The state of KERALA stretches for 550km along India’s southwest coast, divided between the densely forested mountains of the Western Ghats inland and a lush, humid coastal plain of rice paddy, lagoons, rivers and canals. Its intensely tropical landscape, fed by the highest rainfall in peninsular India, has provided intoxicating places to visit since the ancient Sumerians and Greeks sailed in search of spices to the shore known as the Malabar coast. Equally, Kerala’s arcane rituals and spectacular festivals – many of them little changed since the earliest era of Brahmanical Hinduism – have dazzled outsiders for thousands of years.
There are many fascinating elements that make Kerala a good tourist spot. Of them the thick forests with coconut trees allure many people all over the world. The hospitality shown by the keralites makes people to visit Kerala often. The Literacy rate here is almost 100%, the only state to have all literates in India.
This hill station is marked by vast expanses of tea plantations, colonial bungalows, rivulets, waterfalls and cool weather. It is also an ideal destination for trekking and mountain biking.
Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady, is an example of nature’s bounty, with great scenic charm, rich bio diversity and providing veritable visitor satisfaction. Sprawled over an area of 925 Sq .km., Periyar is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India. Zealously guarded and efficiently managed reserve is a repository of rare, endemic and endangered flora and fauna and forms the major watershed of two important rivers of Kerala, the Periyar and Pamba.
Land at Kochi International Airport, your driver and your guide will be there to welcome you. Kochi is the city of cultural mix since the 15 century & an important port used for spices trade. You will have two days to relax and get used to the busy city of Kochi, and discover the place, Santa Cruz Basilica, St Francis Church among other thing to see.
Today you will be transferring to an organic spice farm & living on the farm for the next three days. This is a working organic farm growing most of the spices that has made Kerala the spice capital of the world. The owners know perfectly how to use each plant in Ayurveda medicine and they explain it to you with pleasure. The fruits, vegetables, spice, milk and honey are all produced organically without pesticides or chemical fertilizers. All the food is organic and the meals are traditional Kerala food. This is the perfect place for children, they can play in the huge garden, try to milk a cow and help the farmer to bring the chicken in. Staying here allows you to discover another part of Kerala’s culture: the rural way of life.
This is the land of tea. After a spectacular transfer through impressive narrow mountain roads, where you can admire waterfalls, the tea plantation and the view of the Western Ghats, you will reach Munnar, the hill station at 1500 meters high in the mountains. There you can explore the tea plantation, learn how to make tea and how to serve it in India, you can trek to find some rare endemics birds wildlife, to reach by mountain bike to some remote villages and talk to their welcoming inhabitants. You will enjoy the fresh mountain air and the charming city of Munnar.
Welcome to the Periyar Tiger Reserve! One of the last places in the world where you can find tigers in the wild – 40 tigers on average – living in 777Km² of forest land. Periyar reserve is also home for wild elephant, sambar & gaurs. This well-preserved park is run by the forest department helped by local tribes & local communities who still live in the periphery of park. You can spot a lot of animals during a morning trek, do some bamboo rafting and have the chance to see endemic bird or do a boating tour on the impressive lake inside the park. Periyar also offers other activities as elephant ride or a spice plantation visit.
After a transfer through mountains road, you will reach Alleppey, also known as “Kerala rice bowl”, it’s a place where rice grow under the level of the sea. You will embark on a rice boat. It is now one of the most luxurious accommodations in Kerala. You will travel through narrow man-made canals, river, you will discover the inside of backwaters life with the duck farm, toddy tapping shop, schools, churches and temples.
Next destination is the white sandy beach of Marari for the end of this tour. You will stay at a resort on the beach. There you can enjoy the beach and the sea, read a good book, discover ayurvedic massages and just relax or you can go visit the surrounding areas by cycle, it gives you a good opportunities to interact with local people or you can go fishing with the local fishermen.