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Vintage Kerala Tour: 13 Nights and 14 Days

Overview
The Kerala Travel Centre is proud to launch its new and exclusive Vintage Kerala Tour which promises to take you back in time to a golden bygone era. Stay in the finest vintage boutique properties steeped in history and reminiscent of Kerala during the British rule. Enjoy the ambience of old-world Cochin at the magnificent Old Harbour within close proximity of the famous 15th-century Chinese fishing nets. Discover wildlife from the superb vantage point provided by the Periyar Reserve Bungalow formerly used by the British during their rule. Stay at the 250-year-old Olavipe homestay, home to three generations of one of Kerala's prominent Syrian Christian families. Also included are a stay in a sprawling plantation estate and an overnight cruise on the traditional Kerala houseboat, formerly used as rice cargo boats. For your transportation, the tour uses a comfortable and converted Ambassador - one of India's most loved cars which are symbolic of its grand past. Resembling a 1948 Oxford Morris sedan and providing ample space, this promises to be one drive you will always cherish.
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Tour Highlights

  • Explore the Vibrant Port town of Cochin
  • Visit an Elephant Orphanage
  • Experience the Serenity of the Lush Tea Hills of Munnar
  • Stay in a Colonial Wildlife Accommodation
  • Enjoy an Overnight Houseboat Cruise
  • Stay in a Homestead
  • Stay in a Beautiful Beach House
  • Travel in an Amabassador Car
  • Enjoy a Complimentary Ayurveda Massage
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 Kothamangalam

Set in the the foothills of the Western Ghats mountain ranges, Kothamangalam is a town rich in spice plantations. The town provides easy access to the Elephant sanctuary situated nearby.

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3 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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4 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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5 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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6 Alleppey

Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey, is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. Alappuzha is the sixth largest city in Kerala with an urban population of 177,029.

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7 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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Detailed Itinerary

Day ONE +-
  • DAY 01: Arrival – Cochin
Welcomed by a Kerala Travel Centre representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. Cochin has been a port town since early centuries and is 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. Today evening you can go for a relaxing sunset cruise.
Overnight at the Old Harbour 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 storytelling, amazing costumes and extensive make-up.
Overnight at the Old Harbour with a vehicle at your disposal.

Day THREE +-
  • DAY 03: Cochin – Kothamangalam (65 km / 2 hrs)
Drive to Kothamangalam, and spend the afternoon at leisure in a century-old estate bungalow set in over 100 acres of multi-crop plantation. Apart from exploring the estate, you will also visit the local bird sanctuary.
Overnight at the Mundackal Estate Bungalow with full board and a vehicle at your disposal.
Day FOUR +-
  • Day 04: Kothamangalam - Munnar (100 km / 3 hrs)
In the morning, drive to the Kodanad elephant orphanage. You will get the opportunity to be up close with the elephants and can participate in their bathing and feeding. Return to Mundackal estate bungalow for breakfast. Later drive to Munnar, a hill station located 1,600 meters 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 holiday destination. Check into your hotel and unwind, and enjoy the ambience of Munnar.
Overnight at the Windermere with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day FIVE +-
  • DAY 05: Munnar
Today, visit the tea museum. Later, 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 of the area. The rest of the day is yours to relax. 
Overnight at the Windermere with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day SIX +-
  • DAY 06: Munnar – Periyar (110 km / 4 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 and go on a spice plantation tour. You will be enticed by the aroma of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg and learn 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 Periyar Reserve Bungalow with full board and a vehicle at your disposal.
Day SEVEN +-
  • DAY 07: Periyar
Go for an all-day jeep safari amongst the bungalow's plantation area where you will have an opportunity to see the wild animals.
Overnight at the Periyar Reserve Bungalow with full board and a vehicle at your disposal.
Day EIGHT +-
  • DAY 08: Periyar – Kumarakom – Houseboat (135 km / 3.5 hrs)
Drive to Kumarakom 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; observe the palm-fringed landscape from your cabin. 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, en route.
Overnight on board with full board.
Day NINE +-
  • DAY 09: Alleppey – Olavipe (45 km / 1.5 hrs)
Disembark from your houseboat at Alleppey and drive to Olavipe Village. Thekkanat Parayil is nestled in a very green and unspoilt corner of rural Kerala. Set in the middle of a working farm, it is a house of openness and light, serenaded by birds, shaded by ancient trees and lulled by a gentle breeze from the backwaters. Enjoy a day of leisure.
Overnight at the Olavipe Homestay with full board and a vehicle for your transfer.
Day TEN +-
  • DAY 10: Olavipe
Enjoy a day of leisure.
Overnight at the Olavipe Homestay with full board.
Day ELEVEN +-
  • DAY 11: Olavipe – Marari (35 km / 1 hrs)
Drive to the picturesque fishermen's village of Mararikulam and 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 - offering you unparalleled quiet in astoundingly beautiful settings. Enjoy a day of leisure at the beach resort. In the evening, relax with an Ayurvedic full-body massage.
Overnight at the Marari Villas with a vehicle for your transfer.
Day TWELVE +-
  • DAY 12: Marari
Enjoy a day of leisure on the beach.
Overnight at the Marari Villas.
Day THIRTEEN +-
  • DAY 13: Marari
Enjoy a day of leisure on the beach.
Overnight at the Marari Villas.
Day FOURTEEN +-
  • DAY 14: Marari – Cochin – Departure (75 km / 2 hrs)
Departure transfer to Cochin airport for your onward flight with a vehicle provided 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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Destination Nights Standard Superior Deluxe
Cochin 2 Old Harbour Hotel Old Harbour Hotel Old Harbour Hotel
Kothamangalam 1 Mundackal Estate Bungalow Mundackal Estate Bungalow Mundackal Estate Bungalow
Munnar 2 Windermere Estate Windermere Estate Windermere Estate
Periyar 2 Periyar reserve bungalow Periyar reserve bungalow Periyar reserve bungalow
Alleppey- House Boat 1 Xandari River Escape Xandari River Escape Xandari River Escape
Alleppey 2 Olavype Homestay Olavype Homestay Olavype Homestay
Mararikulam 3 Marari Villas Marari Villas Marari Villas

Old Harbour Hotel

In the heart of Fort Cochin is the Old Harbour Hotel, a 300 year old building that has for long been a heritage monument and now re-opened as a boutique hotel. Built in the Dutch style of architecture with hints of Portuguese influences, it was the first hotel in old Cochin. The interior of the hotel is an eclectic blend of dated furniture and varied art that juxtapose to create a unique style. The rooms are plush with high ceilings and either look into a courtyard with a fountain or over the ancient Chinese fishing nets.

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