Kerala Backwater Tour with Taj

Destination Covered: Trivendrum - Kovalam - Kanyakumari - Alleppey - Kumarakom - Thekady - Cochin - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi.
Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days.

Day 01: Trivendrum - Kovalam (11 kms, 18 min)
Our representative will receive you at the Trivandrum airport, and transfer you to Kovalam. Up on arrival, check in to beach resort. The Kovalam beach is ranked high among international tourists is an ideal destination to feel the tropical sun and to feel contented about the golden sun-tan. Overnight at Kovalam.

Day 02: Kovalam - Kayanamkumari - Kovalam (82 kms, 1.30 hours)
After early breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Kanyakumari, on arrival Proceed for local sightseeing tour. Kanyakumari is located at the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent and represents the site where the spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda spent days in meditation upon a rock off of the coast. Padmanbhapuram Palace, Suchithram Temple, Devi Kanyakumari Temple, Vivekananda Memorial, Gandhidham and Trivenisagam are some of the sightseeing attractions in Kanyakumari. In afternoon return back to Kovalam, Overnight at Kovalam.

Day 03: Kovalam - Alleppey (159 kms, 2.30 hours)
After a refreshing breakfast, drive to Alleppey and check in to the hotel (3 hours). Visit Alleppey beach, Chinese fishing nets, bowed-down paddy fields, local inhabitants engaged in making coir products, rustic homes, ancient temples and swaying coconut groves. Overnight in hotel.

Day 04: Alleppey - Houseboat After breakfast you will board a houseboat, originally a rice boat or kettuvallam used to carry spices and even families from coast to coast. Here, your own personal crew of three will serve you tender coconut water, sumptuous fresh fish and Kerala-style spicy curries. Sunbathe on deck and let the world punt past you. Enjoy the typical Indian village life as you meander through the palm-fringed lakes and shady cashew nut groves. Overnight onboard the houseboat.

Day 05: Alleppey - Kumarakom (47 kms, 1 hours)
Morning drive a short distance before switching over to a boat for a through many canals and waterways up to Kumarakom. The backwater cruise in a country boat is the best way to explore the villages and rural life. In Kumarakom you will be taken aboard your floating houseboat, a different boat with a bedroom and en-suite rest room for your comfort. Enjoy a cruise on the backwater through a maze of canals and lagoons and enjoy freshly caught fresh water fish cooked to your taste on board. Overnight at Kumarakom.

Day 06: Kumarakom - Thekady (120 kms, 2.30 hours)
After breakfast proceed to Thekkady, a highly picturesque destination. Upon arrival check into the hotel and relax. Overnight in Thekady.

Day 07: Thekady - Cochin (162 kms, 3.13 hours)
After breakfast check out of the hotel and proceeds to Cochin. On arrival, check into the hotel afternoon set out on sightseeing in Cochin. Your itinerary here will include places like Fort Cochin, still keeping alive its ancient Jew tradition, the Santa Cruz Basilica, Mattancherry palace, St. Francis Church and more. The Jew’s street and the Chinese fishing nets, Jewish Synagogue, Folklore Museum Thevara etc. Overnight at Cochin.

Day 08: Cochin
In the morning afternoon breakfast, sightseeing tour of Cochin including The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry is renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana. The Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town. The St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The Santa Cruz Basilica, originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. The Chinese fishing nets are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese traders. Finally, the Willingdon Island, named after Lord Willingdon, is the headquarters of the Southern Naval Command of India. Overnight at Cochin.

Day 09: Cochin - Delhi
Check out from the hotel and drive to Cochin airport for your trip to New Delhi, cherishing the memories of Kerala, God’s Own Country. Overnight at New Delhi.

Day 10: Delhi
Arrive Indira Gandhi International airport Delhi, meet out representative & transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 11: Delhi - Agra (204 kms, 3 hours)
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi. Evening drive to Agra and transfer to hotel for overnight stay at Agra.

Day 12: Agra - Jaipur (235 kms, 4.10 hours)
In the morning after breakfast sightseeing tour of Agra. See Taj Mahal, Agra Fort. Afternoon drive to Jaipur on the way of Jaipur tourist can visit Fatehpur Sikri - it is also known as red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and its "ruins" are in pristine condition ... it's not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of it's grandeur. Arrive Jaipur & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 13: Jaipur - Delhi (267 kms, 3.41 hours)
After breakfast, proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride ascent to the fort. Continue sight- seeing and see City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal. In the evening drive to Delhi & transfer to airport to board the onward flight.