With the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering in the east and networked by forty four rivers, Kerala enjoyes unique geographical features. An equable climate, a long shoreline with serene beaches, tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters, lush hill stations and exotic wildlife, waterfalls, sprawling plantations and paddy fiends, Ayurvedic health holidays, enchanting art forms, magical festivals, historic & cultural monuments and exotic cuisine define KERALA.
DAY 01 ARRIVE COCHIN
On arrival you will be taken to your hotel, where rooms are reserved for you. Cochin has one of the finest harbors on the Arabian Sea coast and it has been a port of call for foreign traders for centuries. peninsula in the west. It is also its main trading center for spices & seafood. The city has three distinctive regions – Ernakulam, the modern region to the East, and the older districts of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin located on a peninsula in the west. Cochin has one of the finest harbors on the Arabian Sea coast and it has been a port of call for foreign traders for centuries. It is also its main trading center for spices & seafood. The city has three distinctive regions – Ernakulam, the modern region to the East, and the older districts of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin located on a peninsula in the west. The easiest way to get around is by ferry, or by walking through the narrow roads and over bridges.
You will spend today afternoon walking through the old sections. Our walking tour will take us to; Jew Town, including the PARDESI SYNAGOGUE; THE MATTANCHERRY PALACE, known locally as the Dutch Palace; Fort Cochin, reminiscent of European streets and houses; the CHINESE FISHING NETS on the northern shore of Fort Cochin; and ST FRANCIS CHURCH, near to a typical English village green. A highlight is watching the fishermen working the nets (which operate on a weight system) as the sun is setting.
In the evening proceed to see the traditional dance form of Kerala – KATHAKALI.
DAY 02 TO MUNNAR VISITING KUMBHALANGHI
At 8 this morning after your breakfast, we will take you to KUMBHALANGHI, a Village in Cochin, 13 kms
away and half an hour drive from the Town. It is identified as the first Model fisheries and tourism village in
India .On arrival, we will take you to KALLANCHERRY ISLAND with Auto-rickshaws. This is an
interesting drive for 10 minutes through the narrow country roads from the main road and you can see the
village folk engaged in different activities for there livelihood, may be a woman in her village provision shop,
a farmer in his paddy field, a fisherman spreading his net, a kid with a fishing net ……..it goes on.
Kallanchery is an Island which is about 700mtrs length and 150 mtrs in breadth. There are around 500
people living there.
Most of the people are engaged in fishing and clam meat processing for their livelihood, the Island is
surrounded by Chinese fishing nets. The host is from a traditional Christian joint family of 16 members. The
eldest of the family is in her eighties and the youngest is just born.
The family members are engaged in agriculture, fishing, crab & fish farming, coir making etc. Main crops
cultivated here are coconut and betel nuts, nutmegs, vanilla, anthurium farm, and trees like teakwood,
manchium, spices like pepper, pathimugham etc. In the aquaculture farm they cultivate shrimps, crabs, milk
fishes, pearl spots and mullets etc. Traditionally the family is following organic farming.
You will be able to see and even partake in various activities here such as Coir processing,
Copra processing (Coconut drying process), Mat making, Crab catching, Fish flipping (fish acrobatics),
Padalu (kind of trap, fix in the water to catch fish), Clam meat processing, Chinese net operation, Papu mari
(Kind of technique used to catch fish), Net making, Oola madayal (thatching village roofs, temporary sheds
etc), Toddy tapping (natural fermented drink extracted from coconut flower), Country Boating etc.
In the afternoon depart for Munnar – a haven of peace and tranquility – the idyllic tourist destination in
God’s own country. Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of
the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Unending expanse of tea plantations – pristine valleys and
mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests – aroma of spice scented cool
DAY 03 TO THEKKADY
Today, drive to Thekkady, the main entrance to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The flora and fauna of the
Periyar wildlife sanctuary is absolutely thrilling as the sanctuary here is the natural habitat of a wide variety of
animal species. The Periyar Lake is a paradise for the nature lovers. It gives you an opportunity to observe.
the wild animals roaming in the jungle. The lake is also a birdwatcher’s delight. The greatest attraction of
Periyar Lake, however, is the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. Moreover, the
Sanctuary Watch Tower situated in the forest interior gives you a panoramic view of the park.
DAY 04 TO KUMARAKOM
Start your way in an idyllic by proceeding for a boat ride on Lake Periyar. Periyar is part of the Project Tiger
campaign and animals inhabiting the area include elephant, deer, pig, tiger, leopard, bison, monkeys and
malabar squirrel. Then drive to Kumarakom and stay in your backwater resort, next to the Vembanad Lake
with its majestic canals, streams and distributaries along its banks weaves an intricate and beautiful web. This
area is a winter home for many migratory birds and species include the darter, little cormorant, night heron,
golden-backed woodpecker, white-breasted water hen and many more wonderful birds. Rest of the day is at
leisure which can be spent walking and exploring the surrounding area or indulging yourself with the various
spa facilities available in your resort.
Overnight is at your backwater resort.
DAY 05 KUMARAKOM – BACKWATERS
You board your houseboat today that travels until sunset when it then anchors for the night, at Alleppey.
Your boat has a private balcony with comfortable chairs. The rooms are fully furnished with attached
bathrooms. The boat has a fully equipped kitchen and an experienced cook to prepare authentic Kerala
cuisine with seafood specialties and fresh vegetables.
The entire state of Kerala is blessed with plenty of rivers and the resources of many are still untapped. The
waterways of Kerala play a major role in the economy of the state as they link remote villages and islands
with the mainland. It is an incredibly different experience to cruise in the backwaters in country boats,
absorbing the beauty of Kerala’s villages. Houseboats, also known as kettuvallam or rice boats, are today one
of the major tourist attractions in Kerala, but these boats were used to carry rice bags in their earlier days.
These houseboats are uniquely designed using local materials like bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes,
bamboo mats, carpets etc. and are a fabulous way to enjoy exploring the fascinating beauties of backwaters
Thekkady is the main entrance to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The flora and fauna here is absolutely
thrilling as the sanctuary here is the natural habitat of a wide variety of animal species. The Periyar Lake is a
paradise for the nature lovers. The greatest attraction of Periyar Lake, however, is the herds of wild elephants
that come down to play in the lake. Moreover, the Sanctuary Watch Tower situated in the forest interior gives
one a panoramic view of the park. Visit spice plantations.
Overnight is at Hotel.
DAY 06 TO KOVALAM
You will get up early today by chirping of birds and occasional ripples in the water. Your breakfast will be
cooked before your eyes by your expert boat-crew. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast while cruising quietly on
the unending stretches of these backwaters. The boat will cruise through various canals and waterways giving
you an insight into the rural life.
Later check out and drive to Kovalam. Stop enroute for a city tour of Trivandrum visiting the ancient temple
of Sri Padmanabhaswamy – one of the major attractions in the city of Thiruvananthapuram. Move around the
city and you get to see various picturesque spots besides the glimpses of the city’s past. Some of the
attractions that are not to be missed are the Napier Museum, Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Zoo, Observatory Hill,
Science and Technology Museum, and Chacha Nehru Children’s Museum.
Continue your drive and check in at your beach resort at KOVALAM