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Gems of Kerala Tour
A Guaranteed Departure Tour of India

HouseboatTour Duration : 08 Days Tour
Destinations :
Cochin, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Kovalam & Trivandrum.
Tour Description : This 07 Nights / 08 Days tours gives you the complete insight of Kerala. Enjoy the visit to famous Old Town of Cochin, witness the Chinese fishing nets, the beautiful Dutch Palace, the serenity, peace and tranquility of the God's Own Country with its magical backwaters, lush green tea estates, spice plantations, spend an overnight in Houseboat with your chef at your service to serve you with mouthwatering delicacies, experience the local culture, beautiful landscape scenery, waterfalls. The tour ends at Kovalam famous for its beaches where one can indulge, unwind and pamper themselves with Ayurvedic Massage therapies offered at the resort. A complete one week of serenity, peace, tranquility and much more.







DETAILED ITINERARY TOUR PRICE ACCOMMODATION INCLUSIONS


Tour Summary
Map
Day
Place
Day 01 Arrive Cochin
Day 02 Cochin
Day 03 Cochin - Thekkady : (Drive: 195 Km / 5 Hrs)
Day 04 Thekkady
Day 05 Thekkady - Kumarakom: (Drive: 150 Km / 3 ½ Hrs)
Day 06 Alleppey - Kovalam: (Drive: 175 Km / 4 Hrs)
Day 07 Kovalam
Day 08 Kovalam - Trivandrum - Home
   
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Detailed Itinerary


St. Francis Church - Cochin

Day 1: Arrive Cochin
Namaste! We are warmly welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together. After immigration and custom formalities, we are transferred to our Hotel. Rest of the day is free for rest Overnight: Trident Cochin (2 Nights) (Dinner)

Day 2: Cochin
In the morning we tour Cochin, the commercial capital of Kerala, with one of the finest natural harbors in the world. We visit the oldest European Church in India "St. Francis Church". Today it is governed by the Church of South India (CSI). Vasco De Gama was buried here before his remains were taken back to Portugal 14 years later. Next we visit the Santa Cruz Cathedral Built by the Portuguese in around the 16th century; this Roman Catholic Church is famous for the beautiful paintings on its ceiling. We visit the Jewish Quarter with its old synagogue, and the Dutch palace built by the Portuguese and given to the Raja of Cochin. Later we take a boat cruise to visit the Bolghatty Palace and observe the fascinating Chinese fishing nets in action. In the evening we enjoy Kathakali Dance Performance. This dramatized presentation of a play usually based on the Hindu epics of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranas has a unique combination of literature, music, painting, acting and dance. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3: Cochin - Thekkady : (Drive: 195 Km / 5 Hrs)
In the morning after breakfast we drive to Thekkady. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (Entry: 0600 to 1800 hrs): Lying close to plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves - the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 777 sq km, of which 360 sq. km is thick evergreen forest, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world. On arrival in Thekkady, we check in our Hotel. After lunch we visit a spice plantation. About 4000 Sq. KM of Idukki district is under spice plantations. The main occupations of the natives are spice farming and trading. The original produce was cardamom, pepper, ginger and turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, all spice, tea etc. This will give an excellent opportunity to the visitor to see the spice plants and ayurvedic medicinal plants and buy some garden fresh spices from the plantations. This is a guided Tour and it will take 1-1:30 hours. Later in the evening we return back to our hotel. Overnight: Cardamom County (2 Nights) (Breakfast, Dinner)

Wild Life Sanctuary - ThekkadyDay 4: Thekkady
Our day starts with a Jungle walk at the Periyar Wild life Sanctuary. Later we return back to our hotel for breakfast. In the afternoon we take boat ride over the Lake Periyar to watch animals in their natural habitat on the water's edge. While cruising on Lake Periyar, we are likely to see animals like Wild Boars, Sambars, Wild Dogs, Langur Monkeys, Wild Elephants and water birds; darter, grey heron, egret and kingfisher. Evening is free to explore the local bazaars at Thekkday and time to purchase some local spices grown in that area. Dinner and Overnight is at hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5: Thekkady / Alleppey (Drive: 170 Km/ 4½ Hours)
Today we drive to Alleppey. On arrival in Alleppey we board our traditional houseboat and begin our journey through the picturesque backwaters and small lakes relaxing in the tranquility of Kerala's beautiful scenery. On our journey we come across many boats, canoes and other crafts, as we observe the traditional way of life and activities of the local people. Overnight: A.C. Deluxe House Boat (1 night) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Alleppey - Kovalam: (Drive: 175 Km / 4 Hrs) Kovalam Beach
We enjoy breakfast on board, sail to Alleppey and disembark at the Puthenagady Jetty. A comfortable drive gets us to beautiful Kovalam Beach on the Malabar Coast near Trivandrum. We then get to relax by the beach with endless white sands by the blue waters of the Arabian Sea in secluded a coconut grove. Overnight: Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort (2 Nights) (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7: Kovalam
Enjoy 01 Rejuvenation Massage (01 Hour) and free day to relax on the beach. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 8: Kovalam - Trivandrum - Home
After a memorable journey through incredible India, we are transferred to the airport in Trivandrum for our departure home or to our next exciting destination. (Breakfast)

