Spices & Beaches of Kerala

Kerala, self proclaimed "God's Own Country", invites you to relax in a lush countryside of wild forests, tea estates and spices gardens, on the shore of the Laccadive Sea.

10 days / 9 nights

Cochin – Munnar – Wagamon – Kumarakom – Allepey – Kovalam – Trivandrum

  • Quaint lanes of Fort Cochin and its former colonial shipyards
  • Ludicrous landscapes of tea plantations
  • Serene backwaters and fishermen's villages
road travel train or flight

Day 1 : Cochin

Arrival in Kochi Airport and transfer in Fort Kochi, an eclectic city where different communities have long cohabited. Wander along the jetty to observe Chinese fishing nets.

Day 2 : Kochi

Visit 16th century Pardesi synagogue, Mattancherry Dutch Palace
and Saint Francis Church in the narrow alleys of Fort Cochin. Evening attend a traditional Kathakali dance show.

Day 3 : Kochi / Munnar

Drive to Munnar along tea estates and forests in the Nilgiri Hills.

Day 4 : Munnar

Hike around a tea estate and visit Munnar Tea Museum. Visit Christ Church, a hundred-year old church dedicated to tea farmers.

Day 5 : Munnar / Wagamon

Drive through forested mountains and rubber plantations. Stay in  Thekkady, Periyar or Wagamon. Stroll around spice gardens and markets.

Day 6 : Wagamon / Kumarakom

Option to trek in the Jungle. Then drive to backwaters of Kumarakom, on the banks of Vembanad Lake. Ride a canoe through paddy fields, coconut lagoons and coir villages.

Day 7 : Backwaters Cruise

Board a Kettuvalom, a traditional Bamboo-made rice boat converted into an intimate houseboat on sail. Enjoy the cruise to Alappuzha.

Day 8 : Alappuzha / Kovalam

Leave the Houseboat at Alleppey Jetty and drive towards South.
Check in your resort and relax on the crescent beach of Kovalam.

Day 9 : Kovalam

Day at leisure on the beach. Treat yourself with ayurvedic massages and local food delights. Or take a day trip to Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin) at the southernmost point of India.

Day 10 : Kovalam / Trivandrum

Departure transfer to Trivandrum Airport.

 

Average travel time:
  • 2 to 5-hour drive between halts.
When to go:
Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
  • Ideal from October to February.
  • Monsoon rains in June & July
  • In recent years Kerala has experienced floods in August.
Spice up your trip:
  • Stay in a colonial bungalow.
  • Trek in a plantation estate or a wild forest.
  • Extend the trip to Tamil Nadu, Karnatako or Maldives.
  • Rejuvenate yourself with an Ayurvedic cure in an ashram or a spa hotel.
Monument closing days:
  • Mattancherry Palace on Fridays
  • Pardesi Synagogue on Fridays, Saturdays and Jewish holidays.

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