Kerala Tea Estate, Backwater & Marari Beach Tour 10 days

 
  • Covid-19 Safe
  • Private tour
  • Solo friendly
  • Family friendly

This private tour will begin with your arrival in Cochin a metropolitan port city in Kerala. Explore Fort Kochi, old-town quarters famous for its cobblestoned lanes, Dutch, Portuguese & Jewish heritage. Then drive to Munnar, a hill station and former resort for the British Raj elite, dotted with tea plantations and a sanctuary for Nilgiri Thahr. From here head to Thekkady a paradise for wildlife, flora & fauna of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Thenafter drive to Kumarakom to board a houseboat and sail to Alleppey a Venetian-esque town built onto canals and streams known as the Keralan backwaters. Day cruise from here to Alleppey in a houseboat serving meals on board. At the end unwind yourself on an enchanting beach village where time stands still and allows you to unravel the miraculous beauty of nature in every forms.


Day 1 Arrive Cochin

On arrival at Cochin airport assistance & transfer hotel check in. In the evening enjoy Kathakali, a traditional dance form of Kerala with lavish costumes, exotic makeup, masks etc. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 Cochin - Munnar (140kms) (B)

City tour of Cochin the lovely seaside city flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. You will find here a unique mix and match of traditional as well Western architecture and lifestyle. Visit Fort Cochin a charming seaside area known for its Dutch, Portuguese & British colonial architecture and elaborate bamboo fishing nets at Fort Kochi Beach. St. Francis Church was the original burial site of explorer Vasco da Gama. Upscale eateries and chic cafes serve Keralan specialties, and quaint shops sell cotton clothing and handmade souvenirs. Heritage buildings house contemporary art galleries. Also visit Jewish Synagogue & the Mattancherry Dutch`s Palace. Drive to Munnar check in & overnight at hotel.

Day 3 Munnar (B)

Visit Pothamedu which offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. Mattupetty dam and its reservoir, a concrete gravity dam built between the hill ranges for water storage for hydroelectric projects. Rajamala a hill station in Eravikulam National Park a natural habitat of the Niligiri tahr 2695 Mts above sea level. Half the world`s population of the rare mountain goat or tahr which is fast becoming extinct, is now found here. Mattupedi Dairy Farm, famous for the Indo-Swiss Farm, a highly specialized dairy farm which comes under Indo-Swiss Livestock Project. Echo Point, go there and scream as loud as you can and wait for a minute to hear your echo back! Also visit Tea Museum to know more about the century old culture a lively glimpse of how the tea culture flourished across South India. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4 Munnar - Thekkady (110kms) (B)

Drive to Thekkady via Ramakkalmedu one of the windiest places in Asia and being so, one can find here a wind farm generating electricity. Visit Frog Rock, Turtle Rock and the highest twin-statue in Kerala called Kuravan & Kurathi. Evening watch Martial Arts & Kathakali Dance show. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5 Thekkady (B)

Explore Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary on a boat. The tropical evergreen and deciduous forests teeming with elephants, bison, sambar deer, wild dogs, jungle cats, tiger and wild boar along with various species of snake including cobras, vipers, kraits and many non-poisonous snakes is a wildlife lover`s dream. A variety of birds such as grey jungle fowl, Malabar grey hornbill, woodpeckers and bulbuls also have found a home in this sanctuary. Afterwards take a spice plantation tour to see crops of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. You could stop at the local market and pick some fragrant spices. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6 Thekkady - Kumarakom (132kms) Sailing Boat Cruise to Alleppey (B,L,D)

Drive to Alleppey boat jetty to board houseboat and sail through the tropical countryside enchanting backwaters. While sailing enjoy palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals, the panoramic sights one can never forget. Pass through one of the few areas in the world where farming is done below sea level. Alleppey is referred as the Venice of the East, due to canals, backwaters, and lagoons. Boats are the main mode of transportation here, you can see Shikara boats, small motor boats, passenger boats, cargo boat, and houseboats. Evening enjoy sunset from the sun-deck of the houseboats. The Houseboats have generated electricity, sitting cum dining area, separate bedroom with attached English toilets, sun deck and fully loaded kitchen with a chef & driver. The Houseboats have generated electricity, sitting cum dining area, separate bedroom with attached English toilets, sun deck and fully loaded kitchen with a chef & driver. Overnight in houseboat.

Day 7 Kumarakom - Marari Beach (190kms) (B)

Disembark from houseboat and transfer to Marari Beach, check in at hotel. Rest time free and easy to relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8 Marari Beach (B)

Day free and easy to relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel. (transport not included)

Day 9 Marari Beach (B)

Day free and easy to relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel. (transport not included)

Day 10 Marari Beach - Cochin Departure (Flight) (B)

As per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.

* Please check prices for full list of inclusions and exclusions


Inclusions and exclusions

  • Assistance on arrival at airport
  • 9 Nights accommodation in selected price category hotels
  • Daily breakfast & meal as per day plan (B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
  • Private air conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program
  • Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water in car
  • Government taxes
  • Cochin x 1 nights 3* - The Dune Hotel/ Abad Plaza DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Cochin x 1 nights 4* - Casino Hotel/ Le Maritime DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Cochin x 1 nights 5* - Xandari Harbour/ Le Meridien DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Kumarakom x 1 night 3* - Abad Whispering Palm/ Cocobay Resort DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Kumarakom x 1 night 4* - Eastend Lake Song/ Goldfield Lake Resort DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Kumarakom x 1 night 5* - Coconut Lagoon/ The Zuri DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Marari x 3 night 3* - EL Oceano Beach Villas/ La Plage Marari DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Marari x 3 night 4* - Abad Turtle Beach Resort/ Marari Sands Beach Resort DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Marari x 3 night 5* - Xandari Pearl/ Marari Beach Resort DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Munnar x 2 night 3* - Fort Munnar/ Abad Copper Castle DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Munnar x 2 night 4* - Nature Zone Jungle Resort/ Fragrant Nature Munnar DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Munnar x 2 night 5* - Chandys Windy Woods/ Tea County DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Thekkady x 2 night 3* - Abad Green Forest/ Hotel Treetop DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Thekkady x 2 night 4* - The Elephant Court/ Cardamom County DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Thekkady x 2 night 5* - Spice village/ Cardamom County DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Any flight tickets
  • Camera charges at monuments
  • Meals other than mentioned in day plan
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc
  • Gratuities & optional activities
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

Available in

English, French, German
(Other than English guide subject to availability at additional cost)


Available for

Infants, Children, Students, Adults, Seniors



Departure & Return

Start city: Cochin , Kerala, India

Pick up times available: 09:00

Pick up location: Cochin Airport

Ends at: Cochin Airport

Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport (COK)



Covid-19 measures

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Eco Features:

  • Licensed tour guide

Cancellation policy

0% cancellation fee - 15 days or more before the travel date
20% cancellation fee - between 7-14 days before the travel date
50% cancellation fee - between 3-6 days before the travel date
100% cancellation fee - between 0-2 days before the travel date

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from $1049 per person

* Minimum of 1 adults are required on this tour

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* Free cancellation until 15 days before departure