Goa -With Kerala Tour

Goa -With Kerala Tour

OVERVIEW- Beaches of Goa are not just a natural phenomenon. Probably no other beach destination in India has a popularity equivalent to the beaches of Goa. Goa is a small emerald land. On the other hand Kerala is a verdant state with beaches and backwaters. It is a fine repertoire of natural treasures with sandy beaches, palm-fringed backwaters and wildlife reserves. Both these cities are among the best destinations of India and the Kerala-Goa tour takes you the best of attractions of both these cities.

GOA- A Tourist Paradise, Goa has magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendors of temples, churches and old houses. Popularly called as “The Pearl of the Orient” has much more than just beaches and seas. The natural landscapes, the waterfalls, the forests, the spice farms, all are unique in their own way that truly shows an entirely new side of Goa. Goa is the perfect place where you will find a blend of traditional and modern aspects of life.

KOCHI (COCHIN) - Kochi is the commercial capital and the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala, Kochi along with its mainland part, Ernakulum is also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. With one of the finest natural harbors in the world, Kochi is the most modern city of Kerala where the best shopping markets are located. 

MUNNAR- Munnar amidst beautiful landscapes often referred as the Kashmir of South India is more essentially a tea town. It is a commercial centre for tea and it has some of the highest grown tea estates in the world. It also takes the credit of having the world's best tea estates. 

PERIYAR- Periyar in the southernmost state of Kerala is one of the sixteen Project Tiger reserves in India, and one of the most picturesque and beautiful wildlife sanctuaries in the world. With its waterways, forests and grasslands, it provides a magnificent venue for both mammal and bird watching.

ALLEPPEY- Alappuzha Beach (Alleppey) also famous as ‘The Venice of the East', is blessed with the silvery waves of the Arabian Sea. This beach is the best backwater destinations in Kerala. Alappuzha is one of the most romantic and beautiful place with land between the sea and network of rivers falling into it into it. The Palm fringed canals, shores bustling with glimpses, the mirror still lagoons, picture book lakesides and its long sandy beach has blessed Alappuzha. The other God’s gift to Alappuzha is the dense palm groves which lines the shore. 

KUMARAKOM- Kumarakom is a cluster of islands on the Vemband Lake.  Apart from this Kumarakom is also of interests to the ornithologists for the backwater section boasts of a bird sanctuary and exhibits a rich flora and fauna and is marked as one of the important Aqua Tourism destination. The major attraction of Kumarakom is the local houseboats known as Kettuvalloms. Most of these Ayurvedic centers are attached to the resorts in a peaceful and rejuvenating atmosphere which contributes for rejuvenation and healing.

TRIVANDRUM- Trivandrum now called Thiruvananthapuram is an ancient seaside city built on seven hills. It is one of the major business centre and busiest harbor in the country. Capital of God’s Own Land, Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram is one of the most beautiful and greenest cities of India. The city features long stretches of serene backwaters, beautiful palm fringed beaches, historic monuments and revered shrines.

Tour Destination: Goa - Kochi – Munnar – Thekkady (Periyar) – Alleppey – Kumarakom - Trivandrum

Travel Duration: 10 Nights/11 Days

DAY 1: GOA- Welcome to ‘Jewel of India’ Goa. Transfer to the hotel. Later in the day, visit the gothic churches, crumbling forts, temples, beaches, coconut groves and villages.

SIGHT SEEING GOA
PANAJI- The capital of Goa, and was called Panjim during the reign of Portuguese. It is one of the India’s smallest and most charming state capital.

VASCO DA GAMA- The town was originally called Sambhaji. This well planned coastal town is the oldest railway terminus.

In the evening you can walk around a beach and relax. One can enjoy Mandovi River Cruise which has food, drinks, and live bands performing Goan dances.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 2: NORTH GOA TOUR- Get ready to visit the most famous beaches and other attractions of North Goa.

