Kerala, a state on India's tropical Malabar Coast, has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It's known for its palm-lined beaches and its backwaters, a network of canals popular for cruises. Its many upscale seaside resorts include specialists in Ayurvedic treatments. Inland are the Western Ghats, a mountain range whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as abundant native wildlife.
Day 1: Cochin
Board your flight and arrive Cochin. On arrival, you will meet a MakeMyTrip representative who will transfer you to your hotel in Cochin. On reaching, check-in to your hotel, unpack and relax. You may explore the local markets on MG road or enjoy some local Keralan cuisine (on your own).
In the evening, return to your hotel and after a warm dinner, rest overnight in your room.
Kochi is a city in southwest India's coastal Kerala state. It has been a port since 1341, when a flood carved out its harbor and opened it to Arab, Chinese and European merchants. Sites reflecting those influences include Fort Kochi, a settlement with tiled colonial bungalows and diverse houses of worship. Its use of cantilevered Chinese fishing nets dates to the 13th century.
Munnar is a town in the Western Ghats mountains in India’s Kerala state. Munnar, a hill station and former resort for the British Raj elite, is set within rolling hills dotted with tea plantations established in the 19th century. Eravikulam National Park, home to the endangered mountain goat Nilgiri tahr, is a seasonal trekking destination encompassing the Lakkam Waterfalls and 2,695m-tall Anamudi Peak.
Day 2: Cochin - Munnar
After early breakfast, check-out of the hotel and proceed for a quick half day sightseeing tour of Fort Kochi. Also visit Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue and St. Francis Church and Chinese fishing nets.
Later in the afternoon, proceed for Munnar. On the way to Munnar, halt at some good restaurant where lunch will be served. Check-in to your hotel in the evening, unpack and relax. Spend some time in the local markets for shopping and enjoy the evening at your own leisure. Return to your hotel for dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 3: Munnar (Local Sightseeing)
After breakfast at the hotel, take a sightseeing tour of Munnar. Munnar is famous for its tea plantations. Visit the beautiful serenity of the tea plantations (remains closed on Mondays). Also visit Eravikulam National Park and explore its rich flora and fauna.
Relish the local food at a good restaurant. Later in the afternoon, visit Mattupetty Lake and Dam. Enjoy the echo phenomenon at the famous Echo Point.
Return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at your own leisure. Have a warm, hearty dinner and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay in your room.
Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Unending expanse of tea plantations - pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests - aroma of spice scented cool air - yes! Munnar has all these and more. It's the place you would love to visit - it's the place you would wish never to leave.
After early breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Thekkady.
On arrival, check-in to your hotel and have lunch (on your own).
In the afternoon, proceed for a soul soothing boat cruise through the backwaters near Thekkady. Thekkady is known for its Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. During your cruise, stopover at this fascinating town and observe the wild animals in their natural habitat.
Day 4: Munnar - Thekkady
Later in the evening, visit the theatre and enjoy the traditional Kathakali Show (in a non-air-conditioned theatre).
Indulge in shopping, take a tour around the Spice Plantations or enjoy an elephant ride (on direct payment basis) in the evening.
Return to your hotel in the evening. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel after a hearty dinner.
Day 5: Thekkady - Kumarakom
After an early breakfast, check-out from the hotel at Thekkady. Explore the Spice Plantation (which will last for an hour). Later, you may indulge into some spice shopping (on direct payment basis).
Drive to Kumarakom and reach there by afternoon.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel, unpack and relax. In the evening, go for an evening boat cruise on the backwaters for an hour. Return to the hotel. You can opt for a traditional Ayurveda massage(On your Own). Relish a warm dinner and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay in your room.
Kumarakom is a popular tourism destination located near the city of Kottayam, in Kerala, India, famous for its backwater tourism. It is set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala.
Kovalam, a small town located 16km from Thiruvanathapuram is famous for its beautiful beaches. Its sandy beaches are lined with palm-fringed lagoons and rocky coves. Kovalam with its unique and wonderful beaches is a sheltered bay and is endowed with unusual natural beauty. The Arabian sea coast at many places is lined with beautiful patches of coral reefs. An hours drive from the capital, it is the most famous south Indian beach, popular for sunbathing. It was during the 1930's, that the potentiality of Kovalam beach as a tourist destination was discovered by the European guests of the then 'Travancore' kingdom.
Day 6: Kumarakom - Kovalam
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel at Kumarakom and drive to Kovalam. On reaching Trivandrum, halt for lunch at a good restaurant. Later visit Napier Museum and Zoological Park and walk through the lush green zoo for a memorable experience. (the zoo remains closed on Mondays).
In the evening, proceed towards Kovalam.
On arrival, check-in at your hotel and relax. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel after a hearty dinner.
Day 7: Kovalam - Kanyakumari - Kovalam
After breakfast, proceed to Kanyakumari (approximately 87 kilometres). Visit Kumari Amman Temple, Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Gandhi Mandapam Also witness the beautiful statue of Tiruvalluvar and the meeting point of Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. Return to Kovalam by evening.
The non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the temple. The temple opens from 0430 hours to 1130 hours in the morning and from 1730 hours to 2030 hours in the evening.
In the evening, proceed to Kovalam. Return to your hotel and spend time at your own leisure.
Enjoy a hearty meal and retire for the night comfortably.
Day 8: Kovalam - Cochin
After an early breakfast, check-out from the hotel at Kovalam. Get dropped at the Cochin airport for your return journey.