With its history, heritage, and a bounty of Natural gifts, Kerala has definitely earned its moniker “God’s Own Country”. Long before it was the shining glory of Vasco Da Gama’s discoveries, Kerala had it all, great rulers, incredible trades, traditions that still exist and wonderful food. Their architecture is something else altogether. The use of wood is best learned here. It’s green, rainy, perfect. Kerela is something one must experience to know better.
On arrival at Cochin, start you journey with a driven to Munnar or Ayurveda Palace based on your preference. After check in at the hotel, relax. At 1828m above sea level, Munnar is a beautiful package with majestic mountains, lush green forest, wildlife sanctuaries, pristine mountain streams and sprawling tea, coffee & cardamom plantations. If you need some quiet, "me time" in a charming nook, this is it.
While at Cochin, an optional extra pampering break can be at The Ayurveda Palace, Kalari Kovilakom. Drive for a couple of hours north of Cochin to arrive at this 19th-century palace, now restored as a retreat and sanctuary (in the true sense of the word).
It starts with a detailed assessment by doctors who then assign an Ayurveda program that includes details down to the water you drink. Over the next days you go through a phase of purification to make your body supple by feeding it oils and once your body is ready the process moves to expelling all the toxins. Working with your treatments in mind, the chef conjures up a harmony of tastes, textures, and aromas.
A stay here is about re-kindling energy flows to realigning of your body and mind. They even tackle chronic body ailments, overcome emotional stress, all in a tranquil setting.
Once the favorite for European Expats, today in Munnar is about exploration of the lakes, dams, wild life sanctuaries and tea/spice plantations.
It's time to meet some Elephants! Drive for about 3 hours through the most picturesque green route that's a given in Kerala to reach Thekkady, a quaint hamlet next to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Arrive and check in the hotel.
Today head to the Periyar Tiger Reserve that sprawls over 777 sq. km. You can find pristine tropical rainforests and an astonishing variety of lifeforms. With 140 species of orchids, tigers, elephants, leopards, a various types of deer and few rare species like the lion tailed macaque. The reserve is like a cooler greener version of Wildlife Safari. If you feel like it, hop on a boat and sail over the tranquil waters.
It's what makes Kerala so special - the lazy backwaters and the beautiful simple life that the folks have weaved around them. Today, drive to Alleppey to board the Kettuvallam. Enjoy a backwater cruise, lazing in a small country boat as it meanders through the tranquil network of water canals, dotted with busy hamlets and lush green paddy fields. Formed by the 40 odd rivers that flow down to the Arabian Sea from the Cardamom Hills, this network of canals, lakes, and estuaries comprise one of India’s most enchanting areas, giving you a quiet time with your loved ones. The setting is idyllic, like a post card and the mood – romantic.
To take the backwater romantic, quaint experience a notch higher, stay in a houseboat. There are various types - simple, deluxe, luxurious. They come with their own chef, who will catch the fish of the day fresh from the water and cook it for you. It's a magical experience with even mosquitos dropping in to say hi.
After a lovely quiet night at the boat, disembark in Kumarakom. After check in at your hotel, hop on a canoe to explore the backwaters and the fascinating world around it that the locals have crafted for themselves. Or if you are in the mood for something quieter, fish with one of the simple bamboo fishing poles.
When at Kumarakom, do not miss out on a meal at Fort Cochin. Picture this. As you enter the restaurant, the delectable aromas assault you as they cook the house special - karimeen or pearl spot fish. Steamed cinnamon leaf mingles with roast jaggery. Pumpkin leaves provide the top notes to a melody of grilling crayfish. It's a must stop place for seafood lovers.
If food is not your priority, the Kumarakom Sanctuary is a bird call away (see how we played you there!), across the Kavanar River. Here, you can see numerous species of bitterns, brahminy kites, marsh harriers, several varieties of lake herons and darters, which seems to be everywhere at once.
Today you see the place where Indian Ocean becomes the Arabian Sea. Start with a drive to Marari. The area with splendid azure color, quite distinctive, with frothy whitecaps and a translucent, pearl-like quality is the point of transition. The sands that fringe this coastline for endless miles are themselves distinctive, deep and rich and fine, in a shade closer to other than gold. The village of Mararikulam itself is a secluded hideout tucked away behind a line of dense palms.
Spend the day peacefully at Marari.
Head to Cochin for your flight home with one last Namaskaram from the Keralites!
- Accomdoation in above mentioned hotels/Similar
- Bed breakfast basis
- Transportation using A/c Sedan
- Sight seeing and Taxes
- Rates valid from 01 st May to 30 September
- Above rates are valid for Indian nationals only.
- For foreighn national Rs.500 per night per room will increase for Marari beach resort stay
**Charges for Munnar in May will be higher
**Premium houseboat will be of higher charge
- Air fare and train fare
- Any meals not mentioned
- Personal expenditure
- Any sightseeing not mentioned in itinerary.