Kerala Ayurveda Tour

Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady - Alleppey - Kovalam - Trivandrum

Overview

Kerala, popularly known as ‘God's Own Country’, is a land of natural beauty filled with lush green landscapes, crystal clear beaches and network of backwaters. Kerala is also famous for its Ayurvedic therapies. The Ayurvedic treatments in Kerala are known to be a popular way to stay fit, along with physical and mental wellbeing. This 14-day long Kerala Ayurveda Tour is a refreshing and rejuvenating sojourn that takes you to some of the most beautiful places in the state including Cochin, a multicultural city, Munnar, a place filled with scenic plantations, Thekkady, well-known for its wildlife reserve, Alleppey, the ‘Venice of the East’ and Kovalam, a place of beautiful beaches. Each of these destinations is special, beautiful and scenic in its own way and it will shower peace and tranquility on you. The most important feature of this tour is an Ayurvedic retreat in Kovalam which is sure to transform your body, soul, and mind.

Trip Highlights
  • Discover the ancient structures of Cochin including Dutch Palace and Jewish Synagogue
  • Observe the working of Chinese Fishing Nets
  • Explore Hill Palace Museum
  • Explore the scenic tea and cardamom plantations
  • Visit Eravikulam National Park
  • Enjoy the mesmerizing view of Kundala Lake in Munnar
  • Drive through the most scenic road in Kerala
  • Experience the natural beauty of Periyar Tiger Reserve
  • Excursion to Chellarkoil in Thekkady
  • Admire the beauty of the backwaters by going on a houseboat cruise in Alleppey
  • Enjoy at the famous beaches in Kovalam
  • Relax and rejuvenate yourself with an Ayurvedic retreat in Kovalam
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Itinerary Details

Our tour representative will meet you at the airport and help you to check-in at the listed hotel. After resting for a while and savoring lunch, you will start exploring Cochin. The major attractions in Cochin are the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Hill Palace Museum, St. Francis Church, and Chinese Fishing Nets.

The Dutch palace is also known as Mattancherry Palace. It was a gift to Veera Kerala Varma, king of Cochin, as a goodwill gesture by the Portuguese in 1555. The Dutch renovated it in 1663 and thus it is known Dutch Palace. The palace has astonishingly beautiful murals from Ramayana and Mahabharata. The Jewish Synagogue is also known as Paradesi Synagogue. It was built in 1568 and it is the oldest synagogue in Commonwealth of Nations. It is one of the seven synagogues of Malabar Yehuda.

The Hill Palace Museum was constructed in 1865 and it was the residence of the Maharaja of Cochin. Later, it was renovated into a museum by the Archaeology Department. This museum has a plethora of artifacts like paintings, sculptures, weapons, jewelry and furniture. St. Francis Church is one of the oldest churches built by the Europeans. It was built in 1503 and it is known for its beautiful architecture. The famous explorer Vasco da Gama was buried here but after 14 years his mortal remains were taken back to his country.

The Chinese Fishing Nets are stationary shore operated fishing nets which are commonly found around Cochin. They are in use for the past 500 years and are commonly known as Cheena Vala. These nets were introduced by the Portuguese.

Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

After breakfast, you will start your journey to Munnar, the famous tea garden hill station of Kerala. Throughout the journey, you can enjoy scenic views of cardamom and tea plantations. Check-in at the listed hotel in Munnar and after lunch, you can relax in your room or enjoy the scenic beauty by trekking around the tea estates on your own.

Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel.

After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing trip around Munnar. The main attractions in Munnar are Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Lake, Eravikulam National Park, Echo Point, and Shooting Point. You can see the endangered Nilgiri Tahr in Eravikulam National Park. Mattupetty Dam is a storage concrete gravity dam constructed in 1940 for the purpose of power generation and water conservation. It is a scenic place covered in a mist of clouds.

Mattupetty Lake is just a few miles from the dam. Enjoy a ride on a speed boat, pedal boat or rowboat. The Shooting Point lies very close to Mattupetty Dam. It is also known as photo point. It is surrounded by tea plantations, woods, small rivulets and rolling hills. It is a great place to shoot photographs. Eravikulam National Park, also known as Rajamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, is Kerala's first National Park which is famous for housing the endangered mountain goat Nilgiri Tahr. The park is well-known for beautiful plantation views, rolling hills and Neelakurinji, a blue-colored Kurinji flower which blooms once in twelve years. This place is also famous for Anamudi Peak which is the highest peak in South India. Eravikulam National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it has a rich and diverse variety of flora and fauna.

