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The CGH Earth Luxury Tour : 09 Nights and 10 Days

Overview
This specially-designed tour gives you the opportunity to discover the best highlights of Kerala while staying in the premier CGH earth chain of hotels. Enjoy two nights in Cochin, cruise on the mesmerising backwaters on a houseboat, then spend two nights in a backwater resort, and two nights in a wildlife resort ending with four nights on a beach resort.
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Tour Highlights

  • Explore the Vibrant Port Town of Cochin
  • Stay in a Backwater Resort
  • Stay in a Wildlife Resort
  • Go on a Jungle Trek
  • Enjoy an Overnight Houseboat Cruise
  • Stay in a Beach Resort
  • Enjoy 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 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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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 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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5 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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Detailed Itinerary

Day ONE +-
  • DAY 01 – Arrival Cochin
Welcomed by a Kerala Travel Centre representative at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Cochin has been a port town since the early centuries and is also known as the spice coast of India. Cochin attracted traders and invaders from all over the world. Needless to say, Cochin offers you some fascinating snippets of history and culture. Relax and unwind at the hotel. In the evening, go for a relaxing sunset cruise.
Overnight at the Brunton Boatyard 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 Brunton Boatyard with a vehicle at your disposal.

Day THREE +-
  • DAY 03 – Cochin – Kumarakom ( 72 km / 2 hrs)
Drive to Kumarakom, the enchanting backwater region of Kerala, and check into your hotel. The labyrinthine network of rivers, canals, streams and lagoons which form the famed backwaters offer stunning views and is an ideal place to relax. Enjoy a day of leisure.
Overnight at the Coconut Lagoon with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day FOUR +-
  • DAY 04 – Kumarakom
Optional water activities, like canoeing, water scooter rides and boat rides, will be available for use all day. Those seeking relaxation can spend the day relaxing at the resort. Enjoy a rejuvenating Ayurveda general full-body massage.
Overnight at the Coconut Lagoon.
Day FIVE +-
  • DAY 05 – Kumarakom – Periyar (130 km / 3.5 hrs)
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 will learn how the spices are grown, harvested and processed before they reach the supermarkets. You will also have the opportunity to go for an elephant ride. 
Overnight at the Spice Village hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day SIX +-
  • DAY 06 – Periyar
Go for an escorted jungle trek. In the evening, enjoy a boat ride where you will get the opportunity to sight elephants and other animals along the bank.
Overnight at the Spice Village hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day SEVEN +-
  • DAY 07 – Periyar – Alleppey (130 km / 3.5 hrs)
Drive to Kumarakom. Embark on your private houseboat, and cruise on 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 cabin. 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 for your transfer.
Day EIGHT +-
  • DAY 08 – Alleppey – Marari (30 km / .5 hrs)
Drive to the picturesque fishermen’s village of Mararikulam, and check into your resort. Tucked away inside quiet and lush coconut groves, the resort is set on the pristine white sand beaches of the Marari, offering you unparalleled quiet in astoundingly beautiful settings. Enjoy a day of rest at the beach resort.
Overnight at the Marari Beach Resort with a vehicle for your transfer.
Day NINE +-
  • DAY 09 – Marari
Enjoy a day of leisure on the beach.
Overnight at the Marari Beach Resort.
Day TEN +-
  • DAY 10 – Marari – Cochin – Departure (65 km / 2 hrs)
Departure transfer to Cochin airport for the return flight with a vehicle for your 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.

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.

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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 Brunton Boatyard Brunton Boatyard Brunton Boatyard
Kumarakom 2 Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom
Periyar 2 Spice Village Spice Village Spice Village
Alleppey-House Boat 1 Spice Routes Luxury Houseboat Spice Routes Luxury Houseboat Spice Routes Luxury Houseboat
Mararikulam 2 Marari Beach Resort Marari Beach Resort Marari Beach Resort

Brunton Boatyard

More than a century ago, George Brunton & Sons set up a boat-building facility in Cochin which grew to become one of the biggest ship-builders in the country. Records show that the British used some of the ships built here during World War II. On the very same site, long years after the boatyard was shut down, was built the Brunton Boatyard - effortlessly recreating the splendor of the city's illustrious past. For what is essentially an intimate sea-facing property, the Brunton Boatyard possesses a remarkable sense of scale and takes you back in time to the days of the British Raj. Situated at the harbour mouth overlooking the busy ship channel, all rooms boast a magnificent view of the sea, the Delta and the many boats and ocean liners that pass by. The period feeling of the resort with its huge halls, high ceilings, and long passageways extends to the rooms which have four poster beds. The ancient royal punkahs (fans) in the reception, old Dutch maps and portraits of Cochin's illustrious leaders on the walls and an old anchor in the courtyard all add to the ancient charm.

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With 230 pages our Kerala brochure is the largest of its kind globally and features;
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