Welcome to Kerala
For many travellers, Kerala is South India's most serenely beautiful state. A slender coastal strip is shaped by its layered landscape: almost 600km of glorious Arabian Sea coast and beaches; a languid network of glistening backwaters; and the spice and tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats. Just setting foot on this swath of soul-quenching, palm-shaded green will slow your subcontinental stride to a blissed-out... Read More
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Private Cultural Tour: Day Trip to Mahabalipuram and Dakshinachitra from Chennai
After pickup from your hotel in the morning, your private guide will take you by air-conditioned vehicle to the village of Dakshinachitra, located about 18 miles (29 km) outside of Chennai. Spend approximately 45 minutes in Dakshinachitra, meaning ‘A Picture of the South,’ which preserves the traditional Dravidian way of life. See traditional Indian homes, explore the open-air museum, and visit the artisan workshops to learn about the Dravidian crafts of several regions in South India including Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh – a great activity for kids. Here, you may see traditional theater performances as well as local craftsmen making pottery and baskets, weaving silk and building puppets. Then, drive approximately 14.5 miles (23.3 km) to Mahabalipuram, or what is now called Mamallapuram. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed city is full of rock-cut monuments built between the 7th and 9th centuries. These structures, most of which were built to honor Hindu gods, are some of the oldest existing examples of Dravidian architecture. With your guide, visit several cave temples and sculpted reliefs including Five Rathas, Arjuna Dhabas, Krishna Mandap, Krishna Butterball and Shore Temple. Your guide will point out the Buddhist elements of these impressive structures and explain the historical significance of the sites you pass. In between sightseeing, enjoy an authentic Indian lunch at a nearby restaurant in Mahabalipuram. After your full-day tour, you’ll be driven back to your Chennai hotel in the evening.
Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Cruise
Your private day trip from Kochi starts with a 1.5-hour journey from your Kochi hotel to the backwaters of Alleppey, famous for its labyrinth of waterways spanning 559 miles (900 km). On arrival in Alleppey, board your private Kettuvallam and feast on a mouthwatering Kerala-style lunch. Enjoy savory dishes such as sambar, a hearty vegetable stew, and avail, a vegetable and coconut curry. Tickle your sweet tooth with pappad, a South Indian wafer, and payasam, a rice pudding flavored with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashew nuts and pistachios.As you cruise along, witness life in the backwater villages of Alleppey. Travel down the canals dotted with houses, paddy fields, coconut trees, market places and temples. See local people engaging in a variety of activities from fishing to daily chores. Soak in the beautiful scenery from your thatched-roof boat and relish the serenity of this river town.Enjoy a traditional Indian tea with snacks before disembarking your Kerala houseboat. Your private guide will drive you from Alleppey back to your Kochi hotel.
Kochi Private Tour: 3-Hour Fort Kochi and Mattancherry Walking Tour
Start your private walking tour at Fort Kochi visiting Chinese fishing nets, which were introduced by traders from the court of Kublai Khan in the 14th century. Kochi fishermen still use these fishing nets to earn their livelihoods.Continue your stroll down to St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The church was constructed in 1503 by Portuguese friars and is now the burial place of Vasco da Gama, a Portuguese explorer who led the first ships that sailed directly from Europe to India. The church has a large cemetery that once served as a resting ground for Vasco da Gamma. Transfer to Mattancherry in Auto Rickshaw /Tuc Tuc /Local Bus.Next, see Santa Cruz Basilica, one the largest and most impressive churches in India. The church has two soaring spires and a bright, white-washed exterior. Inside, you will find walls decorated with frescoes, murals, and large paintings depicting scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. Visit Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Kochi in 1555. The palace is famous for its stunning murals portraying scenes from Hindu tales, such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Next door is the Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in South India. Admire the ornate brass pulpit, the Belgian glass chandelier, and hand-painted Chinese porcelain floor tiles.End the journey by wandering around the neighboring Jew Town, a central location for the spice trade, and inhale the aroma of ginger, cardamom, turmeric, and cloves. Later transfer back to your hotel in Fort Kochi or Mattancherry by a Auto Rickshaw/Tuc Tuc.
