i am planning to visit kerala with my wife in early december for 6n/7d.. we are looking to cover munnar, backwaters & trivandrum.. have booked the flights but not done the accomodation yet.. appreciate if people can share their advice on the below rough outline of the trip..
day 1: early morning flight from mumbai to kochin, reach munnar by afternoon and rest for the remaining day
day 2 & 3: sight-seeing in munnar
day 4: leave munnar in the early morning and reach kumarakom by afternoon, overnight stay at some beach resort
day 5: reach allepey, overnight stay/cruise in houseboat
day 6: reach trivandrum by afternoon, roam around & visit the beaches
day 7: leave for mumbai by afternoon flight
i guess the initial part doesn't need much thought since i think 2 full days in munnar are needed at the least.. but i am confused about the backwaters part.. shall we do (a) resort at kumarakom & houseboat at allepey (as outlined above) or (b) resort at allepey & houseboat at kumarakom ?? travelling by road from munnar i don't think we will be able to reach either kumarakom or allepey by noon, which seems to be the check-in time for most houseboats, so i think we need to stay at beach resort for the first night and then can do houseboat the next night.. please advise on how to plan the backwaters stay.. also what's the best way of travelling between kumarakom & allepey, by road or boat ?? finally just 1 day in trivandrum might not be sufficient but i guess if we increase stay there then we would have to cut down on the backwaters which is not what we were preferring..
any feedback will be much appreciated..