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Kerala-God's Own Country


Get ready to explore beautiful Kerala and experience with your own eyes, why Kerala is aptly known as “GODS OWN COUNTRY. During your amazing journey you will travel around Cochin (Kochi), the first city built outside Europe by Europeans and which was a very important port of trade for the Chinese, Arabs, Jews and the Europeans, unwind and become one with nature as you cruise along on a house boat along the backwaters, walk through an island village and explore the backwaters by a small boat, drive to scenic mountains to visit tea and aromatic spice plantations, indulge your palate with the fine flavours of the coast and relax on the beach.

Extend your stay for week to rejuvenate your body with traditional Ayurvedic massage.
 
You can either join us on one of the fixed departures of this tour or you can tailor make this tour with your required dates and with the required number of days to travel with your family or friends.
Kerala-God's Own Country
 ITINERARIES

DAY 01 – ARRIVE AT COCHIN

 

Depending on your inbound flight, you will arrive at Cochin (Kochi) either late this day at Kochi international airport or during the night or even early morning on Day 02. Overnight stay is at your hotel in Cochin. 

DAY 02 – COCHIN

 

If you arrive on this day, we will meet you at airport and transfer you to your hotel with immediate occupancy of the room on arrival and you can relax after your long flight.Your journey of discovery starts after a late breakfast at the hotel when you are taken on a tour of Fort Cochin - Kochi has been luring wanderers and traders for over 600 years and remains a living homage to its varied colonial past – giant fishing nets influenced by Chinese, a 16th century  synagogue, ancient mosques, Portuguese houses built a millennia ago and the crumbling residuum of the British Raj.  The result is an unlikely blend of medieval Portugal, Holland and the English country village grafted on to the coast of the Arabian Sea.

This is followed by a visit to the Dutch Palace – with its astonishingly well preserved murals, coronation called with portraits of Maharajas, impressive collection of palanquins, bejewelled outfits and splendid carved ceiling, the palace is originally built by Portuguese became to be known as the Dutch Palace after it was renovated by the Dutch.

We will also spend some time walking along Jew Town – it was once a bustling port area and now a centre of spice trade with biting aromas of ginger, cardamom and cloves.

In the evening, prepare to be dazzled by a Kathakali dance programme at the theatre, followed by a tantalising Gala Sea food dinner at a local restaurant in Fort Cochin.Your overnight stay will be at your hotel in Kochi.

DAY 03 – KOCHI / MUNNAR

 

Breakfast at the hotel and take this opportunity to relax as we will have a late departure inthe morning for Munnar - known as the high range of the kingdom of Travancore, it is set with a backdrop of rolling mountain scenery, craggy peaks, manicured tea estates and crisp mountain air. It is the commercial centre of some of the worlds’ highest tea growing estates.

After arriving at Munnar you will check in at your hotel.

In the evening we will take a leisurely walk along the town.

Dinner and overnight stay is at your hotel in Munnar.

 

DAY 04 – MUNNAR

 

Breakfast at the hotel will be followed by a memorable “Tea” discovery day. This starts with a morning trek along a tea plantation while viewing the plantations workers plucking tea leaves and transporting them to the factory. Our local guide will explain to you about the work and life of the plantation workers and will also give you first-hand information on the tea estates.

We will have lunch at the Manager’s Bungalow – a colonial Heritage Bungalow. After lunch we will visit the factories to see how the tea leaves are processed into different categories of teas. For all the tea-lovers, this day give a valuable insight into your much loved beverage.On return to your hotel, you can enjoy another relaxing overnight stay in Munnar.

DAY 05 – MUNNAR / MADURAI

 

Breakfast at the hotel will be followed in the morning by your departure to Madurai (in Tamil Nadu) - Madurai is an animated city packed with pilgrims and one of the cities in the world which has retained its name for a very long time. The city revolves around Meenakshi Amman temple. It has been a textile centre from way back and was also the setting of Mahatma Gandhi’s decision to wear only home spun cloth to rebel against the imported textiles from Great Britain. The origin of the city is traced backed to the 4th century BC and was also the home of the Sangam i.e. the seat of Tamil poets.

After arriving at Madurai and checking in at your hotel you can unwind a bit.

