Day 1 - ARRIVE KOCHI (COCHIN)
Arrive Kochi (Cochin) by flight.
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel.
Overnight stay.

Day 2 - KOCHI (COCHIN)
Morning: After breakfast sightseeing tour of Kochi. Visit the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue - (which remains closed on Saturdays) St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica. While driving along the coastline, at the Harbour's mouth, one can also view the unique and still-in-use "Chinese Fishing Nets" which were introduced by the Chinese traders in the 14th Century. The tour ends in the Fort Kochi area where you can walk through the historical Dutch and Portuguese buildings. Some parts of this nearly 500-year-old Fort are still amazingly well preserved.

Evening witness Kathakali dance performance. Enjoy India's most spectacular Dance Drama based on stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata. The dancers are elaborately made up with paint and masks, accompanied with drummers and musicians.

Overnight stay.

Day 3 - KOCHI (COCHIN) – MUNNAR
Morning: After breakfast leave Kochi by surface for Munnar. 153 kms & 3-4 hours drive.
On arrival, check in at hotel.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4 - MUNNAR
Morning: After breakfast visit tea plantation & tea museum. Munnar the right royal resort lazily nestled in the verdant slopes of tea country. A quaint little town that exudes a rare old world charm and strangely reminds one of the days of the Raj in its elegant splendour. A promise of health with its soothing sunshine, salubrious climate and invigorating scent of the air from the tea gardens. Come the rains, and the place suddenly comes alive with a different kind of allure that will leave a casual visitor in a bewitchment.

Overnight stay.

Day 5 - MUNNAR – PERIYAR
Morning: After breakfast leave Munnar by surface for Periyar. 160 kms & 4 hours drive.

On arrival, check in at hotel.

Afternoon visit to a Spice Plantation to watch different varieties of spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, peeper, clove, vanilla, ginger, tea and coffee growing in their natural environment. Periyar is on 1000 meters above the sea level and is rich in spice growing. 95% pepper in India is produced from here. Vasco de Gama was the first European to land at the Malabar Coast in 1498 A.D. in search of spices. Pepper in those days was exported against the equal weight of gold, so in the beginning of 15th century pepper was called black gold.

Overnight stay.

Day 6 - PERIYAR – KUMARAKOM
Morning boat ride on the lake Periyar to see the heard of Elephants and other wild animals who come to lake to drink water.

Periyar has a lot to offer you in sightseeing. The name Thekkady, for those who have already visited this place, brings to mind images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice-scented plantations. Moreover, the flora and fauna of the Periyar wildlife sanctuary is absolutely thrilling. The wildlife sanctuary here is the natural habitat of a wide variety of animal species. The Periyar Lake is a paradise for the nature lovers. It gives you an opportunity to observe the wild animals roaming in the jungle. The lake is also a birdwatcher’s delight. The greatest attraction of Periyar Lake, however, is the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. This lake serves as the waterhole for the animals and they come here to drink or take a dip. Other attractions of the sanctuary are the Sambhar, Bison, Spotted Deer, Tigers, Leopards, Malabar Flying Squirrels, Stripe necked Mongooses, etc. There are over 260 species of birds here, including Nilgiri Wood Pigeons, blue-winged Parakeets, White bellied Tree Pies, laughing Thrushes and Fly Catchers.

Later drive to Kumarkom visiting spice plantation en route. 127 Kms 3 – 4 hrs. drive.

On arrival, check in at your backwater resort.

Kumarakom slumbers on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake, which is a part of Kuttanad ('granary' of Kerala). The Vembanad Lake with its majestic canals, streams and distributaries along its banks weave an intricate and enchantingly beautiful web. The gorgeous green of the fringed palms ripple in the blue waters and blend into wavelets

Overnight stay.

Day 7 - KUMARAKOM
Morning: Free to relax and enjoy the serene atmosphere or enjoy an Ayurvedic massage at the resort.

Later visit Philip Kuttys backwater farm house for lunch. The farm is located on a small farm island in the backwaters / Vembanad Lake next to Kumarakom within the Vechoor village limits. The farm is made up of ridges and canals, with all the planting done on the ridges. The canals are used for natural fish culture. Karimeen (Pearl spot) and fresh water jumbo prawns (scampi) are grown naturally in some of the canals. The major crops on the farm are coconut, toddy tapping, nutmeg, cocoa, banana, pepper and many other fruits, vegetables and spices. The farm also has a few cows, geese, ducks and hens.

Return to your backwater resort after the lunch.

Evening sunset cruise on Vembanad lake.

Overnight stay.

Day 8 - KUMARAKOM – KOCHI & LEAVE KOCHI
Today in time transfer to Cochin airport to board the return flight.

End of services - Check in /Check out time - 12 noon

STANDAR
HOTELS
Based on Low
Season
High Season
Two pax traveling together on twin sharing
Three pax traveling together on triple sharing
$667 PP

$574 PP
$698 PP

$574 PP
Supplement for Entrance fees $13 PP $13 PP
Single Room Supplement over twin sharing rates $265 PP $265 PP

SUPERIOR
HOTELS
Based on Low
Season
Mid
Season
High
Season
Two pax traveling together on twin sharing
Three pax traveling together on triple sharing
$1284 PP

$1061 PP
$1346 PP

$1101 PP
$1349 PP

$1113 PP
Supplement for Entrance fees $13 PP $13 PP $13
Single Room Supplement over twin sharing rates $638 PP $699 PP $668 PP

CITY STANDARD HOTELS SUPERIOR HOTELS NIGHTS
Cochin Ballard Bungalow (standard) Malabar House (deluxe) 02 Nights
Munnar Blackberry Hills (standard) Windamere Estate (valley view) 02 Nights
Periyar Tree Top (standard) Spice Village (standard villa) 01 Nights
Kumarakom Kumarakom Lagoon (standard) Coconut Lagoon (bungalow) 02 Nights

Check-in / out time is 12 noon at all the hotels.

IMPORTANT - Kindly note that names of hotels mentioned above only indicate that our rates have been based on usage of these hotels and it is not to be construed that accommodation is confirmed at these hotels until and unless we convey such confirmation to you. In the event of any of the above-mentioned hotels not becoming available we shall book alternate accommodation at a similar or next best available hotel and shall pass on the difference of rates (supplement/reduction whatever applicable) to you.
The price is a guideline and will vary according to travel dates and room availability.

ABOVE RATES INCLUDE FOLLOWING SPECIFIC SERVICES
Accommodation – Sharing twin / triple bedded for a total of 07 nights.
Meals - Room plus breakfast basis everywhere plus one lunch at Philip Kutty farm or similar farmhouse.
Transport - Services using an Air-conditioned Medium Car for 2 pax and Chevrolet Tavera or similar MUV for 3 pax everywhere.
Assistance & Porterages - Meeting and assistance on arrival/departure at airports, hotels by le passage to india representative and porterages at airport for 01 standard baggage per person included.
Guide –English speaking local guide for sightseeing of Cochin.
Kathakali dance show in Cochin.
Boat Ride on Lake Periyar.

RATES DO NOT INCLUDE -

  • Any airfare, airport taxes, supplement for which are quoted separately if applicable.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as table drinks, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees still or video, tips to drivers, local guides, and hotel staff.
  • Entrance fees to monuments. (given as supplement)
  • Mandatory Christmas & New Year Eve Dinner (To be advise)
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