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Kerala Special Interest Tour 1 (10 Nights / 11 Days)

Routing: Cochin | Kothamangalam | Munnar | Periyar | Houseboat | Alleppey | Marari | Cochin

Situated in the south western region of the Indian subcontinent, Kerala is home to some unique geographical features making it a tiny speck of paradise that every traveller looks for in a tropical tourist destination. Fondly referred to as “God’s Own Country”, Kerala is a land of wonderful people, languid backwaters, sprawling tea gardens, long coastlines, spectacular dance forms, music and handicrafts. Whether you are looking to relax in the beaches of Kovalam or explore the noisy and busy streets of Kochi, Kerala offers something for every traveller. Apart from that, some other highlights of Kerala are the lush green hills of Wayanad and Idukki, the backwater destinations of Alleppey and Kumarakom, and the Ayurvedic system of medicine and Panchakarma (rejuvenation therapy).

CHINESE FISHING NETS - COCHIN

CHINESE FISHING NETS - COCHIN

Day 01 - Cochin

Welcomed by Travel Planners representative at Cochin and transfer to hotel. Cochin, also known as the spice coast of India, is a port town that has attracted traders and invaders from the world over since early centuries. Needless to say, Cochin offers you some fascinating snippets of history and culture. you can we visit Cochin city. Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. The Chinese fishing nets (Cheenavala) are distinctly unique to Cochin. Visit Jewish synagogue, Dutch palace, etc. Some other places to visit in Kochi include Fort Kochi, Vasco House, Santa Cruz Basilica, Dutch Palace, Bolghatty Palace and the Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary.

Over night at Fragrant Nature - Duke Chamber Room A/c

MUNDACKAL ESTATE BUNGALOW

Day 02 - Kothamangalam Home Stay

Early morning drive to Kothamangalam and spend the afternoon at leisure in a century old estate bungalow set in over 100 acres of multi crop plantation.

Visit the Kodanad elephant orphanage. The training camp has 6 to 7 small elephants. you may join in bathing the elephants in the river, as well as training and feeding the elephants. There is a tree house built by the Forest Department within the training camp which is ideal for some relaxation and a break. Elephant rides will also be possible.

Overnight at the Mundackal Estate Bungalow - Birds Nest (Full Board). The Mundackal Estate Bungalow is an experiential homestay situated about 12 km from the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary. During their stay, tourists can see rubber, pepper and coconut cultivations as well as plan their visits to Thattekad Sanctuary and the Kodanad Elephant Camp. Located at the southern banks of the Periyar River, the camp is now the premier centre for elephant orphanage and training.

MUNNAR

Day 03 - Munnar Tea Hills

Today morning after breakfast depart for Munnar enjoying the scenic beauty & the marvelous waterfalls, high mountains with the low flying clouds passing by. Arrive Munnar and check in at hotel. In the evening you can go for sight seeing of Munnar and witness tea gardens spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometers, lust green hills, a place so difficult to describe, very low population too far from pollution, most of the covered by Tata tea.visit echo point and Mattupetty dam on the way. Overnight at a bungalow - Tallayar Valley Bungalow - Blue Jay

MUNNAR

Day 04 - Munnar Tea Hills

Today you can go for special training programme called MAKE A CUP OF TEA, through that you will get an opportunity to experience all process of tea making. Overnight at - Tallayar Valley Bungalow - Blue Jay

PERIYAR

Day 05 - Munnar - Periyar (Thekkady)

Today morning drive to Periyar an area known for its undulating hills, spice plantations, and elephant sightings. One of the 27 tiger reserves in India, the Periyar valley in Thekkady is the oldest. Check into your hotel. You could go on a spice plantation tour today where you will be enticed by not only the aroma of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg but will also get to know how they are grown, harvested and processed before they reach the supermarkets. It is also possible to go for an Elephant ride today. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club

PERIYAR

Day 06 - Periyar

Today you could go for an escorted jungle trek inside the periyar wild life sanctuary to spot animals. In the evening you could also go for a boat ride is an option where you will get the opportunity to sight elephants and other animals along the bank. You can also try ayurveda massage here. Overnight at the hotel Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club

