Tamilnadu with North Kerala - A Cultural Trail
This is a well curated itinerary from our team for a special interest traveler. It has all elements of Nature, Lifestyle, Culture, Cuisine, Wildlife, Beach, Special Art Forms, Homestay Experiences and much more. Stays are well chosen for a different experience of authenticity rather than routine hotels. This is an itinerary chosen by one of travelers but you can ask for further customization to match your tastes.
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Day 01 – Cochin
On arrival at Cochin Airport, you will be met & transferred to your hotel/homestay at Fort Cochin. Rest of the day to relax. Evening watch a live Kathakali Dance at a local theatre. Overnight.
Day 02 – Cochin
After breakfast, drive to Poothotta village for a guided canoe cruise in narrow backwater canals followed by village experiences and a farm lunch. Afternoon for sightseeing of Cochin. This afternoon we will cover monuments like Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, St Francis Church, Dhobi Ghat, Chinese Fishing nets etc. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03 – Cochin Carnival
After an early breakfast, go for a guided visit to a Fishing harbor followed by a walk through Ernakulam Vegetable market and Broadway. For lunch try a unique Dosa place “Pai Dosa”at M G Road. Afternoon free to walk around Fort Cochin or city shopping. Overnight at Hotel
Day 04 – Alleppey Houseboat (1.5 Hrs)
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Alleppey to board your exclusive Houseboat for a cruise through the backwater villages. Your meals will be freshly cooked and served on board. Overnight on Houseboat.
Day 05 – Alleppey
After breakfast on board, check out to proceed to your homestay in the backwaters. Your host will receive you to bring you in a country canoe to the homestay. Rest of the day to relax and explore the local. Overnight at homestay.
Day 06 – Alleppey
Full day to explore the backwater life. Your host will guide you to walk around the region to experience the local life around. Overnight at homestay.
Day 07 – Alleppey-Periyar (4.5 Hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Periyar Sanctuary. On arrival, check into your hotel/homestay. Afternoon visit a Spice Farm. Evening for shopping spices and free walks. You may opt to watch a Martial Art Show Kalaripayattu at a theatre in Periyar. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08 – 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 travelers can do this full activity. Children below 12 years are not allowed to do the program. Evening return to the base to return to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 – Periyar-Munnar (4 Hrs)
Morning, after breakfast, proceed to Munnar, known as nature lover’s paradise. On arrival in Munnar, check into your hotel. Rest of the day for free walks. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 10 – 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 11 – Munnar
Full day to explore Munnar. Your guide will join you to take you for a half day trekking through a nice terrain. Afternoon for driving to Top Station. Evening you may buy garden fresh tea etc. from the local market. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 – Munnar-Madurai (5.5 Hours Drive)
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 free walks. You may also experience a Rikshaw ride in the city. Overnight at Madurai.
Day 13 – Madurai
Full day guided sightseeing of Madurai with an evening visit to Meenakshi Temple to watch closing ceremony. Visit Nayak Palace, Flower market, Tailors street etc. Overnight at Madurai.
Day 14 – Madurai -Chettinad (Karaikudi) (2 Hrs)
After breakfast drive to Chettinadu Village. Day free. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 15 – Chettinad (Karaikudi)
Day for local visits. Your hosts will guide you to explore the village. You may also go for a cycling tour around the village. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 16 – Chettinad-Dindigul Cardamom House (2.5 Hour Drive)
After breakfast, check out and drive to Dindigul to have a unique homestay experience at Cardamom House. Overnight.
Day 17 – Dindigul Cardamom House
Full day to relax or explore the region around. Overnight.
Day 18 – Dindigul-Mettupalayam (4 Hour Drive)
After a leisurely breakfast, by noon drive to Mettupalayam to check into a hotel for overnight stay. This stop is just to connect your toy train to Ooty. There is only one schedule which is early morning. Overnight.
Day 19 – Mettupalayam-Ooty (Train 0710 to 12 Noon)
Early morning check out to board your train to Ooty through the Nilgiri or Blue Mountains. On arrival, your driver will pick you to check in at the Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Ooty.
Day 20 – Ooty
Full day to explore the scenic beauty of Ooty and suburbs. You may opt to take a short drive to Kottagiri village and on the way back stop at Doddabetta peak to enjoy the picturesque surroundings from the peakest point. Afternoon you may visit the market to buy homemade chocolates, unique Nilgiri Tea etc. Evening you may visit Shinkows Chinese Restaurent which is known for authentic Chinese cuisine. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 21 – Bandipur Safari (2.5 Hrs)
Morning free. Later by 12 Noon, drive to Bandipur Sanctuary for a safari through the Tiger Sanctuary. Return to Ooty for overnight stay.
