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  • Cochin - Cochin International Airport - Nedumbassery
  • 7 Nights / 8 days

Luxury Xandari Tour

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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 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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3 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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4 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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5 Cochin International Airport - Nedumbassery

Cochin International Airport, Cochin (IATA: COK,ICAO, VOCI) is an international airport serving the city of Kochi, in the state of Kerala, India. Located at Nedumbassery, about 25 kilometres (16 mi) northeast of the city, Cochin International Airport is the first airport in India developed under a public-private-partnership (PPP) model and was funded by nearly 10,000 non-resident Indians from 30 countries

It is the busiest and largest airport in the state of  Kerala. As of 2019, the Cochin International Airport caters to 61.8% of the total air passenger movement in Kerala. It is also the fourth busiest airport in India in terms of international traffic and eighth busiest overall. In fiscal year 2018-19, the airport handled more than 10.2 million passengers with a total of 71,871 aircraft movements.The airport is a primary base for Air India Express operations which is also headquartered in the city.

The airport operates three passenger terminals and one cargo terminal. With over 150,000 square metres (1,614,587 sq ft) in area, the airport's Terminal 3 is one of the largest terminals in India.On 18 August 2015, Cochin International Airport became the world's first fully solar powered airport with the inauguration of a dedicated solar plant. On 26 July 2018, the airport was selected for the coveted Champion of the Earth award, the highest environmental honor instituted by the United Nations.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day ONE +-
  • DAY 01 – Arrival Cochin (38 Km/ approx 1 ½ h)

You will be greeted at the International airport with a traditional welcome by the Globe Travel Centre representative and escorted to the hotel in Cochin.

Cochin, also known as the ‘Spice coast of India’ has been a port town since early centuries which attracted traders and invaders from the world over. Needless to say, Cochin offers you some fascinating snippets of history and culture today

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.

Relax and unwind at the hotel on your first day in India. Overnight at the Xandari harbour.

(Vehicle at disposal)

Day TWO +-
  • DAY 02 – Cochin

Enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Cochin (accompanied by an English speaking guide) today which will include - Jew Town, St. Francis Church which is the oldest European Church in India, the Santa Cruz Basilica built in 1557 by the Portuguese, the Spice market and the 15th century Chinese fishing nets believed to have been brought by Chinese traders.

In the evening you will be taken to a Kathakali Centre to witness a ‘Kathakali’ dance performance. ‘Kathakali’ literally means a ‘story-play’ and is a highly dramatic dance form which depicts the moral values of god and man. The characters wear elaborate make up and heavy ornaments and the performances are enthralling to watch.

Overnight at the Xandari Harbour.

(Vehicle at disposal)

Jewish Synagogue is closed on Friday & Saturday; Dutch Palace is closed on Friday

Day THREE +-
  • DAY 03 – Cochin – Periyar (160 Km / approx 5 h)

After breakfast 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. Upon arrival check-in to your hotel. Spend the evening at leisure.

Overnight at the Cardamom County.

(Vehicle at disposal)

Day FOUR +-
  • DAY 04 – Periyar

Today morning, 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 proceed for a spice garden visit 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.

Spend your evening at leisure. Overnight at the Cardamom County.

(Vehicle at disposal)

Day FIVE +-
  • DAY 05 – Periyar – Alleppey Houseboat (150 Km / approx 4 ½ h)

Drive to the backwater region of 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 converted rice barges with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms.

Apart from the mesmerizing surroundings it is the life along the backwaters 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.

A small crew will be available at all times to assist you during the cruise. The crew includes the captain who mans the boat, a chef and a housekeeping staff member. The local food prepared by the chef on the houseboat is another delight not to miss. As you cruise along the backwaters you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places, enroute. Whilst the houseboats can cruise along the fascinating backwater stretches, they cannot navigate some of the narrower canals which are equally mesmerising.

Overnight on board. (Full Board) Note: As per government rule, the boat will be anchored from 06:00 pm to 07:30 am.

(Vehicle for transfer)

Day SIX +-
  • DAY 06 – Alleppey Houseboat - Mararikulam (20 Km/ approx ¾ h)   

Disembark from your houseboat at Pallathuruthy near Alleppey and 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.

Spend your day at leisure.  Overnight at the Xandari Pearl.

(Vehicle for Transfer)

Day SEVEN +-
  • DAY 07 – Mararikulam

Day at leisure on the beach Or cycle along the coastal back roads of Mararikulam through the beautiful fishermen’s villages right up to the Arthumkal Church by the sea.

Overnight at the Xandari Pearl. (Cycles arranged by the hotel on first come first serve basis)

(No vehicle)

Day EIGHT +-
  • DAY 08 – Mararikulam – Cochin Airport (75 Km / approx 2 h)

Departure transfer to Cochin airport for onward flight.

(Vehicle for 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.

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Xandari Harbour

The Xandari Harbour is a restored water-front property located in the heart of Fort Kochi's spice trading district, Mattanchery. Located on the historical ‘Bazaar road’ lined with art galleries, cafes and warehouses filled with spices, this small luxury hotel offers travellers the opportunity to experience history and the best vistas of the sea.

Xandari 51, the hotel's award-winning gourmet restaurant offers one of the best dining experiences in Fort Kochi.

The hotel offers 16 tastefully decorated rooms which includes a suite offering one of the best views of Cochin Harbour and another that offers a peek into historical Bazaar road. Four waterfront rooms offer views of the Harbour with two that have extended patios leading into the water’s edge. All the rooms either provide views of the harbour or have private gardens.


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