Best of Kerala

Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady - Alleppey - Kovalam - Trivandrum

Overview

Kerala always lures with verdant fauna and flora as well as with tranquil backwaters, rejuvenating Ayurveda, picturesque beaches and magnificent backdrops. Our Best of Kerala tour package is designed to allow you to explore ‘God’s Own Country’ and enjoy warm hospitality like never before. Luscious hills and palm trees and romantic aura lure honeymooners to Kerala making it a perfect destination for couples. Besides, if you are looking for adventure, fun, pleasure, excitement, the tourist places in Kerala allows you to do so with family or a group of friends.

The 7 Nights / 8 Days Kerala Trip Package takes you to places like Cochin, Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey, Kovalam and Trivandrum. Your Kerala Trip starts from Cochin, one of the iconic cities in South India that takes back to you back to history and yet enchants you with its modernity at the same time. Next, you are going to visit Munnar which is a beautiful hill station that features a blissful mélange of traditions and nature. Indulge in a memorable road trip that paves a way to Alleppey city. Here, you can enjoy an exotic experience on the houseboats gliding over lagoons, canals and crystal blue waters.

The itinerary also includes a trip to Kovalam, a beach-paradise where you can admire the natural beauty, stroll around the shores, and also savor the local cuisines. Kerala is blessed with mesmerizing greenery, fresh aura, ethereal beauty, imposing hills, charming valleys, scenic tea estates, etc. Enjoy a wonderful escape from a mundane lifestyle with this Kerala tour.

Trip Highlights
  • Explore the prime attractions of Cochin such as Chinese Fishing Nets, St. Francis Church, Dutch Palace
  • Take a tour to Hill Palace and Dutch Cemetery
  • Enjoy shopping at Lulu Shopping Mall and other local markets
  • Sightseeing of Munnar that includes Tea Museum, Kundala Lake, Echo Point, Mattupetty Dam, etc.
  • Cherish breathtaking views of alluring Cheeyappara and Valara Water Falls
  • Wildlife safari at Periyar National Park
  • Excursion to Periyar Lake
  • Seek blessing at Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple at Trivandrum
  • See the mind-blowing performance during the Kathakali Dance Show
  • Spot Nilgiri Tahr in Eravikulam National Park
  • Guided tour to Trivandrum Zoo and Napier Museum
  • Spend quality time at Kovalam Beaches
Tour Map
Itinerary Details

As you arrive at Cochin International Airport, you will be welcomed by our tour agent who will help you with hassle-free transfer to your hotel. Complete check-in formalities at the hotel and take your time to settle down there. Your Kerala Tour gives you an ideal opportunity to delight in wonderful sightseeing of Cochin. Your day trip starts with marveling at the unique Chinese Fishing Nets. The design of these Fishing Nets is unique. It is a truly spellbinding experience to watch these majestic nets being suspended in mid-air and row upon row.

Next, set your foot into Fort Cochin. It is steeped in the history and culture of all who have occupied it through the ages. Also, its essence and roots are unique in its diversity. It was built in 1503 and stands as the testimony of the strategic alliance between the Maharaja of Cochin and the Portuguese Monarch.

Thereafter, visit Mattancherry Palace, also called as Dutch Palace. It is a Portuguese palace but now a museum which displays paraphernalia belonging to the Kings of Kochi, irreplaceable artifacts, and embellishments. It is built in the typical Kerala style mansions that are reserved for the nobility. This is followed by a trip to the St. Francis Church which finely exhibits Portuguese architecture and contains the gravestone of the famous explorer, Vasco-da-Gama. It is popular for its simplicity. Afterward, go to Dutch Cemetery, well-known for its imperial voyagers and inhabitants who left their homelands centuries ago to proliferate and expand their own empire. It is one such symbol of Dutch occupation and consist of one hundred tombs in the cemetery.

