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Backwater, Lagoons and Wildlife

(08 Nights /09 Days)
Destination: Trivandrum - Kumarakom - Periyar - Kumily - Thekkady - Cochin
Day 01 / Arrival Trivandrum
Arrive Trivandrum, meet assist at the airport and transfer to Kovalam, the internationally renowned Beach Resort (12Kms drive). Kovalam, a favorite haunt for tourists since the 1930’s, consists of three adjacent crescent beaches.
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accommodation. The day is free to relax on the beach. Night stay in Kovalam.

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Day 02 / Sightseeing Trivandrum
A whole day spent sightseeing in Trivandrum.
Trivandrum, the Kerala State Administrative Capital is 16Kms from Kovalam.
City sightseeing features among other places of interest:
1. Padmanabha Swami Temple, the only one in Kerala where foreign nationals are allowed near the Sanctum Sanctorum. Known for its mural paintings and stone carvings, the temple is a blend of Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture.
2. Kuthiramalika, a palace of the erstwhile Composer King of Travancore, displays a rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional Travancore style of architecture with exquisite woodcarvings (closed on all Mondays).
3. The Napier Museum, houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings (closed on all Sundays & Wednesdays).
4. Shree Chitra Art Gallery, displays select paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlava & Nicholas Roerich, including some exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India. The collection includes paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali (closed on all Mondays & Wednesdays).
The evening is free to relax on the Beach. Night stay at Kovalam.

Day 03 / Kumarakom
Morning drive to Kumarakam (180Km drive).
Kumarakam is situated on Lake Vembanad, the hub of backwater tourism in Kerala. Mangrove Forests, Paddy Fields, and Coconut Groves networked by a maze of waterways and canals adorned with waterlillies, make Kumarakam an unbelievably beautiful natural paradise.
Transfer to hotel. Night stay in Kumarakom.
Day 04 / Kumarakom
The day is free for trekking in the Mangrove Forests, Water Sking, Fishing by the Lake or Bird Watching at Kumarakam Bird Sanctuary - an ornithologists heaven. Night stay in Kumarakom.
Day 05 / Periyar
Morning Drive to Periyar (130Km drive).
The Periyar Forest is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Lying at an altitude of 900 – 1800m above sea level and spread across 777sq.Km, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty. It’s the only sanctuary in India where you can view wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. Periyar’s biggest attractions are the Herds of Elephants that come down to water and play, lakeside.
Transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Periyar.

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