Day 1: 2nd June, Tuesday: Cochin to Thattekad (1.5 hours)
Land in Cochin airport and make your way to Thattekad, famous for the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, a hidden gem. Not common on tourist itineraries, this place is a nature lover’s paradise. You will stay in luxury tents next to a river and you can go kayaking, take a guided cycling trip and plantation visit or just laze around. If you are so inclined, you can wake up early next day and set off on an exciting guided bird watching adventure through the sanctuary.
Note: Travelers must arrive at Kochi airport by 12 pm
Meals: Lunch and dinner
Experiences: Guided plantation walk and cycling tour, kayaking
Day 2: 3rd June, Wednesday: Thattekad to Alleppey (2 hours)
A 2hour drive will take you to the rice bowl of Kerala- Alleppey. Backwaters and a slow island life beckon us. Kuttanad is a village, which has rice farms below sea level. We will stay on a houseboat and observe the slow village life that surrounds us: people waiting for the boats to go to schools and an eco system that revolves around the water body amidst which they stay. In the evening, your houseboat will be harboured in the backwaters and you can see a million stars come out in the clear midnight sky. Add some lip smacking Kerala delicacies along the way, and you have a perfect day!
Meals: All meals
Experiences: Houseboat stay| see rice farming in Kuttanad and village life
Day 3: 4th June, Thursday: Alleppey to Munroe Island (2.5 hours)
Make your way to a hidden gem in the backwaters, Munroe Island. This island is actually composed by 8 islands, separated by small water channels and lakes. Take a magical canoe ride through the hidden channels of the backwaters. The Kallada's branches fringe the property and numerous canals run through it. Live among the locals in a traditional home-stay for an authentic taste of Malayali culture (read some of the best Kerala food you’ll eat!).
Experiences: Canoe ride| Live among the local| Malayali cuisine
Day 4: 5th June, Friday: Munroe Island to Fort Cochin (3.5 hours)
Experience Malayali hospitality at your quaint home-stay, right in the heart of Fort Kochi. Start with a lunch at one of the eclectic cafes and head out for a walk through the streets, to explore St. Francis Church, The Dutch cemetery and the Bishop House. Local sights are a walk away and wonderful cafes will host you for a tea break. Head out to the colorful Mattanchery part of town to look through Jew Town and the old Synagogue. Be surprised as you turn corners and find amazing street art along the way. In the evening watch a dazzling Kathakali performance and go behind the scenes to watch the artists do their elaborate face painting.
Wake up early and walk to the fishing nets, watching the fisherman display their catch. If you’re hungry, you can buy fish and they will cook it for you on the spot! Make your way back home, with a bag full of memories.