Experience all that Kerala has to offer as you soak in the sights and sounds of this unique country. With its relaxed bohemian vibe, tranquil backwaters laced with canals and thronged with houseboats, and breathtaking natural beauty, Kerala is a haven for the soul as well as the body. Relax and restore yourself as you meander between the lowlands and their paddy fields, the dramatic hill-tops of the highlands and the unparalleled coastlines.
Spend your first two days on the ground sightseeing in Kochi, before driving up to Munnar where you’ll bask in the peace and serenity of Kerala’s hilltops for 3 nights. Move on to Thekkady where you can explore all that this phenomenal natural reserve has to offer, from boating in Thekkady lake, river rafting, nature treks and wildlife watching, including sighting of rare tigers if you are lukcy! From Thekkady, you’ll head directly for your wonderful overnight stay on a houseboat in Alleppey for cruising the scenic backwaters. Two days exploring in coastal Kovalam and cultural Trivandrum will leave you ready for your luxurious beachfront stay in Kanyakumari before we drop you off at the airport in Trivandrum.
Upon being greeted and picked up at the airport, you'll be taken directly to Kochi, where you can check in to your hotel and freshen-up from your trip. Once you are ready to hit the road, we'll head out to visit beautiful Fort Kochi, whose fascinating history makes it a must-see for visitors from all corners of the globe. As you wander through the streets, admire the historical houses built by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, which together create an eclectic and diverse architecture illustrating the complex and multi-layered history of India. Highlights include Fort Kochi beach, the spice markets, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, Mattancherry and Jew Street, as well as the impressive Chinese fishing nets. Formerly known as Cochin, this city is prized as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Due to its ideal location, Kochi was one of the first European settlements in India and quickly became a nexus of international trade.
Your stay at Fort Kochi Homestay will be comfortable and homely, with delicious home-cooked meals and a relaxing lawn and garden pond, but it is also located at the heart of Fort Cochin, giving you the perfect vantage point to explore and discover.
After enjoying a leisurely breakfast, be ready to be awestruck by the stunning view as you drive out to Athirappilly, where you can visit the breathtaking Vazhachal Waterfalls and Athirapilly Falls. Athirappilly is renowned for its namesake waterfalls: at a height of 1000ft above sea level, Athirappilly Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the state. The area is also one of the most significant biodiversity hotspots on the planet, playing a vital role in the conservation of elephants and birds. Recover from your day of sightseeing back at Homestay in Fort Kochi
Eat a hearty breakfast before embarking on the trip to Munnar, a picturesque hill station which was once a retreat for Englishmen and their families. During the drive, you'll take scenic breaks to enjoy the Valara and Cheeyappara Waterfalls as well as an awe-inspiring sight of Periyar river from Neriamangalam Bridge. Once checked in at the resort in Munnar, rest, relax and enjoy! The magic of Kerala create a dramatic yet serene backdrop to the peace and tranquility of Munnar.
Put your feet up to beautiful tea plantations and hill-side views at your Munnar homestay, a comfortable and homely residence nestled into Munnar’s tranquil forests.
Making your way up to the Munnar , you'll take breaks as you go to admire the many tourist places in Munnar. Mattupetty dam is a favourite spot for picnics and activities such as boating and horse-riding, while the Indo Swiss Dairy Farm has over a hundred varieties of cattle, and Echo Point offers a panoramic view as well as a thrilling experience as you hear your own voice boom back at you. Take in the view from the station, and head back to the resort for another relaxing evening.
Spend a leisurely day sight-seeing in Munnar. This picturesque hill station derives its name from the three mountain streams which merge here: Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundale. There is plenty to see. Highlights include Poopara, Pothanmedu, the Tea Garden, Eravikulam National Park, the Tea Museum and the many and sundry shops. Take in the view and head back to the resort for another relaxing evening
Leaving Munnar after breakfast, you'll arrive in Thekkady, ready to put your feet up and relax. Thekkady is most famous for the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, a stunning reserve of unparalleled beauty spread over 777 square kilometres. If you so desire, you can choose to cruise along lake Periyar, giving yourself an excellent vantage point for spotting elusive wildlife such as elephants, Indian gaur, monkeys, spotted deer, barking deer, and an incredible variety of birds. A haven for nature lovers and addicts of the outdoors, Thekkady offers breathtaking scenery and unique wildlife opportunities.
