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Flavors of Kerala with Maldives

Kochi, Thekkady, Alappuzha, Kumarakom and South Male Atoll

Flavors of Kerala with Maldives

$5000 per person
11 Days / 10 Nights
12+ Age

This Kerala tour package will take you on a memorable vacation amidst nature. Your holiday will begin as you reach Cochin and embark on a drive to Thekkady where you would enjoy a tour of a spice plantation. Continue your trip to Kerala while unwinding in the idyllic tropical setting of Alleppey where you will enjoy overnight in houseboat. Complete your trip in Kumarakom which is a serene lake side town and ideal for relaxing and Ayurveda. On your last leg of the tour, you will fly to Maldives. It’s known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. The capital, Malé, has a busy fish market, restaurants and shops on the main road,

ACCOMMODATION
DESTINATION
DURATION
BASIS
Taj Malabar Resort & Spa Kochi 2 nights B&B
Spice Village Thekkady 2 nights B&B
Rainbow Cruises Luxury Houseboat Alappuzha 1 night FB
CGH Earth Coconut Lagoon Kumarakom 2 nights B&B
Fun Island Resort South Male Atoll 3 nights B&B

Plan

B&B:Bed and Breakfast

FB:Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

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  • Departure/Return Location
    DELHI
  • Included
    Accommodation
    Guide
    Meals
    Transport
  • Not Included
    Flights

Tour Plan

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DAY 1 : KOCHI
Upon arrival in Cochin, you will be greeted and escorted by our representative to your hotel. Cochin or Kochi, as it is called now, is till date influenced by medieval Portugal, Holland and England. The city displays a blend of different people and architecture and it is one place where you can see a Jewish synagogue, Portuguese churches, Dutch architecture, Mosques, Hindu temples and Chinese fishing nets all in one day.On arrival, transfer to the hotel.
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DAY 2 : KOCHI
Take a tour of the city visiting the Dutch Palace, which has some of India’s most beautiful murals, the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Fridays & Saturdays) in the heart of Jew Town and the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets. See St. Francis Church where Vasco da Gama was originally buried, and the Santa Cruz Church with its pastel coloured interior and carved wooden panels. Evening watch Kathakali dance. Kathakali literally meaning "story dance" is the pantomimic dance drama, the dancing and the acting being blended together into an inseparable form. It is a combination of facial expressions and body movements, which brings out the thought and emotion of the character. Kathakali is predominantly a male art and the dancing is mostly of the masculine type. Optional: Cooking demonstartion with Nimmy Paul. Nimmy is a professional cookery instructor for more than twenty years. She and her husband belong to traditional Syrian Christian Community in Kerala. Almost every Keral dish has coconut and spices added for flavour, giving its cuisine a sharp pungency that is heightened with the use of tamarind. Seafood is the main diet in coastal Kerala, whereas vegetables are the main diet on the plains. The Demonstration is followed by lunch. Optional: Visit Kumbalangi village: Visit the first model of tourism Village of the State - Kumbalangi is a small village, west of Cochin with an English speaking guide, and is surrounded by ponds and green rice fields. A Chinese fishing nets literally encircle the island's rolling village witness to the rich aquatic life. Start your visit this morning with Kumbalanghi Bridge.
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DAY 3 : THEKKADY
Drive to Periyar. Periyar National Park is situated in the hills of the Western Ghats. The centre piece of Periyar National park is the 5,500-hectare Periyar lake formed by the construction of a dam on the Periyar river in 1895.The dam submerged low-lying forest whose dead tree trunks still jut out of the waters. Along the fringes of the lake are marshy areas with tall grasslands. This is one of the richest habitats of large mammals, as it provides both excellent cover and nourishment in the form of succulent shoots and grasses. Here it is possible to see large herds of Indian Elephant with relative ease as well as Nilgiri Langur near Aranya Niwas and the Lion tail Macaque in higher areas. On arrival in Periyar, check in to your hotel. Watch Kalaripayattu: is a martial art which originated as a style in Kerala during the 13th Century AD. The word kalari first appears in Sangam literature to describe both a battlefield and combat arena. The word kalari tatt denoted a martial feat, while kalari kozhai meant a coward in war. Each warrior in the Sangam era received regular military training. It is considered to be one of the oldest fighting systems in existence. It is now practiced in Kerala.
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DAY 4 : THEKKADY
After some rest, enjoy the visit of Spice Plantation.  You will see verities of spices indigenously grown here. The surrounding filled with its aroma will sooth your soul. The spice plantation in Thekkady is one of the major spice plantations in Kerala. These plantations are captivating farms to wander in, since different spices are cultivated in different sections of each plantation. Rest of the time at leisure. Optional: Enjoy the game viewing by boats in Periyar National Park, which is a unique wildlife sanctuary and is about 780 sq. km centered on an artificial lake fed by the Periyar River. The boats will carry you through the jungle along convoluted waterways and afford sightings of elephant, bison and deer. There are trees more than 100 years old and over 50 m high
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DAY 5 : ALAPPUZHA
After breakfast drive to Alleppey and board the House-boat (Kettuvallom) on the World famous Backwaters of Kerala. “Kettu" literally means to tie up and & Vallom; means  ”boats. The boats played a major role in the economic development of ancient. Kerala, moving cargo and men from the very nook and corner of otherwise unreachable area, cutting across the length and breadth of the land. Boats cruise around the backwaters. Fringing the coast of Kerala and far inland is a vast network of lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals. These backwaters represent a unique geological formation and the basis of a distinct lifestyle. Traveling on backwaters is one of the highlights of a visit to Kerala. The boats cross shallow, palm-fringed lakes studded with cantilevered Chinese fishing nets. You can see people live on narrow spits of reclaimed land only a few meters wide. Although practically surrounded by water, they still manage to keep cows, pigs, chickens and ducks and cultivate small vegetable gardens, prawns and fish. Overnight on Houseboat
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DAY 6 : KUMARAKOM
Disembark the houseboat and check in at your hotel in Kumarakom.  Later visit Bird sanctuary. The tourist village of Kumarakom lies in the scenic backwater area, on the shore of the pleasant Vembanad lake. Here an old rubber plantation around the lake has been developed into a bird sanctuary. Visit the bird sanctuary. The main attractions are local birds like the waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron and the water duck, as well as the migratory Siberian cranes. Parrots, teal, larks, flycatchers, wood beetle, and other birds are seen here during their respective migratory seasons. Today you can enjoy Ayurveda massage (On direct payment). Overnight in the Hotel.
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DAY 7 : KUMARAKOM
Day at leisure. You can enjoy Ayurveda massage (On direct payment).
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DAY 8 : SOUTH MALE ATOLL
After breakfast transferred to the airport to board flight for Male. On arrival in Male, transferred to hotel. Rest of the day relax on the beach.
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DAY 9 : SOUTH MALE ATOLL
Full day free at leisure on beach / own activities. You may avail the in house activities like spa, scuba diving or water sports on direct payment basis.  
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DAY 10 : SOUTH MALE ATOLL
Full day free at leisure on beach / own activities. You may avail the in house activities like spa, scuba diving or water sports on direct payment basis.
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DAY 11 : END OF ITINERARY
After breakfast you will be transferred to Male airport to board flight for onward journey. (Check out time is 1100 hrs) ----------------------------------
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