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Students Group Tours-Kerala

Overview
Spend 7 nights in breath taking ‘Kerala’- a destination voted as one of the ’50 places to see in your lifetime’ by National Geographic.Learn about the exciting dance forms of Kerala including the dance-drama form called ‘Mahankali’ where you will also get to take part in an interactive session including the makeup.Explore the Port town of Cochin and discover its many historical treasures, enchanting spice markets and the 15th century Chinese fishing nets.
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Tour Highlights

  • Learn about the exciting dance forms of Kerala including the dance-drama form called ‘Mahankali’
  • Explore the Port town of Cochin and discover its many historical treasures, enchanting spice market
  • Discover the picturesque town of Alleppey- also known as the Venice of the East
  • Go on a houseboat cruise along the mesmerizing backwaters of Kerala.
  • Interact with school children at a local government school
  • Enjoy a train ride across picture post card towns and villages to the temple town of Guruvayoor
  • Visit an old palace that houses more than 60 temple elephants
  • Have a traditional Kerala meal, which comprises of delightful delicacies served on a banana leaf.
  • Witness the ‘Kalaripayattu’- one of the world’s oldest martial art forms that originates in Kerala
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

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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3 Guruvayoor
One of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres in Kerala, Guruvayoor is a temple town whose main attraction is the famous Sree Krishna Temple here. Whilst only Hindus are allowed entry into the main sanctum of the temple, a walk around the premises is still very inspiring.
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4 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 +-
  • Arrive Cochin 

You will be welcomed by a Globe Travel Centre representative at the airport and transferred to your hotel, where you can check in and relax. 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.

Later today visit the public market and Broadway. Enjoy a walk along the Marine Drive promenade of the city and take in the sights, sounds and bustle that make India such an exciting place to visit.

 Overnight at the Sealord Hotel.

(Vehicle at disposal)

Day TWO +-
  • Cochin

Board a public ferry to Fort Kochi and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Cochin which will 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.You will then be transferred back to the hotel where you can relax and unwind. 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 Sealord Hotel.

(Vehicle at disposal)

Day THREE +-
  • Cochin – Alleppey (65 Km / 1 ½ h)

     

Today we will take you to mesmerising Allepey. Set along the silvery waves of the Arabian Sea, Alleppey is also called the ‘Venice of the East’ – a name bestowed upon it by travellers because of its many palm fringed canals, mirror still lagoons, picture postcard lakes and its long sandy beach.This afternoon you will visit a government run school along the backwaters. Here you will have the chance to interact with the local children. Each of the members on the tour will be able to personally gift a bicycle to one poor child.A bicycle is more than a means of leisure for the children you are gifting them to. These are children who otherwise have to walk for miles to get to their school and your gift will make it easy for them to commute to school

 Overnight at the Arcadia Regency.

(Vehicle at disposal)

Day FOUR +-
  • Alleppey

     

Today we will drive you to a picturesque village near Allepey where you will visit a traditional homestead and enjoy a Kathakali demonstration by a professional artist. Here you will have the opportunity to try your hands at the traditional makeup and interact with the artist.For lunch you will have the opportunity to partake in a traditional Kerala feast which is served on banana leaves. On your way back to Alleppey, we will stop at the beach for some rest and relaxation before heading back to the hotel.

 Overnight at the Arcadia Regency.

(Vehicle at disposal)

Day FIVE +-
  • Alleppey

     

Today you can enjoy a day cruise on a Houseboat. 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 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.

 Disembark from your houseboat by evening and then transfer to your hotel.

 Overnight at the Arcadia Regency.

(Vehicle at disposal)

 

Day FIVE +-
  • Alleppey

     

Today you can enjoy a day cruise on a Houseboat. 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 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.

 Disembark from your houseboat by evening and then transfer to your hotel.

 Overnight at the Arcadia Regency.

(Vehicle at disposal)

 

Day SIX +-
  • Alleppey – Guruvayur (By Train)

After an early breakfast, we will drive you to Alleppey railway station where you will board a train to the temple town of Guruvayur. Enjoy a train journey along some very picturesque locations.Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Guruvayoor is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres in Kerala and the main attraction in Guruvayoor is the Sree Krishna Temple. Non Hindus are not permitted inside this temple; however, a walk through the streets leading to the temple entrances is culturally awakening and really interesting, especially in the mornings and in the evenings. You can also visit the Punnathoor Kotta Kovilakom, an old palace compound which houses more than 60 temple elephants in its premises. This is a great opportunity to interact with the gentle giants and get up and close to them. The mahouts are as interesting as the elephants and will regale you with the many experiences they share with the elephants. Later this evening we will drive you to a nearby village where you can visit a traditional ‘Kalari’ - the Kerala martial art training centre. “Kalaripayattu” is considered to be amongst the most ancient martial arts in the world and you will have the opportunity to see the students undergoing their intensive training.

Overnight at the Kirshna Inn.

(Vehicle at disposal)

Day SEVEN +-
  • Guruvayur – Cochin (80 Km / 2 h)

Checkout from your hotel and proceed to Cochin. Enroute, you will stop at the cultural town of Thrissur for a brief walk around the heart of the town, which is interesting with a temple at the centre. Later, proceed to Athirapally waterfalls. Originating in the high ranges, and crashing through gorges overhung with trees, this waterfall is one of the best places in India to re-capture a real sense of the classical idea of the 'Picturesque' - not just calm and sweet, but something wild and natural. In the evening you will be transferred to Cochin, where you will spend your night in a hotel close to the airport.

 Overnight at the Quality Inn Airport Hotel.

(Vehicle at disposal)

Day EIGHT +-
  • Cochin – Departure

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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Cochin 3 Seaload Hotel Seaload Hotel Seaload Hotel
Guruvayoor 1 Krishna Inn Krishna Inn Krishna Inn
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Seaload Hotel

Set in a modern property, this unpretentious hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Ernakulam Boat Jetty, 2.4 km from Ernakulam Town railway station and 4.2 km from Vallarpadam Church. 

The subdued rooms feature free Wi-Fi, TVs and seating areas, as well as air-conditioning.


Breakfast and parking are free. Other amenities include 2 multi-cuisine restaurants (1 on the roof) and a doctor on call. There's also a business centre.
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