Best of Kerala
Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days
Destination Covered: Cochin → Munnar → Periyar Tiger Reserve → Kumarakom → Alleppey → Kovalam
This tour includes visit to all the most inspiring & prominent destinations of Kerala, including Cochin, Alleppey, Kumarakom, Periyar National Park and Kovalam.
Welcome to God’s own country! On arrival at Cochin international airport you will be welcomed and assisted by our representative and will be transferred to your to check in.
During the evening, you may enjoy ‘Kathakali Dance performance’ in a local theatre near to your hotel. Stay overnight at your hotel.
Morning after breakfast enjoy a sightseeing tour of Cochin which includes your visit to Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and Chinese Fishing nets.
Later in the day you may visit the colourful old spice market and the market on M.G. Road. Stay overnight at your hotel.
Morning after breakfast checkout from your hotel and proceed straightway to Munnar on a fascinating journey. You will pass through the stunning exotic Cardamom hills & green carpets of tea plantations during your journey from Cochin to Munnar.
On arrival at Munnar, check in at your resort. After brief leisure enjoy a visit to Tata Tea Museum, and Devikulam. Evening enjoy a visit to Blossom International Park. Stay overnight at your resort.
Morning after breakfast enjoy a sightseeing trip of Munnar, including visit to the Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Dairy Farm, Old Munnar Town and also walk through the market of Munnar. Rest of the day at leisure and enjoy another overnight stay at your resort.
Morning after breakfast proceed to Periyar (Thekkady). Enroute, you may visit "Indian Cardamom Research Institute".
On arrival check in at your deluxe wildlife resort. After brief leisure proceed on a game viewing cruise on the Periyar Lake. Here you will be able to see a large variety of wildlife, which includes wild elephants, monkeys, deer, wild boar and different species of birds, can also be spotted. Stay overnight at your hotel.
During the morning hour, enjoy the elephant ride around the periphery of the jungle. You may enjoy visit Spice Plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. Taste the world’s best pepper.
Rest of the day is kept at your complete discretion.
You have the option to enjoy other activities provided by the Resort viz. trekking, Bullock-cart ride, nature walk, night patrolling with expert naturalist etc (Kindly note apart from elephant ride, all these suggested activities for the day are optional).
Stay overnight at your hotel.
Morning after breakfast drive straightway to Kumarakom, your next destination. Kumarakom is located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake in the Kuttanad region and renowned for its natural beauty. It is an ideal base to experience the famous Kerala backwaters, replete with meandering lagoons, coconut trees, endless rows of paddy fields interspersed by waterways and canals.
On arrival you will be transferred to your backwaters resort named as 'Coconut Lagoon' set is set on an abandoned coconut plantation in the heart of Kerala backwaters. Located on the shores of the Vembanad Lake, the resort can be approached only by boat. During the day you may enjoy different Ayurvedic massages. Stay overnight at your backwater’s resort.
Morning you may learn Yoga at the resort and practices it. Later enjoy Kalaripayattu – the marshal art demonstration at your resort. Day at your own discretion to enjoy the different activities at your resort. You may also enjoy a walking tour of the nearby villages and temples.
During the day you have an option to enjoy different water sports and Ayurvedic massages (extra charges applicable for the same) at your resort. Another overnight stay at your backwaters resort.
After breakfast, in the afternoon houseboat will reach at your backwaters resort. On arrival embark in your houseboat (your luxury home on sail for next 22 hours). Houseboat trip is the perfect way to experience the backwater lifestyle of Kerala. The day long journey in the beautiful backwaters of Kerala is the only way to explore what otherwise seems more like a poet's version. On demand you may be provided fishing rods to enjoy the fishing during your houseboat trip.
As your trip would start, it would seem like any other boat trip but within just one hour time, the boat will reach in the area which is just breathtaking. It is far beyond imagination that how a whole life is running across both the corners of backwaters. Your houseboat trip makes you experience this very unique thing. While sitting on the deck of your houseboat or while sitting in the spacious open sit-out area, outside your bedroom, you can see the people starting their day. Among the many interesting things which you can see in the day long journey, you may also experience of:- Children being taught the swimming lessons right at their door-step.
- Children going to school in little boats.
- Vendors selling cold-drinks and other grocery items in the boats. And
- Families moving from one place to another in the houseboat.
By the evening, your boat will get moored close to one of the villages, located by the backwaters. You can surely take a tour of this small village.
During the whole day, you will be served delicious meals prepared by your chef and his assistants. Overnight stay at your luxury air-conditioned houseboat.
Morning after breakfast checkout from your houseboat and proceed straightway towards Kovalam. On arrival at Kovalam, check in your deluxe beach resort. Remaining day is at leisure at your resort.
Evening you may take a walking tour of the excellent beach of your resort. Stay overnight at your beach resort.
After breakfast, you may enjoy a sightseeing tour of Thiruvananthapuram which includes your visit to Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Science & Technology museum and Shangmugham Beach. Later you may enjoy a walking tour around your resort. Stay overnight at your beach resort.
Day at your complete discretion to enjoy on your own.
Morning after breakfast checkout from your resort and at appropriate time you will be transferred to Trivandrum airport for your onward journey back to your home destination. The tour ends.