(14 Nights / 15 Days )Arr : Cochin (02 nts) – Olavipe (02 nts) – Thekkady (03 nts) – Kanam ( 02 nts) – Alleppey (01 nt) – Marari (04 nts)- Dep : Cochin
This tour of Kerala is a perfect getaway for a family holiday. From going on a sunset cruise around Cochin harbour to taking a walk through the town, you will get to fully appreciate the charm of this historical city. The adventure will continue as you take a drive to the Western Ghats and also visit the Periyar National Park to discover more wildlife. As you move onto Kanam, there is an opportunity to spend a fun day bathing with elephants. Spice farms are also visited on your journey.
HOTELS USED OR SIMILAR
|COCHIN||FORT HERITAGE||MALABAR HOUSE RESIDENCY||BRUNTON BOATYARD|
|ALLEPPEY||EMERALD ISLE||OLAVIPE HOMESTAY||OLAVIPE HOMESTAY|
|THEKKADY||WILDERNEST||HOTEL TREE TOP||SPICE VILLAGE|
|KANAM||THE SERENITY||THE SERENITY||THE SERENITY|
|ALLEPPEY||DELUXE HOUSEBOAT||PREMIUM HOUSEBOAT||PREMIUM HOUSEBOAT|
|MARARI||ABAD TURTLE BEACH||MARARI BEACH RESORT||MARARI BEACH RESORT|
+ Accommodation with Breakfast Basis in above mentioned hotels or similar
+ AC INDIGO/LOGAN for Standard Package
+ AC INNOVA for Deluxe & Exclusive Programme
+ All Meals in Houseboat
+ Local English Speaking Guide with Applicable Entrance Fees
+ Kathakali Dance show in a Local theatre at Cochin
+ ‘Elephant Junction’ Programme at Thekkady
+ Game Viewing Boat-ride at Lake Periyar
+ Spice Plantation Visit at Thekkady
+ ‘DAY WITH ELEPHANT’ Programme at Kanam
+ All Taxes
Cost Does Not Includes:
Airfare, Visa, Travel Insurance etc.
Meals other than mentioned
Tips, telephone calls, laundry, shopping etc
Any other items other than mentioned above
You’ll be met on arrival and transferred to Eighth Bastion, Kochi for a two night stay. The rest of the morning and the afternoon are at leisure. This evening there is a relaxing sunset cruise around Cochin harbour. This is an ideal way to all the activity around the harbour as well as Cochin’s iconic Chinese fishing nets.
The day begins with a half-day sightseeing tour of Cochin, a vibrant city on India’s southwest coast. This morning’s guided tour focuses on the historical and characterful heart of the city, the area of Fort Cochin . Surrounded by a wonderful blend of colonial architecture you’ll be taken to Mattancherry Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, St Francis Church and for a close-up look at the Chinese fishing nets. Following the tour you’ll hop on an auto-rickshaw to explore the rest of the city – a fun experience that children (and adults) of all ages are sure to love.
This evening you’ll attend a Kathakali dance performance, where the dancers primarily use facial expressions to tell a story. We’ll arrive early so you can see the performers applying their elaborate and colourful make-up.
After breakfast drive to Olavipe. Check in at Olavipe Homestay.
Full day to explore activities at Olavipe Homestay.
This morning they’ll be a five to six hour drive through the picturesque Western Ghats to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary for a three night stay at Spice Village, Periyar . For lunch you’ll stop at an estate bungalow and eat with a local family.
Periyar is well known for the variety of spices grown in the area. This morning you can take a guided tour of the spice gardens and see how the various spices are grown, harvested and used. Or alternatively you can join the Pepper Vine programe at the resort and take a tour of the property with a naturalist who will talk you through all the plants, rare herbs, tree and birdlife within the property.
This afternoon you will drive to the nearby entrance to Periyar National Park where you will board the boat for your afternoon cruise on the lake. This is a good way to spot wildlife that have come down to the lake edge to drink, and you may be lucky enough to spot deer, gaur (Indian bison), and elephants. An interesting physical feature of this park are the flooded trees that rise eerily from the water. If you are interested in the local style of cooking you could go for a cooking demonstration at the resort that is open for all residents in the evening. There is also a cultural show with local dances performed.
This morning there’s a chance to get up close and personal with some of Periyar’s largest residents! You’ll be taken to a plantation where you can join in the washing and feeding of elephants and later take a ride (20-30 minutes). The rest of the day is at leisure.
After breakfast drive to Kanam. Check in at THE SERENITY.
Full day for ‘ DAY WITH ELEPHANT’ Programme. Overnight at THE SERENITY.
Board a private riceboat this morning for a cruise along the palm-fringed backwaters of Vembanad Lake. Traditional local dishes are served on board by your private crew.
An hour drive will take you from Alleppeyto Mararikulam where you’ll stay at theMarari Beach Resort, Mararikulam for four nights.
Day at leisure.
Early morning you will be met at your hotel and transferred to Cochin airport (two hours) for your return flight home via Dubai.