16 Day Best of South India with Beach Relaxation

Home | Indian Subcontinent | India | 16 Day Best of South India with Beach Relaxation

Cochin – Munnar – Madurai – Thekkady – Kumarakom – Goa



Day by Day plan

Close All Days -

Open All Days +

  • Day 1: Cochin Arrival

    A Wild Voyager representative will receive you on arrival in Cochin in the morning and transfer to the hotel.

     

    Cochin is a diverse and colorful port/city, spreading over 4-5 islands and peninsulas. The main town of Ernakulam is on the mainland. All the islands are connected by a ferryboat network and therein lay the charm of an exploratory two days here. Around the headland of Fort Cochin, a phalanx of cantilevered Chinese fishing boats dips into the sea at high tide. In its back streets, there is an aroma of ginger, cardamom and other spices, piled high in every nook and cranny.

     

    Relax. The day is free at leisure. Overnight will be at Cochin.

     

  • Day 2: Cochin

    After breakfast - Proceed for the sightseeing.

     

    Old Cochin area – this is one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. The Jewish community traces its history to nearly 2000 years ago. In 1948 the community numbered 2500 and today there are fewer than 30 people. The community is still centered around Jew Town where you will visit its crown Jewel, the Paradesi Synagogue. Built in 1568 and reconstructed after a Portuguese bombardment in 1662, the synagogue is distinguished by its tile roof and bell tower. The small synagogue is also known for its hand-painted, willow-patterned, blue and white Chinese floor tiles, and the many brass and crystal lamps that hang from the ceiling. Later visit the interesting International Pepper Exchange, also located in Jew town.

     

    Chinese fishing nets – The Chinese fishing nets erected on teak wood and bamboo poles work on the principle of balance. Records say they were first set up here between AD 1350 and 1450. Vasco Da Gama Square, the narrow promenade that parallels the beach, is the best place to watch the nets being lowered and pulled out of the sea. Learn the operation of the interesting Chinese fishing nets erected on teak wood and bamboo poles which work on the principle of balance.

     

    The other important places are the Vasco Da Gama Square, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, VOC Gate, Bastion Bungalow, Mattancherry Palace, etc. Records say they were first set up here between AD 1350 and 1450.

     

    In the evening proceed for KATHAKALI DANCE PRESENTATION and KARALIPAYATU SHOW.

     

    Overnight will be at Cochin.

     

  • Day 3: Cochin – Munnar, by Road 5 hr

    Proceed to Munnar after breakfast. Reach and check in to the hotel.


    Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathani & Kundala. 1600 meter above sea level this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling Tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in the blue every twelve years, will bloom next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi, which towers over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.

     

    Overnight will be at Munnar.

     

  • Day 4: Munnar

    After breakfast, enjoy the sightseeing tour of Munnar visiting…

     

    Elephant Lake – Elephant Lake or Elephant Arrival Lake or Anayirangal is a place frequented by tourists visiting Munnar. Elephant Lake or Anayirangal is an idyllic picnic location which has a dam and a reservoir.

     

    The Elephant Lake is a picturesque location surrounded by tea plantations, evergreen forests, rolling grasslands and hillocks. Tourists interested in photography can capture the panoramic view of the calm waters of the reservoir with the backdrop of dense Tata tea estates and clouds.

     

    Tata Tea Musuem: Tata Tea Museum is a popular tourist spot situated in Munnar of Kerala. It is situated at a distance of about 12 km from Munnar town at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea.

     

    The history of Munnar is connected to tea plantations for over a century. Munnar is home to a few of the World’s best tea estates. Most of the people in Munnar are employed at tea plantations. Tata Group's Kannan Devan Tea Estate owns a majority of tea plantations at Munnar. Tata Tea holds the place of World’s second manufacturer and distributor of tea. The Tea Museum opened by Tata Tea at Nallathanni Tea Estate in Munnar, is a tribute to the pioneers, whose toils and commitment transformed Munnar into a major tea plantation centre of Kerala.  


    Overnight will be at Munnar.

