Destinations Covered: Cochin (Kochi), Munnar, Alleppey, Kumarakom
Tour Price: USD1,550 per person
-Small-group tour with 10 people
-Single Room Supplementary Charge: USD310 per person
-For solo travellers, we will try our very best to partner you with another solo traveller in the group.
Tour includes: Hotel accommodation, deluxe houseboat stay, 3 meals per day (except Day 7), airport transfers, professional English-speaking guide, private AC vehicle & driver, etc. For a full list of inclusions, pls refer to Program tab in Inclusions section.
Tour excludes: Flight to Kochi, E-Tourist Visa to India, travel insurance, tipping, personal expenses. For a full list of exclusions, pls refer to Program tab in Exclusions section.
Deposit payable upon booking: USD465 per person
Balance payment by 15 October 2019: USD1,085 per person
For program details, pls click on Program tab.
Day 01 (Friday 29 Nov 2019): Arrive in Cochin (Kochi)
Meeting assistance on your arrival at International airport and transfer to hotel.
Day 02 (Saturday 30 Nov 2019): Cochin (B/L/D)
After an early breakfast enjoy 2-3 hours Broadway Bazaar walking trail, followed by public ferry from Ernakulam to Mattanchery/Fort Kochi.
On arrival, continue your sightseeing which consists of Mattanchery Dutch Palace, Jew Town, an auto rickshaw ride and a heritage walking experience through Fort Kochi.
At 4.45pm, you would be at the Kerala Kathakali Centre to watch Kathakali, a traditional Indian dance native to Kerala. In Kathakali, the makeup is very important and it takes a minimum of one hour. We will get a chance to see the characters get ready for the stage prior to their performance.
Dinner at Seagull Restaurant.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03 (Sunday 1 Dec 2019): Cochin – Munnar (Drive 130 Kms – 6 Hours) (B/L/D)
After breakfast you start your exploration of Munnar, the idyllic tourist destination in Kerala. Explore the sprawling tea plantations, pristine valleys and mountains, exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests and enjoy the aroma of spice-scented cool air.
Upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon visit of tea museum (closed on Monday) and tea tasting session at the Tea Museum.
--Munnar: Sprawling tea plantations surround the serene hills of Munnar which attract adventure travelers hungry for paragliding, treks to Anaimudi (South India's highest peak) and hikes originating at the confluence of three mountain streams. The stone Christ Church, built by the British in 1910, is adorned with renowned works of stained glass, and Eravikulam National Park, about 10 miles away, is home to equally colourful wildlife, including the endangered Nilgiri Tahr (ibex), ruddy mongoose and 120 bird species.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04 (Monday 2 Dec 2019): Munnar (B/L/D)
After breakfast, visit Eravikulam National Park - the first of its kind located in Munnar, Kerala. This park is famous for its collection of Nilgiri tahr, an endangered goat-like species. One can easily spot tahr in this park. Some rare animals and endangered species of butterflies can be spotted here as well. The park is also famous for great view of tea plantation, rolling hills and neelakurunji - neelakurunji is a blue-coloured kurunjiflower, which blooms once in 12 years. During the summer season, the valleys will be covered with blue carpet made of Neelakurunji. The park is also famous for Anamudipeak, which is the highest peak in South India. (closed during Feb-Apr).
In the afternoon, we will take you to Srishti (closed on Sundays) – a welfare centre focuses on enhancing the hidden talents of disabled children, most of whom are from the families of local tea pluckers of Munnar.
After lunch at a hotel’s restaurant, continue your sightseeing with a picturesque drive to Madupetty Dam and Echo Point.
Later back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 05 (Tuesday 3 Dec 2019): Munnar - Alleppey (Drive 170 Kms – 6 Hours) (B/L/D)
After breakfast head to Alleppey, embark on your houseboat and start an enchanting cruise along the reputed backwater of Kerala - just relax and lay back while you navigate slowly through the tranquil waterways. It is a wonderful opportunity to discover Kerala’s rural lifestyle. You'll see that Kerala is known for its cashew nuts, coir trade, rice, pepper crops & coconuts. If you like, have a refreshing bath in the backwaters on the tranquil Vembanad Lake. Your chef on houseboat will prepare delicious Kerala specialties on board.
--Houseboat: One of the most tranquil and relaxing things you can do in Kerala is take a trip in a houseboat along the palm-fringed Kerala canals. Embark on your houseboat and start an enchanting cruise along the backwater; just relax and lay back while navigate slowly through the tranquil waterway is a wonderful opportunity to discover the true Kerala’s rural lifestyle.
--Kerala Backwaters: The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast (known as the Malabar Coast) of Kerala state in southern India. The backwaters were formed by the action of waves and shore currents creating low barrier islands across the mouths of the many rivers flowing down from the Western Ghats range. There are many unique species of aquatic life including crabs, frogs and mudskippers, water birds such as terns, kingfishers, darters and cormorants, and animals such as otters and turtles live in and alongside the backwaters. Palm trees, pandanus shrubs, various leafy plants and bushes grow alongside the backwaters, providing a green hue to the surrounding landscape. Cruising by houseboat over there will make you feel wonderful.
--Vembanad Lake: It is the longest lake in India, and the largest lake in the state of Kerala. The view is beautiful and refreshing. Go for a ride on the lake and you will capture the classic pictures of Kerala - coconut trees bending into the back waters, houseboats floating around majestically and fishermen busy with their chores.
Day 06 (Wednesday 4 Dec 2019): Alleppey – Kumarakom (Drive 40 Kms – 2 Hours) (B/L/D)
After breakfast drive to Kumarakom. Upon arrival check in at resort.
In the afternoon, enjoy a 3-hour Village Tour inclusive of hand-punted country boat ride (CONDUCTED TOUR 3 PM-6 PM).
-canopy ride (covered, rowing big country boat)
-coconut tree climbing
-screw pine weaving
-coconut leaf weaving
-paddy field visit
-boat man cum interpreter during the tour
Later back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 07 (Thursday 5 Dec 2019): Kumarakom – Cochin departure (Drive 50 Kms – 2 Hours) (B)
After breakfast drive to Cochin. Upon arrival day at leisure in Fort Cochin.
No. of nights
Lakes and Lagoon Deluxe Houseboat
-Airport transfers in private A/C car or van
-Activities as per tour including entrance fees
-Twin-sharing accommodation (full-board basis except Day 7)
-Deluxe houseboat stay
-Professional English-speaking local guides
-Meeting and assistance by local representatives on arrival/departure at airport/hotel
-Private transfers and transport between airport, hotel and sightseeing spots
-2 Mineral water bottles per person per day
-Flight to Kochi
-Lunch on Day 7
-Excess baggage charges
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