Day 22 – Ooty-Vythiri (3-4 Hrs)
After Breakfast, proceed to Vythiri. Rest of the time free at the homestay to enjoy the Nature. Overnight.
Day 23 – Vythiri
Today you have options to visit local villages or sightseeing spots. Your host will guide you for your day according to your preferences. You may also opt to go for a Wildlife safari at Muthanga or Tholpetty Sanctuary. Overnight.
Day 24 – Vythiri -Kannur (4 Hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Kannur to check into a homestay on the beach. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight.
Day 25 – Experience Kannur
Full day at leisure. In the evening, guests can go for Tuk-Tuk Tour to explore the village and nearby places. During the Theyyam Season, the tour takes the tourists to experience the Theyyam Festivals in the locality. Overnight in Kannur.
Day 26 – Kannur Angelo Trails-Parassinikkadavu
Full day guided Tour. After breakfast, head to explore the major sightseeing points of Kannur in the Tyndis Angelo Trails. Visit the Kannur Fort – the St. Angelo Fort that has the characteristics of the Colonial Construction. The trail also takes the guest along the Arakkal Museum, Mappila Bay, Harbour, and Payyambalam Beach etc. Afternoon, visit the Parassinikadavu Temple – Theyyam only available during the Theyyam timings. Anyhow guests can experience the backwaters and hear the local lore about the temple. In the time of the Theyyam season, guests can also visit the temples or sacred groves in the regions to experience the spellbinding Theyyam performance. Overnight in Kannur.
Day 28 – Nilambur
Full day for exploring the village. Your host will take you around to explore and experience the attractions. This may start with milking a cow, visiting a pot making unit, Teak Museum, local market, a handloom unit and much more. The Nilambur Kovilakom is situated in a vast area and the Palace houses are now owned and inhabited by the present generation of the Royal family. The Palace temple also worth visiting though they don’t allow to enter inside. Overnight at Puthiya Kovilakam.
Day 29 – Nilambur-Chalakudy Rasa Gurukul (3.5 Hrs)
After breakfast, check out and drive to Chalakudy to check into a holistic resort on the banks of Chalakudy River-Rasa Gurukul. Enjoy the village experiences. You may try a rejuvenating Ayurveda Massage. Overnight at the Resort.
Day 30 – Chalakudy Rasa Gurukul
Full day at leisure on the river banks. There are a lot of village activities inside the Resort itself. You may also drive in the local areas, if you wish. Overnight at the Resort.
Day 31 – Cochin Departure (1 Hr)
Today you will be transferred to Cochin International Airport to connect your flight home.
Day 27 – Kannur-Nilambur (4.5 Hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Nilambur. On arrival, check into a 220 year old Palace converted Homestay which belongs to the Nilambur Royal Family. Experience the royal hospitality. Rest of the day free for walking around the village. Overnight at Nilambur Puthiya Kovilakom.
Tour Cost Includes:
30 Nights Stay as above
Daily Breakfast at hotels/homestays
All meals on Houseboat & at Nilambur
Kathakali at Cochin
Village Canoe Cruise at Poothotta
Guided Sightseeing in Cochin
Spice Farm Visit in Periyar
Full day guided walking safari with bamboo rafting at Periyar Tiger Sanctuary
Two Days guided tours/treks in Munnar
Tea Factory visit in Munnar
Full day guided sightseeing in Madurai
Toy Train to Ooty
Wildlife safari at Bandipur
Full Day Guided Angelo Tour in Kannur
Guided Theyyam festival (Seasonal)
Aircon SUV with English speaking driver throughout the journey .
All Entrance Fees
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.
Hotels suggested Economy
Cochin :Francis Residence
Alleppey: Kurialacherry House
Periyar: Pepper County
Madurai: Fortune Pandiyan
Chettinad: Chettinad Mansion
Dindigul: Cardamom House
Mettupalayam: Black Thunder Resort
Ooty: Fortune Sullivan Court
Wayanad/Vythiri: Pranavam Homestay
Kannur: Ocean Hues
Nilambur: Puthiya Kovilakam
Chalakkudy: Rasa Gurukul
Tour Price Per Pax on Double/Twin Sharing