6-Night Private Kerala Tour from Kochi

Duration: 7 days
Destination: India, Kerala, Kochi
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  • 7 days
  • Kochi
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  • Cancellable

Overview

Everything about Kerala is heaven. Book this amazing Kerala tour with 6-nights' accommodation to see the best that it has to offer. It's a very different aspect of India, where man has made a perfect ecological balance with the nature. Kerala is all about the breathtaking views of tea-plantations, well maintained national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, pristine beaches and enchanting back-waters (one of the best in the world). This tour covers a little of all the elements that make Kerala "God's Own Country". The resort in Munnar is specially chosen to give you a closer to the nature experience, located in desolation in the push green tea plantations, which will be your own fortress of solitude. From the hills of Munnar to Periyar National Park, and from the secluded beaches of Kollam to the serene backwaters of Alleppey, everything is a lifetime experience.

Highlights

  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Breakfast included
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Multi-Day Trip

Itinerary

Day 1: Kochi – Munnar

Pass By: Tea Gardens, Munnar 685612 India
Arrive at Kochi by flight before noon. The private car will pick-up from airport and head straight to Munnar, South India's largest tea-growing region, carpeted in emerald-green tea plantations, contoured, clipped and sculpted like ornamental hedges. After a 5 hours drive reach Munnar by evening. Check-in at hotel on arrival. In the evening head out to see Kalaripayattu Show. Kalaripayattu is an ancient Indian martial art, which originated as a style in Kerala.

Dinner & overnight stay at Munnar.

Meals included:
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Mistletoe Munnar.

Day 2: Munnar (sightseeing)

Stop At: Tea Gardens, Munnar 685612 India
After breakfast head out to visit Munnar Tea Museum. The tea museum preserves the aspects on the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala's mountain region of the Western Ghats. Afterwards go for a walking trip in tea plantation. On way back to Munnar visit spices plantation. The spice plantation in Munnar is one of the major spice plantations in Kerala. The spice plantations in Kerala are captivating farms to wander in, since different spices are cultivated in different sections of each plantation.

Reach back at the hotel by evening. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Munnar.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Mistletoe Munnar.

Day 3: Munnar - Periyar (Thekkady)

Pass By: Periyar National Park, Banks Of Artificial Periyar Lake, Thekkady India
After breakfast check-out from hotel & head towards Periyar. The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. The Periyar forests of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks.

Reach Periyar by early evening and check-in at the hotel on arrival. In the evening head out to see Kathakali show (a very popular Indian classical dance form).

Overnight stay at hotel in Periyar (Thekkady).


Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at The Mountain Courtyard, Thekkady.

Day 4: Periyar (Thekkady) - Kollam

Stop At: Periyar National Park, Banks Of Artificial Periyar Lake, Thekkady India
Early in the morning set out for half day guided hiking at Periyar National Park and boat safari at Periyar Lake. This activity takes close to 6 hrs. The wildlife sanctuary is also famous for its tiger reserve and elephant reserve. Visiting the sanctuary will be like exploring the nature around, enjoying the pristine and peaceful atmosphere around and getting relaxed from your busy schedules. There are bright chances to spot the elephant herd in the jungle while you are hiking. Reach back to hotel by noon. Check-out from hotel & head towards Kollam, the southern approach to Kerala’s backwaters, surrounded by the calm waterways of Ashtamudi Lake, fringed with coconut palms, cashew plantations and traditional villages – a great place to get a feel for the backwaters without the crowds.

Reach Kollam by evening. Check-in at the hotel on arrival. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kollam.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at Fragrant Nature Resort, Kollam.

Day 5: Kollam (Varkala Beach tour)

Stop At: Varkala Beach, Varkala Town, Varkala 695141 India
After breakfast head out for sightseeing tour to Varkala Beach. Varkala is an amazing place where you see sea coast along with cliffs. There are numerous water spouts and spas on the sides of these cliffs. Varkala Beach is a haven for sun-bathing and swimming.

Reach back Kollam by evening. Evening at your leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kollam.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at Fragrant Nature Resort, Kollam.

Day 6: Kollam - Alleppey

Pass By: Alleppey Backwaters, Alappuzha India
After breakfast check-out from hotel & head towards Alleppey (a.k.a. Alappuzha). Welcome to the “Venice of the East” – Alleppey, world famous for its vast mesmerizing backwaters. This charming place is the hub of Kerala’s backwaters and is home to a huge network of backwaters and more than thousand houseboats

Reach Alleppey by noon. Check-in at a private AC houseboat. Have lunch on the houseboat. Enjoy a boat cruise through the magnificent Vembanad lake for an unforgettable experience of backwater cruising. Dinner & overnight stay at the houseboat in Alleppey.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Marvel Cruise (private AC houseboat), Alleppey.

Day 7: Alleppey - Kochi (departure)

Pass By: Cochin International Airport, Airport Rd, Kochi, Kerala 683111, India
After breakfast, check out from the houseboat and head towards Kochi Airport. Private car will drop you at airport by noon.

Bid farewell with the memories of amazing fun-filled 07 days trip through the God’s own country – Kerala, worth remembering for the lifetime!

