Kerala’s Treasures: Hill Stations, Wildlife, and Backwaters

Trip Duration:

5 Days / 4 Nights

Places Included:

Munnar , Thekkady , Alleppey , Kochi

Itinerary Overview

Fly into Kochi, City1, and drive to Munnar, City2, a hill station paradise. On Day 1, enjoy scenic viewpoints and the Munnar market.

Day 2 explores Eravikulam National Park and scenic drives to Thekkady, City3. Enjoy a cultural performance in the evening. Day 3 starts with a wildlife safari in Periyar National Park. Explore the park’s visitor center and pamper yourself with an Ayurvedic spa treatment (optional).

Day 4 takes you on a scenic drive to Alleppey, City4, for a houseboat experience. Cruise the backwaters, savor onboard meals, and unwind. Disembark and head to Kochi on Day 5. Explore Kochi’s rich heritage and vibrant atmosphere. Depending on your departure, visit museums or shop for souvenirs before your flight home. This itinerary showcases Kerala’s hill stations, wildlife, serene backwaters, and cultural heritage.

Kerala’s Treasures: Hill Stations, Wildlife, and Backwaters

Detailed Itinerary

Hill Stations, Wildlife, and Backwaters (5 Days/4 Nights)

Embark on a captivating 5-day adventure through the heart of Kerala, Kerala’s “God’s Own Country.” Immerse yourself in the serenity of Munnar’s hills, encounter wildlife in Thekkady’s jungles, cruise the enchanting Alleppey backwaters, and discover the rich heritage of Kochi.

Day 1: Unveiling the Magic of Munnar – A Hilltop Paradise

  • Arrive in Kochi, the gateway to Kerala.
  • After clearing customs and immigration, proceed to a pre-booked car for your scenic journey (approximately 4 hours) to Munnar, nestled amidst the lush Western Ghats.
  • Upon arrival in Munnar, check in to your pre-booked hotel and unwind after your journey.
  • In the afternoon, embark on a sightseeing tour, visiting Echo Point, offering panoramic views, and Mattupetty Dam, a scenic spot ideal for boating.
  • In the evening, explore the vibrant Munnar market, picking up souvenirs and local handicrafts.

Day 2: Unveiling the Secrets of Munnar and Thekkady

  • After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely morning amidst the cool mountain air.
  • Visit Eravikulam National Park, a haven for diverse flora and fauna, and potentially spot the endangered Nilgiri Tahr.
  • In the afternoon, embark on a scenic drive (approximately 3.5 hours) to Thekkady, renowned for its wildlife sanctuary.
  • Check in to your pre-booked hotel located near Periyar National Park.
  • In the evening, enjoy a cultural performance showcasing Kerala’s traditional dance forms like Kathakali.

Day 3: Unveiling the Wonders of Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Start your day early with an exciting jungle safari in Periyar National Park, either by boat on Periyar Lake or on elephant back (subject to availability and park regulations).
  • Spot diverse wildlife like tigers, elephants, and birds in their natural habitat.
  • In the afternoon, explore the park’s visitor center and museum, learning about the region’s ecology and conservation efforts.
  • In the evening, enjoy a relaxing Ayurvedic spa treatment, a traditional Kerala wellness practice (optional).

Day 4: Thekkady to Alleppey – A Journey Through Backwaters

  • After breakfast, bid farewell to Thekkady and embark on a scenic drive (approximately 4 hours) to Alleppey, also known as the “Venice of the East.”
  • Upon arrival, board your pre-booked houseboat, a traditional Kerala kettuvallam.
  • Cruise along the serene backwaters, witnessing lush landscapes, villages, and local life. Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared onboard by the houseboat crew.
  • Spend the afternoon relaxing on the houseboat deck, soaking in the tranquil atmosphere.
  • In the evening, enjoy a traditional Keralan dinner served onboard, savoring the unique flavors of the region.

Day 5: Unveiling the Charm of Kochi – A City Steeped in History

  • After breakfast, disembark from your houseboat and proceed to Kochi (approximately 1.5 hours).
  • Check in to your pre-booked hotel in Kochi.
  • In the afternoon, embark on a city tour exploring Kochi’s rich heritage, including Fort Kochi, Mattancherry Palace, and the Jewish Synagogue.
  • In the evening, enjoy a stroll along the scenic Kochi waterfront, experiencing the vibrant local atmosphere. You can also indulge in a shopping spree at the local markets for souvenirs and spices.
  • Depending on your departure time, you can explore Kochi’s museums like the Hill Palace or the Indo-Portuguese Museum before heading to the airport for your flight home.
  • Carry home unforgettable memories of your enchanting exploration of Kerala’s diverse landscapes, wildlife, and cultural treasures!

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Inclusions

  • Airport / Railway Station pick up and drop as per your flight/train timings
  • Comfortable and hygienic Vehicle (SUV / Sedan / Tempo Traveler) as per the group size
  • Stay on a double (for couples & special requests) and triple-sharing basis in hotels/camps
  • Breakfast (from Day 2 to Last Day as per itinerary)
  • Driver night charges & allowances, toll tax, parking charges, etc.
  • Experienced driver for the entire journey
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
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