Kerala with Madurai - Premium
This itinerary is a great combination of the Nature at Kerala and the Culture at Tamilnadu. Many interesting Responsible Tourism activities are included in addition to a visit to Meenakshi Temple Madurai. A short visit to Athirappally waterfall is an additional highlight. This can be a great combination for women travellers and family groups.
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Day 01 – Cochin
On arrival at Cochin Airport, you will be received & transferred to your hotel in Fort Kochi (Normal check in time is 1 PM). Take rest for some time. Evening watch a live Kathakali performance at a traditional theatre. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02 – Cochin
Morning, after a leisurely breakfast, you will do a guided tour of Cochin to cover the Colonial remnants and Historical sites. Afternoon you will be driven to the Main city to have a feel of the life. You may opt to do shopping at a textile shop or a luxury Mall for brands. By evening arrive at Pepper Trails Kitchen where the host family will receive you with a special homemade welcome drink. Later you will start your cookery session by preparing 3-4 Kerala dishes followed by dinner with the family. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03 – Cochin-Athirappally-Munnar (5.5 Hrs)
Morning, after breakfast, proceed to Munnar, known as nature lover’s paradise. Enroute visit Athirappally Waterfalls. You will drive through Midland crops like Rubber, arecnut, pineapple etc. On arrival in Munnar during evening, check into your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 04 – Munnar Active Day-Marayoor (1.5 Hour Drive One way)
Full day guided tour of Munnar to enjoy the Nature around (8 AM till 5 PM). After an early breakfast, by 8 AM you will be taken to Marayoor Village for guided walks through the nice lively village, Sandalwood forest, tribal areas etc. You will watch sugarcane making units, farm lands, walk to the Mount of the Dead, a world famous Megalithic site with dolmens, dolmenoid and dolmenoid cists etc. Lunch from the village. Afternoon our Naturalist guide will take you for a nice Nature walk through the tea plantation followed by a visit to the Tea factory to see the tea processing. Return to Munnar for overnight stay.
Day 05 – Munnar-Madurai (5 Hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Madurai, an ancient city, more than 2,500 years old, known as the Athens of the east for overnight stay. Afternoon for sightseeing of Madurai with an evening visit to Meenakshi Temple to watch closing ceremony. Overnight at Madurai.
Day 06 – Madurai-Harvest Farms-Periyar (3.5 Hrs)
After breakfast, at 8.30 AM, drive to Periyar Sanctuary. Enroute stop at Harvest Organic Farm for a guided walk. From the main road, you will be welcomed to drive through the village road to the farm. You will also be given a bullock cart ride experience enroute to the farm. A Garden farm lunch will be served .Later guided walk through the farm. By early evening continue your travel to your hotel in Periyar. Evening visit a Spice Farm. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07 – Periyar (7.30 AM till 4.30 PM)
Full day trekking in the Sanctuary. It will be a guided program by the forest Department and there are chances of closure of the Sanctuary between April & June due to the fear of wild fire etc. At 0730 AM we have to report at the bus boarding point .Once you reach the starting point, you will finish the registration formalities and collect leech socks, packed light breakfast & a proper hot lunch etc. The program has around 12 kms of soft hike and 3 kms of bamboo rafting. This will be a nice program to watch possible wildlife in the sanctuary. Only physically fit travellers can do this full activity. Children below 13 years are not allowed to do the program. Evening return to the base to return to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 – Periyar-Kumarakom (4 Hrs)
After breakfast, you will be driven to Kumarakom, which is famous for its backwater & scenic beauty, sprinkled with traditional houseboats, country crafts, rural lifestyles and Tranquility. Enjoy the place during rest of the day. You may opt for an Ayurveda Massage Overnight at the Resort.
Day 09 – Kumarakom
If you are Nature enthusiast, you may go early morning to the nearby bird sanctuary. Return to the resort for breakfast. Later enjoy a village tour conducted by the Responsible Tourism Mission to support the local community. You will visit the village homes to experience the local life. Afternoon you may drive to Ettumanoor Shiva Temple which is famous for its mural paintings. Return to your resort for overnight stay.
Day 10 – Alleppey Houseboat (1.5 Hrs)
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. 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 on the Houseboat.
Day 11 – Cochin
After breakfast, disembark and drive to Cochin. Enroute you will stop at Poothotta backwater island village for a guided village backwater cruise. You will be cruising in a canoe boat through the narrow zigzag canals to touch the nature. You will also witness village activities like coir making etc. Lunch at a local farm house with fresh catch of the day. Afternoon arrive Cochin to check into a hotel in the city centre. Walk through marine drive and Broadway market to feel the local life. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 – Cochin Departure
Today you will be transferred to Cochin Airport to connect your flight home.
Tour Cost Includes:
11 Nights stay as above
Daily Breakfast at hotels
All meals on Houseboat
English speaking local guide at Cochin ,Munnar & Madurai
Airconditioned SUV for transfers and sightseeing with English speaking Driver
Guided Village backwater cruise with farm lunch at Poothotta
Cookery show with lunch at Pepper Trails Kitchen
Kathakali Show at Cochin
Full day guided tour in Munnar towards Marayoor Village with lunch and a Tea plantation walk and factory visit
Guided Spice Farm visit in Periyar
Full day guided trekking and bamboo rafting in Periyar Lake
Guided Farm visit with lunch at Harvest Fresh Farms
Bullock cart ride at Harvest Farms
Guided village tour at Kumarakom (Kerala RT Mission activity)
All entrance fees
Hotels suggested Economy
Cochin: Xandari Harbour
Periyar: Spice Village
Kumarakom: Coconut Lagoon
Houseboat: Xandari Riverscapes
Cochin (Departure): Grand Hyatt
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