01 Day: Arrive Cochin – Cherai Beach (35 kms: 1 hr)
Welcome to the memorizing land of India! Meeting and assistance on arrival at the Cochin airport, our representative welcomes & escorts you by a/c car and transfer to Cherai, the closest decent beach to Cochin. The beach shelters a backwater and supports an active fishing community, some of whom use Chinese fishing nets. Rest of your day is free for beach activities. Enjoy the sunbathing under the tropical sun. Overnight stay at Cherai beach resort.
The Cherai Beach borders Vypeen Island. This beautiful beach is studded with seashells of various hues and shapes. The nearby village gives you glimpses of rural Kerala and Cherai's main industry- prawn farming. This lovely beach is ideal for swimming. Dolphins are occasionally seen here. A typical Kerala village with paddy fields and coconut groves nearby is an added attraction of this beach. Cherai is well known for seafood and country wine - Toddy.
02 Day: Cherai Beach
After breakfast day free for rest and individual activities in the Cherai beach, the paradise of sun, sea, sand and surf. Rest of your day is free for beach activities. Enjoy the sunbathing under the tropical sun. Overnight stay at Cherai beach resort.
03 Day: Cherai Beach – Munnar (135 kms: 4 hrs)
Today morning check out the hotel and drive to Munnar, The word "Munnar" means three rivers. 3 mountain streams (Madurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala) are joining together here. There are about 30 tea plantations in and around Munnar. The tea estates, hills, lakes and forests inside Munnar range expose its beauty. The Munnar hills are covered by tea plants, which look like a wide green carpet. You can take a short tour visiting Munnar Tea Factory & Museum (closed on Monday). Rest of the evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Munnar: the one-time 'summer capital of the British rulers', over the years now became the most sought after tourist destination in Kerala. It is the abundant gift of nature to the Western Ghats, the eastern border of Kerala, 5000 feet above sea level. Intense forests, wildlife sanctuaries and major tea, coffee and spices plantations sprawled over this region. Munnar abounds in animals like wild elephants and Nilgiri Thar and rich biodiversity teeming with flora and fauna. An ideal hill destination to enjoy the sheer nature.
04 Day: Munnar
Today morning after breakfast explore this panoramic hill station- visit Pothamedu to enjoy picturesque view of the coffee, tea, cardamom and other spices plantations in Munnar, Devikulam (7 km from Munnar), this tranquil hill station with its velvet lawns, vibrant flora and fauna with picturesque mountains, a rare experience. Blossom International Park is about 3 km away from Munnar, Mattupetty Dam and its reservoir is located 13 km away from Munnar, Mattupetty is also known for the Indo-Swiss Farm and a dairy farm, Echo Point and Kundala Lake. In the evening you can take a tea and coffee and spices plantation tour visiting tea museum. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.
05 Day: Munnar – Vagamon 105 kms: 4hrs)
After breakfast check out and drive to Vagamon. On arrival drive 20 kms to the Vanilla County or similar. On arrival transfer to the resort, day is free for individual acitvites, Overnight stay at vanilla county. Some of the activities offered here are:
1) Spice garden Visit.
2) Visit nearby Ashram (a meditation centre).
3) Trekking through the nearby mountains.
4) Bathing in the mountain streams
5) Possibility of seeing elephants at work.
Vagamon: It is a very ideal tourist spot surrounded by the greenery of tea gardens, beautiful meadows, deep puzzling valleys and dales. The enchanting hill station dotted with tea gardens will soon be one of India's foremost eco-tourism projects.
06 Day: Vagamon – Periyar (90 kms: 3 hrs)
After breakfast, check out the hotel and drive to wildlife destination Periyar, on arrival, transfer to the Jungle Resort, after refreshment visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, discover the park, animals found here include elephant, gaur and wild boars and birds like ibis and grey heron. Boating at Periyar Lake to view animals with a bit of extra luck we may be able to see the rare tiger as well. Afterwards take a spice plantation tour to see crops of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. on your way back to the hotel, you could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, one of India's biggest wildlife sanctuaries covering 777 sq. Km (300 Sq.miles) is a Tiger Reserve. Its centerpiece, the man-made Periyar Lake at the height of 2000 ft. covers 26 sq. km, running through the forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala. The lake is an important source of water for the many wild animals. The Best time to visit Periyar is between OCTOBER and MAY. The best chance of watching animals is during the hot months of march,
08 Day: Periyar – Kuttikkanam (125 kms: 3 hr)
After breakfast drive to Kuttikkanam, a popular hill station. On arrival transfer to the hotel, After refreshment visit Grampi, commonly known as Parunthupara, a rock sculpture about 150 ft (46 m) high and about 3,800 feet (1,200 m) above sea level. Thottapura, the place where the Travancore royal family stored weapons.Baker Hills (Commercially Named To Thrisangu Hills), Rolling hills with views. Panchalimedu, a viewpoint, according to legend one of the many hiding places of the Pandavas and Panchali. From a pond known as Panchalikkulam the "Makarajyothi", can be seen, the divine flame lit during the pilgrimage season in Sabarimala.Valanjanganam Waterfalls, a main attraction of Kuttikkanam, also known as Ninnumullippara. The waterfall is about 75 ft (23 m) in height and is usually covered in mist. Overnight stay at Kuttikkanam.
