Spend this summer soaking in the laid back vibe at the backwaters of Kerala! A destination renowned for its tranquil houseboat tours, you could also enjoy the scenic plantations in the highlands of Munnar, rest in the lap of the Nilgiri Hills and discover the unique culture, architecture and cuisine of Madurai and Cochin – relaxation and leisure are guaranteed!

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3CochinFort Kochi Harbor, Matancherry, Pardesi Synagogue, St. Francis ChurchEighth Bastion, Hotel Forte Kochi
3MunnarMatupetty Dam, Tea Plantations, Soft Trekking, Kannan Devan Tea MuseumChandy's Windy Woods, Spice Tree Munnar
3 - 4MaduraiMeenakshi Temple, Gandhi Museum, Vandiyur Kanmoy Tourist ComplexHeritage Madurai, The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai Madurai
4 - 5ThekkadyAmazing Biodiversity, Spice Plantations, Kalaripayattu, Periyar Wildlife SanctuaryCardamom County, Spice Village
5 - 6Alleppey HouseboatBackwater, Relaxation, Houseboat, Paddy Fields, Village LifeLakes And Lagoons, Spice Coast Cruise
6 - 9AlleppeyBackwater, Relaxation, Local Culture, Temple Visits, HouseboatMalabar Escapes Purity Resort, Muhamma, Marari Beach Resort
9 - 9CochinFort Kochi Harbor, Matancherry, Pardesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church

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  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Relaxation
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

Transfer to your Hotel

Cochin

2 Days

Kochi, formerly Cochin, is considered the Queen of the Arabian Sea as it was one of the first European settlements in India, due its ideal positioning for trading.

Included Activities

Cochin At Dawn Cycling Tour
Watch the city wake on this early morning cycle ride in Fort Kochi! Start your day by enjoying a steaming cup of tea with the locals. Go on to discover the history of this port city that, over the ages, has drawn traders from all around the world. Witness the influence of colonialism on local culture, and the impact that each colonial regime has left in its wake. Learn about the various communities that migrated to Fort Kochi over the years; home to over 15 different communities, Fort Kochi has provided a place for them to preserve their cultural identities while assimilating into the region by adopting local customs. Head to the local fish market to see one of the most important local trades firsthand. This is also your chance to learn about the lives of Kerala’s fishermen and how they support the veterans as a community. Last, but not least, get a firsthand glimpse into the nuances of the art of bargaining, one of the most prevalent customs in any Indian market! After a cycle ride that would have helped you work up an appetite, end your trip by polishing off a delicious local breakfast. (Half day, Time of Day: Morning, 0630 hrs, Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Moderate)

Hotel Options
Eighth Bastion – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomClassic Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 3

Drive from Cochin to Munnar (160 km, 4.5 hrs)

Munnar

-1 Days

Munnar offers a haven of peace and tranquility within the verdant hills of Kerala.

Included Activities

Half Day Trek In Munnar
Embark on a 4 hr Soft Trek on good paved paths, through the lush green mountainsides and be amazed at the freshness of the surrounding plantations. Take in the aromas and fragrances of the tea and spice plantations that waft through the air.

Tea Delights Of Lockhart
Explore the Lockhart Tea Museum situated at Devikulam, a scenic hill station and national park on the outskirts of Munnar in southern India. Drive along meandering country roads flanked by lush tea plantations and wooded hills. In a while you will reach the expansive Lockhart Estate established in the late 1800s as one of High Range’s earliest tea plantations. Accompanied by an in-house expert, tour the working tea factory, following the staff in action at every stage. Learn about orthodox tea, and its entire production process from tea leaf picking to your teacup. Understand the various health benefits of tea and its many uses. Visit the tea museum to know more about the history of tea in the region. Discover a collection of vintage equipment related to tea manufacture, and browse old photographs that trace the evolution of the town itself. Visit the adjoining nursery and garden where you can observe life behind the scenes. Finally, enjoy a tea tasting session while appreciating the fantastic scenery around! (Half Day; Duration: 1 hr; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy)

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomSpice Tree-Classic Room With Jacuzzi
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 3 - 4

Drive from Munnar to Madurai (160 km, 5.5 hrs)

Madurai

1 Day

Madurai, the city of incense and chiming cymbals, is one of the oldest in India! Dubbed the “Athens of the East’, the historical city was reputedly visited by learned men from Rome and Greece, including Megasthenes in the 3rd century BC! Cozily nestled amidst the towering mountains, this is an energetic city of contrasts where Hindu Gods and a growing IT industry go hand in hand.

