Goa Kerala Tour
Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days
Destination Covered: Mumbai - Goa - Cochin (Kochi) - Munnar - Periyar (Thekkady) - Kottayam - Alleppey (Alappuzha) - Kovalam - Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram)
Guided tour of Old Goa churches
Guided tour of Cochin including Jewish Synagogue, Fort Cochin
Explore Mattancherry Palace
Witness the Chinese Fishing Nets
Boating on the Munnar Lake
Opt for an excursion to Echo Point and Eravikulam National Park
Visit the Kumily Spice Market
The backwater cruise in Kottayam
Day 1: Arrival in Goa
After arrival at Goa Airport/Railway Station transfer to the hotel. Complete the check-in and rest for some time. The evening is free for you to partake in the activities of your interest and explore this 'Beach Capital of India' on your own. Goa offers endless options to tourists for enjoyment. There is something for everyone who visits Goa. You can explore century-old Portuguese churches, hit one of the many floating casinos, experience Goa's amazing nightlife by visiting a nightclub or just relax on the beach and enjoy some beach shake.
Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Goa Churches
Post breakfast, embark on a sightseeing tour of Old Goa churches which include St. Catherine's Church, Church of St. Francis Xavier and Se Cathedral. While the sandy coastline and fun-filled nightlife of Goa fill you with thrill, the century-old churches and cathedrals will show you the calm and sacred side of Goa. Start the day by visiting Se Cathedral. One of the largest Church in Asia, Se Cathedral was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Muslim rulers of Goa. Admire the intricate carvings on the altars. Next, you head towards Church of St. Francis Xavier also known as The Basilica of Bom Jesus. This Catholic Church is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and displays Baroque architecture. Get a glimpse of the casket of St. Francis Xavier and experience a sacred aura before leaving this house of peace.
In the evening, drive to the Miramar Beach and meet the fisherman at Dona Paula fishing village and learn about some amazing ghost stories. Named after Dona Paula Menezes e Souto Maior, a legendary character, the rocky beach is a great tourist destination due to its scenic view.
Return to the hotel for night stay.
Day 3: Beaches of Goa
The 3rd day of Goa and Kerala Holiday Package is free to do things on your own. Here you can indulge in adventure and watersports or get pampered through an herbal Ayurvedic massage and play on the beach. With breezy beaches and bright sky, Goa offers ample opportunities to enjoy watersports and other beach activities. The most common watersports in Goa is Kayaking. For a calm and relaxed exploration, spend the afternoon paddling along the mangroves, backwaters and mini bays.
If you want to try a bit harder, go for Kneeboarding and delve deeper into the water or enjoy scuba diving to explore underwater life. If you really can beat the waves of Arabian Sea, go for windsurfing a blend of surfing and sailing and enjoy the extreme thrill and excitement.
After the day's adventure, return to the comforts of your hotel and go to bed after dinner.
Day 4: Goa to Cochin
On the 4th day of the Goa Kerala tour, savor breakfast and get transferred to the airport to board the flight to Cochin. Upon arrival in Cochin, get assisted transfer to the hotel. After check-in and resting for a while, you can wander around the peaceful streets in Cochin or visit the market to buy the cotton clothing and handmade souvenirs. In the evening, enjoy a cultural performance at the hotel before going to bed.
Day 5: Cochin
In the morning, embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Cochin which include Jewish Synagogue, Fort Cochin, Mattancherry Palace and Chinese Fishing Nets. Start by visiting the Jewish Synagogue which is a meeting place for the Jews since 1561 and is a witness to the British colonial struggle. Then go to the Fort Cochin, a pleasing seaside area adorned with the Dutch, Portuguese, and British colonial architecture. Visit burial site of Vasco De Gama at St. Francis Church. Savor delectable Kerala cuisines at one of the many restaurants. In the evening go to observe the working of the Chinese Fishing Nets, a unique fishing technique that creates an amazing view during the sunsets. After exploration back to your hotel and spend a comfortable night.
