Explore the unique geographical features and witness the cultural traditions that make Kerala one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. With the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700m in the east and networked by 44 rivers.
An equable climate as well as a long shoreline with serene beaches. Tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters. Lush hill stations and exotic wildlife. Waterfalls. Sprawling plantations and paddy fields. Ayurvedic health holidays. Enchanting art forms. Magical festivals. Historic and cultural monuments. An exotic cuisine... All of which offer you a unique experience.
- Departs: london
- Arrives: bombay, India
- Departs: cochin, India
- Arrives: london
Kerala and the South in Comfort
- As Per Itinerary
- As Per Itinerary
- Travel in comfort on this amazing India journey
- Various activities included on the tour
- Experience an incredible Houseboat stay
With the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 m in the east and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. 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 fields. Ayurvedic health holidays. Enchanting art forms. Magical festivals. Historic and cultural monuments. An exotic cuisine... All of which offer you a unique experience.
The tour starts in Mumbai and end in Cochin comprises 07 nights and 08 days
- Cochin - Half Day Sightseeing Tour , Boat Cruise , Kathakali dance performance
- Munnar - Visit to Tea Museum
- Alleppey - Houseboat Stay
- Kumarakom - Bird Watching Tour by Boat
Day 1 - Arrival in Mumbai and Cochin by Flight
You will arrive at Mumbai’s International Airport where as you will be in transit co connect flight for Cochin
Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you would be transferred to your hotel.
Upon arrival at the hotel, proceed for check-in at the hotel.
Kochi, or more familiarly, Cochin is a city of many parts. Around for a long, long time, Kochi played a pivotal role in the development of shipping and trade in the region. Kochi's prime location on the west coast, its fine bay and protected harbour made it popular with seafarers and merchant ships who made frequent stops to stock up on spices, coffee and wood en-route to the rich markets of Europe and West Asia. And so down the ages, Kochi prospered as a busy port city and commercial centre. Its seafront is still extremely relevant to Cochin and to India: it houses a Naval Base and one of India’s busiest ports.
In the evening witness a classical Indian dance show - Kathakali. Kathakali (Katha means story and Kali means play) is the classical dance drama of Kerala, which dates from the 17th century and is rooted in Hindu mythology. It has a unique combination of literature, music, painting, acting and dance. Kathakali is a traditional ritualistic art forms used for centuries to preserve the stories of Vedas. Elaborate costumes and gesture makes the Kathakali dancers something special to be hold.
Day 2 – Cochin to Munnar
Today you will start your day with a half day city tour of the city. You will first proceed to Mattancherry, where you will visit the oldest Jewish Synagogue in India, built in 1568; it was destroyed by the Portuguese and rebuilt by the Dutch a century later. From Jewish Synagogue you will visit Chinese fishing nets. The cantilevered fishing nets line the entrance to the harbour mouth. Chinese traders are believed to have originally introduced them in the 14th century although, today parts of the nets are known by Portuguese names. You will then visit St. Francis Church, originally named after Santo Antonio and dedicated to him as the Patron Saint of Portugal, St. Francis Church is the first church to have been in the new European influenced tradition.. You will also be visiting The Dutch Palace (Closed on Friday) at Mattancherry, which was built in 1555 and its coronation hall and murals at Ramayana are noteworthy features.
Later you will be driven from Cochin to Munnar. On arrival proceed for check-in at your hotel.
Munnar is the nature-lover’s paradise. Snuggling in the green and serene Kannan Devan Hills lies the quite and restful resort of Munnar. Panoramic views of low-flying clouds and mist filled valleys make it a pretty little heaven with a cool bracing climate. It was opened up out of virgin forests a century ago by pioneering planters. Within its remote and elderly churches - gracious, stone-structures with ancient chandeliers and rosewood pews. A little beyond lies Anaimudi, South India's highest peak.
Day 3 – Munnar
Morning post breakfast, proceed to visit Tea museum. The Tata Tea Museum diligently portrays the growth of Munnar tea estates, veritably conveyed through some of the displays like the rudimentary tea roller to the modern fully automated tea factory. Visitors to the museum can satiate their curiosity on various stages of tea processing, and also learn a thing or two about the production of black tea.
Spend the rest of the day at leisure
Day 4 – Munnar to Kumarakom
Morning you will be driven from Munnar to Kumarakom
Kumarakom: Located on the Southern coast of India enjoys a well-balanced tropical climate. Nature has composed its magic to perfection here. A million verdant coconut palms lining the rivers lean to examine its reflections on the glassy rivers. Everywhere, nature is at its best. Blooming forth in perfumes of flowers. In the riot of colours of multi-hued birds. In the fresh, succulent and bountiful freshwater fishes.
Upon arrival at Kumarakom, proceed to check in your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 5 – Kumarakom
Today morning breakfast at the hotel.
Take an early morning bird watching tour by boat on the charming backwaters around Kumarakom.
The rest of the day is free to relax or perhaps enjoy an authentic Ayurveda massage treatment (book & pay locally).
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 - Kumarakom to Alleppey
After breakfast you will be proceed for check in at your houseboat from the hotel’s jetty
Climb aboard the traditional kettuvallams (riceboats) converted into houseboats with bedrooms and attached toilets. Originally these boats were used as ferries to carry rice. Cruise through the backwaters of Kerala. Houseboat is one of the 50 “must do” things as described by the National Geographic Traveller magazine. The backwater cruise through the narrow canals that criss-cross a typical Kerala Village, rich with green paddy fields and verdant coconut trees and is a thrilling experience. The boat cruise takes you to small islets tucked away amidst those waters where you get glimpses of village at the best of its serenity and innocence. Lunch and dinner will be served on board.
Day 7 – Alleppey to Cochin
Breakfast is on board houseboat. Disembark houseboat and drive to Cochin
On arrival, check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.
In the evening take a sunset harbour cruise in Kochi
Day 8 – Cochin Depart
In time you will be transferred to Cochin International airport where you will be assisted by a representative to board your onward flight to back home. (It is advisable to leave the hotel 4 hrs prior to the flight departure time in order to cater to travel time till the airport and time required for immigration and boarding formalities.)