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Cultural South India Tour With Exotic Maldives



Kerala Backwater - Cultural South India
Tour Code : IT-22
Trip Length : 16 Nights / 17 Days
Destinations : Delhi - Cochin - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Mararikulam - Kovalam - Trivendrum - Maldives
Trail : Cultural Trail With Island Adventure
Price : Price and Other Information on Request
Overview
Cultural South India Tours with Exotic Maldives takes you to the waters of South India and gives you a cultural exposure of the small towns and villages in India. As our tour is having beach destinations and water related activities, we advice you to listen to the guidelines of your guides carefully before indulging into any water adventure activities. Any adventure undertaken with care is a great fun especially in Maldive Islands. Our tour guides, however, are properly trained by us and can cope up any adversaries. Take waterproof covers for your still and video cameras to indulge into any water photography, as there is an ample scope for photography here. Our tour also encompasses villages like Marakurikulam where you will get the opportunity to interact with the locals. We have expert translators who helps you in interpreting the local languages. Being in Maldives is going to be a great experience as it is incredulous to indulge in water-sports of the sea.

Activities Involved
  • Trekking on the mountains and Valleys of Munnar in Kerala.
  • Walking to markets of Cochin.
  • Exploring Periyar Wildlife on a Boat Cruise.
  • Leisurely Backwater Cruise in Alleppey on a Thatched Houseboat.
  • Visit to an old traditional fishing village Mararikulam.
  • Swimming and water-sports at the seashores of Kovalam.
  • Visit to Padmanabhaswamy temple Museum and Padmanabhapuram Palace in Trivendrum.
  • Water- sports like Water-Skiing, Para-Sailing besides night fishing in Maldives.
  • Visit to the pristine islands of Maldives.
  • Water Sports like Banana Riding in Maldives.

Detail Itinerary
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi   Evening Activities
On arrival to Delhi at the Indira Gandhi International airport, our representatives give you a warm welcome and assist you to the hotel. The drive to the hotel is through the heart of Delhi and on reaching the hotel, you are given a traditional welcome. This is followed by a welcome party where all the best cuisines of India are prepared for you. Then after the party, retire to your room in the hotel to rest for the night.

Day 02 : Delhi Sightseeing
Morning, we take you for temple seeing of Delhi that includes the famous Lotus temple and the newly constructed Akshardam temple. We then continue drive to Parliament of India and Rashtrapati Bhawan. Here, walk in the green gardens of Rastrapati Bhawan and reach upto India Gate as it is very close. We then take you to the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and then to Qutub Minar. Have your lunch and then we drive you to Old Delhi. In Old Delhi have a thrilling Rickshaw ride in Chadni Chowk and then visit Humayun's tomb. As it becomes dark we take you to Red Fort where a 'light and sound' show follows. Later, return back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 03 : Delhi - Cochin
This is the day when we fly you to Cochin - a famous historical city of India. Another name for Cochin is Kochin and this city is famous for its exceptionally beautiful backwaters and beaches. Our representatives meet and assist you at the airport on your arrival. You are then driven to the hotel where a sumptuous lunch awaits you. Overnight is at hotel.

Day 04 : Cochin Sightseeing  Evening Activities
After breakfast you are taken for a half day city tour of Cochin. The tour encompasses a visit to the famous Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), St. Francis Church and the Jewish Synagogue. Rest of the time is kept free for leisure. Just walk in the markets Cochin and interact with the people there. Also, buy commodities as there are a lot of fascinating items sold in the markets of Cochin. Overnight is at hotel.

Day 05 : Cochin- Munnar (130 kms / hr)
After breakfast, we drive straight to Munnar. Check in your hotel on arrival. Day is kept free for having breathtaking views of the hills and valleys of Munnar. Munnar is an enchanting destination for all tourists, as tourists here get to breath in fresh air and enjoy the mind boggling sceneries of this place. So enjoy your stay in Munnar. After touring all places of Munnar, spend the night at the hotel.

Day 06 : Munnar Sightseeing
After the breakfast in the hotel, spend the day being at leisure. Come out to explore the enchanting mountains and valleys of Munnar that never fails to fascinate her visitors. Munnar is famous for its cultivation of tea, coffee and variety of other spices. We take you to the gardens of Munnar rich in tea, coffee and other greeneries. Collect some tea leaves from the tea gardens and sense the aura of the leaves. Overnight is at hotel.

Day 07 : Munnar- Periyar (110 kms / 3 hrs)
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Periyar. On arrival, we check in at the hotel. Periyar wildlife sanctuary is home to nomadic tribes and is dominated by wild elephant, boar, deer, the great Indian tiger and more such wild Fauna. Evening, we take you for a boat cruise in the lake where you can watch the wild animals. Overnight is at hotel.

Day 08 : Periyar – Kumarakom (158 kms / 5 hr)
After breakfast, we undertake a fascinating drive to Kumarakom. Kumarakom is a beautiful destination of Kerala and is the known for its beauty of backwater. Backwaters are a network of lakes, canals and estuaries and also consist of deltas of forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. The backwaters of Kerala are a self-supportive ecosystem that teems with aquatic life. Upon arrival to Kumarakom we check-in at hotel first. The evening is kept free. Overnight at hotel.

