10 days, 9 nights
17-26 Nov 2024

Our Enchanting Kerala tour takes in some of the bespoke highlights of this stunning region. This tropical state in southern India is a wondrous land of serene backwaters and coconut palm lined beaches. Further inland the coastal plains rise to meet the Western Ghats whose vast fertile slopes grow a dizzying array of spices, cashews, tea and coffee. The beautiful National Parks are home to elephants, various primates and the elusive tiger. Kerala’s 600km of stunning coastline supports a lively fishing industry making seafood an important part of the local cuisine.

Known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi is a relatively small heritage city known for its iconic Chinese fishing nets, colonial backstreets, interesting architecture, thriving art forms and bespoke cafes and galleries. Originally this port city was an important spice trade post and was the first point of European colonisation in India. Firstly occupied by the Portuguese and then closely followed by both the Dutch the British, Kochi abounds with fascinating European architecture including lavishly designed Christian churches. In recent years the city has modernised, making it easier than ever to travel to as it enjoys many of the conveniences of India’s other modern cities. But unlike India’s mega cities, Kochi has held on to the elegant charm that it is so well known for. As befittingly described by TripAdvisor, Kochi is a unique, chilled out destination where travellers can enjoy ‘sunset strolls, sampling fresh fish from seaside vendors and boat rides through the islands just offshore.’

Come with us on this amazing journey to South India as we discover all that this magical place has to offer.



13-22 Oct 2024, 17-26 Nov 2024, 15-24 Dec 2024

15-24 Jan, 15-24 Feb, 20-29 Oct, 19-28 Nov, 13-22 Dec 2025


A$3850 per person, twin share
A$1550 single supplement
* price based on minimum 2 people


10 days, 9 nights,

Kochi add-on: 3 days, 2 nights


  • Explore the heritage city of Kochi
  • Experience a Kathakali dance performance in Kochi
  • Enjoy a tea plantation trek in Munnar
  • Discover the spice gardens and markets in Thekkady
  • Spot wildlife on a cruise in Periyar National Park
  • Cruise the backwaters of Alleppey with an overnight stay on a traditional Kettuvalam boat
  • Experience village life with a homestay on a car free backwater island
  • Indulge in delicious South Indian delicacies


Kochi – Munnar – Thekkady& Periyar National Park – Alleppey Backwaters – Kochi





Day 1

Arrive Kochi

Welcome to India! On arrival at Kochi airport, you’ll be met by our guide and transferred to our hotel in Fort Cochin. Spend the afternoon exploring this historical area, known for its colonial era architecture, galleries, cafes and boutiques. In the evening we’ll wander down to the Chinese fishing nets, where the local fishermen will let you have a go for a small tip. For a truly local experience you can buy fresh seafood and take it to a nearby shack to be cooked before enjoying it as you watch the sun going down.

Overnight: Hotel, Kochi

Day 2

Explore Kochi

After breakfast we’ll take a heritage tour of the local area. Fort Cochin is a maze of older style southern Indian houses and colonial era buildings, and we’ll visit important landmarks including Fort Immanuel, the Dutch Cemetery, Santa Cruz Basilica and Saint Francis Church (believed to be the oldest European church in India). We’ll then visit Mattancherry, the old bazaar district and home to the famous spice warehouses, along with Mattancherry Dutch Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1555. We’ll explore Jew Town, home to an interesting synagogue as well as antique and curio shops. We’ll stop for lunch in a local café before heading back to our hotel. In the afternoon you can relax with an optional Ayurvedic massage. Ayurveda is a holistic form of medicine established over 3000 years ago in India and is the perfect way to unwind after a busy day of exploring. In the evening don’t miss the opportunity to catch a traditional Kathakali dance performance.

Overnight: Hotel, Kochi

Day 3

Kochi - Munnar

After a leisurely breakfast we’ll take a scenic 4 hour drive up the Western Ghats Mountain range to Munnar hill station. We’ll check into our accommodation and enjoy the fresh air of South India’s largest tea growing region. In the afternoon we’ll drive up to the Top Station (1880 m above sea level) for picturesque views of the Western Ghats and the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. There is a good chance that we’ll see wild elephants wandering through the lush hills and jungles on our way.

Overnight: Hotel, Munnar

Day 4

Explore Munnar

Today we’ll trek through the tea plantations around Munnar. The mountain scenery is breathtaking, and we’ll often be above the clouds or amongst veils of mist. Along the way we’ll stop to discover the sheer variety of the fresh local produce on offer at the many tea and spice plantations.

Overnight: Hotel, Munnar

Day 5

Munnar - Thekkady

After breakfast we’ll drive to Thekkady via the Cardamom Hills. The three-hour drive follows a route lined with plantations of tea, cocoa, tapioca, bamboo, coconut, banana, and of course cardamom. Thekkady is the gateway to Periyar National Park, which is home to tigers, elephants, primates and deer. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax or wander the village exploring the local markets. You may also wish to enjoy an optional extra such as a guided hike, a national park safari, a therapeutic Ayurvedic treatment or a traditional South Indian cooking class.

