Kerala is aptly called the God’s own country, as it is wedged between the Western Ghats on the East and the Arabian Sea on the west. Kerala was called Keralam historically and is bordered by Karnataka to the north, Tamil Nadu to the east and south and Lakshadweep Sea to the west. Kerala has established itself as a destination for thrill seekers all around the world. The timeless beauty of palm-fringed exotic beaches, serene backwaters, pristine silky lands and natural beauty, Kerala truly lives to the description of being God’s own country. Kerala was covered by the sea according to mythology and was reclaimed by the axe-wielding warrior sage Parasurama.
From the majesty of Munnar and Vagamon, the serenity of Kovalam and Varkala beaches, the pristine backwaters of Kumarakom and Kuttanad, the wildlife-rich forests of Thekkady and the captivating sights of the sunset and sunrise, Kerala showcases fun and serenity in every step. Explore the beauty of Kochi, Munnar, Thekkady, Kanyakumari and Kovalam in the exquisite journey to God’s own country, Kerala.
Day Arrival in Kochi
Arrival in the international airport of Kochi, followed by transfer to the hotel. Kochi is a major city situated on the south-west coast of India. The serenity of Kochi draws in traders, travelers, and explorers to its shores. The intriguing mix of giant fishing nets, mosques, houses, and the remains of the British empire makes Kochi a preferable destination for people all around the world. A destination for Kerala arts, Kochi is a perfect destination to witness what India is truly made of.
The evening is utilized for sightseeing around the architecturally beautiful St. Francis Church, the Portuguese-influenced Indo-Portuguese Museum, Chinese Fishing Nets, Kathakali Dance Academy, Mattancherry Palace, Jewish Synagogue and the wonderful activities of Evening Harbor Cruise.
- Overnight at Kochi
- Meals not included
Day Drive from Kochi to Munnar
We will now drive to the confluence of three mountain streams at Munnar. Munnar is a hill station located in the Idukki district of Kerala and the name means “three rivers”. In the evening, we will visit the NilgiriTahr, Tea Museum, and the exotic piece of land with flowers- Hydel Park here. We will also, explore views of the mist-clad hills from atop the Pothamedu hilltop. We will then embark on a leisurely visit to the sprawling Kundala Tea plantations and the Kundala Lake. Another interesting aspect to notice here is the echo phenomena of Echo Point and also the beautiful Shooting Point. We will finally end the day with boating in the ideal picnic spot on Matupatty Dam. Approximately 4 hours of drive.
- Overnight at hotel in Munnar
- Breakfast & dinner included
Day Sightseeing around Munnar
The sleepy hill station of Munnar hosts a range of green natural beauty, well encapsulated in the preserved valley. Severe habitat fragmentation has resulted in the native flora and fauna to disappear, but the Kurinjimala Sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Manjampatti Valley, Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and other national parks situated in the region have managed to retain the species in their natural forms.
There are a number of endemic species like the NilgiriThar, grizzled giant squirrel, gaur, elephant, sambar, langur, and neelakurinji. In the afternoon we will enjoy a jeep ride to Kulkmali tea Factory situated at over 7500 feet. The 50-year-old tea making factory is still intact. You will get a chance to mix in with the locals and pluck some tea leaves.
- Overnight at hotel in Munnar
- Breakfast & dinner included
Day Drive from Munnar to Periyar
Enjoy a beautiful drive from Munnar to the spice plantation haven of Periyar. Periyar is a protected area near Thekkady and is notably known for being a tiger reserve and elephant reserve. The rare, endemic and endangered flora and fauna that is found here, makes Periyar a haven for nature enthusiasts.
In the evening we will visit the Spice Plantation in Periyar. The plantation is situated on a 1.5-hour drive from Periyar. The commerce of the plantation gives a clear picture of Kerala’s history. Spice trade is independently done from this region. Pepper is known to be the king of this plantation and over 12 varieties of spices like ginger, garlic, coffee; clove, vanilla, tea, cinnamon, pepper etc. are grown here. Periyar is known best for its organic food items. Enjoy a boat ride in Periyar Lake if you wish. The boat ride is served on a first come first ride basis and is another interesting activity to carry out while in Periyar.
In the afternoon, we will take time to visit the Periyar Bazaar, in order to glance at organically produced spices on sale. Approximately 4 hours of drive.
- Breakfast & dinner included
- Overnight at hotel in Periyar
Day Drive from Periyar to Kettuvallam
Drive to Kettuvallam, where you spend the night in a houseboat. Kettuvalam is a houseboat used widely in Kerala and have a thatched roof covered with wooden hulls. “Kettu” means to tie and “vallam” means a boat, making the name “kettuvalam”. The ancient principles of boat making techniques using “Anjili” wood are used to make these large boats, used widely to promote tourism. Ropes of coir are used to keep the structure in place and tighten the wooden planks.
Large scheduled and luxurious houseboats are perfect to phase out any issues and troubles embedded in minds. The houseboats are well equipped with a full-fledged kitchen, attached bathroom, and cooking utensils along with a dining area. Initially, these boats were used in order to transport a huge amount of cargo from one place to another, but have been modified over the years to include extensive designs that appeal to tourists all over the world. Laze on wicker chairs as you watch the world move past in its own journey. We will reach the city of Kottayam before the houseboat tour starts. Approximately 4 hours of drive to Kottayam. Overnight in Houseboat.
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
- Overnight at boathouse
Day Depart transfer
View the panorama of sunrise from atop Kettuvallam. After tasting the lavish breakfast we will cruise towards Alleppey. Drive to Kochin and transfer to airport. The drive to Kochin gives a view of the rustic life of the countryside. After a satisfying and extremely leisurely experience in the God’s own country, Kerala, it is time to bid goodbye to India, only with a promise to come back for more. Approximately 2 hours of drive.
- Breakfast included
Accommodation & meals
- Pre tour accommodation at 3 star hotels in Kochi.
- Twin sharing basis at 3 star hotels & house boat during the trip.
- 5 Breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner included during the trip.
- All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
- One English speaking tour leader depending on the group size
- English speaking local guide for sightseeing in each monument.
- First Aid Kit
- All Govt. taxes including service charges
What's not included
- Emergency evacuation fee
- International airfare
- Personal Insurance
- Personal expenses (Alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc)
- Visa fee
- Any services not mentioned in the itinerary
All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle
Visa & documentation
It is now possible to obtain an electronic visa to India. US citizens can obtain the e-visa which is emailed to you. If you have an e-visa or an i-visa, you should make sure that you stand in the correct queue for it. The total expenses for the electronic visa are under $100. These visas are quick to obtain (about 18 hours of time). You will receive the e-visa in the email in less than 72 hours or three working days.
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