Kerala on tropical Malabar Coast is a popular tourist destination in India, known for ecotourism and backwaters. Diverse culture and demography add to its appeal. Geographical features like serene beaches, backwaters, hill stations, and wildlife make Kerala a top Asian destination.
Meet our representative upon arrival in Cochin and drive to Munnar - derived its name from the confluence of the three rivers around which the town grew. Today, it offers beautiful vistas, cardamom and spice plantations, aromatic oil factories, sights of several endangered species and the purple-blue of the Neelakurinji flowers that bloom every 12 years. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and spend the evening at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast, Explore Eravikulam National Park, home to various elusive and endangered species. It is a great place to enjoy trekking and offers mind-blowing views of the tea plantations. Later, proceed towards the Tea Museum (closed on Monday), which gives an insight to the history of tea plantations of this region. Later visit Mattupetty Dam, Eco Point and Flower Garden. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, drive to Thekkady (Periyar) and on arrival check-in at the hotel. Thekkady is synonymous to uninterrupted hills, rich biodiversity and spice plantations. The place is best known for the Periyar National Park. In the afternoon, proceed for a boat-ride at Periyar Lake, and in the evening watch a traditional Kalaripayattu show. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, check-out and proceed to Kumarakom - a charming emerald peninsula jutting into the picturesque Vembanad Lake dotted with innumerable traditional country rafts, boats and canoes. The fresh water of the lake flows into the mainland, making a labyrinth of lagoons, canals and waterways. Enjoy a sunset cruise in Vembanad Lake. Overnight at the backwater resort.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Cochin airport for the return flight back home.
Munnar - Visit Sept-May. Avoid summers. Thekkady - Sept-April best. Driest in Mar-Apr, good for animal sightings. Monsoons are very green. Kumarakom - Best in winter. Not too cold. Vembanad Lake, Bird Sanctuary, Backwaters, Temples, Churches.