Arrive at Cochin airport where you will be received and transfer to the lovely traditional homestay at Palakkad called Kandath Tharavad. You will be given a traditional welcome by the host and shown around the property. Rest of the day relax and enjoy delicious Kerala food served in plantain leaf. Overnight stay at Kandath Tharavad.
After breakfast option for visiting Parambikulam National Park, visiting the local village by bullock cart, cycling experience, etc. Overnight stay at Kandath Tharavad, Kerala homestays.
After breakfast option for visiting the traditional potters and weavers colony, having ayurvedic massage treatment, attending cooking demonstration classes, etc. Overnight stay at Kandath Tharavad.
After breakfast leave Palakkad and drive to the lovely heritage town of Cochin. On arrival, check into Kerala homestays and relax for the day. Overnight stay at Kerala Gramam.
After breakfast guided city tour of Fort Cochin visiting Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, St. Francis Church where Vasco De Gama was first buried, Santa Cruz Basilica and the Chinese Fishing Nets. Then explore the Jew town and the spice market at Mattancherry. In the late afternoon visit the Greenix cultural village and watch some Kerala art performances including Kathakali and Kalaripayattu. Overnight stay at Homestays (Gramam).
After breakfast drive to another lovely homestays located in Kothamangalam. Enroute if interested you can visit the Kottanad elephant camp where you can enjoy elephant ride and bathe the elephants in the river. On reaching Kothamangalam, check into the plantation homestay and relax. You will be shown around the plantations and served with delicious homely meals. Overnight stay at Mundakkal Homestay.
Early morning drive to Thatekkad bird sanctuary where around 270 species of migratory and local birds can be found. Your guide will attract these birds making different sound and explain each of them clearly to you. After completing the visit return back to the homestay and have a late breakfast. Then drive to Pala and on arrival, check into Nazarani Tharavad homestay. Later visit the Vanilla Farm and the rubber estate of the host to watch the tapping of rubber and processing of latex. You can also do fishing in the pond using traditional method. Overnight stay at Nazarani Tharavad Homestay.
After breakfast do the local sightseeing on this day during Kerala homestays. Visit the local artisans like traditional Kavani (cloth) weaver, bell metal worker and potter. Then visit Poonjar Palace, millennium old temples, churches, attend cooking demonstration class, do trekking, have ayurvedic massage, etc. Overnight at Nazarani Tharavad.
After breakfast drive to the lovely backwater destination called Alleppey to board the private houseboat at 12noon and cruise in the narrow canals. During the cruise you can stop to visit ancient temples, churches and can watch the day to day life of the local people who live close to these canals. Your crew will look after you and shall serve you with delicious Kerala food on board. In the evening by 6pm the boat will be anchored in a village where you can go for walk and mingle with the local people. Overnight stay at Deluxe Airconditioned Houseboat (Kindly note the aircondition in the houseboat will be switched on from 9pm to 7am only)