This classic Kerala itinerary is all about mellow vibes, wonderful watery landscapes and high-up hill stations. Get to know the layered past of coastal Kochi (Cochin), head up to the Western Ghats for tea plantation visits and nature walks in Periyar National Park before returning to the back waters for a tranquil cruise.


Suggested route & duration

8 nights round trip from Kochi (Cochin)

Kochi: 2 nights

Munnar: 1 night

Thekkady: 2 nights

Alleppey: 1 night

Kumarakom: 2 nights

About this independent tour

This is a private itinerary including a car and driver and local English-Speaking tour guides for sightseeing. The itinerary is completely flexible, so you can choose your own number of nights, change accommodation, add excursions and extend your holiday.

Recommended highlights

KOCHI Arrive in colourful and multicultural Kochi nestled around a saltwater lagoon and surrounded by some of Kerala's backwaters. On a half-day tour you'll visit the Dutch Palace, which has some of India’s most beautiful murals, the Jewish Synagogue and witness the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets.

MUNNAR A nature-lover’s paradise and famous for its tea and spice plantations, Munnar is a hill station situated at 1,600 metres. Tea lovers will enjoy a morning walking through the tea plantation, learning about tea growing and processing, and sampling various type of teas. Visit the famous Tea Museum, which chronicles the journey of tea and its importance in the region.

THEKKADY Travel south to Thekkady, gateway to Periyar National Park, and experience Kerala's incredible natural landscapes, as well as its wildlife. Periyar National Park is a notable wildlife reserve and you'll embark on a soft trek along some of the national park's nature trails accompanied by a trained tribal guide. This area is also famous for its spice plantations and no visit would be complete without a plantation tour and the opportunity to learn about the use of spice in Keralan cuisine.

ALLEPPEY Undoubtedly the highlight of any trip to Kerala is cruising along the famous backwaters on a houseboat. After boarding, you'll wind your way through the maze of waterways and you'll find yourself relaxing as you enjoy this calming way to travel.

KUMARAKOM To round off your trip, travel to the village of Kumarakom, which sits on the edge of Vembanad Lake, and is the ideal place to spend a couple of relaxing nights after your cruise.

Tailor your tour

We’ve crafted this itinerary based on our own experiences and our customers’ feedback. It’s fully flexible so talk to us and we can create your perfect trip.

We would recommend staying at Kerala’s CGH Earth’s hotels, including Spice Village and Coconut Lagoon, which are some of our favourite properties in India. We love their responsible tourism practices that benefit local communities and the environment. Why not stay at Brunton Boatyard in Kochi for a CGH Earth triple bill?

We think 8 nights is the minimum time you’ll want to spend in Kerala and there’s plenty of room to extend your stay. To really get under the skin of Kochi, you can always spend another night and it’s easy to be convinced to stay a couple of extra days in Kumarakom. If you want to explore more of India, we recommend combining Enchanting Kerala with the Golden Triangle to create our Contrasts of India itinerary.