Included Activities

Evening Ceremony at Sri Meenakshi Amman
Experience the fascinating ‘resting’ ceremony at the ornate and colorful Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai. Accompanied by your local guide, traverse the lively town to enter the grand temple complex. Under the sunset glow, marvel at the twelve brilliantly decorated towering structures, each featuring an assortment of figurines – deities, demons, and mythical animals. Visit the magnificent hall of a thousand pillars, and soak in the splendid architecture around. As night falls, witness the centuries-old ritual that is religiously performed every single night – but only for the deities! Following a final worship session for the day, watch as the head priests and a train of devotees carry an image of Shiva (aka Sundareshwara) in a silver palanquin to his consort, Parvati’s (aka Meenakshi) shrine, to be kept together until the morning. Join the chorus of voices, while chants, music, dance, and purifying smoke fill the air. The divine beings are believed to rest together for the night, a tradition that is expected to maintain balance in the world. (Half Day; Time: 2100 hrs, Fridays at 2130 hrs; Duration: 2.5 hours; Shared Activity & Private Transfer; Notes: Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the temple’s main sanctum, but can witness the ceremony from a gallery outside, Photography not allowed)

Hotel Options
Heritage Madurai – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Club
Meals
StyleResort
RoomPasumalai Superior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 4 - 5

Drive from Madurai to Thekkady (150 km, 3.5 hrs)

Thekkady

1 Day

Thekkady is a thrilling delight for nature lovers.

Included Activities

Evening Tour Of Thekkady
Discover natural beauty and cultural delights of Thekkady at dusk! Soak in the sights and sounds of the magical woods in Thekkady during your three hour afternoon trek. With a trained guide from a local tribal community, each trail takes you through varied habitats, past evergreen deciduous forests and grasslands filled with rare birds, butterflies and wildlife. In the evening, enjoy a demonstration of Kalaripayattu, a vibrant and ancient martial art which dates back to the 3,000 year old Dravidian era. Learn more about the different styles of Kalaripayattu, which roughly translates as mind gym training, practiced throughout Kerala.You can meet professional martial art masters before you return to your hotel. (Kindly note that children below 12 years are not permitted to join this activity.)

Hotel Options
Cardamom County – Opt 1
RoomAC Periyar Cottage
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Spice Village – Opt 2
RoomStandard Villa
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 5 - 6

Drive from Thekkady to Alleppey (160 km, 4 hrs)

Alleppey Houseboat

1 Day

Cruise Kerala’s backwaters and stay overnight in a traditional kettuvallom, a boat made from coconut rope and wooden blanks.

Included Activities

Overnight Houseboat Experience In Alleppey
Cruise Kerala’s backwaters and stay overnight in a traditional kettuvallom, a boat made from coconut rope and wooden planks. This unique and exotic barge experience provides all the comforts of a hotel, with furnished bedrooms, a modern shower and toilet room, a living area and a shaded balcony for relaxing on as you enjoy uninterrupted views of rural Kerala. There is also a kitchen where the boat’s crew will rustle you up deliciously fresh meals and snacks, served traditionally on banana leaves. The skipper (captain), might moor up and take you to visit a backwater village, where you can meet local people and observe ancestral homes and places of worship. After a relaxing day, drop anchor and rest your head to the gentle sounds of the swishing lake waters.​

Hotel Options
RoomA/C Deluxe
MealsFull Board
StyleHouseboat
RoomOne Bed Room
MealsFull Board
StyleHouseboat
Day 6 - 9

Transfer from Alleppey Houseboat to Resort

Alleppey

3 Days

Alleppey was once dubbed the Venice of the East by the visiting former Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon.

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomGarden Villa
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
Day 9 - 9

Drive from Alleppey to Cochin (65 km, 1.5 hrs)

Cochin

0 Days

Kochi, formerly Cochin, is considered the Queen of the Arabian Sea as it was one of the first European settlements in India, due its ideal positioning for trading.

Transfer to the Airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 1,702 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 1,899 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 11 days / 10 nights
  • Meals as indicated
  • All activities as listed :
    • Cochin: Cochin at Dawn Cycling Tour
    • Munnar: Half Day Trek in Munnar
    • Munnar: Tea Delights of Lockhart
    • Madurai: Evening Ceremony at Sri Meenakshi Amman
    • Thekkady: Evening Tour of Thekkady
    • Alleppey Houseboat: Overnight Houseboat Experience in Alleppey
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with unlimited mileage and a trusted chauffeur throughout your trip, apart from during your stay at a beach/backwater resort or houseboat if applicable.
  • All activities described in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, accompanied by our tour guide
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes
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11 days $ 1,702 / person

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