Suitable for families with young children
Highest point/ Max altitude
5-7 hours activity per day with steep uphill and downhill sections or high passes. Some days at high altitudes, good level of physical fitness recommended.
A week’s journey exploring the laid-back southern state of Kerala, its blissful and enchanting lush landscape, fascinating history, food and culture. From the famous sunny beaches and idyllic backwaters, palm fringed villages and historic towns to deep forests and wildlife sanctuaries, we will cycle, walk, row and drive on a multi-activity adventure that’s just as thrilling as the natural beauty of this god’s own country!
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The tour starts in the famous port city of Kochi (Cochin) where we will be attending a Kathakali dance show followed by local exploration of this historic town and its rich amalgam of ancient Hindu, Jewish and Christian heritage represented in elaborate churches, synagogues and temples that are as unique as it is fascinating. We will also visit the local elephant training centre offering a close encounter watching and interacting with these wonderful animals.
Next, we drive to the picturesque Moncambu village and explore the area visiting local villages, lifestyles and the famous local temple – all on our cycles. From here we venture further towards western-ghats visiting rubber plantations near Thekkady followed by a jungle walk in Periyar National Park. Our jungle adventure continues the following day with a morning boat ride on the serene Periyar lake witnessing a variety of rich wildlife and birdlife including elephants, deer, macaques, Malabar grey hornbill, wood pigeons, parakeets etc.
Continuing on, we visit Alleppey, the heart of Kerala backwaters for an overnight cruise in the famous Ketuvellam (houseboat) reaching the exquisite beach village of Mararikulam where we spend the last two days in a homestay experiencing the local culture, cuisine and the unforgettable natural wonder that is Kerala.
Please note: You can use this itinerary as a guide to fully customise this tour as per your budget and requirements. Flexible options include travel dates and duration, places, activities and experiences, hotel category (star/rating) and any specific requirements that you may have.
DAY 01 - Cochin
Arrive Kochi and transfer to hotel; afternoon free and evening visit Kathakali dance show
Arrive at the International Airport of Kochi (also known as ‘Cochin’). After a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our KVT’s representative would assist you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. Afternoon is free and in the evening we attend a traditional Kathakali dance show.
DAY 02 - Cochin
Visit Kodanad elephant training center and later proceed for the sightseeing of Kochi
Today after breakfast we visit the elephant training center situated at Kodanad on the southern banks of Periyar River. Here we get a chance to see the elephants being bathed and feed. After that we return to Kochi and proceed for the sightseeing of the Kochi; we visit Mattancherry Palace also known as the Dutch Palace; it was built by the Portuguese and presented to Veera Kerala Varma (1537–65), Raja of Kochi, in 1555 AD. Visit Jewish Synagogue, it is the oldest synagogue in all the Commonwealth of Nations and was built by Malabar Yehudan People, or Kochi Jewish community. Then we visit St. Francis Church, it is the oldest European church in India and was built in the beginning of 16th century. Later visit The Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi, it is a very popular tourist attraction. These nets are fixed land installations, which are used for a very unique and unusual method of fishing. After that we return back to hotel and relax.
DAY 03 - Mancombu
Drive to Mancombu and afternoon cycling through nearby villages
This morning we leave Kochi and drive towards Mancombu village, it is a small village and home to a beautiful temple. We reach at Mancombu and check-in to the hotel and relax; later in the afternoon we take our cycles and start cycling towards the villages and get a good opportunity to watch the village life; interact with villagers, visiting churches and temples. Afterwards we return to the hotel and relax.
Overnight Guest House
DAY 04 - Thekkady
Drive to Thekkady en-route visit rubber plantation and afternoon a jungle walk in the park
Today after breakfast we drive towards Thekkady and enter into the hills of Thekkady, where lies the Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary; it is a protected area and also notable as an Elephant reserve and a Tiger reserve. It was declared as the Periyar National Park in 1982 and it is set in the high ranges of Southern Western Ghats in Cardamom Hills. En-route we visit rubber plantation where we see how rubber is being processed. Then we continue our drive towards Thekkady; we reach and check-in to the hotel and later we proceed for the jungle walk into the Periyar National Park and get a good chance to observe the flora and fauna of the park. (Distance: 85km approx.)
DAY 05 - Alleppey
Morning boat ride on Periyar Lake and drive to Alappuzha (Alleppey)
Today early morning we take a boat ride on the Periyar Lake (Periyar National Park) to see the wild life such as wild elephant, tigers, chital and sambar deer, lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs and also a good chance to spot various species of birds like Malabar grey hornbill, Nilgiri wood pigeon, blue-winged parakeet, Nilgiri flycatcher and much more. After that we come back to hotel and drive towards Alappuzha (Distance: 150km approx.); we reach Alappuzha and check-in to the traditional houseboat and relax.
DAY 06 - Mararikulam
Drive to Mararikulam
This morning we have breakfast and check-out houseboat then we board the vehicle and drive towards Mararikulam (Distance: 15km); it is a beach village and has a very beautiful beach. We reach at Mararikulam and check-in to the lovely homestay; afterwards we have chance to visit the local fishermen’s village and experience their lifestyle. Later we come back to the homestay and relax.
Overnight Home Stay
DAY 07 - Mararikulam
Day free at Mararikulam
Today we have a day free to relax at the beach and can explore the surrounding area.
Overnight Home Stay
DAY 08 - Cochin
Departure transfer to the International airport of Kochi
This day we will be transferred to the International airport, Kochi to catch the flight for back home.
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