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Scenic Kerala

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 991

Head to the Backwaters in lush Southern India and experience the local life on a small private houseboat sailing through a network of lakes, rives and canals in the State of Kerala.


Cochin (also known as Kochi) has been an important trading port since ancient times. Today, the land of spices that attracted the European traders, is a quaint blend of the old and the new, the Indian and the Western. Popularly referred to as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Cochin is today the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala. It has a rich heritage of forts, churches and temples.   

Some of the places visited during your stay are the Dutch Palace at Mattancherry,  renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana; Fort Kochi, though now in ruins and which contains many remains of Indo-European architecture; the Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town and which is a fascinating mixture of shops, warehouses and spice auction rooms; the St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, which stands as the pride of Fort Cochin and the Chinese fishing nets, seen on the coast, which are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have been brought to Kochi by Chinese traders. The first evening, enjoy a performance of a classical Indian Kathaki dance performance.

From Cochin, drive south to Thekaddy to India’s largest wildlife sanctuary, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. It consists of dense evergreen forest. In the centre is an artificial lake and an important source of water supply for the wildlife.  Herds of elephants can be seen, many of whom come to the lake to drink. During your stay, you will explore the lake by boat with animal sightings. Another day, you will have the opportunity to visit the nearby spice plantations for an aromatic experience.

Next stop is the Backwaters of Kerala, a network of rivers, lakes, lagoons and canals. It is also a unique ecosystem where freshwater meets seawater. Start your cruise on a private de luxe houseboat on sail on to Vembanad Lake. As you cruise through the Backwaters and enter the Alleppey Canals, you will travel through beautiful scenery consisting of sleepy villages, rice paddies and lush vegetation. This is a good opportunity to view local rural life.   

You will spend overnight on board before disembarking at Kumarakom. From here drive to Kovalam known as the “paradise of the south” where you will have time to enjoy the beaches. Finally, drive to Trivandrum for your departure flight from Kerala.


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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 991

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Day 1

Arrive Cochin

You will be met and transferred to your hotel in Cochin, also known as Kochi. Once a major trading port Cochin is now a relaxed seaport town that has changed little over the centuries. Upon arrival proceed to your hotel and remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Radisson Blu Hotel Cochin

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    Radisson Blu Hotel Cochin



    Ancient fantasy meets modern decadence at Radisson Blu Hotel Cochin, located in the heart of Ernakulum city, the cosmopolitan commercial capital of Kerala, India. Surrounded by the finest natural beaches and the bustling Kerala natural harbour, this hotel is only steps away from the city's ...

    Ancient fantasy meets modern decadence at Radisson Blu Hotel Cochin, located in the heart of Ernakulum city, the cosmopolitan commercial capital of Kerala, India. Surrounded by the finest natural beaches and the bustling Kerala natural harbour, this hotel is only steps away from the city's shopping, eclectic restaurants and fabulous attractions. Bringing elegant accommodation to the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, this boutique hotel reflects a lifestyle philosophy embodying the essence of karma and relaxation. The lavishly appointed guestrooms feature a serene and tranquil atmosphere created with a gentle shower of the mystical blue, almost like floating on a cloud. Enjoy an exotic dining experience with zesty Indian and international flavours at the in-house restaurants.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa

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Day 2

Cochin

After breakfast enjoy a morning tour of Cochin. First see the large, graceful Chinese fishing nets that line the shores of historic Fort Cochin. First introduced by traders from the court of Kublai Khan, these fishing nets are probably the most familiar image associated with Kerala.

Continue to Mattancherry also known as the "Dutch Palace" which houses a remarkable series of colourful and detailed murals. There is also an interesting collection of Dutch maps of old Kochi, coronation robes belonging to the maharajas, royal palanquins, weapons and furniture.

