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Experience diverse and beautiful India on a 12 day trip! You will have the opportunity to visit ancient cultural and historical landmarks, discover the everyday life of local farmers and fishermen, trek and hike in the abundant lush nature, and kayak the gorgeous rivers. Of course, you can't go to India without appreciating the unique fauna of this country, and you will have several chan...

Experience diverse and beautiful India on a 12 day trip! You will have the opportunity to visit ancient cultural and historical landmarks, discover the everyday life of local farmers and fishermen, trek and hike in the abundant lush nature, and kayak the gorgeous rivers. Of course, you can't go to India without appreciating the unique fauna of this country, and you will have several chances to do so: why not join the tour of the Bird Sanctuary where over 300 species of birds live, and the bamboo rafting in the Tigers Reserve

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Tour itinerary includes
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking
  • Meet locals
    Meet locals
  • Bird watching
    Bird watching
  • White water activities
    White water activities

Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival in Vibrant Cochin 

Welcome to gorgeous India!

• On arrival transfer from Cochin Airport to your hotel in Fort Kochi

• Why not start to explore the city on your own after check-in?

• In the evening you will have the chance to watch a famous dance show of Kerala: Kathakal.

Meals included: breakfast

Visited:
Kochi
Accommodation
Dutch Bungalow (Kochi)

Day 2: Fort Kochi and the Historical Village

And a colorful Bollywood evening experience...

• Take a guided tour of Fort Kochi by bike: Journey the districts of Mattancherry and the fort!

• Here, you will find various European influences  in the architecture. 

• Visit to the Pardesi Synagogue and St Francis Church, the oldest European church in India!

• Continue to the 16th century Dutch Palace and the much-photographed Chinese nets.Meals included: breakfast.

Visited:
Kochi
Accommodation
Dutch Bungalow (Kochi)

Day 3: From Kochi to Thattekkad

Smell the gorgeous spices and aromas...
• Head to the Western Ghats via a scenic countryside of temples, spice gardens, paddy fields...

• See the rubber plantations, and reach the spectacular eco-lodge on the river bank Periyar.

• The location of Thattekkad is ideally suited for biking adventures to the countryside!

• See the many spice growing villages, gentle mountain slopes, farms, forests at Thattekkad... 

• ... and spend some time chatting with the friendly locals

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Visited:
KochiThattakād
Accommodation
Hornbill Camp (Thattekkad)

Day 4: Bird Tour and Kayaking at Periyar river

Over 300 species of birds!

• Head for a morning Bird Tour in the nearby bird sanctuary with naturalist guide!

• Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary is one of the richest bird habitats India, comparable only with the Eastern Himalayas.

• Enjoy some gorgeous kayaking in the afternoon, and explore the bio-diversity from the river! 

• You can also kayak to the villages, to get a glimpse of the local life in a typical village.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Visited:
Thattekkad
Accommodation
Night at Hornbill Camp (Thattakād)

Day 5: Scenic Drive to Suryanelli

Rolling hills and deep valleys...

• Drive to Suryanelli, a hill station located 1600 meters above sea level.

• See the rolling hills, sparkling waterfalls, picturesque hamlets and gorgeous valleys...

• Have a refreshment at the camp site, then trek to the top spot called Phantom’s Head!

• The summit offers excellent views of the sunset over Western Ghats and Anaerangal Lake.

Trekking distance: 5 kms/Duration: 4 hrs. Thattekkad to Suryanelli : 4 hrs. 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Visited:
Thattekkad, Suryanelli
Accommodation
The Siena Village (Suryanelli)

Day 6: Ellamudi Morning Trek

• Enjoy a early morning trek to Ellamudi!

Hike through cardamom plantations, eucalyptus plantations, lemongrass plants...

• ... and the village of Muduvan!

• You can also visit lemongrass oil extraction center and cardamom drying unit.

• And we highly recommend the butter fly forest: see the mass migration of butterflies!

Trekking distance: 10 kms. 
​Duration: 5 to 6 hrs.  
Migration of butterflies take place during the winter season.

​Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Visited:
Suryanelli
Accommodation
The Siena Village (Suryanelli)

Day 7: Continue to Stunning Periyar 

See the intelligent, grey giants!

• Check-out early and head to Periyar through rubber, tea and spice plantations.