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Inclusions
  • 6x Breakfast
  • 3x Dinner
  • 1x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights
  • 6-nights' stay on double sharing basis at 4-star hotels/ homestay/ houseboat mentioned or similar.
  • Transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary in a private car with driver (at your disposal).
  • 1 half-day guided jungle walk with boat safari at Periyar National Park.
  • Entry tickets for Munnar Tea Museum, Kalaripayattu Show in Munnar & Kathakali show in Periyar.
  • Entry/Admission - Tea Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Periyar National Park

Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified.
  • Gratuities
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children below 5 years old are complementary (sharing the same bed)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Ports
Kochi Airport


Departure Time

8am - 12pm


Return Details

Cochin (Kochi) International Airport

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

7 days

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

User's Reviews

Image - 17 Jan 2017 -

sergegouin8

Wonderful experience with well selected hotels, tourguide-driver. Well supported by outfitters.

Image - 13 Feb 2017 -

Bryan B

Our experience with Bout India and with our driver Sam, booked through La Vacanza Travel tours:

The purchasing of this package primarily gives you the hotels which are super duper nice for the price- way more upscale than expected and really made the trip more special, the breakfasts, and the driver. Especially as a non-Indian American, and as a less proficient world traveler, having a driver is essentially a must to get around safely and easily between the important sites of Kerala.

We had the same driver for the entirety of our 7 days in Kerala. First of all, he kept us safe. Driving in India can be scary and our driver always made the ride feel very smooth while at the same time getting us from place to place in a prompt fashion. He gave us good directions on how to navigate situations interacting with locals such as where to walk or not walk, and how to tip, etc. Secondly, he did a good job of offering us places to stop and sites to see. He suggested things and asked our preferences, and this really enhanced our experience, by revealing to us places we would have not known to seek out on our own the Coir Museum, the lighthouse in Aleppey, etc. Also, when we had a general desire, such as to see a beach in a certain place, he had great insight into which beach in that area would be best, cleanest, and most enjoyable. He also was very agreeable with our various requests. He accommodated the type of food we sought, and identified ideal restaurants for us. If we suddenly needed something such as a bathroom or ATM, Sam made it happen.

We had no major concerns or complaints. One of the only things we would modify was that if our driver knew a little more english, it may have further helped him teach us about the sites we were seeing. He could definitely answer basic questions and meet our needs but may have missed out on getting to ask some more detailed questions about history, culture, etc. Along with this, something that may just be a function of how to get around this area and not actually a specific issue with this tour: I felt like we spent a lot of time in the car and were so insulated/sheltered from the local people. The exception to this was being shown fun local restaurants. That said, when we were provided chances to walk on our own down a street we were so bombarded with people selling us things that it was sometimes not worth it, so maybe this is deliberate. Generally, people doing this tour should be okay with significant car rides between destinations.

For BoutIndia in general, we thank them as well for the great experience as described above. Additionally, our correspondence with all of BoutIndia leading up to our travels were prompt, clear, reassuring, and accommodating. Thank you for this unforgettable experience as we explored Kerala!

Other side note- travelers who are birders- this was a good trip for avian diversity! We only made about a 60 percent effort to identify all the birds that came by and we saw dozens of interesting species. The hike in munnar showed us a lot of great song birds, and you get all the water fowl on the houseboat.

Other wildlife: We did the nighttime jungle scout as our main wildlife activity in Thekkady. There were two other couples on our hike, and unfortunately they were a little chatty and someone left the sound on their phone on so we heard Twitter tweets go off amongst the ambient nocturnal animal sounds. That said, this was a cool experience. The guides in front and behind us on the trail made us feel generally safe. Was just cool to be out there at night. We saw a lot of deer, a civet, a nightjar nocturnal bird, a bison, a boar. Oh and make sure they give you a good flashlight- some don't see as far as the guide's...

Tea factory/museum at Munnar was a little weak on info and presentation. Guy giving explanations was speaking English but very difficult to understand and was wildly tangential in what he talked about, so we left wishing we actually received basic teaching on how the tea was grown. But the tea plantation views and mountain views and the trekking in Munnar were all great and like what you see in the pictures.

Note that some places that you would expect to be scenic and beautiful really are, and others have a lot of garbage- this is just a reality of India and the intersection of its natural wonders with its dense populations, etc. For example- Verkala beach is pristine along the water and the area where people sit, while Kollam beach is covered with garbage but still had fun being there at sunset when we first arrived in Kollam, and also seeing where the locals go and such. The lake that can be visited in Periyar park during your time in Thekkady is actually littered and crowded and you cant actually go to the shore of the lake- its gated off only as a path for those paying for the boat-ride.

Image - 17 Jan 2017 -

taya.wilson2

This was a well-organized good value for money tour organised by Bout India Tours. From both initial contact to during the tour they were in constant contact with quick response times to any query we had, and they went out of their way to accommodate any extra request. Our driver made us feel safe and comfortable and nothing was too much trouble. We enjoyed seeing the many sights of Kerala, including the visit to the spice plantation, the tea factory, the jeep safari the stay and Mistletoe hotel and the day at Varkala beach where you can hire umbrellas and beach chairs and swim in the warm ocean. We traveled as a family four adults three children so we were able to amend the itinerary slightly as needed.

Image - 21 Oct 2017 -

kenrace

Although all the hotel accommodation was very satisfactory the hotels themselves were located too far away from shops and restaurants. The Houseboat boat tour of the Kerala Backwaters was the highlight of the tour.

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