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Start in Cochin and end in Trivandrum

Suggested Number of Days 12 Nights / 13 Days

The verdant state of Kerala is all swaying coconut palms, breezy beaches, charming lagoons and rolling, emerald tea gardens – what better way to relax than a leisurely sail down the enchanting backwaters of Alleppey in your own luxury houseboat! Wander fragrant spice plantations and taste a variety of teas, watch elephants frolic in the lake and explore a beautiful Jewish Synagogue – come to God’s Own Country for a complete holiday!

Kochi

Kochi

Recommended Stay

2 Nights / 3 Days

Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city, also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. It has been a busy port since 1341, when a flood carved out its harbor and opened it to Arab, Chinese and European merchants. The influences of these traders are visible Fort Kochi, a settlement with tiled colonial bungalows and diverse houses of worship – indeed, the twin cities of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry have preserved an extraordinary wealth of really old colonial architecture spanning the Portuguese, Dutch and the British eras. Take a Tour of Kochi, where you will visit Fort Kochi, the historic synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, built over 400 years ago. The amazing, cantilevered Chinese Fishing Nets are strung out along the tip of the peninsula. It is believed that these were introduced to Kochi by traders from the court of Kublai Khan. In the evening take a Kathakali Dance Performance, a tradition from Kerala that is rich in storytelling and unmatched in visual imagery.

MUNNAR, KERALA

Munnar

Recommended Stay

3 Nights / 4 Days

Distance From Cochin

130 kms drive

Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Munnar is essentially a tea town. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience for any traveller. Visit the Tea Museum to experience Munnar’s long history of tea production, and make an excursion to Eravikulam National Park to spot the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Drive to Mattupetty, with its beautiful lake, lush green tea plantations and rolling grasslands.

Periyar

Periyar

Recommended Stay

2 Nights / 3 Days

Distance From Munnar

100 kms drive

Set high in the ranges of the Western Ghats in Kerala, Thekkady is home to Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. The sanctuary features a picturesque lake at its heart, formed with the building of a dam in 1895. It meanders around the contours of the wooded hills, providing a permanent source of water for the local wildlife. Though it is a Tiger Reserve, it is a wonderful spot to view the elephants in the act of ablution and playfulness by the Periyar Lake – they can be seen bathing and swimming here. Enjoy a Periyar Lake Boat Ride to view wildlife at close quarters. Thekkady is renowned for its spice plantations – take a Spice Plantation Walk in the fragrant spice gardens and learn how everyday spices are cultivated.

KUMARAKOM, KERALA

Kumarakom

Recommended Stay

2 Nights / 3 Days

Distance From Thekkady

120 kms drive

Kumarakom is a sleepy little cluster of islands on Vembanad Lake, which is home to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. An ornithologist's paradise, the sanctuary is spread across 14 acres, and is the favourite haunt of local birds like Waterfowl, Cuckoo, Owls, Egrets, Herons, Water Ducks, Parrots, Teal, Larks, Flycatchers and Wood Beetle. The Lake that is dotted with plenty of traditional rice boats and canoes, and you can enjoy a ride on the backwaters with a Houseboat Cookout while you watch the rural life pass you by – soak in the expansive paddy fields, meandering lagoons and mangroves with myriad birds nesting there. You can try a traditional, rejuvenating Ayurvedic Treatment, one of the most interesting things to do in Kerala. Another quintessential Kerala experience is the vegetarian Ila Sadya Meal, where you will be served multiple courses of local delicacies on a banana leaf.

KOVALAM, KERALA

Kovalam

Recommended Stay

3 Nights / 4 Days

Distance From Kumarakom

180 kms drive

At the southern tip of Kerala lies Kovalam, a beach town surrounded by incredible greenery. The name means coconut grove, and as you arrive here you be treated to the sight of vast expanses of coconut trees, as far as the eye can see. Kovalam has three main beaches, which are separated by rocky outcrops, and together they form the crescent of the Kovalam beach. Visit the Padmanabhapuram Palace, at the foot of the Veli Hills – built in 1601, it is Asia’s largest wooden palace. Adorned with intricate carvings and sculptures, the palace features murals dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Visit Thiruvananthapuram to see the Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the abode of Lord Padmanabha – it is believed to be the world’s richest temple. Make an excursion to Kanyakumari, literally Land’s End for the subcontinent – the southernmost tip of peninsular India.

Kovalam to Trivandrum will be approximately 15 kms drive.

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