Southern Comfort

Cochin, Malayattoor, Munnar, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Ashtamudi, Kovalam

Brief

Dive deep into southern Kerala’s rich culture on this trip through coasts and cities, forests and plantations. Kochi is a hotpot of diversity, with Chinese fishing nets and Dutch architecture alongside vibrant Keralan arts like Kathakali dances. Explore the wilderness by the Periyar River and the stunning hillside tea plantations of Munnar. Eat fresh farm-to-table meals and stay at eco-conscious resorts tucked into nature. Kerala holds some truly wonderful surprises, and we’ll help you discover them.

Highlights

  • Explore the charming lanes of multicultural Fort Kochi by cycle
  • Stay at a secluded riverside lodge in the Malayattoor forest
  • Go on a thrilling jeep ride to the highest tea plantation in the world
  • Track large cats on a jungle safari in the Periyar Tiger Reserve
  • Enjoy a serene private houseboat cruise on Ashtamudi Lake
  • Meet traditional houseboat craftsmen
  • Indulge in rejuvenating therapies at Niraamaya Spa

DAY 1-4

Seaside Kochi has been an important trading port for hundreds of years. The result is a fascinating blend of cultures from around the world. You’ll see billowing Chinese fishing nets and colourful Dutch-era buildings, narrow cobbled streets lined with craft and spice shops as well as synagogues and mosques. Spend a few days exploring this vibrant city’s layered history, sample the delicious food, and then head into the lap of nature at Malayattoor. Life by the Periyar River is about savouring the grandeur of nature,filled with bird watching, sunset boat rides, and wildlife spotting. 


DAY 5-10

From the riverside, you’ll head into the spice plantation-covered hills of the Western Ghats. Munnar and Thekkady are gorgeous hill towns, carpeted in tea estates where wild elephants are frequent visitors. You can cycle along country roads, take long walks in nature, watch the sunrise over mist-covered hills, and sip endless cups of fine tea. The landscape changes dramatically as you proceed to the backwaters of Kumarakom. Explore mangrove forests field with birdsong and go on serene sunset cruises on the lake. 


DAY 11-15

Further south in Ashtamudi, you’ll have the quintessential Kerala houseboat experience on a gorgeous lake. Interact with the skilled craftsmen who’ve been building these traditional boats for generations, and then head to the gorgeous beach town of Kovalam. Crescent beaches and quiet fishing villages, delicious meals at luxury resorts and sunset cruises - Kovalam is a real treat for everyone.

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Locations

Cochin, Malayattoor, Munnar, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Ashtamudi, Kovalam

Duration

15 Nights

Best time to visit

October - March

Ideal for

Couples, Families, Solo

Malayattoor

Quiet by the River - CGH Earth

Kovalam

Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra

Ashtamudi

The Raviz Ashtamudi

Kumarakom

Coconut Lagoon - CGH Earth Resort

Thekkady

Aanavilasam Plantation Homestay

Munnar

Windermere Estate

Cochin

Old Harbour Hotel

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