Kochi (India), Kovalam, Alleppey, Periyar, Varkala
Dates are customizable for private departures.
Make lasting memories among the tropical landscape of Kerala during your 7-day family highlights tour of India. This tour focuses on uncovering unique beauty, dramatic history, and preserved culture. Discover tranquil canals, colorful temples, wonderful wildlife, and crashing waves at India’s southernmost point. Specialist guides and luxurious accommodations help make this family India tour an experience that brims with hidden treasures and memories.
Kochi – Introductory City Tour
Kochi embodies the unique point at which India connects to the surrounding world. Your flight will land at Cochin International Airport, where your private transfer will greet you upon your arrival. You will make your way to your luxurious accommodations at the heart of the city. After settling into the comforts of your accommodation, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and introduce you to the marvelous city. The Paradesi Synagogue is located in the Mattancherry district and dates back to the 16th century.
Alleppey – Enjoy the Famous Canals
In the morning, the aromas of Cochin Masala Chai will drift through the streets and grace the air with fragrant black tea, ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon. Your private transfer will meet your family in the lobby after breakfast and escort you to the charming town of Alleppey. Here, you will find the fascinating backwaters of the Kerala region. The unique image of Alleppey will captivate your family as you explore the water with your guide to find the rainbow entrance tower of the Kidangamparambu Temple before visiting a 19th-century lighthouse. From the top of the lighthouse, you can see the expansive greenery to east of Alleppey and the turquoise water to the west.
Periyar – Wildlife of the National Park
Your private transfer will meet your family at your hotel after breakfast and escort you to the preserved landscape of Periyar Tiger Reserve. The jungle blankest the hills and blankets the landscape in a majestic ambiance throughout the day. In the reserve, you will set out on a safari in search of the wildlife that thrives in the park, such as boar, sambar, and langur. Your children will keep their eyes on the trees as they search for the rambunctious monkeys. As you venture through the wilderness, your guide will look for signs of tigers. Your guide will explain how langur monkeys offer the best alarm system for nearby tigers because they bark to warn their troop.
Varkala – Exploring Charming Varkala
After an early morning safari for another chance of spotting tigers and the elephants that roam through the jungle terrain, your private transfer will escort you to the city of Varkala, which sits on a red cliff. The setting shapes the enchanting ambiance, which is accentuated by the sounds of lapping waves against the sands. You will set out with your guide to visit the Anjengo Fort. You will spend much of the morning touring this fort and other iconic sites before a scenic boat ride allows you to witness the exotic scenery from a new vantage point.
Kovalam – Discover a Historic Temple
You will venture to Kovalam with your private transfer in the morning and stop at unique sites along the way. You will first stop at Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. You will then continue to the Mansion of Horses, which was named for the 122 horses that were carved into the wooden supports. The vast complex hosts a warren of royal buildings that date back to the mid 19th century and offers examples of traditional Kerala architecture. In the museum, your family will marvel at the musical tree that can produce eight distinctive sounds.
Kovalam – Kovalam and Kanyakumari
In the morning, your guide will escort your family through Kovalam and Kanyakumari for a day of exploration at the southernmost tip of the country. As you travel south, your family will notice the dramatic jade hues of the rice paddies and the fading grandeur of the ghats that adorn the western shores. When you reach Padmanabhapuram Palace, you will find a remarkable collection of carved rosewood ceilings and teak beams. You can witness worshippers as they bathe in the waters at the ghats along Cape Comorin near Kumari Amman Temple as your guide provides the story of how Kumari conquered the world’s demons.
Kovalam – Departure
The scent of fermented rice and coconut dough from Kerala Appam will fill the air in the morning before your private transfer meets your family at your hotel. You will venture to Trivandrum Airport for your flight home, bringing a close to your delightful 7-day India tour.
- Discover the remarkable history of Kochi during a private tour that reveals the mixture of Indian, Chinese, British, Dutch, and Portuguese cultures
- Visit the tip of India at Cape Comorin to view the unique point at which three seas converge
- Search for wildlife, including the elusive Bengal tiger, during safaris at Periyar National Park
- Explore the stunning canals of Alleppey and view the unique town and collection of villages that line the waterways
- Traverse ancient temple grounds across the Kerala region, including Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
- Witness traditional Kerala architecture when on a private tour of one of Asia’s largest wooden palatial complexes
- Visit colorful lighthouses for a 360-degree view that encompasses the landscape and shoreline
Your one-week family India tour will immerse you in the culture of the Kerala region in Southern India and offer a remarkable contrast of the traditions and contemporary lifestyles that can be found in the cities, towns, and villages. With private transfers, luxurious accommodations, specialized guides, and history and family-oriented tours, you will discover the dynamic culture of Kerala. You will travel from Kochi to Kovalam for a rich and exciting adventure that will showcase the abundance of Southern India’s splendor.
Your family adventure in India will begin with your arrival at Cochin Airport, where your private transfer will meet you at customs. You will have one night in Kochi to explore the unique blend of cultures and heritage that has been preserved on the streets and in the architecture. You will then transfer to Alleppey for a private tour of the canals that decorate the cityscape. Your guide will introduce you to the customs of the town with visits to the temples, rice fields, and villages that line the banks.
Upon reaching Periyar National Park, you will have a safari that leads deep into the lush jungle terrain in search of wildlife, such as Sambar deer, langur monkeys, and the elusive Bengal tiger. You will have a morning safari before departing Periyar National Park for the coastal city of Varkala. You can indulge in luxurious accommodations along the water’s edge during your night in Varkala after partaking in a tour of Anjengo Fort, its surrounding temples, and celebrated beaches.
Two nights in Kovalam will offer more stunning coastal scenery as well as introductions to ancient temples and palaces, including Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple and the Mansion of Horses. You will travel south to visit the southern tip of India at Cape Comorin. Here, your guide will provide insight into the beauty of the land and sea in addition to the culture.
$1,045 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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