Travel Dates: May 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019
Book this vacation by June 30, 2019 to avail a special price of USD $ 2,076 and save up to 11 % off your trip price!

Spend this summer soaking in the laid back vibe at the backwaters of Kerala! A destination renowned for its tranquil houseboat tours, you could also enjoy the scenic plantations in the highlands of Munnar, rest in the lap of the Nilgiri Hills and discover the unique culture, architecture and cuisine of Madurai and Cochin – relaxation and leisure are guaranteed!

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3CochinFort Kochi Harbor, Matancherry, Pardesi Synagogue, St. Francis ChurchEighth Bastion
3MunnarMatupetty Dam, Tea Plantations, Soft Trekking, Kannan Devan Tea MuseumSpice Tree Munnar
3 - 4MaduraiMeenakshi Temple, Gandhi Museum, Vandiyur Kanmoy Tourist ComplexHeritage Madurai
4 - 5ThekkadyAmazing Biodiversity, Spice Plantations, Kalaripayattu, Periyar Wildlife SanctuarySpice Village
5 - 6Alleppey HouseboatBackwater, Relaxation, Houseboat, Paddy Fields, Village LifeSpice Coast Cruise
6 - 9AlleppeyBackwater, Relaxation, Local Culture, Temple Visits, HouseboatMarari Beach Resort
9 - 9CochinFort Kochi Harbor, Matancherry, Pardesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church

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  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Relaxation
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

Transfer to your Hotel

Cochin

2 Days

Kochi, formerly Cochin, is considered the Queen of the Arabian Sea as it was one of the first European settlements in India, due its ideal positioning for trading.

Included Activities

Highlights Of Cochin 
Cochin is an engaging city to explore, from the absorbing views of Fort Kochi harbor with its huge Chinese fishing nets, to ancient mosques, Portuguese architecture, and the crumbling remnants of the British Raj. Explore Mattancherry, where you can observe murals and antiquities at the Dutch Palace and Cemetery. Indulge your senses browsing traditional spice and antique markets. Encounter the fascinating 400 year old, fully-functioning Parsi Synagogue in the Jewish quarter. Visit the original grave of Vasco da Gama in St. Francis Church, used before his remains were returned to Portugal. Discover Hill Palace, the state’s largest archaeological museum, which is located in the regal and artistic suburbs of Tripunithura. (Half Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time)

Hotel Options
Eighth Bastion – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 3

Drive from Cochin to Munnar (160 km, 4.5 hrs)

Munnar

-1 Days

Munnar offers a haven of peace and tranquility within the verdant hills of Kerala.

Included Activities

Tea Delights Of Lockhart
Explore the Lockhart Tea Museum situated at Devikulam, a scenic hill station and national park on the outskirts of Munnar in southern India. Drive along meandering country roads flanked by lush tea plantations and wooded hills. In a while you will reach the expansive Lockhart Estate established in the late 1800s as one of High Range’s earliest tea plantations. Accompanied by an in-house expert, tour the working tea factory, following the staff in action at every stage. Learn about orthodox tea, and its entire production process from tea leaf picking to your teacup. Understand the various health benefits of tea and its many uses. Visit the tea museum to know more about the history of tea in the region. Discover a collection of vintage equipment related to tea manufacture, and browse old photographs that trace the evolution of the town itself. Visit the adjoining nursery and garden where you can observe life behind the scenes. Finally, enjoy a tea tasting session while appreciating the fantastic scenery around! (Half Day; Duration: 1 hr; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy)

Complimentary Tours At Spice Tree
With its myriad activities, Spice Tree caters to both the nature enthusiast and the incurable romantic. The day begins with yoga at 0730 hrs, a guided Bison Valley Plantation Village Walk at 0830 hrs, followed by an Ethnic Cooking Class. At 1600 hrs it is time for Tea Tasting with experts, followed by a trek to the Dolmen Houses – remnants from the Stone Age, at 1700 hrs. For guests who are more interested in botany, the resort also offers Nature Walks with a trained naturalist. Kids will love the Origami session or the Towel Art Session in the afternoon.

Hotel Options
RoomSpice Tree-Classic Room With Jacuzzi
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 3 - 4

Drive from Munnar to Madurai (160 km, 5.5 hrs)

Madurai

1 Day

Madurai, the city of incense and chiming cymbals, is one of the oldest in India! Dubbed the “Athens of the East’, the historical city was reputedly visited by learned men from Rome and Greece, including Megasthenes in the 3rd century BC! Cozily nestled amidst the towering mountains, this is an energetic city of contrasts where Hindu Gods and a growing IT industry go hand in hand.