Your next stop is at Jewish Synagogue which is the oldest active synagogue. It was built by Spanish – speaking Jews in 1567 and also called as "Paradesi". It has splendid sculptures such as beautiful chandeliers, rare antiques, brass-railed pulpit, clock tower, Chinese hand-painted tiles, etc. Now, head towards Hill Palace. It is the largest archaeological museum in Kerala and situated on a hill. Built in 1865, the palace has served as the imperial administrative office and official residence of Maharaja of Cochin. The complex has a heritage museum, archaeological museum, a pre-historic park, a deer park and a children's park that are perfect for outdoor photography.

After that, go to Bolghatty Palace, a former palace or quaint mansion which was built by Dutch traders. After independence, this property was converted into a heritage hotel that includes a 9-hole golf course, swimming pool, ayurvedic center. Add to it, mesmerizing Kathakali performance that is held here daily. In the evening, take a walk along Marine Drive. This place is a picturesque promenade that overlooks serene backwaters. Spectators are left amused with amazing sunset views here. This fantastic place always remains thronged with tourists.

It is time for shopping. So head straightaway to Lulu Shopping Mall which is one of the biggest malls in the Indian sub-continent. There are many outlets for the people such as food courts, jewelry shops, footwear shops, sportswear shops, fashion accessories stores, etc. The mall can occupy 1, 00,000 people at a time.

At the end of the day, you will see the Kathakali Dance Show. It is a classical dance form or indigenous Kerala art and has become the icon of this state. This dance involves bright costumes, elaborate makeup, intricate body, hand, eye, and even facial movements.

Later, come back to the hotel and snuggle down in your bed for a relaxing overnight stay.

After having a wholesome breakfast at the hotel, check-out from there and you will drive towards Munnar. A pretty hill station, Munnar is popular for its lakes, exotic lush greenery, tea gardens, and craggy peaks. The place is also blessed with panoramic natural viewpoints. On the way, you will visit the beautifully enchanting Cheeyappara and Valara Water Falls. Take your time to enjoy the fantastic climate and cool breeze. It is an ideal place to unwind, relax, and revel in this pristine beauty of Mother Nature. You can also see the dense growth of trees and several rare species of animals and plants in its vicinity. Valara Waterfalls are well-known for lavish greenery whereas Cheeyappara Waterfalls is a truly spectacular sight to behold.

Upon arrival in Munnar, get accommodated at your pre-decided hotel and relax for a while. The rest of the day can spend in whatever way you want.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, you will go to explore the attractions of Munnar, one of the best places in Kerala. You will be visiting the Tea Museum which depicts the history of tea plantations and processing of tea since the earlier times. It is one of the most renowned areas in the world for its tea. This place also organizes two shows in a day where you will get detail information about the tea plantations and the way things work. Next, proceed to Mattupetty Dam which is built in the mountains of Kerala. Tourists love to treat their eyes to the lush greenery of tea plantations and dense forests around here. Also, the place is a haven for many birds and wild animals.

The city tour of Munnar also includes Echo Point as the next destination. Located at an elevation of 600 m above the sea level the point is positioned right in the lap of a charming lake and misty hills that are covered with lush green trees. The place is well-known for its enthralling phenomenon of echoing. You can go for a peaceful walk around the gentle slopes of hills or ride on the boat in the serene water of the lake. Afterward, go to Kundala Lake which is an idyllic place surrounded by rolling hills and valleys with dense forests. Usually, tourists visit this place to take a ride in Kashmiri-styled Shikara boats or Pedal boats.

Now, move for an expedition to the Eravikulam National Park, also called as Rajamalai Wildlife Sanctuary. It is famous for housing highly endangered Nilgiri Tahr, a popular mountain goat of South India. The national park stands out for the ravishing beauty of its rolling grasslands and shoals. This sanctuary is also the home to a rich and diverse variety of flora and fauna including atlas moth, elephant, lion-tailed macaque, rare leopard, tiger, small-clawed otter, etc. Also, the park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also the place that features rare Neelakurinji Flowers that bloom once in 12 years.

