- Entrance fees
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel accommodation
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Meals as per Itinerary
- Speaking tour guide
Kerala, Be Mesmerised 8D7N
“This slender coastal strip is defined by its layered landscape: almost 600km of glorious Arabian Sea coast and beaches; a languid network of glistening backwaters; and the spice- and tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats, dotted with fiercely protected wildlife reserves and cool hill stations such as Munnar”.
Golden beaches, emerald backwaters, lofty mountain ranges, powerful art forms…
A tropical paradise where you can rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with pristine Nature and Ayurvedic treatments, hug the unspoiled beaches and so much more.
KERALA, WELCOME TO GOD’s OWN COUNTRY.
Tour Highlights (one of my personal favorite):
- Cochin (KOCHI) tour: Mattancherry Palace or Dutch Palace; Fort Cochin, Chinese Fishing Nets
- Periyar: National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary
- Kumarakom, called Paradise on earth: Spice & Tea Plantations + Houseboat cruise
- Kovalam: India’s finest beaches
Package is quoted in USD per person and includes:
- 02-Night accommodation in COCHIN at the Hotel of your choice
- 01- Night accommodation in PERIYAR at the Hotel of your choice
- 02-Night accommodation in KUMARAKOM at the Hotel of your choice
- 02-Night accommodation in KOVALAM at the Hotel of your choice
- Bed & Breakfast basis
- 01 Dinner in Cochin
- 01 Lunch in Kumarakom
- English Guide on all Tours
- Meet and Assist at Airport
- Transfers in all cities by private car
- Package excludes Airline ticket
- Validity: June till 30 September 2019
|Hotels / Room Type||Double||Triple||Single|
|5-Star Deluxe||$ 776||$ 785||$ 1,331|
|5-Star Standard||$ 615||$ 610||$ 1,067|
|NIGHTS||CITY||5-Star Deluxe Hotels or Similar||5-Star Standard Hotels or Similar|
|02||Cochin||Crowne Plaza Hotel / Le Meridien||Holiday Inn|
|01||Periyar||Spice Village / Shalimar Spice Garden||The Elephant Court /|
|02||Kumarakom||The Zuri Kumarakom / Coconut Lagoon||Lakesong Resort / Sarovar Portico|
|02||Kovalam||The Leela Kovalam /||Uday Samudra Beach Resort|
- Prices are subject to change according to availability.
- Terms and conditions apply.
ITINERARY (Please scroll below to: Know before You Go, to learn more on the cities)
Day 01: Arrival Cochin
Arrive Cochin International airport & after customs formalities walk out of the main exit gate where our representative will meet. Transfer from airport to hotel & check-in (Check in time at hotel is 1400). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: In Cochin
After breakfast; proceeds for the guided city tour. Walking tour to: Jew Town, including the Pardesi Synagogue (closed on Fridays & Saturdays); Mattancherry Palace, known locally as the Dutch Palace; Fort Cochin, reminiscent of European streets and houses; Chinese Fishing Nets on the northern shore of Fort Cochin; St Francis Church, near to a typical English village green. A highlight is watching the fishermen working the nets (which operate on a weight system) as the sun is setting.
In the evening, enjoy a one-hour show of Kathakali Dance show, the ancient dance form of Kerala; dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Cochin – Periyar
Today morning drive to Periyar, one of the best elephant sanctuaries in India. It also has monkeys, wild boar and sambals. This beautiful hill station in the Western Ghats is 1,000m above sea level and is famed throughout India for the quality of its spices. Periyar is synonymous with pepper as 95% of India’s production comes from the district.
Check-in on arrival & rest.
Afternoon explore Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary by boat, cruising the waters of the lake. The park is home to many mammals that come to the shore to drink. These include elephant, bison Gaur, Sambar, Cheetal, Sloth Bear and Wild Dog, plus many species of birds. During the dry season when water holes within the forest are dry, leopards and tigers also come to the lake for water. The reserve’s range of flora and fauna is breathtaking, and includes 143 orchid species, trees such as mangoes and banyans as well as wildlife like elephants and Bengal tigers. The River Periyar, which is known as ‘Lifeline of Kerala’, originates in the park’s dense forests. The lake also attracts many species of local and migratory birds. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Periyar – Kumarakom
Morning take to the road for Kumarakom. En route, visit several spice, tea plantation, and spice gardens.