     

  • Day 5: Munnar – Madurai, by Road 4 hr

    Afternoon – drive to Madurai. Reach and check in at a hotel.

     

    One of South India's great temple towns, Madurai is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple. Situated on the banks of river Vaigai, Madurai has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era more than 2500 years old. Madurai was an important cultural and commercial centre even as early as 550 AD. Madurai was the Capital city for the great Pandyan Kings. Tamil & Greek documents record the existence of Madurai from the 4th Century BC. The city was known to the Greeks through Megasthenes who was their ambassador to the court of Chandragupta Maurya. This city was popular in trade, especially in spices. It was also the site for the Sangam Academy of Tamil Poets. And Madurai is the centre of all the cities and Madurai is famous for the cotton Sungudi Saris.

     

    Afternoon – visit Madurai’s Main attraction is the Famous Sri Meenakshi Amman temple a riotously baroque example of Dravidian architecture with Gopurams carved from top to bottom in a breathtaking profusion of multicolored images of Gods. Sri Meenakshi Amman temple dates back to 2000 Years back and designed in 1560 by Vishwanatha Nayaka and built during the reign of Tirumalai Nayaka. The Temple occupies an area of six hectares. There are 12 temple towers (Gopurams). The outer towers are the landmarks of Madurai. The enormous temple complex is dedicated to Shiva, known here as Sundareshvara and his consort Parvati or Meenakshi. Kulasekara Pandyas, but the entire credit built the original temple for making the temple as splendid as it is today goes to the Nayakas. The Nayakas ruled Madurai from the 16th to the 18th century and left a majestic imprint of their rule in the Meenakshi - Sundareswarar Temple. The temple complex is within a high-walled enclosure, at the core of which is the two sanctums for Meenakshi and Sundareswarar, surrounded by a number of smaller shrines and grand pillared halls. The impressive GOPURAMS (towers) rise from solid granite bases, and are covered with stucco figures of deities, mythical animals and monsters painted in vivid colors.

     

    Overnight will be at Madurai.

     

  • Day 6: Madurai

    Afternoon – drive to Madurai. Reach and check in at hotel.

     

    One of South India's great temple towns, Madurai is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple. Situated on the banks of river Vaigai, Madurai has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era more than 2500 years old. Madurai was an important cultural and commercial centre even as early as 550 AD. Madurai was the Capital city for the great Pandyas kings. Tamil & Greek documents record the existence of Madurai from the 4th Century BC. The city was known to the Greeks through Magathenes who was their ambassador to the court of Chandraguptha Mauriya. This city was popular in trade especially in spices. It was also the site the Sangam the academy of the Tamil Poets. And Madurai is the centre of all the cities and Madurai is famous for the cotton Sungudi Saris.

     

    Afternoon – visit Madurai’s Main attraction is the Famous Sri Meenakshi Amman temple a riotously baroque example of Dravidian architecture with Gopurams carved from top to bottom in a breathtaking profusion of multicolored images of Gods. Sri Meenakshi Amman temple dates back to 2000 Years back and designed in 1560 by Vishwanatha Nayaka and built during the reign of Tirumalai Nayaka. The Temple occupies an area of six hectares. There are 12 temple towers (Gopurams). The outer towers are the landmarks of Madurai. The enormous temple complex is dedicated to Shiva, known here as Sundareshvara and his consort Parvati or Meenakshi. Kulasekara Pandyas, but the entire credit built the original temple for making the temple as splendid as it is today goes to the Nayakas. The Nayakas ruled Madurai from the 16th to the 18th century and left a majestic imprint of their rule in the Meenakshi - Sundareswarar Temple. The temple complex is within a high-walled enclosure, at the core of which is the two sanctums for Meenakshi and Sundareswarar, surrounded by a number of smaller shrines and grand pillared halls. The impressive GOPURAMS (towers) rise from solid granite bases, and are covered with stucco figures of deities, mythical animals and monsters painted in vivid colors.

     

    Overnight will be at Madurai.

