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BEST OF KERALA


Kerala a state in Southern India is known as a tropical paradise of waving palms and wide sandy beaches. It is a narrow strip of coastal territory that slopes down the Western Ghats in a cascade of lush green vegetation, and reaches to the Arabian sea. 

From USD 828*

per person sharing min. 4 pax

Kerala borders the states of Tamil Nadu to the east and Karnataka to the north. It is also known for its backwaters, mountains, coconuts, spices and art forms like Kathakali and Mohini Attam. It is the most literate state in India, and a land of diverse religions, where you can find Hindu temples, mosques, churches, and even synagogues. With world class tourist sporting options, ayurvedic spas and treatments, eco-tourism initiatives, a large number of visit options ranging from beautiful high altitude blue mountains to pristine rain forests to golden sun-sand beaches and an enormous range of accommodation, Kerala has much to offer the visitor.

 

 

Journey Highlights

  • Walk in the old town, once a hub of spice trade
  • Visit Jewish town and synagogue
  • Watch a classical Kathakali dance performance
  • Explore the lush Spice plantations in the highlands and learn about the spices of India
  • Day cruise the pristine backwaters of Kerala 

Day 01: Arrive Cochin by flight

Upon arrival, our representative will meet you at the arrival lounge holding a placard displaying your name. You will then be escorted to your Hotel and assisted at the time of check-in. Rest of the day is at your leisure. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Kochi (popularly known as Cochin) is spread across islands and promontories in a stunning location between the Arabian Sea and the Backwaters. The city was founded in 1341 when a flood created a natural safe port which became the principal harbour for Malabar coast’s spice trade. Cochin was on the main trade route between Europe and China. The rulers invited people of various religions to settle here, attracting the Jews and the Christians who built places of worship and their own communities.                 

Day 02: Cochin

DAY 02: COCHIN - Breakfast at the hotel - Moring explore Cochin - Evening witness Kathakali dance show - Overnight in Cochin

Day 03: Cochin To Thekkady

Breakfast at the hotel - Drive to Thekkady - Afternoon visit the Spice Plantations - Overnight in Thekkady

Periyar is the ‘Land of the Spices’ Columbus was seeking when he stumbled on the New World; Kerala’s Malabar Coast is famous for its fabulous spice crops. 

Day 04: Thekkady to Kumarakom

Breakfast at the hotel - Half day nature walk and Boat ride in Periyar National Park - Drive to Kumarakom - Overnight in Kumarakom

Kumarakom, or the 'Venice of the East' is a veritable paradise in the lush backwaters of Kottayam. It is Kerala’s heartland of lagoons, palm fringed lakes and paddy fields, inter-linked with hundreds of winding canals with the typical low slung country boats that carry everything from people to fish, rice and coconuts to the milkman and newspaper boy, local politicians and priests to wedding parties.

Day 05: Kumarakom

Breakfast at the hotel - Day Cruise in Vembanad Lake - Lunch on board Houseboat - Overnight in Kumarakom  

Day 06: Kumarakom to Marari

Breakfast at the hotel - Drive to Marari - Day is at leisure - Overnight in Marari.

Post breakfast drive to Marari. On arrival, check in for your stay.

Maraikulam is a sleepy village, locked between the Arabian Sea and Lake Vembanad. The long, soft, sandy beach is ideal for launching traditional Keralan fishing boats which return to the shore with plentiful supplies for the local market. The area is a great place to unwind at the end of your trip – stretched out in a hammock with a book, strolling along the beach, exploring the quiet lanes on a bicycle or following a course of Ayurvedic treatment. Rest of the day is at leisure.              

Day 07: Marari

Breakfast at the hotel - Day at leisure - Overnight in Marari

Optional activities are avaialble.

Day 08: Marari to Cochin

Breakfast at the hotel - Drive to Cochin and fly to onward destination.

 

Includes:

  • Accommodation of 07 nights on TWIN/ DOUBLE share basis at choice of hotels
  • Buffet breakfast at all hotels except houseboat, this will be on full board (all three meals) basis.
  • Transportation by vehicles as per the itinerary
  • 4-6 pax: Air-conditioned Tempo Traveler
  • Services of English speaking local guides during sightseeing
  • Entrance fees to the places of visit as per the itinerary
  • Kathakali dance performance in Cochin
  • Packaged drinking water in the vehicle throughout the tour
  • Currently applicable taxes

Excludes:

  • International Airfare
  • Visa fees for India
  • Any gratuities
  • Any Insurance
  • Any meals or options not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Above given rates are not valid for Expense of personal nature like tipping, laundry, and telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.

Monuments closed on:

  • Friday – Dutch palace ; Friday/Saturday/Jewish Holidays - Jewish Synagogue; Sunday for prayers - St Francis Church;
  • Dutch palace, Jewish Synagogue, St Francis Church
  • Tata Tea Museum is closed on Monday 
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