10-Day Best of Kerala Tour with Backwaters
Tour Style: Tailor-made tour
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- Day 1
Welcome to Kerala! Upon arrival at Cochin Airport, you are greeted by our representative. Transferred to hotel where our representative helps you check in and briefs you about the following tours. Have some free time on your own.
- Day 2
After breakfast, start your exploration of Fort Cochin. Follow the footprint left centuries ago by 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 (close on Fridays and national holidays), St Francis Church and India's oldest Jewish Synagogue in Jew Town (close on Fridays, Saturdays, and Jewish holidays). Later, head to the harbor where local fishermen use the old Chinese fishing nets introduced and erected centuries ago.
- Day 3
Breakfast and then head to Munnar, a beautiful hill station situated 1,600 meters above sea level. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. You can stroll around and enjoy the peace and freshness of mountain air along with its breathtaking beauty.
- Day 4
After breakfast, start your exploration of Munnar, the idyllic tourist destination in Kerala. 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.
- Day 5
After breakfast, drive to Periyar Tiger Reserve, India’s earliest sanctuary and one of the best places to see Asian Elephant. After checking in to your hotel, stroll through one of the spice plantations this area famous for; learn about many different uses of spices, both in medicine and food.
Take a late 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. This night you can choose to take an optional martial art performance, the ancient Kalaripayattu that is said to be 3,000 years old.
- Day 6
In the early morning (around 7 am), you'll enjoy a forest trek inside the National Park, which takes 1-3 hours regarding to your interest. After the trekking, drive back to hotel for a quick shower, then head to Alleppey, embark on your houseboat and start an enchanting cruise along the reputed backwater of Kerala; just relax and lay back while you navigate slowly through the tranquil waterways. It is a wonderful opportunity to discover Kerala’s rural lifestyle. You'll see that Kerala is known for its cashew nuts, coir trade, rice, pepper crops & coconuts. If you like, have a refreshing bath in the backwaters on the tranquil Vembanad Lake. Your chef on houseboat will prepare delicious Kerala specialties on board.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 7
After breakfast on the houseboat, disembark at Alleppey and say goodbye to backwater then head to Kovalam, a world-renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. You will have a wealth of leisure options on the beach, including sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs and catamaran cruising.
- Day 8
Day at leisure to relax on the beach.
- Day 9
Today, you have a free day to relax at the hotel.
- Day 10
Morning at leisure. Afternoon bid farewell to Kerela, our representative will escort you to the airport in Trivandrum to board your onward flight.
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- Munnar tea plantations
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