SIGHTSEEING NORTH GOA
BEACHES- Goa is famous for its lovely golden beaches. The beaches here have been accepted as a matter of life, the exotic cuisine backing the pleasure of have on sun and sand, water sports like water scooters and water gliding, a glass of fenny and beer, shopping on the beachside, and most romantic midnight bonfire on the beach. Enjoy on the beach at sunset, meditate and feel relaxed. Some beaches are popular for its nightlife with some very famous clubs such as Britto's, Tito's and Mambos.

SOME OF THE POPULAR BEACHES ARE: Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, Condolim Beach, Dona Paula Beach, Vagator Beach and many more

CHURCHES- The most famous churches in Goa that attract large number of visitors are Goa Basilica of Bom Jesus which is a world heritage monument and Goa Se Cathedral which is dedicated to St. Catherine. The other important churches are the Church of Condolim Church, St Francis of Assini, Church of Lady of Rosary, Church of St Cajatan and The Rochal Seminary.

OTHER TOURIST SPOPTS- Fort Aguda, Goa Science Centre, Dona Paula etc.

In the evening visit the various Goa flea markets which sell a variety of items like clothes, jewelry, spices and accessories. Music and dance performances are also a part of the flea markets, the most popular of which are Anjunna Wednesday Flea market, Arpora Saturday Night market, Mapusa Friday market and Calangute Bazaar.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 3: SOUTH GOA TOUR- Get ready to visit the most famous beaches and other attractions of South Goa which are less frequented by tourists and are oases of solitude and tranquility. 

SOME OF THE POPULAR BEACHES ARE: Agonda Beach, Benaulim Beach, Palolem Beach, Majorda Beach and Colva Beach, among others. 

MARGOA- Goa’s second largest city and commercial metropolis of South Goa. It is famous for its ancient cultural heritage and traditional customs of the people of Goa. 

You can take a leisurely stroll, revel in the soothing ambience and enjoy delicious food at the shacks or at a local eatery. You could also try out several kinds of adventure sports.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 4: GOA - KOCHI- After breakfast, transfer to airport to catch flight to Kochi. Later transfer to hotel. In the evening visit

MARINE DRIVE- A stroll along the long tree-lined coastal pathway that lines the backwater is well worth the time spent, especially late afternoon or dusk. The bustling backwaters, dotted with fishing boats, speedboats, ships, tankers and passenger boats, can be observed from this walkway that lines the coast.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 5: KOCHI- After breakfast, full day city tour of The Queen of Arabian Sea- Kochi

SIGHT SEEING KOCHI (COCHIN)
CHINESE FISHING NETS, FORT KOCHI- The Chinese fishing nets (Cheenavala) are distinctly unique to Cochin. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. Oddly, these nets are found only in Kochi, outside China! Many fishermen earn their livelihood by fishing using these massive nets. A whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen are dotted with these nets.

FORT KOCHI BEACH- A stroll along the beach, particularly at sunset with the Chinese fishing nets and sailing ships in the background, is a memorable experience. Many European style bungalows can be seen along the shoreline. The coastal stretch has loads of small stalls, which make on demand mouth-watering traditional cuisines using freshly caught fish.

ST. FRANCIS CHURCH- It is the oldest church built by Europeans in India. On his 3rd visit to Kerala, Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese trader who reached India from Europe by sea, fell ill and died in Kochi. He was buried in the St. Francis Church. Later his remains were taken back to Portugal. 

DUTCH PALACE- The Palace was originally built by the Portuguese. Later, in 17th century, the Dutch modified it and presented it to the Raja of Kochi. The palace has a fine collection of mural paintings depicting scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharata and Ramayana. 

JEWISH SYNAGOGUE- The synagogue, built in 1568, is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here. It is located near the Dutch Palace in Mattancherry.

BOLGHATTY PALACE- This Dutch palace is situated on Bolghatty Island which is just a short boat ride away from the mainland. The island has a tiny golf course and the panoramic views of the port and the harbor, makes it an attractive picnic spot.. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 6: KOCHI – MUNNAR- In the morning after breakfast, start driving towards the beautiful hill station of Munnar. Transfer to hotel. Later embark on a sightseeing tour in and around Munnar. 

