Kerala, Cochin, Munnar tea plantations, a traditional houseboat & Kovalam. India. Travel and Tourism.
Once-in-a-lifetime journey through Kerala covering Cochin city, Munnar tea plantations, a houseboat stay and a beach break
If you’ve ever thought of visiting India, Kerala is a great place to start. This tranquil area, nestled between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, is known for its easy pace and laid-back vibe. Meander by boat through the extensive backwaters of the region and simply laze on Kerala’s beautiful beaches with this extensive tour.
You will arrive in Cochin where you’ll stay for two nights. Based here, you’ll head out on a guided city tour and take in some of the area’s unique sights, including the Dutch Palace at Mattancherry and the Chinese fishing nets. You’ll also have plenty of time to hang out at your upscale hotel in Ernakulum city.
Next, you’ll transfer from Cochin to Munnar and the beautifully set Tea County cottages. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the landscape, visit tea plantations or even paraglide for a new perspective on your lush surroundings.
Your third stop is Kerala’s tranquil backwaters, where you’ll spend the night on a beautiful houseboat (or ‘Kettuvallam’). Crafted using local materials and age-old methods, they’re a dreamy way to get an authentic taste of local life.
Your final destination is Kovalam, where you’ll check in to a beachfront hotel for some intensive rest and relaxation. Blessed with perfect golden sands, it’s here that the jungly-green landscape of the southern India meets the azure Arabian Sea.
Choose between an eight or 11-night itinerary, including two nights at Dream Hotel (Cochin), two nights at KTDC Tea County (Munnar), one night on a River Escapes houseboat (Alleppey) and either three or six nights at Turtle on the Beach (Kovalam). Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis at the three hotels and on a full-board basis on the houseboat. Flights are included, plus private transfers with an English-speaking guide. Here’s the itinerary at a glance (see ‘Hotel details’ to view it in full):
Days one to three: Dream Hotel, Cochin
Days three to five: KTDC Tea County, Munnar
Days five to six: River Escapes houseboat, backwaters
Days six to nine/12: Turtle on the Beach, Kovalam
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Visitors require a visa to travel in India. Please be aware that many of the attractions are closed on specific days, so it is worth checking when they are open before you plan your excursions.
Please note that your outbound flight is overnight, so you will be travelling for one additional night.