Kerala on a budget: 5-day pocket friendly tour

  • Alleppey 1 night
  • Thekkady 1 night
  • Munnar 2 nights
  • Tour Itinerary
  • Kerala
  • Indus Holidays Best Seller
Suitable for

Family/Couple

Duration

4 Nights 5 Days

Category

Backwater / Hills

Package type

Customisable

On this compact package experience Kerala on a light budget without any of the frills. This tour will be perfect for groups and families looking for a quick Kerala round touching all the famous offerings of Kerala: backwaters, hills, wildlife and the cities.

Starting from

10000

/person

Experience Highlights

  • Backwaters
  • Tea Garden
  • Wildlife
  • Day cruise on a beautiful Shikara boat as it traverses through the backwaters
  • Get a glance of the top peak in South India, Anamudi, which is part of the National park where you can see the endangered Niligiri tahr
  • Stay at a backwater resort in remote parts of the backwaters away from the tourist rush. Enjoy their incredible hospitality.
  • Take a boat ride to see wildlife by the edge of the river or even do an elephant shower at Thekkady (optional)

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Tour Summary

  • 5 Days
  • 3 Destinations
  • Short daily travel
  • Day 1 - Kochi - Alleppey
  • Day 2 - Alleppey - Thekkady
  • Day 3 - Thekkady - Munnar
  • Day 4 - Explore Munnar
  • Day 5 - Departure from Kochi

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

  • Kochi to Alleppey
  • 2 hrs
  • 72 kms

The famous backwater town of Alleppey, marked by its unique villages set in a maze of complex waterways, the gentle pace of life here will be a perfect way to cool your heels. At the backwaters, life exists in perfect harmony with nature. The venue for world-renowned snake boat races, Alappuzha is also famous for its marine products and coir industry.

  • Meet our representative at the airport on arrival.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive past paddy fields and palms to your backwater resort
  • Experience a traditional Kerala lunch and settle into the gentle pace of life here
  • Ayurveda therapies would be a great option for the late afternoon
  • Sail on a shikara boat on the tranquil backwaters experiencing a beautiful backwater sunset
  • Relax for the night after a sumptuous dinner.

Stay at Alleppey

Palm Grove Resort

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Garden Villa

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know Kettuvallams were once used to ship agricultural produce from homes by backwaters to market in nearby towns.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Alleppey

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Day 2

  • Alleppey to Thekkady
  • 4.5 hrs
  • 170 kms

Sheltered in the tranquil spice hub of Periyar is one of India’s best managed wildlife reserves (home to 40 odd hard-to-spot tigers) and a 25-sq-km artificial lake perfect for a scenic spotting cruise. Dig deeper into the range of activities, perhaps trek with a tribal villager or go rafting to see Periyar’s real jungle magic unravel.

  • After breakfast,drive through a landscape of cardamom plantations, grasslands and tea gardens to the forests of Thekkady.
  • Halt at a Spice plantation, learn from an expert about cultivation and the healing power of spices (Optional)
  • Enjoy a scenic Lake cruise inside the thickly forested Periyar reserve to spot wildlife by the water edge
  • Evening, visit a local theatre to see warriors showcase Kalaripayattu, a 3000 year old Keralan martial art (Optional)
  • Shop around the spice town tonight, enjoy dinner and relax at your resort

Stay at Thekkady

Spices Lap

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Heritage Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that the 100-year-old lake, surrounded by Periyar wild-life sanctuary is artificial?

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Thekkady

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Activity Add-ons

Day 3

  • Thekkady to Munnar
  • 3 hrs
  • 90 kms

More than an intimate hill town, Munnar is a mood, an aspiration rather. Carpets of emerald-green plantations in the world’s highest tea-growing regions, its vibrant hill culture and scenes of tranquil mornings with mist clinging to mountain tops together create one of Asia's most compelling destinations.

  • Morning, start a scenic drive uphill through spice towns and winding roads.
  • Optionally visit anayirangal dam enroute where you can spot some wild jumbos if lucky.
  • Check-in to your hill resort by late afternoon and relax while connecting to the hills
  • Unwind at your resort tonight with inhouse activities and dinner.

Stay at Munnar

Lake View

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Premium Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that Munnar was once the summer capital of British and favourite among Government elites during colonial times.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Munnar

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Activity Add-ons

Day 4

  • Explore Munnar
  • Full Day
  • In Town

Everyone’s Munnar can be different, so tune it your taste. First timers can choose between must see attractions and lesser travelled day excursions. Adventurous souls can wake early to beat crowds, go full day trekking or ride a bike around the hills. When energies start to flag, a good, steaming Munnar brew is never far away.

  • Wake up to a magical golden hour sunrise and take a misty plantation walk.
  • After breakfast, wander a few kilometres out to Eravikulam National Park (Half day tour).
  • Get on one of the govt operated mini buses which routes around Anamudi, the highest peak south of Himalayas.
  • Hike along high altitude grasslands which offers amazing views of the mountain ridges accompanied by the endangered Nilgiri Tahr.
  • Afternoon, visit the Tea museum, where you could explore artefacts from colonial times besides witnessing the tea processing procedure.
  • As the day unfolds, take a few snaps at Photo-point before heading to Mattupetty dam (opt for speed boat rides here).
  • Amongst the tea valley is Echo point, where you can hear your voice resounding through the hills.
  • Also cover Elephant arrival spot and the more scenic Kundala Lake.
  • Return to your resort late evening after shopping at Munnar’s local market

Stay at Munnar

Lake View

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Premium Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that Munnar was once the summer capital of British and favourite among Government elites during colonial times.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Munnar

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Day 5

  • Departure from Kochi
  • 3.5 hrs
  • 145 kms

Today is the last day of your tour. Enjoy a splendid breakfast on your resort and get prepared for onward journey

  • On your way to Kochi, stop to take a snap of amazing views at Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls (seasonal)
  • Consider shopping for some fresh spices or traditional Kerala sarees.
  • Bid farewell to god’s own country with memories to last for a life time.
  • Drop back at Airport/Rail station in the afternoon.

Departure from Kochi

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that Kochi was a natural harbour created by the massive floods of 1340?

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Kochi

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Offers & Packages

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  • Alleppey 1 night
  • Thekkady 1 night
  • Munnar 2 nights

4 Nights Economy Package

Starting From

10000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

4 Nights Deluxe Package

Starting From

12000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

4 Nights Luxury Package

Starting From

15000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

4 Nights Honeymoon Package

Starting From

14000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

We handle each booking individually to get best possible prices and inclusions. This means our negotiating power can often lower prices or get more inclusions than indicated here. Give us a try!

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