Kerala Spice Trail

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 eleven 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.

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Day One: 

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 Home away from home at Fort Kochi. 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.

Day Two: 

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 Three:

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.

Day Four:

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 Five:

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.

Day Six:

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.

Homestay

Day Seven:

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.

Day Eight:

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.

Day Nine:

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 Ten:

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.

Day Eleven:

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.

If you would like to know more about this itinerary, please contact our reservations team who will be happy to help you with your plans.

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