Mesmerising natural beauty, languid backwaters, delicious cuisines and a plethora of natural marvels, Kerala wears the rightfully earned title of ‘God’s Own Country’. Relax amidst the serenity of nature or explore, Kerala has it all to leave an indelible mark on your mind and soul. Take a stroll down the Kovalam Beach, trek through the forest of Thekkady, or reap the benefits of age-old yoga and Ayurvedic healing. A holiday in Kerala is the perfect getaway from the humdrum of life.
This tour succinctly showcases the best of what Kerala has to offer. The cultural capital of Cochin is known for its performing arts. Munnar is a must visit for any traveler, nestled amidst lush and vast tea plantations. And of course, no visit to Kerala is complete without a stay on a traditional houseboat in the iconic backwaters.
Day 1. To Cochin
Departure from your home country to Cochin.
Day 2. Cochin
You will arrive in Cochin in the morning. Afternoon will be at leisure to settle in and relax. Enjoy a sunset harbour cruise, if the tide is conducive. Watch the local fishermen with their intriguing Chinese fishing nets at work. Two nights at the Old Harbour.
Day 3. Cochin
Morning sightseeing of this beautiful port city includes visits to the Mattancherry Palace, Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica and the Jewish Synagogue. Afternoon at leisure. Witness a spectacular Kathakali dance performance in the evening – arrive early to watch the actors applying intricate makeup.
Day 4. To Munnar
Revel in a wonderful scenic drive to the astoundingly beautiful hill station of Munnar. Explore the vast fields of tea plantations, pristine valleys and forest-clad mountains. Two nights stay either at the Windamere or Ambaday Estates.
Day 5. Munnar
Morning excursion to the Eravikulam National Park in the Western Ghats, home to the largest population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Afternoon visit to a Tea Museum to learn about the history of the traditional ‘cuppa’.
Day 6. To Kanam
Drive to the peaceful and secluded Kanam Estate. Swim in the delightful pool, take an optional guided walk through the rubber plantations, and enjoy an Ayurvedic massage to feel truly refreshed. Two nights stay.
Day 7. Kanam
Spend your day with the hotel’s elephant, helping the mahout to feed, bathe and scrub. Being so close to such a magnificent animal is a truly unique experience.
Day 8. To Kumarakom
Morning drive through the gorgeous and lush green countryside to Kumarakom. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the Coconut Lagoon.
Day 9. Houseboat
Spend the day gliding over the backwaters in a traditional rice boat converted into a houseboat, locally known as Kettuvallam. The waterways are the lifeblood of the area; local commerce revolves around them. The backwaters are also an ornithologist’s paradise – look out for glorious multi-coloured kingfishers. Overnight stay on an air-conditioned houseboat.
Day 10. To Cochin
Cruise along the backwaters until the evening. Disembark and drive to Cochin. Overnight at Courtyard Marriott Airport Hotel.
Day 11. Depart for home.
Fly back to your home country.
Suggested extensions: Beach Extensions to Marari and Kovalam (various other extensions are available on request).
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Best time to visit: October to March is the best time to visit Kerala. The weather is pleasant and relatively less humid.
Duration: 11 days
Themes: Culture, Heritage, Beaches, Kerala Backwaters Houseboat, Hill Station, Wildlife.
Regions you will discover: Kerala
Transport within India:
Private air-conditioned chauffeur-driven car
Traditional Keralan Houseboat
Price: Available on request for relevant travel month