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Discover some of Kerala's stunning tea Plantations in Munnar, adventure through Tiger reserve, a houseboat stay and a beach break  13 Nights from 1169/- per person

Kerala lies along the coastline, to the extreme south west of the Indian peninsula, flanked by the Arabian Sea on the west and the mountains of the Western Ghats on the east. This land of Parasurama stretches north-south along a coastline of 580 kms with a varying width of 35 to 120 kms. Cascading delicately down the hills to the coasts covered by verdant coconut groves, the topography and physical characteristics change distinctly from east to west.

You will be met on arrival at Cochin airport and transferred to your hotel for two nights stay. Cochin has prospered as a busy port city and commercial centre, trading in spices, coffee and timber. The involvement of the Portuguese, Dutch and British over the years is evident in its architecture. Your guided tour will include some of the area's unique sights, including the Dutch Palace at Mattancherry and the Chinese fishing nets., the Mattancherry Palace with its Ramayana murals (closed on Fridays), the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Friday, Saturday and Jewish Holidays) which was built in 1568, and St Francis Church which is the believed to be the oldest European built church in India and for some years held the remains of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama.

Next, you'll transfer by road from Cochin to the hill station of Munnar The mountain ranges with misty peaks, sprawling tea estates and serene climate of Munnar make Devonshire Greens a quiet and peaceful resort. Your two night stay in Munnar with an idyllic haven of crisp mountain air.

Your third stop is Thekkady and the Periyar National Park, your hotel is situated on four acres, over a landscaped hillock. The architecture establishes the cultural identity of the property and is a marriage of traditional design and responses to contemporary demands.  Take a boat safari on the park’s picturesque lake to view the wildlife. Herds of elephant, sambar and wild pigs wander down to the lakeside, and monitor lizards can be seen basking in the sun on rocky outcrops along the shore. You may even spot a tiger! You have two nights stay in Thekkady.

Next you will be driven to Kumarakom located on the shores of the enchanting Vembanad Lake. After checking into your hotel, the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the scenic setting and pretty township. Stay overnight in a Premium room on a Rainbow Cruises houseboat (full board) to view the abundant bird life in the lake sanctuary. Cruise the palm-fringed backwaters in comfort and style, with an onboard chef at your service preparing local cuisine.

After the exquisite Houseboat Cruise check-in to the backwater resort in Kumarakom. it is in the banks of a breathtaking Vembanad Lake that spreads serenely over 205 square kilometres of picture perfect beauty.

Your last stay is at Kovalam, is a beach town by the Arabian Sea in Thiruvanathapuram city. The strikingly-designed Turtle on the Beach, facing Eve’s beach, captures this blend perfectly; starting with the traditional vermillion welcome as you enter. The ethos of this boutique hotel is unmistakable.

Choose 14 Days itinerary, including two nights at Holiday Inn (Cochin), two nights at Devonshire Greens (Munnar), two Nights in Elephant Court (Periyar), one night on a Rainbow Cruises houseboat (Alleppey), two nights in Kumarakom and four nights at Turtle on the Beach (Kovalam). Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis at the five hotels and on a full-board basis on the houseboat. 

 

 

Flights are included from London to Cochin and from Trivandrum to London

Arrival- Departure Assistance. 

Two nights in a Deluxe room at Holiday Inn, Kochi (B&B basis)

Two nights in a Deluxe room at Terrace Green, Munnar (B&B basis)

Two nights in a Deluxe room at Elephant Court, Periyar (B&B basis) 

One night in a Premium room on a Rainbow Cruises houseboat (full board basis)

Two nights in a Deluxe Room at the Zuri, Kumarakom (B&B basis)

Four nights in a Sea-View room at Turtle on the Beach, Kovalam (B&B basis)

Sightseeings included as per the itinerary

30kg and 5 Kg baggage Allowance per person

Private transportation in an Air conditioned car throughout the tour. 

This holiday is  ATOL Protected 

Itinerary:

Day one: Assistance on arrival at the airport, meet and greet by our representative and later, transfer to Holiday Inn, Kochi. 

Day two: City tour of Cochin. Visit Mattancherry Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue and in Fort Cochin visit St Francis Church, the Chinese fishing nets and Santa Cruz BasilicaIn the evening transfer to theater for Kathakali dance show. 

Day three: Morning: Drive to Munnar (135 kms/04½ hrs). On arrival in Munnar, check in at hotel. In the afternoon visit the Mattupetty Dam.

Day four: Visit the visit tea plantation and tea factory. See how tea is grown, hand-picked and processed and taste some of the best tea. 

