Kerala Tour


A complete travel itinerary of 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. The scenic backwaters of Kerala comprise serene stretches of lakes, canals and lagoons located parallel to the coast of the Arabian Sea. The backwater regions of Kerala are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The tranquil backwater cruises are a once in a lifetime experience. This mesmerizing tour of Kerala promises rich experiences and a memorable holiday!

Duration: 7N/8D

Itinerary: Cochin – Munnar – Thekkady – Kumarakom – Allepey – Kovalam – Trivandrum

Tour Plan

Day 1:  COCHIN

On your arrival in Cochin, you will meet our representative who will take you to the hotel.

Kochi or more commonly known as Cochin is a city that has many parts. The prime location of this city on the west coast attracted the seafarers and the merchant ships that made frequent stops to collect spices, coffee and wood Enroute to Europe and West Asia. This made the city play a pivotal role in the development of shipping and trade in this region.

Kochi chinese fishnets in twilight Kochi, Kerala

Kochi chinese fishnets in twilight Kochi, Kerala

As a result, Cochin has flourished as a busy port city and commercial centre. Its seafront is a naval base and one of India’s busiest ports. Its twin city, Ernakulum, is an important railhead and industrial centre.

Mattancherry Dutch Palace

Mattancherry Dutch Palace

To start with the day’s tour, we will proceed to Mattancherry and visit the oldest Jewish Synagogue in India. It was built in 1568 and was destroyed by the Portuguese but was rebuilt by the Dutch. Our next stop will be the Dutch Palace. It was built in 1555 with special features in coronation hall and murals at Ramayana. From here, we will head to the Chinese Fishing Net. These fishing nets line the entrance to the harbor mouth. Although, these were originally introduced in the 14th century by the Chinese, they are today known by Portuguese names.

Jewish-Synagogue-Cochin

Jewish Synagogue Cochin

St. Francis Church

St. Francis Church

Continuing with the city tour, we will next stop at the St. Francis Church. It was named after Santo Antonio and was dedicated to him as the patron saint of Portugal. It is the first church that was built in the new European influenced tradition. In 1524, Vasco De Gama died at the site and was buried there. After 14 years, his body was taken to Portugal and the church was renamed as St. Francis Church in 1663. Also, the original building was made of wood and was rebuilt later with bricks and stones.

Kathakali Dance

Kathakali Dance

In the evening, we will visit a Kathakali Dance centre. Kathakali is the most elaborate dance form of the Southern India. Kathakali is a classical dance form, nearly 300 years old and has brought transnational fame to Kerala. It is a combination of ballet, opera, masque and pantomime. It is a dance form that explicates stories from epics and Puranas. Heralded by the Kelikottu or the beating of drums in the accompaniment of the Chengila (gong), Kathakali is presented in temples after dusk falls.

Here, the day’s tour will end and you will be taken back to the hotel.

You will spend the night at the hotel.

Day 2: COCHIN – MUNNAR

After you have had your morning’s meal at the hotel, we will start the 5 hours journey from Cochin to Munnar.

Once you arrive in Munnar, you can proceed to check-in at the hotel.

Situated in the eastern part of Kerala, Munnar is a picturesque hill station encompassed by tea and coffee plantations. The town is known for its clean, neat and brightly painted ambience and is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams- Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kudala. This hill station is the most sought-after destination in South India due to its cozy weather, beautiful landscapes and the smell of the tea leaves. This was also the reason why British always moved to Munnar when the heat and humidity was on its peak in other parts of Kerala. The hills are covered with blooming flowers and are also house an exotic plant called Neelakurunji that flowers just once in 12 years. It is next scheduled to flower in 2012.

Munnar

Munnar

Day 3: MUNNAR

After breakfast, we will start the sightseeing tour and visit Madupetty Dam, Echo Point, Kundala Lake, Athukkad Falls, Tea Museum, Blossom Park and Pothamedu Sunset point.

echo point munnar

echo point munnar

In the afternoon, we will head to the Rajamala National Park. It is precious but little-known and almost half the population of rare Nilgiri Tahrs is present here. It is situated at a distance of 15 kms from Munnar. It is a part of the Eravikulam National Park. Anaimudi, the highest peak in South India is also a part of this national park. This sanctuary is a steep hike up a winding trail and as you trudge up, streaks of clouds float past you. Apart from Tahrs, you can also see elephants, leopards, sambars, langurs, tigers, Malabar civets, barking deer and python.

Rajamala National Park

Rajamala National Park

A wild life safari into the Rajamala National Park is a great opportunity to come close and observe the habits and habitats of the timorous Tahrs. The total population of Nilgiri Tahrs is estimated to be over 1300 and Eravikulam-Rajamala region is the natural habitat to over 1000 of them. The visitors to Rajamala National Park are not allowed to stroll through the entire Eravikulam National Park because it is just a small part of it.

From here, we will head back to the hotel and you will have an overnight stay there.

