Beyond the Backwaters of Kerala!

Overview

Discover the heritage of Kochi, stay at an ancestral farm, soak in the beauty of Munnar, walk through the spice plantations of Thekkady, explore the Periyar National Park and relax at the Varkala beach in this experiential tour of Kerala. Visit the historic monuments of Kochi and enjoy a sunset cruise on the Arabian Sea. Drive to the foothills of the Western Ghats and experience farm life at a home stay. Savour the natural beauty of Munnar with a trek and explore the spice plantations of Thekkady. Spot wildlife and go on a rafting adventure at the Periyar National Park and unwind on the serene Varkala beach. Pick this tour to experience the beauty and heritage of Kerala.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the heritage of Kochi and enjoy a sunset cruise
  • Soak in the stunning views of the Western Ghats
  • Stay at a farm stay, the ancestral home of an ancient Kerala family.
  • Savour the natural beauty of Munnar
  • Take a guided walk through spice gardens and plantations of Thekkady
  • Go on a jungle trek and bamboo rafting adventure at the Periyar National Park
  • Unwind at the Varkala beach

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Base Price Includes

  • Accommodation in 4* star or similar hotels on double/ twin sharing basis as per the itinerary.
  • Daily buffet breakfasts included at hotels.
  • All transfers and sightseeing by a Private vehicle as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Services of a local sightseeing guide during sightseeing guides at cities as per the itinerary.
  • Representative for assistance on Arrival /Departure.
  • 24/7 assistance by our support team.

Base Price Does Not Include

  • International / Domestic air fare.
  • Any meal other than Breakfast unless specified.
  • Any service or activity charges other than those included in the inclusions.
  • Supplement Cost for festival period, long weekend or peak season.
  • Entrance fee at monuments and National Parks.
  • Unforeseen expenses that demand changes in the itinerary like natural calamities, changes in weather, road blockages, flight/train cancellations and any medical emergency or evacuations.
  • Travel insurance and Visa
  • Expenses of a personal nature- Staff Tips, Laundry, phone calls, soft or alcoholic drinks, excess baggage charges, camera and Video fee or any other expanses which are not mentioned in above inclusion list.
  • All government taxes as applicable.

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The tour begins at Kochi on the Malabar Coast, with its handsome old colonial buildings harking back to the day when this was the hub of India’s lucrative spice. After Cochin, we head inland to organic farm to experience rural Keralan life. This, off the beaten track, offers many activities as rubber and spice plantation, village visit etc. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Then, tour traverse through the green hills to reach the lovely old hill station of Munnar. We enjoy a gentle walk through the hills and tea plantations, visiting the picturesque village of Annamudi, before we head across to the city of Madurai. A leading Tamil cultural centre, Madurai is famous for its spectacular temples with their gopurams (towers); none is more famous than Meenakshi, one of the largest temple complexes in the country that we explore on our sightseeing tour.

From Madurai we return westwards to re-enter Kerala. After seeing the spice plantations around Thekkady, we visit Periyar National Park to watch wildlife including elephants and tigers. We descend to the coast for an enjoyable cruise along the picturesque Kerala backwaters before the tour concludes with some downtime on Kovalam’s tropical beaches.

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This was an Exceptional holiday, that exceeded my expectations. The tour Guides were fantastic, nothing was to much trouble for them, they made this trip special.

After many years of wanting to visit India, Active India was recommended by some friends who had made a similar trip last year. From the outset this company was excellent from the planning and fine tuning of our special holiday right through the trip until its conclusion. Drivers and guides were excellent and hotels were as we had booked- some good 3 stars and some beautiful havelis and 4 stars. The company even had a whatsapp group set up to provide instant help with anything that came up. We travelled through Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala. It was a fascinating and richly cultural experience. Active India is an excellent company which has been in existence for 20 years and we would highly recommend them.

This is the second trip we’ve done through Active India and with good reason. They are very flexible and responsive tailoring our trip specifically following my requests in advance but adding their suggestions advice and expertise of the areas we visited. All team members from all offices checked ahead to ensure everything went smoothly and were on hand if it didn’t (which was rare). They even set up a WhatsApp group so I had confidence and contact should I need it at all times. Everyone from the managing director down cared that we had the best time smoothly run to itinerary and that really matters. It’s what sets them ahead of other tour companies. Highly recommend as I have utmost trust and faith in this company following 2 successful wonderful trips to 2 completely different areas in amazing India. So it’s thank you to Ravi Tickoos Heena and all the team but for me it’s a special thanks to Priya who always goes above and beyond.

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