(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner

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Dates & Prices :

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PRICES OF THE ABOVE TOUR -
(All Prices on Per Person Basis in USD)


Departure Dates
Price in USD
Tour Start Date
Tour End Date
Per Person Cost on
Twin Sharing
Single Room Supplement
Triple Room Reduction
17-Oct-2016
24-Oct-2016
USD 1099
USD 399
USD 50
14-Nov-2016
21-Nov-2016
USD 1099
USD 399
USD 50
12-Dec-2016
19-Dec-2016
USD 1099
USD 399
USD 50
23-Jan-2017
30-Jan-2017
USD 1099
USD 399
USD 50
10-Feb-2017
17-Feb-2017
USD 1099
USD 399
USD 50
20-Mar-2017
27-Mar-2017
USD 1099
USD 399
USD 50
28-April-2017
05-May-2017
USD 977
USD 277
USD 30
19-May-2017
26-May-2017
USD 977
USD 277
USD 30
16-June-2017
23-June-2017
USD 977
USD 277
USD 30
18-July-2017
25-July-2017
USD 977
USD 277
USD 30
15-Aug-2017
22-Aug-2017
USD 977
USD 277
USD 30
19-Sep-2017
26-Sep-2017
USD 977
USD 277
USD 30
16-Oct-2017
23-Oct-2017
USD 1147
USD 430
USD 50
06-Nov-2017
13-Nov-2017
USD 1147
USD 430
USD 50
11-Dec-2017
18-Dec-2017
USD 1147
USD 430
USD 50
30-Jan-2018
06-Feb-2018
USD 1147
USD 430
USD 50
19-Feb-2018
26-Feb-2018
USD 1147
USD 430
USD 50
19-Mar-2018
01-Apr-2018
USD 1147
USD 430
USD 50
30-Apr-2018
07-May-2018
USD 999
USD 299
USD 30
18-May-2018
25-May-2018
USD 999
USD 299
USD 30
15-Jun-2018
22-Jun-2018
USD 999
USD 299
USD 30
17 -Jul-2018
24-Jul-2018
USD 999
USD 299
USD 30
21-Aug-2018
28-Aug-2018
USD 999
USD 299
USD 30
18-Sep-2018
25-Sep-2018
USD 999
USD 299
USD 30


Accommodation

 City  Hotel Name  Category of room  No. of nights
Cochin Trident Hotel(5 Star) Superior Room 02
Thekkady Cardamom County (4 Star) Periyar Cottage 02
Alleppey Deluxe A.C. Houseboat A.C. Bed Room 01
Kovalam Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort
(Ayurvedic Resort)
Standard A.C. Cottage 02


Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions Exclusions
Accommodation on twin share basis in the mentioned hotels for 07 Nights with daily buffet Breakfast as per the itinerary. Any personal expenses such as laundry bills, telephone bills, alcoholic / Non Alcoholic beverages
(Total 15 Meals) 07 Breakfasts, 07 Dinners & 1 Lunch as per the itinerary Tips and other such cost which is to be paid to the drivers, guides, porters etc.
Transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary by air-conditioned Vehicle Visa fees or International flight tickets and insurance.
All entrances to Monuments of visit as per the itinerary, excluding camera / Video Camera Charges. Any other services not mentioned in the cost inclusions.
Road tax, Toll Charges, parking fees and driver's overnight wages.  
Services of English Speaking guide for sightseeing (Local guide at each city for 1-5 Pax and tour escort throughout the tour for 6 pax and above)  
Harbor Cruise in Cochin (Common Boat)  
Kathakali Dance performance - Cochin  
Boat Ride at Lake Periyar - Thekkady  
Guided Jungle Walking Tour - Thekkady  
01 Rejuvenation Massage at Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort – Kovalam  
All presently applicable taxes.  


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