Scenic Kerala

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19
08 Nights
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Kerala’s magic awaits! Start in Cochin, a historic port city with charming streets and delicious seafood. Then, ascend to Munnar’s cool hills, carpeted with emerald tea plantations. Spot wildlife in Thekkady’s jungles, and cruise Kerala’s tranquil backwaters on a houseboat. Finally, unwind on pristine beaches, soaking up the sun and Kerala’s laid-back charm.

Departure & Return Location

Cochin International Airport

Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala International Airport

Departure Time

Price Includes

  • 07-night accommodation on sharing double/twin room basis with breakfast
  • 01-night accommodation on sharing double/twin room basis onboard houseboat On Full Board Basis
  • Complete transport in AC vehicle with driver
  • Local English speaking tour guide for sightseeing as per program
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Accompanying guide from 10 pax onwards
  • Kathakali Dance show in Cochin
  • Kalaripayattu Martial Art show in Thekkady
  • Presently applicable taxes

Price Excludes

  • Airfare, insurance or visa fees
  • Meals other than those specified in ‘package costs includes’
  • Entrances to monuments & activities
  • Camera or video fee
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Anything not in package costs includes

Complementaries

  • Warm welcome with fresh flower garlands at New Delhi International Airport
  • 02 water bottles per person per day
Itinerary

Day 1Arrive Cochin

Following a warm reception at the airport with fresh floral garlands by a representative or guide, guests will be transferred to their hotel. The representative will assist with check-in procedures upon your arrival at hotel. (Check-in times differ by hotel, but are typically between 1400 and 1500 hours.)

Overnight at the hotel in Cochin.

Day 2Cochin

Breakfast at the hotel. Start with the tour for Fort Kochi area & Mattanchery. 

Visit Dutch Palace in Mattancherry, also know as Mattancherry Palace, is one of the finest examples of the Kerala style of architecture interspersed with colonial influences. The Jewish Synagogue or Paradesi 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. Walk to the Chinese fishing nets which are huge cantilevered fishing nets, believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese trade.

Free time in Fort Kochi area to walk and relax. Evening enjoy the Kathakali Dance show. 

Witness the world famous Kathakali dance at a local theatre, a traditional art form of Kerala. Kathakali artists wear elaborate, billowing costumes with intricately painted faces, flowing scarves, detailed ornaments, and magnificent crowns. This classical Indian dance performance tells stories of Hindu mythology, especially the two epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata through footwork and hand gestures.

Overnight at the hotel in Cochin. 

Day 3Cochin - Munnar

Breakfast at the hotel leisurely check out and drive to Munnar. On arrival check in and overnight at the hotel in Munnar. 

Day 4Munnar

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit tea plantations and tea factory. 

Walking in the tea plantations with your tour guide, immersing into the process of how tea reached from the hills to cups in your homes. You arrive at the tea factory where to see the process happeing in front of your eyes. 

Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel. 

Note: From November – March, we can organise visits to Eravikulam National Park as well, chargeable extra. 

Day 5Munnar - Thekkady

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Thekkady. On arrival, visit Spice Plantation & Periyar Tiger Reserve on a shared boat. 

The wealth of spices of India, especially Kerala have lured foreigners for centuries. The appetizing flavors and the intoxicating aroma of spices need to be experienced to see the reason for the temptation. Thekkady cultivates spices in their blissful weather and location. Owing to a number of lush green spice plantations, it is undoubtedly the heartland of spices. Enjoy a spice tour in Thekkady, in the Western Ghats, close to Periyar Tiger Reserve.

Proceed for the boat ride at Lake Periyar for wildlife viewing. Herds of Elephants, bisons are common sights here. This reservoir is famous for its water birds which can be observed from close quarters when you go boating on the lake. Periyar Lake is inside a protected area and contributes to the conservation of plants, fowl, fish and wild animals, some of which are rare, endemic and also endangered.

Later, check in to your hotel. Evening, witness the Kalaripayattu Martial Art show in the local theatre.
Kerala’s martial art form, Kalaripayattu, is well-known worldwide. Most of Kerala’s art forms are influenced by Kalaripayattu. In the past kalaris (combat arena or battle field) formed an integral part of the lives of ordinary citizens. Having no gender bias, boys and girls of all ages would be taken to the Kalaris for practice in their early years. The status and sway of Kalaris shifted along with the social climate.

For example, there is ‘Meipayattu’ (physical training), ‘Vadipayattu’ (fighting with sticks or swords), ‘Valpayattu’ (fighting with knives), and ‘Verumkaiprayoga’ (fighting with brooms) (bare hand exercise).

One gets to experience the legendary martial art form in all its glory with exercises being presented by trained fighters. The audience will also get a deeper understanding of the techniques used to showcase this ancient practice.

Overnight at the hotel in Thekkady. 

Day 6Thekkady - Houseboat

Early breakfast and drive to Alleppey. On arrival, embark on your houseboat. Sail through the backwaters in your houseboat. 

Lunch, evening snacks, and dinner are to be served onboard housboat. 

(Note: All houseboat don’t serve alcohol onboard, hence, you can take your own.)

Day 7Houseboat - Beach Stay

Breakfast onboard houseboat, disembark at 09am and then drive to your beach stay. 

Ovenright at the beach resort. 

Day 8Beach Stay

Breakfast at the resort. Day free for leisure.
Overnight at the beach resort.

Day 9Departure

Departure transfer to airport for flight back home or onwards destination. (breakfast subject to time availability)

Note: Tranfer to the nearest airport

For Kovalam/Varkala: Trivandrum Airport (TRV)
For Marari: Kochi Airport (COK)

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