Kerala Trip: 12-day Itinerary For the Southern Part of India

Author: Priyanka Saxena on Jan 08,2024

Welcome to Kerala, the travelers paradise in the southernmost tip of India. With this 12-day itinerary, you get to explore the diversity of Kerala, ranging from the hilly tea plantations and spectacular backwaters to striking beaches and untamed wildlife.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Cochin

Make a landing at Cochin Airport and initiate your South Indian vacation with your guide. Spend the day at your leisure. Meander along the waterfront to watch fishermen working the Chinese fishing nets. You can relax in your cozy room.

Day 2: Colonial Tour of Cochin

This morning, start the guided private colonial tour of Cochin. On this personalized half-day trip, you will see sights like Santa Cruz Basilica and St. Francis Church. Spend the days remainder exploring the colonial fort on foot. You can also opt to loosen up in your hotel.   

Day 3: Traversing to Kodikulam

A 3-hour journey will take you to rural Kerala, where you will witness a traditional homestay. Explore the welcoming property flanked by spice gardens and a gorgeous river at the gardens edge, where you can enjoy swimming.

Day 4: A Day of Activities in Kodikulam

 Feel free to pick your activities for the day. Interact with the hosts or go cycling around the nearest countryside. Stroll through the spice plantation, visit a local school or temple, and learn the honey- extraction process. You can even try milking a cow.

Day 5: Heading to Munnar

 This morning, head up the Western Ghats, a 3-hour drive to the town of Munnar. View the spectacular waterfalls on your way up to the tea country. Upon arrival, relax and soak in the scenic views, go birdwatching, or take a butterfly walk. Your hotel can also arrange exciting activities for you.

Day 6: Trekking Adventure in Munnar

Set out on a guided hike through the gorgeous hills that surround Munnar. Soak in the breathtaking panoramas that unfold as you reach the summits. While on this guided trek, you can slow down or call it a day.

Day 7: A Relaxing Day in Munnar

This morning, you will enjoy the luxuries of your hotel. Either enjoy sampling refreshing tea, partake in local activities or laze around. At noon, you will head with your guide to Periyar National Park.

Day 8: One-Day Tour of Periyar National Park

Gear up for an early morning jungle walk accompanied by a local ranger. As the wildlife wakes, you may spot sambar deer, black monkeys, giant squirrels, and wild boar. Thrill your senses with the vast birdlife. In your 3-hour guided walk, you can capture stunning wildlife. After lunch, traverse the backwaters of Kerala. Embark on your traditional private rice barge. Spend a relaxed evening around the waterways.

Day 9: Exploring Backwaters

This morning, wake up in your houseboat and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Follow your guide to the homestay in the evening. Your friendly hosts will join you to explore the locality. You can try your hands on cooking as well.

Day 10: Visiting Marari Beach

Today, your private guide will transfer you along the coast to the scenic Marari Beach. Stroll on the sands by the sea or unwind under a palm tree. Feel free to wander at your convenience.

Day 11: More Fun Time in Marari Beach

Spend the whole day at your leisure. Go for an ayurvedic massage or ask your guide to arrange a bike for pedaling the nearby lanes. You can swim in the clean waters of the uncrowded beach. 

Day 12: International Departure

Your guide will take you back to Cochin for your onward flight home.     


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