Kerala God's Own Country

  • Location: India
  • Duration: 09 Days / 08 Nights
  • Departing from: United Kingdom
  • Price From: £970 per person
  • Type of tour:The Grand Heritage Tour
Standard £970 pp
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Itinerary

Tour Route: Kochi (2) - Munnar (2) - Periyar (1) - Kumarakom (1) – Kovalam (2)
Tour Duration: 08 nights / 09 days


Day 01: Arrive Kochi

Arrive Kochi, the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative and escorted to your hotel for 2 nights stay.

Kochi, also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, is one of the finest natural harbours in the world. Starting from the Dutch, Portuguese and the British, Kochi was the site of the first European colonial settlements in India.

Day 02: Day in Kochi

After breakfast, take a guided walk through the historic Fort Kochi area. This morning we will visit the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and see the authentic Chinese fishing nets still in use.

Today we provide you some options to choose from. Enjoy your afternoon exploring Kochi the way you prefer.

Culture Connection Experiences:

Optional Village Tour: You have the option to enjoy a half day tour of a lush green island model village (agri farm) near Kochi, surrounded by backwaters and paddy fields. Meet the locals to understand essential elements of local village lifestyle of Kerala, which is predominated by coconut. Enjoy a backwaters boat cruise in a traditional country boat. Spend the afternoon visiting local plantations, see coir yarn processing, copra processing, crab farming, clam meat processing, operation of Chinese fishing nets, weaving coconut leaves and fish groping. (at extra charge)

Optional Cultural Performance Evening: This evening, you have the option to watch a spectacular Kathakali performance. Kathakali is one of the oldest theatre forms in India. It is a spectacular combination of drama, dance, music and ritual. Characters with vividly painted faces and elaborate costumes re-enact stories from the Hindu epics of Mahabharata and the Ramayana (at extra charge)

Optional Motor Boat Cruise: Enjoy a sunset motor boat cruise along the coastline of Kochi, where you see the spectacular sunset and the daily lifestyle along Kochi harbor. (at extra charge).

Day03: Kochi to Munnar (135 Kms / 4.5 Hrs)

After a leisurely breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Munnar, one of the most popular hill resorts of south India. Under the British Raj, Munnar was popularly called ‘Switzerland of India' for its natural surroundings and cool climate. The entire area is occupied by thick forests and tea estates. The specialty of Munnar is jungle honey, tea and a rare flower ‘Neela Kurunji’ which blooms once in 12 years.

Upon arrival in Munnar, check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Day04: Day in Munnar

After breakfast, we visit a unique welfare initiative in Munnar, which focuses on enhancing the hidden talents of differently abled children, most of whom are from families of local tea pluckers of Munnar. Here we see three projects that aim to equip disabled children to secure a better future: a centre for special education; a natural dye fabric printing project; and a unit that manufactures handmade paper and paper products. The products made by these children are sold at a small outlet near the workshops and are exported to Japan and Europe. A visit to this unique initiative reiterates how enthusiasm is a sign of spiritual health and imperfections are what make you beautiful !

This afternoon, visit a local tea plantation and the Tata Tea Museum to learn about the cultivation and processing of a variety of Indian teas.

Day05: Munnar to Periyar (150 Kms / 4.5 Hrs)

After breakfast, we embark on a scenic drive to Periyar, the spice plantation hub of Kerala. Upon arrival in Periyar, check in to your hotel and freshen up

This afternoon, take a spice plantation tour and learn about the mystery and history of Indian spices. You will be intrigued to see the vast variety of spices ranging from cloves, cardamom, ginger, pepper, chilli, turmeric etc. You also get the opportunity to shop for fragrant spices at a local market.

Day06: Periyar to Kumarakom (145 Kms / 4.5 Hrs)

Today we drive to Kumarakom, the coastal town in the backwaters of Kerala. On arrival, check-in at your hotel and freshen up. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Culture Connection Experiences:
Optional Sunset Backwaters Cruise: This evening in Kumarakom, you have the option to enjoy a sunset motorboat cruise along the backwaters of Kumarakom. Kerala backwaters consist of a complex network of lagoons, lakes, & canals and are best experienced while slowly rowing down the labyrinth of canals, appreciating life on the banks, lush green rice fields, and coconut groves. Your accompanying local guide will explain scenes and sights along the way (at extra charge).

Optional Overnight Backwaters Cruise: Tonight, you have the option of spending the night under the stars aboard a traditional thatched roof houseboat on the backwaters of Kumarakom (all meals included). (at extra charge)

Day07: Kumarakom to Kovalam (200 Kms / 5 Hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Kovalam, one of the most serene and beautiful beaches of south India. Upon arrival in Kovalam, check in to your hotel for your 03 nights stay.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, pampering yourself with the various Ayurveda and Spa treatments offered by your resort in Kovalam.

Day08: Day in Kovalam

The beautiful beaches of Kovalam are still far from being commercialized or packed with tourists. Today, enjoy a day at leisure to relax and unwind by the tranquil beaches of Kovalam or enjoy the various facilities offered by your hotel.

Day09: Kovalam / Trivandrum (DEPARTURE: Room till 12 Noon)

After breakfast, transfer to Trivandrum airport to board your flight back home.

Inclusion & Exclusion

Inclusion

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  • Daily buffet breakfast.
  • Meeting and assistance on arrival and departures.
  • Chauffeured air-conditioned vehicles for all transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours.
  • Rides and Monument Entrance fees, quoted as supplement.
  • Domestic / International air fare.
  • Local English speaking guide for sightseeing & excursion tours.
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Exclusion

  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone, fax, internet, beverages, camera / video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
  • Local payments in domestic currency, such as tips and gratuities.
  • Indian Visa Fees.
  • Any other services not mentioned in Price Inclusions above.

Special Notes

  • Domestic flights in India impose a baggage restriction of 15 kgs for check in and 07 kgs for cabin baggage
  • Check-in, check-out time at hotels is usually 14:00Hrs / 12:00Hrs.
  • Price includes only those items specified in the itinerary.
  • Price is quoted per person, in British Pound, on twin sharing basis.

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