God’s own country awaits.
Summary of Kerala Tour
- Duration: 10 Days & 09 Nights
- Major Attractions: Beautiful backwaters, Sandy Beaches, Lush green mountains, Fort Kochi, Munnar, Ayurvedic Resorts and Spas
- Destination Covered: Cochin, Munnar, Periyar & Alleppey
Highlights of Kerala Tour
Kerala has got beautiful backwaters, sandy beaches, lush green mountains, paddy fields and national parks. A trip through the seashores of Kerala shows cardamom groves, slopping tea plantations, spectacular backwaters and charming rice fields. This trip takes back to the history while visiting the monuments of Fort Kochi. It will rejuvenate you in the picturesque hill station of Munnar and to the dense forests of Periyar National Park – an abode of wild animals and a large population of birds. You will lifetime cherish the experience of staying at the Houseboat over the backwaters.
During this tour, you will also enjoy the rich culture of the state. There are various traditional dances performed here on festivals. If you happen to visit Kerala during Onam Festival time then you will be amazed to see the festivities in each home and every street as it is a state festival of Kerala. You will witness the activities like boat race, temple processions, elephant processions and various masked dances. You can also enjoy some of the famous dances of the state in one of the theaters in Cochin. In Kerala, you will be amazed to see the harmony between various religious groups as you will see here ancient temples, Jewes Synagogue, Old Churches and Mosques.
Kerala is renowned world over for Ayurveda. There are many Ayurvedic Resorts and Spas, which offers rejuvenation therapies and leisurely massages.
Kerala Tour Itinerary
- Day 01 – Cochin
We will welcome you upon arrival at Cochin airport and transfer to the pre booked accommodation. Cochin also known as Kochi is the biggest town and commercial hub of Kerala. It is one of the finest harbours too.
- Day 02 – Cochin
Enjoy guided Fort Kochi tour. First visit Dutch Palace – built by Portuguese in 1555 AD. This palace has beautiful murals from Hindu epic Ramayana. Our second stop will be another Portuguese monument St. Francis Cathedral built in 1510 AD. It is believed to be the first Church made by Europeans in India. Also visit, Chinese Fishing Nets – the highlight of Kochi. Post lunch visit Jewish Synagogue built in 1568 AD. The evening will be to enjoy the regular show of Kathakali Dance – the classic dance of Kerala. The traditional dances are one of the many attractions of Kerala.
- Day 03 – Cochin-Munnar
Today, drive to Munnar – the famed hill station of Kerala and known as Kashmir of South India. Munnar is located at 1524 meters above sea level making it highest place in Kerala. The drive from Kochi to Munnar is very picturesque, as you will pass through scenic tea and spice plantations. Arrive and check in at the resort. Later enjoy the stunning views of the valleys in the Nilgiri Mountains, serene lakes, beautiful streams and low-lying clouds.
- Day 04 – Munnar
Enjoy the markets of the nearby towns and villages, visit tea and spice plantations. Also, do not forget to buy the famous local tea. This hill station of South India has cool and refreshing climate and display the old world charm. You can breath the air in Munnar perfumed with tea and cardamom plantations.
- Day 05 – Munnar-Periyar
Drive to Periyar National Park also known as Thekkady. After relaxing in the rejuvenating environment, later take a tour of Spice plantation. Periyar National Park, which is also a tiger reserve under Project Tiger of India. It is a diverse jungle and quite rich in terms of wildlife. Periyar Lake is a magnificent artificial lake and provides wonderful opportunity of boat ride to spot the variety of birds and wild animals. It is one of the finest places to spot the herds of wild elephants.
- Day 06 – Periyar
In the morning, enjoy the boat ride over Lake Periyar. You will be lucky enough to spot different species of wild animals and birds. Walk into the lovely Kumily market. Take a spice plantation tour.
- Day 07 – Periyar-Alleppey-Houseboat
Enjoy the breakfast at the resort and transfer to exotic backwater destination of Alleppey. Here, you will board the Houseboat from Alleppey boat jetty. Overnight Houseboat is the highlight of Kerala tours to experience the breathtaking backwaters. These backwater cruises are also called as “Kettuvellam”. It is a traditional houseboat of Kerala, which will go through narrow channels of Vembanad Lake. You will enjoy the rural life in the nearby tiny villages and lush green rice fields.
- Day 08 – Houseboat-Alleppey-Marari Beach
Disembark the houseboat at Alleppey jetty after breakfast. Drive to Marari Beach. Relax and enjoy the tranquil beaches of Kerala.
- Day 09 – Marari Beach
Take sunbath and relax. Kerala is famous for its Ayurvedic massages and treatments; therefore you can opt for one from the resort.
- Day 10 – Marari-Cochin Airport
Drive to Cochin airport to board the international flight back home. Kerala Tour ends here.
HTOI Special Activities
- Kathakali Dance Show
Kathakali is one of the classical dances of India and Cochin is the best place to watch it live. Come a bit early to see the make-up process because it is as enthralling as the performance. The themes of the performance are Hindu mythologies and spiritual ideas and legends. The facial gestures, costumes, vocal performers and music are breathtaking.
- Spice Plantation Tour
Kerala is known for its spices for centuries and the traders from the state have been exporting the spices like pepper, cardamom, vanilla, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg world over. Taking a guided tour in a spice plantation in Kumily is a experience, you cherish forever.
Helene Concebeaux, USAFb
Information & FAQs
Best time to visit Kerala
The ideal time to visit Kerala is from October to March, however if you wish to enjoy the monsoon season then June to September are perfect months. September is a very special month when the people of Kerala celebrate its harvest festival Onam, which is the best time to be in Kerala.
Is stay at the houseboat is safe and comfortable?
The accommodation in the houseboat will be very enjoyable and confortable. The room will be air-conditioned with attached western toilet. It will be exclusive houseboat for you and you will not share it with other tourists. The stay will be absolutely safe.
What to bring with us for Kerala Tour?
Sunglass, sunscreen lotion, cotton cloths, hat and the medicines if you are taking any.