Kerala – God’s own country (12 days)

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flag Kochi - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Kovalam
What's included?
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  • International Flight
  • Accommodation
  • Water
  • Meals
  • Escorted Tour
  • Domestic Flights
  • Airport Taxes Charges
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Tipping

Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast in the deep south, with nearly 600km of glorious Arabian Sea shoreline. Known for its palm-lined beaches and its backwaters, a network of canals popular for cruises. Its many upscale seaside resorts include specialists in Ayurvedic treatments. Inland are the Western Ghats, a mountain range whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as abundant native wildlife. A tropical symphony, a world away from everyday life, is why Kerala is described as God’s Own Country’.

 

4* Value Option – save up to £400 per person on advertised price!

 

Day 1 UK departure

Depart the UK with international economy flight to Kochi. We can also arrange departures from your local airport at no extra cost.

Day 2 Kochi Arrival

Arrive Kochi, the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for 2 nights stay.

Kochi, also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, is one of the finest natural harbours in the world. Starting from the Dutch, Portuguese and the British, Kochi was the site of the first European colonial settlements in India.

Day 3 Kochi

After breakfast, take a guided walk through the historic Fort Kochi area. This morning we will visit the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and see the authentic Chinese fishing nets still in active use by the fishermen in Kerala.

This evening, watch a spectacular Kathakali performance. Kathakali is one of the oldest theatre forms in India. One of the most complex and highly stylized Indian art forms, this performance is a spectacular combination of drama, dance, music and ritual. Characters with vividly painted faces and elaborate costumes re-enact stories from the Hindu epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. Reach early for the unique opportunity to see the performers dressing up in their very elaborate and colorful costumes and painting their faces with make up to create the special persona for the performance. Also visit the onsite cultural museum to see sculptures of Kerala’s unique dance forms, a large replica of an authentic Keralan wooden canoe and see how Keralan handicrafts and saris are woven.

 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 4 Kochi to Munnar

After breakfast embark on a scenic drive to Munnar, one of the most popular hill resorts of south India. Under the British Raj, Munnar was popularly called ‘Switzerland of India’ for its natural surroundings and cool climate. The entire area is occupied by thick forests and tea estates. The specialty of Munnar is its jungle honey, tea and a rare flower ‘Neela Kurunji’ which blooms once in 12 years. Upon arrival check-in at your hotel for 2 nights stay.

 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 5 Munnar

After breakfast, visit a local tea plantation and the Tata Tea Museum to learn about the cultivation and processing of a variety of Indian teas. Then we visit a unique welfare initiative in Munnar, which focuses on enhancing the hidden talents of differently abled children, most of whom are from families of local tea pluckers of Munnar. Here we see three projects that aim to equip disabled children to secure a better future: a centre for special education; a natural dye fabric printing project; and a unit that manufactures handmade paper and paper products. The products made by these children are sold at a small outlet near the workshops and are exported to Japan and Europe. A visit to this unique initiative reiterates how enthusiasm is a sign of spiritual health and imperfections are what make you beautiful!

Enjoy the evening at leisure.

 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 6 Munnar to Periyar

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Periyar, the spice plantation hub of Kerala. Upon arrival in Periyar, check in to your hotel and freshen up.

This evening watch a Kalaripayattu performance, one of the oldest form of martial arts and known as the mother of all martial arts. Kalarippayattu consists of punches, leg moves, stretches, twists, and jumps performed in a particular sequence. In Periyar, you get a unique opportunity to witness a performance of this ancient art along with the locals at the village arena.

 

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 7 Periyar

Early this morning, we take a guided walk with a naturalist in Periyar Wildlife Reserve. Observe some rare species of flora and fauna, along with a variety of birds and if you are lucky you may even spot a few elephants and wildlife across the lake.

This afternoon, take a spice plantation tour and learn about the mystery and history of Indian spices. The spice plantations in Periyar are captivating farms growing different spices in different sections of the plantations. You will be intrigued to see the vast variety of spices ranging from cloves, cardamom, ginger, pepper, chilli, turmeric etc.

Enjoy afternoon at leisure or free for optional activities offered by the resort.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 8 Periyar to Alleppey

After a leisurely morning we drive to Alleppey, a coastal town in the backwaters of Kerala. Upon arrival, check-in at your houseboat for an overnight stay. Enjoy a relaxing day onboard houseboat, observing the local life around the backwaters and embracing the serenity of Kumarakom. Spend the night under the stars aboard a traditional thatched roof houseboat on the backwaters of Kumarakom.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 9 Alleppey to Kovalam

After breakfast you alight your houseboat and drive to Kovalam, a serene south Indian beach destination that is renowned for offering authentic Indian Ayurveda therapies. Upon arrival in Kovalam, check in to your hotel for 2 nights stay.

Enjoy the evening at leisure. You may wish to explore the spa at your resort and experience an Indian Ayurveda massage (at extra charge).

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 10 Kovalam / Trivandrum

This morning, you will be driven to Trivandrum to enjoy a brief city tour.

Trivandrum is built on hills by the sea shore and sandwiched between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. While you are in the city visit the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple complex (non Hindus are not allowed to visit inside the main temple), Napier Museum (a museum of art and natural history), Sree Chithra Art Gallery which features a unique collection of traditional and contemporary paintings and finally the Palace Museum.

Return back to your hotel in the afternoon with time free at leisure.

