as the rice bowl of Kerala and one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level. Overnight stay is at Alleppey.
After a refreshing breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Alleppey. Set out on an enchanting overnight backwater cruise in traditionally decorated houseboats. Check in time is 01:00 PM and cruise starts with lunch. While cruising in these floating luxury-villas, let your eyes settle for the rare and the unusual - skim past Chinese fishing nets, bowed-down paddy fields, and local inhabitants engaged in making coir products, rustic homes, and ancient temples and swaying coconut groves. Food will be served onboard. Overnight stay in the houseboat.
Morning after breakfast, the houseboat will start sailing again. Houseboat will drop you the Alleppey jetty by 9 AM. Proceed to Kollam. Enjoy the beauty of kollam backwaters ‘Ashtamudi Lake’. Check into your hotel and relax later in the evening , enjoy the in house activities in the resort. Overnight stay is at your hotel.
After a refreshing breakfast, check out from the houseboat and drive to Trivandrum Airport (1 ½ Hrs) / Cochin airport (05 Hrs) for your flight back home, feeling contented about a wonderful holiday you spent in the “God’s Own Country”.