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Kerala Tour

16 days  |  Starts/Ends: Kochi  |  from INR -------

Kerala, a state on India's tropical Malabar Coast, has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It's known for its palm-lined beaches and its backwaters, a network of canals popular for cruises. Its many upscale seaside resorts include specialists in Ayurvedic treatments.


Itinerary
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Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Kochi

On arrival in Kochi, meet and assist at airport and transfer to hotel
Hotel check-in at 1400 hours

Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Kochi   |  Breakfast

Day 2 : Kochi

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Kochi visiting Matancherry Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Chinese Fishing Nets and Fort Kochi [Matancherry Palace is closed on Fridays & Jewish Synagogue is closed on Fridays and Saturdays] read more...

Most sights of interest are found in Fort Kochin, these include Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1557 and given to the Raja of Cochin in exchange for trading rights. In 1663 the Dutch renovated it, and today it houses a collection of artifacts that belonged to the Rajas of Kochi; it is however best known for the beautiful murals painted on the wooden walls, some of the most detailed and well preserved in the whole of India. For several centuries there were two Jewish communities living in Kochi, the ‘black Jews’ who settled here in 587 BC and the ‘white Jews’ who settled much later. Speaking Malayalam, the local dialect, they played a pivotal role as trading agents between the locals and any foreigners wishing to establish trade. As a result the Jewish population became very wealthy; ‘Jew Town’, close to the Mattancherry Palace is a fascinating area of the old town with its mixture of old shops, warehouses, spice auction rooms and the Jewish Synagogue. Built in 1568, the Synagogue houses Torah and Old Testament scrolls as well as copper plates on which the Kochi rulers granted various privileges to the Jewish community. Today the Jewish population of Kochi numbers around only a dozen families. Visit St. Francis Church originally dedicated to Santo Antonio, patron saint of Portugal. Vasco de Gama died on this site in 1524 and was buried in the cemetery, his body being taken to Portugal 14 years later. Renamed St. Francis in 1663 under the Dutch, it became a Protestant church and then, in 1804 it became Anglican. In 1949 the congregation joined the Church of South India. Be sure to see the famous 14th-15th century cantilevered Chinese fishing nets.

Evening visit to Kochi cultural centre to see the Kathakali dance performance
In the evening enjoy a traditional Kathakali performance. Originally performed by men, this unique art form, with its intricate hand gestures, facial expressions and choreographed movements evolved from ancient martial arts. Unique to Kerala this dance spectacle is based on the stories of the three major Hindu Epics, and is a breath-taking and visually exciting spectacle of gods and demons. It takes hours for the dancer’s elaborate and symbolic facial makeup to be applied, and once he finally dons the ornate costume and headdress representing his character, he literally “becomes” that god or demon. Traditional performances last all night until dawn, with the entire village enjoying the re-enactment of familiar myths.

Overnight: Kochi   |  Breakfast

Day 3 : Kochi – Munnar

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Munnar On arrival in Munnar, check-in at hotel
Afternoon visit Tata Tea Museum [Tea Museum is closed on Mondays]
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The Tata Tea Museum in the Nallathanni Estate tells the eventful story of Munnar; its transformation from an uninhabited stretch of forest land to a plantation town. The highlights of the museum include old machineries used for tea processing, photographs and some other curious displays that throw light on the efforts of some adventurous planters who dared to conquer the wild with minimal equipment and little resource. Rotorvane, an old tea roller used in the CTC type tea processing, would be a wonder for even those associated with modern tea industry. There is a CTC tea manufacturing unit in the museum where visitors can get to now the old method of tea processing. However, the real treat here would be the tea tasting unit where one can savour a variety of flavours.

Rest of the day free at leisure with car and driver at disposal [no guide]

Overnight: Munnar   |  Breakfast

Day 4 : Munnar

Following breakfast at hotels, entire day free at leisure with car and driver at disposal to visit tea plantations and local markets [no guide]
Overnight: Munnar  |  Breakfast

Day 5 : Munnar – Thekkady

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Thekkady
On arrival in Thekkady, check-in at hotel
Evening boat ride by shared boat in Lake Periyar [subject to water level] read more...

The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar adds to the charm of the park. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar, however, are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.

