Kerala competes with Rajasthan as India's most popular destination – and this 13-day itinerary suggestion highlights exactly why.
Arrive into the harbour city of Cochin before travelling inland through the beautiful tea gardens and coffee estates of Munnar, to the wildlife reserve of Periyar and the serenity of Kumarakom. You’ll experience an unforgettable cruise on the backwaters of Kerala, before you have time to relax and unwind on the sandy beaches of Marari.
- Visit the old port city of Cochin, a mixing pot of cultures and religions.
- Wander through the lush green paddy fields and spice plantations of Thekkady
- Take a jungle walk in Periyar National Park to see the variety of flora and fauna on display
- Spend a night on a houseboat and float down the backwater canals
With its rich past, Cochin is the oldest European settlement in India, making it an eclectic mix of architectural styles, with Jewish, Chinese and Arabian influences. Hunt for bargains in the local antique shops of Cochin and Fab India for affordable homemade gifts and linens.
PERIYAR AND PLANTATIONS
Spend time in Thekkady, a region adorned with rubber and spice plantations. Take a farm or village walk and taste traditional recipes passed down through the generations. Cooking lessons are available to anyone showing a passion for local Keralan food.
Periyar, located in the Cardamom Hills, lends itself to early morning walks accompanied by forest guides. For the adventurous take to the lake by a bamboo raft for a greater chance of seeing more endemic wildlife.
Heading to the coast and backwaters of Alleppey, join your houseboat on which you spend the night. A visit to Kerala is not complete without a day or night on the river. Take to the waters on a rice barge for a private cruise where sumptuous meals will be served as you glide along the canals.
A short drive from the backwaters brings you to the Keralan Arabian coast. Traditionally a fishing village, Marari Beach Resort is the perfect place to unwind after touring. Don’t miss the nightly fish grill on the beach.
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