After lunch, you will be taken to the Echo Point which is a junction of three well-known mountain ranges - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundela. It is a scenic place that offers a breathtaking view of misty mountains and lush green plantations. Echo Point gets its name due to the natural echo phenomenon. Every call made from a spot here is returned as an echo from the surrounding hills. Kundala Lake is formed by Kundala artificial dam which is in a curved shape. It is Asia's first arch dam built-in 1946. This lake is in the midst of rolling hills and valleys of dense forests. This lake offers boating facility in Kashmiri Shikara boats. Pedal boats and rowboats are also available.

After an exciting day, you will be taken back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Check out from the hotel in Munnar after breakfast and continue your journey to Thekkady. You will be traveling on one of the most scenic routes in Kerala. During the entire journey, you will enjoy viewing mountains, tea plantations, tea factories and cardamom estates. On the way, you will also see small streams and waterfalls. You can stop at viewpoints and take as many pictures as you like to carry the memories with you. Check-in at the listed hotel in Thekkady and after a short break, you can start discovering Thekkady. The major attractions are Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Murrikady, Mangala Devi Kannagi Temple, Chellarkoil and spice plantations.

Murrikady is best known for its vast stretch of plantations. It has rich and varied plantations of coffee, tea, pepper, cardamom and other spices. It is very close to Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. This wildlife park is a place of great scenic beauty and rich biodiversity. It is the most protected place for tigers and elephants. There is a picturesque 100 years old lake in the heart of the wildlife park. In the 18th and 19th-century, this place was the hunting ground of the Travancore kings.

After a delicious lunch, you will visit Mangala Devi Kannagi Temple, a 2000-year-old temple, which is amid Periyar Wildlife Park. It was built for an enraged woman Kannagi, who burnt an entire town to ashes because her husband was falsely killed by the king. This temple opens only once every year for the devotees to worship Kannagi. Chelkarkovil is a small and beautiful village surrounded by lush green mountains and cascading waterfalls. It offers a scenic view of the plains of Tamil Nadu from a height of 1200 meter above sea level. Thekkady is filled with various plantations of cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. The scent of these spices lingers in the air around the plantations. Guided tours of plantations are available throughout the year where you can walk through the plantations and explore them.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Continue your journey to Alleppey, after breakfast in Thekkady. Board the houseboat by noon for a comfortable river cruise on the picturesque Kerala backwaters. Alleppey, the 'Venice of East', is famous for houseboat rides on backwaters lined with coconut trees. Relax and enjoy the houseboat cruise as it passes through palm-fringed lakes, lagoons, canals, and charming villages. You can enjoy beautiful sunset and sunrise views from the deck of your houseboat. Some houseboats even arrange for an Ayurvedic massage on the boat. Delicious food will be served to you on board.

Spend an unforgettable night on the houseboat while sailing across the backwaters.

On day 6 of your Kerala Ayurveda Tour, enjoy a sumptuous breakfast and check out of the houseboat before noon. After lunch, you will continue your journey to Kovalam. Check-in at a listed hotel in Kovalam and after relaxing for a while enjoying the evening by visiting the stunningly beautiful beaches of Kovalam.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Kovalam is breathtakingly beautiful and popularly known as a tourist paradise. It has three pristine beaches - Lighthouse Beach, Samudra Beach and Hawa Beach which have shallow waters and low tidal waves. Lighthouse Beach is the largest beach with stunning white sand and clear blue water. Visit the Lighthouse and cherish an awesome view of the ocean.

Samudra Beach is a scenic beach which looks like a paradise. It is clean and enchanting with a cool breeze and softly murmuring ocean. Hawa Beach is also known as 'Eve's Beach' and this is separated from the other beaches by a foreland. This is the preferred beach for adventure activities. It has a stunning coastline perfect for a walk to relax. All along the beachside, there are many restaurants serving fresh and delicious seafood. There are plenty of souvenir shops too.

Kerala is one of the prime destinations in India for Ayurvedic treatments. Kovalam is known to offer the best Ayurvedic treatment in Kerala. Ayurvedic massage, spa packages, and healing therapies are offered at Kerala Ayurvedic centers. Ayurveda retreat in Kovalam will help you in rejuvenating your body, mind and soul. It helps you to detox, purify and bring balance to your body and mind. Kerala Ayurvedic centers offer specially designed packages for detoxification, anti-aging, weight loss, de-stress and rejuvenation. Almost every hotel/resort here has its own spa and Ayurveda center. There are a few exclusive Ayurveda resorts in Kovalam. Every day after each session of your Ayurveda therapy you can indulge in other activities like surfing, swimming, motorboat ride, wooden-boat ride, and snorkeling or a pleasant walk on the beach. For an entire week, enjoy the Ayurvedic massage in Kovalam, rejuvenate yourself and also taste the exotic cuisines of Kerala.

After breakfast, you will be taken to Trivandrum Airport to fly back to your destination.

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