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Classic South Kerala Tour: 09 Nights and 10 Days

Overview

Experience Kerala through one of our Classic Tours highlighting a broad selection of the main attractions of Kerala. The tour includes an exploration of the vibrant port town of Cochin and a stay in the lush tea Hills of Munnar and a wildlife resort with jungle treks, elephant rides, a spice plantation tour, and a houseboat cruise. Have a relaxing stay in a backwater resort by the lake ending with a stay in a beach resort.

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Tour Highlights

  • Stay in the Vibrant Port Town of Cochin
  • Stay in a Wildlife Resort
  • Stay Amidst the Tea Plantations of Munnar
  • Overnight Houseboat Cruise Along the Backwaters
  • Stay at a Beach Resort
  • Complimentary Full-Body Ayurveda Massage
  • Experience Jungle Treks, Elephant Rides and Spice Plantation Tours
Tour Route - Where you'll visit
1 Cochin

Cochin, or Kochi as it is now called, is divided into Old Cochin (comprising Fort Cochin and Mattanchery) and Ernakulam, which is a bustling metropolis and is considered the commercial capital of Kerala. It is the only district in Kerala where you can experience urban comforts on a par with other major cities in India and also the history of many centuries bygone.

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2 Alleppey-House Boat
Alappuzha (or Alleppey) is a city on the Laccadive Sea in Kerala. It's best known for houseboat cruises along the rustic Kerala backwaters, a network of tranquil canals and lagoons.
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3 Kumarakom

Kumarakom is home to the backwaters,a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. An overnight cruise is the best way to naviage through the breathtaking canals of Kumarakom.

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4 Periyar

Periyar an area known for its undulating hills, spice plantations, and elephant sightings. One of the 27 tiger reserves in India, the Periyar valley in Thekkady is the oldest.

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5 Kovalam

Kovalam is a beach town by the Arabian Sea in Thiruvananthapuram city, Kerala, India, located around 16 km from the city center. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name the village offers an endless sight of coconut trees.

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6 Trivandrum

Located on the west coast and near the extreme south of the state, Thiruvananthapuram, otherwise known as Trivandrum, is the capital of Kerala.The British, during their rule, found the name to be too complicated and rechristened it ‘Trivandrum’.  

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Detailed Itinerary

Day ONE +-
  • Arrive in Cochin
Welcomed by a Globe Travel Centre representative at the airport and transported to your hotel. A port town since early centuries, Cochin, also known as the spice coast of India, attracted traders and invaders from the world over. Needless to say, Cochin offers you some fascinating snippets of history and culture. Relax and unwind at the hotel. In the evening go for a relaxing sunset cruise.
Overnight at the hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day TWO +-
  • Cochin
On your first day, you will go on a sightseeing tour to explore the many fascinating highlights of Cochin. Including the Jewish Synagogue, in what is locally called the Jew Town, St. Francis Church, the oldest European Church in India, the Santa Cruz Basilica, built in 1557 by the Portuguese, the Dutch Palace, and the Spice market, where you will see the 15th century Chinese fishing nets believed to have been brought by Chinese traders. In the evening, enjoy the famous traditional dance drama of Kerala, the Kathakali. This dance is characterised by some great story telling, amazing costumes and extensive make-up.
Overnight at the hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day THREE +-
  • Cochin - Houseboat  (65 km / 1.5 hrs)
Drive to Alleppey and embark on your private houseboat cruise of the Backwaters, a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. Your houseboats, or Kettuvalloms, are luxurious boats with well appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm fringed landscape from your cabins. Apart from the mesmerizing surroundings, it's the life along the coast that makes this a fascinating experience. The locals travel in canoes, and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods door-to-door in small wooden boats. As you cruise along the backwaters, you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places, enroute. Overnight on board with full board,
Day FOUR +-
  • Houseboat - Kumarakom
Disembark in Kumarakom, the enchanting backwater region of Kerala, and check into your hotel. The labyrinthine network of rivers, canals, streams and lagoons which form the famed backwater offer stunning views and is an ideal place to relax.
Day of leisure. Overnight at resort with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day FIVE +-
  • Kumarakom
Enjoy a day of leisure at the resort. Adventure water activities like canoeing, water scooter rides, boat rides, etc. are available all day for your use. You can also enjoy a rejuvenating general full-body Ayurveda massage.
Overnight at the resort with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day SIX +-
  • Kumarakom - Periyar  (130 km / 6.5 hrs)
Drive to Periyar - an area known for its undulating hills, spice plantations, elephant and tiger sightings. Of the 27 tiger reserves in India, the Periyar valley in Thekkady is the oldest. Once you arrive in Periyar, you will check into your hotel before leaving for a spice plantation tour. On the tour, you will be enticed by the aroma of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg and will learn how the spices are grown, harvested and processed before they reach the supermarkets. After the tour, the rest of your day is to explore the resort and relax.
Overnight at the resort with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day SEVEN +-
  • Periyar
Enjoy an escorted jungle trek and activities like bamboo rafting. In the evening, go for a boat ride where you will have the opportunity to sight elephants and other animals along the bank. You'll also have the opportunity to go on an elephant ride at a sanctuary.
Overnight at resort with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day EIGHT +-
  • Periyar-Kovalam (175 miles / 6.5 hrs)
Drive to Kovalam, one of the most popular beach destinations in Kerala, and check into your hotel. Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent beaches separated by rock headlands, of which the southernmost, Lighthouse Beach, is the most famous. The azure waters and favourable climate make Kovalam a favourite destination year-round for beach lovers. Have a day exploring the beaches and have a chance to pick your favourite.
Overnight at the resort with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day NINE +-
  • Kovalam
Spend your last day relaxing on the beach.
Overnight at the resort with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day TEN +-
  • Kovalam - Trivandrum - Departure (15 miles / 1 hr)

