Kerala – ‘Gods Own Country’: Spice Gardens, Backwaters and Beaches. 14 days

12 days.
From £2,352 per person
Departure dates:
6th & 21st October
7th & 22nd November
6th December 2015
Availability: Limited places left please book soon.

Kerala, often known as “Gods Own Land” is a place to enjoy the stunning coconut palm-fringed beaches and tranquil canals. It has a distinct and deep culture that will give travellers a true flavour of India. The area is also famous for the warm welcome provided by its people and amongst your relaxation will be an opportunity to restore your health with traditional Yoga and Ayurvedic treatments.

Tour Programme

This 14 day trip is a wonderful opportunity to relax and make the most of the facilities in some of the areas beautiful hotels.

Day 1: Fly to Cochin: This City is steeped in colonial history with Dutch and British influences in the buildings and the culture. Once you’ve refreshed yourself at your Hotel at Cherai Beach, you have the opportunity to return to the city to take in the sights and sounds walking along the waterfront or even take an evening harbour cruise. Cherai Beach is unspoiled and is set amongst whispering palms and Mediterranean plants – a truly relaxing place to begin your adventure.  

Day 2: Cherai Beach:  A chance to have an easy morning, relaxing and swimming on the beach. Enjoy the local hospitality and marvel at the beautiful sunset.


Day 3:   Fort Cochin: Fort Cochin is at the heart of the old city. The architecture is diverse and includes mansions built on spice and tea trading wealth. You can also visit St Francis’s Church built in 1503 before taking in some local shopping. Ovenight stay at Heritage hotel.

Day 4:   Cochin to Munnar: You’ll depart promptly, driving from sea level up into the Munnar Hills. The views along with way are stunning with a mix of dense palms to the hills covered by bright green tea plantations.  Enjoy the sunset in the chilly mountain heights.

Day 5:   Munnar to Thekkady: Your destination will be the Periyar National Park – a beautiful area densely populated by birds, monkeys, deer and even wild Elephants. Overnight at Thekkady.

 

Day 6:  Thekkady to Kumarakom: After an easy breakfast we drive through the villages, fields and wildlife sanctuary to Kumarakom. This is the gateway to three days of relaxation and rejuvenation with massage, Ayurvedic treatments and Yoga available. If you get itchy feet, you can always visit one of the local spice gardens to understand the background to traditional medicine and the spice trade.

Day 7 to Day 9: Relax and rejuvenate in Kumarakom Resort: A Great opportunity today to meet an Ayurvedic Doctor for a consultation and get to know the secrets for a balanced and healthy body and mind, with the help of our ancient Indian science.

 

Day 10: House Boat: Kerala has a unique network of canals and lagoons that are best explored by House Boat. Drifting along these backwaters you’ll be treated to the sights and sounds of India and its wildlife: fishermen busy themselves setting nets next to you, whilst local people wash, walk and sell goods on the palm-tree lined banks. We leave after a late lunch and after enjoyipan>

 

Day 11: House Boat to Alleppey: After a spectacular sunrise we’ll land in Alleppey, referred to as the “Venice of India” by a former Viceroy of India. The town has a fascinating old quarter and you’ll have the chance to explore the narrow streets, markets and silk shops that were once at the heart of an important British trading town. There is a stunning white sandy beach that’s often buzzing with locals enjoying the sunset. Overnight in Alleppey.

 

Day 12: Alleppey to Varkala Beach: You’ll transfer to Varkala by car and check in at your hotel. You can choose to relax on this this beautiful beach or you can visit the fascinating 2000-year-old Hindu Janardhana Temple before rounding off the day with some shopping in local shops and the market.

Day 13: Varkala to Kovalam Beach: After a relaxed breakfast you will drive to Kovalam where you can choose to enjoy the beautiful white sandy beach or spend some time relaxing and shopping in the busy market, where you can pick up souvenirs to take home. A relaxing evening with excellent hospitality at a local hotel.

 

Day 14: Kovalam to Trivandrum and return flight:  Kovalam is well located for the airport and the drive will only take about 30 minutes. Drive to the airport to catch your departure flight home.  

Price Offer

From £2352.00 per person, single supplement will apply 495 (Land only)

Tour Price

What's Included:
Return Flight from Europe
All Hotels & Spa Hotels (Heritage or 4 Star)
Includes breakfast and picnic lunches (unless stated otherwise)
All transport from entry airport to departure, including train tickets and A/c cars with private drivers accordingly to the itinerary
All tourist site entry tickets
Single supplement will apply £545

Availability

Accommodation and all Tours are subject to availability
Group numbers - Minimum 4 and Maximum 12 people 
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