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    8 Days of Tea, Coconuts, Houseboats & Beach

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8 Days of Tea, Coconuts, Houseboats & Beach

This tour of Kerala combines the classic traditional style Kerala hotels with a glimpse into the different landscapes and atmospheres of Kerala. Beach, backwaters & hill stations.

This 8 day Kerala tour combines classic traditional style Kerala hotels with a glimpse into the different landscapes and atmosphere of Kerala from the hillstations and tea plantations to Fort Cochin, the backwaters and the Arabian sea coast line. Our most popular tour that combines luxurious but unpretentious accommodation with the ecological variety of Kerala.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Cochin

On arrival at Cochin International Airport/Railway Station, you are greeted and whisked away to historic Fort Cochin. In Cochin, explore its rich colonial past in the old spice market at Mattancherry, the antique shops on Jew Street, the Synagogue, the Dutch Palace and of course, the famous Chinese fishing nets - all followed by a harbor cruise of the outstanding natural harbour.

Overnight stay at Brunton Boatyard Hotel overlooking the harbour.

Day 2: Cochin – Thekkady

You leave the coastal plain for the hills, the drive punctuated with plantations of rubber, spice and tea. After checking in at Spice Village the afternoon is reserved for a boat safari in the Periyar Sanctuary. Later enjoy cooking and cultural programme.

Overnight stay at Spice Village.

DAY 3: Thekkady

Day kept aside for sightseeing in and around Thekkady. Later visit the spice plantations. Afternoon at leisure, lolling in the gardens or making paper. Overnight stay at Spice Village.

DAY 4: ThekkadyKumarakom

After breakfast, it is a drive back down to Kumarakom on the banks of Lake Vembanad. Here, you hop on to a boat to Coconut Lagoon, an eco-friendly heritage resort set on the banks of the Kavanar River. In the evening, go on a sunset cruise on the lake, in a converted rice boat adrift to the accompaniment of a flute. After cruise, learn to cook some authentic Keralan dishes from our Chef and watch traditional art forms of Kerala.

Overnight stay at Coconut Lagoon.

Day 5: Kumarakom

Why not start the day with some yoga. After breakfast, gentle trek to the nearby bird sanctuary accompanied by our naturalist. Follow it up with a visit to the village nearby. Back in the resort for lunch. After an afternoon at leisure, get ready for another evening of cooking and cultural show. 

Dinner and overnight at Coconut Lagoon.

Day 6: Kumarakom - Mararikulam

Another session of Yoga. After the breakfast, you are transferred by boat and then by road to Marari Beach. Check-in to an independent villa at the Marari Beach Resort, to enjoy the quiet beauty and charm of the secluded beach and the fishermen’s village next to it. After lunch in the restaurant, relax in the coconut grove. Evening is kept aside for music and cooking classes.

Dinner and overnight stay at the Marari Beach Resort.

Day 7: Mararikulam

After Yoga and breakfast, explore the fishing villages nearby on a bicycle or take a dip in the sea. After lunch at leisure, take a walk across the road to the organic farm which ensures that the vegetables and fruits we serve are the freshest you can get. Don’t forget to meet the Chef for any assistance/clarifications regarding the recipes you would have collected by now, for this would be your last day here.

Dinner and overnight at the Marari Beach Resort.

Day 08: Departure from Mararikulam to Airport

Drive to the Cochin International Airport to board the return flight.

Itinerary Notes:

Please Note that Accommodation may change depending on room availability in certain seasons. Prices are indicative for the purposes of helping get a feeling for likely costs. This is a "template" and can be altered in any way you want.

Further Information

Duration in Days

8 Days/7 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...

10 Enjoy local art performances

Unique dance, music and art make Kerala intriguing

Kerala is rich in many local art forms such as Kathakali, Mohiniyattam and Theyyam.

13 Cruise in a houseboat

Cruise the backwaters in a houseboat, stay overnight

A houseboat cruise offers a wholesome 'Kerala' experience, right from getting a peek into the rural life to watching the fishermen at work. 

14 Savor Nature’s Refreshing Tonic

Relish tender coconut water sans any additives

No added flavours, no extra sugar and no preservatives. 

27 Unwind On The Sun Kissed Beaches

Relax and enjoy water sports

Kerala has some of the best beaches in the world. 

44 Leisure-Walk In Fort Kochi And Peep Into The History

Walk through historic lanes of Fort Kochi

The Churches and mansions built by British, Dutch and Portuguese 500 years ago in their own vivid architecture skill greet leisure-walkers here.

42 Taste Palpayasam

Sweet rice dessert

A sweet delicacy. Prepared with milk, rice and garnished with raisins and cashewnut fried in ghee is a delight for the palate. 

37 Explore the Spice Hills

Understand the spice country traditons

Explore the spices lands around Munnar

38 Grab The Village Beauty By A Ride In An Autorickshaw

Go on a tuk-tuk drive

The sprawling open windows on both sides of the tuk-tuk would allow you to take a peek at the typical village sights and sounds unlike in a sealed air conditioned cab. 

4 Fresh catch of the day

Seafood cooked the Kerala way

The recipes are many and the catch includes prawns, squids, mussels and fish. You will surely love the tasty dish made of mussel and rice flour, cooked in the shell.

33 Don’t Forget To Taste The World’s Best Breakfast

Cheap as chips and high on variety

Kerala’s breakfast spread – Idli, dosa, masala dosa, vellayappam, uppuma, puttu. The cost is down cheap. 

Special Journeys on this Tour

Cochin Airport to Cochin City

Urban Sprawl meets Coconut Land

Don't let the first few minutes of your Kerala experience be fraught with worry...

Cochin to Periyar/Thekkady

City to wilderness. An uphill drive to Periyar Nature Reserve.

Thekkady to Kumarakom

Scenic Drive from Periyar to the Backwaters

This journey drops you from the mountains to sea level passing through the whole gamut of Kerala landscapes and agriculture.

Kumarakom to Mararikulam

From the Backwaters to the Beach

A short distance drive from silent backwaters to palm fringed beach on the Arabian Sea.

Marari Beach to Cochin airport

A Final View of the Strip!

Back home recharged along the coast to the airport. Allow 2-2.5 hours

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