Home of the Sun: Kerala – An Itinerary

OVERVIEW:

Vacations are the only time of the year when you can rejuvenate and reconnect with yourself. Indeed, the only place for such a splendid experience in India is Kerala. Embellished with the best creations of nature and mankind, this land of heritage offers a mind-changing perspective towards life. So, in this 5 days 4 nights you will be exploring Kerala’s most marvellous wonders like Munnar, Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram and world-famous Alleppey Backwaters.

Day 1

Airport Pickup and Visit to the hill station Munnar:


Your refreshing trip to Kerala begins right after your arrival at its airport. Our English-speaking tour coordinator would be waiting for you at the airport door holding a plank with your name on it so that it is easy for you to spot him amongst the crowd. From the airport, you would be directly transported to your hotel, where our coordinator would ensure an easy check-in for you.
In the first day of your Kerala trip, you will get to admire its natural face by visiting the world-famous Munnar hill station. Usually a cold and relaxing place, you would also be able to see a number of organic tea plantations and overflowing waterfalls here.
After spending some good leisure hours under the grassy floor and blue roof of Munnar, you will be taken to the hotel for a quiet dinner and night stay.

Day 2

Dipping in Serenity of Padmanabha Swamy Temple and India’s First IT Park “Technopark”:


You will start your day with a light and delicious breakfast at the Indian Coffee House as you gear up for the day ahead. On the adventurous day 2 of your Kerala itinerary, our tour coordinator will pick you up from the hotel early in the morning. You will be driven to the heart of Kerala, that is, Thiruvananthapuram.
Being the capital of Kerala, this city contains impressions of all its historical milestones. However, the most unmissable of all its tourist attractions is the Padmanabha Swamy Temple that is renowned for its architectural design and religious relevance. With its mix of Dravidian and Keralite infrastructure, it is believed to be the sacred abode of Lord Vishnu and a perfect destination for art lovers who delight in appreciating ancient stone carvings and mural paintings. After spending considerable time amidst the alluring beauty of the temple, you will be driven to the intercontinental restaurant, Villa Maya for a sumptuous lunch.  Serving delicacies from over five cuisines, it is the perfect place to enjoy mouth-watering meals with a sophisticated ambiance.
Spending a tryst with history is not complete until the miracles of the present are appreciated. And that is why, you will be directly taken to India’s first IT amusement centre, Technopark, after your lunch. Home to a wide variety of modern science innovations, it offers a memorable experience to conclude your day.
Finally, you will be escorted to your hotel, where a delicious dinner and satisfied night stay will await your presence.

Day 3

Houseboating in Alleppey Backwaters and Tourism in Thekkady Sanctuary:


Wake up to a bright and warm day, as you move out of your hotel bed. Delve into traditional Keralite breakfast at the hotel before our tour coordinator comes to pick you up for another fascinating twenty-four hours.
Over your third day in Kerala, you will be treated to the magnificent seascapes of Alleppey Backwaters. There you will be escorted on a guided tour of the Backwaters on a lavish houseboat. On the tour, you’ll have enough opportunities to observe Kerala’s paddy areas, small chapels, fishing culture and natural beauty. As a cherry on the top, the Alleppey trip would be coupled with a conventional Kerala food lunch on the banana leaves at the Aditi Restaurant in Thekkady. Here you will be re-energised by the cardamom-scented settings and spice-rich food.
From the calm of the Backwaters, you will be transported to the exotic charm of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady for the spending an enamoured evening. Taken on a boat ride alongside this animal haven, you will be guided by local officers in sighting animals like tigers, elephants, lion-tailed macaques and gaurs.
Your day will end with an appetising dinner at the hotel and comforting night stay.

Day 4

Meeting Keralite Heritage at Ernakulam and Fort Cochin:


Your fourth day in Kerala is dedicated to the wonders of Cochin, the tourist hub of the State. So, you will grab a light breakfast at the Mocha Art Cafe and carry some on-the-go snacks for the road.
On reaching Cochin, you will be directly taken to Ernakulam, which is a district located at the shore of the Arabian Sea. Known for its natural harbours and historical relevance, this district is now a booming metropolis with many Dutch, Portuguese and British impressions. To treat yourself to an elegant lunch, you will be taken to the ages-old boutique hotel Malabar House, where you will get flavours of Kerala’s seafood with international spices.
Post lunch, you will be taken to the Fort Cochin where you can observe old English, Dutch and Portuguese residential buildings built during the colonial period. You would also be able to shop some exquisite showpieces from its antique street-sellers. Before you leave, you will touchdown on the Chinese fishing nets, Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Cemetery, and Mattancherry Palace.
Lastly, you will be served a light dinner at the hotel and welcomed on a relaxing night stay.

Day 5

Leisure at Varkala Beach and Drop at the Airport:


For the one last day of your escapade in Kerala, our tour coordinator will pick you up from the hotel, where you will be assisted in checking out. From there on, you will be taken to the amazing Varkala beach for spending a fun afternoon at a little seaside cliff. Its natural charm and thrilling activities like boat riding and ayurvedic massage make for an apt detox of the traveller’s tiredness.
After a charming noon at the beach, you will be dropped to the airport by our tour coordinator as per your flight timings.

Conclusion

Kerala is a unique tourist destination in itself, for it offers many types of sights. From picturesque landscapes to sea facing shores, the state is an ideal destination for every individual regardless of his/her travelling excuse. So, a memorable trip to this land of the sun must not be missed for anything in the world.

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