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  • 6 Days  5 Nights 
  • Difficulty - Easy
  • For 18+ years
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Kerala, nicknamed "God's Own Country," awaits with a captivating 6-day itinerary. We start in Kochi, a historic port city. Immerse yourself in the aromatic spice markets and explore Fort Kochi's colonial architecture, a testament to Kerala's rich past. Ascend to Munnar, a cool hill station nestled amidst emerald tea plantations. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, witness tea production firsthand, and be mesmerized by panoramic views from Echo Point. Explore Munnar's hidden gems – cascading waterfalls, scenic dams, and vibrant flower gardens – before descending to Thekkady.

Thekkady, also known as Periyar, boasts Kerala's largest wildlife sanctuary. Embark on an afternoon boat ride on Periyar Lake, gliding through lush foliage and keeping your eyes peeled for elephants, tigers, and a dazzling array of birds. This diverse wildlife haven promises an unforgettable encounter with nature.

Our journey takes a serene turn as we arrive in Alappuzha, Kerala's backwater paradise. Cruise along labyrinthine canals aboard a traditional houseboat. Palm trees sway gently as you drift past quaint villages, savoring delicious local cuisine onboard. This unique experience allows you to embrace the tranquility of Kerala's waterways and create memories that will last a lifetime. This itinerary is just a starting point; feel free to customize it to include activities that pique your interest, ensuring a truly unforgettable Kerala adventure.

Highlights

  • Solo-friendly itinerary: Explore Kerala's rich culture, history, and natural beauty.
  • Kochi: Immerse yourself in the vibrant city, meet fellow travelers, and delve into Kerala's maritime heritage.
  • Munnar: Breathe in fresh mountain air, explore tea plantations, and forge new friendships amidst stunning scenery.
  • Thekkady: Share the thrill of wildlife encounters on a boat tour and connect with fellow adventurers.
  • Alappuzha Backwaters: Cruise on a houseboat, soak in tranquility, and bond with fellow travelers over delicious local cuisine.
  • Make new friends: Kerala's welcoming spirit fosters connections throughout your trip.
  • Customizable activities: Tailor your experience with Ayurvedic treatments, cultural shows, or culinary adventures (solo or with new friends!).

Who should attend?

This trip is ideal for:

  • Nature Lovers: Immerse yourself in Munnar's hill stations, Kerala's largest wildlife sanctuary in Thekkady, and the serene backwaters of Alappuzha.
  • History Buffs: Explore Fort Kochi's colonial architecture and delve into Kerala's maritime history at the Indo-Portuguese Museum.
  • Solo Travelers: The friendly atmosphere and shared experiences throughout the itinerary create perfect opportunities to meet new people and forge lasting friendships.
  • Adventure Seekers: Spot wildlife on a boat tour in Thekkady or explore the natural beauty of Munnar's waterfalls and dams.
  • Culture Enthusiasts: Witness tea production in Munnar and potentially attend a Kathakali dance performance showcasing Kerala's rich heritage (customizable activity).
  • Foodies: Savor delicious local cuisine onboard a houseboat and explore Kerala's culinary scene (customizable activity).

Overall, this trip caters to a wide range of interests, making it a great choice for anyone seeking an unforgettable adventure in Kerala.

Mattanchery Jew Street Marine Drive Old Churches in Fort Kochi areas Indo Portuguese Museum.

Private Vehicle

Ertiga / Innova / Tempo Traveler

Hotel

Double / Triple Sharing Basis - Standard Rooms

Dinner

(Veg / Non - Veg / Jain)

  • Arrival at Airport/Transfer to Hotel.
  • After checkin, we will cover below places in Kochi Via Tempo Traveler | Innova | Eritga.
  • Fort Kochi: Visit this historic area known for its colonial architecture, Chinese fishing nets, and vibrant street art.
  • Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace): Explore this well-preserved Portuguese-style palace showcasing Kerala murals and artifacts.
  • St. Francis Church: Discover the oldest European church in India, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century
  • Jewish Synagogue (Paradesi Synagogue): Step into one of the oldest active synagogues in the Commonwealth, adorned with beautiful Belgian glass chandeliers and hand-painted tiles.
  • Kerala Folklore Museum: Immerse yourself in Kerala's rich cultural heritage with a visit to this museum, featuring artifacts, costumes, and traditional art forms.
  • Marine Drive: Take a leisurely stroll along this picturesque promenade, offering stunning views of the Arabian Sea and the city skyline.

