Arrival in Kochi. The commercial capital of Kerala, Kochi, has been a port since 1341, when a flood carved out its harbor. Chinese, European and Arab merchants then flocked, and turned this city into a bustling centre for trade and commerce.
Explore Fort Kochi, one of the major tourist attractions here. Post that, take part in a workshop, where you learn to cook with spices unique to the region. See the famous dance form of Kathakali, the art of which has been passed down from generation to generation.
Travel to Kumbalangi village. Home to cottage industries like coir yarn Processing, copra processing, crab farming, clam meat Processing, net making, weaving coconut leaves, country boating, etc, this village presents a unique experience.
The fourth day sees you drive to Thattekad. Home to the first bird sanctuary in Kerala. Cycle through the picturesque countryside, see the various spice growing villages. Ride past gentle mountain slopes, farms, forests. Post that, head for some high-adrenaline kayaking!
Drive to Munnar. An idyllic hill station, with rolling hills and deep valleys. See the various tea plantations, excellent examples of terrace cultivation. Explore the valleys, the wildlife sanctuaries, and connect with nature in its lush forests.
Terrace cultivation, is a great workaround for mountainous regions. The people of Munnar, have mastered the craft, and passed it down from generation to generation. Trek through the gardens and observe how workers pick leaves, and take care of the tea garden.
Drive to Periyar Wildlife Reserve. A famous wildlife sanctuary in India, and home to the tiger. Ride on an elephant through the reserve and see places where automobiles cannot go. Take part in timber dragging, and elephant showers. Play with a baby elephant! Feed it fruits and be amazed by its ability to learn and follow commands!
Bamboo rafting is hugely popular here! Take part! During the afternoon, after an appetizing lunch, visit the spice plantation. See how spices are cultivated, while an experienced naturalist explains the process. An action packed evening awaits as you enjoy "Kalaripayattu", the traditional martial art of Kerala.
Continuing on your road-trip, drive to Thodupuzha. A scenic countryside, dotted with temples, spice gardens, paddy fields and rubber plantations. Walk through the adjoining forests, and cycle in and around the village.
Drive to Kumarakom. Located against the picturesque backdrop of the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is a popular hub for backwater tourism in Kerala. The perfectly balanced tropical climate means Kumarakom is lush and green throughout the year.
Hop onto a boat, and cruise down the backwaters. The best thing to do whilst in Kerala. The network of backwaters is complex. See how the people have adapted to life around water. The flora and fauna on the banks add to the beauty.
Drive to Cochin, a bustling city in Kerala. Mentioned by ancient travellers and tradesmen in their chronicles, it literally means small lagoon. The centre of the spice trade of ancient times, has a lot to offer in terms of sights and sounds!