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Best Of South India With Beach Relaxation

Overview

Witness the best of Southern India on this 16-day tour that takes you from Cochin to Goa through Munnar, Madurai, Thekkady, and Kumarakom. While on the trip you will get to see several picturesque locations and experience both the traditions and the serene natural setting of the places you pass.



Trip Highlights

  • Trip to the Old Cochin area
  • The elephant lake in Munnar
  • Meenakshi Temple and Gandhi Memorial Museum in Madurai
  • Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • The houseboat cruise in Kerala backwaters
  • The trip to Goa



ITINERARY - 16 Days

Wild Voyager representative will receive you on arrival in Cochin in the morning and transfer to the hotel. It is a colorful and diverse port city that spreads over 4-5 peninsulas and islands, while its main town of Ernakulam is situated on the mainland. All the islands in the region are connected through a network of ferryboats that make your 2-day exploration dream-like. The back streets of the city are laden with the aroma of cardamom, ginger, and other spices and you will find people going on their way at their own relaxed pace. 

The first day at Cochin is free at leisure so that you can roam around, relax and prepare yourself for the trip the next day.

After breakfast - Proceed for the sightseeing.

 

Old Cochin Area – this is one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world that traces its history to about 2000 years back. The 2,500 people strong community in 1948 is now left with less than 30 people who are still situated around the Jew Town, the home to the Paradesi Synagogue that was built in 1568 and is famous for its willow-patterned, white and blue Chinese floor tiles that were hand-painted by the artisans. You can also visit the International Pepper Exchange in the area.

 

Chinese Fishing Nets – A popular tourist attraction in Cochin, the Chinese Fishing Nets are best watched under operation from the Vasco Da Gama square that is parallel to the beach. You can visit and learn the functionality of the nets, based on the principle of balance, that are constructed using bamboo poles and teak wood.

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

 

In the evening proceed to experience the mastery and tradition of the Karalipayatu Show and Kathakali Dance Presentation.

 

Overnight will be at Cochin.

By Road 140 kms/05hrs

 

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

 

Munnar is located 1600 meters above sea level at the convergence point of the three mountain streams - Nallathani, Mudrapuzha & Kundala. You can find here the Neelakurinji flowers that bloom every twelve years and were last seen blooming in 2018. Munnar is also home to Anamudi, the highest peak in South India, and a preferred trekking spot.

 

Overnight will be at Munnar.



After breakfast, enjoy the sightseeing tour of Munnar visiting…

 

Elephant Lake – It is a picturesque location with surroundings laden with rolling grasslands, evergreen forests, hillocks, and tea plantations. Also known as Anayirangal and the Elephant Arrival Lake, it is a popular tourist destination in Munnar. Complete with a reservoir and a dam, Elephant Lake is an ideal picnic location.

 

Tata Tea Museum: Home to the World’s best tea estates, Munnar has a century-old history interconnected with the tea plantations. The Tata Tea Museum, located at Nallathanni Estate 12 km from the town of Munnar. It was opened as a tribute to the visionaries and pioneers that were the main reason behind developing Munnar as a major tea plantation center.

 

Overnight will be at Munnar.

By Road 170kms/04hrs 

 

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

 

One of the great temple towns in Southern India, Madurai is located on the banks of the Vaigai river and boasts of a rich cultural heritage that is passed through generations from the great Tamil Era over 2,500 years ago. Once known as the capital of the Pandya kings, Madurai, even in 550 AD, was an important commercial and cultural center. 

 

Afternoon – A prime example of the Dravidian architecture, the famous Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple is the main attraction of the city. Established in six hectares of area, the temple has 12 temple towers known as Gopurams. The magnificent temple complex is dedicated to Sundareshvara, the name for Lord Shiva in the region, and Lady Meenakshi or Pavarti, his consort. While the temple was built by Kulasekara Pandyas, but the splendor was added later by the Nayakas.

 

Overnight will be at Madurai.

Breakfast will be at the hotel. After breakfast, you can start the tour of the temple town.

 

Thousand Pillar Museum: Located inside the Meenakshi temple, the temple has a variety of ingenious collections.

 

The Vishnu Temple: Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Kudal Algar shrine has a legend that this place was where Lord Vishnu gave away Lady Meenakshi to Lord Sundareshvara. The Ashtanga Vimana in the temple presents the finest workmanship.

 

Gandhi Memorial Museum: Established as the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of India, the Gandhi Memorial Museum takes you through a clear account of the Indian independence struggle and is a must-visit in Madurai.

Thirumalai Nayak Palace: Built by King Thirumalai Nayak in 1636 AD under the guidance of an Italian architect, the original palace was almost four times the present-day structure. The palace, presently under the responsibility of the Tamilnadu Archaeological Department, was declared as a national monument after independence.

 

Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam: It is an enormous temple tank located at a distance of 5 km from the Meenakshi temple. Water flows into the temple tank through a complex network of underground channels connected from the Vaigai river. 

Rest of the day at leisure.

 

Overnight will be at Madurai.

By Road 170kms/04hrs

 

After Breakfast - The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to various species of animals like such as sloth bears, leopards, tigers, ibex, lion-tailed monkeys, wild boars, and Indian elephants. The dusk or dawn foray on the park’s many-fingered lake gives you the perfect view of the wildlife in their natural habitat. The park is also home for various bird species like kingfishers, owls, egrets, herons, darters, kites, and great hornbills. 

 

The afternoon is spent looking for spices like betel, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, turmeric, cardamom, and pepper in the many spice plantations that surround the wildlife sanctuary.

 

Overnight will be in Thekkady.

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

 

The afternoon is spent on a tour to the local tea and spice plantations like coffee, pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, etc. You can also visit the local markets like the Kumily Spice market and shop for some authentic fragrant spices.

 

Evening: Enjoy the Elephant ride in the evening.

 

Overnight will be in Thekkady.



By Road 180kms/04hrs

 

After breakfast, proceed to Kumarakom.

 

Take a traditional Kerala-style houseboat and start a leisurely cruise along the backwater and witness the elegant beauty of nature in the area. You can explore the countryside with all the comforts and at your own pace. These houseboats have a cook who prepares and serves the lunch, dinner, and breakfast on the boat itself. You can enjoy the fascinating backwaters and taste some of the most wondrous flavors even with a simple menu.

 

The boat is anchored in the evening along the paddy fields so that you can enjoy tea and snacks on the deck or stroll into one of the many surrounding villages.

 

Dinner and overnight will be at the houseboat.



By Road 65 kms/02 hrs

 

Cochin – Goa:

 

By Flight

 

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

 

Goa, located on India’s western coast in the Konkan coastal belt is popularly known as the Tourist’s paradise and also as the Pearl of the Orient. Having been under the control of Portugal before 1961, Goa shows a strong influence of the country in its traditions, cuisines, and architecture. 

 

Goa was liberated in 1961 by the Indian army and was established as India’s 25th state in 1987. You can visit churches, beaches, take part in cruises, and witness the natural beauty of the place.

 

Overnight will be at Goa.

The days are free at leisure. To enjoy Sun, Beach, Spa and Ayurveda.

Overnight will be at Goa.

The days are free at leisure. To enjoy Sun, Beach, Spa and Ayurveda.

Overnight will be at Goa.

The days are free at leisure. To enjoy Sun, Beach, Spa and Ayurveda.

Overnight will be at Goa.

The days are free at leisure. To enjoy Sun, Beach, Spa and Ayurveda.

Overnight will be at Goa.

The days are free at leisure. To enjoy Sun, Beach, Spa and Ayurveda.

Overnight will be at Goa.

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



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