Mattancherry Palace
Chinese Fishing Net
Jew Street
Marine Drive Walk Away
Eravikulam National Park Kannan Devan hills Nilgiri tahr Tea Museum

Private Vehicle

Ertiga / Innova / Tempo Traveler

Resort

Double / Triple Sharing Basis - Standard Rooms

Breakfast, Dinner

(Veg / Non - Veg / Jain)

  • Visit the Tea Museum in Munnar to explore the rich history of tea gardens in the region.
  • Learn about the fascinating process of tea production and have the option to participate in a tea tasting demonstration.
  • Next, embark on a visit to Eravikulam National Park, known for its conservation of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr.
  • Explore the vast grasslands of the Kannan Devan hills within the park, spanning an area of 97 square kilometers.
  • Marvel at the breathtaking natural beauty and diverse wildlife while spending time in the park.
  • After the excursion, return to your hotel in Munnar for an overnight stay, reflecting on the day's memorable experiences.

Eravikulam National Park
Kannan Devan hills
Tea Garden
boat ride Eco point elephant safari Kundala Dam Lake Mattupetty Dam vibrant flower garden

Private Vehicle

Ertiga / Innova / Tempo Traveler

Resort

Double / Triple Sharing Basis - Standard Rooms

Breakfast, Dinner

(Veg / Non - Veg / Jain)

  • Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel to fuel up for the day's adventures in Munnar.
  • Explore the vibrant flower garden, showcasing a diverse array of exotic blooms.
  • Experience the thrill of an elephant safari, riding on the back of a majestic tusker.
  • Continue to the picturesque Mattupetty Dam, Echo Point, and Kundala Dam.
  • Opt for a boat ride on the tranquil waters of Kundala Dam for an added adventure.
  • Embark on a scenic drive through the vegetable fields nestled in the high mountains of Munnar.
  • Retire for the night at your hotel, cherishing the unforgettable experiences of the day.

Eco Point
Elephant Safari
Kundala Dam Lake
Flower Garden
Boat Safari Periyar National Park And Wildlife Sanctuary spices plantations

Private Vehicle

Ertiga / Innova / Tempo Traveler

Hotel

Double / Triple Sharing Basis - Standard Rooms

Breakfast, Dinner

(Veg / Non - Veg / Jain)

  • Today after breakfast checkout from the hotel and drive towards Periyar wildlife park in Thekkady.
  • This may be the most scenic drive.
  • Thekkady is famous for its wildlife, tea, coffee and all spices plantations.
  • It has unending plantation gardens and one can literally smell the aroma of spices in the air.
  • A visit to India's best wildlife sanctuaries will give you an experience that you won't forget.
  • Make sure you take boat safari along the Periyar River for that mind-blowing experience.
  • Overnight stay at hotel.

Boat Safari
Periyar National Park
Spice Plantation
Alappuzha beach Alappuzha Lighthouse Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple Mullakkal Temple Backwaters of Kerala canoe ride motorized boat tour houseboat cruise Kuttanad Pathiramanal Island rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage

Private Vehicle

Ertiga / Innova / Tempo Traveler

Hotel

Double / Triple Sharing Basis - Standard Rooms

All Meals

(Veg / Non - Veg / Jain)

  • Experience a houseboat cruise along the serene backwaters of Alappuzha.
  • Relax on the golden sands of Alappuzha Beach and enjoy water sports activities.
  • Climb the Alappuzha Lighthouse for panoramic views of the city and coastline.
  • Explore the scenic backwaters of Alleppey with a canoe ride or motorized boat tour.
  • Visit Kuttanad, known as the "Rice Bowl of Kerala," and admire its picturesque countryside.
  • Take a boat ride to Pathiramanal Island, a tranquil paradise for birdwatchers.
  • Treat yourself to a rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage at a wellness center in Alappuzha.
  • Explore the ancient temples of Alappuzha, such as Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple and Mullakkal Temple

Alappuzha Beach
Alappuzha Light House
Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Temple
Backwaters

Private Vehicle

Ertiga / Innova / Tempo Traveler

Stay Not Applicable

Breakfast

(Veg / Non - Veg / Jain)

  • After breakfast proceed to Cochin airport / Railway station and depart.

