Day 1: Cochin - Thekkady (170kms)
Your journey begins with a pick-up from your Cochin hotel or the Cochin airport. From there, we'll drive to Thekkady, where you'll check in at your hotel. In the evening, you'll have the opportunity to visit the Kadathanadan Kalari Centre, known as "The House of Martial Arts." This center is renowned for the ancient Kerala art of Kalaripayattu, a martial art form that's not only fascinating to watch but also designed for self-defense. Afterward, return to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 2: Thekkady
Following breakfast at the hotel, it's time to explore the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary on a boat. This sanctuary is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including tigers, elephants, the rare lion-tailed macaques, sambar deer, leopards, and Indian bison. You'll embark on a thrilling boat ride through the sanctuary's picturesque waterways, keeping an eye out for these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
Later in the day, you'll have the opportunity to delve into the world of spices with a guided spice plantation tour. Here, you'll witness the cultivation of various spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, and coffee. Gain insights into the cultivation and harvesting processes, which have been integral to Kerala's rich culinary heritage. After an exciting day of exploration, return to your hotel for a relaxing overnight stay.
Day 3: Thekkady - Alleppey (135kms)
After a satisfying breakfast, we'll head to Alleppey, known as the "Venice of the East." Here, you'll board a traditional Kerala houseboat at the boat jetty. As you set sail, you'll be immersed in the enchanting world of the Kerala backwaters. These tranquil waterways are lined with lush greenery and offer a glimpse into the idyllic rural life of the region.
Your houseboat, equipped with modern amenities, will be your home for the day. Enjoy the serene surroundings from the sun deck, indulge in delicious meals prepared by an onboard chef, and observe life along the backwaters as you glide along. This houseboat experience is a unique way to immerse yourself in Kerala's culture and natural beauty.
Day 4: Alleppey - Cochin (60kms)
After a delightful breakfast onboard, it's time to disembark from the houseboat. We'll then drive back to Cochin, where you'll be dropped off at your hotel or the Cochin airport. Your memorable journey through Kerala's stunning landscapes and cultural experiences comes to an end, leaving you with cherished memories to take home.