Day 6: Cochin - Munnar
In the morning, after breakfast leave for Munnar by road. Upon arrival in Munnar, check-in at the resort. After resting for a while, venture out of your resort to enjoy a boat ride on the scenic Munnar Lake. Also known as Kundala Lake, Munnar Lake is situated at a height of 1700 meters above sea level and is surrounded by an excellent landscape. Get mesmerized by watching the amazing view of the glittering water adorned with the last rays of the sun. The evening is booked for exploring the local markets of Munnar.
Back to the hotel for a night stay.
Day 7: Munnar
Today, you can either choose to relax or explore some of the best attractions of Munnar. These places are unavoidable while on a Goa Kerala Tour. The places you can visit here include waterfalls, Echo Point, Eravikulam National Park and the local tea plantations. Munnar is blessed with several waterfalls. Visit the Lakkam waterfalls to enjoy the majestic view of nature and experience the absolute purity. Next, visit the Echo Point to experience the natural phenomenon of echoing. Also, explore Eravikulam National Park, home to the rare species of Nilgiri Tahr. If you get lucky enough, you can enjoy the blooming of Neelakurinji (blooms once in 12 years) in the green valley and great views of tea plants in the park.
After the exploration, come back to your hotel for a night stay.
Day 8: Munnar to Periyar
Post breakfast in the morning, drive to the Periyar National Park. On reaching there, check-in at the nearby forest lodge. In the afternoon, go for boating on the Periyar Lake. Enjoy boating on the tranquil water while exploring the great flora and fauna in the Periyar Tiger Reserve. The park is also home to the sambar deer, elephants and Indian Bison. Continue to the north to reach the Kumily village to explore the spice plantation and market. After exploration, come back to your hotel for a night stay.
Day 9: Periyar - Kottayam
On the 9th day, enjoy a scenic drive to Kottayam from Periyar. Upon arrival, board the traditional houseboat (Kettuvallam) for an overnight backwater cruise. Today, you will enjoy the most exciting part of the Goa and Kerala Itinerary. Sail through the picturesque village, paddy fields, charming churches and temples. Enjoy the soothing environment and spot colorful birds in the sky, fishes diving around your houseboat and the locals indulged in their daily work. Spend the evening stargazing from the deck while savoring traditional food.
Enjoy an overnight stay on the houseboat.
Day 10: Arrive Alleppey - Kovalam
Today, when you open your eyes, your houseboat would have reached Alleppey. Continue your journey towards Kovalam enjoying the lush greenery. Sail through the lakes and lagoons in the shade of coconut groves. Enjoy your lunch onboard and reach Kovalam in the afternoon.
On reaching Kovalam, move to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 11: Kovalam
Day 11 of your Goa Kerala Tour is free for you to relax at the picturesque Kovalam Beach, a combination of Lighthouse Beach, Hawa Beach and Samudra Beach. Here you can swim, stroll on the beach and soothe your senses with Ayurvedic massage therapies. Enjoy an overnight stay in Kovalam.
Day 12: Kovalam
During the day, pamper your senses with an herbal oil Ayurvedic massage and spend the rest of the day by watching the interplay of sand and surf. Spend the evening walking and relaxing on the silver-white sand. The palm-backed beach also offers authentic Kerala dishes available at the beach restaurants. So, you can relish a coconut drink while swaying across a coconut grove and enjoying an amazing sunset view.
After enjoying your day in the lap of nature, return to your hotel for a night stay.
Day 13: Kovalam to Trivandrum Departure
Today, after a farewell breakfast, leave for the Thiruvananthapuram Airport from Kovalam by road. On reaching there, board a flight towards your onward destination.
Goa and Kerala are two of the best places to visit in India. While the former is a small emerald land, the other is a verdant state with beaches and backwaters. While mapping out the ‘Goa Kerala Tour’ package, we have made sure to include the best of tourist attractions in these two states.