Classic Kerala - Independent Tour

Highlights: Cochin – Munnar – Periyar – Kumarakom – Backwaters – Kovalam – Trivandrum

Get an insight into the southern state of Kerala, with its famous backwaters influencing the daily lives of people in the region. Visit the tea gardens and beautiful natural landscape of Munnar and Periyar wildlife reserve before taking an enchanting Houseboat Cruise on the backwaters and ending with a few days at the famous Kovalam Beach.



Day 1: Arrive Cochin

Arrive in Cochin and transfer to Hotel. Evening show of Kathakali, the famous dance drama of Kerala, characterised by grotesque gesticulations, amazing costumes and very extensive make-up.

Day 2: Cochin (B)

Morning tour of Cochin visiting the Chinese Fishing Nets, Jewish Synagogue, St Francis Church, the oldest European Church in India, Santa Cruz Basilica, the Dutch Palace and the Spice market.

Day 3: Cochin – Munnar (B)

Morning drive to Munnar, the highest town of Kerala with a cool, bracing climate exuding old-world charm and popular for extensive tea and cardamom plantations.

Day 4: Munnar (B)

Morning visit to Pothamedu, to see the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations of Munnar. Also visit Devikulam, an idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna.

Day 5: Munnar – Periyar (B)

Drive to the wildlife reserve at Periyar on a scenic route dotted with plantations of rubber, cardamom, cocoa, green pepper and areca nut. In the evening, enjoy a nature walk through the spice plantation.

Day 6: Periyar (B)

Take a morning tour of the nearby garden where various species of spices and other aromatic plants are cultivated.

Day 7: Periyar – Kumarakom (B)

Drive to Kumarakom through the backwaters, ‘Jewels of Kerala’. Visit of Kumarakom bird sanctuary in the afternoon.

Day 8: Kumarakom – Houseboat (B/L/D)

Board your houseboat at mid-day for an exhilarating experience. As you sail down a maze of canals, you see villages, paddy fields, coconut palms, fishermen and local life. Meals and overnight are onboard.

Day 9: Houseboat – Alleppey – Kovalam (B)

Late morning, disembark at Alleppey jetty, also known as “Venice of the East” for its narrow canals and backwaters. Drive to Kovalam for a beach stay. Kovalam is one of the best places to enjoy a traditional Ayurvedic massage.

Day 10: Kovalam (B)

Day at leisure.

Day 11: Kovalam – Trivandrum (B)

Transfer to Trivandrum airport.


Please note: Prices quoted are valid from 01 October 2018 - 30 September 2019. Cost above is indicative, based on Low Season in NZ Dollars and subject to change due to fluctuation in exchange rates

The tour can be priced on 3 star or 5 star accommodation to suit your requirements.

Independent program can be modified or operated in reverse.

Excluded: International and domestic flights, Visa, insurance, airport taxes, meals not included above, beverages during meals included in program, gratuities and any expense of personal nature.

Travel Dates:
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*per person share twin

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  • Accommodation in 4 star hotels
  • Meals as shown
  • Transfers & sightseeing using air-conditioned private car & driver who will give insights into local customs and ensure flexibility to create your own unique experience
  • A local English speaking guide will escort you when you visit sights and attractions contributing historical knowledge with the personal touches only a local can provide
  • Entrance fees at monuments, current taxes, 24-hours local contact number for emergencies.
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