Day 01: Arrive Cochin
Your private driver will collect you and transfer you to your chosen accommodation. Cochin is the most historical destination of Kerala having a rich ancient heritage. Check into the hotel located in city. Afternoon proceed for a half day sight sightseeing tour(since the monuments will be closed on Fridays and Saturdays, you are given the sightseeing in Cochin on the same day) visiting the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, St. Francis Church, Indo – Portuguese Museum, Santa Cruz Basilica and the Chinese Fishing Nets.
Day 2: Cochin
Today you are free to explore the lovey heritage town by walk and later go for a shopping and in the evening watch the Kathakali Dance Show (the traditional art form of Kerala).
Day 3: Cochin to Munnar (140km 4.5hrs)
Early morning drive to Munnar, which is the most beautiful hill station of Kerala. Full of tea plantations and misty clouds. On arrival relax in the resort and later explore the hill station on your own. You have the option for trekking nearby.
Day 04: Munnar
Morning start the sightseeing tour visiting the Eravikulam National Park, Rajamala Peak which is home to endangered species of NilgiriThar (mountain goats), Tea Museum (closed on Mondays), Mattupetty Dam where speed boating can be done, Echo Point, etc. Later free time to visit the tea plantations.
Day 5: Munnar to Periyar (149km 4hrs)
Morning drive to Periyar a famous for its wildlife sanctuary and for a large variety of spices found here. On reaching there, check into the resort and in the evening you will be free to explore the amazing local spice market.
Day 06: Periyar
After breakfast you will be driven to thenPeriyar lake to enjoy a boat cruise, this boat cruise is available from morning 7am to afternoon 4pm and takes approximately 2 hours. Afterwards one can continue by also joining a nature walk, border hiking group, jungle safari, bamboo rafting, jungle patrol, the Periyar tiger trail, plantation and/or sightseeing.
Day 7: Periyar to Alleppey (95km 2.5hrs) Night on Boat
After breakfast you will be driven on to Alleppey where you will take your private houseboat at 12.30pm and start your cruise along the narrow canals. During the journey you can visit ancient temples, churches, paddy fields and can watch the daily activities of the local people who live nearby. Your crewmembers will serve delicious Kerala food on board and will take good care of you. In the evening at around 5:30PM, you will be anchored at one of the beautiful local villages where you will be free to do some fishing (during the night time there will not be any cruise). Overnight stay in anair- conditioned luxurious houseboat(a houseboat cruise with an overnight stay is the most thrilling experience which Kerala offers and undoubtedly this is the highlight of any trip to South India)
Day 8: Alleppey to Marari (16km 0.25min)
After breakfast you will leave your houseboat and be driven on to Marari, here you will find some of the finest beaches in Kerala. After checking into your accommodation, you will be left to relax and enjoy the beach for the day.
Day 9: Marari
Today you are free to relax in the beach resort, in the pool or have some ayurveda massages and optional seafood from the beach side restaurant. You may also do a sightseeing tour in Trivandrum city visiting the monuments/ museums as per your interest. Afterwards you will once again be returned to your accommodation to relax and enjoy the beach.
Day 10: Marari
Today you will be left to enjoy your last day to relax at your leisure.
Day 11: Marari to Cochin Airport (73km 1.5hrs)
After breakfast you will be transferred to Cochin airport to fly on to your chosen destination. If you have a late flight a driver will collect you and there will be an opportunity to do some last minute shopping and have dinner before being dropped off at the airport to catch your international flight home.
All our tours are guidelines. If you wish to change anything please do not hesitate to contact us. All are tours can be done using diverse categories of accommodation. Homestay’s Heritage, 3*, 4* and 5*, a mixture is also possible. All our tours can also be done using trains and planes alongside having your private driver. At IAT we live under the “motto” everything is possible.