Browse our destinations and order your brochure today!

Globe Travel Brochures Order your brochure!
  • Cochin - Cochin
  • 6 Nights / 7 days
Enquire

Breathtaking Xandari Kerala Tour

Overview

Discover breathtaking Kerala on this week-long tour where you will stay at some of the best highlights of the region, staying at the boutique luxury group of Xandari resorts. 

Discover the vibrant Port town of Cochin staying at the sea-facing Xandari Harbour which sits on a spice street on one side, and offers some of the best vistas of the Indian Ocean on the other. Travel to the wildlife of Periyar and stay at the Cardamom County spread over a lush acreage. Go on an enchanting houseboat cruise along the backwaters of Kerala on a Xandari Riverscapes houseboat. Spend the last part of your holiday at the spectacular yet quaint fishermen's village of Marari staying at the Xandari Pearl beach resort.  
Whether you choose one of the myriad activities including Yoga on the beach, enjoy an Ayurveda massage at the resort, watch fishermen bring in their catch in the mornings or simply choose to spend your time soaking in the sun, you are guaranteed to return completely rejuvenated.

Read full itinerary
Average temperature and rainfall

29

Temperature

150

Rainfall

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the Vibrant Port Town of Cochin
  • Explore the Wildlife of Periyar
  • Enjoy an overnight Houseboat Cruise along the mesmerising Backwaters
  • Stay in a beach resort set in a quaint fishermen's village
  • Enjoy a rejuvenating Ayurveda massage
  • Enjoy some Yoga on the beach
  • Stay at the luxury boutique Xandari resorts
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.

+Read more -Read less
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.
+Read more -Read less
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.

+Read more -Read less
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
+Read more -Read less

Detailed Itinerary

Day ONE +-
  • DAY 01 – Arrival Cochin

Welcomed by Globe Travel Centre representative at the airport and transferred to your hotel. 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.

 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 Xandari Harbour.

(Vehicle at disposal)

Day TWO +-
  • DAY 02 – Cochin – Houseboat (65 Km / 1 ½ h)

Today you can go for a sightseeing tour of Cochin which 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.

 Later drive Alleppey to 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 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. Overnight on board. (Full Board)

(Vehicle for transfer)

Day THREE +-
  • DAY 03 – Alleppey – Periyar (145 Km / 3 ½ h)

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.

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 FOUR +-
  • DAY 04 – Periyar

Half day escorted 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.

 Today you can enjoy the boat ride in Periyar Lake. Periyar Lake was formed by the construction of the dam across the Mullaperiyar River in 1895. There is a good chance of seeing any of the inhabitants of the reserve on the lake; especially on the morning and late afternoon cruises where animals head for the lake to drink.

 Overnight at the Cardamom County.

(Vehicle at disposal)

Day FIVE +-
  • DAY 05 – Periyar – Marari (160 km / 5 h)

Drive to the picturesque fishermen’s village of Mararikulam and check into your resort. Tucked away inside quiet and lush coconut groves the resorts set by the pristine white sand beaches of the Marari offer you unparalleled quite in astoundingly beautiful settings.

 Overnight at the Xandari Pearl.

(Vehicle for Transfer)

Day SIX +-
  • DAY 06 – Marari

Day at leisure on the beach.

Overnight at the Xandari Pearl.

(No vehicle)

Day SEVEN +-
  •  DAY 07 – Marari – Cochin – Departure (65 km / 2 h)

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.
Average temperatures and rainfall
temperature
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.

Select a Destination
  • 1nts
Resort Ratting
Select a hotel for more information
Destination Nights Standard Superior Deluxe
Cochin 1 Xandari Harbour Xandari Harbour Xandari Harbour
Alleppey-House Boat 1 Xandari River Escape Xandari River Escape Xandari River Escape
Periyar 2 Cardamom County Cardamom County Cardamom County
Mararikulam 2 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.

 

View this Hotel

Tour Image Gallery

1 Xandari Harbour
  • 1 Xandari Harbour
  • Harbour Pool 1
  • Harbour Pool 4
  • Restaurant 51
  • Pearl Reception
  • Pearl
  • Xandari-Pearl-Alleppey-01
  • 1 Riverscapes (2)
  • 2 RE - Houseboat(Lounge)Night (1)
  • 3 Riverscapes 4
  • DJ0_4374
  • Riverscapes
  • cardamom
  • Cardamom County1
  • garden-tea
  • CCpoolcrop-lower-res1

Image Gallery

1 Xandari Harbour
Harbour Pool 1
Harbour Pool 4
Restaurant 51
Pearl Reception
Pearl
Xandari-Pearl-Alleppey-01
1 Riverscapes (2)
2 RE - Houseboat(Lounge)Night (1)
3 Riverscapes 4
DJ0_4374
Riverscapes
cardamom
Cardamom County1
garden-tea
CCpoolcrop-lower-res1

Travel Brochures

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
Maps and images

+Read more -Read less
Travel Brochures

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

+Read more -Read less

Enquire

Get in touch online or Call us Freephone: 0808 178 9799

Community Projects

Every time you book a holiday with us, we donate to a tangible cause at the destination - from our profits. Not only that, at the time of booking a holiday, we give you a choice of projects that we support and you can choose one that's closest to your hearts.

  • client01
    Sponsorship.

    Rajeev helped us to provide sponsorship for a child at an orphanage we support for an entire year.

Graphic image

Ask our local experts to tailor-make this tour

Call Freephone 0808 178 9799 to speak with one of our regional experts based at the destination. Our specialists will share their expertise and also understand, in-depth, what you like on your holidays so as to be able to offer a tailor made itinerary that best meet your requirements and budget.

Get in touch with us
  • Speak with our specialist team of local experts

    When you are a 100% satisfied with an itinerary that our expert has tailored for you and are ready to book, we will request a booking deposit of £250.00 per person.

    (If your booking involves International flights, we request flight charges at the time of booking). Your balance becomes payable 8 weeks before departure.

  • Choose the community project you’d like to support

    Globe Travel Centre’s business ethos is centred around benefitting communities- which is why every time you book, we donate to a cause from our profits.

    At the time of booking, we will give you options of various causes we support at the destination. You can let us know which cause you want us to donate to against your booking.

  • Receive your travel documentation

    8 weeks before you travel, you will be sent a detailed and customised jute travel pack in our award winning recycled tyre tube bag which also includes other travel essentials.

  • Relax, you’re in safe hands

    We will be in touch with you on an on-going basis, both before you travel (to check if you have any last minute questions) and also while you are at the destination, where our local offices ensure you have no problems during the holiday.

    What’s more, you’ll receive a complimentary mobile phone for the duration of your visit so you can contact us wherever you are.

imdia
special_expertise
  • Holidays designed by experienced specialists based at the destinations.
  • Holidays are tailor-made to suit your requirements and budgets.
  • Tours that offer the best value for your money and include real destination experiences.
special_expertise
  • Private chauffeur driven cars with English speaking drivers and guides who offer you a real insight.
  • Dedicated Guest Relations Manager.
  • Complimentary local mobile phones on holiday.
special_expertise
  • All flight inclusive holidays are ATOL protected under our principal Nirvana Europe (6985).
  • 24 x 7 contact numbers for UK and local offices during your holidays.
  • Established UK based company with local offices to ensure the highest level of service and security for clients.