* If you are keen to experience a full Ayurveda retreat, you will need to extend your stay. Minimum 7 nights stay is recommended for rejuvenation therapy. For best results and focused treatments, 14 – 21 nights stay is advisable. Enquire for more details *

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 11 Kovalam departure

After breakfast, transfer to Trivandrum airport to board your flight back home.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 12 UK Arrival

Arrive back in UK.

Kochi - 5* Crowne Plaza Kochi

5* Crowne Plaza Kochi

Crowne Plaza Kochi, Kerala, is an ideal staying place for both the professional and leisure travelers from across the world. It is placed amidst exotic surroundings that comprised of alluring attractions of the city. The hotel is blessed with excellent accommodation arrangements in the presence of fully furnished rooms and suites.

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Kochi 4* Value Option - Casino Hotel

4* Casino Hotel

This Art Décor Styled hotel captures the essence of Cochin, which is at once cosmopolitan and traditional and enables you to travel gracefully between these two worlds – right from that moment when you are greeted into the hotel with a warm welcome. The hotel offers regular rooms, spaciously appointed suites and a separate non-smoking wing on the ground floor.

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Munnar - 5* The Windermere Estate

5* The Windermere Estate

Every room at Windermere has been thoughtfully handcrafted over the years, step inside & you feel the warmth and comfort of a home. Step outside, and you are rejuvenated with the fresh mountain air. A holiday that’s for the mind and soul.

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Munnar 4* Value Option - The Siena Village

4* The Siena Village

With the mighty hills guarding it, “The Siena Village” sits perfectly in blend with the nature. The sophisticated and radical place on the top of the hill. Ensuring the chill of the hills, “The Siena Village” is definitely a refreshing abode. The tranquillity of an old-time village with the new charm of luxury can be seen at “The Siena Village”.

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Periyar - 5* CGH Spice Village

5* CGH Spice Village

Check ins at Spice Village are not at a boring reception desk, but out on the lawns, with a healthy herbal brew where you can choose the herbs yourself. Get invigorated, absorb the sights and sounds of Nature, and before you know it, your bags have been whisked away to your room and you are ready for a sojourn like no other.

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Periyar 4* Value Option - Cardamom County

4* Cardamom County

Cardamom County, a Nature retreat is set in beautifully landscaped gardens against the green clad mountains of the Periyar Forests. The cottages are built on various levels, following the natural contours of the hillock within the resort. Each cottage with its spacious bedroom and private veranda is simple yet stylish representing the finest in modern living.

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Kumarakom - 5* The Zuri Kumarakom Kerala Resort & Spa

5* The Zuri Kumarakom Kerala Resort & Spa

The Zuri Kumarakom, a luxury resort, spa and luxury hotel, cradles on the banks of India’s longest lake, the Vembanad Lake. Spread across a magnificent 205 square kilometers, the lake traverses several districts of Kerala, the south Indian state we dearly call God’s own country.

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Kumarakom 4* Value Option - Backwater Ripples

4* Backwater Ripples

Backwater Ripples, the luxury lake view resort contains traditionally designed independent luxury villas, heritage cottages and Lake view and Garden view rooms. Most of these rooms have an outstanding view of Vembanad Lake, and has their veranda and private garden to add beauty to this lush.

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Kovalam - 5* The Leela Kovalam

5* The Leela Kovalam

From the start, we have been on a continuous journey to delight each traveller who crosses our threshold. It is The Leela’s goal to provide the most demanding guests with memorable, magical stays that deliver the essence of India and discover a 5-Star experience found only in India, and only at The Leela.

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Kovalam 4* Value Option - The Travancore Heritage

4* The Travancore Heritage

The Travancore Heritage is a sea side resort in 15 acres of lush green coconut garden and landscaped environs located at Chowara – south of Kovalam, near Trivandrum, Kerala. The resort stands on a high cliff overlooking the Arabian Sea and a long wide beach of powdery white sand.

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Tour Prices include:

  • International economy flights;
  • Hotel accommodation as shown (based on twin occupancy);
  • Meals as described (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
  • Meeting and assistance on arrivals and departures;
  • Sightseeing excursions with English speaking guides;
  • All transfers and road transportation in air-conditioned vehicles;
  • Monument entrance fees for visits mentioned in program;
  • Train/Boat journeys where mentioned in program;
  • Domestic flights where mentioned in program;
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Tour Prices exclude:

  • Indian visa fee;
  • Transfer for meals if not included in itinerary;
  • Drinks during meals;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs etc;
  • Travel insurance (can be arranged, please ask for details);
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Optional tours;
  • Early check-in or late check-out;
  • Flight and accommodation upgrades.

 

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£1,825 (pp)
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We used Emperor for a group trip to India. they were fantastic with their choice of hotels (some truly incredible) their tour guide, the whole programme and their choice of airlines for the trip. We made things quite tough for them with different members of the group travelling for different periods and arriving in and out of different airports. We specifically had some issues with one of the airlines on the return leg of our trip, through no fault of Emperor, but they did their utmost to put things right and made the journey home as pleasant as possible by meeting the cost of a lounge at the airport for us do to the shortcomings of one of the airlines checking in procedures. The pre holiday package of information was very comprehensive and we were presented with very durable luggage tags. We would have no hesitation in recommending Richard and his team in tailoring a package for a trip to India. We had an amazing culturally stimulating trip and will certainly go back to India in the future.

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