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Kerala Beaches & Backwater Tour
Cochin – Athirapally – Munnar – Periyar – Alleppey – Kovalam –
Kanyakumari  – Trivandrum - Hometown
09 Nights / 10 Days


01 Day: Arrival Cochin:
Meeting and assistance on arrival at the airport, our representative welcomes and escorts you by a private car and transfers to the hotel, whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would hand over the documents and brief the tour programme to you. After relaxation, take a sightseeing tour of Cochin: Oasis state of Kerala & on to the Malabar Coasts & Kochi (formerly Cochin), one of the India's most colourful cities. This inner connected series of Islands & shoreline presents a vivacious blend of Cultures & Religions; Visit to Fort Cochin & St. Frances Church to see the town of Vasco da Gama. We also see the Jewish Synagogue & the Mattancherry "Dutch" Palace. This evening a memorable experience in any journey in Kerala is a Boat Trip (of your own) along the Palm Fringed Lakes & Backwaters of the Area; we enjoy this extraordinary excursion today. As we sail along the shady canals we see cantilevered Chinese fishing nets. From our launch, we enjoy use of narrow produced - Laden dugouts & the everyday life of families living on narrow spits of land between the waters. In the evening enjoy the Kathakali, one of India's most famous Classical dances. Lavish Costumes & Exotic makeup & Masks intensify the beauty of the dancers, intricate moments. Overnight at the hotel.

02 Day: Cochin – Athirapally – Cochin (Excursion 55 kms: 1½ hrs):
Today morning after a leisure breakfast, take an excursion to the beautiful waterfalls of Athirapally. There is a rocky road that moves around the mountain providing you with a magnificent view of the Athirapally waterfalls. As you move nearer through the beautifully landscaped road to Athirapally, you can enjoy the views of Areca nut Palms on one side and the Chalakudy River on the other side. First the river seems winding and then it crashes down suddenly, white with challenge. Only after a short distance, the river is back to its normal self again. There are some vendors here who sell jute hats and plastic flowers; they definitely make the place more tourists friendly. Later drive back to Cochin. In the evening enjoy the Kathakali dance, one of India's most famous Classical dances. Lavish Costumes & Exotic makeup & Masks intensify the beauty of the dancers, intricate moments. Overnight at Cochin.

03 Day: Cochin – Munnar (120 kms: 3 hrs):
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Munnar. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Munnar is located at the Idukki district of Kerala State in India. The word "Munnar" means three rivers. 3 mountain streams (Madurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala) are joining together here. During the British rule in India, Munnar was the summer resort of the Government officials. The natural beauty, calmness and mild cold climate throughout the year make it the favorite tourist places. There are about 30 tea plantations in and around Munnar. The tea estates, hills, lakes and forests inside Munnar range expose its beauty. The Munnar hills are covered by tea plants, which make Periyar the feeling of seeing a wide green carpet. You can take a short tour of the Munnar hill station exploring tea gardens and panoramic view of the wonderful hill station. Rest of the evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

04 Day: Munnar:
After breakfast, visit to Pothamedu which offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenery here is ideal for trekking and Long Mountain walks. Visit the tea factory and the museum here. Later visit at Devikulam (7 km from Munnar). This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience. Also take sightseeing towards Mattupetty Side, where you can visit the Photo point, Mattupetty Dam, Echo point (The natural Echo phenomenon is always happening here), Shooting point and the Kundale Lake. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

05 Day: Munnar – Periyar (160 kms: 3 hrs):
After breakfast, check out the hotel and drive to Periyar. On arrival, transfer to the Jungle Resort. After refreshment visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, discover the park, animals found here include elephant, gaur and wild boars and birds like ibis and grey heron. Later take a boating at Periyar Lake to view animals with a bit of extra luck we may be able to see the rare tiger as well. Later take a spice plantation tour to see crops of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. on your way back to the hotel, you could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

06 Day: Periyar – Alleppey (140 kms: 3 hrs) Backwaters tours through sailing boat):
After breakfast checkout the hotel and drive for Alleppey, on arrival embark at the houseboat. The day for the journey of backwaters in the boat, through the tropical countryside enchanting backwaters of Alleppey by regattas (snake boats) for which Kerala is very famous, while sailing enjoy palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals are panoramic sights one can never forget. The Chinese fishing nets, the reminiscent of our past trade links, are also found on the way. Flocks of duck swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky remains as enduring pictures reflecting the charm of this tourist land, you also enjoy fishing from the houseboats, evening enjoy sunset from the sun-deck of the houseboats, The Houseboats have generated electricity; sitting cum dining area, separate bedroom with attached English toilets, sun deck and fully loaded kitchen with a Chef, and Srank (Driver). Dinner and overnight at the houseboat.

07 Day: Alleppy – Kovalam (160 kms: 4 hrs):
Today morning after breakfast disembark from the houseboat and drive to Kovalam, on arrival transfer to the beach resort. Kovalam is a beach town by the Arabian Sea in Thiruvananthapuram city, there are a large number of beach resorts in and around Kovalam. Rest of the day is free for lesiure and beach acitivties, you can indulge in Yoga rejuvenation; here you can enjoy also skiing, surfing and also kayaking. Enjoy the sunbathing under the tropical sun. Overnight at the beach resort of Kovalam. .

