• Cochin - Enjoy sightseeing in this Malabar Coastal City

  • Munnar - Tea plantations, Ervakulam National Park

  • Thekkady - Spice plantations, wildlife sanctuary, opportunities for mountain walking

  • Alleppey - Take a houseboat journey on the water canals and see small villages and witness village people going about their daily routines

  • Kovalam - Beautiful beaches, Ayurveda Resorts, quaint fishermen villages

Per Person Sharing

Starting from: USD$962   3 star

USD$1,182 4 star

USD$1,608 5 star

Single Rate

on request

Things Included In Cost

  • Accommodation - twin room sharing

  • Breakfast included

  • Car and driver as per itinerary for sightseeing excursions and transfer

  • All currently applicable taxes. (5% Goods and Service Tax)

  • We have included 01 time entrance fee as per the itinerary

  • Accompanied guide service

  • Bottled water and wet tissue throught in the vehicle

Things Excluded From Cost

  • International airfare

  • Internal flights

  • Personal expenses

  • Travel & Medical Insurance

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks

  • Tips for guide, hotel staff and driver (according to your discretion)

  • Photography and video shooting charges

  • Any optional services or highlights

Special Notes

  • The flight timings and FARES are subject to change at the time of issuance. 

  • The check-in time at hotel is 1400 hrs and check-out time is 1200 noon. Incase if you have flight arriving or departing during midnight, we suggest the book room for pre-night/late check-out to avoid any inconvenience.

  • The vehicle will be as per the itinerary only and not available during leisure time and strictly as per the itinerary.

  • The hotels mentioned are indicative and will be booked only once we get go ahead from your end. The rooms will be subject to availability.

  • Incase if any of the guest/s are allergic to any particular food or have any dietary restrictions, we request you to please advise in advance to update hotels/restaurants accordingly.

Itinerary Changes

It could happen that the detail of the itinerary could change because of unforeseen circumstances. We do however undertake to keep to the original plan as strictly as we can

Essence of Kerala

31 March'20

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Cochin


On arrival at cochin we will assist you with hotel check-in formalities. (Standard check-in time is 12h00) In the afternoon proceed for Hal day sightseeing visits to Mattenchery Jewish Synagogue and the Dutch Palace Santa Cruz Basilican church. A church built originally by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. It was spared by the Dutch conquerors who destroyed many Catholic buildings Overnight stay in hotel at Cochin




Day 2 - Cochin - Munnar (approx 150 kms / 5 hrs)


Breakfast at hotel Drive to Munnar where you will enjoy it’s carpeted emerald green plantations set an altitude of 6000ft in Idukki District On arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day will be at leisure Overnight at hotel




Day 3 - Munnar


Breakfast at hotel Visit Ervakulam National Park. This park has a rolling hill plateau with an elevation of 2000ft. Three major tupes of plant communities are found in the park - grassland, scrublands and forests. The park has various population of endangered Nilgiri Tahr including other little know fauna Nilgiri marten, ruddy mongoose, small clawed otter, dusky striped squirrel and many more In the afternoon visit a tea plantation and tea factory (closed on Mondays). Munnar is perhaps the choicest of places to preserve and showcase some of the exquisite and interesting aspects of the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala’s high ranges Overnight stay at hotel




Day 4 -Munnar - Thekkady (approx 110 kms / 3 hrs)


Breakfast at hotel Drive to Thekkady. It is located at an altitude of 700m above sea level. Thekkady is home to a wildlife sanctuary and it is famous for spice plantations. This area is also great for walks in the mountains On arrival check in at hotel. The afternoon can be spent taking a boat ride at Lake Periyar In the evening enjoy a Kathakali dance. A classical form of dance describing ancient Hindu mythology. This form of dance shows the rich tradition and culture of India Overnight stay at hotel




Day 5 - Thekkady - Alleppey (approx 95 kms / 2 hrs)