  • Travel back to your home with wonderful memories of an amazing experience in Kerala.

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Recently, I had the pleasure of booking a trip to Spiti Valley with Travelonama Expeditions, and I couldn't be more impressed with the level of service they provided.

The booking process was a breeze, with their staff offering affordable tour package. The customer service was exceptional - the staff was friendly, helpful and always available to answer any questions I had.

During my trip, the accommodations were pretty much good. The hotels were comfortable, and conveniently located, making my stay truly enjoyable.

Overall, I highly recommend Travelonama to anyone looking for a stress-free and memorable travel experience. I will definitely be booking with them again in the future. Thank you, for making my trip unforgettable!

Special thanks to our Captain Mr. Sahil for ensuring our safety and comfort throughout the voyage.


Inclusions

  • Sightseeing: Entire sightseeing conducted by Ertiga / Innova / tempo traveler.
  • Accommodation:
    • 1 Night at Kochi
    • 1 Night at Thekady
    • 2 Nights in Munnar
    • 1 Night at Alappuzha Deluxe Houseboat
  • Meals Included: Total 11 meals provided throughout the trip.
    • Day 1: Dinner
    • Day 2: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Day 3: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Day 4: Breakfast, Dinner
    • Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Day 6: Breakfast
  • Inclusions:
    • All inner line permits for the trip.
    • Driver Night Charges, Toll Tax, Parking Charges, etc.
    • Team Captain throughout the trip.

Exclusions

  • GST if not mentioned in the rates
  • All personal expenses like tips, laundry, telephone calls/fax, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fees at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
  • Anything not mentioned under Package Inclusions.
  • Entrance fees at all monuments and sightseeing spots
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, and roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  • Airfare if not mentioned in the itinerary

THINGS TO CARRY

Must Carry:

  • Authentic Government ID Card
  • Comfortable warm clothing:
    • Woolen socks
    • Cap
    • Fleece jackets or warmers
    • Down jacket
    • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen & lip balm
  • Good U/V protection sunglasses
  • Personal Medicines (if any) & few medicines for altitude sickness

Travel Essentials: Gears:

  • A rucksack bag and a day pack
  • 3-litre water bladder or water bottle

    Clothes:
  • A sun cap and a woolen cap
  • UV protected sunglasses
  • One cotton long sleeves and 2 short sleeve t-shirt
  • 1 fleece jacket
  • 1 heavy Thick jacket/down jacket
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • At least 2 long pants (trek pants and cargo pants are favorable)
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • A small towel
  • A rain jacket or a poncho

    Footwear:
  • Above-the-ankle waterproof and breathable hiking boots with good grip
  • Flip flops/sandals

    Medication:
  • One strip of Diamox 
  • Glucose powder
  • Medicines for headaches, diarrhea, motion and altitude sickness
  • Dettol
  • Bandages
  • Cotton

    Personal Accessories:
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush
  • Paper soap, or sanitizer
  • Sunscreen minimum of spf40, lip balm, cold creams
  • Body spray


PICKUP LOCATIONS

Cochin International Airport


Ernakulam Railway Station



HOW TO REACH

By Air:

  • Cochin International Airport (COK) is well-connected to major cities across India and internationally.
    • From Major Indian Cities:
      • Delhi: Multiple direct flights available daily; flight duration is approximately 3 hours.
      • Mumbai: Multiple direct flights available daily; flight duration is approximately 2 hours.
      • Bangalore: Multiple direct flights available daily; flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
      • Chennai: Multiple direct flights available daily; flight duration is approximately 1.5 hours.
      • Kolkata: Multiple direct flights available daily; flight duration is approximately 3 hours.
      • Hyderabad: Multiple direct flights available daily; flight duration is approximately 1.5 hours.
    • International Flights:
      • Cochin International Airport is connected to various destinations in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Europe with several airlines operating direct and connecting flights.

