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Taste of Kerala-09 Nights and 10 Days

Overview
Kerala's cusine is like its many enchating geographical highlights-authentic, diverse and delightful. Kerala's love affair with food has a long history-one that dates back to the centuries when traders from ascross the world came to its shore enamoured by stores about the region's spices. This specially-designed tour gives you the opportunity to discover the best highlights of Kerala cusine while staying in the premier hotels. Enjoy two nights in Cochin,  and two nights in a wildlife resort ending with four nights on a beach resort..
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Tour Highlights

  • Chinese fishing nets, said to have been left behind by Chinese traders in the 15th century.
  • Visit the the Spice Market of Cochin.
  • Locals travel in canoes, and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders
  • Spice plantation tour at Thekkady
  • Visit the elephant centre in Konni; &the Aranmula village, famous for its metal mirrors &art gallery
  • Luxurious beach hotel stay .
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 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 Pathanamthitta
Pathanamthitta is a fast-developing town and business centre. Three great rivers, the Pamba, Achankovil and Manimala, undulate through this district. A highlight is the temple of Sabarimala which is a very famous Hindu shrine visited by an estimated 30 million devotees each year, making it one of the world’s largest religious congregations.
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5 Kovalam

Kovalam is a beach town by the Arabian Sea in Thiruvananthapuram city, Kerala, India, located around 16 km from the city center. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name the village offers an endless sight of coconut trees.

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6 Trivandrum

Located on the west coast and near the extreme south of the state, Thiruvananthapuram, otherwise known as Trivandrum, is the capital of Kerala.The British, during their rule, found the name to be too complicated and rechristened it ‘Trivandrum’.  

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Detailed Itinerary

Day ONE +-
  • DAY 01: Arrival Cochin

Welcomed by a Globe Travel Centre representative at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Cochin, or 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. You can see snippets of the different eras and influences in the many attractions in Cochin. 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 other attractions like the Chinese fishing nets, said to have been left behind by Chinese traders in the 15th century. In the evening, go for a relaxing sunset cruise.
Overnight at Dutch Bungalow 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 Dutch Bungalow with a vehicle at your disposal.

Day THREE +-
  • DAY 03: Cochin – Houseboat (65 km / 1.5 hrs)

Drive to Alleppey to embark on your private houseboat and cruise 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, 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 and a vehicle provided for your transfer.

Day FOUR +-
  • DAY 04: Houseboat – Periyar (145 km / 4 hrs)

Disembark from your houseboat at Alleppey and 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.
Overnight at the Wildernest hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.

Day FIVE +-
  • DAY 05: Periyar

Enjoy a half-day escorted trek in Periyar. This is a conservation-oriented hard trek taking up half a day, starting at 8 am and ending at 11 am, covering 5 km. The route passes through undulating terrains. The altitude ranges from 900 meters to 1,300 meters, and you will obtain glimpses of the lofty escarpments bordering the park watershed and the vast plains down below. Gaur sloth bear, elephants, birds and other native wildlife are often sighted along this route. You will be accompanied by an English speaking guide and vegetarian refreshments will be served en route. Today you can also enjoy a boat ride in Periyar Lake. Periyar Lake was formed by the construction of a dam across the Mullaperiyar River in 1895. There is a good chance of seeing wild animals from the reserve on the lake; especially on the morning and late afternoon cruises where animals head for the lake to drink.
Overnight at the Wildernest hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.

Day SIX +-
  • DAY 06: Periyar – Illandur (90 km / 2.5 hrs)

Drive to Ilandur, a quiet village in the Pathanamthitta district. It is centrally located to visit the elephant centre in Konni; and the Aranmula village, famous for its metal mirrors and mural art gallery; and a visit to Maramon, the village which conducts the largest Christian convention in Asia every year.
Overnight at the Mannaas Veedu hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.

Day SEVEN +-
  • DAY 07: Illandur

Visit the elephant training centre in Konni. One of the attractions at Konni's elephant training centre is the huge cages built from wood to house the elephants. The massive wooden cage is locally known as Aanakoodu and can accommodate three to four elephants at a time. You will have the opportunity to be up close with these majestic animals and also their interesting mahouts - the elephant carers. Arriving at the right time, you should be able to help the mahouts in bathing the elephants in the river and even get to enjoy a short ride atop. If you are lucky, you might even come across a baby elephant at the centre. Later in the day, visit Aranmula village and meet the craftsmen who make the ancient metal mirrors; they are more than happy to explain the process, and the mirrors may be the best souvenir to take out of Kerala. You'll also have the opportunity to visit a government-run art gallery for mural paintings.
Overnight at the Mannaas Veedu hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.

Day EIGHT +-
  • DAY 08: Illandur – Kovalam (125 km / 3.5 hrs)

Drive to Kovalam, one of the most popular beach destinations in Kerala and check into your hotel. Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent beaches separated by rocky headlands, of which the southernmost Lighthouse Beach is the most famous. The azure waters and favourable climate make Kovalam a favourite year-round destination for beach lovers.
Overnight at the Jasmine Palace hotel with a vehicle provided for your transportation to Kovalam. 

Day NINE +-
  • DAY 09: Kovalam

Enjoy a day of leisure on the beach.
Overnight at the Jasmine Palace hotel.

Day TEN +-
  • DAY 10: Kovalam – Trivandrum – Departure (15 km / .5 hr)

Departure transfer to Trivandrum airport for your return flight with a vehicle provided to take you to the airport. 

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 2 Dutch Bungalow Dutch Bungalow Dutch Bungalow
Alleppey-House Boat 1 Riverine Cruise Riverine Cruise Riverine Cruise
Periyar 2 Wildernest Wildernest Wildernest
Pathanamthitta 2 Mannaas Veedu Homestay Mannaas Veedu Homestay Mannaas Veedu Homestay
Kovalam 2 Jasmine Palace Jasmine Palace Jasmine Palace

Dutch Bungalow

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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KERALA BROCHURE

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
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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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