Kerala Holidays

Explore Cochin’s colonial buildings and Fort Cochin’s narrow streets. Learn all about tea at the Munnar tea plantations, join a boat safari to explore Periyar’s wildlife. Learn to make your own stationery, indulge in an Ayurvedic massage before relaxing on one of the glorious beaches of Kerala, truly God’s own country.

  • Best time for this holiday is from November to March
Kerala Holidays at a glance
  • Day 1: Arrival Cochin
  • Day 2: Cochin touring
  • Day 3: Drive to Munnar
  • Day 4: Munnar tea plantations
  • Day 5: Drive to Periyar Sanctuary
  • Day 6: Periyar safari
  • Day 7: Drive to Kumarakom
  • Day 8: overnight on a Houseboat
  • Day 9-11: Kovalam beach
  • Day 12: Departure
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Day 1: Cochin arrival

You will be met on arrival for a private transfer to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a sunset cruise. Overnight 

 

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Day 2: Cochin sightseeing

A sightseeing tour visiting the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, St. Thomas Church, St. Mary's Cathedral, Chinese Fishing Nets and, Bolghatty Palace. 

Proceed for a sightseeing tour to explore the many fascinating highlights of Cochin which include - The Jewish Synagogue in what is locally called the Jew Town, St. Francis Church which is the oldest European Church in India, the Santa Cruz Basilica built in 1557 by the Portuguese and the Dutch Palace. Later in the evening, enjoy a Kathakali performance. Overnight in Cochin.

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Day 3: Cochin to Munnar

We recommend that a light anorak and walking shoes are taken, as Munnar is much cooler than the coastal area. After breakfast, leave with your private driver/guide on a scenic drive to Munnar at an altitude of nearly 1600 metres above sea level. Once the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in South India, Munnar still retains its colonial charm and is famous for its tea plantations, most of which are privately owned. With its sprawling estates, rolling hills, sparkling waterfalls, picture postcard hamlets and undulating valleys, Munnar is an ideal holiday destination. In the afternoon, enjoy a Cardamom walk. Stay 2 nights. 

Distance and journey time: 150 km, 3 to 4 hrs 

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Day 4: Munnar touring

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Munnar covering meticulously groomed tea plantations, Eravikulam National Park (to see the endangered Nilgiri Thar) Mattupetty Dam, and the Tea Museum.

Overnight at Munnar.

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Day 5: Munnar to Periyar

After breakfast, drive to Periyar / Thekkady through the delightful Cardamom Hills. On arrival at Periyar, check-in to your hotel for 02 nights. Thekkady is home to the Periyar wildlife sanctuary famous for its rare habitat of birds and animals and is one of the most popular destinations for nature lovers. Go on a spice plantation tour where you will be enticed by not only the aroma of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg but will also get to know how they are grown, harvested and processed. Indulge in an ayurvedic massage. Overnight.

Distance and journey time: 110 km, 3 to 4 hrs

 

 

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Day 6: Periyar Wildlife safari by boat

Early a morning boat cruise around the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary for wildlife sightings. In the afternoon, experience an Ayurvedic Massage, Bamboo Rafting or a nature walk.

Overnight in Periyar. 

 

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Day 7: Periyar to Kumarakom

Morning, check-out and transfer to Kumarakom.On arrival, check into your resort in the backwaters. Relax in the serene atmosphere of the resort.

Overnight .

Distance and journey time: 158 km, 5 hrs

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Day 8: Houseboat

Morning at leisure. At midday, embark on your private houseboat for a cruise on the Backwaters, a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. Your houseboats or 'Kettuvalloms' are luxurious boats with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm-fringed landscape from your cabins. Apart from the mesmerising surroundings, it's the life along the coast that adds a touch of exotica to this experience. The locals travel in canoes and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods, door to door in small wooden boats. A small crew will be available at all times to assist you during the cruise. The crew includes the captain who mans the boat, a chef and a housekeeping staff member. The local food prepared by the chef on the houseboat is another delight not to miss. As you cruise along the backwaters you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places, en route where you can choose to go on a village walk. Your houseboat will set anchor around 1800 hrs and dinner will be served. The following morning's departure will be around 0700 hrs. Overnight on board.

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Day 9: Alleppey to Kovalam

After breakfast, disembark at Alleppey and travel by road to Kovalam. On arrival, check-in to your hotel for 03 nights.

Distance and journey time: 180 km, 4 hrs

Day 12: Departure

Collect from your hotel for a transfer to the airport. 

Distance and journey time: 10 km, 30 mins

Highlights

Cochin Gateway to Kerala

The port of Cochin is arranged over a number of islands connected by bridges, and has for centuries been Kerala’s principal trading post. The rich cultural heritage of this fort town is reflected in the many Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and British influences that are evident even today.

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Kerala Backwaters Houseboat cruise

Kerala’s celebrated backwaters are a tranquil and beautiful series of canals and natural waterways radiating from the stunning Lake Vembanad.

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Kovalam glorious beaches

Located close to Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala’s capital, Kovalam is set on an idyllic promontory fringed by 3 crescent-shaped beaches.

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Kumarakom on the Backwaters

Kumarakom is a charming and picturesque peninsula jutting into the beautiful Vembanad Lake, at the heart of the network of canals forming the celebrated Kerala Backwaters.

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Munnar tea plantations

Munnar is a former hill station of the British colonial administration, set idyllically at the confluence of 3 mountain rivers, and enjoying a cool and refreshing year-round climate.

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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Periyar is a spectacular national park in Kerala’s Cardamom Hills encompassing picturesque plantations, historic hill towns and a fabulous lake rich in wildlife.

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Accommodation

Cochin, Deluxe Class
Brunton Boatyard Hotel

This stunning heritage property, a former Victorian-era shipbuilding yard is charmingly set on the harbour front at Kochin. The fabulous reception area is cooled by punka fans, and is decorated with art and artefacts reflecting the glory days of the pepper trade, and the hotel’s British, Dutch and Portuguese architectural influences.

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Cochin, Standard Class
Eighth Bastion

Located serenely overlooking the Malabar in the old Dutch Quarter of the fort town, this chic post-Modern property combines international levels of comfort and appointment with detailing, décor and furnishings recalling the glory days of the Dutch East India Company.

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Kovalam, Deluxe Class
The Leela Kovalam

Located idyllically on a headland looking out over the Arabian Sea, this stunning property is set amid a crescent of pristine, white sand beaches.

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Kerala Backwaters, Houseboat
Spice Coast Cruises

These former rice barges, converted into charming floating accommodation, carry travellers where once they carried rice – along the lakes and canals of the Kerala backwaters.

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Kumarakom, Deluxe Class
Coconut Lagoon

Set idyllically among the backwaters of Kuttanad, this traditional tharavad-style property is approached by a stunning canal from the hotel’s private jetty.

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Munnar, Superior Class
Windermere Estate

Located a short drive from Eravikulam National Park, and an easy stroll to the stunning Pothamedu Viewpoint, the property is set idyllically at altitude upon a spice and coffee plantation.

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Periyar National Park, Superior Class
Spice Village

Located 2 miles from Periyar Sanctuary, Spice Village is a wonderful combination of heritage and vernacular, leaving the lightest of carbon footprints on its pristine national park setting.

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