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Romantic Kerala Tour

  • 5 Nights / 6 Days
  • Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady - Alleppey - Cochin
Backwaters & houseboat
Kalari Payattua & Kathakali
Ayurveda, yoga & leisure
Spice & tea gardens
Hill station & wildlife
Forts & Jews colony

Renowned as “God’s own country’ and ‘Venice of the East’, Romantic Kerala Tour unfolds a mesmerizing mélange of historical monuments, sublime backwaters, rich biodiversity, soothing climate, lush green tea gardens, vibrant cultural canvas, aroma of spice gardens, thriving world of rejuvenating Ayurveda and picturesque paddy fields. Natural beauty, exotic culture and enchanting art of living make Kerala a dream of every traveler. During Alleppey houseboat stay & tour, you will find that Kerala people live on and for the water- fishing for mackerel and mullet and above all for Asia's most succulent prawns, using vast suspended nets which Chinese immigrants introduced years ago. Naturally, a Kerala tour, offering a tourist to explore picturesque mountains covered with lush greenery and the backwaters in a beautiful house boat, becomes romantic.

Day 1 Arrival at Cochin- Kochi sightseeing tour

On arrival at Cochin/Kochi airport, you will be greeted by a representative of Optima India Tourism and taken to pre-booked Cochin hotel, ensuring smooth & in-time check in. Cochin tour guide, awaiting you at hotel lobby, will be introduced with you. Along with Kochi tour guide proceed to visit prime tourist attractions which include the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica and few other attractions. Traditionally, a commercial and trade centre of spice trade since ancient times and known as ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’, Cochin is popular for its antiques, fabrics and jewellery. You will be taken to marketplace of these specialties of Kochi. Having visited market, return back to Cochin hotel for relaxing overnight stay.

Day 2 Cochin – Munnar (by car-140 kms/ 03 hrs)

Having delicious breakfast in Cochin hotel, proceed to Munnar, a hill station of Kerala and known for its panoramic view, tea plantations, Tea Museum, lakes and wildlife sanctuary. While traversing 140 kms distance between Cochin and Munnar, one passes through sprawling tea plantations, small brooks and streams, picture-book towns, small brooks and streams, thickly-wooded forests etc, guaranteeing a relaxing holiday. On the way to your hotel, visit Cheyyappara waterfalls, a perfect feast for your eyes. On arrival at Munnar, you will be transferred to Munnar hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and return back to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.

Day 3 Munnar sightseeing

3rd day of Romantic Kerala Tour is dedicated to leisurely sightseeing. Having enjoyed fresh breakfast in the morning, proceed to visit Rajamalai or Eravikulam National Park, spread over an area of 97 sq. km. and home to Nilgiri Tahr, several species of rare butterflies, animals and birds. Post-lunch, in the afternoon, visit Mattupetty Dam and Kundala Dam which offer an amazing landscape to behold. Hereinafter, move to visit Eco-Point, located close-by. Thereafter, move for visiting Munnar town. En route enjoy rare sight of tea plantations. Do visit Tata Tea Museum which reveals the origins and evolution of tea-plantation in this region. Late afternoon return to your hotel and spend evening in leisure. Overnight stay will be in Munnar hotel.

Day 4 Munnar-Thekkady (by car- 90 kms/ 02 hrs)- Thekkady sightseeing

Thekkady is an entry point to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Having relished sumptuous breakfast in Munnar hotel, proceed to Thekkady. After 3 hours car journey, reach Thekkady. On arrival at Thekkady, check in at the pre-booked hotel. Today, you will be visiting and indulging in local attractions and activities. Proceed for a memorable spice plantation tour. Spice plantation tour is on chargeable basis. You will happen to see the exotic crops of cinnamon, pepper, coffee, and cardamom and tea estate. You shall be taken for boating in the Periyar Lake. Thekkady is a well known wildlife sanctuary in Kerala and renowned for wild elephants, wild boar, leopards and of course tiger. Later, you will be cruising on the artificial lake of Periyar wildlife sanctuary to watch and observe the marvelous elephant herds. Overnight stay will be in Thekkady hotel.

