Destinations Covered: Mumbai - Kochi - Munnar - Periyar – Kumarakom - Ricebarge - Alleppey - Mararikulam - Kochi - Mumbai
Lying on the Malabar Coast of South India, Kerala is one of the most popular destinations in India. The state remains warm and wonderful all throughout the year and its stunning locales allure visitors from all across the globe. Malabar Days tour package is a well-planned itinerary of 14 days that takes you to some of the most popular places in Kerala. The itinerary takes you to Munnar, Periyar, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Kochi and Mararikulam. It starts and ends in Mumbai. The highlight of this tour package is, that it is an amalgam of varied experiences like wildlife spotting through boat ride, classical dance performance, an overnight houseboat ride, fun activities at clean beaches, exploring lush hill town and so on.
Arrive at the Mumbai airport. Meet our tour representative who helps you with transfer to the hotel. Complete the check-in formalities at the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Mumbai is the 'Commercial Capital of India' and is dotted with various kinds of attractions. A visit to this metropolitan is absolutely refreshing. There are beaches, gardens, markets, historical structures and so on.
In the morning, transfer to the airport to board a flight to Kochi, positioned on the Malabar Coast. As you reach the airport, move to the hotel. Complete the check-in at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure. Kochi is one of the most popular cities in Kerala. It is a wonderful amalgam of old and new worlds. A Kathakali dance performance is scheduled in the evening.
Overnight in Kochi.
Today, embark on a sightseeing tour of Fort Kochi including the wonderful Jewish Synagogue, also known as Paradesi Synagogue. Built in 1568, it is the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations. Later, visit the beautiful churches and other structures such as Mattacherry Palace in Fort Kochi. Two of the popular churches here are St. Francis Church and Santa Cruz Basilica. Have a fun-filled day.
On day 4, start your road journey to Munnar, arguably the best hill station in Kerala. Upon reaching, check-in at the hotel. Chauffeur- driven car is provided for exploring this beautiful hill town. After check-in, explore this beautiful hill station to your heart's content. There is lush ambiance, peaceful atmosphere, exotic wildlife and wonderful weather. Some of the popular attractions of Munnar, which can be visited include Mattupetty dam, Mattupetty dairy farm, and Eravikulam National Park. From Top Station and Echo Point, savour wonderful views of the surroundings.
On this day, you transfer to your next destination of Thekkady, placed on the border to Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Thekkady houses the very popular Periyar National Park. After completing the check-in formalities, the afternoon is for rest and leisure activities. Chauffeur- driven car is at your disposal. Indulge in the activities of your interest.
On day 6, get ready for an early morning visit to one of the best national parks in Kerala, Periyar National Park. Enjoy game safari by boat ride in the Periyar Lake. Groups of elephants can be spotted here. The wildlife reserve was founded in 1895 by British and is home to various animal species like langur, wild boar, sambar, bison etc. The park has around 1000 elephants and 46 tigers. It is equally popular amid wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers and avid photographers. The rest of the day is at leisure. You can also go for optional excursion.
Stay overnight in Thekkady.
Today, in the morning, your road journey to one of the best backwater destinations of Kerala, Kumarakom starts. On the way, stop for lunch at a city restaurant. Continue your drive. As you reach Kumarakom, check-in at the hotel. The beautiful Kumarakom town is placed on the banks of Lake Vembanad and offers peaceful holidays. The lush ambiance is refreshing for the eyes.
Day 8 of the tour is at leisure. There are a number of things to do. Get into a houseboat to visit the very popular Kumarakom bird sanctuary and Pathiramanal Island for enjoying bird watching. A boat ride on the placid waters of the Vembanad Lake is truly wonderful and relaxing. The other two attractions in Kumarakom that are worth-visiting are Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls and Bay Island Driftwood Museum.
Overnight stay in Kumarakom.
In the morning, enjoy a short drive to board your rice barge (houseboat, which is locally known as kettuvallam). This overnight houseboat is from Kumarakom to Alleppey. These exceptional, transformed rice barges offer a peaceful medium for exploring the placid Kerala backwaters, watching the relaxed village life, viewing the paddy fields, enjoying bird watching around you. Meals, prepared by the expert chef accompanying you, are served on-board the houseboat. The rower doubles up as a guide also.
Overnight stay on board.
On the 10th day, in the morning disembark at Alleppey. Later on, drive to Mararikulam Beach, which is around 11 km from Alleppey. The beach can be visited all around the year and is equally popular amid honeymooning couples and peace-lovers. The beach is named after Mararikulam, a laid-back fishermen's village. After fun activities, check into a beach resort.
Overnight stay in Mararikulam.
Day 11 and 12 are scheduled for exploring the wonderful Mararikulam. Both the days are at leisure. The beautiful beach village of Mararikulam has clean sandy beach, which is less crowded and thus is peaceful. One can enjoy swimming, parasailing and surfing here. Explore the nearby surroundings and the villages on-foot. You can also visit Cherthala Karthiyani and Mararikulam Shiva temple here. These two days are going to be filled tranquillity and natural beauty.
Drive to the Kochi airport for to board your afternoon flight to Mumbai. After arrival relax. Post dinner, transfer to the airport.
Early morning flight departure for onward destination.