15 Days | Trekking 04 Days
Suitable for families with young children
Highest point/ Max altitude
Fairly easy 5-6 hours of activity per day. May include some uphill sections, reasonable fitness recommended.
With a spectacular four-day trek high in the mountains, overnight stays in fascinating – and very different – cities and hill stations, a visit to the world-famous backwaters and some well-earned down-time on a tropical beach, this tour gives real insight into the many faces of Kerala.
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Rated by National Geographic Traveller as one of the world’s 50 must-see destinations, Kerala is a rich tropical landscape of palm-fringed beaches backed by emerald padi fields, cardamom-scented hills and the lush green forests of the Western Ghats.
We begin in the elegant old trading port of Cochin, with its handsome colonial architecture and laid-back tropical ambience, before heading inland to the cool mountain air of Munnar, a hill station set high in the Ghats and surrounded by tea plantations. The next four days are spent trekking at gentle pace through these beautiful hills, with spectacular views as we ascend towards Meesapulimala peak (2,640 metres) – the highest in the area.
The trail crosses state border into Tamil Nadu, from where we descend by road to the ancient city of Madurai – home of the magnificent Sri Meenakshi temple with its spectacular gopura towers. It’s back up into the hills for a stay at Periyar, with a short day-hike offering the chance to spot wild elephants.
The final days are spent relaxing down on the coast, with a cruise through the spellbinding beauty of the Kerala backwaters near Alleppey before driving south to the white-sand beaches of Kovalam.
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 the hotel; afternoon and evening free
Arrive at the International Airport of Kochi, after a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our KVT’s representative would assist you at the airport and Later board the vehicle and transfer to Kochi hotel for check-in (20-30mins drive). Kochi is also known as Cochin - the “Queen of Arabian Sea”, it is one of the finest natural and major harbor city of Kerala and it has a cosmopolitan culture highly influenced by historical trading partners. Afternoon and evening free for us to explore the town or relax at the hotel.
DAY 02 - Cochin
Sightseeing tour of Kochi
In the morning after breakfast we proceed for the sightseeing tour of Kochi, we start with 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 Cochin 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 - Munnar
Drive to Munnar, reach and check-in to the hotel. Visit local market
Today we drive to Munnar (Distance: 130km); it is a beautiful hill station situated in the Western Ghats range of mountains at an altitude of 1600m above sea level. Munnar was once the summer resort of British Government in South India and it is popular for its vast tea plantations. Reach there in the afternoon and check-in to the hotel and relax; later visit the local market.
DAY 04 - Munnar
Hiking in Munnar
This day we walk into the tea plantations area and explore the beauty of sprawling tea plantations just like a carpet spread over the hills and then we climb to seven Mallai hills. Before reaching to the top point we will be crossing through cardamom and coffee plantations and finally we reach at the top. From here we would be blessed with a magnificent view of Chittrapuram Dam, Changulam Lake and Annamudi Peak. After that we return back to our hotel and relax.
DAY 05 - Rodo Valley
Transfer to Silent Valley and trek to Rodo Valley (Trek begins)
Morning after breakfast we will be transferred to Silent Valley (1hr drive) the road goes through tea plantations surrounded by hills. Reach to the point from where we start our trek; it is a gradual climb and soon we leave behind the tea plantations and enter to grassland. The view becomes more scenic as we climb up and finally descend to our campsite where we camp for the night. (Trek begins | 2200m | 5-6hrs trek)
DAY 06 - Rodo Valley
Hike in the Rodo Valley
Today we proceed for the excursion to Meesapulimala Peak (2640m), the second highest peak in Western Ghats, South India (Anamudi is the highest peak). The trail is a steep ascent through grassland to reach the top which takes some hours; after reaching the top we will be blessed with panoramic view of the amazing Western Ghats hills. Then we descend towards our campsite while descending we enjoy the scenic view as well; reach and relax at the campsite. (4-5hrs trek)
DAY 07 - Top Station
Trek to Top Station
This morning after breakfast we start our climb through the Pampadum Shola National Park grassland and on the way we can witness the flora and fauna of the park like Malabar Giant Squirrels, Nilgiri Martens and gaurs besides endemic birds like Nilgiri Wood Pigeon and White bellied Short wing. Then we stop for lunch and continue our trek which goes a gradual ascent towards Top Station where we camp for the night. (1950m | 6hrs trek)
DAY 08 - Mundan
Trek to Mundan (Trek ends)
Today the trail descents through coffee and tea plantations, waterfall, rice fields, coconut and mango plantations we follow the trail and enjoy our last day of the trek as the trail leads us to the village of Mundan which is our campsite for the night. (Trek ends | 6-7hrs trek)
DAY 09 - Madurai
Drive to Madurai and visit Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple
Morning we have breakfast then we board the vehicle and drive towards Madurai (2-2.5hrs drive). Madurai is a major city and the oldest city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu; it is commonly known as temple town of the country. Madurai is located on the bank of River Vaigai; reach there and check-in to the hotel. In the afternoon visit to the Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple, it is a historic Hindu Temple situated on the bank of River Vaigai. The Temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati known as Meenakshi and her consort, Lord Shiva named here as Sundareswarar It was built between 1623 – 1655AD. Afterwards we return back to the hotel.
DAY 10 - Periyar
Drive to Thekkady, reach and check-in to the hotel. Afternoon visit spice garden
This day we start driving to Thekkady (Distance: 145km approx.) leave the temple town and enter into the hills of Thekkady, we reach Periyar National Park in the afternoon; Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary 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. We reach there and check-in to the hotel; in the afternoon we visit to the spice garden.
DAY 11 - Periyar
Explore Periyar National Park by walk and afternoon boat safari on Periyar Lake
Today we spend the early morning for a jungle walk into the national park and after breakfast we have free time for optional activities such as Ayurvedic massage, Kathakali dance show. Late afternoon we take a boat safari in Periyar national park at Periyar Lake to see the wild life such as wild elephant, chital and sambar deer, wild boar, and lots of bird species. Evening is free for us to explore on our own.
DAY 12 - Alleppey
Drive to Alleppey, reach there and board the houseboat
This day we drive to Alleppey (Distance: 150km approx.), a backwater heaven interlocked with lakes and canals. The network of canals is used for inland navigation. A vast stretch of paddy fields make this place as the rice bowl of Kerala. Apart from rice production the coir making and boat building is a thriving industry in this area. Houseboat or a Backwater Cruise along the palm fringed waterways of Alleppey is the most exciting holiday experience. Reach there and board the traditional houseboat and enjoy the backwaters.
DAY 13 - Kovalam
Drive to Kovalam and relax on the beach
Morning after breakfast we drive to Kovalam (Distance: 165km), Kovalam is the beach resort of Kerala and is very popular tourist destination. Kovalam beaches are very popular due to shallow waters and low tidal waves. Kovalam has three beaches which together form the famous crescent of the Kovalam beach these are Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach. The beaches are covered by fertile coconut palms; especially the southernmost part of light house beach is most beautiful. We reach there and check-in to the hotel and we relax on the beach.
DAY 14 - Kovalam
Day free in Kovalam
We have a day free to enjoy the idyllic soft sandy beaches, warm clear waters and wide views of the ocean horizon that Kovalam has to offer or an optional excursion to Kanaykumari can be arranged.
DAY 15 - Trivandrum
Departure transfer to the International Airport of Trivandrum
Now today you will be assisted by our KVT’s representative while checking out at the hotel then you will be transferred to International Airport of Trivandrum to board the flight for back home.
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