Day five: In the Morning, Drive to Periyar (100 kms/03 hrs) and on arrival, check in at hotel. In the afternoon, Boat ride in Lake Periyar to watch wildlife. 

Day Six: Morning depart for a spice plantation tour

Day sevenMorning check-out and drive to Alleppey (4 Hours)and switch over to House Boat and cruise along the backwater towards Kumarakom. Overnight on board House Boat on a full board basis. 

Day Eight: After breakfast – disembark from houseboat and check-in to the backwater resort in Kumarakom – overnight at the Zuri, Kumarakom. 

Day Nine: After breakfast full day at leisure 

Day Ten to Day Fourteen: Transfer to Kovalam after breakfast and spend the rest of the holiday at leisure by the beach

 

Holiday Inn, Cochin

Located in the cosmopolitan city of Cochin, known as the industrial capital of Kerala, Holiday Inn Cochin is a recent addition in this bustling commercial port. It is conveniently located on the NH Bypass at a distance of 5 kms from Kakkanad,commercial places and 28 kms away from Cochin International Airport. With a wide variety of dining options to satiate even the most discerning of palates, the hotel’s five food and beverage outlets offer a pleasant culinary experience. Masala the all day dining restaurant serves a sumptuous spread of International and Indian cuisine at its best. Deli KC is the 24 hour coffee shop which offers a good selection of quick eats and coffee/tea. Roma the Italian specialty restaurant with strong seafood influence, offers a la carte menu for lunch and dinner. Stadia the sports bar is a great place to unwind over a drink with friends.

 

Devonshire Greens, Munnar

Nestled in Munnar's most serene locale where every guest is warmly welcomed with true hospitality. Devonshire greens provides a perfect gateway for those seeking to be in harmony with nature. MUNNAR, picturesque scope of the lofty Western Ghats is one of the most popular hill stations in India. A range of mountains situated in the Idukki district of Kerala brace our colonial style of resort.

 

Elephant Court, Periyar 

The hotel is situated on four acres, over a landscaped hillock. The architecture establishes the cultural identity of the property and is a marriage of traditional design and responses to contemporary demands. It explores the relationship between the environment and individuals. The extensive use of teak all around keeps the spaces cool and one’s senses are calmed by the connection with nature that wood provides. Subtle definitions of space provide a serene, yet dynamic environment.

 

Houseboat Cruise, Alappuzha 
These traditional houseboats (called 'Kettuvallams') are a dream blend of authentic Keralan life and peaceful relaxation. Each is built with wood harvested from local jackfruit trees and hand-stitched with coconut fibre rope - both age-old crafts. Gliding serenely along the backwaters, you can take in the beautiful scenery from the pillowed open-air deck. The living room has a stocked minibar, there's hot/cold running water, air-conditioning and an excellent team on-hand.

 

The Zuri, Kumarakom

An unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with white liliesis situated The Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala Resort & Spa. This Kumarakom resort offers 72 rooms including 18 Zuri Rooms, 16 Zuri Deluxe Rooms, 28 Zuri Cottages and 10 Zuri Presidential Pool Villas with contemporary, deluxe accommodation in Kerala, ideal for the world luxury and leisure traveller or business guests. All rooms in this The Zuri Kuamarakom, Kerala Resort & Spa combine a classic elegance with modern design in a tranquil and serene landscaped setting.


Turtle on the Beach, Kovalam

The strikingly-designed Turtle on the Beach, facing Eve’s beach, captures this blend perfectly; starting with the traditional vermillion welcome as you enter.The ethos of this boutique hotel is unmistakable. The stylish, Zen-like lounge, which looks on the sea from a height, sets the stage for your stay. All the rooms here are sea-facing.Wipe the tropical humidity from your face with the cool towels provided, sit with the arty Buddhas on the wooden benches and join them in listening to the sounds of the sea.


 

Details

You will fly from London  Heathrow to Cochin via Abu Dhabi, with Etihad.

Baggage Allowance 30 Kg and 5 Kg Hand Baggage per person is included in the package. 

From London Heathrow to Cochin, via Abu Dhabi:

Outbound: Departing from London Heathrow at 09:15 , arriving in Abu Dhabi 20:05, departing Abu Dhabi 21:40 , arriving Cochin 03:15 Next Day
 
Return after from Trivandrum international Aiport 14 Days.

From Tivandrum to London Heathrow, via Dubai:

    Inbound: Departing from Tivandrum 04:20 , arriving Abu Dhabi 07:20, departing Abu Dhabi 08:30 , arriving London Heathrow 12:25
 
 
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