Overnight: Thekkady  |  Breakfast

Day 6 : Thekkady

Following early breakfast at hotel, proceed for nature walk in Periyar National Park [approximately 3 hours walk]

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In 1895 the Periyar River was redirected into the huge 55sq km reservoir that lies at the heart of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The first sanctuary in the state of Kerala, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was set up in 1934 by the old Travancore State Government; it is a rare example of human meddling enhancing, rather than damaging an ecosystem. Near the border with Tamil Nadu, at the southern end of the Western Ghats the 780sq km sanctuary has lush forest and rolling hills and is home to many species of wildlife. In 1973 Periyar was designated a part of Project Tiger but the sanctuary is better known for its large herds of tusk-less elephants. The area is home to over 246 species of birds and 112 of butterflies. A morning or early evening boat ride on the lake allows you to observe animals in their natural habitat and whilst cruising on the mist-shrouded lake you are likely to see wild boar, Sambar deer, wild dogs, Langur monkeys and herds of elephants.
Afternoon at leisure with car and driver at disposal [no guide]

Overnight: Thekkady   |  Breakfast

Day 7 : Thekkady – Kumarakom

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Kumarakom On arrival in Kumarakom, check-in at hotel
Rest of the day free at leisure with car and driver at disposal [no guide]
Overnight: Kumarakom   |  Breakfast

Day 8 : Kumarakom

Rest of the day free at leisure with car and driver at disposal [no guide]
Overnight: Kumarakom   |  Breakfast

Day 9 : Kumarakom

Following breakfast at hotel, transfer by road to Kumarakom jetty to board houseboat for an overnight cruise
Alleppey, once called the Venice of the east by Marco Polo, was officially re-named Alappuzha in 1990, although it is still known by its former name. read more...

Situated at the southern end of Lake Vembanadu, the largest lake in India, Alleppey is the centre of Kerala’s coir and cashew nut industries. With an extensive network of canals passing through the town Alleppey is known for backwater cruises and the region’s famous snake boat races. Surrounded by verdant paddy fields, life in the outlying villages remains largely unchanged, and on a typical backwater cruise you can expect to see stunning lush landscapes, abundant flora and fauna, ornate churches and temples, traditional fishing and methods of agriculture and plenty of smiling friendly people.

Lunch and dinner onboard the houseboat

Overnight: Kumarakom   |  Breakfast , Dinner

Day 10 : Alleppey

Following breakfast, disembark houseboat and transfer by road to hotel in Alleppey Day at leisure to explore backwaters on own [no guide]
Overnight: Alleppey   |  Breakfast

Day 11 : Alleppey – Kochi

Following breakfast, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Kochi
Rest of the day at leisure to Kochi on own [no guide, car and driver]
Overnight: Kochi   |  Breakfast

Day 12 : Depart Kochi

Following breakfast, morning at leisure
Hotel check-out at 1200 hours

Included

11 breakfasts
Meeting and assistance on arrival and departures
Hotel accommodation in a twin / double room in standard / base category rooms at mentioned hotels
Daily buffet breakfast at all hotels except at houseboat in Alleppey where all meals would be included
Chauffeur driven air-conditioned Mini coach for all transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours
Traditional Indian welcome with garlanding on arrival
One visit to Kochi cultural centre to witness Kathakali dance performance
One visit to Tea Museum in Munnar
One boat ride by shared boat at Lake Periyar in Thekkady
On nature walk in Periyar National Park in Thekkady
All applicable monument entrance fees during sightseeing at each city for single visit only
Services of English speaking local guide for sightseeing and excursions
Supply of mineral water [250 ml bottle per person per day] in car during city tours / intercity travel
All currently applicable taxes

Not Included

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
Lunch / dinner at hotels unless specified
India visa fees
Travel insurance
Any other services not mentioned in price inclusions above

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Tour Details
Starts
Kochi
Ends
Kochi
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star & heritage hotels
Meals
Breakfast: 11
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Our guide, Yusef, was terrific. He was extremely knowledgeable, gracious, and helpful. He was well organized and the arrangements were excellent.

Similarly, the driver, Mr Singh was excellent. The bus should have curtains to provide shade from the sun.

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