Scents and colors of Kerala

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Duration: 11 days | 10 nights

Location: Trivandrum - Cochin - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Allepey - Kovalam - Kanyakumari

Highlights of the programme :
  • Munnar and the tea plantations of sight
  • The charm of a house-boat on the canals at Alleppey
  • Kovalam beach resort launched by the Travancore Maharajah
  • Kanyakumari or the meeting of three seas

Arrival at Trivandrum. Reception at the airport. Transfer and overnight at the hotel.

Panoramic tour of Trivandrum or ThiruvananthpuramThe capital of Kerala has numerous and imposing temples. Visit the museum rebuilt by Lord Napier Napier who gave it its name, this museum both its architecture and the works in it is worthy of praise. Then stop at the Padmanabhapuram palace built in the 14th century and that of Kuthiramalika is a specimen of classical architecture of Kerala. Then drive to Cochin. Overnight at hotel.

Since ancient times, the port city of Kochi is known to be an important commercial centerIt was a prosperous stop on the Silk Road and Spice and still knows very active today in addition to being an important naval baseIt is at Cochin, former first Portuguese and Dutch counter that Vasco da Gama made a stop in 1498 and died with the title of Viceroy of Portuguese India. Explore the old town with the church of St Francis, the first Christian church built in India, the former colonial quarter Mattanchery with its synagogue, the Dutch Palace and the traditional district of spice warehouses. In the evening, representation of a Kathakali dance showspectacular combination of costume drama, dance and singing. Overnight at hotel.

Drive to Munnar in the most spectacular mountain scenery in South India. A haven of peace and coolnessthese panoramas adorned with tea and spice plantations, rivers, lakes and dense forests offer vivid shades of greenThis small mountain resort located 1,600 meters above sea level was a popular holiday resort by the English at the time of the British RajVisit a tea plantation and tea museum tracing the origin of this famous drink since 1880. It is the first museum of its kind in India, opened by the Tata company, which includes a true heritage of the origins and the evolution of the plantations. Overnight at hotel.

A beautiful forest road with beautiful landscapes winds through the heart of the hills covered with tea plantations, coffee and cardamom towards the Periyar National Park. Extending over 777 km² of which 360 thick forests, the park was declared a National Tiger Reserve in 1978. Boat trip on the lake in the heart of the park to observe bird life, deer, monkeys, elephants and other mammals. Visit a spice garden where there is a wide range of plants: pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, cardamom, chillies, mustard, ginger, cloves, cocoa. Overnight at hotel.

Morning departure for the beautiful Lake Wembanad across the plain of Palai, home to the rice fields of sight and peaceful villages framed by countless coconutThe Wembanad Lake is the largest freshwater lake in India that stretches from Cochin to Alleppeyresulting from the meeting of three rivers. In the afternoon, visit to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, heavenly bird sanctuary for the many sedentary species, endemic and migratory it supports. Consisting of mangrove forests, paddy fieldscoconut groves, the Reserve serves as nursery, natural habitat and place of reproductions. Overnight at hotel.

Before leaving for Alleppeyride on the lake to observe the flora and fauna of the region: egrets, heronswaterfowl, teal, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that arrive each winter in groups for it. Drive to Alleppey between the rubber plantations. Alleppey is a pleasant little town on the other side of the lake surrounded by canals that invites a timeless journey through its backwatersThe famous canals of Kerala make this region one of the most picturesque rural India, an idyllic network on a green coast. Along the palm-fringed shores, one can observe the lacustrine life and people go about their various occupationsGetting on a houseboat for a leisurely cruise on these channels. Overnight on houseboat.

Disembark after breakfast and drive to Kovalam seaside resort whose beaches are the most attractive to those of Goa. Everything is laid out for tourists supervised swimming, catamaran rides, surfing. Here, coconut groves that line the beaches several kilometers are home to a large population of fishermen who live in villages and hamlets in the area. The Maharaja of Travancore maintain an up significant place in the history of the station. Enthused by the beauty of the place, the king used to spend his free time. He invited his European friends in the 1930s, the popularity of Kovalam was madeOvernight at hotel.

Morning departure for the city of Kanyakumari at the southern tip of India. On the way stop at the beautiful Padmanabhapuram Palace, the former summer residence of the Maharaja of Travancoreremarkable maze of corridors and walkways decorated with rich wood paneling and murals from the 17th and 18th centuries. Continue to Kanyakumari southernmost city of the country, formerly known as Cape Comorin, the heading of the girl in the days of the British RajIt is the place where three seas meet: the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. This advanced to the South Pole, there is no landThis is also a part of Kanyakumari ashes of Mahatma Gandhi was dispersed after his cremation, which is why the city is an important place of pilgrimage. Kanyakumari mark by the special atmosphere of the city around the world. Y reign a wind of lightness and relaxation that pairs well with religious fervor. After a walk by the sea to watch the sunset, back to Kovalam. Overnight at hotel.

