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Kerala Holidays OverviewExplore Cochin’s colonial buildings and Fort Cochin’s narrow streets. Learn all about tea at the Munnar tea plantations, join a boat safari to explore Periyar’s wildlife. Learn to make your own stationery, indulge in an Ayurvedic massage before relaxing on one of the glorious beaches of Kerala, truly God’s own country.
Explore Cochin’s colonial buildings and Fort Cochin’s narrow streets. Learn all about tea at the Munnar tea plantations, join a boat safari to explore Periyar’s wildlife. Learn to make your own stationery, indulge in an Ayurvedic massage before relaxing on one of the glorious beaches of Kerala, truly God’s own country.
Best time for this holiday is from November to March
Day 1: Cochin arrival
You will be met on arrival for a private transfer to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a sunset cruise. Overnight
Day 2: Cochin sightseeing
A sightseeing tour visiting the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, St. Thomas Church, St. Mary's Cathedral, Chinese Fishing Nets and, Bolghatty Palace.
Proceed for a sightseeing tour to explore the many fascinating highlights of Cochin which include - The Jewish Synagogue in what is locally called the Jew Town, St. Francis Church which is the oldest European Church in India, the Santa Cruz Basilica built in 1557 by the Portuguese and the Dutch Palace. Later in the evening, enjoy a Kathakali performance. Overnight in Cochin.
Day 3: Cochin to Munnar
We recommend that a light anorak and walking shoes are taken, as Munnar is much cooler than the coastal area. After breakfast, leave with your private driver/guide on a scenic drive to Munnar at an altitude of nearly 1600 metres above sea level. Once the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in South India, Munnar still retains its colonial charm and is famous for its tea plantations, most of which are privately owned. With its sprawling estates, rolling hills, sparkling waterfalls, picture postcard hamlets and undulating valleys, Munnar is an ideal holiday destination. In the afternoon, enjoy a Cardamom walk. Stay 2 nights.
Distance and journey time: 150 km, 3 to 4 hrs
Day 4: Munnar touring
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Munnar covering meticulously groomed tea plantations, Eravikulam National Park (to see the endangered Nilgiri Thar) Mattupetty Dam, and the Tea Museum.
Overnight at Munnar.
Day 5: Munnar to Periyar
After breakfast, drive to Periyar / Thekkady through the delightful Cardamom Hills. On arrival at Periyar, check-in to your hotel for 02 nights. Thekkady is home to the Periyar wildlife sanctuary famous for its rare habitat of birds and animals and is one of the most popular destinations for nature lovers. Go on a spice plantation tour where you will be enticed by not only the aroma of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg but will also get to know how they are grown, harvested and processed. Indulge in an ayurvedic massage. Overnight.
Distance and journey time: 110 km, 3 to 4 hrs
Day 6: Periyar Wildlife safari by boat
Early a morning boat cruise around the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary for wildlife sightings. In the afternoon, experience an Ayurvedic Massage, Bamboo Rafting or a nature walk.
Overnight in Periyar.
Day 7: Periyar to Kumarakom
Morning, check-out and transfer to Kumarakom. On arrival, check into your resort in the backwaters. Relax in the serene atmosphere of the resort.
Distance and journey time: 158 km, 5 hrs
Day 8: Houseboat
Morning at leisure. At midday, embark on your private houseboat for a cruise on the Backwaters, a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. Your houseboats or 'Kettuvalloms' are luxurious boats with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm-fringed landscape from your cabins. Apart from the mesmerising surroundings, it's the life along the coast that adds a touch of exotica to this experience. The locals travel in canoes and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods, door to door in small wooden boats. A small crew will be available at all times to assist you during the cruise. The crew includes the captain who mans the boat, a chef and a housekeeping staff member. The local food prepared by the chef on the houseboat is another delight not to miss. As you cruise along the backwaters you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places, en route where you can choose to go on a village walk. Your houseboat will set anchor around 1800 hrs and dinner will be served. The following morning's departure will be around 0700 hrs. Overnight on board.
Day 9: Alleppey to Kovalam
After breakfast, disembark at Alleppey and travel by road to Kovalam. On arrival, check-in to your hotel for 03 nights.
Distance and journey time: 180 km, 4 hrs
Day 12: Departure
Collect from your hotel for a transfer to the airport.
Distance and journey time: 10 km, 30 mins