Kerala, a state in southern, tropical India is a wonderous land of serene backwaters and coconut palm lined beaches. Further inland the coastal plains rise to the Western Ghats whose vast fertile slopes grow a variety of spices, cashews, tea and coffee. National Parks are home to elephant, primates and the elusive tiger. Kerala’s 600km coastline supports a lively fishing industry making seafood an important part of the local cuisine. The port city of Cochin was an important spice trade post and was the first place of European colonization in India. First occupied by the Portuguese followed by the Dutch then British, Cochin abounds with European architecture including Christian churches.

Tour Dates: 11 – 20 February 2018. *You can join this tour with our Best Exotic India starting in Delhi on 20 February 2018. Back Track Adventures can arrange your flight from Cochin to Delhi.

 Tour Highlights:

  • Wonders of Cochin
  • Backwaters in Alleppey
  • Experience the Wildlife in Thekkady
  • Spice Plantations and Markets

Day 1

11 February 2018

On arrival at Cochin Airport, you will be met and transferred to Fort Cochin. Spend the afternoon exploring Cochin. There are galleries, cafes, boutiques in addition to beautiful old churches and the iconic Chinese fishing nets. Overnight Cochin

Day 2

12 February 2018

A full day to explore the surrounds including Jew town. Mattancherry and the spice warehouses. Fort Cochin is a maze of older style southern India buildings which makes for an interesting walk around the area. Why not browse one of the many quaint coffee shops to sample good south Indian coffee. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch a Kathakali performance this evening. Overnight Cochin

Day 3

13 February 2018

Depart at your leisure after breakfast by road to Munnar (4 hours), a fantastically scenic drive up into the Western Ghats (hills) 1600m above sea level. In the afternoon take a drive out to Top Station for views across to the state of Tamil Nadu and check out Mattupatti Dam. Overnight Munnar


Day 4

14 February 2018

Today we take a trek through the stunningly beautiful tea plantations around Munnar, the best way to enjoy the beauty of the rolling verdant hills. Overnight Munnar

Day 5

15 February 2018

A spectacular drive today (3 hours) through the Cardamom Hills to Thekkady along a route lined with plantations of tea, cocoa, tapioca, bamboo, coconut, banana, and of course cardamom. Thekkardy is the gateway to Periyar National Park, home to tiger, elephant, primates and deer. In the afternoon wander the village with its great array of fabulous shops, or indulge in an Ayurvedic Massage. Overnight Thekkady

Day 6

16 February 2018

Take a walk through the Spice Gardens this morning with a visit to the Spice Markets and in the afternoon, there’s a wildlife excursion by boat trip on Periyar Lake. Overnight Thekkady

Day 7

17 February 2018

After an early breakfast depart for Alleppey (4 hours) to meet your houseboat on the backwaters. Made in the traditional Rice barge or Kettuvalam style and luxuriously fitted out with bedrooms, a dining room, open lounge and deck. A captain and cook are on hand to look after your every need. Spend the afternoon cruising the backwaters, drifting along coconut lined canals and past small villages that line the banks. Overnight Houseboat

Day 8

18 February 2018

After breakfast, you will be dropped at your Homestay, where you will be welcomed by your host family. The Homestay is situated on a car-free island and the only way to get around is on foot, cycle or boat. Do all three or just chill in a hammock watching life pass by at a snail’s pace. Overnight Chennamkary (Alleppey)

Day 9

19 February 2018

Depart Alleppey for the drive back to Cochin (2 hours). Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Cochin

Day 10

20 February 2018

Transfer to either Cochin or Trivandrum airports for your onward flight.

COST: $2690 / SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $885

Includes

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in hotel – twin share
  • Complimentary breakfast at hotels
  • 1 night at Home stay with lunch, dinner and breakfast
  • 1 night on luxury houseboat with lunch, dinner and breakfast
  • 1 day trek in Munnar, ½ day trek and boat ride in Thekkady
  • Private taxi for all transfers and sightseeing and points.
  • All charges related to transport such as toll, parking, fuel etc.
  • Fully accompanied by English speaking guide and local guides

Excludes

  • Airfares and Visas to India – please contact Back Track Adventures for best available airfares
  • Optional extras as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry service and souvenirs
  • Meals except breakfasts where stipulated
  • Tipping expenses