South India

Private Kerala Photo tour

Images from the past

Kerala Photo Tours

Itinerary of the Kerala Photo Tour

Day 1 – Airport /Cochin

Meet and greet on arrival in the traditional Keralian way. Transfer to a heritage hotel on the Fort Kochi on the sea-side. Start to explore the unique heritage area to experience the fusion of Hindu, Arabian, and Portuguese- Dutch culture in one place! Start with a visit to St. Francis Church – the oldest European Church in India, and proceed to Santa Cruz Basilica – another glorious architecture of the 17th century.  A short walk will take you to the Fort Kochi beach, where you can see lots of Chinese fishing net – the ideal time for photo-shoot is the magic moment of sunset. Dinner

Day 2 – Cochin

Today we will experience and take snaps of traditional dance forms of Kerala. An early morning visit is needed to join a training schedule of Kalaripayuttu, ‘the mother of all martial art’, originated in 2nd century BC, and still now religiously practiced by dedicated young gymnasts.  The visual experience of grace and swiftness is really a challenge to trap on your lenses! In the evening visit the performance and make-up session of ‘ Kathakali’– the most gorgeous and famous dance of Kerala. In between visit to the Mattancherry  – the trade center of spices, where the Jews built up a  synagogue and Dutch constructed an ornate palace for the king, to get hold of the immensely lucrative supply of spices in 17 century! Visit both the monuments, and take snaps. BF, L, D

Day 3 – Cochin to Munnar (4.5 hrs)

Early morning ventures out on the streets of Fort Kochi to get some low-light photographs of fresh markets of flowers, fresh catches from the backwaters, and how the daily- life starts. Start for Munnar at around after breakfast. Packed lunch en route, or late lunch on arrival Munnar. Reach Munnar by late afternoon, driving through a winding mountain road guarded by tall trees of tropical deciduous forest. Our accommodation is at a boutique hotel on the outskirt of Munnar, from where you can walk and get an enchanting view of the Anairyangal Lake, a hidden jewel of Kerala amidst verdant tea- plantations! BF, L, D

Day 4 – Munnar

Visit Eravikulam National Park – a unique grassland the highest mountain peak of South India on 8000ft, and if lucky, meet-cute and shy Nilgiri Tahr – an endangered species in need of protection. Later spend time to Kokkumalai tea garden and factory – one of the few highest tea-plantations in the world! A photography tour around the garden- where the colorfully dressed estate workers are looking the flowers dotted on the emerald tea bushes. Also visit the tea – processing center, where the same Gainsborough-built machines are whirring and clanking since the 1930s !

Enjoy the evening by the infinity swimming pool overlooking the lake!

Day 5 – Munnar – Periyar (4 hrs)

Post breakfast drive to one of the most beautiful forests in India Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve, encircling a spectacular lake. We will visit a huge spice plantation before arriving Periyar – to see and capture in lens how the exotic oriental spices like cardamom, pepper, cinnamon are grown in the natural ambiance! Stay at a luxury resort at the Fringe of the forest. The evening is free to review and share the photo-shoot experience. For those interested, there is an excellent Keralite Ayurveda Spa in the resort waiting to rejuvenate your body and soul! BF, L, D

Day 6 – Periyar

An adventure drive by jeep to Gaviin the morning – the denser area of the National Park on deserted jungle road, in expectation of meeting some wildlife in their own habitat! Afternoon cruise on Periyar Lake by boat. In the spring you can visit lots of wildlife like wild elephants, monkeys, deer, and wild boar. on the banks on your cruise along the lake by forest- boat In the evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration with a traditional Keralian family or visit a gorgeous performance of Theyyam dance – a religious dance form of Kerala. BF, L, D

Day 7 – Periyar to backwater region: Alleppey ( 6-7 hrs)

Drive down to coastal Kerala –on the way visit the activities in rubber plantations. Enter the backwater zone where tranquil lakes and busy creeks create an intricate network of nature and people, playing in tune with each other. Stay in an island resort overlooking the backwater (we do not recommend overnight stay inside any houseboat because it is stuffy and uncomfortable, particularly in March- April). BF, L, D

Day 8 – Alleppey

Morning visit an ancient snake temple at Mannarasala – only one of its kind in India still existent. With thousands of stone serpent sculptures covered with bright yellow turmeric -the courtyard of the temple of traditional Kerala style is a visual feast for photography-lovers. A sunset cruise along the backwaters by a houseboat with deck. They are uniquely shaped rice- barges, known as Kettuvallam, assembled only by coir- knots. For interested viewers, a visit to the Kettuvallam workshop can be arranged. You can capture the rural life of Kuttanad – the paddy-fields, students going to village schools, fisherwomen working, and so on.BF, L, D

Day 9 – Alleppey to Cochin (2 hrs)

After breakfast, drive towards Cochin.  En-route stopover at a “toddy” shop–the small and traditional outlets selling coconut wine. On arrival at Cochin, afternoon free for individual activities – to explore the Fort Kochi heritage area by walk for optional repeat-shoots.In the evening,  optional visit to old markets of Cochin. BF, L, D

Day 10 – Departure. BF

Check out after breakfast and transfer to airport. Tour ends

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Dates:

March/April

Duration:

11 days/10 nights

Photographic themes:

Landscape, wildlife, villages, mountains, culture, people, underwater,

Places:

Cochin,

Munnar,

Anairyangal Lake,

Eravikulam National Park,

Periyar,

Alleppey,

Mannarasala,

Kuttanad

included:

  • Transfer from/to airport upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation
  • Full Board
  • 9 breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary in AC vehicle
  • One English speaking tour guide for the entire tour
  • All guide charges, entry fees, etc
  • All GOVT Tax, toll fees, parking, etc
  • Professional Photographic Guide Tim Vollmer

Not included:

  • International Airfare
  • Alcohol
  • Travel insurance, health insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any site, etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary)
  • Model fees
  • What is not mentioned as included

Getting there:

You will organize your own travel to and from Cochin.

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Photography Instructor for the Kerala Photo Tour

Tim Vollmer

Kerala Photo tour
CEO & Founder

Tim has devoted his life to photography. Photography has been his long-held hobby and great passion. Tim has always felt drawn to the power and beauty he finds in nature. Tim has been leading photo tours and workshops in Iceland and many different countries over the years. He has had the world as his workplace. He is Photographing everything from the dramatic landscape in Iceland, to the native people in the remote corners of the world and the culture that is unique to each country.

His journeys have taken him around the world in pursuit of memorable travel experiences and the creation of compelling images. His work has been featured in international publications. His images and stories are shared on various internet outlets. As a driven artist, professional, entrepreneur, and adventurer, Tim is eager to share his passion, knowledge in photography, and travel through the tours he designed on his own, or through his partnership with professional photographers from around the globe. Tim and his family lived 11 years in Iceland. Now they are based in the Czech Republic.

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