Kerala is a wonderful land blessed with magical landscapes. A vacation packed with natural beauty and adventure awaits you in God’s own country.
Three hours forty-five minutes’ drive from the Cochin international airport takes you to the fairyland called Munnar. On the way to Munnar, you come across occasional waterfalls cascading down the mountains. Visit the Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls best location for picnics, serene natural beauty and refreshing vibe.
Driving through the winding roads flanked by green tea plantations hand in hand with dense forest takes you to the mountain town of Munnar. Visit the Munnar tea museum that shows different production processes used to make tea. Also, a stroll through the museum in the evening is calming.
After a sumptuous breakfast visits the Eravikulam National Park which is home to the rare Nilgiri Tahr and rare flora and fauna. Enjoy water sports like speed boating, boating etc on the dam. The dam attracts a lot of wild elephants for drinking water. Visit the echo point to have some fun. Kundala dam and its surroundings are home to the rare Neelakurinji flowers. Have the amazing panoramic view of the Munnar from the highest point-top station.
Proceed to Thekkady in the morning. Lockhart Gap viewpoint is very beautiful and enchanting. Periyakanal dam and anayirangal dam are an ideal place for seeing wild elephants and breathtaking exquisiteness. Visit the red-carpeted aromatic spice gardens. Go for elephant safaris, jeep rides and boating at the Periyar lake Thekkady while enjoying wildlife sighting. Bless your eyes with the most colourful traditional dance form, Kathakali. Also, enjoy the ancient form of martial arts from the experts known as Kalaripayattu.
Next day proceed to Kovalam beach. On the way feel blessed in the divine abode of Lord Vishnu at Padmanabhaswamy temple. Go to the art gallery that houses rare portraits and paintings from renowned artist like Raja Ravi Verma. Spend some time at the zoo which is home to rare animals, birds and reptiles. Spend your evening watching the sunset at the Eve beach also known as Hawa beach.
Padmanabhapuram Palace is an architectural masterpiece designed form Travancore Raja. The palace walls are painted with rare murals depicting gods, Puranas and life in Travancore. From there proceed to the Suchindram temple known for its single statue deity depicting three gods. In Kanyakumari enjoy the Vivekananda rock temple surrounded by water. This is the place where Swami Vivekananda is believed to attained enlightenment. Enjoy the mesmerizing sunrise from triveni Sangam.
Enjoy the luxury houseboat cruising on the largest Vembanad Kayal and savour the local seafood cuisine in Alappuzha. Enjoy the village life on the banks of the lake. Take a detour to Marari beach en route Cochin.
Cochin holds amazing architecture, culture and tradition. Cochin being the gateway of Kerala, made way for many foreigners like Dutch, Portuguese, English etc to settle into Kerala. They built Dutch palace as a gift for the king of Cochin. A Chinese explorer taught the fishermen of Cochin the art of using Chinese fishing nets. Also, St. Francis church and Santa Cruz basilica are architectural wonders that allure your eyes. The synagogue is made up of Chinese porcelain tiles, Belgian glass chandeliers, precious metal ornaments etc.
Visit Hill Palace museum which is the best example of Kerala architecture and rare portraits. Go shopping at Cochin broadway. You get stuff at amazing prices.