After breakfast, you will be taken to the spots of your interest which will include, Shiva Temple, Anand Ashram and the Ananthapura Temple. In the afternoon, visit the famous Bekal Fort. Afternoon visit bekal fort for a stunning sunset over the Arabian Sea.
After breakfast, leave for Kannur, arrive and proceed directly to St. Angelo’s Fort Don Francisco D. Almeida, the first Portuguese Viceroy of India, built the fort in 1505 AD. The fort had a chequered history. It changed hands to the Douche, then to the Ali Raja of Arakkal and finally to the British. The barracks, the magazine, cannons and the ruins of a chapel are all standing testimony history on the shores of the sea. Fort St. Angelo is a protected monument under the archaeological survey of India.
Later proceed to Parassinikkadavu – 18 kms from Kannur.
Located on the banks of the river Valapattanam at Parassinikkadavu, the shrine is dedicated to Sree Muthappan, the hunter or 'Kiratha' incarnation of Lord Siva.
The offerings and rituals are unique here. Toddy, an alcoholic drink extracted from coconut palms is the main offering to the deity. 'Theyyam', the ritual offering here is performed almost every morning and evening by the priest who is called 'Madayan'
Check-in at a moderate hotel which is a few steps away from this famous Temple.
Early morning, witness Theyyam ritual performance at the Temple, (exact timing shall be advised the previous evening). Thereafter, proceed to your hotel for breakfast and freshen-up.
Leave for Calicut, approx. 90 kms, enroute visit Kappad Beach where the Portuguese navigator, Vasco de Gama first landed, on 20th May, 1498; Beypore famous for its Boat building yard.
Thereafter, leave for Guruvayoor, approx. 120 kms further away, famous for Sree Krishna Temple and Elephants Camp. You will have a chance to visit the Camp, and see how the temple elephants are being looked after. Entry is restricted. Camera fees to be paid, please.
You will then leave for Cheruthuruthy, approx. one and a half hour drive.
This day you are taken to Kerala Kalamandalam, for “A Day with the Masters”. This world famous Institution gives courses to students in Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Percussion instruments like, Chenda, Maddalam, etc. You will then have lunch at the Resort, and later drive down to Cochin.
Arrive Cochin, and proceed to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, you will visit the places of interest in Cochin, which include, the Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays), Jewish Synagogue (closed on Saturdays and Jewish holidays), St. Francis Church.and Chinese fishing nets.
Afternoon – free.
Optional: If interested, you may witness Kathakali performance at a local theatre (if you can’t get away from the pleasantly haunting images you witmessed at Cheruthuruthy!)
Breakfast at the hotel. Later leave for Kumarakom to arrive around noon for check-in to a Lake side Resort. Rest of the day at leisure. Ayurvedic treatments/massages available at the Resort. Please consult with the Reception on timings and facilities.
After breakfast, you will leave for Thekkady enjoying drive through various types of Plantations. You may even stop for a while to see the typical methods for tapping Rubber Plants, taking Latex, and then processing to make sheets. The drive will be through high-range areas and may take longer time than expected with desired stops.
On arrival at Thekkady, check-in to your hotel.
Afternoon, you will drive to the Lake Sanctuary to enjoy cruising through Periyar Lake to view Wildlife. The Sanctuary extends over an area of 777 sq. kms. And forms part of the high ranges of The Western ghats. The animals usually found are Elephant, Tiger, Bison, Gaur, Spotted Deer, etc.
After early breakfast, leave for Alleppey to board your House Boat for day cruising and night stay. The houseboat shall be exclusively for your stay for this night. Checkin 1230 hrs. Immediately after lunch, start cruising through Canals watching village life, and visiting places of your interest enroute. Evening tea and snacks served on board the Boat. The cruising will end around sun-set when the fishermen spread their nets.
After breakfast, continue cruising through the canals until it is time to disembark, 0930 hrs. Drive to Krishnapuram Palace, approx. 50 kms from Alleppey. This double storied palace, built in 18th century houses a museum with antique sculptures, paintings, murals and bronzes.
Later, proceed to Varkala known for beaches, religious and spiritual spots. Arrive and check-in to your hotel for overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. This day may be spent visiting various spots of your interest, including a visit to Sivagiri Mutt, built in 1904 by the great Hindu reformist Sree Narayana Guru who breathed his last in 1928 at this Mutt. People from all walks of life offers prayers here.
After a leisurely breakfast, leave for Trivandrum, on your way to Kovalam. While at Trivandrum, you will visit Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Kuthiramalikai, Napier Museum etc. Later, proceed to your Beach Resort at Kovalam. Rest of the day at leisure.
All these three days, you will like to enjoy the beach, or get some Ayurvedic treatments/Massages, some Yoga classes, etc.
OPTIONAL : If you have a couple of days at hand, you may wish to take a day return trip to Cape Camorin (Kanyakumari) approx. 90 kms away. Enroute you will visit Padmanabhapuram Palace, the royal residence of the Travancore kings before they shifted the capital here from Trivandrum. This wooden palace contains 17th and 18th century murals. You will also visit Sucheendram before driving down to Cape Comorin. At the destination, places of interest are, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Gandhi Memorial. Etc. The Rocky island is visited by boat. You will hang on till it is time to enjoy watching Sun-set. Later, drive back to Kovalam for overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer in to airport to catch your home-bound flight
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