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Vacation Activities ID: 2559
Kerala Group Tour
Offered by partner: ID 3297
Country : India
Destination's: cochin (Kerala), Kumarakom (Kerala), Periyar (Kerala), alleppey (Kerala)
Duration: 10 day(s)
Minimum Price: $500 USD ( Per Person)
Maximum Price: $750 USD ( Per Person)
Type : Group
Group Size : 12 - 18 People(s)
Season : October to January
Categories : Family Tours, All Inclusive Tours
Vacation Activities Highlight
This tour has been designed such that you can see the best of all the regions you are visiting and therefore includes all the major highlights in each area. Apart from these, Kerala offers a myriad of delightful, lesser known experiences. At the Kerala Travel Centre we have always been keen to showcase these little, special and off-the-beaten-track experiences that will make your Kerala holiday a memorable experience like no other. We have compiled a partial list experiences which you could choose to enjoy on this tour. When in doubt, just ask your Kerala Travel Centre driver and he will point you the right direction.
Vacation Activities Detail Information
DAY 01 Arrival Cochin

You will be greeted at the International airport with a traditional welcome by our team and escorted to the Brunton Boatyard hotel overlooking the sea, in Cochin. Cochin, also known as the 'Spice coast of India' has been a port town since early centuries which attracted traders and invaders from the world over. Needless to say, Cochin offers you some fascinating snippets of history and culture today. The place is broadly divided into two areas- Ernakulam which is a bustling cosmopolitan metropolis and Fort Cochin which is the cultural hub where the hotel is located. Step out of the hotel and you are within walking distance of the sea and other attractions like the Chinese fishing nets, said to have been left behind by Chinese traders in the 15th century. Relax and unwind at the hotel on your first day in India. Overnight at the Koder House. (Chauffeured Vehicle at disposal)

DAY 02 Cochin

Enjoy a sightseeing tour this morning to explore the many fascinating highlights of Cochin which include - The Jewish Synagogue in what is locally called the Jew Town, St. Francis Church which is the oldest European Church in India, the Santa Cruz Basilica built in 1557 by the Portuguese, the Dutch Palace and the Spice market. In the afternoon enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise. In the evening enjoy a 'Kathakali' dance performance. 'Kathakali' literally means a 'story-play' and is a highly dramatic dance form which depicts the moral values of god and man. The characters wear elaborate make up and heavy ornaments and the performances are enthralling to watch. Overnight at the Koder House. (Chauffeured Vehicle at disposal)

DAY 03 Kumarakom (72 km / 2 hrs)

Drive to Kumarakom from where you will board a boat to go to the Coconut Lagoon resort, located on a little island in the backwaters. Rated as one of the twenty five best get- aways in the world, the authenticity of the resort along with the captivating beauty of its surroundings will not fail to mesmerize you. Kerala's rainwater surges down its hills and mountains and runs into canals and streams where the rolling water tumbles in an effusive surge to join the 40 odd rivers in the state. This labyrinth network of rivers, canals, streams and lagoons form the famed backwaters. The landmass along these waterways pulsate with a different tempo, possessing a lifestyle and ethos so unique that it has become one of the biggest highlights in Kerala. Spend the day at leisure. Overnight at the Coconut Lagoon. (Vehicle for transfer)

Day 04- Kumarakom (Boat Race)

Its the big Boat Race day today. Perhaps the most prestigious boat race in Kerala, the Nehru Trophy Boat Race is also one of the largest team sport events in the world. 60 -70 meter snake boats manned by over 100 oarsmen each compete for this coveted prize and people come from far and wide to watch this spectacle.So that you get a ring side view of the action, we organise a private motor boat from within the comforts of which, you can enjoy the races. A small crew will be available to assist you.Enjoy the evening at leisure.Overnight at the Coconut Lagoon. (No Vehicle)

Day 05- Kumarakom - Periyar (135 Km/ 4 hrs)

Drive to Periyar an area known for its undulating hills, spice plantations, and elephant sightings. One of the 27 tiger reserves in India, the Periyar valley in Thekkady is the oldest. Check into the Spice Village. Either have the rest of the day at leisure or go on a spice plantation tour where you will be enticed by not only the aroma of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg but will also get to know how they are grown, harvested and processed before they reach the supermarkets. Overnight at the Spice Village. (Vehicle at disposal)