Day 5 Thekkady- Alleppey (by car- 140 kms/ 04 hrs)

Alleppey, locally called Alappuzha, is world over known for backwaters and houseboat stay and cruise. Check out from Munnar hotel after having delicious breakfast and proceed for Alleppey. On arrival at Alleppey, you will be directly transferred to reserved houseboat. Get aboard for a houseboat experience in the ‘Venice of the East’, Alleppey. Stay in & cruise of houseboat will be a lifetime experience of your life. Leisurely enjoy the pleasantly scenic pathways, green lagoons, villages, emerald green paddy fields and exotic natural surrounding while houseboat cruises through the backwaters. Alleppey is known for its rivers, lagoons and freshwater rivers crisscrossing it. People from various parts of the world throng to enjoy mirror still lagoons, picture book lakesides and long sandy beaches blessed with the water locked district. Your lunch, dinner, breakfast, supper, tea- coffee-snacks, as well as cozy overnight stay will be on the houseboat.

Day 6 Alleppey- Cochin (by car- 60 kms/ 01 hr)

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast at your houseboat. Proceed to Cochin (Kochi) airport. Carry along unforgettable memories of Romantic Kerala Tour and continue your journey back home.


Cochin is also termed as Kochi. Cochin is a fabulous city, culturally rich and commercially vibrant. It is divided into two parts – Ernakulum and Kochi. Come into Cochin to visit Kochi. Kochi is aptly termed as Queen of the Arabian Sea, being the finest natural harbor in the world. Enjoy Kochi with ferry rides commanding its breathtaking view as you cruise around man-made islands with lush green lawns sloping down to the water's edge. These ferries offer luxurious environment on board. Aboard, you can relax with a drink watching the Arab dhows in the foreground, and behind, the tree shaded buildings of the families who sold gold, ivory, timber and peacock to King Solomon, 19 centuries ago. Kerala, the God's own country, beckons you with the best of natural beauty. Cochin is gateway to Kerala. Pleasant ambience, simple people, delicious cuisines, rich past, giant Chinese fishing nets that billow from massive teak and bamboo poles dot the entrance to the harbor. Silhouetted against the setting sun, they present a magnificent sight of the waterfront. Cochin is the oldest European settlement in India. Recording a history of visitors who came, saw and stayed for hundreds of years. Layered impressions of Chinese, Arab, French, Jewish, British and Portuguese are contained within its environment.

Enjoy Cochin during Cochin Carnival. Ring in the New Year with great festivity and cheer at the Cochin Carnival. This week long extravaganza presents to you colourful parades, variety programmes and events to enjoy. And, of course, cherish December 25th to 31st every year.


Munnar is a tiny green paradise teetering on Anamudi – the highest mountain peak of South India, 1549 mteres above sea level. Munnar meaning 'three rivers' is situated at the confluence of three mountain hill streams and a delightful hill station of Kerala and South India. Sprawling tea plantations with trekking paths running through and further leading up to breath-taking waterfalls make it a place worth visiting while on Kerala tour. Far from the maddening crowd, Munnar offers an ideal retreat. Munnar is easily accessible from Cochin. Munnar, a hill station in Idukki district of Kerala, is nestled in soothing environ of Western Ghats. In context of 'nature-tourism', Munnar with its lush-green landscape turns out to be essence of eco-tourism of Kerala. There are many worth watching tourist attractions in and around Munnar. Mattupetty Dam (13 kms from Munnar), Mattupedi Dairy Farm ( an Indo-Swiss scientific farm), Kundala Lake (20 kms from Munnar, a man-made lake), Echo Point (about 15 km from Munnar), Rajamalai ( a part of Eravikulam National Park that is known for Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered species), Tea Museum (intended to educate people about laborious tea production process), Marayoor Sandalwood Forests (home to natural sandalwood and heritage site depicting the ancient stone age civilization dated back to 10,000 B.C. stone age paintings, rock edicts and dolmens), Attukad Waterfalls, Blossom International Park and Munnar tea plantations are main tourist attractions of Munnar.


Thekkady in Idukki district of Kerala is famous for Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, spread across 777 sq kms. Monsoon first reaches Kerala and heavy water shower results great variety of bio-diversity. This biodiversity can be easily seen and experienced in Thekkady. In addition to a great pool of flora and fauna, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady offers opportunity to spot elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs. The main attraction of the Wild Life Sanctuary, declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978, is viewing the herds of wild elephants in the lake while having a boat ride in Periyar Lake. Thekkady is considered a heaven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove.


