Explore the best of Kerala, India - 11 Nights Sightseeing

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Start and end in Kochi (Cochin)! With the sightseeing tour Explore the best of Kerala, India, you have a 11 day tour package taking you through Kochi (Cochin), India and 4 other destinations in India. Explore the best of Kerala, India includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Itinerary

  • Arrival in Kochi

    On arrival at Kochi (formerly known as Cochin), you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Later, enjoy Greenix Show which is a kaleidoscope of Indian classical art forms and martial arts. Accommodation: 4 star Bungalow?Start point Arrivals - Entrance, Kochi Airport, Alwaye, Ernakulam, Kerala, India

  • Sightseeing in Kochi (B & L)

    After breakfast, proceed for a village backwater Cruise. Return to Kochi in the afternoon for a guided tour. Cruise in the backwaters of Kerala on a houseboat, locally known as ?Kettuvalloms?. Located in the southwestern part of India, Kerala is one of the most beautiful parts of India. It is popularly known as ?God?s Own Country? because of its exquisite beauty and greenery. Savour the beauty of the landscape as we drift along the narrow canals and paddy fields of the scenic backwaters. Watch rare birds, country boat making and toddy tapping as you cruise along the backwaters. Some interesting places visited during sightseeing in Kochi - St Francis Church, built in 1510 is the first European church built in India. The Jewish Synagogue built in 1568, the only Synagogue in India. Also, you will visit the Dutch Palace, it contains excellent mythological murals and a rare example of traditional Keralite flooring - a subtle mix of burnt coconut shells, lime, plant juices and egg whites. In the evening, you can take a walk in Fort Kochi Area Accommodation: 4 star Bungalow

  • Kochi to Munnar (B)

    In and around MunnarToday after breakfast, drive for four hours to Munnar. Munnar is a beautiful hill station and a major center of Kerala?s tea industry. The town is surrounded by about 30 sprawling tea estates where these precious leaves are picked, dried and processed into top quality tea. You will drive through Cardamom Hill Reserve. En-route you may stop at a Cardamom Estate to interact, walk through the plantation and see the cultivation. After check-in at the hotel in Munnar, you are free to walk through the tea plantations and spend the rest of the day relaxing and soaking in the rejuvenating climate of the town. Accommodation: Eco Resort

  • Munnar to Chinnar via Marayoor (B & L)

    After breakfast, drive to Marayoor Sandalwood forest followed by a visit to the nearby tribal village for a traditional lunch. You will be guided by the Eco Society team members. Later, you may opt for a short trek through Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary which is a wildlife-rich area. Return to Munnar for overnight. Exotic and pristine, Marayoor is a unique place where tourism meets adventure. The enchanting beauty of Marayoor offers diversity in every aspect of the land and culture. Hamlets, rocky hills, rivers, brooks, cave temples, paddy and sugar cane fields, waterfalls, sandalwood and bamboo forests. As you go on the nature trail in Chinnar, you are bound to come across a fascinating plethora of bird and animal life.On the way, you can see an entirely different way of village life from Kerala. The vast expanse of hundreds of crops, sacred groves, termite mount temples and if in season, you can participate in a village festival like fire walk, Jelly Kettu (Bullfight) etc. Accommodation: Eco Resort

  • Munnar to Periyar (B)

    In and around PeriyarToday, after an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Periyar, the famous wildlife destination of Kerala. Afternoon go on a guided spice farm visit and spend the rest of the evening strolling around the spice markets. Indian agriculture began by 9000 BC as a result of early cultivation of plants, and domestication of crops and animals. Settled life soon followed with implements and techniques being developed for agriculture. Plants and animals?considered essential to their survival by the Indians?came to be worshipped and venerated. Indian spices include a variety of spices and herbs grown across the Indian subcontinent (South Asia). With different climates in different parts of the country, India produces a variety of spices, many of which are native to the Subcontinent, while others were imported from similar climates and have since been cultivated locally for centuries.Spices are typically heated in a pan with ghee or cooking oil before being added to a dish. Lighter spices are added last, and spices with strong flavor should be added first. Curry is not a spice, but a term which refers to any side dish in Indian cuisine. It could be with a gravy base or a dry item. A curry typically contains several spices blended together. Periyar - Conjures up images of elephants, chains of hill and spice scented plantations. Here, in the crisp, cool air of the Western Ghats you will see a lot of wildlife and observe the way of life of simple mountain people. Periyar Tiger Reserve is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India, and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks. Accommodation: 4 star Resort