At the end of the day, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Start your 4th day of the tour of Kerala with a delicious breakfast and check-out from the hotel. Thereafter, hit the road to Thekkady. It is the home to one of the country's largest Tiger Reserve – Periyar and offers a thrilling experience to you to enjoy your wildlife holidays. Thekkady is a pleasant place for those who love nature in its wild manifestations.

As you reach there, register yourself at the hotel or jungle lodge reception and unwind yourself. In the afternoon, a boat ride on Periyar Lake is planned for you. During your ride, marvel at elephants bathing on the lakeside. Adore the beauty of the lake and create memories that last long.

Next destination is Periyar National Park, one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world. This national park is the dwelling place of elephants, royal tigers, bison, fishes, reptiles, wild boars, and birds. You can do eco-tourism activities such as border hiking, bamboo rafting, jungle patrol, following the Periyar tiger trail and so on. You can also take a night trek in the wilderness of Periyar.

Feel relaxed while enjoying your overnight stay in your jungle lodge.

Enjoy munching your breakfast. This is followed by an unforgettable Kerala houseboat tour in Alleppey. Officially called as Alappuzha, the place is known for its wide network of interlinked, palm-fringed canals also called backwaters.

After reaching there, you will check-in at your pre-booked houseboat. Sailing across Kerala backwaters on Alleppey Houseboats is one of the most preferred ways to get close to the tranquil nature. Your houseboat will pass across the serene backwaters where you can catch glimpses of green paddy fields, delightful avifauna, and choir making activities. You also get to witness the life of locals in Kerala. You can also try some toddy (palm wine) at the local toddy shops to add an authentic touch to your travel experience.

Overnight stay on the houseboat.

In the morning, your houseboat tour will come to a beautiful end. Check-out from the houseboat and savor your breakfast. Now, you will leave for Kovalam. This town is famous for its intact beaches with shallow waters and low tidal waves. Complete all your check-in formalities as you arrive and relax. The day is at leisure.

Kovalam is also called the beach town and has three famous beaches that are Samudra beach, Lighthouse Beach, and Hawah beach. Translating into a "Grove of Coconut Trees", Kovalam is actually bestowed with palm trees. You can go to avail Ayurvedic treatments, practice meditation, yoga or partake in other cultural activities. It is also a wonderful shopping place from where you can purchase rich spices, handicrafts, wooden statues and much more.

Later, retire for the night in the hotel.

Kick start the day with a delicious breakfast and then head out for a local sightseeing tour of Trivandrum. Firstly, go to Padmanabhaswamy Temple which stands tall in the Thiruvananthapuram. It is one of the 108 Divya Desams that are holy abodes of the Lord Vishnu. The grandeur and mystery of the temple fill the air. Tourists are left awestruck with its magnanimous beauty. Next, move to the Napier Museum. It was built in the 19th-century and has its own natural air-conditioning system. This museum has the collection of historical artifacts including ancient ornaments, ivory carvings, bronze idols and a temple chariot. It is also known as the Government Art Museum and the architectural style of this place is the mixture of Kerala, Chinese, Indian and Mughal architecture.

After that, visit Zoo which was established by the Maharaja of Travancore in 1857. It is the home to 100 species of indigenous and exotic animals from across the world. It also includes native species like Indian rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger, lion-tailed macaque, hippos, Asiatic lion, giraffes, Cape buffaloes and many more. In the afternoon, you can do purchasing for your loved ones. You can buy seashell items, jewelry, clothes, handicrafts, etc. from the local markets as well as shopping malls.

Overnight stay at your lodge.

It is the last day of your Kerala trip plan. Relish a hearty breakfast and check out from the lodge. Our tour representative will drop you at the Trivandrum airport/ railway station for your onward journey. You will be back home with fascinating memories of this Kerala Trip.

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