Included Activities

Evening Ceremony at Sri Meenakshi Amman
Experience the fascinating ‘Going to Bed’ ceremony at the ornate and colorful Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai. Accompanied by your local guide, traverse the lively town to enter the grand temple complex. Under the sunset glow, marvel at the twelve brilliantly decorated towering structures, each featuring an assortment of figurines – deities, demons, and mythical animals. Visit the magnificent hall of a thousand pillars, and soak in the splendid architecture around. As night falls, witness the centuries-old ritual that is religiously performed every single night – but only for the deities! Following a final worship session for the day, watch as the head priests and a train of devotees carry an image of Shiva (aka Sundareshwara) in a silver palanquin to his consort, Parvati’s (aka Meenakshi) shrine, to be kept together until the morning. Join the chorus of voices, while chants, music, dance, and purifying smoke fill the air. The divine beings are believed to rest together for the night, a tradition that is expected to maintain balance in the world. (Half Day; Time: 2100 hrs, Fridays at 2130 hrs; Duration: 2.5 hours; Shared Activity & Private Transfer; Notes: Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the temple’s main sanctum, but can witness the ceremony from a gallery outside, Photography not allowed)

Hotel Options
Heritage Madurai – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Club
Meals
StyleResort
Day 4 - 5

Drive from Madurai to Thekkady (150 km, 3.5 hrs)

Thekkady

1 Day

Thekkady is a thrilling delight for nature lovers.

Included Activities

Evening Tour Of Thekkady
Discover natural beauty and cultural delights of Thekkady at dusk! Soak in the sights and sounds of the magical woods in Thekkady during your three hour afternoon trek. With a trained guide from a local tribal community, each trail takes you through varied habitats, past evergreen deciduous forests and grasslands filled with rare birds, butterflies and wildlife. In the evening, enjoy a demonstration of Kalaripayattu, a vibrant and ancient martial art which dates back to the 3,000 year old Dravidian era. Learn more about the different styles of Kalaripayattu, which roughly translates as mind gym training, practiced throughout Kerala.You can meet professional martial art masters before you return to your hotel. (Kindly note that children below 12 years are not permitted to join this activity.)

Kerala Cooking At Spice Village
Discover the secrets of an authentic Kerala kitchen! With the freshest ingredients at hand, watch your chef whip up local favorites and introduce you to the world of Indian spices. Learn how to combine various spices and pick up some handy Indian cooking tips too!

Hotel Options
Spice Village – Opt 1
RoomStandard Villa
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 5 - 6

Drive from Thekkady to Alleppey (160 km, 4 hrs)

Alleppey Houseboat

1 Day

Cruise Kerala’s backwaters and stay overnight in a traditional kettuvallom, a boat made from coconut rope and wooden blanks.

Included Activities

Overnight Houseboat Experience In Alleppey
Cruise Kerala’s backwaters and stay overnight in a traditional ‘kettuvallom’, a boat made from coconut rope and wooden planks. This unique and exotic barge experience provides all the comforts of a hotel, with furnished bedrooms, a modern shower and toilet room, a living area and a shaded balcony for relaxing on as you enjoy uninterrupted views of rural Kerala. There is also a kitchen where the boat’s crew will rustle you up deliciously fresh meals and snacks, served traditionally on banana leaves. The skipper (captain), might moor up and take you to visit a backwater village, where you can meet local people and observe ancestral homes and places of worship. After a relaxing day, drop anchor and rest your head to the gentle sounds of the swishing lake waters.​

Hotel Options
RoomOne Bed Room
MealsFull Board
StyleHouseboat
Day 6 - 9

Transfer from Alleppey Houseboat to Resort

Alleppey

3 Days

Alleppey was once dubbed the Venice of the East by the visiting former Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon.

Included Activities

Out And About At Marari Beach Resort
When staying at Marari Beach Resort you can begin your blissful day with a wonderful optional open air yoga class, and by enjoying a delicious and leisurely breakfast. Observe and learn about the varied and beautiful species of butterflies at the on-site Butterfly Garden, or take an environmental tour of the property and witness the biogas and sewage plant, and solar energy systems. Venture to the Kitchen Garden to see where the fresh, native ingredients for your meals are grown, and feast on a Keralan culinary demonstration by the chef in the Farm Kitchen. Visit the Ayurveda Center for some pampering. You can also enjoy an escorted stroll through nearby villages, or learn how to attire yourself in a fun hands-on traditional Indian sari/dhoti demonstration.

Hotel Options
RoomGarden Villa
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
Day 9 - 9

Drive from Alleppey to Cochin (65 km, 1.5 hrs)

Cochin

0 Days

Kochi, formerly Cochin, is considered the Queen of the Arabian Sea as it was one of the first European settlements in India, due its ideal positioning for trading.

Transfer to the Airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 2,306 $ 2,076 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 11 days / 10 nights
  • Meals as indicated
  • All activities as listed :
    • Cochin: Highlights of Cochin (Half Day)
    • Munnar: Tea Delights of Lockhart
    • Munnar: Complimentary Activities at Spice Tree
    • Madurai: Evening Ceremony at Sri Meenakshi Amman
    • Thekkady: Evening Tour of Thekkady
    • Thekkady: Kerala Cooking at Spice Village
    • Alleppey Houseboat: Overnight Houseboat Experience in Alleppey
    • Alleppey: Out and About at Marari Beach Resort
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with unlimited mileage and a trusted chauffeur throughout your trip, apart from during your stay at a beach/backwater resort or houseboat if applicable.
  • All activities described in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, accompanied by our tour guide
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes

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