By Train:

  • Ernakulam Railway Station (ERS) is one of the major railway hubs in Kerala and is well-connected to various cities across India.
    • From Major Indian Cities:
      • Delhi: Trains such as Kerala Express (12626) and Nizamuddin Ernakulam Duronto (12284); travel time is approximately 48 hours.
      • Mumbai: Trains such as Netravati Express (16346) and Mangala Lakshadweep Express (12618); travel time is approximately 24-27 hours.
      • Bangalore: Trains such as Ernakulam Express (12684) and Kanyakumari Express (16526); travel time is approximately 10-12 hours.
      • Chennai: Trains such as Trivandrum Express (12695) and Guruvayur Express (16127); travel time is approximately 11-13 hours.
      • Kolkata: Trains such as Guwahati-Trivandrum Express (12508) and Shalimar-Thiruvananthapuram Express (22642); travel time is approximately 40-44 hours.
      • Hyderabad: Trains such as Sabari Express (17230); travel time is approximately 27-30 hours.

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Policy and Terms

  • No refund shall be made with respect to the initial booking amount for any cancellations.
  • Refunds for cancellations will be processed as per the following deduction guidelines:
    • Up to 30 days prior to the departure date: 0% deduction
    • Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure: 60% deduction
    • Less than 15 days of departure: No refund
  • Booking amount is non-refundable under any circumstances.
  • Full payment of the trip cost must be made before the trip begins. Pending payments may lead to cancellation of the trip, and the booking amount will not be refundable.
  • No refunds or discounts shall be made towards any inclusions not availed by the client. This includes voluntary or involuntary termination/departure from the tour, sickness, accidents, death of a family member, late arrival, or premature departure.
  • Travelonama shall not be responsible for any delays or alterations in the program or indirectly incurred expenses due to natural hazards, accidents, machinery breakdowns, weather conditions, landslides, political closures, or untoward incidents.
  • Cancellations will only be accepted via email. Phone calls or WhatsApp messages will not be considered. Additionally, the booking amount for all packages/trips is non-refundable.
  • In cases of "force majeure" or situations beyond Travelonama's control after departure, refunds or compensation will not be provided.
  • Participants dropping out during the trip will not receive any refund. They will also be responsible for additional expenses incurred for their retreat, based on actual costs.
  • Participants can replace individuals in their bookings if the status is "Paid" and at least 12 days remain before the departure date. This does not apply to Volvo/Train/Flight transport bookings, which will be automatically canceled.
  • Travelonama reserves the right to cancel any trip for any reason but will not cancel a tour before departure except for force majeure or unforeseen circumstances beyond its control.

Terms and Conditions

Travelonama Terms and Conditions

These Terms and Conditions shall apply to your booking with Travelonama. Please read them carefully as you will be bound by them. These terms constitute the entire agreement between Travelonama and the Client relating to the subject matter herein.

  • Ownership of Content: Photos/videos created on Travelonama's trips are the property of Travelonama and can only be used by Travelonama for advertising across media platforms. Use of digital content by any other party requires permission from Travelonama.

  • Payment: Full payment of the trip cost must be made before the trip begins. Pending payments may lead to trip cancellation with no refund of the booking amount.

  • Identification and Boarding: Valid government ID verification is required before boarding. Bookings are non-transferable, and only names mentioned at confirmation are allowed to travel. Unless It is mentioned over email 15 Day prior before the departure.

  • Refunds and Discounts: No refunds or discounts for inclusions not availed by the Client, including termination/departure from the tour, sickness, death, late arrival, or premature departure.

  • Luggage Responsibility: Travelers are responsible for their luggage & belongings. The management is not accountable for missing items during the tour.

