Kerala Houseboat Tour serves tourists with the best of the state in its innocent, pristine and untouched form. One rewarding experience after another makes this Kerala Houseboat tour a journey to remember. The journey in its beginning takes them through the mesmerizing beauty of Munnar, its tea gardens, wishful waterfalls and Eravikulam National Park for the first two days of the itinerary. The brief stopover for a day at Periyar is another hilly hamlet of Western Ghats, a stretch recognized as a world heritage site. The spice farms, forests and wildlife sanctuary form the highlights of this prized experience at Periyar. Day five during this journey is spent mainly day-dreaming about the most awaited experience and highlights of the tour as you approach near the hamlet of Kumarakom. The warm up exercise before the houseboat boarding includes experience the village setting and bird sanctuary, before entering into the floating Kettuvallams or Houseboats on the backwaters of Kumarakom. This breathtaking backwater experience on a houseboat wraps itself under alluring shade of Alleppey.
Day 01: Cochin - Munnar
Upon arrival at Cochin airport (Kochi), transfer to Munnar (135 km - 4.30 hrs), one of the most loved hill stations of Kerala. Located 1800 meter above sea level, Munnar best-kept secrets include the highest peak of South India (Anaimudi- 2695 meter) and lush green tea estates. After reaching Munnar, check in at the hotel. Visit tea estates. Dinner and overnight at the hotel
Day 03: Munnar - Periyar
After breakfast, a drive takes you to Periyar (120 km- 4 hr). Periyar is a prized natural possession of Kerala. The Periyar wildlife sanctuary is one of the largest wildlife reserves in India. Spread over 777 sq km of the Cardamom Hills of Western Ghats, UNESCO recognized world heritage site, Periyar is a one of the most awaited excursion of Kerala Houseboat tour. Afternoon local sightseeing. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04: Periyar
Morning game viewing in the Periyar wildlife sanctuary by the boat is an attraction of day 4. Surrounded by the hills, this excursion is the best way to explore Indian wildlife species including elephants, gaur, wild dogs, otters, freshwater tortoise and bird species like heroin, kingfisher, hornbill, water and fishbowls can be seen here. Afternoon visit of spice plantations is a delight for the senses. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 05: Periyar - Kumarakom
Day 5 brings you closer to the most awaited moment of the tour, houseboat destination of Kumarakom. Located just 121 km / 4.5 hr away, Kumarakom near Kottayam is one of the world famous destinations for backwaters, scientific bird sanctuaries and thriving village life. This 165 year old sanctuary is richly bestowed with a number of indigenous species including the Dater or Snake Bird, Golden-backed woodpecker, Little Cormorant, Crow Pheasant, White Breasted Water Hen, Night Heroin, and Tree Pie etc. Besides this, tourists visit this bird sanctuary during November to March for a huge number of migratory birds. Dinner and overnight stayat the hotel.
Day 06: Kumarakom - Houseboat
Day 6 allows you to board the luxury houseboat from Kumarakom Jetty. This houseboat is an essential ingredient drawing in millions of tourists to Kerala. This tourism experience is based on unwinding the stress, tensions and allows global travellers to feel free in the company amazing sights from the simple hamlets of Kerala, besides cruising on the bewitching backwaters of Kumarakom.
While crossing a series of canals, lagoons and water stretches, this enchanting Kettuvallam cruise allows you to peep into the landscapes of villages; coconut palms, paddy fields, fisherman and local life. All of this can uniquely happen to you in Kerala. Lunch, tea snacks, dinner and next day breakfast will be provided in the luxury boat. Dinner and overnight stay in the houseboat.
Day 07: Houseboat - Alleppey – Cochin (Kochi)
Post breakfast in the luxury Kettuvallam houseboat, disembark at Alleppey. Known more as the Venice of the East because of the narrow canals and backwaters, Alleppey is a connecting link to Cochin (Kochi) from Kumarakom. Post two hour drive; check in at the hotel of Kochi. Afternoon city excursion includes discovering the heritage of Cochin, the sea gate of Kerala through Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church, Jewish Synagogue and Dutch Palace. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Depart Cochin (Kochi)
Transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination (hotel checkout 12:00 hrs) with the incredible memories of this India tour.