KERALA TRAILS TOUR
15 Nights / 16 Days
From the Gateway of India travel south to the wonders of Kerala - waterfalls, tropical jungles, pristine beaches, backwater houseboat cruise, scenic drives up to the Western Ghats and back down again...a wonderful taste of splendorous Kerala.
Itinerary Route: Mumbai - Nileshwar - Tellicherry - Wayanad - Athirapally - Cochin - Alleppey - Kovalam - Trivandrum
Day 1: Arrive Mumbai
You will be greeted at the airport by a Tour Packages India Representative and escorted to your hotel where you'll spend the next two nights.
Day 2: Mumbai
Spend the day sightseeing - Prince of Wales Museum, Gateway to India, Gandhi Museum. See "Local Attractions" for a more detailed list of Mumbai points of interest.
Day 3: Mumbai to Nileshwar (via Flight/Car)
Transfer back to the airport to catch the short flight to Mangalore. From Mangalore take the scenic drive to Nileshwar (95 km/2 hour drive). Check in to your hotel and spend the remainder of the day as you like amidst the coconut groves on the pristine and relatively undiscovered coast of northern Kerala.
Day 4: Nileshwar
Spend the day enjoying the beach, enjoy an Ayurvedic massage, practice yoga beneath the swaying palms, explore the area on a bicycle. Treat yourself to the catch of the day for dinner. Relax by the shore in the cool evening breeze.
Day 5: Nileshwar to Tellicherry (140 km / 4 hour drive)
Enjoy the coastal drive down to Tellicherry - a vibrant fishing town and the first British settlement. As a result of it's English influence, the town is famous for cakes and crickets.
Day 6: Tellicherry
Spend the day as you wish - beachcombing, visiting forts and the fishing colony, sampling the bakeries offerings. See "Local Attractions" for a more detailed list of things to do.
Day 7: Tellicherry to Wayanad (120 km / 3 hour drive)
Leave the beach and lowlands behind and drive up to 2,.000 meters into the cool hills of Wayanad. The scenic rides takes you through tropical rain forests, dense hills, rolling paddy fields, spice and tea plantations, and through unforgettable vistas.
Day 8: Wayanad
Enjoy a double excursion to Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kabini River for a boat ride to Kuruva Island.
Day 9: Wayanad to Athirapally (260 km / 7 hour drive)
Another scenic drive awaits you - the trip to Athirapally and to the Vazhachal Waterfalls. Spend the night at the waterfalls.
Day 10: Athirapally
A free day for relaxing and playing at the Vazhachal Waterfalls.
Day 11: Athirapally to Cochin (85 km / 2 hour drive)
Descend the cool hills of Athirapally to the the harbor town of Cochin - the Spice Capital of the World whose origins of trading can be traced back to the time of the Pharoahs. In the evening treat yourself to a Kathakali performance by the Chinese Fishing Nets overlooking the harbor islands.
Day 12: Cochin
Spend the day seeing the sights which may include a visit to the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica or a boat tour of the harbor islands. See "Local Attractions" for a comprehensive list of things to do.
Day 13: Cochin to Alleppey (65 km / 2 hour drive)
Enjoy the short drive down to the Alleppey backwaters and board your deluxe houseboat for an overnight cruise. All houseboats, regardless of category, have highly personalized service including an on-board chef who will no doubt create some of the best food you'll find on the entire tour. Meander around the boat, perch yourself on top and observe the peaceful way of backwaters life, pull up next to a fishing boat and buy a fresh catch, stop off for fresh coconut juice, relax in the back open-ended sitting room and drift away to the morning.
Day 14: Alleppey to Kovalam (160 km / 4 hour drive)
Continue your travels down the coast to the world famous beach resort town of Kovalam. Long an international draw, you'll find it a fascinating and enjoyable way to wind up this tour.
Day 15: Kovalam
Spend the day as you wish. Spend the night.
Day 16: Kovalam Departure
Transfer to your point of departure after morning check-out.
Posh Juhu Beach, famed Kovalam Beach, on the edge of tropical jungle waterfalls, on a historic harbor, floating on a deluxe houseboat through...
Posh Juhu Beach, famed Kovalam Beach, on the edge of tropical jungle waterfalls, on a historic harbor, floating on a deluxe houseboat through nature's paradise...no way to go wrong on this spectacular tour through the wonders of Kerala.
Best Time: Summers - the days are warm and nights are crisp and cool - a wonderful time to experience life in the Himalayas - trekking, camping,...
Best Time: Summers - the days are warm and nights are crisp and cool - a wonderful time to experience life in the Himalayas - trekking, camping, sightseeing...nice! Srinagar, being at a lower elevation, runs a bit warmer during the summers. June thru Sept (Summer) 10°C - 30°C (50°F - 86°F)
Mumbai is the jump-off point for this tour. Being one of the most well-connected cities in India, Mumbai is highly accessible and served 24/7 by air...
Mumbai is the jump-off point for this tour. Being one of the most well-connected cities in India, Mumbai is highly accessible and served 24/7 by air and rail as well as by public and private bus services.
Mumbai and Cochin offer a vast variety of dining options with both towns being of a rich gastronomical heritage. Kerala is famous for seafood - in...
Mumbai and Cochin offer a vast variety of dining options with both towns being of a rich gastronomical heritage. Kerala is famous for seafood - in the backwaters, along the coast - it's everywhere and choices in fish are as diverse in the methods of preparation.
A nature lover's paradise tour - cascading waterfalls, jungle rivers, forest trails, wildlife sanctuaries, nature preserves.. Harbor cruises in...
A nature lover's paradise tour - cascading waterfalls, jungle rivers, forest trails, wildlife sanctuaries, nature preserves.. Harbor cruises in Cochin and Mumbai. Serene backwaters through a spectacularly beautiful tropical eco system.
A Must Read before you book your tour... KERALA TRAILS TOUR Terms and Conditions Important and necessary...
A Must Read before you book your tour... KERALA TRAILS TOUR Terms and Conditions Important and necessary information about Deposits and Payments, Cancellation Policy, Refund Schedule...be sure to read it before booking your tour Terms and Conditions The purchase of any travel services offered by Tour Packages India (hereafter referred to as "TPI") constitutes a contractual arrangement between you and TPI, and represents your acceptance of the TPI Terms & Conditions. Deposit and Final Payment A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of 15% per tour is required for TPI to ensure your reservation. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit is received by TPI and you, in turn, receive a confirmation invoice via email. TPI accepts MasterCard and Visa. Your reservation will be automatically cancelled if deposit is not received by the deposit due date. Please review your booking invoice and contact TPI if your invoice appears to be incorrect or incomplete, as it may not be possible to make changes later. TPI cannot accept responsibility if we are not notified of inaccuracies within 5 days of sending out the invoice. In the case of billing errors, TPI reserves the right to re-invoice you with correct pricing. Final payment is due 30 days prior to commencement of services, with some limited exceptions as set forth below. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted these Terms and Conditions. If final payment is not received by the due date, your reservation will be canceled and your full deposit will be retained by TPI. TPI is not responsible for canceled land and/or air reservations in the event payment is not received by the final payment date. Payment in full is required 30 days prior to the commencement of the tour. Cancellation Fees are as follows: Tours cancelled 15 to 29 days before tour commencement date: 55% of the cost of services booked Tours cancelled 7 to 14 days before tour commencement date: 75% of the cost of services booked Any tour cancelled less than 7 days before tour commencement date will be ineligible for a refund.