Kuttikkanam is a small town located near Peermade in Idukki District. Nestled in the lush green hills, it is an ideal spot for trekking and adventure tourism. It is enriched with cardamom plantations. Thrissanku and Peeru hills are two nearby hill stations around 1 km from Kuttikanam. Breathtaking views of the three ancient royal palaces of the Maharaja of Travancore can be seen. Another main attraction is the Kesari waterfalls (Valanjamkanam falls), in the Kottayam-Kumily route
09 Day: Kuttikkanam – Kumarakom (95 kms: 3 hrs)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Kumarakom - for the nature-lover. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, to see bird viewing where numerous species of birds, including Darters, Bitterns, Brahminy kites, Marsh Harries, Teals and several varieties of Herons roost are found. For an inquisitive bird watcher, it is always advisable to carry their binoculars at all times. Return to hotel, make sure you do not miss out on Karimeen and fresh toddy the favorite fresh water food and the local wine. Overnight stay at the hotel.
The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that live there in flocks is a fascination for visitors. The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a boat trip round the islands.
10 Day: Kumarakom – Alleppey (Backwaters tours through sailing boat to Alleppey)
After breakfast, embarks at the houseboat and journey begins to explore backwaters world though sailing boat passing thorough tropical countryside, enjoying view of palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals are panoramic sights. On the way one can see The Chinese fishing nets, the reminiscent of our past trade links, groups of duck swimming around and colourful birds flying across the sky remains as enduring pictures treasured in our memories, you can try your hands in fishing from the houseboats. In the evening enjoy beautiful sunset from the sun-deck of the houseboats. Enjoy the dinner of your choice cooked and served by the Chef. Dinner and overnight at the houseboat.
Alleppey: a calm backwater town is the center for backwater cruises in Kerala. It has a large network of water canals, which passes through the town, provides its lifeline & has a long sandy beach. Alleppy is also famous for Speculative Nehru Trophy Boat Race, celebrated every year- in month of August, the most colourful and exotic snake boat race in Kerala. The city is known for coir products.
Houseboat: Generated through electricity; with sitting cum dining area, private bedroom with attached English toilets, sun deck and fully loaded kitchen with a Chef, and Srank (Driver).
Backwaters Tours: The mystifying intricate of forty-five rivers that creates around 900 km roundabout lakes, lagoons, canals, estuaries and deltas in the South Indian state of Kerala, This topographical persona blessed the God's Own Country with elaborate water worlds, commonly known as 'backwaters'. Cruising all along the backwaters of Kerala is an ultimate way to discern its implausible foliage, bona fide, affluent ethnicity and wildlife. The tranquil, steep and Sluggish backwaters tour is like inspiring depictions of nature’s beauty witnessed by the tourists.
11 Day: Alleppey – Varkala (115 kms: 3 hrs)
Today morning the breakfast, disembark from the houseboat and drive to Varkala. Long renowned by Hindus as a place of pilgrimage, on arrival transfer to the beach resort. After refreshment visit Varkala Beach, set amid a beautiful setting, about 10 km away from the calm and quite hamlet of Varkala, Varkala Beach is a beautiful beach renowned for its solitude unlike other commercial beaches of Goa. Varkala Beach is a popular beach where you can enjoy various water sports activities such as para-sailing and paragliding. Overnight stay at the beach resort.
Varkala, a quiet, secluded stretch of sand, the Papanasam beach in Varkala is known for its mineral springs and rocky cliffs. It is an important pilgrimage center for the Hindus who come on pilgrimage to the 2,000 year old Janardanaswamy temple near the Papanasam beach. A dip in the sea at this beach it is believed washes away ones sins. The ancient bell in the temple, which was retrieved from a ship wreck, was donated by the captain of the Dutch ship which sank near Varkala without causing any loss of life Varkala has all the pluses of Kovalam.
12 Day: Varkala
Morning after breakfast visit Edava Beach, untouched and unspoilt by tourist activities, the Edava beaches are the virgin stretches circling a blue lagoon where sea and backwaters run parallel divided by a more-than-one km of straight road. Thiruvambadi Beach, lying 1 km off Thiruvamdabi road, this black sand beach adjacent to the North cliff is an ideal picnic spot amidst lush coconut groves to relax and unwind. Anjengo Fort, situated 12 km off Varkala at Anjengo, is believed to have been built in 17th century. Vishnu Temple is an ancient temple dating back to around 2000 years. Overnight stay at the beach resort.
13 Day: Varkala – Cochin (170 kms: 4 - 5 hrs)
After breakfast, your day is free for beach and individual activites. Afterwards check out from the beach resort and drive to Cochin. 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’. In the evening enjoy the Kathakali, one of India’s most famous Classical dances. Lavish Costumes & Exotic makeup & Masks intensify the beauty of the dancers, intricate moments. Overnight stay at the hotel.
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'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin.
14 Day: Cochin
After breakfast, take a city tour of the Cochin city; visit Fort Cochin & St. Francis Church to see the town of Vasco da Gama. We also see the Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Friday afternoons and all Saturdays & all Passover Days & the Mattancherry "Dutch" Palace (closed on Fridays & Saturdays). You may also visit the famous Hill Palace Museum, the largest archaeological and heritage museum in Kerala. Bolgatty Palace is the oldest living Dutch palaces outside Holland, now converted into a heritage hotel. Willingdon Island: is a man-made island created in 1933 with wonderful walkways and jetty’s. In the evening Cherai Beach, Located in Vypin Island, Kochi, Cherai Beach is one of the beautiful beaches facing the Arabian sea. Overnight stay at the hotel.
15 Day: Cochin – Hometown (By Air)
After a healthy breakfast, check out the hotel and transfer to the airport to board the scheduled flight to your hometown. On departure tour concludes with happy memories.
Since the precise cost of a customized tour is subject to specific accommodation choices, travel period (date/month/year), nos of pax travelling together and other custom preferences. However, to enable you to chalk out your holiday plan, we suggest following budget guidelines (minimum 2 people are travelling together & sharing one double room) for a customized tour: