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A Toast to Coast: Popular 9 Day South Kerala trip

  • Kochi 1N
  • Munnar 2N
  • Thekkady 1N
  • Kumarakom 1N
  • Houseboat 1N
  • Kovalam 2N
  • Tour Itinerary
  • Kerala
  • Indus Holidays Best Seller
Suitable for

Couple/Family

Duration

8 Nights 9 Days

Category

Backwater / Hills

Package type

Customisable

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

Starting from

20000

/person

Experience Highlights

  • Houseboat
  • Tea Garden
  • Wildlife
  • Enjoy a perfect view of the coastline from atop one of India’s oldest lighthouses at Kovalam (optional)
  • Stay on a beautiful eco-friendly houseboat as it traverses through the backwaters
  • Get a glance of the top peak in South India, Anamudi, which is part of the National park where you can see the endangered Niligiri tahr
  • Stay at a backwater resort in remote parts of the backwaters away from the tourist rush. Enjoy their incredible hospitality.
  • Take a ride on a friendly jumbo or even do an elephant shower at Thekkady (optional)

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Tour Summary

  • 9 Days
  • 6 Destinations
  • Short daily travel
  • Day 1 - Kochi on arrival
  • Day 2 - Kochi - Munnar
  • Day 3 - Explore Munnar
  • Day 4 - Munnar - Thekkady
  • Day 5 - Thekkady - Kumarakom
  • Day 6 - Kumarakom - Alleppey
  • Day 7 - Alleppey - Kovalam
  • Day 8 - Explore Kovalam
  • Day 9 - Departure from Trivandrum

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

  • Kochi on Arrival
  • Full Day
  • In Town

Nowhere else in India can you find such an intriguing mix: a 450-year-old synagogue, colourful street art, iconic fishing nets and gable-roofed victorian structures squeezed together with boho cafes. A tropical port city which sits astride a cluster of little islands, Kochi is far more than your gateway to Kerala.

  • MORNINGOn arrival, meet your Indus representative who will drive you to mainland Kochi. Fresh up at your hotel and head to Fort Kochi.
  • Dig into Kochis colonial past by foot to explore heritage churches, landmarks and the well preservedDutch Palace .
  • Stroll past shops selling antiques and spices to visit the beautifulJewish Synagogue 
  • Walk by the sea to observe the still-in-useChinese Fishing Netsand even try operating one
  • EVENINGLaze around in the town arty cafes or hop on a local ferry to see the city skyline at sunset
  • As in important center for arts, Kochi is a standout place to witness an eveningKathakalishow (Optional)
  • For dinner, try one of the exquisite seafood restaurants around and relax for the night

Stay at Kochi

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

Coral Isle

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Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that Kochi was a natural harbour created by the massive floods of 1340?

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Kochi 

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Day 2

  • Kochi to Munnar
  • 3.5 hrs
  • 145 kms

More than an intimate hill town, Munnar is a mood, an aspiration rather. Carpets of emerald-green plantations in the world’s highest tea-growing regions, its vibrant hill culture and scenes of tranquil mornings with mist clinging to mountain tops together create one of Asia's most compelling destinations.

  • MORNINGStart a scenic drive uphill through spice towns and winding roads.
  • Enroute, visit a plantation village with farm tour or halt fortraditional lunch(optional)
  • Stop to take a snap of amazing views atCheeyappara WaterfallsandValara Waterfalls(seasonal)
  • AFTERNOONCheck-in to your hill resort  and relax while connecting to the hills
  • Unwind at your resort tonight with inhouse activities and dinner.

Stay at Munnar

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

Lake View

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Premium Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that Munnar was once the summer capital of British and favourite among Government elites during colonial times.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Munnar 

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Activity Add-ons

Day 3

  • Explore Munnar
  • Full Day
  • In Town

Everyone’s Munnar can be different, so tune it your taste. First timers can choose between must see attractions and lesser travelled day excursions. Adventurous souls can wake early to beat crowds, go full day trekking or ride a bike around the hills. When energies start to flag, a good, steaming Munnar brew is never far away.

  • MORNINGWake up to a magical golden hour sunrise and take a misty plantation walk.
  • After breakfast, wander a few kilometres out toEravikulam National Park(Half day tour).
  • Get on one of the govt operated mini buses which routes around Anamudi, the highest peak south of Himalayas.
  • Hike along high altitude grasslands which offers amazing views of the mountain ridges accompanied by the endangered Nilgiri Tahr.
  • AFTERNOONVisit theTea Museumwhere you could explore artefacts from colonial times besides witnessing the tea processing procedure.
  • As the day unfolds, take a few snaps at Photo-point before heading toMattupetty Dam(opt for speed boat rides here).
  • Amongst the tea valley isEcho Pointwhere you can hear your voice resounding through the hills.
  • Also cover Elephant arrival spot and the more scenic Kundala Lake.
  • Return to your resort late evening after shopping at Munnar’s local market

Stay at Munnar

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

Lake View

(See our stay selections)

Premium Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that Munnar was once the summer capital of British and favourite among Government elites during colonial times.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Munnar 

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Day 4

  • Munnar to Thekkady
  • 3 hrs
  • 90 kms

Sheltered in the tranquil spice hub of Periyar is one of India’s best managed wildlife reserves (home to 40 odd hard-to-spot tigers) and a 25-sq-km artificial lake perfect for a scenic spotting cruise. Dig deeper into the range of activities, perhaps trek with a tribal villager or go rafting to see Periyar’s real jungle magic unravel.

