Tantalizing cuisine and spices. Colourful arts and traditional rituals. Serene backwaters and flowing mountains. Culture and heritage. Kerala is fascinating for many reasons, and Monograms is the best way to discover this incredible region in south India. Your 7-day Monograms vacation in Kerala includes private guided sightseeing, a Local Host® in each city, breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 2 dinners, private ground transportation, and superior accommodations.
You’ll begin in Cochin, with guided sightseeing and a visit to the Kerala Folklore Museum to learn more about the state’s culture. Witness a traditional Kathakali dance performance, and take a walking tour culinary tour. Your hotel is a 375-year old heritage property right in Fort Cochin, so you can immerse yourself fully in the history of the charming seaside town.
Travel to Munnar, surrounded by rolling hills dotted with tea plantations. Savor Kerala cuisine for lunch, and enjoy a performance of Kalaripayattu martial arts, a form that originated in Kerala. Take in the stunning mountain views on your way to a spice plantation as well as a tea plantation.
Back along the coast in Kumarakom, relax at your waterfront luxury resort, and consider indulging yourself with a traditional Ayurvedic massage. The highlight of your vacation is your cruise along the backwaters of Vembanad Lake. Board a houseboat and sail by lush green paddy fields, highlands and beaches. Lunch is served onboard as you enjoy one of Kerala’s must-do highlights.
Kerala is truly a feast for all senses—and your Local Host is there to help you make the most of every moment! Monograms takes care of all the planning, arranging, and logistics, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy.
Insider Benefits Included in Your Vacation
Monograms is all about connecting you to your destination with unmatched insider guidance and support to make travel a pleasure. With a local expert in each destination, your Monograms vacation includes local assistance and tips that only a local would know and would help you put your signature on your vacation.
YOUR VACATION INCLUDES
Buffet breakfast (B) daily; 3 lunches: 2 dinners (D)
In Cochin, Munnar & Kumarakom
SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES
Cooking demo & class; Guided walk through Fort Cochin; Visit Kerala Folklore Museum; Kathakali dance performance with meet & greet with an artist; Photo stops at Attukad Falls and Pothamedu viewpoint; Lunch featuring Kairali thali; Kalaripayattu performance; Jeep tour of spice plantation; Tea factory tour and tasting; Visit St Mary’s Church; Visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary; Backwaters cruise by houseboat including lunch
Private vehicle transfers between cities
ITINERARY AND MEALS
DAY 1 Cochin, India. Welcome to Cochin, the capital and the gateway to Kerala. Known as ‘the Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Cochin is a vibrant city with many charming attractions for travelers. Your hotel room is available for mid-afternoon check-in. This evening, meet your Local Host for a tasteful culinary tour and dinner featuring local cuisine. (D)
Note: Arrive to the hotel by 5pm in time for the evening’s activities.
DAY 2 Cochin. Your morning guided tour starts with the Chinese Fishing Nets¬—the livelihood of many local fishermen—and a walk through the Fort Cochin area. Also see Santa Cruz Basilica, the Indo-Portuguese Museum, and Francis Church (home of the Dutch Cemetery). These structures date back to the 1500s and reflect the Portuguese heritage and architecture found in the city. Next, visit the Kerala Folklore Museum which aims to preserve and educate people about the unique culture and heritage of South India. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a spectacular show of Kathakali dance, a traditional form of storytelling, part dance and part mime, distingui shed by the elaborately colorful costumes and masks worn by the dancers. At the theater, meet one of the artists and learn more about this classical art form firsthand. (B)
DAY 3 Cochin–Munnar. This morning, settle in for a beautiful scenic drive through mountains and valleys to Munnar, famous for its tea, spices, and hills dotted with lush green tea plantations. Along the way, stop at Attukad Falls and Pothamedu viewpoint. On arrival in Munnar, sample traditional Kerala cuisine for lunch. Later, enjoy a Kalaripayattu performance, one of the oldest martial arts forms in the world that originated in Kerala. (B,L,D)
DAY 4 Munnar. Today’s full day tour takes you to the very places for which Munnar is known. First, learn about the area’s spice industry at a local spice plantation, then travel high into the Kolukkumalai hills to visit the highest tea plantation in the world. Owing to the altitude, the tea here possesses a special flavor and freshness and sought world over. As you ascend, you’ll also witness majestic views and stunning gardens, adding to this remarkable experience. Return to Munnar where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)
DAY 5 Munnar–Kumarakom. Travel to Kumarakom, located on the shores of Vembanad Lake. A picturesque cluster of islands along the backwater of Kerala, Kumarakom is a peaceful retreat amidst emerald green waters laced with luxurious palm trees. Stop at St Mary Church, built in 1579, then spot rare migratory birds at the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, before arriving at your tranquil waterfront resort this afternoon. Perhaps indulge in a traditional Ayurvedic massage or simply relax by the pool. (B)
DAY 6 Kumarakom. Board your houseboat this morning for an unforgettable cruise on the backwaters of Kerala. As you drift along, enjoy authentic local food, explore local life along the waterways, and marvel at the beauty of Kerala’s backwaters. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)
DAY 7 Kumarakom–Cochin. Your vacation ends with a transfer to Cochin International Airport. Please schedule flights after 11:30am. (B)
We’ve carefully screened and selected the right hotels at your destination. Hotels included in your vacation package:
Fort Kochi Hotel Dutch Bungalow
Rivulet Resort Munnar
Niraamaya Retreats Backwaters & Beyond