Departure transfer to Turvandrum for return flight.
Vehicle to transport you to the hotel.

When Should I go?

Being a coastal state surrounded by the Arabian Sea and because of its proximity to the equator, Kerala has a more or less consistent temperature pattern in the summers and the monsoons alike. The temperature hovers around 29°C throughout the year with varying levels of humidity.
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Monsoon Months in Kerala

June and July are monsoon months in Kerala, the showers being heavy at first and then easing off gradually. Whilst these are not the best months for tours, interestingly, this happens to the best time for travellers seeking the therapeutic Ayurveda treatment which is said to be most effective in these months.

Best months for travel to Kerala

The months of October through to March are considered to be the most favourable months to travel to Kerala when the weather is sunny and pleasant. The months of April and May are also favourable for travel but the humidity tends to be comparatively higher. August and September are also good months for travel.

Price Guide

Prices are per person based on 2 people occupying 1 double/twin room and may vary based on local market fluctuations. For single supplements please get in touch.

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B&B at all hotels except where cited on the itinerary, chauffeur driven AC car, sunset cruise, Kathakali performance, Ayurveda massage, all entrance fees, guide charges, assisted airport transfers and international flights.

Traveller Reviews

Whether you’re looking to experience the rich heritage of Kerala by staying in a boutique resort or want to stay within a beautifully manicured five-star luxury resort with first class service pandering to your every need, we’ve got everything covered.

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Cochin 2 Dutch Bungalow Koder House Brunton Boatyard
Alleppey-House Boat 1 Xandari River Escape Xandari River Escape Xandari River Escape
Kumarakom 2 Backwater Ripples Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom
Periyar 2 Wildernest Elephant court Spice Village
Kovalam 2 Estuary Island Travancore Heritage The Leela Kovalam

Dutch Bungalow

Formerly a 17th century Dutch Palace, the Fort Heritage was converted into a 'Heritage' Hotel with ten luxurious rooms by theSyrian Christian family who have owned it since 1945.Beautifully restored, retaining every feature of the original structure, the graceful building is built with laterite, limestone, wood and tiles. A step away from the sparkling Fort Cochin beach dotted with the gossamer silhouettes of the Chinese fishing nets and the historic church of St. Francis, Fort Heritage presents the perfect blend of old world elegance and modern comforts.

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With 230 pages our Kerala brochure is the largest of its kind globally and features;
Extensive regional information
20+ itinerary ideas
More than 100 hotels
Maps and images

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