Kerala with Exotic Goa

13 Nights Itinerary Covering: Goa - Cochin - Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady (Periyar) - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Kovalam - Trivandrum


Overview

If a contest is organized to name two Indian destinations that give run for money to their western counterparts, Kerala and Goa will emerge as clear winners. Both the destinations invite a sizeable chunk of foreign tourists throughout the year. In this ‘Kerala with Exotic Goa’ tour itinerary, we have clubbed these two destinations and decided to take you on a journey through the bounties of nature. Visit sun kissed beaches, palm fringed Kerala backwaters,  cultural sites, national parks, and savor authentic cuisine of Malabar & Goa with this tastefully crafted tour package to Goa & Kerala.

Note: This is just a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor holidays for your specific needs. Contact us if you want modifications so that we could tailor a holiday to suit your need for an unforgettable India tour.

Highlights

  • Guided tour of Old Goa- Basilica of Bomb Jesus, Se Cathedral and the Church of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Guided tour of Cochin- Santa Cruz Basilica, Fort Cochin, Mattancherry Palace and the St. Francis Church
  • Guided tour of Munnar- The Evarikulam National Park, Rajamala Hills, Mattupetty Dam and the Christ Church
  • Enjoy a boat ride on the Lake Periyar
  • Visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
  • Enjoy backwater cruise in Alleppey

Itinerary

Day 1 - Goa (Arrival)

Upon arrival at the Goa airport/railway station, meet our tour representative who'll assist you in smooth transfer to the hotel. If time permits, you may go out to explore the flee market of Goa. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 2 - North Goa Sightseeing

Post breakfast in the morning, get ready to drive to Vagator Beach. This serene stretch of seashore in North Goa is under the gaze of the majestic Chapora Fort. One of the most beautiful beaches in Goa, here you can walk on the soft silver sands, enjoy a refreshing swim or go exploring its beautiful silver sandy stretch dotted with huge red cliffs and two fresh bubbling springs.

Later, move on for a visit to the Anjuna Beach. Breath-taking in its scenic beauty, the beautiful seashore is covered by uneven boulders that serve as a backdrop to many wonderful Goan rave parties. Watch the waves splash the boulders, bask in the laid-back bliss or try out the watersports such as parasailing, yachting and windsurfing, banana rides, etc.

The day’s sightseeing also includes Calangute Beach and Baga Beach, two popular beach destinations of Goa, It is perfect for an excitement-driven day. Continue to Candolim beach, to explore the beautiful shores and the famous Light House, Aguada Fort and explore the ancient remains of the fort overlooking the Aguada.

Currently serving as the Central Jail, Aguada Fort is one of the largest as well as the best-preserved relic of the Portuguese era. Built in the early 17th century, the fort guarded the seaway entry into the River Mandovi and to protect Old Goa from potential enemy attacks.

Return back to hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 3 - South Goa Sightseeing

Wake up to the bliss of Goa. After a relaxed breakfast at the resort, proceed to drive to Old Goa, the Heritage capital of Goa. Walk around the area and experience the world famous Churches of St Francis Xavier, Se Cathedral, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Monuments of St Cajetons Church, St Catherines Church, Tower of St. Augustine and Nunnery/Convent of St. Monica. Many of these relics of the Portuguese colonial rule of Goa are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Later, continue visiting the pious old temples of Goa - Shantadurga Temple, Lord Mangueshi, an incarnation of Shiva, also known as the kuldevta of many Hindus in Goa especially of Saraswat Brahmins.

After sightseeing, drive to the capital of Goa - Panjim city. Here you can enjoy walk along the Latin Quarter of Goa, Mala Fontainhas, pay a visit to the State Museum and later see the pious Mary Immaculate church in City Square and end the day’s excursion by exploring the markets of Panaji.

Return to resort for overnight stay.

Day 4 - Goa - Cochin

Today, in the morning, drive towards the Goa airport and board the flight for Cochin. Upon arrival in Cochin, meet our tour representative and get transferred to the hotel.

Day 5 - Cochin

Post breakfast in the morning, embark on a sightseeing tour of Cochin. The attractions you will cover include Santa Cruz Basilica, Fort Cochin, Mattancherry Palace and the St. Francis Church. Also included in the attractions is huge yet fantastic Chinese fishing nets. Later, return back to the hotel for night stay.

Day 6 - Cochin - Munnar

Post an early morning breakfast, leave by road for Munnar. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel to rest and relax. Later, go out and explore the scenic surroundings of Munnar. Night stay is scheduled at the hotel.

Day 7 - Munnar

Today, in the morning, engage yourself in the sightseeing tour of Munnar. The attractions you will visit here include The Evarikulam National Park, Rajamala Hills, Mattupetty Dam and the Christ Church. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 8 - Munnar - Thekkady (Periyar)

Today, in the morning, leave by road for Periyar. On reaching Periyar, check into the hotel and gear up for an exciting boat cruise on Lake Periyar. Stay overnight at the hotel in Periyar.

Day 9 - Thekkady - Kumarakom

Post breakfast in the morning, leave by road for Kumarakom. Upon arrival, check in at the popular backwater resort and retire for the day. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 10 - Kumarakom

Today, start with an exciting boat ride on the Kumarakom Lake. Thereafter, you have an option for visiting the famous Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. There is also an option to indulge in water sports such as wind-sailing and water skiing. Later, return back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 11 - Kumarakom -Alleppey

Today, in the morning, leave by road for Kottayam. On reaching Kottayam, get on board the beautifully decorated houseboats (Kettuvalam). You'll be cruising the length and breadth of the serene backwaters of Alleppey. Following an overnight backwater cruise, you'll arrive in Alleppey.

Day 12 - Alleppey – Kovalam

Today, after disembarking the houseboat, leave by road for Kovalam. On reaching Kovalam, check in at the hotel to rest and relax. Here you will enjoy the beauty and charm of Kovalam by strolling through the beaches. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 13 - Kovalam-Cape Comorin-Kovalam

In the morning, leave by road for Cape Comorin. The attractions you will visit include the Padmanabhapuram Palace and Archaeological Museum. By evening, return back to Kovalam for overnight stay.

Day 14 - Kovalam - Trivandrum - Departure

Today, in the morning, have your breakfast and drive towards Trivandrum International Airport to board flight back home.


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