Kerala, a state on India's tropical Malabar Coast, has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It's known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters, a network of canals. Inland are the Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife. National parks like Eravikulam and Periyar, plus Wayanad and other sanctuaries, are home to elephants, langur monkeys and tigers.
Rameswaram is a town on Pamban Island, in the southeast Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It’s known for Ramanathaswamy Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site with ornate corridors, huge sculpted pillars and sacred water tanks. Devotees bathe in the waters of Agni Theertham, off the beach east of the temple. Gandamadana Parvatham is a hill with island views. A chakra (wheel) here is said to bear an imprint of Lord Rama’s feet.
Madurai is an energetic, ancient city on the Vaigai River in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Its skyline is dominated by the 14 colorful gopurams (gateway towers) of Meenakshi Amman Temple. Covered in bright carvings of Hindu gods, the Dravidian-style temple is a major pilgrimage site. Millions attend the processions and ceremonies of April's Chithirai Festival celebrating Meenakshi and Lord Vishnu.
Arrive at Cochin. From there you will be assisted to transfer to Munnar. On the way to Munnar, visit the beautiful Cheeyappara and Valara Waterfalls. Once you reach Munnar, complete the check-in formalities at the hotel. Relax and refresh, and then spend some time exploring the local markets.
Begin the second day with a tour of the city of Munnar. Visit the Tea Museum, Mattupetty Dam and then head towards the beautiful Top Station, which offers panoramic views of the town. End the day by visiting the Blossom Park and Pothamedu View Point.
After an early breakfast, check out of the hotel in Munnar and proceed towards Madurai. Once there, visit the famous Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalainayakar Palace and Gandhi Museum. Spend the night here in Madurai.
On Day 4, check out from the hotel and drive to Rameshwaram. Visit the sacred Ramanathaswamy Temple and the Five-faced Hanuman Temple, which houses stones believed to be used for the Ram Setu. Also explore the Rameshwaram Bridge.
Post breakfast, you will depart for Kanyakumari. Visit the Kanyakumari Temple, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, and Thiruvalluvar statue. Enjoy the sunset from the tri-sea view point.
Post breakfast, check-out and head towards the next stop on your trip - Kovalam. Reach Kovalam by afternoon and check into your resort. Spend the day relaxing on the famous Lighthouse beach of Kovalam.
On Day 7, after breakfast, spend the day leisurely exploring the beautiful beaches of Kovalam, which include Lighthouse Beach, Howah Beach, and Samudra Beach. Also indulge in some water sports.
Check-out post breakfast and proceed towards Alleppey. Arrive by afternoon and step into your houseboat. Enjoy the serene backwaters of Kerala, witness spectacular sunset views, and enjoy traditional Kerala meals (lunch, evening snacks, dinner) onboard.
Following breakfast aboard the houseboat, check-out and you'll be transferred to Cochin for your return journey. This brings an end to your 8-Night enjoyable journey through the beautiful state of Kerala.