Summary of

Hidden Jewels of Kerala

Duration: 9 Days/ 8 Nights

Major Attractions: Houseboat tour, Kathakali Dance performance, Palm-fringed backwaters, Tea Estates, Fisherman Villages, Ancient traditions

Destination Covered: Hidden Jewels of Kerala

Tour Summary

The backwaters, palm-lined beaches, and hill stations of Kerala are well-known. However, there are many areas in Kerala that are underrated by tourists and locals. Here are a few of Kerala's many secret gems just waiting to be found. You will visit hidden gem like Champakulam which is a small village in Kerala in Alappuzha district, Kerala's rice bowl and is surrounded by lush paddy fields, coconut groves, and waterfowl. Champakulam is a popular tourist destination and home to the Moolam boat race.

You will also visit Tiruvalla - a small town having no importance on the tourism map other than the overnight Kalari performance which takes place in the courtyard of its ages old ‘Sree Vallabha’ temple. This is an experience that should not be missed. 

Detailed ltinerary

DAY 8

Alleppey (Houseboat) (32 km. – 50 minutes drive)

Enjoy the sumptuous breakfast at your resort. Later you will be transferred to Alleppey Jetty point. Embark in your beautifully decorated houseboat (Kettuvallam) to begin your journey through enchanting backwaters. The houseboat cruise in the backwaters is among the most exciting tourism products of Kerala. Since Kerala has large stretches of backwaters with plenty of natural sceneries (but only a few interesting monuments for sightseeing), sailing through the houseboat makes it a wonderful experience. Enjoy the day sailing through the narrow emerald backwater canals of Alleppey. 

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DAY 7

Champakulam – Tiruvalla (42 km. – 1 hr. drive)

Morning kept at your complete discretion to relax and enjoy the backwaters landscape, country life, and daily living of the locals. In the late afternoon, you will be transferred to Tiruvalla - a small town having no importance on the tourism map other than the overnight Kalari performance which takes place in the courtyard of its ages old ‘Sree Vallabha’ temple. If somebody is interested in seeing traditional classical dance art ‘Kalari’ or ‘Kathakali’, there could be no better place than Tiruvalla for the same. It’s also a great place to see the complete make-up process of Kathakali artists. It’s a live workshop of ‘Kathakali’ and that too quite an exclusive one. Evening you will be transferred to Sree Vallava temple to see the dance performances and rituals.

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DAY 6

Champakulam

Day is at your discretion. During the day you may proceed for a farm track or may enjoy fishing. You may choose from an array of activities available at Kait’s Home Stay. We would especially recommend a village walk and a short country boat ride over the backwaters. 

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DAY 4

Munnar

After a sumptuous breakfast, proceed for a tour to Eravikulam National Park where you can see the very rare mountain goats also called the “Nilgiri Tahr”. Later you may explore the fascinating sights around Mattupetty Dam. You may also enjoy boating and horse riding at Mattupetty Lake. You may also enjoy trekking and bird watching in The Shola forests. Afterward visit Echo Point, View Point & Tea Gardens.

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DAY 5

Champakulam (174 km – 4 ½ hrs. drive)

Morning after breakfast drive straightway to Champakulam- a scenic village situated on the banks of the Vembanad Lake. On arrival, check-in at your exclusive homestay. During the day you may visit the paddy fields, fisherman’s villages, and local markets. 

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DAY 1

Kochi: Welcome to God’s own Country!

You will be received at Kochi airport, assisted, and transferred straight to your hotel. After brief leisure, you may visit the colorful old spice market and markets on M.G. Road. Evening you may enjoy a sunset cruise followed by a traditional Kathakali dance performance. 

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DAY 2

Kochi

Morning proceeds for the sightseeing tour of Kochi which includes your visit to Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry, St. Francis Church with the grave of Vasco Da Gamma and Chinese Fishing nets. Stay overnight at your hotel. 

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DAY 3

Kochi - Munnar (148 km – 4 ½ hrs drive)

Morning proceeds for the sightseeing tour of Kochi which includes your visit to Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry, St. Francis Church with the grave of Vasco Da Gamma and Chinese Fishing nets. Stay overnight at your hotel. 

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DAY 9

Departure to Kochi (95 km. - 02 hrs.)

Morning after breakfast disembark from your houseboat and at the appropriate time you will be transferred to Kochi airport for your onward journey. The tour ends here. 

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