Breakfast at hotel Post breakfast visit a spice plantation with a naturalist. This tour gives you an insight into spices like cardamom, pepper, turmeric etc. Later drive to Alleppey (Venice of the East) and home to a vast network of waterways. On arrival embark on a houseboat. Called Kettuvalam it is a traditional boat made from coir rope and knots, not nails are used in the entire structure of the boat The cruise will take you through small water canals and while cruising you can see small villages and witness village people going about their daily routines Dinner and overnight on board




Day 6 - Alleppey - Kovalam (approx 180 kms / 4.5 hrs)


Post breakfast on boat, drive to Kovalam Kovalam has beautiful beaches, Ayurveda resorts, and a beautiful lighthouse surrounded by small fishermen villages Evening will be at leisure to relax Overnight stay at hotel




Day 7 - Kovalam


Breakfast at hotel Post breakfast excursion to Kanyakumari. Enrolee visit Padamnabhpuram Palace and Swami Vivekananda Rock Memorial Padamnabgpuram Palace is made of teakwood. The beauty of this palace is unparalleled with its stunning interiors, elaborately carved columns and Belgian mirrors Vivekanand Rock Memorial is where India’s most loved Saint Swami Vivekanand attained enlightenment. In the evening enjoy the sunset view of Kanyakumari Return to hotel for overnight stay




Day 8 - Kovalam - Trivandrum airport (16 kms / 0.5 hr)


Breakfast at hotel Post breakfast you will transferred to the airport for your onward destination





Accommodation

Hotel Envisaged - 3 Star


Cochin : Abad Atrium https://www.abadhotels.com/abad-atrium Munnar : Abad Cooper Castle https://www.abadhotels.com/coppercastle Thekkady : Abad Green Forest https://www.abadhotels.com/thekkady Alleppey : Deluxe Houseboat Kovalam : Abad Harmonia https://www.abadhotels.com/harmonia




Hotel Envisaged - 4 Star


Cochin : Holiday Inn https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/cochin/coker/hoteldetail Munnar : Fragrant Nature https://www.fragrantnature.com/HotelsMunnar Thekkady : Cardamom County https://www.xandari.com/cardamomcounty-xandari-overview.html Alleppey : Delux Houseboat Kovalam : Uday Samudra https://www.uds.co.in/




Hotel Envisaged - 5 Star Eco Friendly Resort (Renowned South India Hotel Chain CGH Earth


Cochin - Eight Bastion (Boutique Hotel) https://www.cghearth.com/eighth-bastion Munnar : Fragrant Nature https://www.fragrantnature.com/HotelsMunnar Thekkady : Spice Village (Eco Friendly Resort) https://www.cghearth.com/spice-village Alleppey : Spice Coast Cruises https://www.cghearth.com/spice-coast-cruises Kovalam : Leela Kovalam https://www.theleela.com/en_us/hotels-in-kovalam/the-leela-raviz-kovalam-hotel/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw9pDpBRCkARIsAOzRzit0HYWq_eG-Su-Qrzvnc_2dPT4TJZx35G6KwzOpujY7D9mqkZ3OHksaAto-EALw_wcB





Suggestions

Suggestions


Electricity and Plug Standards

  • In India the power plugs and sockets are of type C, D and M
  • The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz
Dress / Equipment
  • Light cotton clothing
  • Light wind breakers for the cool evenings
  • Ladies should dress conservatively, cover shoulders, ankels
  • Suggestion to bring along a shawl for cover the head in temples and mosques
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Medication for nausea and tummy bugs
  • Hand sanitizers or wipes





Tour Highlights

India’s languid backwaters, long coastlines, sprawling tea gardens, colourful dance forms - Kerala has this and more.

Located on the Malabar coast of southern India, Kerala is a tiny sliver of paradise that is also one of the best tropical tourist destinations one can look for. Whether you want to bask in the sun and sand of the palm tree-lined Kovalam beaches or want to take a hike to Munnar hill station, or even if you're going to walk down the bustling streets of Kochi, Kerala has everything on offer for you to take your pick from!

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Mich Immelman

I am a specialist tour operator with Curious Journeys. We operate from South Africa. With the assistance of my partners in India and South East Asia, I offer fully inclusive group tours, private tours, and tailor-made services

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