Traditional Kerala Homestay is located on the edge of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, giving its guests breathtaking views of the lush forests from its private terraces. Your hosts will help organise a wide range of activities, from jeep tours and nature walks to martial arts demonstrations and cooking classes, all complemented by mouth-watering home-cooked meals.
Soak in the beauty of Thekkady and its wildlife reserve. Thekkady is one of the few tiger reserves in India, so take this opportunity to try and catch a glimpse of this majestic feline. Up for an adventure?
Take a bamboo raft down the river! If you prefer a bigger boat with added creature comforts, you can opt for a more sedate lake cruise. If you do choose to go rafting or take a trek through the reserve, be sure to let us know so that we can make all necessary arrangements, ensuring you a comfortable and hassle-free trip. We recommend starting early for both of these activities. Those who choose the lake cruise can simply make their way to the lake pier after breakfast. Weather permitting, you'll enjoy a traditional campfire and show in the evening.
Enjoy the drive to your fabulous houseboat in Alleppey. Alleppey is awash with backwater rivers and canals, earning the nickname ‘Venice of the East.’Built in the traditional Kerala style with coconut rope and wooden planks, this beautiful kettuvallom will take you through paddy fields being cultivated below sea level via a myriad of intertwining canals, past rustic homes and coconut palms before delivering you safely back to Alleppey in the morning. Aboard the houseboat, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the serene backwater cruise alongside delicious traditionally cooked meals.
Kovalam is famous for its palm-backed beaches, lighthouse and fishing harbour, as well as a flourishing Ayurveda and yoga scene. Recover from your drive to this beautiful beach resort by putting your feet up and pampering yourself, or taking in some local sights. In the evening, take a stroll down to the famous Kovalam beach and the lighthouse to enjoy a beautiful sunset. Nested amongst the palm groves with stunning beach views, the Beach Resort will restore and rejuvenate you. Roof-top ocean-view dining, live buffet, Ayurveda spa and beautiful rooms leave nothing to be desired for at this luxurious resort.
Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of Kerala, and the most populated city in the state. Its history under the British Raj is still palpable today, and this energetic yet easy-going hilly town has a lot of sights, sounds, and foods to offer visitors. Having enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, spend the day sightseeing in Trivandrum, or Thiruvananthapuram. Literally translated, this city is called Great Ananthan's City, and is named for the king of serpents, on whom Padmanabhan or Vishnu rests. The temple of Ananthan is the most important in the city and is open from 4 pm till 8 pm, but to visit it, men must wear a Dhoti and women a saree or churidar.
Other significant sights include the Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, with its frieze of 122 wooden horses, and Shangumugham Beach, which is known to be hard to rival when it comes to watching the sunset. For the young at heart, Veli Tourist Village is a waterfront park with a wide range of diversions and activities, from fishponds to wading pools and landscaped gardens.
Kanyakumari is a famed multi-faith pilgrimage site, and pilgrims from all over India come to visit the Bagavathi Amman temple, dedicated to a consort of Shiva, and the Our Lady of Ransom Church, a focal-point of Indian Catholicism. It’s also the southernmost city of peninsular India, making it a popular location for watching the sun rise and set.
Travel to the town where three oceans meet and marvel at the merging of the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. As well as Kanyakumari's stunning natural beauty, the Mahatma Gandhi memorial, Thiruvalluvar statue and the ferry ride to the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, which stands on a sea-bound rock where the social reforming saint is supposed to have meditated, are well worth a visit. The beach here is another excellent vantage point from which to watch the sunset in the evening.
Enjoy the breathtaking sea vistas from the oversized windows of Hotel Sea View and avail yourself of the nearby beach. The seafood restaurant and trendy Wave Bar are the ideal way to unwind after a day spent exploring.
Savour your last breakfast before driving to the airport, but leave room in your case for some last minute souvenir shopping! Relax on your journey home feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after an unforgettable holiday in Kerala, God's Own Country
The map covers a distance of 569 KMs; starting from Cochin International Airport and includes places like Munnar, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Kovalam, Poovar and ending at Trivandrum International Airport.
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