A toast to coast offers the quintessential Kerala experience through its most famous destinations. This best seller package has everything – beaches, backwaters, hills, wildlife and heritage giving you all shades of green in this coastal paradise. Luxuriate on this package if you can spare the time for a complete ‘God’s Own Country’ experience
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 view of the magnificent marine drive at Kochi city with the legendary Chinese fishing nets
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.
Enjoy dinner at one of the exquisite seafood restaurants in the city. Relax for the night in your hotel
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.
This morning 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 Niligiri Tahrs
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 Niligiri Tahrs
Enjoy speed boating or picnic at the beautiful lake at Mattupetty which is cradled by the plantation hills of munnar
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 at Munnar and by 9 am get on a journey 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 (100 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 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 (140KM, 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,take a short journey through backwater villages to reach the town of Alleppey. The ‘Venice of the East’ as it is called supports 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 we drift along you will be amazed by the life by the waterside and witness a spectacular sunset. Experience night life in an anchored houseboat in the middle of the lake. Overnight stay in Houseboat.
Your trip along narrow canals and stay on a houseboat can be an experience of a lifetime
Today you will travel to a place 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 day time 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
Explore the city of Trivandrum, a city which showcases the heritage of Kerala like none else. With famous temples, palaces, museums and art emporiums, a tour of Trivandrum will as exciting as it is insightful. The evening is left free for some more beach time!
A half-day tour exploring the heritage city of Thiruvananthapuram
After breakfast, head to the Padmanabhaswamy temple, the richest temple in the country with antique riches (Entry for Hindus only). After darshan explore the horse palace (Puthenmalika) - magnificently crafted wooden palace famous for its house sculpture work. Later, revel at the oil paintings of the raja and exquisite collection at Napier Museum
The Padmanabhaswamy temple, famous for its antique riches also features some astounding stone work
An evening at leisure by the sea
This evening we leave free for you to spend time at leisure by the sea. Walk around the Kovalam, visit some of the other beaches around, watch fishermen at work and enjoy. Shop around if you may or even take an ayurveda massage if you are interested
Relax for the night at your beach resort.
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/ hotel and all meals in the houseboat
Total tour cost
Starting from INR 26500 per person in October to March and INR 21500 per person from April to September
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With the line-up of decorated elephants and melams, it will be an memorable experience (spread over 6 months in different part of Kerala)
On specific days across 3 months you may be able to witness the thrilling boat races live if you plan in advance.