Kerala Nature TrailsHeritage and Nature, Kerala / 11 days / View on map
A fascinating journey through India's tropical south, do experience the diversity in scenery, architecture, culture and most importantly the people. Keralais a tropical bliss with an idyllic coastline and lush tropicalhills. Despite its relative riches, the majority of the population in Kerala life continue with agriculture, tea, coffee and spice plantations and the coir industry, which still provides the basic economic structure of the region.
₹ 41,000onwards / person
Colonial Cochin Plantation trails Enchanting backwaters Traditional arts South India Cuisine Beach Exploration
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Day 01 : Arrival at Cochin
On arrival meet and assistance at the airport, then proceed to your hotel and check-in at the Hotel.. In the evening discover the famous dance drama of Kerala, the “Kathakali” show. This dance can be characterized by grotesque gesticulations, amazing costumes and very extensive make-up. The stories are mostly taken from the epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana. Overnight stay. (Bed & Breakfast)
Day 02 Cochin
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will Experience Real life of Cochin during an Ethnic tour – start with the visit of the famous Chinese Fishing Nets of Cochin. The huge cantilevered Chinese fishing nets that droop towards the waters like over-sized hammocks, have become a hallmark that represents Fort Kochi on every postcard... Next visit is at the St. Francis CSI Church, the oldest European church in India built in 1503, where the Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama was originally buried and the Santa cruz Basilica, one of the finest and imposing churches in India. Then take a tuk tuk– the most popular mode of transport among the localities. Go along with your local tour and stop at the Dhobi Khana (laundry station), once throbbing with activity, it is now a picture of slow extinction. Continue through the small streets of Mattanchery, and arrive at the Fruit market on Palace road where locals get a variety of fresh and organic produces at bargains prices. Don’t miss a stop at the Spice Market, where exotic odour of the finest ginger, cloves, cardamom, turmeric and pepper emanate from the spice warehouses lining the street and fills it. Make a pause with a refreshing tea at one of the tea shops where you get the “one meter” tea. There is now an opportunity to interact with a Brahmin Family. The Brahmin are the highest of the four Hindu castes, made up of priests and scholars of Vedic literature and their traditional occupation is to conduct rites at marriages, births, deaths and other auspicious occasions. Then you will be invited to getting squiggly lines drawn on your hands... This ritual called Mehndi arts holds plenty of cultural significance in Indian traditions and is one of the most important pre-wedding ceremonies in their marriages. Later visit the Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town, and finally the Dutch Palace with its beautiful mural paintings from the 17th century. Back to the hotel for Overnight stay.
Day 03 Cochin to Munnar
Breakfast at residing hotel. Proceed to Munnar, Munnar – “Nature lovers paradise” drive through the picturesque countryside of Munnar, a popular getaway retreat. Surrounded by lush green tea estates, this picturesque hill station boosts of exotic flora and fauna. On arrival, check into your hotel. Evening enjoy a guided walk through the plantations. Overnight stay. (Bed & Breakfast)
Day 04 At Munnar
After breakfast, visit Eravikulam national park, the main inhabitant of the Nilgiri Tahr. Now the park has the largest known population of Tahrs existing in the world. Visit Tea museum followed by a tea plantation :- The museum set up at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea in Munnar The Tata Tea Museum diligently portrays the growth of Munnar tea estates, veritably conveyed through some of the displays like the rudimentary tea roller to the modern fully automated tea factory. Visitors to the museum can satiate their curiosity on various stages of tea processing, and also learn a thing or two about the production of black tea. On your way back head to Srishti TATA project. This project is a venture of Tata Global Beverages for the rehabilitation of the differently able. Enjoy some shopping time in this community centre - Strawberry jam (handmade), handmade paper or clothing naturally dyed on site. Back at the hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities at the resort. Dinner and Overnight stay. (Bed & Breakfast)
Day 05 Munnar – Thekkady (3.5 hrs)
After your breakfast check-out and take a beautiful drive to Thekkady, down to the green mountains of the Nilgiris, rubber, coffee and cardamom plantations will follow. On arrival at Thekkady, Check-in your hotel. Evening take on a Spice Plantation Tour into the tropical fields of the Cardamom Hill reserve where you can touch, smell and taste almost all the spices seen worldwide. Enjoy the resort activities. Overnight stay. (Bed & Breakfast)
Day 06 Thekkady
After breakfast, go for a plantation Jeep ride where you can touch, smell and taste almost all the spices seen worldwide. Due to its location in the lower mountains around 1000 meters above sea level, Periyar is blessed with numerous types of spices. It is an opportunity to see why the Kerala cuisine is so different from most of the other Indian cuisines. The tour gives you a chance to visit plantations of cardamom, pepper, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and many other varieties of spices and medicinal plants. Followed by experience a local meal. Later in the afternoon go for periyar Boating through the sanctuary. The Periyar wild life sanctuary, the only one of such kind in India where one can have the experience of beholding wildlife at close quarters in natural habitat from the safety of a boat Boat ride at lake Periyar-to see the wild animals in its natural habitat. Overnight stay at Hotel. (Bed & Breakfast)
Day 07 Thekkady to Kumarakom (4.5 hrs)
Post breakfast check out from houseboat and transfer to Kumarakom hotel. Proceed for Village Walks, Country Canoe ride, sunset cruise or a rejuvenating Ayurveda Massage (Payable Locally), to name a few Overnight stay.
Day 08 Kumarakom to Alleppey
After breakfast proceed to Alleppey and embark your Houseboat Cruise ,These Houseboats are a reworked version of kettuvallams of olden times and made out of huge planks of Jack wood, joined with coir from Coconut shells. The backwaters act as a vital waterway for the transport of goods, people and their produce are at times the only link between isolated villages and crowded towns. The Alleppey district is one of the most popular areas where you can cruise the backwaters. It is also one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea-level, using a system of dykes. Cruise through the palm fringed canals enjoying the beauty of rural village life. Enjoy a sumptuous Keralan Lunch on Board. The trip continues through a wonderful area of the lush green vegetation. Dinner, Overnight stay at Houseboat. (Bed & Breakfast)
Day 09 Alleppey to Kovalam
Breakfast at the hotel. Late morning drive to one of the well known beach destinations in the world, Kovalam. On arrival check into the resort . Rest of the day free to familiarize with the resort or to enjoy some massages in the hotel Spa. (payable locally). Overnight stay. (Bed &Breakfast)
Day 11 Kovalam to Trivandrum airport
Post breakfast, in time transfer to Trivandrum airport for safe and comfortable return journey.
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