Day 1 : Landing in Trivandrum
The first day of the 11 Days Kerala Tour starts with the tour group landing Trivandrum, the capital of the state of Kerala. Trivandrum is described as a bright and vibrant place, with lots of decoration and friendly residents who will make sure that your stay is as comfortable as possible.
After landing in Trivandrum, the group will be escorted to the beach resorts of Kovalam, where they will check into the resort booked by the tour company.
After resting up, the group will check out some of the best temples you'll find in Kerala, with a good example being the Padmanabha Swamy Temple, a huge monument to Lord Ananta, considered to be the patron god of Trivandrum.
The first day of the trip will also include visits to museums spread all over Trivandrum and Kovalam, such as Sri Chitra Art Gallery and Napier Museum. The group will stay overnight at the Kovalam resort.
Day 2 : A Day to Relax in Kovalam
The second day of the trip is all for relaxation, before the group sets out on their journey to view some of the best sites and scenes in Kerala.
As the day will be spent in Kovalam, you can take the chance to enjoy some of the famous beaches spread around the city, and soak in the warm sun rays you’ll find there year round, or go around the town looking for memorable landmarks.
Another viable option is to check out some of the souvenir shops in Kovalam. These shops sell handmade crafts that are reminiscent of the natural culture of Kerala, and have the perfect baubles for you to take home.
Day 3 : Kovalam to Alleppey, a Short 4 Hour Trip
The third day of the trip is reserved for the trip from Kovalam, the beach town, to Alleppey, the center of the famous Kerala Houseboats.
Alleppey is the hub of the Kerala backwaters scene, and the journey from Kovalam to Alleppey is nothing short of thrilling.
The special fact about Alleppey is that when you do reach the location, you’ll get the chance to spend the day on your private houseboat.
Alleppey houseboats (Kerala) have a reputation for being both comfortable, spacious and refreshing, as people who normally stay in urban cities get the chance to unwind and spend the day drinking coconut water and resting up.
The group will stay the night at Alleppey, spending it on the luxury houseboats in Kerala.
Day 4 : Onwards to Kumarakom
After spending the night on the luxury houseboats in Kerala, the tour group will travel through the canals of Kerala to reach their destination, Kumarakom, famous all over the country for the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
You can enjoy the day on the houseboats, as they float slowly on the canals, and enjoy the refreshments laid out for you.
Most of the day will be spent in travel, so the guests will have the chance to take the rest they need in a resort in Kumarakom.
Day 5 : Setting Out for the Periyar National Park
Kumarakom has made a name for itself as one of the most important bird sanctuaries in India, a fact that the tour group will be able to realize for themselves when looking at the hundreds of different species of birds in the sanctuary.
After visiting the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, the tour group will embark on the trip on Thekkady, for the main attraction of the Periyar National Park.
The 132 kilometer trip will take no less than 4 hours, so the group will check into a hotel when they reach Thekkady, saving the National Park for the next day.
Day 6 : Periyar National Park and a Trip to Thekkady
The sixth day starts bright and early, as after breakfast the tour group will head to Periyar National Park, one of the most well known national parks in the country.
Periyar National Park plays host to a variety of different animals, all of whom enjoy the natural and enforced safety of the Park. You can easily spot more than tens of different rare species of wildlife in the park.
When you’re done with the Periyar National park, the tour will move on to the trip for the Munnar Hill Station.
Munnar enjoys a unique position as a very well known Hill Station in Kerala, and is a must see for tourists and visitors.
The group will spend the night at a resort in Munnar.
Day 7 : Sightseeing Around the Munnar Hill Station
Munnar Hill Station
is more than well known for the sheer number of beautiful sights it has for tourists and visitors, as Anamudi Peak, Echo Point and others are just a few of the memorable locations this gorgeous hill station is filled with.
The seventh day is kept for sightseeing and taking your time to enjoy the many things that Munnar has to offer.
Anamudi Peak is the highest mountain in South India, and is massive enough to always amaze people who are seeing it for the first time.
The scenery around the mountain makes for the most tranquil scene you can imagine.
Day 8 : The Trip to Cochin, the Port City of India
The breakfast is definitely a highlight of the eighth day, as Munnar
is famous for having some of the best South Indian Kerala cuisine you'll find.
After finishing up breakfast, the tour group will head on to Cochin, known over the country as one of the most important port cities of India.
The trip itself should take no more than 5 hours, after which the members will be able to enjoy the wonders of the most culturally and historically important city in Kerala.
You will get to see the famous Kathakali dances, hailed as a beautiful procession that has been amazing people for centuries. The dancers employ light, springing moves that evoke a sense of peace and beauty in the audience.
Besides the Kathakali dances, you also get the opportunity to check out some of the best landmarks strewn around the city, such as Santa Cruz Basilica, the largest place for Christian worship in the city, along with Jew Town, which is filled with medieval pieces of the Jewish culture.
Day 9 : Guruvayur, the City of Worship and Temples
The ninth day is perhaps one of the most important, as the tour group moves on to Guruvayur
, known in Kerala as the City of Worship.
Guruvayur is filled with some of the best temples you’ll find in the state of Kerala, along with other Hindu Temples and Christian Churches like nowhere else in the country.
Shri Krishna Temple is perhaps one of the most important temples in the city. The drawback is that only Hindus are allowed inside this temple, but people of other faiths can still enjoy the immensely beautiful scenery outside the temple and the views there.
After the Shri Krishna Temple, the tour will go to the Mammiyoor Temple and St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, a large church that is pretty much the center of Christian worship in the city.
Day 10 : Martial Arts Performances at Kozhikode
The last day of the trip is spent in Kozhikode
, also called Calicut
by those who visit Kerala on a regular basis.
Calicut is famous all over Asia, as it is the center of the Calico cotton trade.
After travelling the short 95 kilometers to the city, you can take your time to enjoy the different wonders of the city, or check out the cotton fields the city is responsible for. You can even buy a grab bag to take home as a souvenir.
Besides the cotton fields of the city, you have the opportunity to see the magnificent Kalaripayattu martial arts, an ancient form of Hindu fighting, performances hosted by the Hindustan Kalari Sangam.
Day 11 : Departure from Kozhikode
The last day of the trip, after waking up and getting your rest, the tour group will be escorted to the Calicut Airport / Railway Station for their respective departure bookings.