Day 1 Arrival at Cochin!
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will first stop at the St. Francis Church, built in 1503 by the Portuguese. Then you’ll visit the Mattancherry Palace or “Dutch Palace” built by the Dutch and later on handed over to the local king. At the harbor, you can see unique Chinese fishing nets, which marks the visit of Chinese people in Cochin. You’ll also visit the Jewish Synagogue, built in 1558. Around the Synagogue, you can buy many antique things. After that, you will return to your hotel. An overnight stay in Cochin.
Day 2 Drive to Alleppey (75 km, 2 hours)
After the breakfast in Cochin, you will drive to Alleppey (Alappuzha), where you will check in your Private Houseboat. From here you can start your private overnight houseboat trip to Kumarakom. The entire day will be spent in the Backwaters where breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served. Here, you will glide along the canals and observe the daily life of the Kerala people living on the banks of Backwaters. At night you will settle down to spend it in the house boat on the lake. Out here the only sounds are perhaps of a passing boat, the pounding of the waves, a few bird calls and frogs croaking. An overnight stay in the Houseboat.
Day 3 Sail to Kumarakom (30 minutes)
Today you will glide once more through the backwaters. After your breakfast at the houseboat, you will be brought directly in Kumarakom to your resort on the bank of the backwaters. Today, the day is at leisure. An overnight stay in Kumarakom.
Day 4 Drive to Periyar (Thekkady) (114 km, 3 hours)
After breakfast you’ll drive to Thekkady. This trip through the mountains, spice plantations and tea plantations will definitely energize your senses. On the way you’ll visit a Spice Farm, where you can see various spice plantations such as cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, peppermint, clove, vanilla, ginger, chili, tea and coffee plants.
Upon your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for rest and refreshment. In the late afternoon you’ll enjoy a boat trip in Periyar Wildlife National Park. This park is one of the world’s best places to see elephants in their natural surroundings. Before sunset, you’ll also be fortunate to see other wild animals visiting the bank of Periyar Lake to drink and eat. You can also enjoy a pleasant walk in the markets before returning to your hotel. If you love Indian food, a visit to spice shop is must here! An overnight stay in Thekkady.
Day 5 Drive to Munnar (100 km, 3 hours)
After breakfast you will drive to Munnar. Munnar is over 5000-foot-high mountain station surrounded by a stretch of mountains covered with 1, 20,000 hectares of tea plantations. Munnar is the trade center for special teas, lying on one of the world’s highest cultivating areas. You can see the rare Nilgiri Tahr (a type of mountain goat), enjoy the panorama, or climb the cliffs of Anamudi (2695 meters), south India’s highest mountain tip. An overnight stay in Munnar.
Day 6 Drive to Mararikulam Beach (160 km, 4 hours)
After breakfast, you will drive to your beach hotel of Mararikulam. Mararikulam is considered one of the best beaches of India. It is not so commercialized like beaches of Goa and Kovalam. Rest of the day is at leisure. An overnight stay in Mararikulam.
Day 7 Departure from Cochin
Today, after breakfast and check out from the hotel you will drive to Cochin airport (2 hours) for your flight to home destination.