Kerala is righteously termed as "The God's Own Country". It is bestowed by God with sprawling backwaters, lush green misty mountains, evergreen forests, long stretches of pristine beaches, and that all in just a narrow stretch of land. The choices are many and so are the wonderful treats that await you in Kerala.
When in Kerala all you do is "GO WITH THE FLOW". Let the mesmerizing backwaters of Alleppey and Kollam set pace to your day and laid-back village life soothe your heart. A leisurely bamboo rafting and jungle hike through the Periyar National Park will awaken the wilderness in you. A jeep ride through the endless tea plantations of Munnar will be treat for your eyes. Treat your taste buds with flavors never known before. This trip will be an opportunity for you to be the guest of the God. Afterall, when do you get a chance to have an excursion through the God's own country!
Arrive at Kochi. The serene Kochi (a.k.a. Cochin) has been drawing traders and explorers to its shores for over 600 years. Nowhere else in India could you find such an intriguing mix of giant fishing nets from China, a 400-year-old synagogue, ancient mosques, Portuguese houses and the crumbling remains of the British Raj. The result is an unusual blend of medieval Netherlands, Portugal and an English village grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast.
The private car will pick up from the Kochi airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kochi. Evening is at your leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Kochi.
After breakfast head out for local sightseeing tour of Kochi. Visit the famous attractions of Kochi, such as Fort Kochi, St Francis Church with Marine Drive – a perfect local hang-out and Willingdon, the man-made island.
Then visit the Old Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations, located in Kochi, Kerala, in South India. Constructed in 1567, it is one of seven synagogues of the Malabar Yehudan or Yehudan Mappila people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin. Then visit Mattancherry Palace, a Portuguese palace popularly known as the Dutch Palace, in Mattancherry, which features Kerala murals depicting portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi. Afterwards visit Cochin Spice Market & Chinese fishing nets. If you like, go fishing with the locals.
Back to the hotel by late evening. Overnight stay at hotel in Kochi.
After breakfast check-out from hotel and head straight to Munnar. The rolling hills around Munnar, South India's largest tea-growing region, are carpeted in emerald-green tea plantations, contoured, clipped and sculpted like ornamental hedges.
After around 5 hours journey reach Munnar by afternoon. Check-in at hotel on arrival. In the evening head out to see Kalaripayattu Show. Kalaripayattu is an ancient Indian martial art, which originated as a style in Kerala.
Overnight stay at hotel in Munnar.
After breakfast head out for sightseeing. Embark on a jeep tour to the villages & tea plantations. Munnar is always synonymous to tea plantation, as it also one of the highest tea growing regions of the world. A trip to Munnar will be incomplete without having a visit to these tea plantations. Afterwards visit Munnar Tea Museum. The tea museum preserves the aspects on the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala's mountain region of the Western Ghats. Later head out for Plantation Walk tour. Reach back at the hotel by evening.
Overnight stay at hotel in Munnar.
After breakfast check-out from hotel & head towards Periyar. The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. The Periyar forests of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks.
Reach Periyar by afternoon and check-in at the hotel on arrival. Evening is at your leisure.
Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Periyar (Thekkady).
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Early in the morning, set out for half day guided jungle walk tour and Bamboo rafting at Periyar National Park. This activity takes close to 6 hrs. The wildlife sanctuary is also famous for its tiger reserve and elephant reserve. Visiting the sanctuary will be like exploring the nature around, enjoying the pristine and peaceful atmosphere around and getting relaxed from your busy schedules. There are bright chances to spot the elephant herd in the jungle while you are hiking. Reach back to hotel by noon.
In the evening head out to see Kathakali show (a very popular Indian classical dance form). Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Periyar (Thekkady).
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast check-out from hotel & head towards Kollam, the southern approach to Kerala’s backwaters, surrounded by the calm waterways of Ashtamudi Lake, fringed with coconut palms, cashew plantations and traditional villages – a great place to get a feel for the backwaters without the crowds.
Reach Kollam by afternoon. Check-in at the hotel on arrival. Evening at your leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kollam.
After breakfast head out for sightseeing tour to Varkala Beach. Varkala is an amazing place where you see sea coast along with cliffs. There are numerous water spouts and spas on the sides of these cliffs. Varkala Beach is a haven for sun-bathing and swimming.
In the afternoon reach back Kollam and enjoy a boat ride at the backwaters & mangroves of Paravur Lake. Evening at your leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kollam.
After breakfast check-out from hotel & head towards Alleppey (Alappuzha). Welcome to the “Venice of the East” – Alleppey, world famous for its vast mesmerizing backwaters.
Reach Alleppey by noon. Check-in at private houseboat. Have lunch on the houseboat. Enjoy a boat cruise through the magnificent Vembanad lake for an unforgettable experience of backwater cruising. Dinner & overnight stay at the houseboat in Alleppey.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After breakfast check out from houseboat, Private car will drop you at Kochi (Cochin) Airport. Bid farewell with the memories of this amazing fun-filled 10 days trip through the God’s Own Country – Kerala, worth remembering for the lifetime!
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