13 Days |
Kerala is one of the most beautiful places that exists of earth, and can be found in several travelers’ bucket lists. Whether you visit Cochin, with its rich history and monuments, or Munnar, with the beautiful Chinese fishing nets, Kerala gives you a wholesome experience. Kerala has the glorious Arabian Sea coast and beaches; a languid network of glistening backwaters; and the spice- and tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats, dotted with fiercely protected wildlife reserves and cool hill stations such as Munnar. It is a soul-soothing place. Moreover, indulging in the festival of Onam is an experience everyone needs, apart from staying at one of the houseboats in Alleppey. This tour packs together adventure, exploration and history, which is the best combo any traveler could ask for.
Sightseeing the famous attraction of Chinese fishing nets in Cochin
Taking a leisurely cruise on a traditional rice barge
Walking through the several plantations including spice plantations
Relaxing on beaches
Exploring into the cities and locales
Enjoying and experiencing the Onam Festival
On day 1, you will depart for Cochin from your home destination. Overnight stay will be on board.
Upon arrival, a representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel, where you’ll be checked in. The remainder of the day will be all for yourself, so you can either relax, or spend your time doing laid back activities, or exploring the areas. Cochin has been a port since the 14th century, precisely, since the year of 1341. Located in the state of Kerala, it is well known for the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets. It abides several historical places like Fort Kochi, Mattancherry Palace, and Paradesi Synagogue, which are some of the most amazing places to visit there. Overnight stay at the hotel in Cochin.
After a nice breakfast, you can take a visit to the colonial part of Cochin on day 3. Starting your way from the St. Francis Church, you can make your travelling way towards the Santa Cruz Basilica. The exploration of colonial Cochin usually lasts about half a day, which will give you the rest of the day to yourself where you can either rest or explore more of the colonial Cochin. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
After a scrumptious breakfast, you will depart from Cochin on a 3 hours long drive towards Kodikulam. Upon arrival, a traditional home stay will be arranged for you. Kodikulam is actually a panchayath, located in Kerala’s Idukki district. It has major rubber plantations, along with mesmerizing spice gardens, and three famous temples including Sri Chandrapillil Devi Kshetram, Anchakulam Bhagavathy temple, and Thrikkovil Subhramania temple. You can explore the nearby areas and different activities, and even have a swim at the river there. Overnight stay will be at the hotel/home stay.
After having a healthy breakfast, you will have the whole day to yourself, to spend it in leisure. You can indulge in various activities, go cycling, visit the temples, and even learn about the art of honey extraction or try to milk a cow! You will have several options to choose from, and will result in a fun packed day. Overnight stay will be at the hotel/home stay.
Post breakfast, departure by road towards the Western Ghats, for Munnar. During the three hours long drive, be sure to check out the various waterfalls you might witness. Upon arrival, you will be checked in at the hotel and our representative will help you with that. Munnar is a hill station, located in Kerala, in the Western Ghats, and used to be one of the resorts for the British Raj elite groups. It is the house to Eravikulam National Park, The Blossom International Park, and the Tea Museum, among some other places. This small town is a well-known tourist attraction for people visiting Kerala. You will have the day to yourself today, and you can either relax, or go for a leisurely stroll, bird watching or even butterfly walk. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
After starting your day with some healthy breakfast, you can go for a trek at any of the several beautiful mountains around Munnar, with a local and extremely experienced guide. The trek will let you explore the beauty that lies in the mountains, and experience nature at a new level. If you still have time after return, you can either relax yourself, or go on about exploring. Keep your evening free to visit the local markets around the area. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
After breakfast, you can enjoy the day by participating in local activities, tasting tea or roaming about. You can also stay indoors, and have a peaceful day. In the afternoon, you can take a four-hour drive to the Periyar National Park, where you will be checked in at the hotel upon arrival. Periyar National Park is the home to numerous endangered flora and fauna, and has over 171 species of grass, 140 species of orchids, and about 35 species of mammals. It was noted that the national park had over 35 Bengal Tigers in 2017, along with several Indian elephants, white tigers, gaur, sambar, wild pig, Salim Ali’s fruit bat, among various more. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
You can initiate your day, post breakfast, with either a stroll through the jungle with a local ranger, or a tour in a small group with the fellow hotel guests. You will be able to witness several species of animals, birds and plants, and this excursion may last for 3 to 4 hours. This can be followed by a visit to Alleppey, where you can stay in a houseboat for the night, enjoying the serene experience while floating on the water, along the rustic backwaters of Kerala. Alleppey is widely known for the houseboats, along the Kerala backwaters, which area a network of canals and lagoons. It also features the Alappuzha beach and the Mullakkal temple. Overnight stay will be at the houseboat.
After waking up in the serenity of the houseboat, you can enjoy a hearty breakfast, followed by some indulgence in the Onam festival.
Onam festival is one of the most famous festivals, which is hugely celebrated in Kerala. One of the biggest festivals of the state, Onam is celebrated for 10 days during the Malayalam month of Chingam which fills the heart of people with gaiety, and brings them together to be a part of this vibrant and cultural festival. With great pomp and show, Onam embarks the homecoming of the great King Mahabali, as well as the harvest season of Kerala. The festival is essentially celebrated by the people to welcome the homecoming of their dearest legendry King Mahabali into their homes. It is believed that the spirit of the king visits the homes of the people at the time of Onam. From flower arrangements to games and extravagant feasts, Onam is an experience not worth missing. Overnight stay will be at the houseboat.
Departure from Alleppey towards Marari Beach, post breakfast, where your last two days will be spent. You will be checked in upon arrival, and you will have the rest of the day to yourself. Relax indoors, or take a walk along the beach, it is up to you. Marari Beach is located at about 11 kilometers from Alappuzha town, and is known for its tranquility, which is an ideal spot for a peaceful time. There are some sightseeing destinations as well, and adventures like sea surfing, parasailing and deep sea fishing can also be opted by the adventurous lot. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
After breakfast you can spend the entire day by yourself. Spend it leisurely, by either going on a bicycle ride, by hiring a bicycle, or strolling through the lanes, or even taking Ayurveda massages. There are plenty of options to choose from, and you can opt for any source of relaxation or enjoyment. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
On the last day’s morning, after an exciting trip, you will be escorted to the airport or railway station for your departure and onward destination. We hope you enjoyed your trip with one of the most reliable travel agencies of India, Services International private limited. We wish to see again to explore some other parts of India.