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10 Days Itinerary - Kerala

 
 
TOUR NAME: Kerala Explorer
 
TOUR DAYS: 9 Nights/10 Days Tour Programme
 
COCHIN (ARRIVAL) – MUNNAR – PERIYAR – KUMARAKOM – ALLEPPEY (HOUSE BOAT) – KOVALAM – TRIVANDRUM (DEPARTURE)
 
 
PLACE NIGHTS STANDARD SUPERIOR DELUXE
Cochin 02 Gama Heritage Travancore Court Taj Residency
Munnar 01 Deshadan Mountain Resort T & U Club Mahindra
Periyar 02 Silver Crest Wilder Nest Shalimar Spice Garden
Kumarakom 01 Backwater Resort Whispering Palms Coconut Lagoon
Alleppey 01 House boat - AC House boat - AC House boat - AC
Kovalam 02 Soma Palm Shore Travancore Heritage Turtle on the Beach
 
 
     *08 Nights Hotels + 01 Night House Boat
     *If above listed hotels are not available we will provide similar hotel.
 
 
PRICES AND DATES : send query or call for more information.
 
 
TOUR ITINERARY:
DAY 1: ARRIVAL COCHIN & TRANSFER TO HOTEL
 
Upon arrival at Cochin, our Executive will meet you at the Airport followed by transfer from Airport to Hotel. Later return to hotel. (Overnight stay in Cochin).
 
DAY 2: COCHIN SIGHTSEEING
 
After breakfast depart for sight seeing tour of Cochin visiting - 'The Jewish Synagogue' at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town, 'The St. Francis Church', the oldest European Church in India, 'The Santa Cruz Basilica' originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese, The Dutch Palace, Spice market at the narrow streets. Evenings by the Chinese fishing area are very lively with the daily fish market in here. All the live catch from time to time comes to sale. If you are a person who likes to eat fish, then you can buy very fresh fish from here and ask the nearby restaurant to cook the same for you. Evening at 17.30hrs visit to the famous dance drama of Kerala, the "Kathakali". This dance can be characterized by grotesque gesticulations, amazing costumes and very extensive make-up. The stories are mostly taken from the epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana. (Overnight stay in Cochin).
 
DAY 3: COCHIN TO MUNNAR (155km / 4h)
 
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Munnar - nature lover's paradise. On arrival check-in to the hotel and after lunch at 02.00pm proceed for sight seeing tour of Munnar - visiting Rajamally (home of an endangered species of goat called Nilgiri Thar), Anamudi (one of the tallest peaks in south India), Mattupetty Dam, The echo point - A Place with natural echo Phenomenon and Kundale Where have boating facility in shikara type of boats. Rest of the day free for own activities. (Overnight stay in Munnar).
 
DAY 4: MUNNAR TO PERIYAR (100km / 2.5h)
 
Check out from hotel after breakfast and drive to Periyar (also known as Thekkady). The name Periyar comes after the Dam made here by the English in 1895. A wild life reserve hence is an ideal place to track down wild life such as Elephants, Bison, Deer and numerous other varieties of birds. The landscape here is with very tropical and you will be surrounded by tea, coffee & other spices. On arrival check on to hotel and at 14.00hrs leave for a guided plantation tour to the nearby garden where in various species of spices and other aromatic plants are cultivated. The guide explains & clarifies your doubts on this tour. Depending on the day's opportunity you will also taken to visit a tea factory nearby. (Overnight stay in Thekkady).
 
DAY 5: MUNNAR TO PERIYAR (100km / 2.5h)
 
Check out from hotel after breakfast and drive to Periyar (also known as Thekkady). The name Periyar comes after the Dam made here by the English in 1895. A wild life reserve hence is an ideal place to track down wild life such as Elephants, Bison, Deer and numerous other varieties of birds. The landscape here is with very tropical and you will be surrounded by tea, coffee & other spices. On arrival check on to hotel and at 14.00hrs leave for a guided plantation tour to the nearby garden where in various species of spices and other aromatic plants are cultivated. The guide explains & clarifies your doubts on this tour. Depending on the day's opportunity you will also taken to visit a tea factory nearby. We also take you for Elephant ride ( 20 Minutes ) (Overnight stay in Thekkady)
 
DAY 6: PERIYAR TO KUMARAKOM (125km / 3.5h)
 
Early morning at 06.00am you go on a Guided Jungle walk at the Periyar tiger reserve / national park. This 03hrs walk (not very hard) is very interesting and gives you the chance to see the wildlife life at a very close distance. If you are lucky you may even spot the rarely sighted leopards & tigers. Return to hotel .After breakfast check out of the hotel and drive down hill through the winding roads with stunning views to Kumarakom - a rich green, sleepy little village on the Vembanad Lake. This village provides boating, fishing and sight seeing experiences that are truly exhilarating. On arrival check in the hotel and rest of the day is at leisure. (Overnight stay in Kumarakom)
 
