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Kerala Guaranteed Departure - 10 days

Serenity and tranquility abound you when you are surrounded by the diverse beauty of Kerala. The chain of mountains that run alongside the coast offer not just the scenic beauty of the towering mountains covered with spice and tea plantations, but also abut the pristine beaches with white sugary sand and azure waters. The webs of channels that connect the backwaters are not just the lifeline of the locals but a paradise for the tourists and migratory birds as well. If all that does not help one unwind enough, indulge in a therapeutic massage to de-stress and detoxify.

Day 1:    Arrive Cochin
 
 

Welcomed by Travel XS representative at Cochin airport and transfer you to your hotel. Kochi, as it is called now, offers you the best of history and culture anywhere in the state. A port town since early centuries Cochin attracted traders and invaders from the world over. One can see snippets of the different eras and influences in the many attractions in Cochin. The place is broadly divided into two areas- Ernakulam which is a bustling cosmopolitan metropolis and Fort Cochin which is the cultural hub where the hotel is located. Step out of the hotel and you are within walking distance of other attractions like the Chinese fishing nets, said to have been left behind by Chinese traders in the 15th century.

Today evening you can go for a relaxing sunset cruise. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 2:    Cochin
 
 

Today you can go for a sightseeing tour of Cochin which include - The Jewish Synagogue in what is locally called the Jew Town, St. Francis Church which is the oldest European Church in India, the Santa Cruz Basilica built in 1557 by the Portuguese, the Dutch Palace, the Spice market and the 15th century Chinese fishing nets believed to have been brought by Chinese traders.

In the evening, visit an auditorium to watch the famous dance drama of Kerala, the Kathakali. This dance is characterised by some great story telling, amazing costumes and extensive make-up.
Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 3:    Cochin - Alleppey (65 Kms / 1.5 h)
 
 

Drive Alleppey to embark on your private houseboat and cruise on the Backwaters, a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. Your houseboats or ‘Kettuvalloms’ are luxurious boats with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm fringed landscape from your cabins. Apart from the mesmerizing surroundings it’s the life along the coast that adds a touch of exotica to this experience.

The locals’ travel in canoes and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods, door to door in small wooden boats. As you cruise along the backwaters you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places, enroute. Overnight on board. (Full Board

Day 4:    Alleppey - Periyar (145 Km / 4 h)
 
 

Drive to Periyar an area known for its undulating hills, spice plantations, and elephant sightings. One of the 27 tiger reserves in India, the Periyar valley in Thekkady is the oldest. Check into your hotel.

Go on a spice plantation tour today where you will be enticed by not only the aroma of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg but will also get to know how they are grown, harvested and processed before they reach the supermarkets. It is also possible to go for an Elephant ride today.
Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 5:    Periyar
 
 

In the morning hours you can enjoy the boat ride in Periyar Lake. Periyar Lake was formed by the construction of the dam across the Mullaperiyar River in 1895. There is a good chance of seeing any of the inhabitants of the reserve on the lake; especially on the morning and late afternoon cruises where animals head for the lake to drink.

Later by evening witness the Kalaripayattu the martial art form of Kerala is regarded as the oldest and most scientific in the world. Training in combat is given at the kalari (Training school). Kalaripayattu training aims at the ultimate co-ordination of the mind and body. The traditional training in a kalari includes specialization in indigenous medical practices too. Kalaris are also centres of religious worship.

Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 6:    Periyar - Munnar (110 Km / 3.5 hrs)
 
 

Drive to Munnar a hill station located 1600 meters above sea level. Once the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in South India it still retains its colonial charm and is famous for its tea plantations, most of which are privately owned. With its sprawling estates, rolling hills, sparkling waterfalls, picture postcard hamlets and undulating valleys, Munnar is an ideal holiday destination.

