Famous across the world as God’s own country – 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. This is a comprehensive Kerala tour that includes a wellness package as well as a visit to all the major tourist spots in Kerala.
Itinerary: Mumbai – Cochin – Periyar – Kumarakom – Houseboat – Marari – Cochin – Mumbai
Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) is a densely populated city on India’s west coast. A financial center, it’s India’s largest city. On the Mumbai Harbour waterfront stands the iconic Gateway of India stone arch, built by the British Raj in 1924. Offshore, nearby Elephanta Island holds ancient cave temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The city’s also famous as the heart of the Bollywood film industry.
Kochi (also known as Cochin) is a city in southwest India’s coastal Kerala state. It has been a port since 1341, when a flood carved out its harbor and opened it to Arab, Chinese and European merchants. Sites reflecting those influences include Fort Kochi, a settlement with tiled colonial bungalows and diverse houses of worship. Cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, typical of Kochi, have been in use for centuries.
Periyar National Park, also known as Periyar Tiger Reserve, is in the mountainous Western Ghats of Kerala, southern India. This wildlife sanctuary is home to tigers and a significant elephant population, as well as rare lion-tailed macaques, sambar deer, leopards and Indian bison. In the park’s north, Periyar Lake is popular for boat rides. Farther north, spice plantations surround the town of Kumily.
Kumarakom is a village on Vembanad Lake in the backwaters of Kerala, southern India. It’s laced with canals, where houseboats ply the waters. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is home to many species including cuckoos and Siberian storks. Nearby, the Bay Island Driftwood Museum displays wooden sculptures. In the lake, Pathiramanal Island is a haven for rare migratory birds. Ancient Thazhathangady Mosque is east of Kumarakom.
Nestled in the Alappuzha District of Kerala, Marari Beach is a perfect location for holidaying with family or friends. This beach in Kerala is eternal with coconut palm trees and golden sands. The beach is quite beautiful and the name ‘Marari’ arises from ‘Mararikulum’, which is a local village on the Arabian Sea Coast.
Day 1: Abroad / Mumbai
On your arrival at the Mumbai International Airport, you will be received by one of our representative who will further escort you to the Hotel. At the hotel you will be welcomed with the Indian traditions which include Aarti-Tikka and garlands.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 2: Mumbai
In the morning we will start our day’s tour with an hour’s boat ride across the Mumbai Harbor which will take us to the exuberant green Elephanta Island. There we will see the enormous and complex carved Elephanta caves which is said to be made in the 18th century. Also the marvelous three headed sculpture made by transforming rows of huge columns cut into solid rock from these three magnificent avenues will attract your attention. These three headed sculptures denotes Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer which all are dedicated to Shiva, showcasing the beauty and power and the various manifestations of overpowering Shiva.
In the afternoon we will start exploring the Mumbai city which is a blend of Victorian Gothic building from the time of British Raj and the contemporary style.
The tour will include the following:
- ‘Gateway of India’ overlooking the Harbour.
- The ‘Towers of Silence’
- Marine Drive
- The ‘Colaba Causeway’ – the commercial heart of Mumbai
- ‘Dhobi Ghat’, the unique and colourful outdoor ‘laundry’
- Drive upto the Malabar Hill to the lovely ‘Hanging Gardens’.
- The Kamla Nehru Park from where you will get a wonderful view of the city and the Arabian Sea
- Mani Bhawan, a small museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi, and the bustling Crawford Market.
Overnight Stay at the Hotel.
Day 3: Mumbai – Cochin – Periyar
In the morning we will head to the Airport to catch the flight to Cochin. On arriving cochin you will be received and escorted to the hotel by our representative for lunch.
After Lunch we will drive to Periyar.
After reaching Periyar, you may proceed for check in at the hotel. Later we go visit Thekkady which is one of the largest wildlife reserves in India in Cardamon hills of the Western Ghats which is spread across 777 sq Kms. Rich in flora and fauna this place marks the best getaway situated among the hills.
Just outside the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary you get to see a unique and luxurious Spice Village Resort which is set in a spice garden with around 37 cottages of thatched roofs surrounded by greenery.
Overnight Stay at the Hotel.
Day 4: Periyar – Kumarakom
Go on a lovely cruise early in the morning on the lake of the popular wildlife sanctuary Periyar. Periyar – is a very important part of the wildlife sanctuary park, a dam on the river Periyar has created the artificial lake where you can see wildlife like wild elephants, Asiatic Deer, Black Buck and even Tiger quenching their thirst. Breakfast will be served when you return to the hotel and post breakfast you can take a walk around the Spice Village and see the various spices grown there with a guide. Later on take a drive through the ghats and see the endless tea plantations & upon reaching the fascinating countryside visit the tea estates on your way to Kumarakom.
Kumarakom – a backwater village, located on the shores of the Vembanad Lake. A holiday in Coconut Lagoon is a completely different and new experience. Every cottage is reconstructed in compliance with the ancient art of carpentry with every cottage or “tarawad” at least a 100 years old. Unwind at the shores and watch the native row boats in an environment so calm that the sky feels a palm’s length away.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 5: Kumarakom – Houseboat
A peaceful morning at the Coconut Lagoon will be followed by the cruise on “vanjis” or the traditional country canoes and seeing the locals of the backwater villages hard at work. Next up is the visit to the lovely bird sanctuary. Lunch will be served at the hotel. Post lunch you get to ride the traditional rice boats or “Kettuvallam” through the quaint backwaters and small lakes while enjoying the scenic beauty of Kerala. To get the full experience of the lifestyle of the people living there you’ll be given a one bedroom house with a lounge with meals prepared on board from the grocery bought at the local markets and served hot.
Overnight stay on board.
Day 6: Houseboat – Marari
Fresh cooked breakfast will be served on board. Proceed to Alleppey & step off at Puthenangady Jetty. When you reach your destination head straight to Mararikulam. Mararikulam – along the coastline of Kerala you will find one of the most quaint and beautiful fishing village. Spend the remaining day doing activities you want to at this lovely beach with an endless line of coconut.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 7: Marari
Spend the whole day doing activities you find fun and utilize the facilities of the hotel.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 8: Marari – Cochin
COCHIN – one of the first settlements done by the European, Cochin came to be known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. Many sailors have been tempted to visit the shores of this city because it’s full of lovely backwaters and ancient charm. On your entry to Cochin the first thing you need to do is check into the hotel tour of Cochin or “Kochi” as it is known locally. For an eternity travelers from all around the globe have been drawn towards the shore of Cochin and left their imprint on the town. The Cochin we see now is a lovely montage of these limitless influences. A few places to visit in Cochin are the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, the Church of St. Francis, the Bolghatty Palace & the famous Chinese fishing nets.
Cochin is blessed with one the best natural harbour and in the afternoon you get visit that. Alluvial soil deposits from the river has created many small island along the east and south side of the backwaters. Evenings will be full of fun and enjoyment as you get to experience the famous dance of ‘Kathakali’ and some make up demonstration. With more than 100 Mudras depicting Heroes, Kings, Heroines based on the famous Indian mythologies Kathakali has a 2000 year old history.
Dinner will be served at the hotel along with the overnight stay there.
Day 9: Cochin – Mumbai
In the Morning you leave for the airport to catch your flight to Mumbai. When you land in Mumbai you will meet with a representative who will transfer you to your hotels where you can relax and freshen up until you have to leave for the international airport for your flight.
Abroad – Mumbai
You will leave Mumbai and the tour will be commenced.