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Simply Kerala: 7-day coast to hills road trip

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

Couple/Family

Duration

6 Nights 7 Days

Category

Backwater / Hills

Package type

Customisable

This compact trip offers a healthy taste of Kerala's stunning tropical beauty. This best-seller package comes with Kerala’s entire range of heritage, hills, backwaters and wildlife experiences without too much of a rush. If an easy going holiday with great coverage is in mind, this one is

Starting from

12000

/person

Experience Highlights

  • Houseboat
  • Tea Garden
  • Wildlife
  • Stay on a beautiful eco-friendly houseboat 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.
  • If interested view tea processing and some colonial artefacts at the tea museum in munnar
  • Take a ride on a friendly jumbo or even do an elephant shower at Thekkady (optional)

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Booked by 136 travellers in 2021

Tour Summary

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

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

  • Kochi on Arrival
  • Full Day
  • In Town

Nowhere else in India can you find such an intriguing mix: a 450-year-old synagogue, colourful street art, iconic fishing nets and gable-roofed victorian structures squeezed together with boho cafes. A tropical port city which sits astride a cluster of little islands, Kochi is far more than your gateway to Kerala.

  • MORNINGOn arrival, meet your Indus representative who will drive you to mainland Kochi. Fresh up at your hotel and head to Fort Kochi.
  • Dig into Kochi colonial past by foot to explore heritage churches, landmarks and the well preservedDutch Palace .
  • Stroll past shops selling antiques and spices to visit the beautifulJewish Synagogue 
  • Walk by the sea to observe the still-in-useChinese Fishing Netsand even try operating one
  • EVENINGLaze around in the town arty cafes or hop on a local ferry to see the city skyline at sunset
  • As in important center for arts, Kochi is a standout place to witness an eveningKathakali(Optional)
  • For dinner, try one of the exquisite seafood restaurants around and relax for the night

Stay at Kochi

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

Coral Isle

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Deluxe Room

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 

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Activity Add-ons

Day 2

  • Kochi to Munnar
  • 3.5 hrs
  • 145 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.

  • MORNINGStart a scenic drive uphill through spice towns and winding roads.
  • Enroute, visit a plantation village with farm tour or halt fortraditional lunch(optional)
  • Stop to take a snap of amazing views atCheeyappara Waterfalls andValara Waterfallswaterfalls (seasonal)
  • AFTERNOONCheck-in to your hill resort and relax while connecting to the hills
  • Unwind at your resort tonight with inhouse activities and dinner.

Stay at Munnar

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

Lake View

(See our stay selections)

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 3

  • 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.

  • MORNINGWake up to a magical golden hour sunrise and take a misty plantation walk.
  • After breakfast, wander a few kilometres out toEravikulam 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.
  • AFTERNOONVisit theTea Museumwhere 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 toMattupetty Dam(opt for speed boat rides here).
  • Amongst the tea valley isEcho Pointwhere 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 local market

Stay at Munnar

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

Lake View

(See our stay selections)

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 4

  • 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.

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

Stay at Thekkady

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

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 

View more tips

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Day 5

  • Thekkady to Kumarakom
  • 4.5 hrs
  • 170 kms

Discover the most fascinating waterworld on earth - every road is a canal, every home is an island. Kumarakom will marvel you with its unique biodiverse landscape, heavenly local cuisine and its altogether different backwater village lifestyle.

  • MORNINGEnjoy a scenic drive past paddy fields and palms to your backwater resort
  • AFTERNOONExperience atraditional lunchand settle into the gentle pace of life here
  • Ayurveda therapies would be a great option for the late afternoon
  • EVENINGUnwind at the resort as you witness boats pass by and a relaxed backwater sunset
  • Walks to explore local villages and fresh seafood at shaaps will be fun before relaxing for the night

Stay at Kumarakom

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

Lake Song

(See our stay selections)

Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Kumarakom bird sanctuary is home to a wide range of avifauna including local and migratory ones.

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

View more tips

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Day 6

  • Kumarakom to Alleppey
  • 45 min
  • 30 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.

  • MORNINGTake 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.
  • AFTERNOONStop to enjoy atraditional lunch in houseboatfreshly prepared by the chef on your boat
  • Drift by canals fringed with endless paddy fields while you socialise with your crew. Watch backwater life unfold from your boat deck.
  • EVENINGYour houseboat will be anchored near a village, 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

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

Houseboat

(See our stay selections)

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 

View more tips

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Day 7

  • Departure from Kochi
  • 2.5 hrs
  • 80 kms

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

  • MORNINGConsider shopping for some fresh spices or traditional Kerala sarees.
  • Bid farewell to god’s own country with memories to last for a life time.
  • AFTERNOONDrop back at Airport/Railway station.

Departure from Kochi

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

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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  • Kochi 1 night
  • Munnar 2 nights
  • Thekkady 1 night
  • Kumarakom 1 nights
  • Houseboat 1 night

6 Nights Value Package

Starting From

13000 / 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 Premium Package

Starting From

20200 / 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

24500 / 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 Honeymoon Package

Starting From

23800 / 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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Q & A for Simply Kerala (6 Nights ) by Indus Holidays

Can I customise my itinerary with a few stays of my choice?

Answered by Prasanth Madhavan

Definitely! As we specialise in customised holiday planning to Kerala & South India for the last 20 years, we can offer almost any stay option. We have long-standing direct relationships with resorts, homestays & hotels in this region which allow us to deliver privilege services at unbeatable rates.

If you want to change the stay options in our offers, your trip designer will work with you till you are happy with the package. More importantly, our experts give you unbiased insights and highlights of each stay option from direct experience to help you make better choices.

What is the holiday booking procedure?

Answered by Divya Hrishikesh

You can submit an enquiry here anytime or contact our destination experts directly. One of Indus’ Trip Designers will call you back to understand your requirement and will make an offer within 2 hours. Our experts will also make suitable recommendations on stay options, day activities, itinerary options and transportation to assist you further in customising the holiday to your requirements. Once it is perfect, send a confirmation and we will take care of the rest.

What are the payment options you offer?

Answered by Goldin Syriac

We offer all major payment options including credit cards , debit cards , wire transfer, net banking and UPI. Service charges from the bank may be applicable on select payment methods.

Can my driver speak hindi? Do you offer taxi services only?

Answered by Resmi Kakkat

Yes, our transportation team carefully chooses and trains our driver partners to deliver the high touch experiences we offer. They are highly co-operative, friendly and can speak in hindi and English. You will also find our cabs to be well maintained, safe and reliable.

When you book hotels, activities and taxi together with Indus, we will be able to offer you a better overall deal than what you get directly. Also you get the added benefit of Indus’ responsive customer relations team for on-tour support. So, currently our trained drivers are available only for our package customers.