• This area is synonym with elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations...

• Enjoy an evening visit to a spice garden, and see various spices and aromatic herbs.

• The guide will teach you about the usage of the different spices in Indian Cuisine!

Suryanelli to Periyar : 4.5 hrs.  

Meals included: breakfast.

Visited:
Suryanelli, Periyār
Accommodation
Elephant Court Hotel (Periyar)

Day 8: Bamboo Rafting at Periyar Tiger Reserve

• Today, you will have a truly unique experience: Bamboo Rafting in the Periyar Tiger Reserve!

• Animals like elephant, Gaur and Sambar can be sighted keeping close to the edges of the lake...

Trek through the forests, then enjoy a 3 h through the catchments area of the Periyar Tiger Reserve! 

• You will be served breakfast, then Tea, snacks and packed lunch en-route! 

Meals included: breakfast and lunch.

Visited:
Periyār
Accommodation
Elephant Court Hotel (Periyar)

Day 9: Drive to Kumarakom and Canoe Trip

Witness the magical sunset...

• Head to Kumarakom via the beautiful hills of Western Ghats, filled with tea and rubber farms. 

• The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands... 

• After check-in, explore and experience the local village life by a guided walk!

• End the tour with a canoe boat ride in the evening to witness the magnificent sunset!

Periyar to Kumarakom : 4 hrs.
Overnight in Kumarakom. 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Visited:
Periyār, Kumarakom
Accommodation
Riverdale villa home stay (Kumarakom)

Day 10: Boat Cruise in Alleppey

Experience the local life on the water!

• Enjoy breakfast, then board the Alleppey Boat jetty for day cruise!

Journey through the backwaters, a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves...

• You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the landscape from the protection of the cabin.

• The local life takes place on the water: The people sail, fish, swim and bathe here.

• Continue by car to Marari, a picturesque fishermen’s village, and check into your resort!

Kumarakom to Alleppey : 2 hrs (driving time). 

Meals included: breakfast and lunch.

Visited:
Kumara, Alleppey
Accommodation
Night at Hotel El Oceano Beach Villas (Mararikulam)

Day 11: Leisure on the Golden Sands of Marari

A day, just for you...

• Enjoy a day of leisure to do exactly what you want!

• Relax, explore, or do whatever your soul desires...

• Why not enjoy the Golden Sands of Marari?​​

Meals included: breakfast and dinner.

Visited:
Alleppey, Mararikulam
Accommodation
Night at Hotel El Oceano Beach Villas (Mararikulam)

Day 12: Final Day in India

Where will your next adventure be?

Transfer to Cochin international airport and catch your flight.

• We hope you have enjoyed your stay, and created many life long memories! 

Visited:
Mararikulam, Kochi

Kochi Thattakād Thattekkad Suryanelli Periyār Kumarakom Kumara Alleppey Mararikulam

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $1,660 / 12 days
Excluding international flights
Price per Person2 Pax4 Pax
High season$1,660$1,550
Low Season$1,440$1,330

Included in price:

  • Accommodation with comfort hotels, campsites and home stays
  • Breakfast
  • Air condition car for entire tour
  • Entrance tickets as per itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide for city tours and activities
  • Welcome dinner
  • Good quality cycles for cycle tours
  • Fort Kochi sightseeing by cycle
  • Kathakali dance show at Cochin
  • All meals at Thattekkad
  • Village tour by cycle at Thattekkad
  • Birding tour at Thattekkad
  • Kayaking at Thattekkad
  • All meals at Suryanelli (Munnar)
  • Trekking and Jeep ride at Suryanelli as per the itinerary
  • Spice plantation tour at Thekkady/Periyar
  • Bamboo rafting at Periyar wild life sanctuary with lunch
  • Home stay at Kumarakom with all meals
  • Village walk and canoe boat ride at Alleppey
  • House boat cruise with lunch at Alleppey (4 hrs)
  • Two nights at Mararikulam beach
  • Farewell dinner at Mararikulam
  • All applicable taxes

Not included in price:

  • Any international airfare and airport tax
  • Any personal, medical and evacuation insurance
  • Personal expenses like table drinks, mineral water, tips, phone calls etc
  • Meals other than specified in the itinerary
  • Activities other than specified in the itinerary
  • Visa Charges
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