The Essence of Kerala
A delightful journey through ‘Gods own Country’. Relax in the cooler temperatures of the Hill country, learn about the history of tea and delight in the beauty of the Eravikulam National Park. Enjoy a thrilling forest trek in the Periyar Wildlife Reserve. Later unwind on a lazy houseboat cruise on the Backwaters. End your journey with leisure time at the lesser explored and silent waters of Marari beach.
- Discover the Fort Area in Cochin and Chinese Fishing Nets
- Experience the fresh mountain air around the Munnar Tea Plantations
- Explore a spice plantation of Periyar
- Take a cruise & stay on a traditional rice barge houseboat
- Relax on a palm-fringed beach
Day 01 - Arrive Cochin
On arrival in Cochin, you’ll be met by your Indus Bound Representative and transferred to your hotel, where you’ll be staying for two nights. Spend the remainder of the day recovering from your journey, and perhaps a stroll around the local neighborhood of Fort Cochin later.
Day 02 - In Cochin
Spend the day exploring the old colonial district of Fort Cochin. Tucked away in the narrow streets of Fort Cochin are a number of delightful art galleries, cafés and interesting clothes boutiques, as well as centuries-old houses. You will visit the residence where Vasco da Gama stayed when he was here in the early 16th century, and have a look around India’s oldest church, as well as one of one of the region’s few surviving synagogues down in Jew Town, near Mantancherry, site of a Keralan palace with superb traditional murals. Around sunset time, watch local fishing boats chug past the famous Chinese fishing nets. Venture out in the evening for a performance of Kathakali dance.
[Optional : Cooking Class experience with a local]
Day 03 - Drive to Munnar
Drive inland to the Cardamom Hills for a two-night stay in Munnar, hub of the region’s tea industry (03-04 Hrs). Relax on arrival and take in the beautiful views, go birdwatching or on a butterfly walk.
Day 04 - In Munnar
Visit a local tea plantation and factory today, and a museum presenting a history of tea cultivation in the area. Spend your afternoon trekking through the beautiful hills surrounding Munnar. If you find the trek to be too strenuous then ask our guide to take it at a slower pace and to shorten it if need be.
Day 05 - Drive to Periyar
Drive south to Periyar National park (03-04 Hrs). Late afternoon, explore the Spice Plantations of the region.
Day 06 - In Periyar
Enjoy a full day of activities inside the park today, from rafting and forest trekking to boat rides on the lake.
Day 07 - Drive to Alleppey
Drive to Alleppey (04-05 Hrs) and embark your traditional rice barge to spend your afternoon and evening cruising along the backwaters. A private chef on-board will provide you with a freshly cooked dinner made from local ingredients.
Day 08 - Drive to Mararikulum
Wake up on your houseboat and enjoy breakfast before disembarking. Drive to Mararikulum (01 Hr), to base yourself at picturesque Marari Beach to spend your final two nights. Take a stroll along the beach or relax under a palm tree with a book.
Day 09 - In Mararikulum
Full day at leisure. You might like to try an Ayurvedic massage, or hire a bicycle to explore the surrounding quiet lanes.
Day 10 - To Cochin & Departure
Drive to Cochin Airport & Fly back home or continue your onward journey with us
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