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Exploration South Kerala Tour - 09 Nights and 10 Days

Overview
A 9 night and 10 day tour for those seeking to discover the broad mix of diverse and rich Kerala experiences. The tour includes: exploring a vibrant port town, the lush tea hills, and spice plantations, watching traditional dance performances, taking jungle treks and cruising in houseboats, staying in a wildlife resort and a beach resort and relaxing with a complimentary Ayurveda massage.
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Tour Highlights

  • Explore the vibrant Port Town of Cochin
  • Experience the Serenity of the Lush Tea Hills of Munnar
  • Stay in a Wildlife Resort
  • Enjoy an Overnight Houseboat Cruise
  • Stay in a Beach Resort
Tour Route - Where you'll visit
1 Cochin

Cochin, or Kochi as it is now called, is divided into Old Cochin (comprising Fort Cochin and Mattanchery) and Ernakulam, which is a bustling metropolis and is considered the commercial capital of Kerala. It is the only district in Kerala where you can experience urban comforts on a par with other major cities in India and also the history of many centuries bygone.

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2 Munnar
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 get-away destination.
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3 Periyar

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.

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4 Alleppey- House Boat
Alappuzha (or Alleppey) is a city on the Laccadive Sea in Kerala. It's best known for houseboat cruises along the rustic Kerala backwaters, a network of tranquil canals and lagoons.
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5 Mararikulam
The picturesque fishermen's village of Mararikulam is tucked away inside quiet and lush coconut groves and the resorts here are set by the pristine white sand beaches that offer you unparalleled quiet in astoundingly beautiful settings. Marari has been inhabited by fishermen for millennia and here you will find the authenticity and the breathtaking natural surroundings have been preserved carefully
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6 Cochin International Airport - Nedumbassery
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Detailed Itinerary

Day ONE +-
  • DAY 01: Arrival Cochin
Welcomed by Kerala Travel Centre representative at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
A port town since early centuries, Cochin, also known as the spice coast of India, attracted traders and invaders from the world over. Needless to say, Cochin offers you some fascinating snippets of history and culture. Relax and unwind at the hotel, and in the evening, enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise.
Overnight at the hotel 
with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day TWO +-
  • DAY 02: Cochin

Go for a sightseeing tour to explore the many fascinating highlights of Cochin; including, the Jewish Synagogue; St. Francis Church, the oldest European Church in India; the Santa Cruz Basilica, which was 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, traditional dance drama of Kerala, the Kathakali. This dance is characterised by intricate story telling, amazing costumes and extensive make-up. 
Overnight at the hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.

Day THREE +-
  • DAY 03: Cochin - Munnar (150 km / 4 hrs)
Drive to Munnar, a hill station located 1,600 metres above sea level. Once the summer resort of the 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 getaway destination. Check into your hotel and unwind. Have the day to relax and enjoy the ambience of Munnar.
Overnight at the resort with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day FOUR +-
  • DAY 04: Munnar
You have the option of visiting the tea museum or the Eravikulam National Park, home to the endangered Nilgiri Thar mountain goat amongst others, or simply walk through the local enchanting tea estates and enjoy the serenity it provides.
Overnight at the resort with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day FIVE +-
  • DAY 05: Munnar - Periyar (110 km / 3.5 hrs)
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. Either relax the rest of the day or go on a spice plantation tour. On the spice plantations, you will be enticed by the aroma of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg and will learn how the spices are grown, harvested and processed before they reach the supermarkets. In the evening, enjoy a boat ride, where you will have the opportunity to sight elephants and other animals along the bank.
Overnight at the resort with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day SIX +-
  • DAY 06: Periyar
Today you have the option to go for a three-hour escorted jungle trek or engage in a full-day jungle trail involving bamboo rafting and treks. Enjoy a full-body, rejuvenating massage.
Overnight at the hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day SEVEN +-
  • DAY 07: Periyar - Houseboat (145 km / 3.5 hrs)
Drive to Kumarakom, and embark on your private houseboat. 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, its the life along the backwaters that makes this a fascinating 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 with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day EIGHT +-
  • DAY 08: Houseboat - Mararikulam (20 km / .5 hr)
Disembark in the morning, and drive to the picturesque fishermen's village of Mararikulam. Check into your resort. Tucked away inside quiet and lush coconut groves, the resort is set in the pristine white sand beaches of the Marari and offers you unparalleled quiet in astoundingly beautiful settings. Marari has been inhabited by fishermen for millennia, and here you will find the authenticity and the breathtaking natural surroundings have been preserved carefully. Enjoy a day in the beach resort.
Overnight at the resort.
Day NINE +-
  • DAY 09: Mararikuklam
Day at leisure on the beach. Bicycles can be organised for you, so you can go biking along the beautiful coastal backroads of Marari. The area offers breathtaking views and one can bike through the beautiful fishermen's villages right up to the Arthumkal Church, which is built by the sea. You can also visit the nearby Alleppey town and its bazaars and historical buildings. A visit to the coir factories around the village is also very interesting.
Overnight at the resort.
Day TEN +-
  • DAY 10: Mararikulam - Cochin -Departure (85 km / 2.5 hrs)
Departure transfer to Cochin airport for return flight with a vehicle for your transfer.

When Should I go?

Being a coastal state surrounded by the Arabian Sea and because of its proximity to the equator, Kerala has a more or less consistent temperature pattern in the summers and the monsoons alike. The temperature hovers around 29°C throughout the year with varying levels of humidity.
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Monsoon Months in Kerala

June and July are monsoon months in Kerala, the showers being heavy at first and then easing off gradually. Whilst these are not the best months for tours, interestingly, this happens to the best time for travellers seeking the therapeutic Ayurveda treatment which is said to be most effective in these months.

Best months for travel to Kerala

The months of October through to March are considered to be the most favourable months to travel to Kerala when the weather is sunny and pleasant. The months of April and May are also favourable for travel but the humidity tends to be comparatively higher. August and September are also good months for travel.

Price Guide

Prices are per person based on 2 people occupying 1 double/twin room and may vary based on local market fluctuations. For single supplements please get in touch.

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B&B at all hotels except where cited on the itinerary, chauffeur driven AC car, sunset cruise, Kathakali performance, Ayurveda massage, all entrance fees, guide charges, assisted airport transfers and international flights.

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Cochin 2 Fort Heritage The Malabar House Residency Brunton Boatyard
Munnar 2 Bracknell Forest Ambady Estate Windermere Estate
Periyar 2 Cardamom County Elephant court Shalimar spice garden
Alleppey- House Boat 1 Xandari River Escape Xandari River Escape Xandari River Escape
Mararikulam 2 Abad Turtle Beach Beach Symphony Marari beach Resort

Fort Heritage

Formerly a 17th century Dutch Palace, the Fort Heritage was converted into a 'Heritage' Hotel with ten luxurious rooms by theSyrian Christian family who have owned it since 1945.Beautifully restored, retaining every feature of the original structure, the graceful building is built with laterite, limestone, wood and tiles. A step away from the sparkling Fort Cochin beach dotted with the gossamer silhouettes of the Chinese fishing nets and the historic church of St. Francis, Fort Heritage presents the perfect blend of old world elegance and modern comforts.

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