7 nights in Kerala--mid February itinerary

#1 Feb 1st, 2009, 13:35
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I've gotten a great general idea of how to structure our trip from this excellent forum, but I wanted to post independently as well for some more specific advice.

We'll be arriving in Cochin on the evening of February 14, and flying out of Cochin the morning of February 21; we're planning on spending the first two nights in Fort Cochin and would like to spend one night on a houseboat at some point. My boyfriend wants to ride an elephant (is this possible--if so, where? I know that we can wash elephants at Kodanad); I would like to spend time in Munnar (and see the waterfalls en route). Should we try to fit Periyar in/is this possible? Could we spend one night on a beach--say, Cherai, or somewhere further from Cochin? And, if we fly out of Cochin at 9:30 AM on the 21st, can we stay in Alleppey/another beach the night before for instance and make the flight without a problem?

We're traveling on a low to mid-range budget, planning to splurge out on the houseboat. I've found great accom. recommendations elsewhere, so I'm looking more for the best way we can divide our time. We're mid-twenties, would like to do some hiking/bicycling if possible, meet people, spend a little time at the beach perhaps (though not required as the houseboat will be on the water), and not stress about trying to do too much. And of course there's that elephant ride...

#2 Feb 1st, 2009, 14:35
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You can get an elephant ride in the Periyar Reserve. So maybe spend one night there?..

You mention Cherai Beach. Pleae read rviews on Tripadvisor before booking it.

I myself would not spend an extra night in Cochin, just to be near the airport. As long as you arrive by 7:30 to the airport, and leave earlier than would seem necessary in case of unexpected road delays--why not spend it somewhere within an hour's drive, planning to leave by 6:00 a.m.
Alleppey seems a bit far, but there are surely other places out of the city, and near the airport where you could relax and enjoy your last evening in Kerala. One that I had considered was Swapana Koodorum
(www.keralavillagehomestay.com) as it looked so nice, and is a 15-20 minute drive fromthe airport, and near beach and river. I believe they have their own houseboat too.
#3 Feb 2nd, 2009, 12:37
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When you have only 7 days, only 1 night would be enough for Cochin.
Cochin - 1 night.
Munnar - 2 nights
Periyar - 2 nights.
Houseboat - 1 night.
Alleppey beach - 1 night.
Staying in Alleppey would be fine to reach airport, if you are willing to leave the hotel at 05.30. Here is that link to popular Day with elephant. And this is the time for temple festivals in central Kerala.
#4 Feb 2nd, 2009, 12:45
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To my knowledge, elephant rides are not permitted inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve, although I have seen an elephant "parked" inside a nearby spice plantation, so Im sure you can get a ride outside the sanctuary. Check periyartigerreserve.org

You can definitely get an elephant ride at Madupetty lake near Munnar.

You could stay 1 night at Fort Cochin, 1 night at Cherai beach, do the houseboat, then Periyar - at least do the morning boat ride and then move on to Munnar. The best waterfalls are on the Munnar Cochin route so do that on your way back. If you intend visiting Kodanad, you can also stay the night at Kothamangalam [Hotel Maria - see Hotels section] which is close by, it is just about 30-40min to the airport from here.
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#5 Feb 3rd, 2009, 05:42
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Hi there,

Whilst you are in Munnar you can do a half day trip to Matupetty Dam & possibly Top station.

If you allready have your own car & driver for your Kerala trip, Local sightseeing is included in
the daily hire price.

Between Matupetty Dam & Echo point you can have
an Elephant ride,on left hand side of road heading
towards Echo Point.

Happy travels.


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