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Kerala Spice & Sail: Kathakali, Spice Trails & Houseboat Experience


3 Nights / 4 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people




Embark on a captivating journey through Kerala with our “Kerala Spice & Sail” tour. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Kerala as you witness mesmerizing Kathakali performances and explore lush spice plantations. Discover the art of spice cultivation, walking through fragrant fields of cardamom, pepper, and cinnamon. Experience the tranquil backwaters aboard a traditional houseboat, gliding past palm-fringed landscapes and quaint villages. Indulge in Kerala’s culinary delights with traditional meals infused with fresh spices. This itinerary promises a blend of cultural immersion, natural beauty, and serene houseboat experiences, offering a glimpse into the soul of Kerala’s rich heritage and landscapes.


  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
7 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
8 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %


Day 1: Cochin - Thekkady (170kms)

Arrive in Cochin, a bustling port city known for its rich history and cultural diversity. Transfer to your hotel and settle in. In the evening, immerse yourself in the vibrant traditions of Kerala with a Kathakali dance performance. Kathakali is a classical dance form that combines intricate facial expressions, hand gestures, and elaborate costumes to depict mythological stories. Following the Kathakali performance, witness a demonstration of Kalaripayattu, one of the oldest martial arts in the world. Marvel at the agility and precision of the fighters as they demonstrate various techniques. Overnight stay in Thekkady, anticipating the adventures ahead in the heart of Kerala's spice country.

Day 2: Thekkady

After a wholesome breakfast at your hotel, embark on a fascinating tour of a local spice plantation. Wander through the verdant fields of cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, and cloves. Learn about the cultivation methods and the medicinal and culinary significance of these aromatic spices in Kerala's cuisine. Engage with knowledgeable guides who will enrich your understanding of spice cultivation and processing. Return to Thekkady for a delicious lunch featuring authentic Kerala flavors, freshly prepared with locally sourced ingredients. In the afternoon, experience the serene beauty of Periyar National Park with a boat safari on Periyar Lake. Glide along the tranquil waters surrounded by dense forests, keeping an eye out for elephants, deer, and a variety of bird species. After the boat safari, you have the option to explore more of Thekkady at leisure or indulge in optional activities like nature walks or a visit to nearby tribal villages. Overnight stay in Thekkady, relishing the natural wonders and cultural richness of Kerala.

Day 3: Thekkady - Alleppey (135kms)

Following breakfast, depart for Alleppey, often referred to as the Venice of the East for its intricate network of backwaters, canals, and lagoons. Check-in to your traditional houseboat and embark on a leisurely cruise through the picturesque backwaters of Alleppey. Marvel at the lush greenery, paddy fields, and coconut groves lining the waterways. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch onboard the houseboat, prepared with freshly caught fish and locally grown vegetables, cooked in traditional Kerala style. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the deck, soaking in the serene ambiance and observing village life along the backwaters. As the sun sets over the horizon, enjoy a delectable dinner served onboard, completing your enchanting houseboat experience in Alleppey. Overnight stay and dinner on the houseboat, surrounded by the tranquility of Kerala's backwaters.

Day 4: Alleppey - Cochin (60kms)

After a leisurely breakfast on the houseboat, disembark and drive back to Cochin, marking the end of your memorable Kerala journey. Alternatively, unwind at a nearby beach or indulge in some souvenir shopping at local markets, known for their spices, handicrafts, and unique Kerala artifacts. Transfer to Cochin Airport or railway station for your onward journey, bidding farewell to Kerala with cherished memories of its wildlife, spice plantations, and serene backwaters.


  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 3 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Any flight tickets.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

Tour's Location


What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

Hotels used or similar for 3 nights accommodation

3 Star Hotels
Periyar (Thekkady) x 2 nights: Abad Green Forest/ Hotel Treetop
Alleppey x 1 night: Deluxe Houseboat (AC During Night Only)

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