Pearls South India

A two extravagant weeks, designed to give an overview of cultural attractions; myriads of Kerala with its temples, colorful festivals, fascinating forms of art and historical traditions. The tour includes a stay in a hotel on the beach, visits to temples and historic palaces, traditional dances and martial arts demonstrations, shipyards, visiting barge cruise, short trip train, visit the elephant sanctuary, the art center and a stay in the bustling port city of Cochin.

Day 01: Arrival at Trivandrum - Kovalam (25kms /1hr)

Arrival at Trivandrum, garlanded with flowers Recibimiento traditional Hindu way and transfer to the hotel. day off from the beach and relax. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Kovalam - Trivandrum - Kovalam

After a delicious breakfast, we headed Trivendrum. We devote the entire day to visit the city Trivendrum, capital of the Indian state of Kerala and Thiruvananthapuram District headquarters. Visit the Padmanabhapuram Palace, the wooden palace seventeenth century kings of Travancore, the Napier Museum and Art Gallery of Sri Chitra, which houses the original paintings of Raja Ravi Verma. We will also visit the famous temple of Thiruvallom Parasuram. This is located on the west coast of India near the extreme south of the continent. It is one of the most populated cities of Kerala, the largest urban area has a population of over one million inhabitants. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Kovalam

Free day to enjoy the beach. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 04: Kovalam - Kollam (80 km /2 hours)

In the early morning Kollam or Quilon will travel avisitando, an old port city by Lake Ashtamudi. Its strategic position on trade, became known by authors such as Marco Polo, who described it as one of the capitals of the old world. Kollam abound in temples, you can visit the famous temple of Sasthamkotta is believed to have great powers and overnight at the hotel.

Day 05: Kollam

There are no activities scheduled for today, so you can enjoy your free time to perform different activities on your own or visit the city. You can bike along the beach Kappil and watch the fishermen at work and even help them in their tasks. You can also visit the beaches of Varkala. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06: Kollam - Thottappally - House Boat (55kms /1hrs order and then ship)

Output Thottappally and visiting route Krishnapuram eighteenth century palace, which houses one of the largest murals of Kerala, measuring 4.5 by 3.5 meters. In Thottappally pier we boarded the barge or "Kettuvalloms" to take a cruise in the backwater, a splendid place full of canals, lakes and coves. Overnight on board. (Full board)

Day 07: House boat - Cochin (70 kms /1.5 hours)

We return to the mainland in the morning. Transfer by car to the city of Cochin and registration at the hotel. Cochin is a port city from its origins, offers some fascinating snippets of history and Indian culture. Today you can do on tour optional exploring the highlights of Cochin which includes the Synagogue, the Church of San Francisco, the Santa Cruz Basilica, Dutch Palace, the spice market and the fish market Chinese who dates from the fifteenth century. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08: Cochin - Guruvayoor

Output in the early morning to Guruvayoor, the temple town near Thrissur; the cultural capital of Kerala. Registration at the hotel. Visit the famous temple of Krishna and if the entry is not allowed to non-Hindus, walk along the four roads leading to the temple can be an inspiring experience. You can visit Punnathoorkotta which houses more than 60 elephants. Natanakairali visit to appreciate the "Nangiarkoothu" a dance solo, which involves a typical story accompanied by a singer and percussion. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09: Guruvayur - Wayanad (3 hours)

After breakfast, drive to Wayanad. Wayanad arrival and transfer to hotel. Then, we spend the day visiting the caves Eddakal. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Wayanad - Calicut (2 hours)

After breakfast, drive to Cailcut, the traditional capital of Kerala in the north, a shopping center for spices on the West Coast. On the way we visited "Kalamandalam" a founded with the aim to restore, preserve and develop the forms of ancient and traditional Kerala arts center. Visitors can also spend a day with teachers to observe artists and teachers in action. Transfer and registration at the hotel, located near a river. Then we spend the day visiting Beypore, where we see the manufacture of boats teak and development of tissues in Tasara. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Calicut

Visit to the fish markets or risk in the city and walk around sweet meat street and its many colorful shops. At night, watch a demonstration of Kalarippayatu (martial arts). Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Calicut - Athirapilly (180 km, 3 ½ hours)

After breakfast, we will continue to Athirapally, Chalakudy the banks of the river, which originates in the upper part of the Western Ghats. It is a region of many endemic flora and endangered species found in the forests of the Athirapilly-Vazhachal region. This area is the only place in the Western Ghats inhabited by four species of endangered Hornbill. Western Ghats is one of the places of the most important biodiversity hot in the world. This valuable natural world is already degraded by mining and hydroelectric projects. We will visit Casades then go to the elephant camp. Back to the hotel. Accommodation.

Day 13: Athirapilly - Cochin (90 km, 1 hour)

After breakfast leave for Cochin. Registraciónen the hotel. In the afternoon we left for the show of Kathakali. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: Cochin - Return flight

In the morning transfer to Cochin International Airport where you will take your flight home