Day 09 : Kumarakom – Alleppey ( 30 kms / 1hr)
Just after breakfast, we drive ourselves to Alleppey. We reach Alleppey at 1200 hrs where we check into a traditional houseboat of Kerala Style. Later, we go on a leisurely backwater cruise along the lake on a thatched houseboat. Discover the countryside at your own pace while cruising with the comforts inside the houseboat. Lunch and dinner is in the houseboat. It is a fabulous way to explore to the fascinating beauty of the backwaters while taking a ride on the house boat. Overnight is at Houseboat.

Day 10 : Alleppey – Mararikulam (12 kms / 05 hr)
Disembark the boat at 0900hrs and drive to Marai. Marai originates from “Mararikulam”, one of the old fishing villages, and you will be amazed to find that still today life here goes on much as it did a hundred years ago, with men going out to the sea everyday for a catch so as to earn a living. This experience is something completely new to the holidaymaker. Marai offers endless miles of superb sand beaches that are back by abundant swaying palms. Upon arrival to Mararikulam, check into hotel. Rest of the time is kept free for leisure. Overnight is at hotel.

Day 11 : Mararikulam – Kovalam(185 kms / 4 hr)
After breakfast, we drive to Kovalam. In local language, Kovalam means place fringed with coconut palms, and it is exactly so. Kovalam is the best place in India for swimming and organizing other water sports as it has soothing seashores that are full of coconut trees. Upon arrival to Kovalam just check into hotel. Rest of the time is spend at leisure. Overnight is at hotel.

Day 12 : Kovalam- Trivendrum – Maldives(12 kms / 0.5 hrs) overnight flight
After breakfast, spend time free at leisure. Later, we drive you to Trivendrum where you get to see the world-renowned Padmanabhaswamy temple museum and Padmanabhapuram palace. This palace has marvelous architecture and so spend some time in the precincts of this beautiful palace. In time you are driven to airport so as to board the connecting flight to Maldives.

Day 13 : Arrival Maldives
Upon arrival to Maldives, you are transferred by boat to a Resort at Maldives. Rest of the time is kept free for leisure. So, just walk your way in the beaches of the sea. The breeze of air and the roar of the sea is captivating. Surrender yourself to this captivating beauty of the majestic sea and tune yourself to the rhythm that the sea imposes on you. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14 : Maldives Sightseeing
Full day is at leisure. So, set out to experience a scuba diving. A boat takes you to a distant dive site where you get the opportunity to have a dive in the sea. Later, come back to the hotel where a lunch with all varieties of sea fishes is served at your table. In the evening, just stroll by the beach where the locals set up ferry stalls and sell commodities made out of sea shells and other sea mammals. Buy some of those as it is considered very auspicious to possess these items. Overnight is at hotel.

Day 15 : Maldives
Full day is kept for leisure. This day we indulge you in water sports like sailing, parasailing, waterskiing and jetskiing under the guidance of our trained faculty. So, you are ensured full safety while you enjoy these sports. The sea of Maldives has high waves and is considered as one of the best place for Waterskiing in the world. Lunch is provided to you in the beaches under the cool shade of big Umbrellas. After lunch rest in the beach and have a pleasant Sun bath. Continue with the water sports till the evening. At night, after dinner we take you for night fishing on board Dhoni- a traditional boat used for fishing at nights. The rest of the night is in the hotel.

Day 16 : Maldives
This day we take you to the various islands located nearby Maldives. Here, you get the chance to be in some of the pristine beaches of Maldives. Some of the exotic islands where we will be taking you are Paradise island, Merru island, Biyadoo island and Kandoom island. These places give you the chance to indulge in underwater diving as the sea water here is crystal clear and you do not have the danger of sea monsters. Another activity that would be very nice is banana riding. In this sport, a dozen people climbs on a giant banana that is then dragged around a lagoon by a speedboat. Also consider playing Volley Ball in the lovely beaches of these islands. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17 : Maldives – Onward destinations
Morning after breakfast, move out to the sea for the last time. Try out water Skiing, Parasailing or simply take a bath in the sea. Return to the hotel and take another refreshing bath as the sea water is predominantly saline. Relax for a while and interact with our hotel operators as they will give you very interesting feedback on traveling the exotic Maldives. Then, after a lunch consisting of delicacies of the beach island Maldives, our cab drives you to the nearest airport. Board the flight that takes you to your onward destination. Our services end with your departure.

Experience Shared by the Traveller
Cultural South India Tours with Exotic Maldives gave me a feel of being with the water and exploring the mysteries of the backwaters. The first thing that I would state is that this tour is very refreshing as every destination has pure and serene water lakes where you can spend enough time either cruising on a boat or playing water sports. A royal houseboat cruise in Alleppey is a fabulous experience where I felt like a bird inhabiting amidst the natural wonders. The vast sea of Maldives, is sometimes frightening and sometimes seems to be one' s best friend. So, this tour was a mix of emotions for me. Infact, our stay in Maldives is a real treat to us from the part of our tour operators. Our tour guides took care of every thing starting from our sightseeing tours to our personal requirements. My brother Henry was very reluctant to visit Maldives but later it was he who showed the greatest enthusiasm. So I always say that it was a right right choice for me to have chosen Cultural South India Tours with Exotic Maldives as it is such a comprehensive package that includes both India as well Maldives. I really appreciate my guides who were so well versed with the sea life, that in-fact they made my scuba diving an exciting venture. If ever I return back to India, my tour operators are going to be my first choice.
---- James Dorman from Yorkshire North Riding









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