India: Kerala, Nature's nirvana

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Cochin * Munnar * Periyar * Allepey * Mararikulam

For those who want to discover a calm and peaceful part of India while indulging in outdoor activities, Kerala is just perfect for you! This strip of land between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats is a classic setup to romance nature in all its brilliance. Very far from the frenzy of big cities of the sub-continent, this itinerary takes you through the very subliminal God’s own country. From the historic city of Cochin to the undisturbed beach at Mararikulam, through the lush tea plantations at Munnar and the scenic backwaters at Alleppey, you will truly feel like you have attained nirvana.

Witness gravity-defying martial arts or a graceful dance drama which bring to fore the vibrant traditions carried on from time immemorial. Taste the authentic Kerala cuisine with the many Indian flavors put together just like symphony.

Ideal for nature lovers as well as for the families.

Suggested itinerary
  • Arrival in Cochin
    India, Cochin

    Arrive at Cochin International Airport. Following Customs, Immigration formalities and baggage collection, our Airport Representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals terminal building and will transfer you to your hotel.

    Upon reaching, check-in at the hotel. (Room will be available at 1200 hrs).

    More popular as the Queen of the Arabian sea, Cochin is a cluster of islands on the vast expanse of the Vembanad Lake. The Lake opens out into the Arabian sea here to form one of the finest natural harbours in the world. It is this natural advantage that has made Cochin a fascinating blend of the cultures and influences of explorers and traders. The Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, and the British have all left their mark here. The Jewish synagogue, the Dutch palace, the Chinese fishing nets, and other remnants of European and Asian architecture merge smoothly into the traditional fabric of the seaport city.

    Overnight at the hotel.

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  • Cochin
    India, Cochin

    After breakfast at the hotel proceed for the sightseeing tour of Cochin or ‘Kochi’.

    You will first proceed to Mattancherry and visit the oldest Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Fridays Saturdays & All the Jewish holidays) in India, built in 1568. It was destroyed by the Portuguese and rebuilt by the Dutch a century later. You will also visit the Dutch Palace (Closed on Fridays) which was built in 1555, the coronation hall being its most noteworthy feature. Continue your drive to see the Chinese fishing nets. The cantilevered fishing nets line are the entrance to the harbour mouth. Your next stop will be St. Francis Church, Vasco De Gamma was initially buried in the cemetery of this church. 14 years later his body was removed and taken back to Portugal.

    In the evening, you will be taken to a Kathakali dance center where you will witness the most elaborate of the dance forms in southern India. Here you will witness the artists readying themselves up with the make up for the final performance. Kerala owes its transnational fame to this nearly 300 years old classical dance form, which combines facets of ballet, opera, masque and the pantomime. Presented in the temple precincts after dusk falls Kathakali is heralded by the Kelikottu or the beating of drums in accompaniment of the Chengila (gong).

    Overnight at the hotel.

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  • Cochin - Munnar
    India, Munnar

    After Breakfast at the hotel proceed for Munnar (150 kms/6 hrs). Throughout the drive you can admire the scenic landscape with the many Cardamom and Rubber plantations.

    A walk through the aromatic tea gardens, scenic hills covered with green foliage and a camera in hand - there cannot be a better way to spend your evening! This breath-taking haven is the perfect place to pause your life to gather and cherish nature’s matchless beauty. A perfect opportunity to turn on the adventure streak in you as it offers an array of exhilarating activities that range from rock climbing, rappelling to paragliding and even cycling. While here visit the Tata Tea Museum, where you can taste and pick up the finest tea in the country and witness tea-processing

    Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. 

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  • Munnar
    India, Munnar

    After breakfast at the hotel explore this beautiful hill station.

    Walk in the huge tea plantations and visit a tea manufacturing plant and its museum (closed on Mondays).

    For the adventure enthusiasts, a half day trek can be organised on prior request.

    Most of the hills are covered with plantations, and it’s all upon you to go and immerse yourself. You will be able to discover the gathering techniques and the various processes of drying and storage.

    Overnight at the hotel.

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  • Munnar - Thekkady
    India, Thekkady

    After breakfast drive to Periyar (130  kms/4 hrs).

    At Periyar, it is possible to take guided treks into the sanctuary. You can also take a boat ride on Lake Periyar, and see the wildlife around the lake as you cruise along its banks. Apart from elephants, bison, sambar, wild boar, langur, otter and flying squirrel are common. There are also 246 species of birds and 112 species of butterfly. Apart from its diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, this is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake.  This picturesque town holds great opportunities for treks and mountain walks. Also, don’t miss out on the Spice Plantation tour that cover cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea plantations, tea factories, tribal settlements and the surrounding hill regions.

    Overnight at the hotel.

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  • Thekkady
    India, Thekkady

    Today, post breakfast at the hotel you will spend the day exploring Periyar.

    You can start by visiting the village area where you will meet the villagers who can assist you in discovering their village.

    In the afternoon visit a spice garden (pepper, nutmeg, cardamom…) and enjoy an elephant ride.

    Overnight at the hotel.

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  • Periyar - Alleppey (Backwaters)
    India, Alleppey

    Early morning after enjoying your breakfast in the hotel you will proceed to board the Houseboat at Alleppey (140 kms/04 hrs). Meet your crew as you board.

    Houseboats, also known locally as the "Ketuvallam", is the most unique experience associated with Kerala. This backwater journey through the narrow canals crossing exquisite villages of Kerala, embellished with lush green paddy fields, tall coconut groves makes it a spellbinding site. The backwaters are a chain of salty lagoons and lakes parallel to the Arabian Sea coast. Kerala has over 900 kms of interconnected waterways, rivers, lakes and inlets that make up the backwaters.  While on the houseboat also enjoy the lip smacking sea food that you can buy from a local vendor cooked in authentic Kerala style.

    Dinner and overnight on-board.

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  • Alleppey (Backwaters) - Mararikulam
    India, Mararikulam

    After your breakfast on-board, you will drive to Mararikulam (20 kms/30 mins).

    Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

    Overnight at the hotel.

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  • Mararikulam
    India, Mararikulam

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    The rest of the day is at leisure. The vehicle will not be provided on this day.

    Overnight at the hotel.

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  • Mararikulam
    India, Mararikulam

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    The rest of the day is at leisure. The vehicle will not be provided on this day.

    Overnight at the hotel.

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  • Mararikulam - Departure from Cochin
    India, Cochin

    After your breakfast at the hotel and depending on your flight schedule you will be transferred to the International airport at Cochin (65 kms/1½  hrs) to board your flight for the onward destination.

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Includes
  • Full board in the house boat
  • GST (Government Service Tax)
  • Wet tissues on arrival in India
  • Traditional meet and greet
  • Meet and greet
  • Transfers
Excludes
  • Entrance Fees
  • Guide services
  • Insurance
  • Visa Fee
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • International flights and airport taxes
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