Check into your hotel and unwind. Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the ambience of Munnar.
Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 7:    Munnar
 
 

Today you take a visit tea museum, take a short trip to the Eravikulam National Park (home to the endangered Nilgiri Thar mountain goat amongst others) or simply walk through the enchanting tea estates and enjoy the tranquillity it provides. Day at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 8:    Munnar - Marari (165 Km / 4 h)
 
 

Drive to the picturesque fishermen’s village of Mararikulam and check into your resort. Tucked away inside quiet and lush coconut groves, this resort set by the pristine white-sand beaches of Marari offers you unparalleled quite in astoundingly beautiful settings.Day is leisure on the beach resort. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 9:    Marari
 
 

Day at leisure on the beach. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 10:    Marari - Cochin (75 Km / 2 h)
 
 

Departure transfer to Cochin for your next destination.

Tour includes: 

  • All accommodation as mentioned in the program
  • All meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All land transportation and airport transfers by Kerala Hop on Hop Off vehicle 
  • All services as mentioned in the program
  • All excursions and activities as mentioned including entrance fees 

 

Tour does not include: 

  • Visa (fees) to enter the country (check if applicable to you) 
  • Flights and taxes
  • Airport departure taxes per person 
  • Travel insurances
  • Personal expenses like drinks, tipping, souvenirs etc. 
  • Optional excursions and activities and their entrance fees
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the program

 

HOW WE WORK

Welcome to the start of creating your unique, personalised travel experience. Here are the typical steps involved in planning your trip with 12GO:

 

  • Once you have browsed our website and have some ideas about the kind of trip you want, our specialist travel consultants will help you to create the perfect itinerary to suit your needs. Your personal travel expert will help you with every detail of your trip - always ensuring at each step that your journey will be truly memorable.
  • Contact us by email and tell us which of our tours are of interest. Or let us know your ideas and preferences. Also please let us know when you want to travel, the numbers travelling and any other information you feel we might need in order to design an itinerary that matches your vision. 
  • We will call you by phone within 24 hours of receiving your email. Your personal travel consultant will answer your questions, clarify your ideas, desires and expectations.
  • Using this information your personal travel consultant will suggest a personalised, tailor-made itinerary for you - complete with recommended accommodation and activities, prices and information about the area. Once you have read your itinerary, your consultant will answer your questions and revise it until you are satisfied.
  • Once you confirm the itinerary we will ask you to pay your deposit so we can complete and confirm all bookings.
  • Your personal travel consultant will maintain ongoing contact with you and is here to answer your questions and concerns - he/she will continue to check that all arrangements are in place.
  • About two weeks before your departure you will receive your personal detailed day-to-day itinerary of your upcoming trip, as well as additional information such as cultural etiquette and other recommendations that will help you to maximise your experience.

 

During your trip your personal travel consultant will continue to be available to ensure that your travel experience is running smoothly and to your expectations.

Barbara De Blic, France - Hotels are upto the standard, Excellent vehicle, and very friendly good driver, he is very attentive and interesting guide. He take care of the needs every travelers and suggests very good activities. The close contact to the Indian culture through the explanation of the guide in cochin and the meeting with people everywhere. A short trip covers all aspects like culture, backwater, forest and many landscapes and very value for the money.

Beatria, USA - All the hotels are Excellent, The Vehicle is Cleanness, Ac, ability to open and close the windows and so much were grateful. Very good Driver and warm kind young man ready to help us every moment. The communication among with the agency is good, you are helping us to find some place to have lunch or dinner. He was always planned to make a good service thank you for the kindness.

Hi, I am Ivon your friend from India. As I was growing up I was impressed by people who were dedicated to travel and who were always looking for new and fascinating experiences. Learning about famous travellers set me on the path of findingmy own travel adventures with friends and it became one of my passions. Having traveled extensively through India, I've gained an in-depth knowledge of India's rich culture, much of which remains undiscovered by the average traveler. And it's great to be able to share my love of India with a friend like you.

