Complete Kerala

Complete Kerala

17 Days / 16 Nights

Complete Kerala

Itinerary

Day 01:

Arrive Cochin

Upon arrival at Kochi International airport, you will be met by our representative who will be waiting for you in the arrival lounge with a paging board with your names written on it. He will transfer you to your hotel and pass to you all relevant documents. Kochi, or more familiarly, Cochin is a city of many parts. Around for a long, long time, Kochi played a pivotal role in the development of shipping and trade in the region. Kochi's prime location on the west coast, its fine bay and protected harbour made it popular with seafarers and merchant ships who made frequent stops to stock up on spices, coffee and wood enroute to the rich markets of Europe and West Asia. And so down the ages, Kochi prospered as a busy port city and commercial centre. Its seafront is still extremely relevant to Cochin and to India: it houses a Naval Base and one of India’s busiest ports. It is twin city, Ernakulum, is an important railhead and industrial centre.The rest of the day is at leisure to overcome jetlag. Overnight is at the Malabar House, Kochi [Deluxe Room with Breakfast].

Day 02:

In Cochin

After breakfast, you will proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Kochi. We shall begin the tour by visit to Dutch Palace [Closed on Friday] also known as Mattancherry Palace. It was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Kochi in 1555 AD. It acquired the present name after 1663 when the Dutch carried out extensions and repairs in the palace. At no time did the Portuguese or Dutch stay here. Its interiors are decorated with murals from the Ramayana and there are some lively displays of royal costumes and palanquins. Then visit Jewish Synagogue built in 1568 AD. The Great Scrolls of the Old Testament, the copper plates in which the grants of privilege made by the Cochin rulers were recorded and the exquisite Chinese hand-painted tiles are of interest here. [Closed on Friday & Saturday] You will also visit St. Francis Church in Fort Kochi. The Protestant church was originally built by the Portuguese in 1510 AD and is believed to be the oldest church built by the Europeans in India. It is here the remains of the inveterate traveller, Vasco-da-Gama were initially buried and 14 years later, his mortal remains were taken to Portugal. Santa Cruz Baslica Church is also worth visiting. Some beautiful paintings can be seen here. The Chinese fishing nets that line the sea-front and exhibit a mechanical method of catching fish by local fishermen in Fort Kochi is what you will see on your way while returning to your hotel. Said to have been brought from China by traders of Kubalai Khan's Court, they are used at high tide. In the evening, you will enjoy an hour of the famous Kathakali Dance performance on direct payment basis. Kathakali is the classical dance-drama of Kerala, South India, which dates from the 17th century and is rooted in Hindu mythology. Kathakali is a unique combination of literature, music, painting, acting and dance. Overnight is at the Malabar House, Kochi [Deluxe Room with Breakfast].

Day 03:

Cochin-Munnar by road 130 Kms / 03 Hrs Approx

Breakfast is at the Hotel. After breakfast you will be drive to Munnar. Munnar is located in the Idukki district in Kerala. Munnar, the queen of hill stations is located at the confluence of three mountain streams namely, Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Munnar is located about 6,500 feet above the sea level along the Western Ghats on the eastern border of Kerala. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. On arrival, you will check in at your hotel. Windermere Estate, is where the manicured tea gardens merge with the lush green forests of Western Ghats. Hallmarked for its exclusiveness and high range hospitality, Windermere is a 60 acre Cardamom Plantation. Overnight is at the Hotel - Windermere Estate, Munnar [Cottage with Breakfast].

Day 04:

In Munnar

Breakfast is at the Hotel. Day is at leisure to pursue independent activities [Vehicle at Disposal]. Overnight is at the Hotel - Windermere Estate, Munnar [Cottage with Breakfast].

Day 05:

Munnar-Periyar by road 110 Kms / 02 Hrs & 30 Mins Approx

Morning is free. After lunch take a scenic drive to Periyar, a part of the Project Tiger scheme and also home to large herds of elephants, bison and deer. Check in at your hotel. Evening take a boat ride in Lake Periyar. One of the most fascinating wildlife Sanctuaries in India, renowned for the herds of elephants and scenic beauty. Overnight stay at niraamaya retreats cardamom club.

Day 06:

In Periyar

Morning free. In the afternoon visit plantations of tea, cardamom and pepper. Overnight stay.

Day 07:

Periyar- Kannam 80 kms /2 hrs

After breakfast you will drive to Kanam. Serenity at Kanam estate is an intensely private villa hotel surrounded by rubber estates and tropical spice gardens. Thoroughly designed, yet retaining the heritage ambience, this dream come true 1920s estate bungalow blends into an unspoiled rural setting. Serenity features 6 rooms: 2 on the ground floor and 4 on the 1st floor. All are furbished with our eclectic mix of design, period furniture and art work. All have verandahs and furnished sit outs. Upon arrival, you will check in at your Hotel. Overnight stay at the Serenity.

