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Taste of Kerala Safari

Travel to the diverse and fascinating state of Kerala, located on the southwest tip of India. This safari will take you through the bustling spice markets of Cochin to the peaceful backwaters surrounding Alleppey, witnessing exotic wildlife along the way.

Duration 11 days
Price From $2,760
When Year Round
Destination India

Safari Overview

Journey through the verdant hills and winding canals of Kerala as you explore the national parks and towns of this diverse southern state. From the bustling streets of Cochin to the serene tea gardens of Munnar, this safari offers an insight into the rich cultural history and wildlife of Kerala. Look out for herds of Asian elephants and endemic bird species on a boat safari in Periyar National Park, and get a glimpse into everyday life in the region as you cruise along the backwater canals on your own houseboat.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Wander through the streets of the old city of Cochin, full of antique and spice shops.

  • Relax in the tea gardens of Munnar.

  • Look out for herds of Asian elephants and other wildlife in the picturesque Periyar National Park.
  • Enjoy traditional Keralan cuisine as you cruise the backwater canals, passing rice fields and scenic villages. 

Lush green hillsides covered in tea and spice plantations, peaceful backwaters and palm-lined beaches all contribute to Kerala’s tranquil atmosphere.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Cochin

Today you will arrive in Cochin, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Known as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea', Cochin was an important spice trading centre on the historic spice route and is now a bustling port city on India's west coast.

Day 2

Cochin

Today you will have the opportunity to explore the characterful city of Cochin. The rich and diverse history of Kerala can be seen in the different cultural influences in the architecture and cuisine. Wander the narrow streets of the old city, full of antique and spice shops, art galleries and small cafes, and watch as the fishing boats pull in just before sunset.

Day 3

Cochin - Munnar

Today you will be transferred to Munnar (approximately 4 hours drive), a hill station offering breathtaking views over the surrounding hills and lush green tea gardens. The rest of the day is yours to relax in your beautiful surroundings.

Overnight: Windermere Estate B

Day 4

Munnar

After an early breakfast, you will head out for a city tour of Munnar. Enjoy a gentle walk in Harrissons Malayalam tea plantations and a visit to the orthodox tea making factory as you take in the serene atmosphere and cool mountain breeze.

Overnight: Windermere Estate B

Day 5

Munnar - Thekkady

This morning you will be driven to Periyar National Park (approximately 3.5 hours), renowned for its Asian elephant population and picturesque landscapes.

Overnight: Paradisa Plantation Retreat B

Days 6-7

Periyar National Park

Spend the next few days exploring the beautiful Periyar National Park. Set around the massive Lake Periyar, wildlife viewing is done from a boat on the lake in the mornings and evenings. The abundant wildlife of the park is attracted to the lakeside, and it is possible to see herds of elephants coming to drink, as well as large groups of deer and wild boar, Indian bison, and a variety of monkey and indigenous bird species. Although tigers are known to inhabit the forests of Periyar, they are rarely seen by visitors.

Overnight: Paradisa Plantation Retreat B

Day 8

Thekkady - Alleppey

Today you will head to the famous Kerala backwaters, as you depart Periyar National Park to Alleppey jetty, where you will board your houseboat for an overnight cruise. Sail through the backwaters, passing rice fields, tiny villages and farmers taking their produce to market, giving you an authentic glimpse into daily life in Kerala. Traditional lunch and dinner will be served on board your boat; possibly on a banana leaf in true Keralan style.

Day 9

Alleppey - Muhamma

After a leisurely breakfast, you will be transferred to your hotel in Muhamma. The rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy all the facilities on offer at the hotel.

Day 10

Muhamma

Today is at your leisure; spend the day relaxing after your safari or explore the surrounding areas, and enjoy the swimming pool and spa on offer at your hotel.

Day 11

Muhamma - Cochin - Depart

This morning you will be driven to Cochin airport (approximately 2 hours) in time for your international flight home.

Trip Details

Trip information

This is a tailor-made safari that can be amended to meet your specific requirements including your preferred number of days, preferred dates of travel, standard of lodges and budget.

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