The most beautiful state of South India, Kerala takes you to a laid-back era where you find solace in the beauty of nature. This coastal strip along the Arabian sea is as much a home to nature’s labyrinth as it is to the spice and tea-plantations on the hills of the Western Ghats. Whether it is the state’s lip-smacking cuisine, or a relaxing afternoon on the traditional houseboat, or an elephant ride or even a holistic Ayurveda treatment… You will find it all here, in a place known as the God’s own country.
When you land at the Cochin International Airport, you’ll escorted to your hotel. Walk around at leisure in the evening in this picturesque ‘port city’. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Set out on a guided sightseeing tour of Cochin. Visit the Fort Cochin and witness how it keeps alive its ancient Jew tradition. Visit the Santa Cruz Basilica, Mattancherry palace, St. Francis Church and more. Explore and wander around at the Jew’s street and the Chinese fishing nets at the Fort Cochin beach. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Next morning, drive down to Munnar. On the way, visit the Kodanadu elephant training camp. Upon your arrival in Munnar, check into your hotel and relax for the rest of the day.
Time to explore the picturesque hill station! Visit Anaimudi, South India’s highest peak, the Christ Church, the Evarikulam National Park, the Rajamala Hills, Top Station and the Madupetty Dam. With a host of activities like boating and horse riding available here, indulge yourself.
After lunch, proceed to Periyar, a highly picturesque resort. Your first stop will be Spice Village. In the evening, simmer down and get refreshed with a boat safari in the scenic Periyar Lake. Look for the birds and animals on the way; Periyar National Park is said to house some rare varieties. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Go on a full day guided plantation tour. Relax later in the evening and stay the night in Periyar.
After a refreshing breakfast, leave for Kumarakom, situated on the banks of Lake Vembanad and enveloped in stunning vistas. Engage in what the locals master in – pluck huge coconuts and learn to de-husk, break and grate them to prepare delicious dishes, flavoured with exotic spices. Visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, home to thousands of rare species of birds. Return to your hotel and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
After breakfast, set out on an enchanting overnight backwater cruise in traditionally decorated houseboats. While cruising in these floating luxury-villas, let your eyes settle for the rare and the unusual. Skim past Chinese fishing nets, bowed-down paddy fields, local inhabitants engaged in making coir products, rustic homes, ancient temples and swaying coconut groves. Have a sumptuous meal on-board. Stay the night in the houseboat.
After a refreshing breakfast served onboard, check out from the houseboat and drive to Kovalam. Upon arrival, check in to a hotel. This beach town is highly ranked by international tourists and is an ideal destination to get a feel of the tropical sun. Water enthusiasts will have a lot of beach activities to indulge themselves in like – kayaking, swimming, surfing and skiing. Do visit some of the certified massaging centers alongside the beach and pamper yourself with an exotic herbal, body- toning massage. Spend the night at your hotel.
Early in the morning, set out on a sightseeing tour to Trivandrum. Visit Padmanabhaswami temple, renowned for its towering gopuras and temples arts and paintings. The main pavilion of the temple stands impressively with 400 marvellous granite carved pillars. Your guided sightseeing tour will cover the rest of the attractions too. Later in the evening, travel back to Kovalam for an overnight stay.
The next morning, get set to catch your flight back home from Trivandrum International airport.