Kochi (2) – Munnar (2) – Thekkady (1) – Kumarakom (1) – Alleppey Backwater (1) – Kovalam (2) – Varkala (2) – Kochi (1) – Departure
13 Days/ 12 Nights
Kerala is considered as “God’s Own Country” as it is diverse and unique in various ways. Famous throughout the world for its happening beaches, the impressive beauty, serene backwaters, culinary experiences and amazing nightlife. The spirituality and presence of pristine waters make this part a better holiday destination. We planned these dates because the weather remains pleasant this time of year so you can enjoy to the utmost. It is a wonderful opportunity to discover Kerala’s rural lifestyle. Just setting foot on this majestic land will freshen your soul. Experience the stunning landscapes and exceptional people of Kerala on this trip through South India.
Tea plantations cast an emerald glow over an entire mountainside. Large ancient Chinese fishing nets create a skyline over the Arabian sea. From witnessing the wild life to traversing endless canals, and from dipping your toes into the warm sea to witnessing the enduring luster of the spice trade, you will create lasting and unforgettable memories during your exploration of Kerala.
Day 1: Kochi/Cochin Arrival
Plan to arrive any time on March 9th at Cochin International Airport. Airport code: COK. Welcome to Kerala. Upon arrival at Cochin airport, you are greeted by YogaTalk representative. The airport is located at Nedumbassery, about 25 kilometres northeast of the city. You will be transferred to your pre-booked hotel for two nights stay in Kochi.
Day 2: Day in Kochi
After a cheerful breakfast, enjoy a city tour and explore the many fascinating highlights of Kochi covering – The Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church the oldest European Church in India, the Santa Cruz Basilica built in 1557 by the Portuguese and the Spice market. Follow the footprints left centuries ago by the Dutch, Portuguese, British, Arab and Chinese and soak up the cultural atmosphere as you stroll along the quaint narrow lanes of Fort Cochin to visit the Dutch Palace, St Francis Church and India’s oldest Jewish Synagogue.
Later, head to the harbor where local fishermen use the old Chinese fishing nets introduced and erected centuries ago. Chinese fishing nets (Cheena vala) are fishing nets that are fixed to the land for fishing.
Later in the evening witness the Kathakali Dance Performance, a unique dance which has a 2000 years old history with more than 100 different ‘mudras’ or gesture depicting deities, demons, heroes, heroines and kings – each based on episodes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana, the two epic Indian myths.
Day 3: Kochi – Munnar (130 Kms / 3 ½ Hrs)
After breakfast, embark on your scenic drive to Munnar through the beautiful countryside, upon arrival check into your hotel for 02 nights stay. Munnar is a beautiful hill station situated 1,600 meters above sea level. You can stroll around and enjoy the peace and freshness of mountain air along with its breathtaking beauty.
Explore the sprawling tea plantations, pristine valleys and mountains, exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests and enjoy the aroma of spice-scented cool air.
Explore and tour through the tea plantations and pristine valleys and mountains, exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests. Enjoy the aroma of spice-scented cool air. Munnar, is one of the most naturally gorgeous hill-stations in South India. The word of “Munnar” means three rivers. 3 mountain streams Madurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala are joining together here. The previous, mainly in Devikulam Taluk of Idukki district, Munnar is usually known as the Kanan Devan hills or the High Ranges. The natural beauty, calmness and mild cold climate throughout the year makes it a pleasant place to stay for both Indians and foreigners.
Day 4 : Day in Munnar
After the breakfast, enjoy a city tour of this beautiful town visiting Mattupetty lake and dam, a very beautiful picnic spot, enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. You can enjoy boating in the lake (optional) and view the Mountains and landscapes from a far. Also visit Eravikulam National Park, a natural habitat of the rare mountain goat – Nilgiri Tahr and home of Aniamundi (2695m) the highest peak of South India.
Evening visit the Tea Plantation and the Tea Museum, one can satisfy their curiosity on the different stages of tea processing and also learn about the production of black tea. Munnar is famous for its emerald tea gardens. Sitting at the confluence of three rivers, its forested highlands are home to herds of wild elephant. We will visit the tea museum showcasing the work of British tea planters. You will experience the local workers clipping tea bushes and collecting the tea leaves.
