Kerala Homestay Experience

Kochi (Cochin) → Kothamangalam → Poochakkal → Alleppey → Kovalam

9 Nights/10 Days


DAY 1

Cochin

Arrive in Cochin. Afternoon at leisure to stroll to the waterfront to see fishermen working the Chinese fishing nets. Evening sunset cruise for 2 Hrs by private motor boat, overnight stay at Cochin.
DAY 2

Cochin

Guided bike tour of colonial Cochin including St Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica. Afternoon tea with a local family, evening enjoy the colorful dance drama called the “Kathakalai” at the local theatre , Overnight stay at Cochin.

DAY 3

Cochin - Kothamangalam

Drive to your homestay at Kothamangalam near Thattekad to learn some of the secrets of Keralan cuisine. Overnight stay at Mundakkal Home stay.

DAY 4

Kothamangalam

Morning guided excursion for bird watching in Thattekad Bird Sanctuary. Afternoon to relax and overnight stay at Mundakkal Home stay.

DAY 5

Kothamangalam - Ezhupunna

Drive to Ezhupunna. Take a walk through the village side or explore the area by bicycle.

DAY 6

Ezhupunna

Full day at Ezhupunna to spend time for Village visit, country boat ride, fish and prawn farm visit and other village activities.

DAY 6

Ezhupunna - Alleppey

Morning transfer to Alleppey, for a guided walk of the old quarter where you can shop for silks and cottons. By 12Noon check into your House Boat for an overnight cruise in the back waters. Overnight stay onboard.

DAY 7

Alleppey - Kovalam

Disembark your houseboat and drive south to the beach at Kovalam, enroute visit the Snake temple at Haripad. An ancient and internationally known centre of pilgrimage for the devotees of serpent gods. The famous Nagaraja temple "Mannarasala" is nestled in a forest glade, like most snake temples. The Mannarasala Temple has over 30,000 images of snakes along the paths and among the trees, and is the largest such temple in Kerala. Women seeking fertility come to worship here, and upon the birth of their child come to hold thanksgiving ceremonies here, often bringing new snake images as offerings. A special turmeric paste which is available at the temple is credited with curative powers.

DAY 8 & 9

Kovalam

Two days at leisure in Kovalam. Take a dip in the pool or relax in the shade.

DAY 8

Trivandrum

Transfer to the airport. Fly from Trivandrum to your homeland.

Stay longer

You could extend this tour by adding a couple of days in the tea plantations around Munnar and exploring the wild life and spice routes of Thekkady ( Periyar ).