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Witness the sublime beauty of Kerala on this 9 day Kerala tour package!
Kerala is one of India’s top tourism destinations with good reason. On this Kerala tour, visitors will explore a colonial port town, laze about on the backwaters, wander majestic tea covered hills, and relax on one of Kerala’s world famous beaches. Starting from Kochi, this 9 day tour package takes guests through the best of Kerala, the south India state that National Geographic Traveller has named one of the “50 places to see in a lifetime,” and one of the “ten paradises of the world.”
Our mission is to improve the quality of lives in the communities where we work. Like all of our tours, 80% of the profits fund Reality Gives, our education NGO based in Dharavi (Mumbai) and Sanjay Colony (Delhi). Thank you for supporting our programs by signing up for the tour!
Welcome to Kochi! Your guide will meet you at the Kochi airport and take you to your hotel.
In the afternoon there will be an orientation walk with your guide, including spending time with some fisherman at the famous Chinese fishing nets and a chance to try it yourself first-hand.
During the second day in Kochi you will be free to explore Kochi and visit the sights.
In the evening, you’ll attend an amazing Kathakali performance. Kathakali, a 17th century dance-drama that originated in Kerala, will capture you with its elaborate costumes, make-up, and most of all, complicated facial expressions.
Day 1: Walking tour
Day 2: Kathakali performance
Travel by van to Munnar departing Kochi in the morning after breakfast, arriving in Munnar in the late afternoon.
Travel by: Van
Estimated Travel Time: 6-7 hour drive, with interesting stops along the way. During the long, winding journey to Munnar, your guide will show you many aspects of Keralan village life, including understanding some local industries such as brick making.
Arriving from the hustle and bustle of Kochi, you’ll barely recognize where you are amidst the rolling mountains, fresh air, and tea plantations stretching as far as the eye can see.
Upon arrival in Munnar in the late afternoon, you’ll have time to get settled into your guesthouse and explore Munnar a bit on your own and your guide can help you decide how to spend your next day here. Like hiking? Great! Want to learn how tea is farmed and produced? No problem! Prefer to sit back and relax with a good book, a nice cup of tea, and enjoy the scenery? Good choice!
On Day 4, you’ll have the chance to visit Munnar’s tea museum to really understand what makes this hill station famous. You’ll learn how the tea transforms from a simple leaf to a piping hot cup of chai. And in the evening you will also see a traditional martial arts performance, Kalari Payatu.
Day 3: Lunch en route to Munnar
Day 4: Entry to Munnar’s tea museum & Kalari Payatu Performance (Martial Arts)
Laze about on a houseboat in Alleppey’s beautiful backwaters.
Travel by: Van
Estimated Travel Time: 5 hours
On Day 5, we’ll continue south from Munnar to Alleppey, home to some of Kerala’s most famous backwaters. Along the way, we’ll stop off at a spice plantation to learn about the ingredients that make Indian cuisine so vibrant.
We’ll arrive in the afternoon, settle into our guesthouse, and your guide can recommend a number of restaurants for dinner this evening after the long journey.
The Kerala backwaters are a vast network of lakes, rivers, canals, and lagoons that make up over 900 km of waterways. The beauty of the backwaters is unmatched and cannot be missed.
Day 6 will begin early with a visit to a local fish market, where your guide will help you choose delicious seafood to be cooked on board our very own houseboat for lunch! After visiting the fish market, we’ll make our way to the backwaters and board our kettuvallam (Keralan houseboat). It will be a relaxing day spent cruising along the backwaters, observing rural life along the backwaters, and maybe even stopping off for one of Kerala’s famous toddys!
We’ll stay overnight on the open water in our houseboat and enjoy dinner aboard.
Day 5: Lunch en route to Alleppey
Day 6: Visit to a spice farm & full day stay on private houseboat cruise (seafood lunch with vegetarian options included onboard)
After a free morning in Alleppey, we will take an early afternoon train to Kovalam.
Travel by: train
Estimated Travel Time: 3 hours
After the arrival, day 7 is completely open, allowing you to choose how you would like to spend your time on this stunning beach. Options include water activities, lounging on the beach, cooking classes, yoga/pilates, ayurvedic treatments, temple visits, and shopping.
On day 8, we will head to the southern tip of India at Kanyakumari where the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean meet.
Day 7: Train to Kovalam
Say goodbye to your guide after an amazing trip! From here, guests can either extend their stay or continue on to their next destination.
Reeling in Chinese fishing nets with the local fisherman and catching a traditional Kathakali dance performance are only two of the many adventures you will have in colonial Kochi!
Spend some time with local farmers and visit their tea plantation as well as the factory where the world famous tea is made!
Kick back, relax, and enjoy the view as “God’s own country” drifts past your houseboat as you slowly make your way through the Alleppey Backwaters.
After a whirlwind week, spend some time relaxing on the beach, taking part in some water activities, or do some shopping.
At present all our tours in South India are of fixed itinerary and duration. Unlike many operators we directly arrange all the tour services ourselves without using any agents. This makes sure we are confident in the quality of the service offered and allows us to focus on our unique local community connections in the areas visited.
Yes, we do offer private tours, but the price will need to be increased accordingly. Please get in touch for a quote!
Mumbai has an international airport (Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport). Domestic flights from Delhi and other major Indian cities are also available.
Our minimum group size is 2 and maximum is 12.
We stay in well-appointed mid range hotels, locally owned where possible. All hotels have hot water and most have Wi-Fi. Single passengers will share a twin room with another group member of the same gender if required. One night we will stay on a houseboat. You are welcome to pay extra to ensure you have a room to yourself throughout the trip – please get in touch for costs. Upgrades to 4* accommodation are available at an additional cost.
The tour package includes various meals including breakfast in the majority of our overnight hotels, several lunches and dinners.
The package includes several activities and entry fees. We also have additional suggestions for activities that aren’t included in the tour price. Please see the itinerary tab to see the included and optional activities.
A deposit payment of 20% is required. Full payment is then due by at least 60 days before tour departure. Advance payment is necessary in order to confirm the booking and can be made via bank transfer or by using our online card payment system
Yes absolutely! Our tours are minimum 2 people but for private tours we can look at providing dates that completely suit you. If you are interested in a shared tour we can often also still offer your preferred dates, guarantee the tour and invite other passengers to join.
All our tours ensure easy international and domestic flight connections before and after the tour. We do not arrange therefore but if there are any flights within your tour itinerary we do organise these and they are included within the tour cost.
All of our nearest arrival airports offer pre-paid, safe and simple taxi options to your start hotel. So we prefer to provide detailed information on this in advance rather than charge you extra unnecessarily like some operators!