DAY 06 – Periyar

Enjoy an escorted three hour jungle trek through the Periyar Wildlife reserve. Though it's rare to see tigers, you will have the opportunity to spot elephants, bisons, deer and several other animals on this trek. Enjoy the rest of the evening enjoying the ambiance of the Spice Village. (Vehicle at disposal)

Day 07 - Houseboat (135 Km/ 4 hrs)

Drive to the backwater region of Allepey to embark on your private houseboat and cruise on the Backwaters, a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. Your houseboats or 'Kettuvalloms' are converted rice barges with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. You can sun bathe in the well appointed lounge or observe the palm fringed landscape from your cabins. Apart from the mesmerizing surroundings it is the life along the backwaters that adds a touch of exotica to this experience.The locals' travel in canoes and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods, door to door in small wooden boats. A small crew will be available at all times to assist you during the cruise. The crew includes the captain who mans the boat, a chef and a housekeeping staff member. The local food prepared by the chef on the houseboat is another delight not to miss. As you cruise along the backwaters you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places, enroute where you can choose to go on a village walk. Whilst the houseboats can cruise along the fascinating backwater stretches, they cannot navigate some of the narrower canals which are equally mesmerizing. Enjoy a special canoe ride along the narrow canals where you can explore these channels on your own. Enjoy a specially organized romantic candle lit dinner on the houseboat tonight. With your boat moored along the tranquil expanse of the Vembanad lake under a starry night, this promises to be an experience like no other. Waking up the following morning on the houseboat is another memorable experience that will stay with you forever. Overnight on board. (Full Board) (Vehicle for Transfer)

DAY 08 – Houseboat – Marari (20 km / ½ h)

This morning you will be transferred to Mararikulam, a typical fishermen's village and check into the Marari beach resort. The Marari is an eco-friendly resort on the beach with accommodations built like traditional fishermen's huts. All that separates the resort from the sea are rows of coconut trees which lets you take in the splendours of the beach. The simplicity and charm of village life that pervades the resort will make you feel one with nature. Overnight at the Marari Beach Resort. (Vehicle for Transfer)

DAY 09 – Marari

Day at leisure on the beach. Enjoy a rejuvenating full body Ayurveda massage today. The five thousand year old ancient natural science of Ayurveda finds its origins in Kerala and a massage is the best way to enjoy your last day in Kerala. Rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight at the Marari Beach Resort. (No vehicle)

DAY 10 – Marari – Cochin – Departure (75 km / 2 h)

Departure transfer to Cochin airport for your return flight. (Vehicle for Transfer)
Notes for price Information
Price Includes:

• Accommodation in well appointed room mentioned in the above hotel or similar category on twin sharing basis.
• Daily Buffet / Fixed Menu breakfast as per plan mentioned in the package.
• All 3 meals, welcome drinks, evening tea and snacks at Houseboat.
• A/c Indica car for all surface transfers & sightseeing (Non A/c for Economy& Standard Package) for the above mentioned destinations.
• All applicable hotel & vehicle taxes, toll, parking fees, permit charge etc.

Price Excludes:

• Any meals other than those mentioned above package.
• Any Airfare / Train fare to the arrival or from the departure point.
• Cost due to upgrading /changing hotels, Room type, luxury cars etc
• Any additional transportation which is not mentioned in the itinerary. (Rs 8.50 per km will be charged for additional use of A/c India).
• Entrance fees to Amusement parks, Boating & other theatre show charges.
• Any portage at airports and hotels, tips, insurance, wine, mineral water, telephone charges, and all items of personal nature.
• Any services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions.
• Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, and vehicle mal-functions, political disturbances etc.

Note :

• If you have own suggestion to change the hotel or schedule, it is possible with the request to the company along with the tour query.
• In case of non-availability of rooms at the hotels mentioned, we shall provide you alternate hotels of similar category and facility.
• Usual Hotel Check-in time is 12.00 hrs & / Check-out time 12.00 Noon.
• Houseboat Check-in time is 12.00 hrs. & Check-out time is 09.00 hrs.
• In A/C Deluxe category Houseboat, A/C will be operated from 9:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. Day time is requirement will be charged extra.
• The above rates are valid for the mentioned period only & it may vary if there is any sudden hike in Govt. tax and policy changes.
• Booking to be confirmed 3 months in advance.
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