India, Asia
Location
11 Days
Duration

Classic Kerala

Welcome to India, Asia!

ROUTE: Cochin, Munnar, Thekkady, Periyar, Kumarakom, Kovalam

DURATION: 11 Days

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Visit to historical sites/monuments
  • Evening visit the famous dance drama of Kerala, the Kathakali
  • Sightseeing tour of Cochin
  • Drive on a scenic route dotted with plantations: tea, coffee, rubber, cardamom, cocoa, green pepper and areca nut
  • Visit to the wildlife reserve at Periyar
  • Evening boat trip at the National Park
  • Guided plantation tour
  • Visit of Kumarakom bird sanctuary
  • Overnight Premium Houseboat, cruise narrow canals and backwaters
  • Full day at Kovalam beach
AIRFARE: International Airfare Upon Request
ACCOMMODATIONS:  Hotels used (or similar)
FIRST:
  • Cochin: Radisson
  • Munnar: Windemere Estate
  • Thekkady: Cardamom County
  • Kumarakom: Eastend Lakesong
  • Alleppy: Houseboat
  • Kovalam: Turtle on the Beach
DELUXE:
  • Cochin: Crown Plaza
  • Munnar: Spice Tree
  • Thekkady: Spice Village
  • Kumarakom: Vivanta By Taj
  • Alleppy: Houseboat
  • Kovalam: Vivanta by Taj
LUXURY:
  • Please inquire

Included:

Accommodations Per Person Sharing, including hotel taxes

Arrival & departure transfers where applicable

Local guides where applicable

Meals per itinerary

Park entrance fees and sightseeing fees where applicable

Applicable transportation

Not Included:

Airfare and air taxes

Cancellation, baggage, travel and medical insurance

Items of a personal nature such as baggage porterage, gratuities/tips, laundry, telephone calls, bottled water, etc.

Visa and visa fees

Optional sightseeing and activities

Meals, beverages and services not mentioned in itinerary

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Terms & Conditions

1

Day 1 Arrive Cochin

Upon arrival at airport in India, you will be warmly met by a representative, who will provide assistance and transfer to your accommodation to check-in.

Activities:

  • Rest of the day is at leisure.
  • In the evening visit the famous dance drama of Kerala, the Kathakali. This dance can be characterized by grotesque gesticulations, amazing costumes and very extensive make-up. The stories are mostly taken from the epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana.

Overnight: Cochin

2

Day 2 Cochin

Activities:

  • After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting – The Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town, The St. Francis Church, the oldest European Church in India, The Santa Cruz Basilica originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese, The Dutch Palace and Spice market at the narrow streets.
  • Later return to the hotel.
  • In the evening visit the Chinese fishing nets huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have been brought to Kochi by Chinese traders.

Overnight: Cochin – (B)

3

Day 3 Cochin - Munnar

Activities:

  • After breakfast, drive to Munnar.
  • Check-in at hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Munnar (1,524 M), is the highest town of Kerala with a cool, bracing climate exuding an old world charm. The atmosphere is fragrant with extensive tea and cardamom plantations. There are enchanting high ranges, lakes and streams and beautiful view of low-lying clouds and the mist filled valleys.

Overnight: Munnar – (B)

4

Day 4 Munnar

Activities:

  • After breakfast, visit Pothamedu located 6 Kms from Munnar and which offers an excellent view of tea, coffee and cardamom plantations of Munnar. Devikulam, located 7 Kms from Munnar, this idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience.

Overnight: Munnar – (B)

5

Day 5 Munnar - Periyar

Activities:

  • After breakfast, drive on a scenic route dotted with plantations of rubber, cardamom, cocoa, green pepper and areca nut to the wildlife reserve at Periyar.
  • Arrive Periyar and check-in at the hotel.
  • In the evening enjoy the most popular boat trip at the National Park. There are many animals to see, including herds of elephants, bison’s and packs of wild boars that roam through the woods and parade along the shores of the lake just before sunrise and sunset.

Overnight: Periyar – (B)

6

Day 6 Periyar

Activities:

  • After breakfast, we would leave for guided plantation tour to the nearby garden where in various species of spices and other aromatic plants are cultivated.
  • Afternoon free to visit the local market for spices.

Overnight: Periyar – (B)

7

Day 7 Periyar - Kumarakom

Activities:

  • Morning after breakfast, drive to Kumarakom. Kumarakom backwater is called as the jewels of Kerala. In this small water world you will come across plenty of Traditional country crafts boats and canoes which will take you into the heart of the scenic lake.
  • On arrival check-in at backwater resort.
  • Visit of Kumarakom bird sanctuary.

Overnight: Kumarakom – (B)

8

Day 8 Kumarakom - Houseboat

Activities:

  • After leisurely breakfast in the hotel check out and board your houseboat from Kumarakom jetty at 12:30 Hrs. Staying in this moving palace is breathtaking experience. While sailing down amaze of canals one sees different scenes from the villages, paddy fields, coconut palms, fishermen and local life.
  • Lunch and dinner will be onboard, and you will be spending you night in the mid of the lake.

Overnight: Premium Houseboat – (B, L, D)

9

Day 9 House Boat - Alleppey - Kovalam

Activities:

  • After leisurely breakfast on board disembark at Alleppey jetty, which is also known as Venice of the East because of the narrow canals and backwaters.
  • Drive to Kovalam from Alleppey.
  • On arrival in Kovalam, check-in to the hotel.
  • Rest of the day at leisure.

Optional Activities:  Enter Optional Activity

Overnight: Kovalam – (B)

10

Day 10 Kovalam Beach

Activities:

  • Full day on the beach.

Overnight: Kovalam – (B)

11

Day 11 Kovalam - Trivandrum

Departure: Transfer to Trivandrum airport in time to board the flight for onward journey. – (B)


Meals as per itinerary: (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)


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