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Classic Kerala Tour via local heritage homestays

Something of a classic Kerala route but enjoyed from the plantation chair of our favourite heritage homestays. Save money but enjoy traditional hospitality in traditional architecture.

A 9 day budget holiday covering the historic city of Fort Kochi, Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary, Munnar Tea Estates and the famous Marari beach.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Fort Cochin

You have just arrived for your holiday. Get escorted to your car, which takes you to your hotel in the historic city of Fort Cochin. Relax for a while if you are tired after a long flight journey. Before the sun goes down, walk along the colonial streets with its cafes. In the evening, watch the famous traditional dance drama of Kerala - 'Kathakali'.

Stay overnight at Sui House.

Day 2: Thekkady

Wake up late, laze around on the verandah with a cup of coffee. After breakfast, start off to the historically rich Mattancherry where the centuries old Dutch Palace and Synagogue are located. Buy some spice sachets to take home for your friends. Pack your bags and proceed to Thekkady to experience the famous Periyar Wildlife Reserve. An evening cruise in the wildlife sanctuary can give you a close glimpse of some of the wild species and animals.

Day 3: Thekkady

After an early breakfast, proceed for a 4 hour guided wildlife trek. Afternoon visit spice plantations and walk around the town or mingle with people in the house.

Day 4: Munnar

Get ready to proceed to Munnar after the breakfast. Enjoy the winding climb uphill and it is a scenic drive. Make short stops at valleys and scenic spots and your driver knows it well. Do not forget to snap your favourite clicks at these spots. Check into your homestay. Enjoy an elephant ride in the evening.

Day 5 : Munnar

You will be thrilled to see the Nilgiri Tahr found only in Munnar at the Rajamala National Park. It is good to know how the tea you daily drink is made. A visit to the tea factory will help you learn the processes. On return, buy a bag of tea powder to take back home. A walk around the unending tea estates is a refeshing expereince. Relax at the homestay in the evening.

Day 6 : Munnar - Alappuzha

You are driven down for a beach visit. The driver takes a little diversion in the route so that you can visit the famous Athirappally waterfalls. This waterfall is famous for photoshoots and film shoots, so do not forget to take some of yours. Reach the boutique hotel, relax at the swimming pool or at the beach.

Day 7 : Alappuzha

Relax at the beach. Make visits to nearby church or temple and the fishermen village. Do not forget to carry something for the children in the village. Watch the villagers routines and activities.

Day 8 : Alappuzha

Relax at the beach.

Day 9 : Alappuzha

Your departure transfer to Cochin Airport with memories of Kerala holiday.

Itinerary Notes:

Please Note that accommodation may change depending on room availability. Rates above are indicative to help you get a grasp on the likely costs of the holiday. We build each tour to order and we can tailor them as you require.

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    Further Information

    Duration in Days

    9 Days/8 Nights


    Accommodation, Transport, Breakfast, Taxes


    Dinner, Lunch, All Meals, Dinners, Lunchs

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    1 Ride the Symbol of India

    Atop a tusker in Kerala

    Feel high and mighty atop an elephant in the forests of Periyar...

    Visit the tea factory in Munnar

    See it all from tea harvesting to processing

    Discover tea in all its glory, from the healthy green tea to the elite white tea to the strong tea and more in the high ranges of Munnar. 

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