08 Day: Kovalam:
Today morning after breakfast, enjoy the beach activities; swimming at the Kovalam beach is the rejuvenating and a relaxing experience.  Water skiing is just like the snow skiing where you the vast space to enjoy and Kovalam beach is the good option to try to water skiing.  You may opt to enjoy Angling, Para-sailing and Surfing at the beach.  Also experience world famous Ayurvedic massage and treatment offers at the resort, this is not merely to relax you, also rejuvenates your mind, body and soul.  Overnight at the beach hotel in Kovalam.

09 Day: Kovalam – Kanyakumari (85 kms: 2 – 3 hrs):
Today morning after breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Kanyakumari. On arrival transfer to the hotel. After refreshment visit Kanyakumari Temple is also referred to as Bhagvaty Amman Temple and is one of the 108 Shakti Peetha in Hindu mythology. The temple is one of the major Hindu temples across India and is mentioned in almost all the ancient Hindu scriptures. Gandhi Mandapam and Vivekananda Memorial. Watching sun set from here is the big attraction, especially on the full moon day in April, when it’s possible to see both the setting sun and rising moon on the same horizon. Padmanabhapuram Palace, A temple town, Suchindrum is located 11 kilometers from the city of Kanyakumari. The temples here are built in the distinctive Dravidian style and are adorned with massive gopurams which are a common characteristic of all the Dravidian temples. Kanyakumari is an excellent shopping destination for buying various seashell items. Nothing better than to purchase beautiful seashell trinkets and souvenirs for your loved ones from this popular beach destination! In the evening enjoy the wonderful view of Sunset from Murugan Kundram hills, later return to the hotel for overnight stay.

10 Day: Kanyakumari – Trivandrum (90 kms 3 hrs) Hometown (By Air):
Today early morning enjoy the speculative SUNRISE, just behind The Vivekananda Rock Memorial and the Thiruvalluvar Statue. Later check out the hotel and drive to Trivandrum Airport, Enroute visit Trivandrum city, the capital of the state of Kerala is a beautiful seaside city built on seven hills. Later transfer to the Airport to board the scheduled flight for Hometown, on departure the tour concludes with happy memories.

Tour Packages in USD per Person

Package
01 Pax
02 Pax
04 Pax
Extra Pax
Premium
2980
1520
1190
470
Superior
2370
1295
995
355
Standard
1800
920
675
270

Accommodation:

Sector
Premium ( 5 Star) 
Superior ( 4 Star)
Standard ( 3 Star)
Cochin
Trident
Dream Cochin
Abad Plaza
Munnar
Tea County
Silver Tips
Copper Castle
Periyar
Wild Corridor/ Elephant Court
Wilderness
Green Forest/ Tree Top
Alleppey
A/C Luxury Houseboat
A/C Deluxe Houseboat
Deluxe Houseboat
Kovalam
Taj Kovalam
Uday Samudra
Kovalam Beach Retreat

The above Tour Package is valid from 1st April 2016 to 30th September 2016.

Services Included:

  1. Hotel accommodation with breakfast and all luxury taxes.
  2. Extra Supplement staying in the double room with extra bed with breakfast and other services.
  3. A/C Car with English speaking driver throughout the tour for all transfers, sightseeing, intercity travel etc as per the above tour programme.
  4. The transportation services in inclusive of all toll taxes, fuel cost, vehicle insurance, driver allowance (Stay and food), parking charges.
  5. English Speaking Guide during city tours, historical places, ancient temples, monuments (Guides are not required/ available at places like religious temples, beaches, mosques, hill stations).
  6. 01 Kathakali Dance Show in Cochin
  7. Entrance of Tea Gardens during plantation tour in Munnar. 
  8. Alleppey Houseboat accommodation inclusive of all meals.
  9. Entry to Spice plantation in Periyar

Not Included:

  1. Any domestic Train/ Air fare
  2. 3.09% Government service tax on the total tour cost.
  3. Expenditure pertaining to personal nature: like mineral water,  portage, laundry, tips, phone calls etc.,
  4. Monuments charges/Entrance fees/Safari/Any event/ New Year Gala or any Festival Gala Dinner at actual directly payable by the guest.
  5. Camera fees, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages and starters
  6. Vehicle use for those places /excursions not included in the tour plan.
  7. Medical and travel insurance.
  8. Anything not specifically mentioned in the “included” section.

Note:

  1. In case of non-availability of the above hotels similar category of hotels will be provided.
  2. Child over 6 years with extra bed in parents room with breakfast (directly payable to the hotel on actual basis)
  3. Any additional visit to any sightseeing places, food, entry fees or any other services will be on extra cost.
  4. 5 Star Deluxe luxury hotels package can be worked out according to the date of travel and destinations. 
  5. Tour cost subject to change on ground of unexpected hike due to government taxes, fuel cost and other unseen reasons with prior information to the guest before commencement of the tour.