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  • Cochin - Trivandrum
  • 9 Nights / 10 days

Family Tour: South Kerala - 09 Nights and 10 Days

This tour has been specially designed to cater for families to share in the adventure and discovery that Kerala offers to all ages of travellers. Combines the best of relaxation and activity such that there is something for everyone. The tour includes a stay in the vibrant port town of Cochin, a plantation estate, a relaxing backwater resort and a beach resort; partaking in cooking demonstrations and water sports; visit an elephant orphanage, palaces and museums; and take a houseboat cruise.
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Tour Highlights

  • Port Town
  • Plantation Estate Stay
  • Cookery Demonstration
  • Stay in a luxury houseboat.
  • Backwater Resort Stay
  • Water Sports.
  • Houseboat Cruise
  • Beach Resort Stay
  • Palaces & Museums
  • Ayurveda Massage
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 Kothamangalam

Set in the the foothills of the Western Ghats mountain ranges, Kothamangalam is a town rich in spice plantations. The town provides easy access to the Elephant sanctuary situated nearby.

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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 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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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 +-
  • DAY 01: Arrival Cochin
You'll be welcomed by a Kerala Travel Centre representative at the airport and transferred 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 afternoon, go for a sightseeing tour to explore the many fascinating highlights of Cochin; including, the Jewish Synagogue; St. Francis Church, the oldest European Church in India; the Santa Cruz Basilica, which was built in 1557 by the Portuguese; the Dutch Palace; the Spice Market; and the 15th century Chinese fishing nets believed to have been brought by Chinese traders. In the evening, enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise. 
Overnight at the hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day TWO +-
  • DAY 02: Cochin - Kothamangalam
(60kms/1.5hrs)Drive to Kothamangalam and spend the afternoon at leisure in a century old estate bungalow set in over 100 acres of multi crop plantation. Apart from exploring the estate you could also visit the local bird sanctuary. Participate in cookery demonstrations involving authentic Kerala cuisine. Overnight at the Mundackal Estate Bungalow. (Full Board) (Vehicle at disposal)
Day THREE +-
  • DAY 03: Kothamangalam
DAY 03: Day at leisure.

Overnight at the Mundackal Estate Bungalow. (Full Board) (Vehicle at disposal)
Day FOUR +-
  • DAY 04: Kothamangalam -Kumarakom
(80kms/2hrs)Drive to 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 backwaters offer stunning views and is an ideal place to relax. Day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel. (Vehicle at disposal)
Day FIVE +-
  • DAY 05: Kumarakom
Day at leisure at the resort or partake in activities like canoeing, water scooter rides, boat rides etc or laze in the pool. Overnight at the hotel. (Vehicle at disposal)
Day SIX +-
  • DAY 06: Kumarakom - Houseboat
Embark on your private houseboat from the resort and cruise on 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 backwaters 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 en route.
Overnight on board with full board and a vehicle for your transfer.
Day SEVEN +-
  • DAY 07: Houseboat - Kovalam (175 kms / 3.5 hr)
Drive to Kovalam, one of the most popular beaches in Kerala, and check into your hotel. Have a day of leisure at the beach.
Overnight at the resort with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day EIGHT +-
  • DAY 08: Kovalam
Today, take the opportunity to go a sightseeing tour of Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala. Visit the Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Horse Palace, Napier Museum and Kerala Art Gallery.
Overnight at the resort with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day NINE +-
  • DAY 09: Kovalam
Enjoy a day of leisure in Kovalam, and relax with a full-body Ayurveda massage.
Overnight at the resort with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day TEN +-
  • DAY 10: Kovalam - Trivandrum - Departure (15 kms / 0.5 hr)
Departure transfer to Trivandrum airport for your return flight with a vehicle provided for your transfer.

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.

Contact Kerala Travel Centre.

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.

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Destination Nights Standard Superior Deluxe
Cochin 1 Dutch Bungalow Old Harbour Hotel Brunton Boatyard
Kothamangalam 2 Mundackal Estate Bungalow Mundackal Estate Bungalow Mundackal Estate Bungalow
Kumarakom 2 Backwater Ripples Backwater Ripples Kumarakom Lake Resorts
Alleppey-House Boat 1 Xandari River Escape Xandari River Escape Xandari River Escape
Kovalam 3 Uday Samudra 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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Travel Brochures


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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Travel Brochures

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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