Kochi Evening Excursion: Kathakali Dance Show including Dinner and Hotel Transfer
Your driver will pick you up from the hotel in Kochi or Ernakulam at 5:30 pm and drive to the Cochin Cultural Center to enjoy the popular Kathakali Dance Show.From 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm enjoy the classical dance form of Kerala. The act begins with the Kelikutto and it is the call for the audience to shift their attention as the act is about to get started. Kelikutto is followed by Todayam. In this part, two allotted characters evoke the blessing of the Divine. This is consecutively followed by an entertaining dance piece purapaddu. Once the dance piece ends, the musicians take the stage and take the audience on a breath taking musical journey. This particular section of the act is called Melappada. Pakka or the minukku does not get the opportunity to do a debut on the stage. All the other characters perform a debut in the Tiranokku section. This marks the beginning of the performance or the scene to be narrated.After the dance show you will be taken to back to a hotel restaurant for dinner. You will be transferred back to your hotel after dinner.
6-Night Private Kerala Tour from Kochi
Day 1: Kochi (arrival) – MunnarArrive at Kochi by flight. The car with driver 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. Check-in at hotel on arrival. Overnight stay at hotel in Munnar.Hotel : Swiss County/Orchid HighlandsDay 2: Munnar (B)After breakfast head out for sightseeing. Proceed to Eravikulam National Park - home to the highly endangered wild mountain goats - the Nilgiri Thars, followed by visit to Lakkam Waterfalls. Afterwards visit Mattupetty, which offers fascinating sights of the lush green tea plantations, the rolling grasslands and relishing forests. Reach back at the hotel by evening. Overnight stay at hotel in Munnar.Hotel : Swiss County/Orchid HighlandsDay 3: Munnar - Periyar (B)After breakfast check-out from your hotel and head towards Periyar, famous for its landscapes, the Periyar Lake and Periyar National Park. Reach by noon and check-in at your hotel on arrival. In the afternoon set out for local sightseeing. Enjoy the jungle tour and visit the scenic Periyar Lake. Overnight stay at the hotel in Periyar.Hotel : Peppervine/Sprice GroveDay 4: Periyar - Kollam (B)After breakfast check-out from hotel and 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. Check-in at the hotel on arrival. Evening at your leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kollam.Hotels: Fragrant Nature Resort/Aquasserenne ResortDay 5: Kollam (B)After breakfast head out for sightseeing tour to Varkala Beach. Varkala is an amazing place where you see sea coast along with tall cliffs. In the afternoon reach back Kollam, and visit Thangassery Light House and Kollam Beach. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kollam.Hotels: Fragrant Nature Resort/Aquasserenne ResortDay 6: Kollam - Alleppey (B/L/D)After breakfast check-out from hotel and head towards Alleppey (Alappuzha). Welcome to the “Venice of the East” – Alleppey, world famous for its vast mesmerizing backwaters. Check-in at houseboat. Have lunch on the houseboat. Enjoy a boat cruise through the magnificent Vembanad lake for an unforgettable experience of backwater cruising. Dinner and overnight stay at the houseboat in Alleppey.Hotel: Grandeur Houseboat or SimilarDay 7: Alleppey - Kochi (departure) (B)After breakfast check-out from the hotel and head back toward Kochi. The car will transfer you to Kochi Airport for your return journey. Bid farewell with mesmerizing memories of 7 wonderful days spent in the God’s Own Country - Kerala.
Kochi Shore Excursion: Private Glimpse of Kochi Tour
We will pick you up Kochi Port Ships Berth by 9:00am and transfer to Fort Kochi with Chinese Fishing Nets.Chinese Fishing Nets were introduced by traders from the court of Kublai Khan in the 14th century. Kochi fishermen still use the fishing nets to earn their livelihoods. Continue your stroll down to St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The church was constructed in 1503 by Portuguese friars and is now the burial place of Vasco da Gama, a Portuguese explorer who led the first ships that sailed directly from Europe to India. Next you will visit Santa Cruz Basilica, one the largest and most impressive churches in India. The church has two soaring spires and a bright, white-washed exterior. Inside, you will find walls decorated with frescoes, murals, and large paintings depicting scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. Visit the Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Kochi in 1555. The palace is famous for its stunning murals portraying scenes from Hindu tales, such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Next door is the Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in South India. Admire the ornate brass pulpit, the Belgian glass chandelier, and hand-painted Chinese porcelain floor tiles.Before the tour is concluded, you can wander around Jew Town and Jewish Synagogue, a central location for the spice trade and inhale the aroma of ginger, cardamom, turmeric, and cloves. If your schedule allows, you can also do some shopping for spices, handicrafts, and antiques or have a casual lunch. When the tour ends, you will be transferred back to Kochi Port to board your cruise on time.