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The Xandari Experience Tour of Kerala: 08 Nights and 09 Days


Based on its belief that hospitality can improve lives and also be good for the natural and cultural environments, the Muthoot Group embarked on a journey in 2001 to deploy its resources in the interest of entrepreneurial conservation. Simplicity, elegance, and tranquility were keywords accompanying the conservation objective, and this led to the Muthoot Group acquiring Xandari Resort & Spa, one of Costa Rica’s most successful properties. In India,  the Xandari handprint is emblazoned in Kerala - at a waterfront boutique destination in the spice trading district of Mattanchery and a private beach hideaway on the pristine sands of Mararikulam beach.

 Now, MLHS is set to pioneer a sustainable chapter in tourism with its crown jewel — Xandari Reserve set on 2,000 acres of forest area just north of Goa. Xandari destinations across the world are partnerships with local communities - to conserve, protect and replenish the environment. From the harbour-front of Fort Kochi to the valleys of Costa Rica, the Xandari story is a testament to nature’s ways, soul of the land, and people’s faith.

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Tour Highlights

  • Stay in the Vibrant Port Town of Cochin
  • Stay in a Wildlife Resort
  • Overnight Houseboat Cruise Along the Backwaters
  • Stay at a Beach Resort
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 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/ 1.5 hrs)

Welcomed by a Kerala Travel Centre representative at the airport and drive to Cochin. Cochin, or Kochi as it is now called, 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 the Xandari Harbour hotel 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 Xandari Harbour hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.

Day THREE +-
  • DAY 03: Cochin – Alleppey – Houseboat (73 km / 2 hrs)

Drive to Pallathuruthy in Alleppey and embark on your private houseboat to 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. Apart from the mesmerising 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 for your transfer to Alleppey.
Note: As per government rule, the boat will be anchored from 06:00 pm to 07:30 am.

Day FOUR +-
  • DAY 04 – Houseboat – Kumarakom – Periyar (135 Km / 4 h)

Disembark from your houseboat at Kumarakom 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.

Go on a spice plantation tour today 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. Overnight at the Cardamom County.

(Vehicle at disposal)

Day FIVE +-
  • DAY 05: Periyar

Half day guided trekking in Periyar. This is a conservation-oriented hard trek taking up half a day, starting at 8am and ending at 11m, covering 05km. The route passes through undulating terrains. Altitudinal ranges of 900 meters to 1300 meters will be covered and trekkers obtain glimpses of the lofty escarpments bordering the park watershed and the vast plains down below. Gaur sloth bear, elephant etc. are often sighted along this route apart from birds and butterflies. The trekkers will go with a English speaking guide. Vegetarian refreshments can be had en route.

Intensity Level of Nature Walks: High levels of fitness are not required to do this program. However, you need to be in general good health and used to walking.


Day SIX +-
  • DAY 06: Kumarakom – Mararikulam (25 km / .75 hr)

Dive to the picturesque fishermen’s village of Mararikulam and check into your resort. Tucked away inside quiet and lush coconut groves, the resort is surrounded by the pristine white sand beaches of Marari - offering you unparalleled quiet in an astoundingly beautiful setting. Enjoy a day of leisure on the beach. Today you can enjoy a general Ayurvedic full-body massage.
Overnight at the Xandari Pearl hotel with a vehicle provided for your transfer.

Day SEVEN +-
  • DAY 07: Mararikulam

Enjoy a day of leisure on the beach.
Overnight at the Xandari Pearl hotel.

Day EIGHT +-
  • DAY 08: Mararikulam

Enjoy a day of leisure on the beach.

Overnight at the Xandari Pearl hotel. 

Day NINE +-
  • DAY 09: Mararikulam – Cochin – Departure (75 km / 2 hrs)

Departure transfer to Cochin airport to board your return flight with a vehicle provided to drive 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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Alleppey-House Boat 1 Xandari River Escape Xandari River Escape Xandari River Escape
Periyar 2 Cardamom County Cardamom County Cardamom County
Mararikulam 3 Xandari Pearl Xandari Pearl Xandari Pearl

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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