Discover a thousand shades of green, indulge in the finest south indian cuisine and share smiles with the friendly locals. This 2-week vacation offers a great balance of guided experiences and free time to explore all while bringing in the diversity of Kerala.
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.
A mix of people from all over the world have left their stamp on this fascinating town of 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 experience the culture of Kerala through its art form: Kathakali.
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.
A guided Kathakali experience gives you insights into Kerala’s rich culture
Kathakali: an evening enjoying the performing arts of Kerala
This 17th century art form is a highly stylized classical dance-drama with the confluence of dancing, acting, vocal and instrumental music. Watch the extensive make-up process and then enjoy a story telling in Kerala style in the performance.
Enjoy dinner at one of the amazing seafood restaurants in the city. Relax for the night in your hotel.
Today head to the dramatic Munnar hills, a place that will forever keep you under its spell. In this former hill getaway of the colonial British, soak up the tranquillity and head out to the verdant tea plantations to taste the local brew.
TRAVEL TO MUNNAR (140 KMS, 3.5 HRS)
The drive up the hills: beautiful waterfalls and tea gardens along the way
This morning, you will drive up through the hills on the way to Munnar. Stop to take a snap of the amazing vistas and views near Attukad and Cheeyapara waterfalls on your way here. Check-in to your resort and relax for a while.
Watch the rhapsody of the carpeted emerald-green tea plantations unfold at Munnar
Visit the Tea Museum: witness tea processing and explore some colonial artefacts
The afternoon would be a great time to visit the tea museum where you could explore artefacts from the colonial times besides witnessing the tea processing procedure. The evening is free for you to go shopping in Munnar town or spending time in the resort.
Relax for the evening at your resort
Wake up early and catch the sunrise over the hills. Today, set out to explore other attractions in Munnar like Rajamala (national park), the dam and echo point.
Trek along the Eravikulam national park: Meet up with friendly NiligiriTahrs
The terrain in the park is high altitude grasslands and features Anamudi, the highest peak (2695m) south of the Himalayas. Get on one of the government operated mini-buses and take a mild trek to amazing vantage points along with lots of endangered NiligiriTahrs.
Eravikulam has the largest surviving population of the endangered Tahr which is endemic to the western Ghats
An afternoon covering the Mattupetty dam, photo point and Echo point at Munnar
As the day unfolds take a few snaps at photo point before reaching Mattupetty dam. Spend some time here if you feel like taking a motor boat cruise. If nothing else, scream at the top of your voice at echo point and hear your voice resounding through the hills.
Head back to your resort and enjoy your dinner.
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 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 you will have some of the best wildlife experiences on offer in Periyar. Pick up on any of the ecotourism activities in the reserve and spend the day in the wild.
Go for an early morning Nature walk or bamboo rafting in the reserve
Dawn is an ideal time to view exotic wildlife with the help of your trained tribal naturalist/ guide in the Periyar tiger reserve (Nature Walk for 3 hours). If you opt for bamboo rafting, it is a dawn to dusk hiking and rafting programme which takes you through the depths of the forests which give you great opportunities to spot wildlife. The team with 4 guides and an armed guard will hitchhike back by evening through the edge of the forest.
The community-organised ecotourism experiences in Periyar are a must do for all wildlife lovers out there
Experience Kalaripayattu: One of the oldest fighting systems in existence (optional)
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.
Today venture out to east Kumarakom, an idyllic village set in a maze of complex lush waterways marked by its gentle pace of life. This day of the tour has been set aside for you to relax or experience the best of the famed ayurveda massages (if interested).
TRAVEL TO KUMARAKOM (140 KM, 3.5 HRS)
Take it slow: A day of relaxation in a backwater heritage resort
Check into your heritage resort, totally recreated from traditional Kerala style homes. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the scenic environs by the lake side. You may choose to lounge by the pool or pamper yourself with an ayurveda treatment. The evenings are best spent playing games or by the lake side soaking in the backwater sunset.
Recreate the way of life very typical of the backwater culture at Kumarakom
This morning our travel takes us several hours through scenic landscapes of spice gardens and tea to finally reach the backwater town of Alleppey. The ‘Venice of the East’ as it is called support a 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
After saying goodbye to your houseboat crew, you will be taken to next stop, Kovalam, where you will find some of the most popular beaches in the country. Famed for its ayurveda centres with enough opportunities for adventure junkies, Kovalam will not disappoint.
TRAVEL TO KOVALAM (170KM, 3.5 HRS)
Soak in the view from atop the Vizhinjam lighthouse
This afternoon, climb up the spiral staircases of one of the oldest lighthouses in India to get a stunning view of the coast. Atop thrilling height of this candy-striped lighthouse, enjoy the strong winds and an awesome vantage point. (Open between 3 pm to 5 pm).
An evening shot from the light house beach at Kovalam
Sunset by the seaside: Explore lighthouse beach
This evening is free for you to spend time by the beach side. The atmosphere will be laid back and relaxed. With lots of options around, consider dining at some of the open air restaurants around or shopping for souvenirs.
Relax for the night at your beach resort.
The next couple of days are set aside for you to explore Kovalam and pursue activities of your interest. There are quite a few in-house activities like yoga, learning to cook with spices, or ayurveda. The outdoor options include heritage tours, water sports and village tours among others.
A slow break at Kovalam beach will be a perfect relaxing finish to your Kerala holiday
Choose a couple of activities of your interest and enjoy a slow holiday.
Enjoy an aimless walk by the beach side as you watch the waves change colour or pick on some water sports. A visit to the city of Trivandrum which showcases the heritage of Kerala will be as exciting as it is insightful. Enjoy the Palaces, museums, temples and shopping or learn to cook with spices and don’t forget to pamper yourself with an ayurveda massage.
Today you are at Kanyakumari, traveling past green paddy fields, wind turbines and mountain ridges to the symbolic land’s end of India. This evergreen spot will be a perfect end to you tour.
A visit to Padmanabhapuram palace: The biggest wooden palace in Asia
Former home of the Rajas of Travancore, this palace is standing proof of the Kerala’s indigenous style of architecture. The fine detailing on carved wood adds to the charm and beauty of this palace which is unlike any other in India. This place will astound you!
A shot of the land’s end of India: Vivekananda memorial &Thirivalluvar statue
A half day tour at the Vivekananda Memorial: a tribute to the wondering monk
Take a ferry to the two-mandapa rock memorial which was built in the 1970s merging architectural styles from all over India. The huge statue of Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar on an adjacent island is the work of 5000 sculptors. Also visit the Gandhi Mandapam, an architectural marvel which has a lot of relics of Mahatma Gandhi.
Sunset at Kanyakumari: It doesn’t get better than this!
Watch the sun setting down as the moon rises simultaneously over the 3 seas. This marvellous sight is unique to the land’s end of India. Walk down sand and rocks to get a nice private spot to witness this!
Relax for the night at your hotel.
Today will be the last day of your tour. Have a splendid breakfast at your resort and get ready for onward journey. Check out from your resort and head to Trivandrum. Drop back at Airport in the afternoon bidding farewell to god’s own country with memories to last for a life time
3 star Hotel/resort with neat amenities, hygienic bathrooms & European toilets, Telephone and 24 hours room service
Air Conditioned vehicle with chauffer at your disposal thorough out the tour
Buffet breakfast included at all resorts/ hotels and all meals on houseboat
Total tour cost
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Enjoy a stress relieving ayurveda massage which will go well with your slow holiday by the backwaters
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