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Gems of Kerala

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 15 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   National Parks  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 867 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1179 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Dates:
- May, 24 - 31
- June, 21 - 28
- August 29 - September 05
- September 26 - October 03
- October, 24 - 31
- November, 14 - 21
- December, 19 - 26.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Cochin. We are warmly welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together. After immigration and custom formalities, we are transferred to our Hotel. Rest of the day is free for rest Overnight: Casino Hotel. Includes: (D).

Day 2: Cochin. In the morning we tour Cochin, the commercial capital of Kerala, with one of the finest natural harbors in the world.We visit the oldest European Church in India "St. Francis Church". Today it is governed by the Church of South India (CSI). Vasco De Gama was buried here before his remains were taken back to Portugal 14 years later. Next we visit the Santa Cruz Cathedral Built by the Portuguese in around the 16th century; this Roman Catholic Church is famous for the beautiful paintings on its ceiling. We visit the Jewish Quarter with its old synagogue, and the Dutch palace built by the Portuguese and given to the Raja of Cochin.

Later we take a boat cruise to visit the Bolghatty Palace and observe the fascinating Chinese fishing nets in action. In the evening we enjoy Kathakali Dance Performance. This dramatized presentation of a play usually based on the Hindu epics of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranas has a unique combination of literature, music, painting, acting and dance. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 3: Cochin – Thekkady. In the morning after breakfast we drive to Thekkady. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Lying close to plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady is one of the world’s most fascinating natural wildlife reserves–the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 777 sq km, of which 360 sq. km is thick evergreen forest, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world. On arrival in Thekkady, we check in our Hotel. After lunch we visit a spice plantation.

About 4000 sq. km of Idukki district is under spice plantations. The main occupations of the natives are spice farming and trading. The original produce was cardamom, pepper, ginger and turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, all spice, tea etc. This will give an excellent opportunity to the visitor to see the spice plants and ayurvedic medicinal plants and buy some garden fresh spices from the plantations. This is a guided Tour and it will take 1 - 1:30 hours. Later in the evening we return back to our hotel. Dinner and Overnight at Thekkady Wild Corridor. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 4: Thekkady. Our day starts with a Jungle walk at the Periyar Wild life Sanctuary. Later we return back to our hotel for breakfast. In the afternoon we take boat ride over the Lake Periyar to watch animals in their natural habitat on the water's edge. While cruising on Lake Periyar, we are likely to see animals like Wild Boars, Sambars, Wild Dogs, Langur Monkeys, Wild Elephants and water birds; darter, grey heron, egret and kingfisher. Evening is free to explore the local bazaars at Thekkday and time to purchase some local spices grown in that area. Dinner and overnight is at hotel. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 5: Thekkady – Kumarakom. Today we drive to Kumarakom. An unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with white lilies. Situated on the Vembanad Lake, in this small water world you will come across plenty of traditional country crafts, boats and canoes which will take you into the heart of the scenic lake. On arrival in Kumarakom we board our traditional houseboat (rice boats - "Ketuvallam") and begin our journey through the picturesque backwaters and small lakes relaxing in the tranquility of Kerala's beautiful scenery. Experience the way of life and activity of the local people. Overnight: A.C. Deluxe House Boat. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: Alleppey - Kovalam. Breakfast on board. Sail to Alleppey and disembark at Puthenagady Jetty. A scenic comfortable drive conveys us to the beautiful Kovalam Beach on the Malabar Coast near Trivandrum. The palm-fringed bays in secluded coconut groves, promise a relaxed stay. The boundless blue waters of the Arabian Sea and miles of white sands washed away by the surf at the feet of the stalwart palms and the rocky promontories make this beach an incredible paradise. Overnight: Uday Samudra Beach Hotel. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 7: Kovalam. Day is free to relax on Beach. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 8: Kovalam – Trivandrum – Departure. Today we are transferred to Trivandrum airport for our flight to onward destination. Includes: (B).

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Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Supplier Information
Location: India
Joined InfoHub: Sep 2010
Client Request Served: 6

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