7 Nights Itinerary Covering: Cochin – Munnar - Periyar – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Cochin
Hailed as ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala stands second to none in terms of rejuvenating the weary souls. Admire the timeless beauty of this paradise with the Exotic Kerala tour. A network of canals, palm-fringed beaches and backwaters, breathtaking tea gardens and lovely people add to the ethereal charm. With the well-planned 8-day long itinerary, you can make the most of your peaceful holidays in the lap of nature. Explore the scenic Munnar, marvel at the Chinese Fishing Nets in Cochin, cruise across backwaters in Alleppey. In addition, spice up your holidays with bird watching in Periyar. Plan a trip and make your dream of Kerala holidays come true.
Note: This is just a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor holidays for your specific needs. Contact us if you want modifications so that we could tailor a holiday to suit your need for an unforgettable India tour.
Upon arrival at Kochi Airport/ Ernakulam Railway Station, you will be warmly greeted and transferred to one of our listed hotels. While you drive through the winding roads, delight in marveling at the pristine hillsides adorned with spice and tea plantations. The city exudes a cosmopolitan character which is quite prevalent in the structures and buildings in the town.
Once you reach, unwind yourself and later on fulfill your shopping spree at the markets. Purchase spices, nuts and handicrafts of high-quality and delight in a wonderful evening.
An overnight stay is planned at the hotel.
Begin day 2 with a hearty breakfast at Hotel and proceed to enjoy local sightseeing. Today you will visit the Jewish Synagogue, built in 1568. The oldest active synagogue adds to the quaint charm of the area and is flaunts rare antiques on display. Other key points to note about the place are the hand-painted blue willow patterned tiles and the elegant interiors. .
Next in line is the oldest European church of the country, the St. Francis Church. Popular for its ambiance and architecture, the church is an iconic landmark (closed on Sundays from 08.00 to 11.00 hrs). Later, explore the Dutch Palace, also known as Mattancherry Palace (closed on Fridays and public holidays)-. Observe the exquisitely crafted murals that depict persona of the kings of Kochi. Complete your trip by observing the Chinese Fishing nets adorning the Kochi coastline. The evening holds a show of Kathakali dance which can arrange at additional cost.
Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel.
The day reserves a road trip to Munnar, a beautiful hill station of Kerala. Also known as the 'Switzerland of India', the scenic destination is a paradise for the honeymooners. Blessed with nature's bounty, the place offers a blissful retreat.
Once you reach, complete the check-in formalities and proceed for a wildlife safari at Eravikulam National Park. Home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr, the park is frequented to marvel at rolling hills, tea plantations and Neelakurunji – a rare blue-colored flower that blooms once in 12 years.
After the enthralling expedition, proceed to the town market of Munnar. Shop till you drop. Buy your favorite tea variant, aromatic essential oils, spices etc.
After shopping till your heart's content, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 4 of the Exotic Kerala tour starts with a delicious breakfast. A haven for nature enthusiasts, the park offers ample opportunities for wildlife spotting and trekking expeditions. Also known as the Rajamalai National Park, the place is dotted with shola forests. A multitude of other places of interest is also found in and around the park. Further, Nilgiri Langur shares space with Indian Bison and leopards at this land.
An overnight stay is planned at the hotel.
Wake up early in the morning to enjoy a stroll in the picturesque tea estates of Munnar. Afterward, leave for Periyar National Park. Attracting visitors for a number of activities like rafting, safari and so on, the wildlife sanctuary promises matchless experiences. After reaching complete the check-in formalities at the jungle lodge. An adrenaline pumping experience awaits you.
Enjoy watching varied birds and animals like elephants, tigers, wild boar, deer, etc. at the Periyar / Thekkady National Park. The evening is reserved for an exciting boat ride on the Periyar Lake. Doing so allows you to soak in the full scenario of the sanctuary.
Return to the lodge for a night stay.
Today you will leave for Kumarakom by road in the morning which is at approx. 4 Hrs Drive. A famous backwater tourist destination in Kerala, Kumarakom is undoubtedly the most invigorating, fascinating paradise. This emerald green, the sleepy hamlet is located on the Vembanad Lake amidst coconut groves and mangrove forests. Owing to offering boating, fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating, the place is an enchanting picnic spot.
Up on your we may arrange a day Boat Cruise where Lunch will be served on Lake Vembanad at additional cost. During the joyride, you will come across plenty of houseboats or traditional country crafts and canoes. Observe how the fresh water of the lake runs into the mainland making a labyrinth of brooks, lagoons and waterways. Later in the evening, choose to explore the city and go shopping.
Come back to Hotel for an overnight Stay at Kumarakom.
Take an exciting backwater cruise and revel in the magic of houseboat, also known as kettuvallam. Spend the day on your floating hotel fully equipped with modern amenities. While sailing, observe the village life at close quarters. Doing so, unarguably offers a unique and unforgettable experience. Marvel at the sunset views. Discover the lush beauty of evergreen paddy fields, an amazing network of canals, coconut lagoons and so much more. Gorge on lunch and dinner which will be served onboard.
Reach Alleppey and stay overnight on the houseboat.
Disembark from the houseboat at Alleppey and get comfortably transferred to Cochin. Board the flight/train bound to your onward destination.
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