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Tranquil India - Luxury Tour

Kochi – Munnar – Thekkady – Kumarakom – Backwaters Cruise – Kovalam – Kochi


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kathakali Traditional Dance
  • Kochi City & Village Tour
  • Periyar Tiger Reserve
  • Backwater Cruise
  • Kovalam Beach

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Kochi
On arrival in Cochin International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your Hotel.  Enjoy an evening performance of ritualized “Kathakali” dance which tells stories from the ancient Hindu epics. The dancers narrate the story through intricate facial expressions and gestures, with sudden leaps, spins and freeze balances, each wearing fantastic costumes and elaborate make up.
Accommodation: Two nights at Brunton Boatyard in a Superior Sea View room.


Day 2: Kochi (B/D)
A morning tour of Cochin takes you to the famous Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church , the Mattancherry Palace, also known as Dutch Palace; and the Jew town and Jewish Synagogue – the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth and a visit to spice markets.  In the afternoon, visit Kumbalangi village, a tiny eco-friendly fishing village on the backwaters.
Enjoy a seafood dinner at a speciality restaurant in Hotel Casino tonight.


Day 3: Kochi – Munnar (B)
Morning drive to Munnar, the highest town of Kerala with a cool, bracing climate exuding old-world charm and popular for extensive tea and cardamom plantations. Take some time to stroll around and relax in the surroundings.  Accommodation: Two nights at Windermere Estate in an Estate room.


Day 4: Munnar (B)
Morning visit to Pothamedu, to see the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations of Munnar. Also visit Devikulam, an idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna.


Day 5: Munnar - Thekkady (B)
Proceed by car to Thekkady, its fabulous landscape diffused with exotic spice plantations, green carpets of endless tea plantations and lush tropical forests. Visit the cardamom plantations and learn how spices are cultivated. 
Accommodation: Two nights at Spice Village in a Deluxe Villa.


Day 6: Thekkady (B)
Visit the Periyar Tiger Reserve, the largest sanctuary in Kerala. People who once made a living by illegal operations in the forests have since become forest protectors and earn their livelihood through the programs conducted for visitors. Afternoon visit to a tribal village.


Day 7: Thekkady - Kumarakom (B/L)
This morning, proceed to Kumarakom, popularly known as the rice bowl of Kerala.  A huddle of tiny islets on the Vembanad Lake, it’s a pictorial, unsoiled village, an incredibly stunning ecstasy of mangrove forests, pea green paddy meadows and coconut coppices intermingled with enthralling waterways and canals.  Part take in a cooking class followed by lunch at Philipkutty’s Farm. 
Accommodation: One night in Kumarakom Lake Resort in a Meandering Pool Villa.


Day 8: Kumarakom - Backwater Cruise (B/L/D)
Morning visit to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork live here in flocks. Late morning, board your ‘Kettuvallam’- the traditional houseboat. As you sail on the Lake Vembanad to Alleppey witness the natural beauty and tranquility of the backwaters and experience a way of life, where little has changed through the centuries.
Accommodation: One night onboard a Premium Houseboat in a Deluxe room.


Day 9: Alleppey - Kovalam (B)
Disembark in Alleppey and transfer to Kovalam. A former fishing village and today the "Paradise of the South", Kovalam is a sleepy town with three crescent shaped beaches. 
Accommodation: Three nights at The Leela in a Beach View Superior room.


Day 10: Kovalam (B)
Day free to relax at the beach and enjoy the facilities at the resort.


Day 11: Kovalam (B)
Day free to relax at the beach and enjoy the facilities at the resort.


Day 12: Kovalam -Trivandrum (B)
Transfer to airport for your onward flight.

 

India - Best time to Travel

North India from mid-September until mid-April experiences generally pleasant weather and then gets warm. Hilly areas of the north and east India have cooler climates throughout the year. South and West India are moderate year-round.


Wildlife Parks in India close from May/June until September or October. Check with your travel specialist before finalising plans.

Excluded: International flights, visa, insurance and items of a personal nature.

Prices shown are indicative based on 5* hotels in deluxe category rooms or suites, per person twin share, based on low season travel until 30 September 2018.

Check with us for valid rates for your dates of travel.

All prices are subject to change due to fluctuation in rate of exchange, introduction of new government levies or increase in fuel prices.

Please check the valid package price prior to your booking.

This featured itinerary can be customised to meet your requirements. You may want to add an extra day or two to any itinerary, or stay in a different hotel - we can design a personalised itinerary to suit - nothing is too much or too little for us.

Travel Dates

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*per person share twin

12 Days From

$7,620*

Includes

  • Accommodation in 5* Hotels and Deluxe Houseboat
  • Transfers
  • Sightseeing as indicated,
  • Local English speaking guides,
  • Jungle safaris and entrances fees.

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