Classic Kerala Itinerary

Travel to India and enjoy a classic Kerala tour. See hidden attractions in Kochi, explore Kerala's Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and relax on Varkala beach.

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Local men canoeing along narrow river through heavy greenery

Local man canoeing in Kerala surrounded by reflections

Traditional wooden houseboat floating along river in Kerala

Elephant in Kerala being pamphered by locals

Happy local ladies in colourful Saris travelling by boat

Day 1 Kochi

Kerala's eclectic history is most evident in Kochi. India's oldest European church sits alongside mosques and synagogues, Portuguese homes nestle against English manors and Chinese fishing nets line the harbour shores. Check out the striking Dutch Palace and witness the virtuosity of the Kathakali dance performers.
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Day 2 Munnar

Craggy mountain peaks, tropical forests and green fields surround the hill station of Munnar. Visit the local tea fields and sip a local brew while admiring the impressive landscape.
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Days 3-4 Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Cruise through lush pineapple plantations on the way to Periyar. Savour the heady aroma of spices at a local spice garden before venturing into the acclaimed Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Wander amid colourful flowers and lush trees and keep an eye out for bison, elephants, deer and maybe tigers and leopards.
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Days 5-6 Alleppey/Kerala Backwaters

Cruise through the backwaters of Kerala to Alleppey and discover one of rural India’s hidden treasures. This pleasant market town sits on the banks of palm-lined canals. Enjoy a leisurely cruise through the winding waters and meet locals on a walk through a village. After an action-packed day, settle down for a relaxing Ayurvedic massage.
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Days 7-8 Varkala

No Kerala holiday is complete without a stop-off at the beautiful beaches of Varkala. Stop en route to visit the Mannarasala Nagaraja temple and the Krishnapuram Palace, a quintessential Keralan delight. Once in Varkala, wander through peaceful gardens, catch some rays on the beach or enjoy a refreshing coconut drink at one of the many cliff-top cafes.
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Days 9-10 Trivandrum/Kovalam Beach

Sitting on the Arabian Sea, Kovalam Beach is the perfect spot to unwind. See Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Achuthengu Fort or use free time to relax on palm-fringed beaches, sample fresh seafood or shop for souvenirs before heading home.
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