Kerala Experience with Home Stays
UNWTO defined the Responsible Tourism in a better way as “To make destinations worth visiting and worth living”. Kerala Homestays are a model initiative for many other Tourist destinations across globe. The main beneficiaries are women homemakers who are a part of most of the activities. We present few of such Homestays here. But the travelers can request for further customization by letting us know your choice.
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Day 01 – Cochin
On arrival at Cochin Airport, you will be met & transferred to your hotel. Day to relax after long flight. Evening visit a traditional Kathakali centre to watch the exclusive dance drama of Kerala. Cochin the queen of the Arabian Sea is one of the most interesting cities of India and has one of the finest natural harbors in the world. A root-conscious people of Kerala have preserved their past not only in the form of history books but also in the form of monuments and palaces. Places, palaces and institutions of historic value are being preserved conscientiously. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02 – Cochin
Morning, after breakfast, proceed for a guided village backwater canoe Cruise at Poothotta followed by lunch at the farm house. Afternoon back to Cochin for a guided sightseeing to visit St Francis Church, Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets etc. Cochin still keeps its colonial profile left over by many of the foreign influences by British, Dutch & Portuguese. Evening to walk around Fort Cochin to see the life around. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 03 –Cochin -Kothamangalam/Thattekkad (2 hrs)
After breakfast, you will be driven to Kothamangalam to check into Eden Thottam, a cute farm homestay in the middle of a pretty large fruit farm. Afternoon you may drive to Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary to explore. Overnight at Homestay.
Day 04 – Kothamnagalam – Munnar (2.5 Hrs)
Morning, after breakfast, proceed to Munnar, known as nature lover’s paradise. You will drive through Midland crops like Rubber, arecnut, pineapple etc. Enroute stop at Mistletoe Homestay/ farm House for lunch followed by a Spice farm visit.On arrival in Munnar, check into your hotel. Evening visit Munnar town to buy fresh tea. Rest of the free to relax in the nature. Overnight at a family run Hotel.
Day 05 – Tea Story : From Plant to Packet
Full day guided Tea Trail experience. You will be driven to a Tea Plantation to go with the workers to pluck the tea leaves and you will go through the whole process of making tea. In between our Naturalist will give you short Nature walks through the tea plantation. Lunch will be served at the Estate Bungalow. Finally you will taste your own tea and will take home half kilo of Tea as memory of your day experience. Overnight at a family run Hotel.
Day 06 – Munnar - Kailasappara Plantations - Spice Story
After breakfast, drive to a spice plantation with Cardamom, Pepper, Coffee etc. Afternoon to explore the plantations, cardamom processing etc. Overnight stay at the Plantation Bungalow.
Day 07 – Kailasappara – Periyar
Today, you will be transferred to Periyar, the famous wildlife destination of Kerala. Afternoon visit a Spice Farm and later shopping for spices. Kerala produces most of the costly Spices available in India. This includes Pepper, Cardamom, Clove, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Ginger, Turmeric, Nutmeg etc. Overnight at a home stay.
Day 08 – Periyar - Cumbum Valley Organic Farm
Early morning go for a short trekking or boating through the Sanctuary to watch wildlife. After breakfast, drive to Harvest Farms for a guided tour through an Organic fruit and veg farm along with a hatchery. Enjoy a traditional lunch prepared with homegrown products or locally sourced. You will be taken for a bullock cart ride through the farm village for a local experience. Return to your home stay for overnight stay.
Day 09 – Periyar - Backwaters
After breakfast, drive to the backwaters, which is famous for its backwater & scenic beauty, sprinkled with traditional houseboats, country crafts, rural lifestyles and Tranquility. Enjoy the backwater life. Overnight at a home stay or serviced villa.
Day 10 – Backwaters
Full day to rewind on the backwaters. Breakfast at your hotel/home stay. Later go for a guided village tour conducted by the local villagers as a part of the Responsible Tourism Mission to support local community. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight.
Day 11 – Alleppey Houseboat
Enjoy your breakfast at the resort. Later drive to Alleppey to board your exclusive Houseboat for a cruise through the backwater villages followed by overnight stay on board. Your meals are freshly cooked and served on board. Explore the amazing backwater life of Kerala! Overnight at the Houseboat.
Day 12 – Alleppey – Marari Fishermen Village
Enjoy your breakfast on board. Later, checkout & drive to Marari, a relatively quiet beach paradise of Kerala. Rest of the day at leisure at your resort on the beach. You may opt to go for an Ayurvedic Massage or a village walk through the nearby fishermen village. Overnight at a homestay.
Day 13 – Marari Fishermen Village - Story of life harmony
Full day at the resort. An authentic experience of Kerala’s traditional fishing villages, and a re-creation of an ancient, harmonious way of life. By evening it may interesting to visit the local temple to watch the local crowd coming for worship and socialisation.Overnight at a homestay.
Day 14 – Cochin Departure
Today, you will be assisted and transferred to Cochin International airport for your flight home!!
Tour Cost Includes:
13 nights stay as above
Daily breakfast at hotels/homestays
All meals on Houseboat
Dinner at Silver Oak Plantation,Kumarakom & Marari Beach Homestays
Kathakali show in Cochin
Guided Village Canoe Cruise with farm lunch at Poothotta
Farm visit with lunch at Munnar
Full day tea trail with lunch at Munnar
Guided Spice Farm visit in Periyar
Boating/trekking in Periyar
Organic farm visit with lunch at Periyar
Village tour in Kumarakom
English speaking local guides in Cochin & Munnar
Aircon Vehicles for transfers and sightseeing with English speaking driver
All Entrance Fees
Cochin : Delight Homestay www.delightfulhomestay.com
Kothamangalam : Ethan Thottam
(Garden of Eden)
Munnar : Camelot www.camelotmunnar.com
Kailasappara : Silver Oak www.silveroakplantationbungalow.com
Periyar : Pepper County Homestay www.peppercounty.com
Backwaters : Kodianthara Farm Stay www.kodianthara.in
Houseboat : Evergreen
Marari Beach : Arakal Heritage www.arakal.com
Hotels suggested above are subject to availability at the time of booking. If the proposed hotels are not available, we will be providing similar hotels with your approval.
Tour Price Per Pax on Double/Twin Sharing