Relaxation day to enjoy the seaside activities. Overnight at hotel.

Transfer to Trivandrum airport for the return flight.


You will find below our selection of hotels for this trip. Hotels indicative subject to availability. The choice of the class of accommodation to you. You will be able to specify it in your quote.

Beach and Lake Ayurvedic Resort – Trivandrum

For those who want to combine holidays & Ayurvedic treatments. Great hospitality, friendlyand courteous staff. Clean rooms, some with sea view. Nice poolDuring yoga as possibleA place to relax, rejuvenate and relax.

Old Harbour Hotel – Cochin

Hotel in the center of Hospet and enjoyable. Very warm welcome. Bedroom and spacious bathroom. Friendly staff. Pool, spa with massage and Ayurvedic treatments, restaurants available.

Swiss County – Munnar

A small hotel located in an  incredible property in the hills of tea plants. The rooms are large and some offer a mini suite with lounge. Courteous, attentive and caring staff. Fine cuisine.

Spice Village Resort – Periyar

Establishment luxury ecolodge. Bungalows scattered in a garden full of spices. Bright, comfortable, clean and spacious rooms. Attentive and efficient. Nice pool.

Paradise Resort – Kumarakom

A quiet resort, small and cozy on the lake. Friendly and smiling staff. Pool overlooking the lake. Spacious and comfortable rooms.

Maharaju Palace – Kovalam

A gem close to the beach. A calm oasis surrounded by beautiful gardens. Charming house with neat rooms that are well decorated. Very welcoming staff.


You will find below our suggestion for activities to do throughout your journey. Do not hesitate to contact an advisor Aryavrit Travels for any specific request.

Horseback ride

Expect a complete change: in the saddle on the beautiful Marwari horses with amazing earrings shaped like a crescent moon, discover the breathtaking surroundings and go out to meet the locals. A walk to discover treasures, off the beaten path.

Bike ride

We invite you to immerse in unusual: a bike ride on the roads of India, Nepal and Bhutan. Cycling is a way to meet people, a tool to reach out to the population, which allows you to be closer than at the window of an air conditioned car. Let yourself drift along with your meetings, you will appreciate the paths which reserve surprises, all more enjoyable than the other.


Take a step back to admire the pink city Jaipur, it is possible. Climb aboard the platform of your balloon and fly over the capital of Rajasthan and the impressive Amber Fort which is necessary not far from it. In the early morning light, the emotions are at their peak by the glipse by the history of vastness and beauty which has exisred here for last many centuries.

Polo match

Polo on horseback or elephant, a unique show in Jaipur, Jodhpur or Delhi. Sport in vogue in India, polo on horseback is still today one of the spearheads of the sport in the Indian aristocracy. Polo on elephant back, meanwhile, is not a sport as such. Nevertheless, it attracts large crowds because of the originality of a rapid game with elephants struggling to move on the ground. Very entertaining!

Cricket match

Catch a game of cricket, a sport that is truly thrill the crowds in India. Unknown in France, cricket crystallizes all the passions in the Indian subcontinent, where millions of fans follow live matches of their national team. The best players are idolized as real stars, like Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev considered one of the best cricketers of all time.

Vintage car

Experience the charm side with a vintage ride in Rajasthan. These old cars of the maharajahs take you as a prince through the main streets of the cities. A timeless adventure not to be missed.

Local family

What could be more authentic than sharing a moment with a local family? An opportunity to understand the Indianess from very close which is worth reading several books on India. A unique opportunity to learn about the customs of your hosts, with whom you share a traditional meal. A moment of conviviality, memorable exchanges that will only add magic to your stay.

Film show

Indians like to say that what unites them is a passion for cricket and love of cinema. India is the largest film industry in the world in terms of production and the number of entries. Attend the screening of a film, it’s a unique experience and share a moment of jubilation.


Immerse yourself in the practice of Yoga and meditation which helps you to know your body and mind. An experienced yoga teacher will teach you the various techniques of “pranayama” (breathing), “asanas” (positions) and ‘dhyana’ (meditation). A unique opportunity in the purest tradition.

Henna session

Mehndi usually refers to the art of drawing with henna on the skin. It is an ephemeral equivalent of tattooing. In Rajasthan, mehndi is an fplk art and it is common for women to get as sophisticated as those of newlyweds drawings. Attend a session to decorate your hands with henna and why not take the opportunity to keep track of your visit!

Cooking lessons

You fell for tandoori chicken, Kerala fish curry, samosas, the thali, the dal, biryani? Do not leave without having learned to cook these dishes. We offer courses in vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine. At the end of the session, you are invited to examine and taste your own the prepared dishes.

Ayurveda massage

Ayurveda invites us to stay in harmony with nature, in touch with the elements of nature by practicing yoga and meditation which help us to purify and nourish our body and mind. A massage on the eye helps to rebalance the body and its functions. Enjoy your visit to the birthplace of Ayurveda to experience a massage in the purest tradition.