HOUSEBOAT

Day 07 - House Boat (5 hrs drive)

Morning drive to Alleppey, embark on your private houseboat and cruise on the Backwaters, a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. Your houseboats or ‘Kettuvalloms’ are luxurious boats with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm fringed landscape from your cabins. Apart from the mesmerizing surroundings it’s the life along the coast that adds a touch of exotica to this experience.
The locals’ travel in canoes and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods, door to door in small wooden boats. As you cruise along the backwaters you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places, enroute. Overnight on board. (Full Board)

ALLEPPEY

Day 08 - Alleppey

Today morning after breakfast, disembark houseboat and drive to backwater place (30 mins drive), you can see panoramic backwater stretches, lush paddy fields. On arrival check into beautiful backwater Homestay and rest of the day free to relax at the homestay. Night stay at Vembanad House. The Vembanad House is a boutique bungalow lying by the banks of the Vembanad lake. This homestay offers a splendid view of the lake in full glory from the balcony, and on the back, there are paddy fields, natural gardens, quaint villages and old temples. Along with a comfortable stay, the exquisite property also gives you a taste of the traditional Kerala lifestyle and food.

MARARI

Day 09 - Marari Beach

Drive to Marari beach, on the way you can see the never ending paddy fields and coconut plams, facing Arabian Sea and Theeyaseril Pozhi (lake). Blessed by nature on one side and and all backwaters, boarded by coconut palms, a natural habitat of many rare birds. On the other side, an exclusive sunny beach with crystal clear sand. The resort is build on a concept as a fisher man's village were guests has the opportunity to see local fisher man working in traditional Kerala ways Stay Overnight at Marari Beach Resort

MARARI

Day 10 - Marari Beach (No Vehicle)

Marari- let us be clear, is not the place for a raucous beach holiday. There are no rave parties here, no noisy water scooters, and no sellers of trinkets. But for those seeking to undo the stresses of city life and experience a completely new pace, it is the perfect spot to beach recreations.
Spend the whole day in the sunny, relaxed beach. Over night at Marari Beach Resort (No vehicle)

Day 11 - Departure : (2 hrs drive)

Departure transfer to Cochin International Airport for onward flight. (Vehicle for transfer)

* * Tour Ends * *

 

Kerala Tourism at A Glance

 

Kerala Backwater Tourism

Stretches of lakes, canals and lagoons lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast form the scenic backwaters of Kerala. Alappuzha is a popular backwater destination which offers houseboat cruises to get in touch with nature at its finest form. It is also known as the “Venice of the East”. Backwater tourism in Kerala also centres around Kollam and Kumarakom.

The houseboat cruises allow you to catch sight of palm-fringed canals, still lagoons and glimpses of the everyday life of the locals in the countryside. Tourists can get a first-hand experience of the slow-paced life in the remote villages. Boatbuilding, rice farming, prawn breeding, duck rearing, coir and basket making are some of the activities of the rural life that can be witnessed. Cruising in the Kerala boat houses on the pristine waters are remarkable and offer a rejuvenating experience.

Boat races carried out in the festival seasons add to the charm of the place and are a major tourist attraction as well. The Nehru Trophy Boat race held annually at the Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha attracts domestic and foreign tourists in huge numbers.

 

Kerala Hill Station Tourism

The hill stations at Kerala offer pleasant diversions from the other aspects of Kerala tourism that include wildlife safaris, hiking, biking and hill-climbing tours. The Western Ghats have endowed Kerala with many hill stations that experience a high rate of tourist influx during the summer. The hill stations are surrounded by tropical evergreen, deciduous and semi-deciduous forests, which are home to some of the rare species of flora and fauna. On these hill slopes, one can also take spice plantation tours and check out the cultivated expansive stretches of fragrant spices such as cardamom, pepper and clove. Wayanad, Thekkady, Munnar, and Vagamon are some of the hill stations of Kerala.

