After a visit to Munnar and before Periyar you can visit the town of Madurai which contains the impressive Meeakashi Temple, best seen during the afternoon pooja ceremony
The great thing about a holiday to Kerala is that the drives aren’t too long (especially when you compare it to say Rajasthan, or even some of those in Sri Lanka). You can pack in quite an eclectic selection of experiences on a two-week holiday to Kerala. The hotels are all charming and boutique, and you have your own private driver and personal guides throughout.
Cochin is one of India’s most interesting cities, with a colourful colonial past. Walk through the old fort area, seeing former Dutch mansions and colonial churches before seeing the bustling spice markets. Move into the hills around Munnar where the views are absolutely stunning with tea plantations drifting off into the distance. Spend a day taking a walk through the tea plantations and visiting a working tea factory. For those who want to stretch your legs a little more, we can offer some longer day treks. If you like your wildlife, you can visit Eravikulam National Park, famed for the endangered Nilgiri Thar.
Drive south and the views along the drive just get better and better as you meander through the Western Ghats. Periyar is a wildlife sanctuary, and just a nice place to make a link between the tea plantations of Munnar and the backwaters you will continue on to. Spend a few days here, and even if you aren’t a wildlife enthusiast, the climate and views are lovely. Move back inland and stop for a few days beside Lake Vembenad where you can experience a superb community experience. Visit a local home where you learn the secrets of the perfect masala blend, before witnessing toddy tapping and walking through pristine paddy fields.
Continue onto Allepey, home to Kerala’s famous backwaters, where you cruise along the palm-fringed canals on a private houseboat, being looked after by a keen team of staff and cook, docking in a remote location at night. You are then just a hop, skip and a jump to Marari where you can spend three nights on the beach to end your holiday to Kerala.
|Day 1-2||Cochin||Old Harbour Brunton Boatyard|
|Day 3-4||Munnar||Talayar Valley Bungalow Windermere Estate|
|Day 5-6||Periyar (Thekkady)||Spice Village Aanavilasam Luxury Plantation House|
|Day 7-8||Lake Vembednad||Purity Purity|
|Day 9||Backwaters||Houseboat Houseboat|
|Day 10-12||Marari||A Beach Symphony Marari Beach Resort|
|Day 13||Cochin Airport||Fly Home|
We arrange totally bespoke trips and design an itinerary that is designed around you. You may have seen a suggested itinerary that we can base your plans around, or we can start with a blank sheet and paper and design something from scratch.