Exotic Kerala With Snake Boat Race Kerala

Kerala is a place that loves the Snake boat racing. Even though there are several races round the year, Nehru trophy is the most significant and sought after. The Kerala snake boat race is reputed to be the largest team sport in the world. It is organized in the Punnamada Lake in Alappuzha district The place turns into a sea of humanity during this event as thousands of people gather to witness this festival.
Several Hundred of oarsmen hymn boat songs as they strike their oars at the waters to match with the pace of these songs.

(Cochin – Munnar – Alleppey – Periyar – Kovalam)

09 Aug. Arrive Cochin
Arrive: Cochin. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Cochin or "Kochi known as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea". From time immemorial, Arabs, Chinese, Dutch, British & Portuguese seafarers followed the sea route to Kochi & left their impression on the town. Modern Kochi is thus a splendid mosaic of these myriad influences. Visit the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, the Church of St. Francis & the famous Chinese fishing nets. Late afternoon witness the Kathakali dance performance - Kathakali is a unique dance which has a 2000 year old history with more than 100 different ‘mudras’ or gesture depicting deities, demons, heroes, heroines and kings - each based on episodes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana, the two epic Indian myths.
Overnight at hotel.

10 Aug. Cochin – Munnar (140 kms / 04 Hrs)
Post breakfast drive to Munnar. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Munnar - is the beautiful hill station housing world’s highest tea-growing estates. Afternoon visit the popular tea estates.
Overnight at hotel.

11 Aug. Munnar – Alleppey (165 Kms / 05 Hrs).
Post breakfast drive to Alleppey. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel.
Alleppey is one of the most important tourist centers in the state, with a large network of inland canals earning it the sobriquet "Venice of the east". These large network of canals provide Alleppey its lifeline. Alleppey was one of the busiest centers of trade in the past with one of the best known ports along the malabar coast. Even today it retains its charm as the centre for Coir carpet industries and prawn farming. Alleppey the ideal headquarters for backwater tourism as well as famous for its historic Snake Boat Race which is an annual event.
Overnight at hotel.

12 Aug. Alleppey – Periyar (128 Kms / 04 Hrs).
After breakfast transfer to the venue of Boat Races. Snake Boat Race of Kerala is another, unmatched attraction of God's Own Country. It is world famous for its rousing snake boat races that draw spectators from all over the country and abroad every year. Snake boat races are held in connection with Onam, the harvest festival in August. Some of the popular snake boat races that enliven emerald Kerala backwaters once a year are the Nehru Trophy Boat Race. The snake boat races of Kerala showcase the spirit and friendliness that the people of the state share. Both the young and the young at heart join in the event to encourage their respective participants. Each of the races signifies a specific legend of the past and commemorates an event. Over a score of singers, 100-125 oarsmen have the control of one snake boat. At evening transfer to Periyar by surface. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at hotel.

13 Aug. Periyar – Kovalam (208 Kms / 05 Hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel.
Periyar- Sprawling across 777 sq. kms. of the Cardamom Hills is the home to one of the largest wildlife reserves in India. Alive with exotic flora and vibrant wildlife, it is the perfect getaway tucked away among hills. Morning game viewing cruise on Periyar Lake in the cool surroundings and the panorama spreads around - tropical jungles, wild elephants, Indian gaur, monkeys, spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar and birds of myriad varieties.
Later transfer to Kovalam by surface. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at hotel.

14 Aug. Kovalam – Trivandrum (15 Kms / 00:30 Hrs).
In time transfer to Trivandrum airport to board the flight for onward destination.