Kerala is worldwide known for its backwaters and backwater tourism. Alleppey is locally called as Alappuzha. An intricate maze of canals and backwaters lined on both sides by lush greenery makes Alappuzha an interestingly beautiful place. Much sought after by the tourist, the boat rides served by ferries to Kollam and Kottayam offer you an experience of a life time. Famous as the "Venice of East", Alappuzha is also the host to the spectacular Nehru Trophy Snake Boat races. Alleppey is the most popular and beautiful place to enjoy backwaters of Kerala while enjoying an overnight houseboat cruise. During your houseboat stay in Alleppey, see 400 year old Champakkulam church (one of the 7 churches established by St. Thomas) and the Chavara Bhavan. Passing through various canals and waterways and passing by sporadic islands will be an unforgettable experience of Alleppey backwaters tour. Alleppey deserves to be called as the Venice of the East, with its intricate network of canals, backwaters and bridges. Alleppey, sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the Punnamada backwaters on Kerala's southern coast, can be characterized as "life in slow motion".

  • Accommodation in the mentioned hotels on double sharing.

  • Daily breakfast basis on all places.

  • Total Meals: 07 (Breakfast-05; Lunch-01 & Dinner-01).

  • Total night stays: 06 (Cochin-01; Munnar-02; Thekkady-01; Alleppey-01).

  • Well-appointed upgraded air-conditioned rooms at all places.

  • Along with breakfast at all places, 01 lunch & 01 dinner in houseboat.

  • Monument entrance charges.

  • Boat ride on Lake Periyar.

  • Kalaripayattu (Martial Arts) show in Thekkady.

  • Kathakali dance show in Cochin.

  • English speaking & destination-specific guides for sightseeing of historical monuments, if in itinerary.

  • Meet & assist at the airport on arrival & departure.

  • Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Air-conditioned private car for the whole sightseeing tour.

  • Driver for the whole tour.

  • All prevailing taxes like luxury tax, service tax etc.

  • All transfers, city tours, excursions & drives by air-conditioned transport.

  • Interstate road tax, toll tax, parking charges, driver’s wages, fuel charges etc.

Optima Special:
  • Boat ride on Lake Periyar.

  • Kalaripayattu (Martial Arts) show in Thekkady.

  • Backwaters river/lake boat cruise in Alleppey with traditional houseboat called ‘kettuvalam’.

  • Kathakali dance show in Cochin.

Don’t miss on Romantic Kerala Tour:
  • Do taste a variety of sea foods in Cochin.

  • Do explore world-famous spice-market in Cochin.

  • Have a night of home stay to enjoy traditional family life of Kerala people with home-made food.

  • Houseboat stay and cruise in Kerala backwaters.

  • Elephant ride in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Shopping: Cochin: Explore curio shops, small and quaint, for ethnic articles like colorful bead jewelry, mat and bangles made of coir, wood, bamboo, shells, brass, ivory and sandalwood.


Alleppey: : As ‘Welcome Drink’ tender coconut; fish fry and Banana Fry.
Cochin:Meen Mollagitta curry (prepared of freshwater fish) & Kurukku Kalan ( a vegetarian specialty prepared of yoghurt, curry, toasted banana & rice).

Is This Trip For Me:
Travel Style Service Level TPhysical Demands Trip Type Trip Rating
Classic Standard FIT/Small Group 4.6/5
CochinHotel Sea LordRenaissance Hotel TridentVivanta by Taj-Malabar Cochin
MunnarHotel Tea CastleHotel Tea County Windmere EstateDavonshire Greens
ThekkadyHotel Tree TopHotel Spice Village Cardamaom CountyElephant Court
AlleppeyHouseboatDeluxe HouseboatPremium HouseboatLuxury Houseboat
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  • Airfare not included.

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  • Please provide your passport details to Intrepid at least one month before travelling. Please note that if you do not provide your passport details you may be denied entry to any National Parks that are visited along this itinerary, or you may be charged a fee by the local government as passport details are now a requirement for entry into all national parks in India.

  • Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

  • In India normally the check in time is 02:00 PM and check out time is 10:00 AM.

  • Meals other than breakfast and as specified above.

  • Video camera/ still camera fee applicable at various monuments. The same will be paid by you direct on spot on actual basis.

  • Items of personal nature like telephone calls, laundry, tips, hard/soft drink etc.

  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities.

  • Indian visa fees.

  • Any compulsory meal supplements during festive season is not included.

  • Early check in & late check out at the hotels.

  • Any other Items is not included in " Inclusions" heading.

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