Kerala, one of the best destinations of India, receives heavy footfall every year from all around the globe. It has everything- lovely beaches, bustling cities, serene towns, several manmade attractions, vast variety of flora and fauna, world-popular backwaters, sumptuous food and centuries-old Ayurveda. Kerala Ayurveda Tour is a well-planned package of 14 days and 13 nights that offers you a chance to experience the best of sights and sounds of this South Indian state. The itinerary takes you to a number of popular places in Kerala including Kovalam, Cochin, Alleppey, Thekkady, and Munnar. Houseboat backwater cruise, wildlife safari at Periyar, visit to Kovalam beaches and Ayurveda therapies are some of the highlights.
After you arrive at the Cochin airport, meet our tour representative who offers you an assisted transfer to your hotel. Complete the check-in formalities and settle in your rooms. Also known as Ernakulam, this cosmopolitan city is dotted with a number of wonderful attractions. It is fondly referred to as ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’.
The afternoon is scheduled for visiting the popular attractions of Cochin including Dutch Palace Museum- also known as Mattancherry Palace Museum, it houses a fine collection of life-size portraits of the rulers of Cochin, weapons, palanquins, dresses, 3 royal umbrellas, stamps, canopy, dolis, swords, coins and so on; St. Francis Church- firstly constructed in the year 1503, it is India’s oldest European church that has a wonderful architecture, Hill Palace Museum- the largest archaeological museum in Kerala, it has 14 segregations of the exhibited items such as paintings, royal ornaments, weapons, stone and marble, sculptures, coins, inscriptions etc; Jewish Synagogue- also known as Paradesi Synagogue, this is the oldest active synagogue in Commonwealth of Nations that was constructed in 1568, Jewish Street- a popular street with shops selling antique items, crockery, bronze sculptures, jewellery, carved wood furniture etc and Chinese Fishing Nets or Cheena Vala- these mechanically installed nets for catching fishes that is found only here in India.
Overnight stay in Cochin.
On the 2nd day of the tour, have your breakfast and complete the check-in formalities. Thereafter, leave for Munnar, probably the most popular hill station of Kerala. The road route from Cochin to Munnar offers some of the most mesmerizing views of lush tea plantations and the Cardamom Hills. Placed at an altitude of 1600 m above the sea level, Munnar lies on the confluence of 3 rivers. A pleasant climate, several prime attractions, mesmerizing views, peaceful ambiance, cool breeze and vast variety of flora and fauna attract tourists from all around.
On arriving, check- in at the resort/hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. You are free to explore the nearby surroundings and attractions on your own. A walk in the tea estates would completely refresh you. This place is also known as ‘Queen of Hills’ and offers ample opportunities to adventure enthusiasts. One can partake in wildlife viewing, camping, trekking and rock climbing.
Post breakfast, get ready to explore the mesmerizing Munnar and visit its attractions. The list of tourist attractions that you visit today includes Kundala Lake- enjoy boat riding on the placid waters of the Lake that lies amidst lush green hills; Shooting Point- covered with a green carpet this is an ideal place to click photographs with elephants walking freely in the background; Echo Point- the place boasts of a natural echo phenomenon and beautiful views of the surroundings, Mattupetty Dam- a concrete gravity dam known for being on a location that offers excellent bird watching experience and lastly Eravikulam National Park- home to Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered mountain goat of South India, this national park boasts of a vast variety of flora and fauna.
Overnight stay in Munnar.
On day 4, have breakfast and check- out of the hotel. Begin driving to Thekkady, home to the very popular Periyar National Park. Upon reaching Thekkady, check- in at the hotel, settle and relax for some time. It is a beautiful village retreat with green surroundings.
Sightseeing of Thekkady begins in the afternoon. Enjoy a visit to prime Thekkady attractions such as Murikkady- popular for coffee, pepper and cardamom plantations, it is also popular as a picnic spot; Chellarkovil- a small village with gushing waterfalls that is very close to the Periyar; Mangala Devi Temple- a thousand year old temple, it is dedicated to Goddess Mangaladevi, also known as Kannaki. The last visit is to the Periyar National Park. You can enjoy wildlife viewing by going for trekking or boating. Popular as tiger and elephant reserve, this national park is also open during monsoon season.
Overnight in Thekkady.
After breakfast on the 5th day of the tour, you transfer to the hub of Kerala backwaters, Alleppey, now known as Alappuzha. Named as the Venice of the East by Lord Curzon, Alleppey has a complex network of waterways including lagoons, lakes and canals that are its lifeline. One of the most important tourist destinations of Kerala, Alappuzha is flocked by tourists from all around.
As you reach Alleppey, check into a houseboat, traditionally known as Kettuvallam. Enjoy sunset view is going to be memorable while cruising on backwaters. Get into the houseboat where you would be accompanied by a chef and a rower. Treat your eyes to the lovely green surroundings, spot colorful birds, notice the locals indulged in their daily activities, partake in sightseeing, enjoy modern comforts and sumptuous food.
Savor tasty breakfast aboard the houseboat, followed by check- out formalities. Later, leave for Kovalam, by road. On reaching Kovalam, check in at the hotel. After completing the check-in formalities, you are free to spend the afternoon as your own liking. A serene beach town, Kovalam allures tourists from all around the globe.
In the evening, enjoy in fun activities at the splendid Kovalam Beach. Treat your eyes to the unforgettable sunset views, take a walk and soak-in the serenity sprinkled all around. Though a small fishing village, it offers every comfort necessary for a pleasant stay.
Days 7 to 13 are for exploring this beautiful and serene placed that is one of the best destinations of Kerala state. Kovalam Beach is a combination of three of the most popular beaches of Kerala-Lighthouse, Samudra and Hawah. When free, partake in the activities of your interest. These adjacent crescent-shaped beaches allure leisure lovers and honeymooners who wish to spend quality time together. Indulge in activities like catamaran sailing, sunbathing and swimming.
The climate, the lush surroundings and the serene ambiance of Kovalam Beach is ideal for opting for Ayurveda therapies and treatments that will completely rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. You can check-in at a Ayurveda resort that offers comfortable accommodation, healthy food, yoga and meditation sessions and a well-planned Ayurveda services. these resorts have trained doctors who would suggest suitable Ayurveda packages as per your body types along with the diet that would suit you. Away from the hustle-bustle of the city, forget all your stress and treat all senses.
On the last day of the tour, complete the check- out formalities at of the hotel and later get an on-time assisted transferred to the Trivandrum airport to board the flight to your onward destination.