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Kerala Guaranteed Departure - 10 days

Serenity and tranquility abound you when you are surrounded by the diverse beauty of Kerala. The chain of mountains that run alongside the coast offer not just the scenic beauty of the towering mountains covered with spice and tea plantations, but also abut the pristine beaches with white sugary sand and azure waters. The webs of channels that connect the backwaters are not just the lifeline of the locals but a paradise for the tourists and migratory birds as well. If all that does not help one unwind enough, indulge in a therapeutic massage to de-stress and detoxify.

Day 1:    Arrive Cochin
 
 

Welcomed by Travel XS representative at Cochin airport and transfer you to your hotel. Kochi, as it is called now, offers you the best of history and culture anywhere in the state. A port town since early centuries Cochin attracted traders and invaders from the world over. One can see snippets of the different eras and influences in the many attractions in Cochin. The place is broadly divided into two areas- Ernakulam which is a bustling cosmopolitan metropolis and Fort Cochin which is the cultural hub where the hotel is located. Step out of the hotel and you are within walking distance of other attractions like the Chinese fishing nets, said to have been left behind by Chinese traders in the 15th century.

Today evening you can go for a relaxing sunset cruise. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 2:    Cochin
 
 

Today you can go for a sightseeing tour of Cochin which include - The Jewish Synagogue in what is locally called the Jew Town, St. Francis Church which is the oldest European Church in India, the Santa Cruz Basilica built in 1557 by the Portuguese, the Dutch Palace, the Spice market and the 15th century Chinese fishing nets believed to have been brought by Chinese traders.

In the evening, visit an auditorium to watch the famous dance drama of Kerala, the Kathakali. This dance is characterised by some great story telling, amazing costumes and extensive make-up.
Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 3:    Cochin - Alleppey (65 Kms / 1.5 h)
 
 

Drive Alleppey to embark on your private houseboat and cruise on the Backwaters, a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. Your houseboats or ‘Kettuvalloms’ are luxurious boats with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm fringed landscape from your cabins. Apart from the mesmerizing surroundings it’s the life along the coast that adds a touch of exotica to this experience.

The locals’ travel in canoes and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods, door to door in small wooden boats. As you cruise along the backwaters you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places, enroute. Overnight on board. (Full Board

Day 4:    Alleppey - Periyar (145 Km / 4 h)
 
 

Drive to Periyar an area known for its undulating hills, spice plantations, and elephant sightings. One of the 27 tiger reserves in India, the Periyar valley in Thekkady is the oldest. Check into your hotel.

Go on a spice plantation tour today where you will be enticed by not only the aroma of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg but will also get to know how they are grown, harvested and processed before they reach the supermarkets. It is also possible to go for an Elephant ride today.
Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 5:    Periyar
 
 

In the morning hours you can enjoy the boat ride in Periyar Lake. Periyar Lake was formed by the construction of the dam across the Mullaperiyar River in 1895. There is a good chance of seeing any of the inhabitants of the reserve on the lake; especially on the morning and late afternoon cruises where animals head for the lake to drink.

Later by evening witness the Kalaripayattu the martial art form of Kerala is regarded as the oldest and most scientific in the world. Training in combat is given at the kalari (Training school). Kalaripayattu training aims at the ultimate co-ordination of the mind and body. The traditional training in a kalari includes specialization in indigenous medical practices too. Kalaris are also centres of religious worship.

Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 6:    Periyar - Munnar (110 Km / 3.5 hrs)
 
 

Drive to Munnar a hill station located 1600 meters above sea level. Once the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in South India it still retains its colonial charm and is famous for its tea plantations, most of which are privately owned. With its sprawling estates, rolling hills, sparkling waterfalls, picture postcard hamlets and undulating valleys, Munnar is an ideal holiday destination.

Check into your hotel and unwind. Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the ambience of Munnar.
Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 7:    Munnar
 
 

Today you take a visit tea museum, take a short trip to the Eravikulam National Park (home to the endangered Nilgiri Thar mountain goat amongst others) or simply walk through the enchanting tea estates and enjoy the tranquillity it provides. Day at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 8:    Munnar - Marari (165 Km / 4 h)
 
 

Drive to the picturesque fishermen’s village of Mararikulam and check into your resort. Tucked away inside quiet and lush coconut groves, this resort set by the pristine white-sand beaches of Marari offers you unparalleled quite in astoundingly beautiful settings.Day is leisure on the beach resort. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 9:    Marari
 
 

Day at leisure on the beach. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 10:    Marari - Cochin (75 Km / 2 h)
 
 

Departure transfer to Cochin for your next destination.