SIGHT SEEING MUNNAR
TEA PLANTATIONS- A vast expanse of tea plantations, winding roads, passionate climate and royal gardens make this hill station, Munnar, the Darjeeling of the south.

ATUKKAD WATERFALLS- Located on the way to Pallivasal amidst dense vegetation; the Atukkad Waterfalls is one of the major tourist attractions in Munnar. The water is cold and is also known as a great trekking hotspot in Munnar.

MATTUPETTI DAM- The dam is situated 13 km off Munnar at 1700m above the sea level, is highly famous for the Indo-Swiss live stock projects. This picnic spot is also popular among its visitors for various activities like speed boating and horse riding.

ECHO POINT- A very beautiful place to visit when in Munnar, which is itself situated at the confluence of three mountain streams- Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala and hence is a very scenic place to visit, Echo Point got its name from the natural echo phenomenon that occurs here. Echo Point is situated at a serene, calm lake bank. 

ERAVIKULAM NATIONAL PARK- The protected forest is located at an average elevation of 2000 meters above sea level and is home to several endemic and rare species of flora, fauna, reptiles and avifauna totaling at a whopping 750 species. The Eravikulam National Park is a home to rare and endangered species like Tiger, Leopard, Nilgiri Tahr, Gaur, Indian Muntjac and Sambar Deer, Golden Jackal, Jungle Cat, Wild dog and Dhole.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 7: MUNNAR - PERIYAR- After breakfast, drive to Periyar. Transfer to hotel. Later visit

SIGHT SEEING PERIYAR
PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY- Periyar wildlife sanctuary and National Park in the Thekkady region of Kerala is an apt example of nature’s bounty that boasts of a rich bio-diversity in terms of flora and fauna. Best way to explore its magnetic natural surroundings and amazing wildlife is not a guided walk trip, but a boat trip in the adjoining Periyar Lake. The lake is branched into various creeks and islets that are certainly the prominent habitats of the wildlife prevailing in the region.

PERIYAR LAKE & BOAT RIDE- Periyar Lake is a beautiful artificial lake in the heart of Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. Boat ride is the best way to explore the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. Taking a boat ride in the lake of Periyar to explore the wildlife attractions and view the birds of the sanctuary offers a mesmerizing experience. 

In the evening you can sit back and relax.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 8: PERIYAR - ALLEPPEY- In the morning after breakfast, start driving towards the one of the most popular backwater destinations of Kerala- Alleppey. On arrival, check in a traditional House Boat of Kerala, 24 hours cruise through the backwaters, fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.

SIGHT SEEING ALLEPPEY
ALLEPPEY BEACH- The Alleppey beach is one of the cleanest and well maintained beaches in Kerala. It’s very spacious, airy with good sceneries. It’s a very quiet beach where you can have the best picnic spot with the sun setting. It will be an exhilarating experience. 

Overnight in Houseboat

DAY 9: ALLEPPEY - KUMARAKOM- Today check put of the houseboat at drive to the beautiful backwater village- Kumarakom. 

SIGHT SEEING KUMARAKOM
VEMBANAD LAKE- The Lake emits the hues of sapphire and emerald. The sight of emerald green coconut fringes flanked by the sapphire led backwaters is a treat for eyes. With 96 km length and 14 km width, Vembanad Lake is recognized as the longest lake in India and largest water reservoir in Kerala. 

KUMARAKOM BIRD SANCTUARY- Unique and diverse typography of Kumarakom is home to some of the peculiar variances of birds. This 14-acre bird sanctuary is sprawling on the eastern banks of the Vembanad Lake. As per the fact, the bird sanctuary was earlier a tree plantation. A vast variety of birds including endangered species like waterfowl, egret, heron, cormorant and Brahminy kite can be spotted here. A leisure walk through the lush green forest will show tourists the best of Kumarakom. A cruise along the Vembanad Lake is the best way to experience the sanctuary.

