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ESSENTIAL KERALA- 14 DAYS

“Kerala- a land of water, nature and sun, a land of rich culture and a vibrant countryside. Do not miss its essential tastes: charm of colonial towns, vastness of the ever sunny coast line, romance of the tropical lagoons, fragrance of tea and spices, its amazing wildlife, or the food that tells so many stories on a plate. Meet people whose life evolves around earth, seasons, and God.  ”

Package includes:

  • transport by private taxi, at your disposal every day.
  • accommodation  in selected quality middle range homestays or boutique homes along the trail with breakfast.

We provide you also suggestions for major attractions in each destination. Entry tickets, activities and guided tours are not included, however local homestays will help you with all necessary arrangements on place. 

DAY 1- COCHIN/ ARRIVAL AT COCHIN AIRPORT

Arrival to Cochin. Transfer to a choice homestay in Fort Cochin Island. A walk in the colonial town and sunset by the famous Chineese Fishing Nets. Night in Fort Cochin.

DAY 2- COCHIN

Tour of the Jewish town, visit to the Synagogue and Dutch Palace museum with its amazing wall paintings. Glimpse at antique shops presenting rich collection of temple and royal art of ancient Kerala. Visit of the spice stores and wholesales (Cochin is the biggest exporter of spices in the world) and local art galleries. Dining out in one of the harbour restaurants. Night in Fort Cochin

DAY 3- COCHIN-MUNNAR

Travel to Munnar in the Western Ghats,the queen of tea plantations. The road is very scenic and offers beautiful views on green valleys, lakes, forests and Keralan agriculture. Transfer to the homestay of choice. Night in Munnar

DAY 4- MUNNAR

Sightseeing of the Munnar tea valley, visit to one of local tea factories to observe the processing of tea leaves. Walk to the view points for great panoramas on the hills. Night in Munnar.

DAY 5- MUNNAR-THEKADDY

Travel to Thekaddy (Kumily), a small town at the gate of Periyar Wildlife Reserve, a tropical wildlife sanctuary known for elephants, asian bizons, black monkeys, sambars and multiple varieties of birds. On the way visit of running spice plantations of cardamon, pepper, coffee, cocoa. Transfer to a homestay of choice.Evening walk in town and dining out. Night in Thekaddy.

DAY 6- PERYAR WILDLIFE RESERVE

Option 1:

A day jeep safari in Periyar, combined with jungle trekking, boating and a visit to the cardamon processing factory with breakfast and lunch included.The safari will take you to a more remote part of the sanctuary, away from crowds, with more chances to spot wild animals.

Option 2:

A day rafting on the lake combined with a jungle trek in the wildlife reserve. Evening out to the theatre for a Kathakali performance (17th century temple theatre unique to Kerala). Dining out. Night in Thekaddy.

DAY 7- THEKADDY- ALLEPPEY

After breakfast travel to Alleppey. The road descends from the mountains to the planes, unraveling a changing landscape: steep hills, forests, flower gardens and rubber plantations, down to the water canals and rice fields. On the way visit to the Champakulam Church, a lovely Christian shrine dating from 5th century AD. Transfer to Bella Art & Meditation House or another homestay of choice. Evening in Alleppey beach restaurant.Night in Alleppey.

DAY 8- KUTTANAD REGION

Taxi tour of the splendid Alleppey country side to the major temples of the region, like the famous Snake Temple or the ancient Krishna Temple of Ambalappuzha.Night in Alleppey.

DAY 9- BACKWATERS

First option:

A full day backwater tour in a canoe (no engine boat). Sail the large and very narrow canals, walk in the villages and paddy fields, taste a local Keralan lunch served on banana leaf. Know the life of local people and admire the intricate beauty of small ever green lagoons.Night in Alleppey.

Second option:

Day and night backwater tour in a houseboat (big boat with private bedrooms, dining hall, open deck).Visit of the most famous lagoons in a luxury style with full boarding.Night on the houseboat.

DAY 10- ALLEPPEY- SOUTH KERALAN COAST

Travel to Kovalam  at the bottom south of Kerala coast. Transfer to a homestay/hotel of choice on one of the southern beaches. Night near Kovalam.

DAY 11- BEACH

Sunbathing, ayurveda treatments and sea food restaurants for a day in paradise.

DAY 12- TRAVANCORE REGION/ BEACH

Taxi excursion to the Padmanabhapuram Palace- the wooden marvel and only preserved royal palace of Kerala, or to the very end of Indian subcontinent- Kannyakumari. Afternoon at the beach. Night near Kovalam.

DAY 13- TRAVANCORE REGION/BEACH

A taxi ride along the beautiful coast through fishermen villages, markets, a jungle of coconuts to the wild beaches nearby, or just another day of relaxing.

DAY 14- TRANSFER TO PLACE OF CHOICE IN KERALA/ AIRPORT TRANSFER

Transfer to any destination of choice.

 

PRICE (for 2 people): 65500 INR

*houseboat or canoe can be booked on request- please contact us!

**if you are more than 2 please  contact us for price details.

 ***before prepaying your package online please contact us for availability on your dates, if you already did so you can now proceed with the booking