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 Kumarakom 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. A walking trip through the villages of Kumarakom will get you up-close with the rural life in India. 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 by flight at Kochi by noon. 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. In the afternoon head out for local sightseeing tour of Kochi. 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. Overnight stay will be 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. One of the biggest tea-plantation regions of South India, Munnar is also one of the most beautiful and popular hill-stations of Kerala. Situated on the banks of three rivers- Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru, Munnar is also blessed with natural view-points apart from the tea-plantations.
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.
Dinner and overnight stay will be at hotel in Munnar.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast head out for sightseeing. 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. Then go for a Jeep ride, enjoy the ride to Mankulam and Anakulam villages surrounded by tea gardens and dense forest. On this ride you will get a chance to see high altitude tea gardens, waterfalls, tribal areas, organic villages and possibly wild elephants. On the way back to Munnar visit spice plantations. The spice plantation in Munnar is one of the major spice plantations in Kerala. The spice plantations in Kerala are captivating farms to wander in, since different spices are cultivated in different sections of each plantation. Later enjoy a tea plantation walk tour.
Reach back at the hotel by evening. Dinner and overnight stay will be at hotel in Munnar.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
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. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Periyar (Thekkady).
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 walking through the trails.
Reach back to hotel by noon. Afternoon is at your leisure. In the evening head out to see Kathakali show (a very popular Indian classical dance form). Overnight stay will be at hotel in Periyar (Thekkady).
After breakfast check-out from hotel & head towards Kumarakom, a sleepy little village on the shores Vembanad Lake in Kerala, situated 14 Kms away from Kottayam. It offers wide variety of flora, exotic sightseeing, boating and fishing experience. Kumarakom is a true travel pleasure that will mesmerize your senses. It is a paradise on earth. It is one of the foremost travel destinations of India and a jewel in the crown of Kerala tourism.
Reach Kumarakom by afternoon. Check-in at the hotel on arrival. Evening at your leisure. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel in Kumarakom.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast head out for village tour. Visiting a local village will give an experience beyond imagination for the tourists who look for something different during their trip in Kerala. See how locals do the Coconut tree climbing, Screw pine weaving, Net fishing, Toddy tapping and other farm activities. Later enjoy a Shikara boat ride. Shikara boat is comparatively small in size than houseboats and motorboats but it is really beautiful handicraft work in elegant Kerala style.
In the noon check-out from hotel & head towards Alleppey (a.k.a. Alappuzha). Welcome to the “Venice of the East” – Alleppey, world famous for its vast mesmerizing backwaters. This charming place is the hub of Kerala’s backwaters and is home to a huge network of backwaters and more than thousand houseboats.
Reach Alleppey by noon. Check-in at a private AC 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 Airport by afternoon. Bid farewell with the memories of this amazing fun-filled 08 days trip through the God’s Own Country – Kerala, worth remembering for the lifetime!
Moods: A little Rural