 

Kerala Culture Tourism

Rich cultural heritage permeates through the tropical paradise of Kerala. Be it the splendid festivals, the scrumptious cuisine, the glorious monuments or the dance, music and art forms – all of them form an intrinsic part of Kerala’s culture. Many music and dance forms have originated from Kerala, some of which have been adopted from other cultures and regions over the centuries. Kerala has also witnessed the rise of many writers, philosophers, poets, reformists and social activists throughout its history.

The state is the birthplace of the martial art form of Kalaripayattu and popular performing arts like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Thullal, etc. Hence, exploring the arts and watching a Kathakali dance show must be in your to-do list while travelling to Kerala. The different aspects of Kerala culture gradually unfold as one travels through the place.

 

Bird Watching Tourism

Although there’s no doubt that the scenic beauty of tea plantations, hill stations, beaches, and rivers are the primary source of attraction, many travellers find it fascinating that Kerala is home to many rare species of birds like flamingo and sandgrouse.

With initiatives from the government and the dense forests, Kerala enables you to get exclusive views of rare birds in their natural habitat. Below is a list of popular destinations to help with your bird-watching tour in Kerala.

  • Kumarakom – Kumaraom Bird Sanctuary and Backwaters
  • Wayanad – Kuruva Island, Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary & Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Munnar – Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Cochin – Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
  • Thrissur – Athirapally Waterfalls
  • Palakkad – Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary

 

Trekking Tours in Kerala

Gifted with the lush tropical forests, scenic country sides, aromatic spice plantations, green hills and verdant grasslands, Kerala is a trekking and camping paradise. Idukki, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Munnar, Palakkad, and Trivandrum offer some of the popular destinations for camping and trekking in Kerala.

Tourists, who are a bit of adventure seekers, can take up trekking tours through the Anamudi peak, Rajamalai, Chembra peak, Thusharagiri waterfalls and many others. The highest peak of them is the Anamudi peak which lies at an elevation of 8,842 feet above the sea level. With the breath-taking pathways, panoramic views and tropical flora and fauna, a trek to this peak offers a bewitching experience.

Apart from this, tourists can pump their adrenaline by trekking at the Rajamalai while exploring the wildlife. The Rajamalai is a small hill in the Eravikulam National Park. Other spots that offer trekking trails are the paths of Tusharagiri Waterfalls, Kannan Devan Hill, Idukki, Chummar, Chithirapuram, etc.

 

Winding up

Kerala has always attracted tourists, travellers and nature enthusiasts from across the globe since time immemorial. It has also been listed as among the ‘Ten Paradises of the World’ by the National Geographic’s Traveller magazine. Besides, with the weather, accommodation facilities, destinations, hospitality, tourists often find themselves stuck in situations where they cannot choose which places to visit during their tour.

Tour Cost per person

VALIDITY PRICE (INR) PRICE (USD)
01 Oct 2022 - 31 Mar 2023 98,500* 1,390*
* Mentioned price is not valid from 20 Dec to 10 Jan & from 1 Feb to 28 Feb 2023

 

Cost Includes & Excludes

COST INCLUDES COST EXCLUDES
  • Accommodation in mentioned Hotels in a double bed room
  • Breakfast at all hotels
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at Munnar
  • All Meals at House Boat (1 Bed room Premium Boat house)
  • Transportation using A/C Innova car
  • Bird watching tour at Mundackal (half day with guide)
  • Elephant orphanage visit at Kothamangalam
  • Make a cup of tea programme at tallayar bungalow
  • 3 hrs trekking inside the periyar wild life sanctuary
  • Spice plantation tour at Periyar
  • Kathakali dance show at Periyar
  • Entrance Fee to Periyar Wild life sanctuary
  • All sightseeing at all places in our car
  • Parking, toll
  • All Taxes
  • Flight / Train tickets
  • Services / facilities not mentioned in cost includes
  • Extra meals or Drinks
  • Tips
  • Telephone charges
  • Laundry & other expenses of personal nature
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