7 Day Sojourn : Best of Kerala and Rameswaram

  • Cherai 1 night
  • Houseboat 1 night
  • Munnar 2 nights
  • Thekkady 1 night
  • Rameswaram 1 night
  • Tour Itinerary
  • South India
  • Indus Holidays Best Seller
Suitable for

Family / Couple

Duration

6 Nights 7 Days

Category

Nature / Heritage

Package type

 <p>This package has been curated to let you experience the most famous destinations of Kerala, its hills, beach, wild life and backwaters along with one of the most sacred Hindu centre in south India - Rameswaram. An ideal pick for families looking for a mix of pilgrimage and leisure

Starting from

20000

/person

Experience Highlights

  • Tea Garden
  • Wildlife
  • Temple
  • Watch a demo of ancient martial art form Kalaripayattu by individuals devoted to the tradition. (Optional)
  • 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
  • Spot wild life at the edge of the lake as you course through river enveloped in fog and mist
  • Darshan a 'Jyothirlinga' at the most important Hindu centre in South India
  • Stay on a beautiful eco-friendly houseboat as it traverses through the backwaters

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Tour Summary

  • 7 Days
  • 5 Destinations
  • Short daily travel
  • Day 1 - Kochi - Cherai
  • Day 2 - Cherai - Alleppey
  • Day 3 - Alleppey - Munnar
  • Day 4 - Explore Munnar
  • Day 5 - Munnar - Thekkady
  • Day 6 - Thekkady - Rameswaram
  • Day 7 - Departure from Rameswaram

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

  • Kochi to Cherai
  • 45 min
  • 30 kms

Set uniquely on an island with a 3 km-long golden beach on one side and a lazy backwater stretch on the other, Cherai is an ideal getaway near Kochi. With a shallow coastline perfect for swimming, occasional dolphin spotting and quiet fishing villages to explore, this unhurried spot is getting increasingly appealing for travellers.

  • On arrival, meet your Indus representative who will drive you past mini backwaters to Cherai beach.
  • Settle into the relaxed pace of life here and unwind at your resort.
  • Late afternoon, treat yourself at the inhouse ayurveda spa (Optional).
  • Enjoy aimless walks on the near-empty beach, explore the village, cycle to Munambam harbour or chill out in the beachside cafes today evening (Check activities.
  • Relish the local cuisine for dinner and take a night stroll on the illuminated walkway

Stay at Cherai

Cherai Beach Resort

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Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Cherai is a fishing village flanked by beach on one side and backwaters on other. ? 

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

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Activity Add-ons

Day 2

  • Cherai to Alleppey
  • 2.5 hrs
  • 85 kms

To glide along backwater canals by day and to sleep under a sky full of stars, a houseboat cruise is pure enchantment! Your private boat, setup as a home on a traditional rice barge, takes you on a journey to discover a water-world brimming with experiences that last a lifetime.

  • Morning, take a short drive through vibrant villages to board your ‘Kettuvallom’
  • Your cruise will take you through splendid waterways giving you sights of homes on the backwaters, shops, the people and their villages.
  • Stop to enjoy a traditional Kerala lunch freshly prepared by the chef on your boat
  • Afternoon, drift by canals fringed with endless paddy fields while you socialise with your crew. Watch backwater life unfold from your boat deck.
  • Your houseboat will be anchored near a village by early evening, Stroll around to interact with locals, go fishing and witness a spectacular sunset.
  • Relax after dinner on the boat experiencing the gentle lapping of water, night sky and balmy breeze.

Stay in Houseboat

Houseboat

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Deluxe

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 3

  • Alleppey to Munnar
  • 4.5 hrs
  • 170 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.
  • Enroute, visit a plantation village with farm tour or halt for traditional lunch (optional)
  • Stop to take a snap of amazing views at Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls (seasonal)
  • 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
  • Enjoy each others company on a romantic candle light dinner and relax for the night.

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 5

  • Munnar to Thekkady
  • 3 hrs
  • 90 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 6

  • Thekkady to Rameswaram
  • 6.5 hrs
  • 330 kms

Rameshwaram, one of the most sacred temple towns of India, is an island hallowed by the epic Ramayana. Housing the most sacred sand mound (a lingam said to have been created by Lord Rama's wife Sita, so he could worship Shiva), this temple is one of the 12 holy Jyothirlingas. Spend the day exploring the temple and attractions in the town and head to Kanyakumari this afternoon.

  • Today, visit the Ramananthswamy temple features the largest temple corridor with 1200 odd intricately designed granite pillars.
  • If interested you can also visit the lost land of Dhanushkodi beach, a town washed away by a cyclone. Adams bridge can also be visited.
  • Relax for the night at your hotel.

Stay at Rameswaram

Poppy's hotel

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Superior Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Among the miracles of this place include 22 closely located wells with water in them having totally different medicinal properties.

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

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Special Tips for Darshan/Pooja at Ramanathaswamy Temple

    Early morning about 4:30 am leave for Darshan. The stages of pooja is as below 

    Darshan of Sphatic Lingam: Also known as Mani Darshanam, the lingam in natural crystal is considered very auspicious. Timing 5 am - 6 am

    Samudra Snanam: Walk 300m from the temple to the sea, take a dip in the shallow waters

    Theerth Snanam: Take a bath in 22 wells inside the main temple and perform the main pooja.

Activity Add-ons

Day 7

  • Departure from Madurai
  • 3.5 hrs
  • 170 kms

This morning head to one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai. An ancient centre of Tamil Knowledge, centre of power of many dynasties and the seat of divinity from time immemorial, The main attraction here is Meeakshi temple, the abode of fish eyed Goddess. The imposing 15-acre temple complex ornate by gateway towers with exquisitely multi-coloured images of gods, demons and mythical figures is an architectural marvel.

  • Start with the famous Meenakshi temple, which is an architectural marvel.
  • Enter through the busy eastern entrance (a lot of craft shops here) and move on to see the 1000 pillar hall (Ayiramkal mandapam) sculpted with life size ornamented figures.
  • After Darshan, spend time at the massive temple tank and leave the temple through the hall with magnificently painted ceilings.
  • Consider visiting the famous Tirumala Nayak Palace, the 17th century palace of Tirumalai Nayak.
  • Also spend time at the Gandhi museum which presents detailed accounts of the Indian freedom struggle and has rare Gandhi memorabilia.
  • We will drop you at the airport / railway station on time for your departure flight / train back home.

 

Departure from Madurai

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Madurai is particularly famous for cotton fabric, hand-woven silk, bronze work and stone carvings.

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

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    If you are interested in seeing Indian temple rituals, then don't miss the night ceremony here. The bronze of lord Shiva is brought on a chariot to his wife Meenakshi's bed chamber amidst much chanting, drums, horns and gathering of devotees. An absolute must-see!

    Hand loom textiles can be purchased from Puthu Mandapam. Kumaran Silks and Alankar Textiles are famous for sarees. To buy handicrafts, Government Poompuhar Handicrafts Shop , Khadi Gramayog Bhavan and Cottage Arts Emporium are the best places in Madurai.

Activity Add-ons

Offers & Packages

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  • Cherai 1 night
  • Houseboat 1 night
  • Munnar 2 nights
  • Thekkady 1 night
  • Rameswaram 1 night

6 Nights Economy Package

Starting From

18000 / 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.

6 Nights Deluxe Package

Starting From

20000 / 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.

6 Nights Luxury Package

Starting From

25000 / 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.

6 Nights Economy Package (Groups)

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.

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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