Continue onto St. Francis Church, the first European church built in India. On the same square, and in striking contrast, is the flamboyant decor of the 20th century Santa Cruz Cathedra. Next visit the Pardesi Synagogue, a tiny but delightful structure built in 1568 and spend time exploring the old Jewish Town, a fascinating mix of antique shops, warehouses, spice auction rooms and reflections of a once thriving community.

Return to your hotel this afternoon and later, around 4:00PM depart for a local theatre to witness a traditional Kathakali Dance Performance, one of the oldest theatre forms in the world. The Kathakali dance performance is very dramatic and is enacted with elaborate masks, costumes and combine dance with dialogue to bring myth and legend to life. Arrive before the performance begins to watch the artists getting ready and applying the elaborate makeup.

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Day 3

Cochin to Thekaddy

This morning, drive to Thekaddy, the heart of "God's own country" and home to India's largest wildlife sanctuary. Thekkady is a paradise on earth for nature lovers and its bountiful flora and fauna make it the ultimate reservoir for many endangered species. Embark on a 2 to 3-hour nature walk with your guide to witness the magic of this area and the birds who live here.

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Duration2 Nights
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Shalimar Spice Garden

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    Shalimar Spice Garden


    Built on a verdant land unscathed by modernization, the Shalimar Spice Garden is a perfect blend of European and Indian living without diluting the rich heritage of Kerala. The resort borders the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, making it a great place for your holiday. Shalimar is ...

    Built on a verdant land unscathed by modernization, the Shalimar Spice Garden is a perfect blend of European and Indian living without diluting the rich heritage of Kerala. The resort borders the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, making it a great place for your holiday. Shalimar is the perfect place to be, for you to get closer to nature. The pace of life here is so easy and peaceful that even the birds and the butterflies do not seem to be in a hurry. The lush foliage of the coffee, cardamom and other spices plants surround the cottages.

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    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 4

Thekaddy

Enjoy a visit to a Spice Plantation today. Spices are an important part of life in Kerala and play an important role in the Kerala cuisine, medicinal purposes, non-ayurvedic medicine and cosmetics. The tour gives you a chance to enjoy cardamom, pepper, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and many other varieties of spices and medicinal plants. Later return to your hotel and remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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Day 5

Thekaddy to Alleppey

This morning proceed to an embankment point to board your private backwaters cruise through serene landscapes, coconut grooves and paddy fields. The term "backwaters" actually refers to the extensive network of rivers, lakes, canals and lagoons that lace together the coast and interior south of Kochi. Enjoy relaxing in your own personal houseboat and soak up the lush scenery and observe the rural lifestyles of the local people and villages.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 6

Alleppey to Kumarakom to Kovalam

Your cruise takes you through serene landscapes, coconut grooves and paddy fields. Disembark your houseboat in beautiful Kumarakom and proceed where you will be driven to Kovalam, known as the "Paradise of the South". Kovalam has three crescent shaped beaches separated by rocky outcroppings. Shallow waters stretching for hundreds of metres are ideal for swimming. The beaches have steep palm covered headlands and are lined with small shops. The sands on the beaches in Kovalam are partially black in color due to the presence of ilmenite and thorazite.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel

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    Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel


    Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel is located at the famed beaches of Kovalam, just 15 meters from the sea, this is an exclusive leisure beach hotel - a destination by itself. Set in four acres on the serene beaches of Kovalam, the hotel is located ...

    Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel is located at the famed beaches of Kovalam, just 15 meters from the sea, this is an exclusive leisure beach hotel - a destination by itself. Set in four acres on the serene beaches of Kovalam, the hotel is located 15 kilometres away from the Trivandrum International Airport. The hotel has 207 room and suites. The setting, facilities, people, spa, cuisine and its whole philosophy - is dedicated to your personal wellness in a luxurious environment.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 7

Kovalam

The day is at leisure to relax and enjoy this beach town.

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Day 8

Kovalam to Trivandrum

This morning you will drive to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) the capital of Kerala for your departure flight.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Sightseeing and meals as indicated.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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21 Sep 2017
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