Essential Kerala Tour

The best extended tour to Kerala to cover all the top sights and relax in the national parks
13 Nights / 14 Days

Essential Kerala Tour

This tour package covers all the important keralan sights from Trivandrum to Kannur and visiting Cochin as well.

Tour Highlights

Following are the tourist attractions covered in each city/destination. Day by day details of the tour program follows after this section.

Day # Destination Tourist Attractions Covered
1 Trivandrum - Kovalam Arrival, Relax at beach resort
2 Trivandrum Napier Museum, Sree Chitra Art Gallery, Kuthiramalika Palace, Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Veli Tourist Village
3 Alleppey Krishnapuram Palace, backwaters, houseboats
4 Alleppey - Periyar Periyar National Park, Trekking, Spice Garden Visit, Martial arts performance
5 Periyar - Munnar Tea plantations and relax
6 Munnar Tea museum, Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam
7 Munnar - Cochin Drive and relax
8 Cochin Dutch Palace, St Francis Church, Chinese fishing nets, Kathakali Dance performance
9 Cochin - Calicut Sightseeing, Kappad Beach, Tali temple
10 Calicut - Wayanad Mountains, Forests and Plantations
11 Wayanad Edakkal Caves, Ambalavayal Heritage Museum
12 Wayanad - Kannur Relax at beach resort
13 Kannur St Angelo Fort, Arakkal Museum, Lighthouse, Theyyam dance performance
14 Kannur Departure

  • Trivandrum Arrival – Kovalam

    (Arrival, Relax at beach resort)

    You will arrive at Trivandrum where our representative will meet you and take you to your accommodation booked at beautiful Kovalam beach resort, a lovely start to your peaceful visit to Kerala.

  • Trivandrum Sightseeing

    (Napier Museum, Sree Chitra Art Gallery, Kuthiramalika Palace, Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Veli Tourist Village)

    We will spend our first day of the two-week Kerala tour package sightseeing around Trivandrum, enjoying this first big Keralan destination. This is the capital city of the Kerala district and you can learn about Keralan history and civilization at the Museum of History and Heritage and the Napier Museum. The latter displays combined British colonial and Dravidian styles of architecture. It also houses the Sree Chitra Art Gallery where you can familiarize yourself with traditional and contemporary paintings by Indian artists of renown.

    At Kuthiramalika Palace, you can admire the 122 horses carved in the wood walls. This palace is known as Puthenmaliga (New Mansion) and displays the assets owned by the Travancore royal family. Next to it, we’ll also visit the Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

    Finally, enjoy Veli Tourist Village where you can relax, have a picnic by the lake, or just take in the beach. We go back to Kovalam to rest for the evening.

  • Alleppey

    (Krishnapuram Palace, backwaters, houseboats)

    Today, we will drive you to one of the most romantic destinations in South India, the “Venice of the East” at Alleppey. Beforehand we stop to visit Krishnapuram Palace and take in the specific Keralan architecture and its exceptional painting collection.

    At Alleppey, we explore the backwaters of Kerala on houseboats, taking in natural beauty, and you can spend the night on your very own houseboat too, enjoying a peaceful visit.

  • Alleppey – Periyar

    (Periyar National Park, Trekking, Spice Garden Visit, Martial arts performance)

    No extended tour to Kerala would be complete without the beautiful Periyar National Park. This is the hub of wildlife related activities and you can enjoy trekking or visiting spice gardens, seeing elephants etc. We will also put on a very special martial arts performance for you during your stay here.

  • Periyar – Munnar

    (Tea plantations, Relax)

    We leave Periyar and today you will be driven to Munnar. Nestled in the hills in amongst tea plantations, the journey and destination stay close to nature.

  • Munnar Sightseeing

    (Tea museum, Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam)

    Enjoy the tea plantations and learn about tea at the Tea Museum today, including some free tastings. We then visit the Eravikulam National Park and the Mattupetty Dam with its impressive hydroelectric energy project.

  • Transfer to Cochin

    (Drive and relax)

    From Munnar, we go to Cochin today. It’s a 4-hour journey so prepare for a longer drive as we ensure you pack in all the most important places to see on your two-week journey.

  • Cochin Sightseeing

    (Dutch Palace, St Francis Church, Chinese fishing nets, Kathakali Dance performance)

    The wonderfully diverse Cochin was once known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the gateway to Kerala and an exciting destination for anyone visiting the region.

    The sights begin with the Dutch Palace (Mattancherry), the Portuguese St Francis Church, the Chinese fishing nets and the Jewish Synagogue. As you can see, it’s a true melting pot of cultural heritage.

    In the evening, we invite you to watch the fabulous Kathakali Dance performers at the theatre.

  • Cochin – Calicut

    (Sightseeing, Kappad Beach, Tali temple)

    After breakfast, we drive to Calicut throughout the morning and we have the afternoon free for sightseeing on our arrival.

    You can enjoy beautiful views of Kappad Beach, as well as the visit to Tali Temple. We’ll spend the evening on a heritage walk through the town’s streets, full of various shops and stalls.

  • Calicut – Wayanad

    (Mountains, Forests and Plantations)

    Today we move on to the Wayanad district, high in the Western Ghat mountain range and resplendent with beautiful mountains, forests and plantations. We’ll spend a relaxing evening at your accommodation here, returning to the peaceful visit atmosphere for a little while.

  • Wayanad Sightseeing

    (Edakkal Caves, Ambalavayal Heritage Museum)

    Today, we visit the enchanting Edakkal Caves where pictorial writings were found which could date from as far back as 6,000 BC. These suggest a prehistoric civilization was living here and we’ll explore their surroundings.

    Afterwards, we will take in the Ambalavayal Heritage Museum. It houses a collection of historic artefacts from all over the area and will give you a good introduction to Wayanad’s history and culture.

  • Wayanad – Kannur

    (Relax at beach resort)

    A shorter trip today as we drive you to the resort town of Kannur by the ocean. Here you can enjoy time at your beach-side hotel and relax, before we do some sightseeing the next day.

  • Kannur Sightseeing

    (St Angelo Fort, Arakkal Museum, Lighthouse, Theyyam dance performance)

    Kannur was an important trading centre in the 12th century and also served as the British military’s headquarters on the west coast of India until 1887. Therefore it has quite a rich history to learn about. We will visit the St Angelo Fort, built in 1505 by Dom Francisco de Almeida, the first Portuguese Viceroy of India. Later captured by the Dutch, the fort now has a mixed heritage and it is maintained by the Archeological Survey of India.

    From there, we visit the Arakkal Museum – the museum of the only Muslim royal family in Kerala. Finally, visit the Lighthouse, and in the evening witness the Theyyam dance performance in a temple.

  • Kannur


    Today you will depart from Kannur airport, where your driver will drop you off, after your extended tour to Kerala, where we hope you have enjoyed a magical holiday.

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