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Luxury Kerala Tour: 06 Nights and 07 Days

Overview
A week-long luxury tour of Kerala combining the best highlights and experiences in the region. Stay in the fascinating port town of Cochin, rendevouz on your private houseboat along the mesmerising backwaters, spend time in a backwater resort and end your tour with a stay at a tranquil beach resort. This tour uses some of the finest hotels and resorts on offer in Kerala.
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Tour Highlights

  • Explore the Vibrant Port Town of Cochin
  • Enjoy an Overnight Houseboat Cruise
  • Stay in a Backwater Resort
  • Stay in a Beach Resort
  • Relax with 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 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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3 Kumarakom

Kumarakom is home to the backwaters,a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. An overnight cruise is the best way to naviage through the breathtaking canals of Kumarakom.

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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
You will be greeted at the international airport with a traditional welcome by the Kerala Travel Centre team and escorted to the Eighth Bastion 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. The town is broadly divided into two areas - Ernakulam, the bustling cosmopolitan metropolis, and Fort Cochin, the cultural hub where the hotel is located. Step out of the hotel and you are within walking distance of the sea and other attractions like the Chinese fishing nets, said to have been left behind by Chinese traders in the 15th century. Relax and unwind at the hotel on your first day in India.
Overnight at the Eighth Bastion hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
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  • DAY 02: Cochin
Enjoy a sightseeing tour this morning to explore the many fascinating highlights ofCochin; 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; and the Spice Market. In the evening, enjoy a Kathakali dance performance. Kathakali, the traditional dance of Kerala, 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 makeup and heavy ornaments and the performances are enthralling to watch.
Overnight at the Eighth Bastion hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.

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  • DAY 03: Cochin – Houseboat (72 km / 2 hrs)
Drive to the backwater region of Allepey to embark on your private houseboat and cruise 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. You can sunbathe in the well-appointed lounge or observe the palm-fringed landscape from your cabins. 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 is another delight not to be missed. As you cruise along the backwaters, ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places, en route where you can choose to go on a village walk. Enjoy a romantic candle lit dinner on the houseboat. Waking up the following morning on the tranquil expanse of the Vembanad Lake is an experience like no other.
Overnight on board with full board and a vehicle for your transfer.
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  • DAY 04: Kumarakom
After your houseboat cruise, you can disembark at the Coconut Lagoon resort, located on a little island in the backwaters of Kumarakom. Rated as one of the twenty-five best getaways in the world, the authenticity of the resort along with the captivating beauty of its surroundings will not fail to mesmerise you. Kerala's rainwater surges down its hills and mountains and runs into canals and streams where the rolling water tumbles in an effusive surge to join the forty-odd rivers in the state. This labyrinth network of rivers, canals, streams and lagoons form the famed backwaters. The landmass along these waterways pulsate with a different tempo, possessing a lifestyle and ethos so unique that it has become one of the biggest highlights in Kerala. Spend the day relaxing and exploring.
Overnight at the Coconut Lagoon with a vehicle for your transfer.
Day FIVE +-
  • DAY 05: Kumarakom – Marari (30 km / .5 hr)
This morning you will be transferred to Mararikulam, a typical fishermen's village and check into the Marari beach resort. The Marari is an eco-friendly resort on the beach with accommodations built like traditional fishermen's huts. All that separates the resort from the sea are rows of coconut trees allowing you to take in the splendours of the beach all day. The simplicity and charm of village life that pervades the resort will make you feel one with nature. 
Overnight at the Marari Beach Resort with a vehicle provided for your transfer.
Day SIX +-
  • DAY 06: Marari
Day of leisure on the beach. 
Overnight at the Marari Beach Resort.
Day SEVEN +-
  • DAY 07: Marari - Cochin - Departure (75 km/ 2 hrs)
Departure transfer to Cochin airport to board return flight with a vehicle provided for your transportation.

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.

Contact Kerala Travel Centre.

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 Eighth Bastion Eighth Bastion Eighth Bastion
Alleppey-House Boat 1 CGH Spice Coast Cruise CGH Spice Coast Cruise CGH Spice Coast Cruise
Kumarakom 1 Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom
Mararikulam 2 Marari Beach Resort Marari Beach Resort Marari Beach Resort

Eighth Bastion

Bearing the trademark signatures of  CGH Earth hospitality, the 8th Bastion promises to offer clients a unique experience while staying in the heart of the cultural quarters of Cochin.
As with the other resorts in the group, there is a story behind this one too. Legend has it that there were seven bastions in Fort Cochin, built by the Portuguese and strengthened by the Dutch. The 8th Bastion is CGH's endeavour to add to this 500 year old legacy.

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KERALA BROCHURE

With 230 pages our Kerala brochure is the largest of its kind globally and features;
Extensive regional information
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With 230 pages our Kerala brochure is the largest of its kind globally and features;
Extensive regional information
20+ itinerary ideas
More than 100 hotels
Maps and images

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