Essence of Kerala

Essence of Kerala

13 Days / 12 Nights

Tranquil Backwaters-Tea Gardens-Spice Plantation-Ayurveda-Diverse and Rich Heritage of Cochin. Dominated by green jungles, palm-fringed beaches, rolling hills, tea plantations and paddy fields, Kerala is one of India’s most beautiful states. Colourful Kathakali dances, game viewing by boat, a night on a rice barge; the blend of culture and tranquility makes it irresistible.

Itinerary

Day 01:

Arrive Cochin

Arrive in Cochin and transfer to the Fort Heritage for two nights. The rest of the day is then at leisure to relax after your flight.

Day 02:

In Cochin

Oftern known as the ‘ Venice of the East’ the city of Cochin has wonderfully diverse influences. Today you will view the Chinese fishing nets, tour the Dutch Palace and Synagogue in the old Jewish town and visit St. Francis church, built by the Portuguese in 1510 AD. In the evening enjoy a Kathakali dance performance.

Day 03:

Cochin-Munnar

Today your driver will take you into the the heart of the Cardamom Hills to the tea growing area and Hill station of Munnar ( 4 Hrs). Set at an altitude of 6000ft, Munnar is breathtakingly beautiful haven of peace and tranquility. Spend the afternoon relaxing at Tea County Hotel where you will spend two nights.

Day 04:

In Munnar

Day at leisure to relax at the hotel or spend time with your driver exploring the unending expanse of tea plantations and pristine valleys.

Day 05:

Munnar-Thekkady

This morning drive to Tehkkady (4hrs). Enjoy the enchanting journey as the road winds through tranquil countryside, rich plantations and thick jungles. In the afternoon enjoy game viewing by boat in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, declared a Tiger Rerserve in 1978 although Tiger sightings are very rare. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mulla periyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. You will spend two nights at Taj Garden Retreat.

Day 06:

In Thekkady

Thekkady is considered a heaven for natural spices such as a cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, clove, rubber, vanilla and coffee. Enjoy the aromas of these spices with a morning walk in a spice plantation. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 07:

Thekkady-Kumarakom

Travel on to Kumarakom (4hrs) and the lush backwaters of Kerala. Kumarakom is Kerala’s heartland of Lagoons with palm fringed lakes and paddy fields, inter-linked with hundreds of winding canals. Arrive at Coconut Lagoon where you will spend two nights. Afternoon is thenat leisure.

Day 08:

In Kumarakom

Day at leisure to relaxh at the hotel or explore the village of kumarakom and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary on your own.

Day 09:

Kumarakom-Alleppey (Rice Barge)

Afternoon, embark your journey on your private traditional air-conditioned and fully staffed rice barge. Spend the day cruising the backwaters, and unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals. Watching village life unfold as you float by and spend an unforgettable night on these tranquil waterways.

Day 10:

Alleppey-Mararikulam

Disembark you rice barge and travel north along the coast to Mararikulam (30 mins), a delightful fishing village where you can enjoy the rest of your holiday at Marari Beach Resort, stretched out on the beautiful beach.

Day 11:

In Mararikulam

Day to relax on the beach.

Day 12:

In Mararikulam

Day to relax on the beach.

Day 13:

Depart Mararikulam

Morning drive back to Cochin (2hrs) to connect with your return flight.

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.

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