  • MORNINGStart your day early with a safari in Gavi forest.
  • After breakfast, drive through a landscape of cardamom plantations, grasslands and tea gardens to the forests of Thekkady.
  • Halt at aSpice Plantationlearn from an expert about cultivation and the healing power of spices (Optional)
  • Enjoy a scenic Lake cruise inside the thickly forestedPeriyar Reserveto spot wildlife by the water edge
  • EVENINGVisit a local theatre to see warriors showcaseKalaripayattua 3000 year old Keralan martial art (Optional)
  • Shop around the spice town tonight, enjoy dinner and relax at your resort

Stay at Thekkady

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

Spices Lap

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Heritage Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that the 100-year-old lake, surrounded by Periyar wild-life sanctuary is artificial?

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Thekkady 

View more tips

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Day 5

  • Thekkady to Kumarakom
  • 4.5 hrs
  • 170 kms

Discover the most fascinating waterworld on earth - every road is a canal, every home is an island. Kumarakom will marvel you with its unique biodiverse landscape, heavenly local cuisine and its altogether different ‘backwater village’ lifestyle.

  • MORNINGEnjoy a scenic drive past paddy fields and palms to your backwater resort
  • Experience atraditional lunchand settle into the gentle pace of life here
  • Ayurveda therapies would be a great option for the late afternoon
  • EVENINGUnwind at the resort as you witness boats pass by and a relaxed backwater sunset
  • Walks to explore local villages and fresh seafood at will be fun before relaxing for the night

Stay at Kumarakom

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

Lake Song

(See our stay selections)

Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Kumarakom bird sanctuary is home to a wide range of avifauna including local and migratory ones.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Kumarakom 

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Activity Add-ons

Day 6

  • Kumarakom to Alleppey
  • 45 min
  • 30 kms

To glide along backwater canals by day and to sleep under a sky full of stars, a houseboat cruise is pure enchantment! Your private boat, setup as a home on a traditional rice barge, takes you on a journey to discover a water-world brimming with experiences that last a lifetime.

  • MORNINGTake a short drive through vibrant villages to board your ‘Kettuvallom’
  • Your cruise will take you through splendid waterways giving you sights of homes on the backwaters, shops, the people and their villages.
  • AFTERNOONStop to enjoy atraditional lunch in houseboatfreshly prepared by the chef on your boat
  • Drift by canals fringed with endless paddy fields while you socialise with your crew. Watch backwater life unfold from your boat deck.
  • EVENINGYour houseboat will be anchored near a village by early evening, Stroll around to interact with locals, go fishing and witness a spectacular sunset.
  • Relax after dinner on the boat experiencing the gentle lapping of water, night sky and balmy breeze.

Stay in Houseboat

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

Houseboat

(See our stay selections)

Deluxe

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know Kettuvallams were once used to ship agricultural produce from homes by backwaters to market in nearby towns.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Munnar 

View more tips

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Day 7

  • Alleppey to Kovalam
  • 3.5 hrs
  • 160 kms

Once a calm fishing village clustered around crescent beaches, Kovalam and nearby Poovar is now the getaway to a region of estuaries, villages and upmarket beach resorts. Its promising waves (and surf club), flourishing ayurveda/yoga scene and convenient access make it an immensely popular place for fun by the sea.

  • MORNINGStart the day with a scenic drive past paddy fields and palms to your beach resort
  • Head to the touristyLighthouse Beachthis afternoon to indulge in food joints and shops stretching back into the hillside from the shore
  • Climb up spiral staircases of the candy-striped lighthouse to get a stunning view of the coast (optional)
  • EVENINGChoose between active water sports, laid back cafe vibes and walks to secluded stretches of beach to view the sun set.
  • Slip into the night with open air dining followed by a moonlight walk in the silver sands

Stay at Kovalam

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

Sagara Beach Resort

(See our stay selections)

Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

The name Kovalam means groove of coconut trees.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Munnar 

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Day 8

  • Explore Kovalam / Trivandrum
  • Full Day
  • In Town

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!

  • MORNINGHalf-day tour exploring the heritage city of Thiruvananthapuram
  • After breakfast, head to thePadmanabha Swami Templethe richest temple in the country with antique riches (Entry for Hindus only).
  • After darshan explore the horse palaceKuthiramalikamagnificently crafted wooden palace famous for its house sculpture work.
  • Later, revel at the oil paintings of the raja and exquisite collection atNapier Museum .
  • EVENINGWe 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.

Stay at Kovalam

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

Sagara Beach Resort

(See our stay selections)

Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

The name Kovalam means groove of coconut trees.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Kovalam 

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Day 9

  • Departure from Trivandrum
  • 45 min
  • 25 Kms

Today will be the last day of your tour. Have a splendid breakfast at your resort and get ready for onward journey.

  • MORNINGCheck out from your resort and head to Trivandrum.
  • Shop for artefacts and curios if interested (optional).
  • AFTERNOONDrop back at Airport bidding farewell to god’s own country with memories to last for a life time.

Departure from Trivandrum

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

The 18-foot-long idol of Lord Vishnu has to be viewed through three seperate doors.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Trivandrum 

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Offers & Packages

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  • Kochi 1N
  • Munnar 2N
  • Thekkady 1N
  • Kumarakom 1N
  • Houseboat 1N
  • Kovalam 2N

8 Nights Value Package

Starting From

18200 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

8 Nights Super Deluxe Package

Starting From

19800 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

8 Nights Premium Package

Starting From

25000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

8 Nights Luxury Package

Starting From

34500 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

We handle each booking individually to get best possible prices and inclusions. This means our negotiating power can often lower prices or get more inclusions than indicated here. Give us a try!

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