     

  • Day 7: Madurai – Thekkady, by Road 4 hr

    After breakfast - Drive southwards over rolling hills and coffee plantations to the PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, one of the major wildlife reserves in India. Indian elephants, wild boars, lion-tailed monkeys, ibex, tigers, leopards and sloth bears are on the list. The park surrounds a large, many-fingered lake and a dawn or dusk foray on one of the boats will be a thrilling experience. It is from the lake rather than vehicles that the wildlife is viewed. The sanctuary is rich in bird life. Great hornbills, kites, darters, herons, egrets, owls and kingfishers are in abundance. Surrounding the reserve are many small spice plantations and we spend an absorbing afternoon searching for pepper, cardamom, turmeric, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and betel.

     

    Overnight will be in Thekkady.

  • Day 8: Thekkady

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.


    In the afternoon visit spice plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. on your way back to the hotel, you could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices.

     

    Visit Kumily Spice Market.

     

    Evening: Enjoy the Elephant ride in the evening.

     

    Overnight will be in Thekkady.

     

  • Day 9: Thekkady – Kumarakom, by Road 4 hr

    After breakfast, proceed to Kumarakom.

     

    Check in to the Houseboat.

     

    Check into a traditional houseboat of Kerala Style and go on a leisurely backwater cruise along the lake on a thatched houseboat. The houseboat with all modern comforts lets you discover the countryside at your own pace. You will have lunch, dinner and breakfast in the Houseboat. A ride on the houseboat is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.

     

    Cruise through the backwaters of Alleppey. Lunch will be served on the boat. The menu is simple and traditional. The cook (chef) of the boat prepares the lunch from fresh materials and even you can have a peek at the recipe.

     

    Tea and snacks would be served in the evening. The boat will be anchored in the backwaters along a paddy field and you can go for a stroll into the village or relax at the deck of the boat.

     

    Dinner and overnight will be at Houseboat.

     

  • Day 10: Kumarakom – Cochin, by Road 2 hr

    Cochin – Goa:

    By Flight

     

    Morning to relax. Afternoon - take a flight to Goa. Reach and transfer to the Beach resort.

     

    Goa, variously known as Roe of the East, Tourist Paradise, the Pearl of the Orient. The state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan. The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendors of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favorite with travelers around the world. Nestled on the slopes of the Western Ghats (Sahyadri ranges), Goa is bounded on the North by Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, on the East by Belgaum, on the South by Karwar Districts of Karnataka, and on the west by the Arabian Sea.

     

    Legends from Hindu mythology credit Lord Parshuram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu with the creation of Goa. Over the centuries various dynasties have ruled Goa. Rashtrakutas, Kadambas, Silaharas, Chalukyas, Bahamani Muslims and most famously the Portuguese have been rulers of Goa. Goa was liberated by the Indian Army from Portuguese colonization on 19th of December 1961 and became a Union Territory along with the enclaves of Daman and Diu. On 30th of May

     

    1987 Goa was conferred statehood and became the 25th state of the Indian Republic. After all, more than anywhere else on planet earth, this is a place where people really know how to relax.

     

    Overnight will be at Goa.

     

  • Day 11: Goa

    The day is free at leisure. To enjoy Sun, Beach, Spa and Ayurveda. Overnight will be at Goa.

  • Day 12: Goa

    The day is free at leisure. To enjoy Sun, Beach, Spa and Ayurveda. Overnight will be at Goa.

  • Day 13: Goa

    The day is free at leisure. To enjoy Sun, Beach, Spa and Ayurveda. Overnight will be at Goa.

     

  • Day 14: Goa

    The day is free at leisure. To enjoy Sun, Beach, Spa and Ayurveda. Overnight will be at Goa.

     

  • Day 15: Goa

    The day is free at leisure. To enjoy Sun, Beach, Spa and Ayurveda. Overnight will be at Goa.

     

  • Day 16: Goa – Back Home

    Today - take a flight to back home with sweet memories of Gods own Country – Kerala and Goa beaches.

     

    TOUR ENDS

     

PLAN YOUR TRIP TODAY