Tour includes: 

  • All accommodation as mentioned in the program
  • All meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All land transportation and airport transfers by Kerala Hop on Hop Off vehicle 
  • All services as mentioned in the program
  • All excursions and activities as mentioned including entrance fees 

 

Tour does not include: 

  • Visa (fees) to enter the country (check if applicable to you) 
  • Flights and taxes
  • Airport departure taxes per person 
  • Travel insurances
  • Personal expenses like drinks, tipping, souvenirs etc. 
  • Optional excursions and activities and their entrance fees
  • Other expenses not mentioned in the program

 

HOW WE WORK

Welcome to the start of creating your unique, personalised travel experience. Here are the typical steps involved in planning your trip with 12GO:

 

  • Once you have browsed our website and have some ideas about the kind of trip you want, our specialist travel consultants will help you to create the perfect itinerary to suit your needs. Your personal travel expert will help you with every detail of your trip - always ensuring at each step that your journey will be truly memorable.
  • Contact us by email and tell us which of our tours are of interest. Or let us know your ideas and preferences. Also please let us know when you want to travel, the numbers travelling and any other information you feel we might need in order to design an itinerary that matches your vision. 
  • We will call you by phone within 24 hours of receiving your email. Your personal travel consultant will answer your questions, clarify your ideas, desires and expectations.
  • Using this information your personal travel consultant will suggest a personalised, tailor-made itinerary for you - complete with recommended accommodation and activities, prices and information about the area. Once you have read your itinerary, your consultant will answer your questions and revise it until you are satisfied.
  • Once you confirm the itinerary we will ask you to pay your deposit so we can complete and confirm all bookings.
  • Your personal travel consultant will maintain ongoing contact with you and is here to answer your questions and concerns - he/she will continue to check that all arrangements are in place.
  • About two weeks before your departure you will receive your personal detailed day-to-day itinerary of your upcoming trip, as well as additional information such as cultural etiquette and other recommendations that will help you to maximise your experience.

 

During your trip your personal travel consultant will continue to be available to ensure that your travel experience is running smoothly and to your expectations.

Barbara De Blic, France - Hotels are upto the standard, Excellent vehicle, and very friendly good driver, he is very attentive and interesting guide. He take care of the needs every travelers and suggests very good activities. The close contact to the Indian culture through the explanation of the guide in cochin and the meeting with people everywhere. A short trip covers all aspects like culture, backwater, forest and many landscapes and very value for the money.

Beatria, USA - All the hotels are Excellent, The Vehicle is Cleanness, Ac, ability to open and close the windows and so much were grateful. Very good Driver and warm kind young man ready to help us every moment. The communication among with the agency is good, you are helping us to find some place to have lunch or dinner. He was always planned to make a good service thank you for the kindness.

Hi, I am Ivon your friend from India. As I was growing up I was impressed by people who were dedicated to travel and who were always looking for new and fascinating experiences. Learning about famous travellers set me on the path of findingmy own travel adventures with friends and it became one of my passions. Having traveled extensively through India, I've gained an in-depth knowledge of India's rich culture, much of which remains undiscovered by the average traveler. And it's great to be able to share my love of India with a friend like you.

Contact >>
Kerala Ayurveda Tours

Highlights

  • Enjoy the quiet of the backwaters in the comfort of a houseboat and be treated to a gastronomic Kerala style meal

  • Cruise the Periyar lake and if luck has it, spot wild animals chilling off at the water hole

  • Be mesmerized by the enchanting beauty of the cloud covered mountains and tour the spice and tea plantations

  • Bask in the sun and work the tan on the exotic beaches

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