Day 4: MUNNAR – THEKKADY

Post breakfast, we will proceed for the journey from Munnar to Thekkady.

On arriving in Thekkady, you can check-in at the hotel.

Periyar

Periyar

Thekkady, also known as Periyar, reminds us of elephants, chains of hills and spice-scented plantations. The National Park here has an absolutely thrilling flora and fauna. It is a habitat of a variety of animal species. For nature lovers, the Periyar Lake is a paradise. Here, you get an opportunity to observe the wild animals roaming in the jungle. The greatest attraction of this place is the sight of elephants that come down to play in the lake. Also, the Sanctuary Watch Tower in the interiors of the forest gives you a panoramic view of the entire park.

Sambar, bison, spotted deer, tigers, leopards, Malabar flying squirrels, stripe necked mongoose, etc are some other attractions of this park. There are also over 260 species of birds including Nilgiri Wood pigeons, blue-winged parakeets, white bellied tree pies, laughing thrushes and fly catchers.

You will spend the night at the hotel.

Day 5: THEKKADY

You will have the breakfast at the hotel and then we will proceed to the Periyar National Park to explore it by boat. One of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world, Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is situated in the confines of Western Ghats in the south Indian state of Kerala. Herds of elephants, wild pigs and gaurs wander near the Periyar Lake and can be observed from the launches that cruise the lake. Also, leopard, wild dog, barking deer and mouse deer can be seen near the lake.

Periyar-Lake-Boat-Ride

Periyar Lake Boat Ride

From here, we will move to visit the spice plantations.

These fields are really fascinating farms to wander in, for different sections of these farms are dedicated to different spices. Some of the spices you will find here are vanilla, oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, mint, bay leaf and sage. And it will not be bizarre to say that you will find the best of fenugreek, white and green pepper, rolls of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, star anise, coriander, cloves and the list is endless.

Spice Plantation Periyar

Spice Plantation Periyar

Continuing the tour, we will also visit Kajirapalli for Spice and Rubber Plantation.

From here, you will be driven back to the hotel and there you will have an overnight stay.

Day 6: THEKKADY – KUMARAKOM

After the breakfast, we will head to Kumarakom.

Kumarakom, also called the “Venice of the East”, is a veritable paradise lying in the lush backwaters of Kottayam in Kerala. The panoramic sights of palm fringed narrow canals through the paddy fields and the neat little hamlets lined up along the sides of these canals are unforgettable. The heartland of lagoons, palm fringed lakes and paddy fields, Kumarakom is interlinked with hundreds of winding canals, with typical slow slung country boats that carry everything from people to fish, rice and coconuts to different places.

Kumarakom

Kumarakom

After reaching Kumarakom, the rest of the day will be at leisure. You can lie in a hammock on the shores of Lake Vembanad which ripples under the vault of an impossibly large sky. Here, Darter birds go about their fishy business and you can relax in peace, but not silence. There is the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary next door full of raucous neighbors and as soon as you sway a little, the scenery changes to a timber and tile mansion that seems to belong to this Earth, but to another time.

Kumarakom-Bird-Sanctuary

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

You will spend the night at the hotel.

Once you have breakfast, you will be free for the activities you wish to do.

In the afternoon, you will board the houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala.

These houseboats are also called “Ketuvallam” or the rice boats. The ride in the Vembanad Lake will the most romantic ride you will ever have with a night halt in the middle of the lake. Making an absolute cruiser of the twisting and meandering water streams, the backwaters make the centre of Kerala’s Travel Synopsis. What makes this journey spellbinding is the site of narrow canals crossing the exquisite villages, the lush green paddy fields and the tall coconut grooves.

houseboat-from-Kumarakom-to-Alleppey

houseboat from Kumarakom to Alleppey

You will have lunch and dinner in the houseboat and will spend the night there.

Day 7: ALLEPEY – KOVALAM

BY: ROAD

You will have breakfast in the houseboat and will check out from the boat at the Allepey Jetty. From there, your chauffeur will drive you to Kovalam.

Alleppey Boat Jetty

Alleppey Boat Jetty

When you arrive in Kovalam, you can proceed to check-in at the hotel and for the rest of the day you can take rest.

Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach lying about 16 kms away from Thiruvananthapuram. Since the 1930s, this beach has been the favorite haunt for tourists, especially Europeans and a visit here leaves you with immense pleasure. Here, you can go for sunbathing, swimming and herbal body toning massages. Also, exceptionally good cultural programmes are organized here.

Kerala Message

Kerala Message

You will have an overnight stay at the hotel.

After breakfast, you can enjoy the Ayurveda Treatment and yoga at the resort.

Ayurveda Treatment

Ayurveda Treatment

You will spend the night at the hotel.

Day 8: KOVALAM – TRIVANDRUM  & DEPART TRIVANDRUM      

After breakfast, you will be taken to Trivandrum. There, our representative will meet you and take you to the airport where you will board your flight back home.

Tour End

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