DAY 01: COCHIN
Upon arrival at Cochin Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel/resort. Then, at your convenience, head out for sightseeing and visits. Enjoy your exploration of the heritage city of Cochin.
Explore the city of Cochin, known as Kochi, Kerala’s largest city, once the “Queen of the Arabian Sea.” It’s a vibrant blend of cultures – British, Arabian, Portuguese, and Chinese. In 2020, it ranked 7th among top world cities. Discover the Calvathy Mosque, a 14th-century marvel of Indo-Islamic heritage. Explore the historic Jewish town with the ancient Mattancherry Synagogue. Don’t miss the iconic Chinese fishing nets, a centuries-old legacy attributed to Chinese Zheng He.
DAY 02: COCHIN – MUNNAR
After breakfast, embark on a delightful four-hour journey to Munnar. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel/resort, refresh, and enjoy your leisure time in Munnar.
Explore Munnar, a breathtaking haven of peace and tranquility, is Kerala’s idyllic tourist destination. Nestled at 6000 ft, it was a favored summer retreat for British rulers. Munnar dazzles with endless tea plantations, pristine valleys, and mountains, along with exotic flora and fauna in its sanctuaries and forests. The spice-scented cool air fills the atmosphere. Munnar has it all, and once you visit, you’ll never want to leave.
DAY 03: MUNNAR
After breakfast discover Munnar’s wonders.
Start your adventure at the Tea Museum to delve into its lush tea plantations and the art of tea production. Then, venture to National Park, home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr, surrounded by breathtaking rolling grasslands and exotic flowers. Anamudi, the towering peak and for adventure, head to Echo Point for trekking, nature walks, and stunning panoramic views of lush green hills. Discover Munnar’s natural and cultural marvels in one memorable journey.
DAY 04: MUNNAR – THEKKADY
After breakfast, embark on a scenic three-hour drive from Munnar to Thekkady.
The very mention of Thekkady brings to mind elephants, rolling hills, and aromatic spice plantations. Here, in the Periyar Forest, you’ll find one of India’s finest wildlife reserves. This region also offers picturesque plantations and hill towns, perfect for treks and mountain walks. Explore nature and culture in this stunning destination. Encounter wildlife at Periyar National Park, savor aromatic treasures in spice plantations, and brave thrilling bamboo rafting. At Elephant Junction, enjoy rides, feeding, and bathing with gentle giants. Immerse in an exhilarating bamboo rafting adventure along the scenic Periyar River, surrounded by wildlife and stunning landscapes.
DAY 05: THEKKADY – KUMARAKOM
After breakfast, journey to Kumarakom, a renowned destination for leisure.
Kumarakom, a masterpiece of natural beauty, captivates visitors with its charm. Explore the magnificent Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and the Bay Island Driftwood Museum. Known for its unique luxury backwater resorts on Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is a destination you’ll want to revisit. This tranquil backwater hamlet offers exotic scenery and a serene atmosphere, making it a green and peaceful retreat.
DAY 06: KUMARAKOM
After breakfast, enjoy leisure activities in Kumarakom, the lush backwater paradise.Kumarakom is among the world’s most enchanting backwater destinations. It’s a haven for rare birds, offering captivating boat rides and unforgettable backwater cruises. Try fishing in these waters, a unique experience. Explore the unique village life, where locals navigate the backwaters for work and daily life. Discover a world unlike any other.
DAY 07: KUMARAKOM – KODUNGALLUR / MARARI
After an early breakfast, embark on an enchanting journey to Mararikulam via Kodungallur. En-route, seize the opportunity to visit the historic Cheraman Juma Mosque, a beacon of Islamic heritage and the very first mosque in the Indian subcontinent, nestled in the captivating historical town of Kodungallur.
History unfolds a remarkable tale: King Cheraman Perumal, also known as Ravi, journeyed to Mecca. There, he met Prophet Muhammad and embraced Islam, bestowed with the name Tajuddin. Tragically, he passed away on his return, laid to rest in Salalah, Oman. His heartfelt letter urged his family to embrace Islam and follow Hazrat Malik Deenar’s teachings. This story resonates in historical accounts, including Al-Tabari’s “Firdousul Hikma” and Ferishta’s “Tarikh Ferishta.”
Discover the Cheraman Juma Mosque, built in 629 CE during Prophet Muhammad’s time. Its unique Indo-Islamic architecture is a testament to rich Islamic heritage in India. The Heritage Project created the first Islamic heritage museum in Kerala within its complex. Explore the museum’s informative panels, murals narrating Cheraman Perumal’s story, and a miniature model of the Mosque’s structure. Witness the fusion of Indian and Middle Eastern architectural styles, preserved with a traditional thatched wooden roof, and more.
DAY 08: MARARI
After breakfast, enjoy leisure activities at Marari Beach.
Experience paradise at Marari Beach, the perfect destination for beach lovers in Kerala. This serene fishing town along the Arabian Sea Coast offers tranquility and unspoiled beauty. Enjoy a peaceful holiday with family and friends on one of the most stunning beaches.
DAY 09: MARARI – COCHIN
After breakfast, drive back to Cochin and transfer to Cochin Airport for your onward journey. Your transfer will be coordinated to match your flight schedule, ensuring a seamless departure from the city.
Embark on our captivating ‘Kerala Classic 09-Day Itinerary,’ a journey that unveils the finest treasures of picturesque Kerala. Experience awe-inspiring nature, breathtaking landscapes, and a rich Islamic heritage. This voyage offers a profound glimpse into the world’s most visited places, from lush green hills to wildlife, spice havens, pristine backwaters, and stunning beaches. Immerse yourself in the rich Indo-Islamic cultural heritage as you explore natural wonders, cities, and towns that rank among the world’s top destinations. Every step resonates with history and captures breathtaking beauty, all while enjoying a mesmerizing Halal-friendly experience throughout your trip.