God’s Own Country’, Kerala was selected by the National Geographic Traveller as one of the 50 destinations of a lifetime and one of the thirteen paradises in the world. It is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Asia. With an equable climate, serene beaches, tranquil stretches of backwaters, lush hill stations and exotic wildlife, classical art forms, colourful festivals, unique cuisine. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine and Panchakarma, the rejuvenation therapy in Ayurveda has further gained Kerala a pan-global reputation as a top of the line destination. In Kerala, the season never ends, thanks to the year-long moderate climate and numerous festivals and events..
Day 01: Arrive Cochin
Upon arrival at Cochin airport, you will be met and assisted by our representative to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. In the evening visit the famous dance drama of Kerala, the Kathakali. This dance can be characterized by grotesque gesticulations, amazing costumes and very extensive make-up. The stories are mostly taken from the epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana.
Day 02: Cochin Sightseeing
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting – ‘The Jewish Synagogue’ at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town, ‘The St. Francis Church’, the oldest European Church in India, ‘The Santa Cruz Basilica’ originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese, The Dutch Palace and Spice market at the narrow streets. Later return to the hotel and in the evening visit the ‘Chinese fishing nets’ huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese traders.
Day 03: Cochin – Munnar (135 kms / 3 hrs)
Morning drive to Munnar. On arrival in Munnar, check-in at hotel and rest of the day is at leisure. Munnar (1,524 M), is the highest town of Kerala with a cool, bracing climate exuding an old world charm. The atmosphere is fragrant with extensive tea and cardamom plantations. There are enchanting high ranges, lakes and streams and beautiful view of low-lying clouds and the mist filled valleys.
Day 04: Munnar – Sightseeing
Morning visit Pothamedu, located 6 Kms from Munnar and which offers an excellent view of tea, coffee and cardamom plantations of Munnar. Devikulam, located 7 Kms from Munnar, this idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience.
Day 05: Munnar – Periyar (160 kms / 4 hrs)
Morning drive on a scenic route dotted with plantations of rubber, cardamom, cocoa, green pepper and areca nut to the wildlife reserve at Periyar. Arrive Periyar and check-in at the hotel. In the evening enjoy the most popular boat trip at the National Park. There are many animals to see, including herds of elephants, bison’s and packs of wild boars that roam through the woods and parade along the shores of the lake just before sunrise and sunset.
Day 06: Periyar Sightseeing
Morning we would leave for guided plantation tour to the nearby garden where in various species of spices and other aromatic plants are cultivated. Afternoon free to visit the local market for spices.
Day 07: Periyar – Kumarakom (140 kms / 3 hrs)
Morning after breakfast at hotel, drive to Kumarakom. Kumarakom backwater is called as jewels of Kerala. In this small water world you will come across plenty of Traditional country crafts boats and canoes which will take you into the heart of the scenic lake. On arrival check in at backwater resort. Visit of Kumarakom bird sanctuary.
Day 08: Kumarakom – Houseboat
After leisurely breakfast in the hotel check out and board your houseboat from Kumarakom jetty at 12:30 Hrs. Staying in this moving palace is breathtaking experience. While sailing down amaze of canals one sees different scenes from the villages, paddy fields, coconut palms, fisherman and local life. Lunch and dinner would be onboard, and you would be spending your night in the mid of the lake.
Day 09: House Boat – Alleppey – Kovalam (170 kms / 4 hrs)
After leisurely breakfast on board disembark at Alleppey jetty, which is also known as Venice of the East because of the narrow canals and backwaters.
Drive to Kovalam from Alleppey. On arrival in Kovalam, check-in at a beach resort. Rest of the day to relax at the beach or you have the option to indulge in Ayurvedic massages. It is an ideal place to swim, sunbathe and perhaps enjoy the ancient rites of oil bath.
Day 10: Kovalam Beach
Full day on the beach.
Day 11: Kovalam – Trivandrum
Transfer to Trivandrum airport in time to board the flight for onward journey.