Kerala Spice Trail

11 Days


358km 223mi

Route

Cochin to Alleppey

Highlights

Santa Cruz Basilica
Jeep safari
Houseboat ride

Best time of year

Januray to June
September to December

Explore beautiful southern India with our Kerala Spice Trail tour. From relaxing on golden beaches to trekking through the National Parks you will be able to sample some of the best of southern India.

CheersBye Homestays have prepared this special seven day itinerary, which can be tailored to suit your interests. Instead of sharing your experience with a large tour group you will be able to enjoy your own private tour using local drivers and staying with Indian families in their beautiful homestays. They will be happy to share with you the local highlights and will welcome you with warm hospitality and delicious home cooked cuisine. This itinerary combines fantastic value with responsible tourism.

Day 1

Attractions

  • Chinese nets
  • Santa Cruz Basilica
  • Dutch Cemetery
  • Jew Town

Cochin is your port to Kerala. As soon as you arrive, drive to the beach side and see the Chinese nets at work. Then let yours hosts take care of you at "Cosy homestay in heart of the town". Visit Santa Cruz Basilica, St Francis Church (Vasco Da Gama's Burial Place), Dutch Cemetery, and the Jew town all of which are short distances from the homestay.


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Day 2

Attractions

  • Cultural Shows
  • Marine Drive

Explore Cochin's other features. There are local Cultural Shows, Shopping in Ernakulam (you won't find this much variety of Kerala souvenirs elsewhere), Marine Drive, Ferry Rides etc to enjoy.


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Day 3

Attractions

  • Elephant training Camp
  • Plantation Walk

Get an early start to visit Elephant training Camp (Kodanaar) on the way, reach the homestay called "Traditional home situated in a spice plantation" and take a Plantation Walk.


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Day 4

3hrs
9mins
128km
80mi

Attractions

  • Rajamalai National Park
  • Tea Museum
  • Athukadu Waterfalls

After breakfast head to Munnar town which is quite close by. Visit Rajamalai National Park, Tea Museum, Athukadu Waterfalls, come back to the town and shop for spices.


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Day 5

Attractions

  • Kolku Malai
  • Kathakali
  • Kalaripaittu
  • Mattupetty dam

Go to Kolku Malai and visit the highest tea plantation in the world. Buy some tea, come back to town and have lunch that is packed from the homestay. Watch some Kathakali and Kalaripaittu performance and visit the Mattupetty dam in the evening.


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Day 6

2hrs
18mins
85km
53mi

Attractions

  • Plantation walk
  • Kumily town

Get an early start and reach Thekkady by late morning. Your beautiful and picturesque homestay "Homestay close to tiger reserve with panoramic views" awaits you. Enjoy the surroundings and take plantation walk, visit Kumily town and shop some more.


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Day 7

Attractions

  • Boat ride in Periyar

Today take the first boat ride in Periyar (the best time to see wildlife). Make sure you buy tickets early enough. Come back for lunch and relax.


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Day 8

Attractions

  • Gavi - Jeep safari

Today you should go to Gavi for a Jeep safari. The entire trip includes your breakfast, a safari, treks, boat rides and lunch. You will come back to the homestay by the late afternoon just in time for tea. Visit the town again, the reservoir and the dam.


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Day 9

3hrs
41mins
146km
90mi

Attractions

  • 16th century Church
  • Night fishing

Get an early start and reach Alleppey by lunch time. You must take some time and have a relaxed lunch at "Luxury heritage homestay on the Vembanad lake" overlooking the lake. In the evening visit 16th century Church and spend the evening at the beach. Come back for a session of night fishing and dinner.


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Day 10

Attractions

  • Bird sanctuary
  • Canoe ride

You must visit the bird sanctuary and the temple that your host will take you to. After this you can go shopping in town. Come back for a short canoe ride into the backwaters or swim in the lake or even fish for a while if you like it.


Read about Alleppey in our blog

Day 11

Attractions

  • Ayurvedic Massage
  • Houseboat ride

An Ayurvedic Massage on an empty stomach early in the morning is a must. Come back for breakfast and relax for a while. Take a half a day Houseboat ride. In the evening your host can have a cooking demonstration if you like or you can walk in the village and end with dinner.


Read about Alleppey in our blog

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