Day 08:

In Kanam

Breakfast is at the hotel. After breakfast you can spend the day with Lakshmi - the elephant. Take her to the river, wash her, feed her and be her Mahout for the day. Overnight is at the Serenity, Kanam [Deluxe room with Breakfast].

Day 09:

Kannam to Kumarakom 50 kms 1.5 hrs

Morning transfer to Kumarakom. Upon arrival check in at your hotel. Kumarakom is Kerala’s heartland of lagoons, palm fringed lakes and paddy fields, inter-linked with hundreds of winding canals, and with the typical low slung country boats that carry everything from people to fish, rice and coconuts to the milkman and newspaper boy, local politicians and priests to wedding parties. On arrival, you will check-in at your hotel, Kumarakom Lake Resort. In the afternoon, you are at leisure to relax or pursue independent activities. Overnight is at the Hotel Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kumarakom.[ Meandering Pool Villa with Breakfast].

Day 10:

In Kumarakom

Breakfast is at the Hotel. Day is at leisure to pursue independent activities [No transportation]. Overnight is at the Hotel Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kumarakom.[ Meandering Pool Villa with Breakfast].

Day 11:

Kumarakom to Emerald Isle by road 50 km 1.5 hrs

Breakfast is at the Hotel. After breakfast, you will drive to Emerald Isle. On arrival, you will check in at your homestay. It will give a true home stay experience. The guests stay as part of the family and experience Kerala in a very personal way. Being a family home, you will enjoy mealtimes with your hosts around the family dining table, which has been a family tradition for more than 100 years (there is no room service). Overnight is at the Emerald Isle Homestay, [Heritage Room with Breakfast].

Day 12:

In Emerald Isle

Breakfast is at the Hotel. Today, you are at leisure to relax or pursue independent activities. Overnight is at the Emerald Isle [Heritage Room with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner].

Day 13:

Emerald Isle-Alleppey to embark your houseboat

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Alleppey boat jetty to embark your houseboat for an overnight stay. Kettuvallams, the stitched boats provide the best way to experience the colourful backwaters of Kerala. The wood commonly used to make Kettuvallams is 'Anhili', which is found in abundance in central Travancore area. Large planks are tied together using hand made coir ropes and beaten coconut fibres. This gives the Kettuvallams enough strength to withstand heavy waves in the sea. Kettuvallams are built entirely without the use of nails. It requires great skill and adroitness to construct these giant boats by tying huge planks of jack wood together. The boats are applied with fish oil and cashew nut oil and left to cure for days. With careful maintenance, they last for generations. These house boats are available in all sizes and shapes, and comprise one or two bedrooms with attached bathrooms, one living room, kitchenette, an open lounge, deck and a crew comprising oarsmen, a cook and guide. The houseboats are generally powered by a small outboard engine, allowing one to cruise along the backwaters. A sojourn in Kettuvallam, the House boat of Kerala, offers a panoramic view of one of the most picturesque aspects of the God's Own Country. You will cruise through the palm-fringed backwaters, throughout a night in waxing moonlights. All meals will be served on board the house-boat. The lullaby of the waves and the dazzling delights of the moonlit night will be experienced by spending a night aboard the Kettuvallam. Overnight is at the Houseboat [01 Bedroom AC houseboat].

Day 14:

Alleppey-Kovalam by road 175 Kms / 4.5 Hrs Approx

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, you will drive to Kovalam. On arrival you will check in at your hotel. Overnight is at the Leela Kempenski, Kovalam [Garden View Pavilion Room with Breakfast].

Day 15:

In Kovalam

Breakfast at the hotel.Day is at leisure to pursue independent activities [No transportation]. Overnight is at the Leela Kempenski, Kovalam [Garden View Pavilion Room with Breakfast].

Day 16:

In Kovalam

Breakfast at the hotel. Day is at leisure to pursue independent activities [No transportation]. Overnight is at the Leela Kempenski, Kovalam [Garden View Pavilion Room with Breakfast].

Day 17:

Kovalam-Trivandrum

Breakfast is at the Hotel. Today in time you will be met and transferred from Hotel to Trivandrum airport to board flight for onward journey.

Tailoring your trip

The itineraries shown are designed to give you a taste of what is possible and keeping in mind the travel logistics, routes that work out well. We can use this as a basis to plan your trip or can design a completely different itinerary to suit your interest. Prices vary according to selection of accommodation and season.

Suggested Extensions with Golden Triangle

  • Udaipur, the romantic lake city
  • Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary
  • Haridwar, the holy city on the ganges
  • Ananda in the Himalayas, luxury spa in Rishikesh
  • Amritsar and the Golden Temple
  • Shimla, the summer retreat of the Raj
  • Kashmir, Paradise on earth
  • Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama
  • Goa and the Golden beaches

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