A wonderful family holiday where you will experience Kerala at its diverse best.This package has been curated keeping something in mind for everyone in the family.Children can enjoy showers with elephants or learning to cook with ‘mummy’ in a backwaters farm and grown-ups can enjoy plantation stays and sun downers in a heritage home.
You will be welcomed at Kochi International airport / rail station by our company representative and taken to your hotel.
Spend the day at Kochi, one of the finest natural harbours and the oldest European settlement in India. The cultural mosaic here is shaped by a long history of visitors – Arab, Chinese, British, Jewish, Portuguese and French – making for a remarkable heritage city.
Marvel at the slow rhythm of the fishing technique using Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi
Stay at one of the finest boutique hotels in Fort Kochi to soak in the colonial ambience. Relax for the night at your hotel.
Your tour really begins today by exploring the heritage sites of Fort Kochi. You can shop around for antiques and spices, learn the history of the land and by afternoon head to the majestic Athirapally waterfalls.
Do-it- yourself walk: heritage sites of Fort Kochi
You start your walking tour of Fort Kochi at the St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India and explore the imposing Santa Cruz basilica built by the Portuguese. It will be fun to observe the iconic and still-in-use Chinese fishing nets and even try using them yourself. Stroll past the shops along Jew Street shopping for antiques and spices and also visit the Jewish Synagogue and the Dutch Palace. You will notice that the heritage zone of the city is amazingly well preserved.
Nature puts on a great show at Athirapally: a must experience in Kerala
Trip to Athirapally & Vazhachal Waterfalls: the cascading beauty
Enjoy a mild trek through the forests to the base of the thunderous waterfall at Athirapally. As you hear the loud noise and feel the refreshing water spray, you will treat yourself to an impressive view worth the little trouble trekking down. Also visit the cascading waterfalls at Vazhachal 5km away and get some snaps of wild insects and water pools along the way.
Enjoy dinner at one of the amazing seafood restaurants in the city. Relax for the night in your hotel.
This morning our travel takes us on a short journey to reach the backwater town of Alleppey. The ‘Venice of the East’ as it is called supports vibrant village life along the shorelines with paddy fields and palms.
On board a ‘Kettuvallom’: A glimpse of backwater life
After traditional lunch on your private houseboat, the cruise will take you through splendid waterways of narrow canals. You will get opportunities to explore village life and the country side. Afternoons are best spent sunbathing on the deck or lounging in the shade while socialising with your crew. As you drift along, you will be amazed by the life by the waterside and witness a spectacular sunset. Experience the night life in an anchored houseboat in the middle of the lake. Overnight stay in the Houseboat.
Your trip along narrow canals and stay on a houseboat can be an experience of a lifetime
Disembark and arrive at one of the friendliest family-run stays in the backwaters. Over the next couple of days, you can chose from a wealth of activities which will help you connect with rural Kerala.
Take it slow: Enjoy a relaxing break in your backwater homestay
There is something for everyone in the family here. Set out to explore the farms where cultivation is done below sea level. Do a wider sightseeing by exploring the countryside on a bicycle or try fishing. While the evening would be perfect for a sunset cruise, mommy could pick up some cooking lessons from the skilful hosts too. The food here will be the highlight of your stay here with a taste of the Syrian Christian cuisine. Finally, you could engage the family members and just chat about anything and everything.
Stay in waterfront villas run by a family on a beautiful farm island, in the Kerala backwaters
Enjoy your breakfast and head to Thekkady, home to one of the best managed wildlife reserves in India. With a 100-year-old artificial lake and its setting in the thickly forested Western Ghats (UNESCO world heritage site), Periyar will not disappoint with a range of activities and wildlife spotting on offer.
TRAVEL TO THEKKADY (140 KMS, 3.5 HRS)
Check-in to your resort, relax for a while and soak in the tropical garden landscape.
Asiatic elephants, gaurs and wild boars are commonly spotted in the reserve during boating
Boating the Periyar: A soothing wildlife experience
The evening boat ride through the lake Periyar will give you a chance to spot wildlife by the river side. Arrive at the counter to make the evening ride. Relax for the night at your resort.
Today we have left aside for you to explore Periyar beyond the reserve. Guided plantation tours, elephant showers and martial arts shows are bound the keep the children entertained during the tour.
Guided spice plantation tour: The aroma is incredible!
Keralan spice tours are immensely educative experiences. For some, it is the lingering aroma of cloves, cinnamon, for others, it is about joy of plucking spices straight of the plant. Experienced guides escort you around gardens keeping you excited along the way with bits of information and even some demonstrations on the healing powers of the various spices.
Elephant Safari & Shower: Take a ride on top of a friendly elephant
Nothing like a friendly jumbo! If you are interested we will take you on a ride through plantations on an elephant or even do a jumbo shower. Safe and among the best experiences in Thekkady,
Children & the young at heart will love this safe and wet encounter with a friendly giant
Experience Kalaripayattu: One of the oldest fighting systems in existence
Today evening, we can take you to attend a Kalaripayattu show illustrating the 3000 year old art-form. The practitioners of Kalaripayattu are not only warriors but also self-healers. Besides the swords and daggers the warriors are also trained in a unique weapon called ‘Urumi’ - a lethal flexible sword that can be concealed as a waist belt.
Relax for the night at your resort.
After your wild encounter at Thekkady, you will be taken to your final stop, Marari, one of the best beaches to unwind. This will be a perfect relaxing finish to your complete Kerala family holiday. Use this chance to pick up some activities of your choice for the last couple of days of your tour.
Experience the fine art of undoing things at the relaxing beaches of marari
At Marari Beach: The shores go through a hundred moods
Spend your first day here exploring the beach side. Marari doesn’t have the trappings of a typical tourist beach in Kerala; it has the slow pace of a traditional Keralan fishing village. The crowds are going to be less making it perfect to unwind.
Relax for the day at your resort.
Today is set aside for you to explore marari and pursue activities of your interest. There are quite a few in-house activities like yoga or ayurveda. The outdoor options include temple tours and village tours among others.
Choose a couple of activities of your interest and enjoy a slow holiday
Enjoy an aimless walk on a near empty beach as you watch the waves change colour or spend time with a naturalist learning about butterflies. A visit to the temples and the Krishnapuram Palace will give you a glimpse into Kerala architecture, mural paintings and weaponry. Learn to cook with spices or pamper yourself with an ayurveda massage.
Marari’s themed stay will be a perfect relaxing finish to your complete Kerala family holiday.
Village colours: Coir making, colourful festivals and more
Taking a stroll through the village around the resort will be a fascinating experience. You can watch the process of coir making and pick up some coir handicrafts too. There is always a festival on somewhere, just go and immerse yourself in the sound and colour. Even meander the sleepy lanes of your fishing village and try a tipple at one of the local toddy shops.
Today is the last day of your tour. Enjoy a splendid breakfast on your beach and prepare for onward journey.
Drop back at Airport/Rail station in the afternoon bidding farewell to god’s own country with memories to last for a life time.
3 star Hotel/resort and certified homestays with neat amenities, hygienic bathrooms & European toilets, Telephone and 24 hours room service. Family rooms and interconnecting rooms will be arranged wherever possible.
Air Conditioned vehicle with chauffer at your disposal thorough out the tour
Buffet breakfast included at all resorts/ hotels
Total tour cost
Price on Request
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