DAY 7: KUMARAKOM TO ALLEPPEY (55km / 1.5h)
 
Houseboat cruises: Alleppey round trip. Check out from the hotel around 10.30am and drive to Alleppey - the land of Backwaters. On arrival at Alleppey, you get onto a private House boat that is waiting to take you on a tour through the backwaters, a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the landscape from the protection of the cabin. The population's whole life takes place here on the water. The people sail, fish, swim and bathe here. They do their washing and their washing up. They are so adapted to the water that you can see people talking for an hour, while they are up to their necks in water. Peddlers take care of the supplies and the public transport goes on the water. Countless water birds wait for their chance to catch a fish. The trip goes through a wonderful area full of palm trees, rice fields and floating water plants that surround the boat like emerald Green Island. (Overnight onboard Houseboat).
 
DAY 8: ALLEPPEY TO KOVALAM (160km / 4h)
 
Disembark from Houseboat at 10.00am and drive to "Kovalam beach" which is rich with palm trees. The journey through the tropical landscape of Kerala gives a good idea of people living in here. Kovalam beach is one of the most beautiful seaside resorts in India. On arrival Kovalam check in to hotel and rest of the day at leisure. (Overnight stay in Kovalam).
 
DAY 9: IN KOVALAM / LEISURE
 
Day leisure for own activities. Evening enjoy the Farewell Dinner at Hotel (Overnight stay in Kovalam) No transport services
 
DAY 10: DEPARTURE TRANSFER
 
Check out from hotel according to flight timing and the tour ends today with a departure transfer to Trivandrum Airport for onward flight. Check out 12:00 noon
 
TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- Accommodation on twin sharing room with daily breakfast at listed hotels or equivalent.
- Transportation/Transfers by Air Conditioned Vehicle for entire tour as per itinerary.
- Entrances at all sightseeing spots
- Service of English Speaking guide in Cochin & Munnar
- Visit to Tea museum in Munnar
- Kathakali dance performance visit at Cochin
- Plantation tour in Periyar
- Elephant ride in Periyar
- Trekking in Periyar national park
- One night on Houseboat on full board basis / cruise: Alleppey Round trip
- Last day farewell dinner at residing hotel in Kovalam
- All applicable taxes.
 
TOUR PACKAGE NOT INCLUDES:
- Meals at hotels other than those listed in above inclusions.
- Camera fee and tips
- Additional expense which may arise due to strikes and natural calamities etc... Situation beyond control of our company.
- All things of personal nature like laundry, telephone etc.
- Inland & international flight ticket any and all other than those listed in above inclusions.
 
PRICE INFO AND VALIDITY:
- Additional compulsory Christmas and New Year eve supplements will be applicable
 
TOUR CANCELLATION POLICY:
You may cancel your booking at any time prior to commencement of the tour by notifying us in writing, which must be signed by the person that signed the Reservation Form. If you cancel on or before 30 days before the first day of the tour, we will retain your deposit to cover our costs. In addition, if the cancellation notification is received less than 30 days prior to the first day of the tour, additional cancellation charges shall be as follows:
 
Amount of Cancellation Charges:
 
45-30 Days before the first day of the tour - 50%
29-15 Days before the first day of the tour - 75%
Less than 14 Days before arrival 100%
(Cancellation conditions for Maldives may differ)
 
CHANGES BY YOU:
If you request any changes to your travel arrangements once we have confirmed a booking, all out of pocket charges, including charges imposed by our suppliers, will be payable by you, plus an amendment fee of $50.00 per revision per booking. If after the commencement of your tour you request any changes to your travel arrangements, we will do our best to implement them, but we cannot guarantee that it will be possible. In the event of such change(s) being made, you will be liable for any cancellation charges that may be levied for the previously booked service and for any costs incurred by us and our suppliers in attempting to secure any revised arrangements. Any name changes must be provided to us in writing and are subject to any airline fees or penalties.
 
HOW TO BOOK:
If you are happy with the arrangements outlined within this itinerary and would like to book, please forward your completed booking form and the deposit. If you would like to revise the itinerary, feel free to contact us and we can prepare another version which will hopefully match your requirements. The deposit is 25% of the total cost, plus any applicable insurance premiums and can be paid by cheque, bank transfer or credit / debit card.
 
PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD:
Please note, we do not charge a credit card fee on deposits, however, a credit card fee is charged on the balance of the price of your current trip or if full payment is made. Credit card fees are detailed within the enclosed information booklet. Please note we charge a credit card fee due to the high fees charged to tour operators by the credit card companies. We have chosen to make this transparent rather than including it within the trip price. You may therefore wish to pay the balance by bank transfer, debit card or personal cheque.
 
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