On arrival check in at the hotel & enjoy lunch. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: In Kumarakom
Morning at leisure. Afternoon head to the shore to board houseboat for a scenic and leisurely backwaters cruise. The houseboats are adaptations of kettuvallam boats, which were used for generations to transport rice and spices. Allow yourself to drift away as the beautifully decorated houseboat glides through mangroves and under coconut groves while you feast on traditional Keralan dishes. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Kumarakom – Kovalam
After breakfast, drive to Kovalam. Kovalam offers one of the finest beaches of South India and is famous for its authentic Ayurvedic Massages. On the Malabar Coast along the Kerala shoreline is a small village; called Kovalam a sheltered bay endowed with unusual beauty. This natural bay is a safe sea-pool free from high waves and surge. Today Kovalam has become one of the most popular beach hangouts in India. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: In Kovalam
Day at leisure (no transportation services). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Departure from Trivandrum: Transfer to Trivandrum airport to board flight for onward destination.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
…Fort Kochi and Mattancherry exhibit glimpses of its glorious past through its European churches, palaces, cemeteries, alleyways, fishing nets and much more. It emanates a lovely blend of colonialism and local flavour to offer the best to its visitors. The spice markets, dotting islands, backwaters and beaches, which are a short drive away have slowly made their way to the list of things to do and experience in Cochin.
Visiting Bolgatty Palace on Mulavukad Island, too, is an experience that you cannot afford to miss. Other than these, the charm of Kochi lies in Fort Kochi, a place peppered with history and its remnants.
The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. The Periyar forests of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Spreads across the entire district are the picturesque plantations and hill towns that nestle beautiful trails for treks and mountain walks.
Wealth of Periyar Forests
Flora: There are over 1965 flowering plants including 171 grass species and 143 species of orchids here. The only south Indian conifer, scientifically known as Podocarpus Wallichianus, grows in the forests of the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
Fauna: Mammals: More than 60 species are found here which include the Asian Elephant, Bengal Tiger, Indian Bison, Sambar Deer, Indian Wild Dog, Leopard, Barking Deer and the Smooth-Coated Otter which can be sighted during a boat cruise in the Periyar Lake. The Nilgiri Tahr is confined to the higher rocky areas whereas the endangered Lion Tailed Macaque can be found in the interior evergreen forests. Both the Bonnet Macaques and Nilgiri Langur can be seen foraging from the trees near where the boat lands.
Birds: Here we have 265 species including migrants. The Malabar Grey Hornbill, The Indian Pied Hornbill, Whitebellied Treepie, many species of Drongos, Woodpeckers, Flycatchers, Babblers, the spectacular Malabar Trogon, etc. can be seen near where the boat lands.
Pisces (fish): The Periyar Lake and streams have several species of fish including the Mahseer, the famous and endangered game fish of India. The Smooth-Coated Otter can be frequently spotted from the boat.
Plantations: Tea, cardamom, pepper and coffee plantations abound in the areas adjoining the Tiger Reserve.
Watch Towers: There are a few watch towers inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve which are excellent for viewing wildlife. Reservations can be made at the Forest Information Centre, Thekkady.
Reptiles: Cobra, Viper, Krait, a number of non-poisonous snakes, and the Indian Monitor Lizard.
Amphibians: Frogs like the colorful Malabar Gliding Frog, Fungoid Frog, Bicolored Frog, many species of toads, limbless Caecilians.
Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favourite haunt of tourists since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing.
The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising are some of them. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night. The beach complex includes a string of budget cottages, Ayurvedic health resorts, convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centres.
KUMARAKOM – Paradise on Earth
…You are greeted by lush mangrove forests, paddy fields and massive coconut trees lining up on the shores with the wind dictating their course. National Geographic listed it among the select destinations in the world that one must visit at least once in their lifetime.
Its legendary bird sanctuary spread over 14 acres, is a famous haunt of ornithologists and bird watchers. Many migratory species like the Siberian Stork and Wild Duck can be seen here along with darters, herons, egret, waterfowls and cuckoos. It is also famous for its aquatic life with Chemeen (Prawns), the Konju (Tiger Prawns) and Karimeen being extremely popular among all our visitors. Houseboat rides in traditional Kettuvellams form the apex of a visit here as one gets to soak in the entirety of the place in the majestic Alappuzha backwaters and the Vembanad Lake.
- Cochin, Kerala, India
- Periyar National Park, Kerala, India
- Kumarakom, Kerala, India
- Kovalam, Kerala, India