  • Departure and Timing: Travelers must update their status with the trip coordinator(s) and report 45 mins prior to departure. The departure time is fixed, and missing the bus renders one ineligible for refunds.

  • Air Conditioning: AC may be switched off in hills for safety. The driver may turn off the AC as required for safety & ease of travel.

  • Health and Safety: Drinking & smoking are not recommended due to health concerns. Tours involve physically demanding activities, so being in good shape is advised.

  • Conduct: Misconduct or indiscipline will not be tolerated. Participants are expected to maintain a friendly and respectful demeanor.

  • Delays and Alterations: Travelonama is not responsible for delays or alterations due to natural hazards, accidents, machinery breakdowns, weather conditions, or other untoward incidents.

  • Insurance: Travelonama does not provide insurance coverage for sickness, accidents, theft, or other losses incurred during travel. Unless It's mentioned in Inclusions.

  • Misbehavior: Any misbehavior with the team or fellow travelers will result in trip termination and possible legal action.

  • Cancellation by Travelonama: Travelonama reserves the right to cancel any trip for reasons beyond its control. It will not cancel a tour before departure except for Force Majeure or unforeseen circumstances.

  • Price Changes: Prices may change from the time of publication due to transportation costs, currency fluctuations, or other reasons. Clients are advised to check the most up-to-date prices before booking.

  • Flexibility: Travelonama may need to alter the itinerary for safety, comfort, or well-being reasons. Participants should allow for reasonable alterations.

  • Liability: Travelers are responsible for themselves during the trip. Travelonama is not liable for accidents or loss of life.

  • Independent Contractors: Travelonama is not responsible for independent contractors' services or products. These contractors work directly for the Client and are not supervised by Travelonama.

  • Severability: If any term or condition is unenforceable, it shall be severed from the agreement, and the remaining terms shall continue to be binding.

  • Refusal of Service: Travelonama reserves the right to refuse service to any Client for any reason, except for discrimination or protected class reasons.

  • Updates to Terms: Travelonama may update these terms and conditions at any time, and it is the Client's responsibility to be familiar with them. The latest terms may be found on Travelonama's website.

Frequest Questions

Q: What should travellers in Kerala do?
A: 1. Spend time on a houseboat in the backwaters. 2. Take a visit of a traditional village. 3. Treat yourself to an Ayurvedic procedure. 4. Take in cultural events 5. Participate in lavish celebrations 6. A glimpse of the martial arts, particularly Kalaripayattu.

Q: Is Kerala safe for solo travelers, especially women?
A: Yes, Kerala is generally considered safe for solo travelers, including women. The state has a well-developed tourism infrastructure and a reputation for hospitality. However, as with any destination, it's important to stay aware of your surroundings, avoid isolated areas after dark, and follow general safety precautions.

Q: What are the best places to visit in Kerala for a solo backpacker?
A: Some must-visit places in Kerala for solo backpackers include Kochi (Fort Kochi and Mattancherry), Munnar (tea plantations and scenic hills), Alleppey (houseboat cruises and backwaters), Varkala (beaches and cliffs), Thekkady (Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary), and Wayanad (hiking and waterfalls).

Q: What is the best time of year to backpack through Kerala?
A: The best time to visit Kerala is during the winter months from October to March when the weather is pleasant and ideal for outdoor activities. The monsoon season (June to September) brings rainfall, which are beautiful for Monsoon Lovers.

Q: What activities are recommended for solo travelers in Kerala?
A: Solo travelers in Kerala can enjoy a variety of activities such as exploring the historic streets of Fort Kochi, trekking in Munnar and Wayanad, taking a houseboat cruise in Alleppey, relaxing on the beaches of Varkala, experiencing an Ayurvedic massage, and visiting cultural sites like temples and spice plantations.

Q: Do I need to know the local language to travel in Kerala?
A: While Malayalam is the official language of Kerala, English is widely spoken and understood, especially in tourist areas. Most signs are bilingual, and locals involved in the tourism industry can communicate in English. Learning a few basic phrases in Malayalam can be helpful and appreciated by locals.

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