Overnight: Hotel, Thekkady

Day 6

Thekkady & Periyar National Park

In the morning we’ll take a scenic walk through the spice gardens before visiting the fragrant and colourful spice markets where you can purchase fresh spices. In the afternoon we’ll enjoy a wildlife cruise on Periyar Lake. This is a great opportunity for wildlife spotting, and you are likely to see wild deer, boar, otters as well as many varieties of birdlife.

Overnight: Hotel, Thekkady

Day 7

Houseboat Alleppey Backwaters

After an early breakfast, we’ll depart for Alleppey (4 hours’ drive), where we’ll board our houseboat for a trip along the backwaters. Local houseboats are made in the traditional Kettuvalam rice barge style and are luxuriously fitted out with bedrooms, a dining room, an open lounge and a deck. A captain and cook will be on hand to look after our every need. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising the backwaters, drifting along coconut lined canals and past small villages. Enjoy the delicious South Indian food and the peace of sleeping on board a boat. For many people this is a highlight of their time in India.

Overnight: Houseboat, Alleppey Backwaters

Day 8

Alleppey Home stay

After a delicious breakfast, you will be dropped at your home stay on a backwater island. Your home stay is with a local family in a picturesque village surrounded by lush rice paddies. The homestay is situated on a car-free island and the only way to get around is on foot, bicycle or by boat. Do all three or just chill in a hammock watching life pass by at a snail’s pace. You can also take the optional extra of trying out a South Indian cooking class.

Overnight: Homestay, Chennamkary (Alleppey Backwaters)

Day 9

Alleppey to Kochi

After a relaxed breakfast we will depart Alleppey for the drive back to Kochi (2 hours).
Spend the rest of the day at your leisure or exploring Fort Cochin. Princess Street is one of the oldest streets in the city and is an excellent place to go for people-watching. It is also home to countless cafes, restaurants, bookstores, tea shops, art galleries and boutiques, making it a perfect place to enjoy good South Indian coffee or to do any last minute souvenir shopping.
Overnight: Hotel, Kochi
Day 10


 After breakfast transfer to either Kochi or Trivandrum airport for your onward flight.

Optional 3- day add-on in Kochi

Day 10

Kochi (Vypeen Island & Local Experiences)

This morning join the locals and catch the ferry to Vypeen Island. The island is quiet with beautiful long beaches and a chilled-out atmosphere. Relax on Cherai Beach, explore the quiet backwaters and visit the 16th century Pallipuram Fort.

In the afternoon we will return to Fort Cochin by ferry. The afternoon is yours to try out a unique local experience (optional extra). Choose from a Kathakali dance lesson, a cooking class at a local’s home, an Ayurvedic spa treatment, a guided bike tour or a sunset boat cruise.

Overnight: Hotel, Kochi

Day 11

Explore Kochi

Today we will head to the mainland area of Ernakulam where we will visit the Kerala Folklore Museum. This privately-owned museum offers a unique way to learn about the culture of Kerala with over 4000 artefacts and magnificent architecture, including the main entrance which is made from the remnants of a temple.

Whilst we are in Ernakulam, we will also visit the bustling Broadway Bazaar markets, where it is possible to find just about anything you could ever want. Enjoy a walk along Marine Drive promenade before catching a ferry back to Fort Cochin.

Enjoy your last night in Kochi by taking a final promenade from Mahatma Gandhi Beach to the fish markets.

Overnight: Hotel, Kochi

Day 12


After breakfast we will transfer you to either Kochi or Trivandrum airport for your onward flight. Thank you for travelling with Ekno Travels, we hope to see you again soon!


Met on arrival at the airport by an Ekno representative
Services of an English-speaking guide for the duration of the tour
Local guides in Kochi & Thekkady
7 nights’ accommodation with breakfast
1 night on a luxury houseboat with lunch, dinner and breakfast
1 night homestay accommodation with lunch, dinner and breakfast
All transfers and sightseeing by private AC vehicle as per the itinerary
Entrance fees as per the itinerary
Kathakali dance performance in Kochi
Tea plantation trek in Munnar
Welcome and farewell dinners


  • 1-day trek in Munnar
  • Half day trek and boat ride in Thekkady
  • Ayurveda treatment, Thekkady
  • Cooking class, Thekkady
  • Guided walk, Chennamkary
  • Bike or canoe hire, Chennamkary
  • Cooking class, Chennamkary



Services of an English-speaking guide for the duration of the add-on

2 nights’ accommodation in hotel with breakfast

Private vehicle for all transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary

Entrance fees to all sights and monuments as per the itinerary

Activities as mentioned in the itinerary


Return airfares to India

Indian Tourist Visa

Compulsory insurance of any kind

Lunches and dinners unless otherwise specified in the itinerary

Personal expenditure such as drinks (including bottled water), laundry service and souvenirs


Camera and video entry charges at local sights and monuments

Occasional optional items not identified in the itinerary description

Optional extras as mentioned in the itinerary (see below)


  • Ayurveda treatment
  • Cooking class
  • Kathakali dance lesson
  • Bike tour
  • Sunset Cruise