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Keralian Familiarity – 09 Nights & 10 Days

Kovalam - Alleppey - Thekkady - Munnar - Cochin
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Duration

09 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

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Overview

Vibrant Port Town, Tea Hills, Cultural Dances, Wildlife Resort Stay, Spice Plantation Visits, Jungle Treks, Houseboat Cruise, Beach Resort Stay and a complimentary Ayurveda massage. Ensconced in the South west corner of India, Kerala enjoys all the blessing of nature – a long sparkling Sandy coastline, rigged mountains, serpentine rivers, sparkling waterfalls, dense forests serene backwaters with coconut palms in the shore, lush Plains with green blanket, a copious monsoons and plenty of sunshine. Thus Kerala has attracted people from all over the worlds leads ‘the land of never ending seasons.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A discovery with a broad mix of diverse and rich Kerala Experiences.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Trivandrum – Kovalam (15km/ 45minutes)

On arrival in Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) airport, you will be received by an Denote representative and driven to Kovalam, one of the most popular beach destinations in Kerala. On arrival check into your hotel. Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent beaches separated by rocky headlands, of which the southernmost, Lighthouse Beach, is the most famous. The Azure waters and favourable climate make Kovalam a favourite year-round destination for beach lovers.

Overnight at the Hotel / Resort.

Day 2

Kovalam

Spend the day at leisure on the beach.

Overnight at the Hotel /Resort.

Day 3

Kovalam – Alleppey (175km/3.5hr)

In the morning after breakfast, you will proceed to Alleppey. On arrival check in to your resort.

Overnight at the Hotel /Resort.

Day 4

Alleppey - Houseboat

In the morning you will drive to Allepey to embark on your private houseboat cruise. Present day houseboats, huge, slow moving exotic barges used for leisure trips are in fact reworked version of the traditional ‘Kettuvallams’ that were used to carry rice and spices before the advent of alternative forms of transportation. The houseboats contain all the creature comforts of a good hotel including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. Parts of the curved roof of wood or plaited palm open out to provide shade and allow uninterrupted views. Meals would be cooked onboard and supplemented with freshly cooked fish from the backwaters.

On this cruise you will enjoy vignettes of the ethnic life of rural Kerala beside the backwaters. You will encounter locals travelling in canoes and vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing house hold goods in small wooden boats. En route your captain will anchor the boat at nearby villages, paddy fields, temples and other places.

Overnight on the House Boat.

Day 5

Houseboat – Thekkady (180km/4hr)

You will disembark in the morning and drive to Periyar, one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Spread across the entire Periyar district is picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks. One of the 27 tiger reserves in India, the Periyar valley in Thekkady is the oldest.

On arrival check into your hotel /resort. Spend 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. In the evening you could go for a boat ride on the Periyar River, where you will have the opportunity to sight elephants and other animals along the banks.

Overnight at the Hotel / Resort.

Day 6

Thekkady – Munnar (110 km / 3hr)

In the morning check out and drive to Munnar, a town situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, with vast expanses of tea plantations, rivulets, waterfalls and cool weather and ideal for trekking and mountain biking. The hill station of Munnar once used to be the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in south India and the town contains many examples of colonial architecture. On arrival check into your hotel / resort and unwind. Spend the rest of the day at leisure and enjoy the natural beauty of your surroundings.

Overnight at the Hotel /Resort.

Day 7

Munnar

Today you will go on a sightseeing tour of Munnar starting with a visit to the Tea Museum. The museum houses curios, photographs and machinery; all of which have a story to tell on the origins and growth of tea plantations in Munnar. Later you will visit the Eravikulam National Park - located about 15 km from Munnar, the park is famous for its endangered inhabitant - the Nilgiri Tahr(a mountain goat unique to the area). Spread over an area of 97 sq. km., this park is also home to several species of rare butterflies, animals and birds. A great place for trekking, the park offers a magnificent view of the tea plantations and rolling hills caressed by blankets of mists. The park becomes a very popular destination when the hill slopes here are covered in a carpet of blue due to the flowering of Neelakurinji plant endemic to this part of the Western Ghats, once every twelve years. You will then visit Mattuppetty known for its storage masonry dam and a beautiful lake where you could go on pleasurable boat rides, enjoying the surrounding hills and landscape. Spend the rest of your stay in Munnar walking through the enchanting tea estates enjoying the tranquillity of your surroundings.

Overnight at the Hotel / Resort.

Day 8

Munnar – Cochin (150km/4hr)

After breakfast drive to Cochin. On arrival check into your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at the Hotel / Resort.

Day 9

Cochin

In the morning you will go on a tour of Cochin, visiting St.Francis Church- the oldest European church in India, the Santa Cruz Basilica built in 1557 by the Portuguese, the Dutch Palace, the spice market, the 15th century Chinese fishing nets believed to have been brought by Chinese traders and a Jewish Synagogue in what is locally called the Jew Town. After noon you could spend your last day in Cochin shopping in the bustling commercial district of Ernakulam.

Overnight at the Hotel / Resort.

Day 10

Cochin - Departure

You will be transferred to the airport to board a flight to your onward destination.

Included/Excluded

  • 06 Nights stay at above mentioned hotels or equivalent.
  • Daily breakfast at hotel and full board at House Boat.
  • All transfers and sightseeing.
  • Flight tickets / Visa.
  • Additional meals or drinks.
  • Local Guide / Entrance Fee.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, tips, phone calls etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the above package does not include.

Tour's Location

Kovalam - Alleppey - Thekkady - Munnar - Cochin

FAQs

When and where does the tour end?
Your tour will conclude in San Francisco on Day 8 of the trip. There are no activities planned for this day so you're free to depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to give yourself time to fully experience the wonders of this iconic city!
When and where does the tour start?
Day 1 of this tour is an arrivals day, which gives you a chance to settle into your hotel and explore Los Angeles. The only planned activity for this day is an evening welcome meeting at 7pm, where you can get to know your guides and fellow travellers. Please be aware that the meeting point is subject to change until your final documents are released.
Do you arrange airport transfers?
Airport transfers are not included in the price of this tour, however you can book for an arrival transfer in advance. In this case a tour operator representative will be at the airport to greet you. To arrange this please contact our customer service team once you have a confirmed booking.
What is the age range?
This tour has an age range of 12-70 years old, this means children under the age of 12 will not be eligible to participate in this tour. However, if you are over 70 years please contact us as you may be eligible to join the tour if you fill out G Adventures self-assessment form.

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