In the evening you can sit back and relax.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 10: KUMARAKOM - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM- After breakfast drive the capital city of God's own country Kerala- Thiruvananthapuram. Transfer to hotel. After freshen up visit

SIGHT SEEING THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
KOVALAM BEACH- Paradise of the South, Kovalam is famous for its beautiful beaches and tourist resorts and is located just 9 km south of Somatheeram. There are three beaches here- Light House Beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach. One to the south is the Light House beach and is the most popular. 

THIRUVALLAM BACKWATERS- The meeting place of two rivers Killi and Karamana, Thiruvallam backwaters is a beautiful place and is very popular for canoe rides. A temple in honor of Lord Parashurama, believed to be the creator of Kerala, is at Thiruvallam which attracts devotees from far and wide. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 11: THIRUVANANTHAPURAM- After breakfast visit

PADMANABHASWAMY TEMPLE- A wealthy and popular temple of India, Padmanaswamy Temple with its brilliant Dravidian architecture is dedicated to Lord Padhmanabha (Vishnu). This is one amongst 180 Divya Desams in India which are holiest abodes of Lord Vishnu. 

PONMUDI HILLS- Ponmudi is an unspoiled hill-station in Thiruvananthapuram, having a thick carpet of forest rolling down to the foothills. And to add on more charm, tea gardens are located in the locale. The town is a treasure for nature-lovers and adventure enthusiasts who like to partake in activities like mountaineering, rock climbing and trekking. 

Later in the evening, travel back by car/flight/train towards onward destination.

Distance & Time (Approx)

  1. Goa – Kochi (By Flight): 04 hrs 30 mins
  2. Kochi – Munnar: 130 kms/04 hrs
  3. Munnar – Periyar: 100 kms/03 hrs
  4. Periyar – Alleppey: 135 kms/04 hrs
  5. Alleppey – Kumarakom: 35 kms/01 hrs
  6. Kumarakom – Thiruvananthapuram: 170 kms/05 hrs

Goa at a Glance

  • Capital City: Panaji
  • Population: 1.817 Million
  • Area: 3702 sq kms
  • Geo Location: Goa (West India)
  • Average Climate: 25°C - 30°C.
  • Best Time to Visit: October – March
  • STD Code: 0832
  • Airport: Goa International Airport

Kochi at a Glance

  1. Population: 2.1 Million
  2. Area: 94.88 sq kms
  3. Geo Location: Kerala (South India)
  4. Average Climate: 17°C - 33°C
  5. Best time to visit: October - March
  6. STD Code: 0484
  7. Airport: Cochin International Airport

Munnar at a Glance

  • Population: 38,471
  • Area: 187 sq km
  • Geo Location: Kerala (South India)
  • Average Climate: 5°C-25°C
  • Best Time to Visit: September - May
  • STD Code: 04865

Periyar at a Glance

  1. Population: NA
  2. Area: NA
  3. Geo Location: Kerala (South India)
  4. Average Climate: 15°C-35°C 
  5. Best Time to Visit: October – June
  6. STD Code: 04554
Alleppey at a Glance

  • Population: 174,164
  • Area: 46.18 sq km
  • Geo Location: Kerala (South India)
  • Average Climate: 17°C-32°C
  • Best Time to Visit: November - February
  • STD Code: 0477

Kumarakom at a Glance

  1. Population: NA
  2. Area: 51.67 sq km
  3. Geo Location: Kerala (South India)
  4. Average Climate: 32°C
  5. Best Time to Visit: November - March
  6. STD Code: NA

Thiruvananthapuram at a Glance

  • Population: 957,730
  • Area: 214 sq kms
  • Geo Location: Kerala (South India)
  • Average Climate: 20°C - 34°C
  • Best time to visit: October - February
  • STD Code: 0471
  • Airport: Trivandrum International Airport

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