  • At Periyar National Park (B & L)

    Today, go on a guided trekking tour in the sanctuary. Packed breakfast & lunch are provided at the start point of the trek. Later, enjoy bamboo rafting in the Periyar Lake. This will be a nice opportunity to watch and photograph wildlife in the sanctuary. The greatest attraction of Periyar remains the large herds of wild elephants that come down to the lakes edge. Tigers are sighted when the forest water holes dry up and these animals come and drink water from the river. Evening, return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay. Note: Sanctuary might be closed between March & June due to the fear of wildfire. Accommodation: 4 star Resort

  • Periyar to Allepey (B, L & D)

    In and around AllepeyAfter an early breakfast,drive to Alleppey to board the houseboat, which is locally known as Kettuvallam, for a cruise through Vembanad Lake. Enjoy the evening, making occasional stops at lowlying rice fields, churches, temples, schools, or stop to buy some fresh tender coconut. What is truly magical about a houseboat is the breathtaking view of the untouched and otherwise inaccessible rural Kerala that it offers. The houseboats have all the comforts of a good hotel including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cosy living rooms and a kitchen. Enjoying a cruise in these backwaters is not to be missed, as it leaves you feeling fully rejuvenated. Accommodation: Houseboat

  • Allepey to Marari Beach (B & L)

    After breakfast on board,check out and drive to a Heritage home nearby to participate in an interactive cookery show followed by lunch with the family. Later drive to Marari, a relatively quiet beach paradise of Kerala. ?Rest of the day at leisure at your resort on the beach.You may opt to go for an Ayurvedic Massage or a village walk through the nearby fishermen village.Overnight at the Resort.? Marari originates from "Mararikulam", one of the local fishing villages, where life still goes on much as it did a hundred years ago, with the men going out to sea each day to earn a living bringing in the daily catch. Completely new to the holiday maker. Marari offers endless miles of superb sand beaches backed by swaying palms, virgin territory where you can experience the local charm/and traditional Keralan Hospitality at its best. Marari Beach is an endless vista of sand and surf, but it is more. An authentic experience of the world of Keralas traditional fishing villages, and a recreation of an ancient, harmonious way of life. The village of Mararikulam lies on a forgotten shore, midway up the Malabar coast, where the Indian Ocean finally decides that it has now become the Arabian Sea. Accommodation: Beach Resort

  • At Marari (B)

    Spend the day at the resort. An authentic experience of Keralas traditional fishing villages, and a re-creation of an ancient, harmonious way of life.You may visit the local fishermen village by walk. By evening it may interesting to visit the local temple to watch the local crowd coming for worship and socialisation.You can opt a tuk-tuk ride to visit the local temple. Accommodation: Beach Resort

  • At Marari Beach (B)

    Spend the entire day at leisure on the beach. Accommodation: Beach Resort

  • Departure - Marari to Kochi Airport (B)

    Post breakfast, you will be assisted and transferred to Cochin International airport for your onward flight.End point Departure Gate, Kochi Airport, Alwaye, Ernakulam, Kerala, India

Inclusion

  • GST on total package
  • Accomodation in a well appointed room
  • Meals as per hotel plan and ones mentioned in itinerary
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary in an air-conditioned vehicle (except in the hills when the air-conditioner will be switched off)
  • All toll taxes, parking fees and driver allowances
  • All applicable hotel taxes

Exclusion

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  • All personal expenses, optional tours and extra meals
  • Camera fees, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages
  • Vehicle service on leisure days for sightseeing not included in the itinerary
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Tips, laundry and phone calls

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