The itinerary starts from Trivandrum now known as Thiruvananthapuram. The Capital city of Kerala, busy but it has some great temples to visit, the main one being Padmanabhaswamy Temple and then there is the Trivandrum Museums – The Napier & The Natural History Museum which are located together in the heart of the city. You stay one night here just to relax and be ready for your travels through Kerala. Our next destination is one of our favourites – Varkala – a coastal town in Southern Kerala with a 15 mtrs high cliff facing the Arabian sea. Famous for the shacks on it’s North Cliff which serve great seafood and there’s always music in the air as the sun sets. After Varkala we travel to the serene back waters of Kumarakom which is a 4 Hrs. drive and stay at a back water resort. Experience the addictive charm and calm of the Kerala Back waters.
The Capital city of Kerala, busy but it has some great temples to visit, the main one being Padmanabhaswamy Temple and then there is the Trivandrum Museums – The Napier & The Natural History Museum which are located together in the heart of the city. You stay one night here just to relax and be ready for your travels through Kerala.
Weather: Hotter than other places in Kerala. Generally Humid and Moderate throughout the year. The summers range between 32-35 DegC and the winters 24-27 DegC. Rains a lot especially during September & October.
Closest Airport: Trivandrum international Airport
Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram Central
Best time to visit: December to February
Language: Malayalam and basic English
Population: 2,600,000 approx.
Altitude: 10 Mtrs ASL approx.
Varkala – a coastal town in Southern Kerala with a 15 mtrs high cliff facing the Arabian sea. Famous for the shacks on it’s North Cliff which serve great seafood and there’s always music in the air as the sun sets. Enjoy Ayurveda massages, shopping at the North Cliff with an array of shops selling clothes, teas, spices, handicrafts and more. Main attractions are – The pristine beaches, mineral water spring at the Papanasam or the Varkala beach, the Sivagiri Mutt – A famous ashram founded by Sree Narayana Guru who preached one caste, one religion, one god. Then there is the 2000-year- old Vishnu Temple called Janardana Swami Temple, also known as Dakshin Kashi (Banaras of the South). You get scooters / bikes on hire to explore the town on your own. One can experience house boat cruises with lunch and canoe rides through narrower canals. The adventurous few can try kayaking, surfing and paragliding. All in all, Varkala is an enjoyable little beach paradise.
Weather: Moderate humid climate with monsoons stretching from June to August with heavy rains. The winter season starts in December and ends in February with January receiving the least rainfall of the year. Temperatures range from 12 DegC to 31 DegC during winters. Summers (March-May) are extremely hot and humid with highs of 40 DegC.
Closest Airport: Trivandrum international airport.
Railway Station: Varkala railway station
Best time to visit: October to February
Language: Malayalam, Hindi and basic English as it’s a tourism destination.
Population: approx. 45,000-50,000
Altitude: 150Ft ASL
Munnar at about 5200 feet above sea level is a green, nature filled hill station, famous for sprawling tea estates and the winding drives around them. In the colonial days Munnar was a summer escape for the British. Having a wildlife sanctuary around and so much forest this serene hill station is rich in flora and fauna. Enjoy the mist, the valleys, the streams, the waterfalls, the trekking, shopping for tea, spices and there’s more. This is the most you could ask from one destination. We stay here for three nights before we head back to Kochi for the last night.
Weather: Summers extend from March until May with highs of 35 DegC and lows of 19 DegC. October ranges between 15-20 DegC. November onwards it drops down further to about 12 DegC. December & January gets even cooler and ranges between 10-15 DegC. During December & January Munnar can even dip closer to zero. Monsoons at Munnar, June to September, receives moderate to heavy rainfall with highs hovering around 20 DegC.
Closest Airport: Kochi
Railway Station: You have three options - Aluva (110 Kms), Ernakulam (130Kms) and Madurai (135Kms).
Best time to visit: September to March
Language: Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi & basic English as the literacy rate is very high and it’s a tourism destination.
Population: 40,000-50,000 approx.
Altitude: 1600-1800 Mtrs ASL
Kumarakom is a 4Hrs. drivefrom Kochi. Experience the addictive charm and calm of the Kerala Back waters. On the Vembanad lake which is the largest in Kerala, Kumarakom is a cluster of small islands which also is home to a rich bird sanctuary. Unrushed vibes of Kumarakom life are infectious. We will arrange a night’s stay on a Houseboat which will make you experience the Kerala back waters through it’s less crowded canals.
Weather: Summer extends from March to June with Max day temperatures at 38 DegC and minimum night temperature at 24 DegC. July – September is Monsoons with heavy rains. Winters starts in November and last until Mid February with days peaking at 28 DegC and the nights cooling down to 18DegC.
Closest Airport: Kochi international airport (80 Kms.)
Railway Station: Kottayam railway station (15kms. Approx.)
Best time to visit: October to February.
Language: Malayalam is the official but basic English is also spoken as the literacy rate is high and it’s a tourism destination.
There aren’t many cities or towns in India which will take you back into time like Fort Kochi would. As far back as 1500s when explorers like the famed Vasco Da Gama set foot on the Malabar coast. Packed with the old world colonial charm, this peaceful little seaside town was a fishing village which became the first European township in India known for spice trade. Experience Portugese and Dutch architecture, witness the Chinese fishing nets in action, visit several synagogues and churches, the Dutch palace, walk down the Jew town street, Mattancherry and the local spice market, visit art galleries, go for a sunset cruise, eat out at some interesting cafes, local sea food restaurants, enjoy the Kathakali dance and Kalaripayattu martial arts performances. Fort Kochi is the kind of place where you just float around and soak in the heritage, culture and the colonial past.
Weather: Winters stretch from November to February with a temperature range of 20 – 32 Deg C. Summers start in March and go up till June with a high of 33 DegC. Monsoons which are quite heavy come in July and stay until September.
Closest Airport: Kochi international airport (42Kms)
Railway Station: Nearest Ernakulam South which is approx. 12 Kms away but you can also use the Ernakulam Town station which is 16 Kms away.
Best time to visit: November to February
Language: Malayalam and basic English as the literacy rate is very high and it’s a tourism destination.
Population: Although Kochi city has a population of approx.. 3 million but the For Kochi area is not very densely populated.
Altitude: Sea level