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Best of Kerala with Spice Tour

Cochin - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Kovalam - Trivandrum


Overview

Kerala is known for its beauty which gives it the title of God’s Own Country but apart from the unmatched scenery, the state has a rich cultural legacy. Heritage Hotels of India present the Best of Kerala with Spice Tour. The 7-day tour covers scenic beauty as well as one of the rich aspects of Kerala’s culture, the spices coupled with stay at heritage hotels. The tour starts at the multi-ethnic Cochin, proceeding to tea-haven Munnar. The wildlife rich Periyar, blessed backwater towns of Kumarakom and Alleppey, the beach town of Kovalam, and lastly the capital city Trivandrum is a part of the tour.

Note: This is just a proposed itinerary, suggestive of what can be possible in the tour. We customize tours, according to need. Contact us if you want alterations, and we would help you with a memorable tour.


Tour Highlights
  • Sightseeing the multi-ethnic sites of Cochin
  • Explore tea plantations in Munnar
  • Guided Spice plantation tour in Thekkady
  • Wildlife safari in Periyar
  • Houseboat ride in Kumarakom
  • Experience houseboat stay at backwaters of Alleppey
  • Soak in the bliss of sun-kissed beaches of Kovalam
  • Optional tour of Trivandrum

Itinerary

The Best of Kerala with Spice Tour starts with your arrival in Cochin airport or railway station. You will be welcomed by our representative who will escort you to one of the listed hotels. Check in to your rooms and freshen up. Rest for a while after which you will proceed for a sightseeing tour.

The day's sights include The 'Paradesi' synagogue or the Mattancherry Synagogue, one of the oldest in the world. It was built in 1568 and reflects the traditional style of architecture and interiors. Next, head to the Mattancherry Palace also known as the Dutch Palace, which was commissioned by the Portuguese but renovated by the Dutch. In the evening, set out to see the famous Chinese fishing nets. Dipping in the waters lining up the harbour, it's a spectacular sight.

Overnight stay at a heritage hotel or similar category.

Star the day with a delicious breakfast. After you are full, pack your bags and check out of the hotel. Start off for Munnar by road, which is roughly a 3-hour journey. This beautiful hill town snuggled in the lap of lush and misty Western Ghats is one of the most romantic places in India. As you approach Munnar, you will be greeted with view of lush tea plantations. They cover the entire slope of the hills and are quite a soothing sight. Check into the hotel and freshen up. You are at leisure to explore the town of Munnar.

Overnight stay at a heritage hotel or heritage style hotel.

Wake up to the fresh mountain bliss of Munnar. Have a quick breakfast after which you check out of the hotel. You will proceed to Periyar by road. Home to India's premier wildlife sanctuary, it is the land of wilderness and untamed wildlife. One can easily spot tigers, elephants and exotic birds here. On your arrival, check in at the hotel. Relax for a while after which you can leave for a guided tour to visit the spice plantations in the afternoon. The spices of Kerala are a very important part of its heritage. Learn all about their features and uses. The entire day is at leisure.

Spend the night at a heritage hotel or similar category.

Wake up to the calls of nature. Leave for an early boat ride at the Lake Periyar. A boat safari on will give you an opportunity to spot the exotic wild species inhabiting the lands. Arm yourself with a camera to capture the sights of elephants, birds or a ferocious tiger. Jungle walks, border hiking, jungle night patrol, bamboo rafting are some other pursuits of the blessed environs.

Spend the night at a heritage hotel or similar category.

Start the day early, have breakfast and head straight to Kumarakom. The beautiful backwater town is home to the rubber plantations and a beautiful bird sanctuary. The almost 4-hour journey passes through the shores of the scenic Lake Vembanad, shady palms and lush greenery. On reaching Kumarakom check in to a resort on the banks of backwater. Relax in the comfy lodgings. Later, go for boat ride on the backwaters. Spot rare birds here, pass by scenic villages and savour the bliss of the green ethereal world.

Spend the night at a heritage hotel or similar category.

Start the day early. Today you will board the Kettuvallam, the House boat for a cruise on the backwaters. The houseboat is equipped with luxuries and the experience of floating on the blessed water is romantic and worth cherishing. Pass through endless stretch of water combined by the merge of rivers and lakes. Spot paddy fields and villages as you get to our next destination Alleppey. Lavish amenities, amazing dining, a starlit night and the pleasant ecology will make a cherished memory.

Overnight stay on the houseboat.

Today morning you will arrive to Alleppey. Check out of the houseboat and proceed towards Kovalam by road. On arrival in the serene beach town, check into a resort. The day is free for leisure. Spend time sunbathing or frolicking in the water. There are three scenic beaches, a great number of eateries offering the fresh seafood. Also, there are a number of Ayurveda centres where you can get invigorated by massages and therapies.

Spend the night at a heritage hotel or similar category.

Get up early for a spectacular sunrise. The whole day is at leisure. Opt for a visit to Trivandrum or stay and explore Kovalam. Trivandrum has a number of historic, cultural sites and tourist pleasures whereas Kovalam has the best beach pleasures. Opt to sunbathe or try water sports like kayaking, surfing, skiing and swimming or get the blessings of Ayurveda and therapies.

Spend the night at a heritage hotel or similar category.

Today is the last day of your tour. After you are done with breakfast, transfer to airport. Board a flight for your onward journey with fond memories of Kerala.

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