Day 5 : Munnar –Thekkady/ Periyar (110 kms / 3 hrs)
Visit the rolling hills and tea cities of Munnar. After breakfast embark on a scenic drive through tea and spice plantations and blue hills to Thekkady which is also known as Periyar. Periyar sprawled over an area of 777 sq. kms and famous for its Periyar National park and the spice plantations.
Upon arrival check into your hotel for a night stay. Enjoy an afternoon cruise on the picturesque Periyar Lake at the heart of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, as the coolness comes in the evening many wildlife drink at the water edge. We will pass through the western ghats to explore an area of remarkable natural beauty. The Periyar National Park is a sanctuary for wildlife including the Indian elephant and tiger that congregate around the rolling rivers. Spend time exploring miles of tropical forest, huge dams and serene lakes. At night you can choose to take an optional martial art performance, the ancient Kalaripayattu that is said to be 3,000 years old.
In the evening enjoy visiting the Spice Plantations of cardamom, pepper, vanilla, nutmeg, clove etc. which are grown in and around Periyar.
Day 6 : Thekkady – Kumarakom (140 Kms / 4 ½ Hrs)
After breakfast, embark on your scenic drive to Kumarakom which is known as the rice bowl of Kerala. A cluster of tiny islets on the Vembanad Lake a famous back water of Kerala, Kumarakom is a picturesque village. An extremely eye-catching beauty of mangrove forests, pea green paddy meadows and coconut coppices intermingled with enthralling waterways and canals.
Upon arrival check into your hotel for overnight stay. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure including Lakeside Yoga and lakeside activities from your resort.
Day 7 : Kumarakom – Alleppey (Backwater Cruise)
Explore the Backwater Canals outside of Alleppey. After breakfast, check into a typical Kerala houseboat and enjoy your Backwater Cruise to Alleppey through the Vembanad Lake. Travel down the canals dotted with houses, paddy fields, coconut trees, market places and temples where the lush tropical scenery is interrupted only by close-up glimpses of traditional village-life. Enjoy the backwaters, scenery and different places in your Kerala Style House boats. In the houseboat you will be greeted with welcome drinks, tea, snacks, mineral water, lunch, dinner and breakfast. Your chef on houseboat will prepare delicious Kerala specialties on board. You’ll see that Kerala is known for its cashew nuts, coir trade, rice, pepper crops & coconuts. Overnight stay in the houseboat.
Day 8 : Alleppey – Kovalam (185 Kms / 4 ½ Hrs)
After breakfast check out and embark on your drive towards Kovalam which is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favorite haunt of tourists since 1930’s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. Upon arrival check into your beach resort for the next 03 nights stay. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax at the resort
Day 9 : Day in Kovalam
Find yourself on the lovely beaches of Kovalam. Kovalam, a world-renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. Day of leisure, options at this beach are plenty and diverse. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs and catamaran cruising are some of them. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night.
The beach complex includes a string of budget cottages, Ayurvedic health resorts, convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centers.
Day 10 : Kovalam – Varkala (55 Kms / 1 ¼ Hrs)
After breakfast, embark on a short drive towards to Varkala – a small green town at a distance of nearly 50 km from Trivandrum. It is one of the major tourist spots in Kerala bordered by golden sands and blossoming green plantations, the beach has a lot to offer.
Upon arrival check into your beach resort for 02 nights stay. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax or to enjoy Ayurveda messages, beach side Yoga etc.
Day 11 : Day in Varkala
Explore the sandy beaches of Varkala. Enjoy Ayurveda messages and yoga practice. Varkala beach is widely renowned for sunbathing, boat riding, swimming, adventure sports and Ayurvedic Treatments. The beauty of dusk and dawn can be viewed easily from here and the place is peppered with flea markets and small shops.
Day 12 : Varkala – Kochi (175 Kms / 5 ½ Hrs)
Morning is at your leisure to relax or do your own activities. Later in the afternoon check out and embark on your drive towards to Kochi, upon arrival check into your Hotel in Kochi, close to airport for a last nights stay. Cochin sightseeing includes fort cochin, navy museum, St. Francis church, Chinese fishing net, Marian drive, Marine walk way, boating, Tripunitura hill palace.
Day 13 : Kochi-Departure
Today, you will be transferred to Kochi International airport to catch your flights home. YogaTalk representative will escort you to the Cochin International Airport with the best memories of this south India tour.