We Love —
- India is one of the world's great human melting pots with an incredible array of cultures, religions and ethnicities - enjoy a 9, 11 or 13-night tour visiting many wonderful sights in this magical country.
- From beautiful Cochin to the incredible backwaters, this is an immersive, authentic tour, complete with a night on a traditional houseboat.
- Throughout the rest of your tour, you'll be accommodated in charming hotels, complete with a choice of delicious dining options!
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Your Destination —
Our Offers —
6-night Kerala Tour & 3-night beach stay in Kovalam in 5* Hotels
6-night Kerala Tour & 5-night beach stay in Kovalam in 5* Hotels
6-night Kerala Tour & 7-night beach stay in Kovalam in 5* Hotels
Your Itinerary In Brief —
Day 1: Arrival in Cochin
Day 2: Cochin
Day 3: Cochin - Periyar
Day 4: Periyar
Day 5: Periyar - Kumarakom
Day 6: Kumarakom - Alleppey
Day 7: Alleppey - Kovalam
Day 8 - 9, 11 or 13: Kovalam
Day 10, 12 or 14: Kovalam - Departure
Your Itinerary —
During their tour, our members will follow the itinerary as seen below.
Upon arrival, you will be met and assisted by a local representative, before being transferred to the hotel for check-in at 2 pm. Heralded as the Queen of Arabian Sea, Cochin (Kochi) has been an important spice trading centre on the Arabian Sea coast since the 14th century. It was also the site of the first European colonial settlement in India and remained a settlement until 1530. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 2: Cochin
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a morning city tour of Cochin. Visit the Mattancherry Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays and National holidays) built by the Portuguese. Visit St. Francis Church, the oldest European Church in India. View the Chinese Fishing Nets, unique to this part of Kerala and a living symbol of a centuries old Chinese influence on this coast. Visit the Jewish Town and the Jewish Synagogue from outside (Closed on Fridays, Saturdays and all Jewish holidays). Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a morning drive to Periyar (approx 4 hours). Uppn arrival, proceed to your hotel to check-in and enjoy free time. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 4: Periyar
At 7 am, proceed for a nature walk. This is an interpretive programme offering excellent opportunities to watch birds, butterflies and other wild life. Different nature trails traversing diverse habitats for the trekking route cover up to 4 or 5 kms in the Anavachal/ Anachuruli area. The trail often passes through evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands. The duration of the trek is roughly 2 and a half hours. Return to the hotel for breakfast, before proceeding on a Jeep ride through spice plantations in the afternoon. Enjoy cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. In the evening, watch a thrilling Kalaripayattu (local martial arts performance). Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a morning drive to Kumarakom (approx 3 and a half hours). Upon arrival in the backwaters, proceed to your hotel to check-in and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 6: Kumarakom - Alleppey
After breakfast at the hotel, check-out and make your way to the backwaters for 12:30 pm. You will be picked up from the resort to embark on your ‘Kettuvalloms’ to cruise along the tranquil backwaters. Kettuvalloms were primarily used for transporting paddy and other goods, but are now an integral part of Kerala’s tourism. Glide along the serene backwaters where you will find locals going about their daily chores. Enjoy lunch and dinner on board. Overnight stay on houseboat.
After breakfast on board the Houseboat, disembark at 9:30 am and transfer to Kovalam (approx 4 hours). Upon arrival in Kovalam, transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. In the evening, you'll get to enjoy a 20-minute foot massage. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 8: Kovalam
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a day of leisure or take an optional city tour of Trivandrum. Overnight stay in hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy free time at leisure to take advantage of the hotel's facilities. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 10, 12 or 14: Kovalum - Departure
After breakfast at the hotel, check-out and enjoy a transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Your Tour Hotels —
Our members will stay at the following hotels as per itinerary on a Bed and Breakfast Board Basis.
Our members have the opportunity to upgrade to a Half Board Stay (breakfast and evening meal served in the main restaurant - excludes drinks) at the next stage of the booking process.
Please Note: Guests will enjoy a complimentary Full Board Basis (breakfast, lunch and evening meal served in the main restaurant - excludes drinks) when they stay one night on the Houseboat.
Just for you:
- Free consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor and a 20-minute foot massage
- 10% discount on food available from the restaurant (not room service)
- 15% discount on spa treatments during the stay
Periyar: 2-night stay in a Deluxe Room at the Oxygen Resort or similar
Kumarakom: 1-night stay in a Punnamada Room at Lakesong or similar
Alleppey: 1-night stay on a Standard Backwaters Houseboat
Kovalam: 3, 5 or 7-night stay in a Beach Grove Room at The Travancore Heritage or similar
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Please note: If any of these hotels are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be found.
Your Optional Excursions —
Our members can choose to add the following excursions at the next stage of the booking process for an additional fee - subject to availability.
Day 8: City Tour of Trivandrum with Lunch
Your Journey to India —
Flights: You may choose from Economy, Premium or Business class flights on sectors that they operate, at the next stage of the booking process.
The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.
Transfers: Return airport transfers and transfers during the tour are included throughout this offer.
For inbound transfer arrangements please confirm with your transfer provider when you arrive. Alternatively, please check with the reception of your accommodation. If you still require assistance, please call the transfer provider directly.