Road to Kerala – South India Tour

Mumbai – Bekal – Tellicherry – Sultan Battery – Cochin – Alleppey – Kumarakom – Cochin
Kerala tour packages

View from Bekal Fort, Kerala (photo by Geringer Global Travel, India tour operator).

Read any world traveler’s list of must-see places, and you’re likely to find Kerala. This region has been called “paradise found” and is a regular on any list of romantic destinations. It’s easy to see why. With more than 350 miles of pristine coastline, towering mountains, beautifully carved valleys, awe-inspiring waterfalls and, of course, incomparable backwaters, this region’s tropical wonders will charm you. Sometimes the journey is more important than the destination—so in addition to showing you the usual highlights, thisKerala tour package will take you through some captivating destinations found off the beaten path on the road to Kerala.

Explore Bekal’s 17th century seaside fort and feel the pulsing energy of Tellicherry’s spice market. Hike through a peaceful coffee plantation and discover prehistoric art in the world-famous Edekkal caves. Experience Cochin’s many layers of history and drift thorough Kerala’s beloved backwaters in a ‘kettuvallam’ or Kerala houseboat. Perhaps best of all, you’ll get to know the welcoming people of this region, starting with the families who will host you. You’ll be welcomed into their homes, share meals with them (even learning to cook some Kerala cuisine), and get a glimpse of what life is like here. Get acquainted with Kerala — and all the great stops along the way — on this South India  tourwith Geringer Global Travel.

Day 1: Arrive Mumbai
Your tour in South India begins in Mumbai, a modern megalopolis infused with the country’s ancient ways and eclectic personality. Sample the many sights of Mumbai today: the Prince of Wales Museum, iconic Marine Drive, theDhobi Ghat, the Jain temple and the famed Victoria Terminus.

Day 2: Mumbai – Mangalore – Bekal
Fly to Mangalore and then drive on to Bekal, site of one of the largest and best-preserved forts in Kerala. Check into your hotel and prepare for the adventure ahead.

Day 3: Bekal
Go for a trek in Bekal: wading through backwaters, climbing over hillocks, and passing by coconut trees before arriving at the ideal spot to watch the sunset. You’ll also pass through the famous Bekal fort, the famous seaside fortress and renowned archeological gem.

Day 4: Bekal
You’ll have a day to explore Bekal on your own, checking out some of the captivating sights and experiences available here. And of course, you can also simply lounge on the white-sand beaches and breathe in the salt air.

Day 5: Beekal – Tellicherry
Drive to Tellicherry, a small picturesque town in North Kerala. You’ll stay at the Ayesha Manzil resort, a charming resort that evokes colonial-era elegance. Enjoy the striking views of the immaculate beaches and swaying palm trees, or simply unwind on the rosewood furniture in your stylish room here.

Day 6: Tellicherry
Tellicherry is regarded as the political and cultural capital of Malabar region, and there is so much to see here (including the breathtaking coastline). Visit 17th century Tellicherry Fort, as well as Odathil Palli, a distinctive 500-year-old mosque.

In the afternoon, discover the town’s famed spice market, where you may come upon the fiery ‘Tellicherry Black’ pepper. This spice was a big reason Arab and Mediterranean seafarers established trade links with Kerala.

Day 7: Tellicherry – Sultan’s battery
Drive to Sultan’s Battery this morning, where you’ll be guests of Victor, Ranjini, Ajay and Nisha at the Tranquil Homestay. The intimate and serene environment here offers a level of personal attention—and trademark Indian hospitality—that is both endearing and refreshing. In the afternoon, consider wandering the coffee plantation here: a glimpse at life as a producer of one of the world’s most popular beverages.

Day 8: Sultan’s Battery
As your Kerala tour package continues, trek through the 400-acre plantation in the morning, breathing in the intoxicating, spice-tinged air. You can also discover the Edakkal Caves—home to a fascinating collection of prehistoric rock etchings—or see some of the impressive wildlife found at Muthanga Game Sanctuary. Back at the homestay, indulge yourself with perhaps a Kerala Ayurvedic massage and enjoy a delightful home-cooked meal with the family.

Day 9: Sultan’s Battery – Calicut – Cochin
Board your train and head for Cochin, set in a stunning location between the Arabian Sea and the Kerala backwaters. The city was founded in 1341 when a flood created a natural safe port that became part of the main trade route between Europe and China. The town is known for having a diverse religious make-up, including robust Jewish and Christian communities.

Day 10: Cochin
Visit the Dutch Palace (also known as Mattancherry Palace), which was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Cochin in 1555 AD. Explore the 16th century Jewish Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in India, and see the famed Chinese Fishing Nets and St. Francis Church. Later, enjoy a cooking demonstration followed by lunch with a local family. And in the evening, witness the most elaborate dance form in southern India: Kathakali.

Day 11: Cochin – Alleppey
Drive to Alleppey, where you’ll board the houseboat for an overnight cruise of the famed Kerala backwaters. Along the way you will pass rice fields, tiny villages and women doing laundry and washing utensils. You will disembark to wander in the villages and talk to the people, getting a sense of what life is like here. This is a quintessential Kerala experience.

Day 12: Alleppey – Kumarakom
Transfer to Kumarakom, where you’ll stay at Philipkutty’s Farm. Here, you’ll be welcomed and looked after by your host family while also enjoying the privacy of your waterfront villa. In the evening, enjoy a cooking lesson, where you’ll learn the secrets of Kerala cuisine from the family matriarch. There are a variety of dishes prepared, each with special touches that have been handed down over generations.

Day 13: Kumarakom
Do whatever you want in Kerala today, as you will have a full day at leisure. Relax, explore…it’s all up to you.

Day 14: Kumarakom – Cochin – Mumbai
Make your way to the Cochin airport in the afternoon for your flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival, transfer to the international airport for your flight home, content that your tour of South India has provided you with memories to last a lifetime.

This is a suggested South India itinerary—we’d be happy to customize an itinerary to fit your needs. Whether you prefer a shorter or longer journey, would like to include other parts of India, would like to mix and match accommodations or simply need something to fit your budget, please contact us at 877-255-7438 or email us at info@geringerglobaltravel.com to discuss how we can create a personalized South India tour package for you.

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Pricing Details

14 Days
13 Nights

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