In the afternoon your guide will take you around Madurai visiting the Meenakshi Amman temple – set in an area of 6 hectares, built around 2000 years ago, with intricately carved temples towers, this temple is a spectacular example of Dravidian architecture.  The temple has 12 highly decorative towers which are adorned with carvings of celestial and animal figures. Inside the temple long corridors lead towards gold topped sanctums of deities. The strange custom of this temple is to honour the goddess first.

This will be followed later by a visit to the Palace to Tirumalai Nayak – an example of Indo-Saracenic style. This Palace was built in 1636 by King Thirumalai Nayak with the help of an Italian Architect. The numerous beautiful paintings and sculptures in this shrine are sure to fascinate all visitors. In the outer corridor are the most popular musical pillars, five in number, each composed of twenty two slender rods carved out of a single rock of granite, which produce the 'Saptha Swaras' when gently tapped with a wooden rod.

We suggest dinner at a simple restaurant overlooking the temple Gopuram.

Overnight stay is at your hotel in Madurai.

DAY 06 – MADURAI / CHETTINADU / MADURAI

 

In the morning after a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, we will embark on an interesting day excursion, travelling through the inroads of the Tamil Nadu country side. On the way we will stop by to visit a village temple with terracotta horses.

Soon  you will arrive at Chettinadu – a sleepy little village with more than 1000 terracotta horses. This community of Chettiars settled in here , a place far inland from the coast and built huge palatial houses decorated with ivory/ Burma teak/ Belgium glasses and Italian marbles.

You will have the opportunity to explore one such house and enjoy a meal prepared by a traditional Chettinadu chef in one of the mansions now converted into an hotel.

We shall then return to Madurai where you can relax at your hotel.

Overnight stay is at your hotel in Madurai.

DAY 07 – MADURAI / PERIYAR

 

After breakfast at the hotel you will journey will take you from a brief experience in Tamil Nadu back to Kerala, where you arrive at Periyar and check into you hotel.

In the afternoon for a close encounter with these gentle giants, you will visit an elephant camp.

After this we will embark on a guided informative plantation tour around the aromatic spice gardens, these visits will surely enhance your journey of discovery and knowledge. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by a visit to a performance of ancient Kerala martial arts – Kalaripattu. Kerala cuisine is unique among Indian cuisines and this evening you will add to your culinary skills by learning how this cuisine is prepared, guided by an expert chef.

Your overnight stay will be at your hotel in Periyar.

DAY 08 – PERIYAR / ALLEPEY

 

For those who are interested in a game viewing, an early morning adventure via a boat ride over Lake Periyar will be undertaken to sight animals.

On return to the hotel, you can enjoy your breakfast before you checkout and we leave for our next destination – Allepey, known as the “Venice of the East”, no where else will you find, spread out across the center of town, a unique crisscrossing network of canals on which thatched country boats punt along leisurely.

Lunch will take place at a beautiful backwater island followed by a cruise in a small boat along the backwaters canals.

We will then check in at the hotel in evening

Overnight is at your hotel in Allepey.

DAY 09 –ALLEPEY

 

This is a day for relaxation and rejuvenation, after breakfast at the hotel, the morning is free at the hotel. You can try an Ayurvedic traditional massage.

Later you check in on-board a house boat and as you leisurely cruise along the backwaters, a delicious lunch will be served on-board.

The house boat will be anchored near a village at around five p.m.

Dinner will be cooked on-board and your overnight stay is on the house boat.

DAY 10 – ALLEPEY / MARARI

 

Wake up to a fantastic breakfast experience on-board the house boat after which you will checkout and we depart for a beach resort at Marari.

Mararikulam is a sleepy little fishing village on the Arabian Sea.

The beach resorts in Kerala, especially in Marari are very calm and you will be tempted to stay in a fishing village near the sea. The resorts here use eco-friendly materials to build their accommodation and to give tourists complete relaxation, some of the rooms do not even have television, the rooms are comfortable with air-conditioning system and the resort has a good swimming pool and is located conveniently on the beach.

Overnight stay is at your hotel in Marari.

DAY 11 – MARARI

 

Breakfast is provided at the hotel.

The entire day is free for your own leisure.

Overnight stay is at your hotel in Marari.

DAY 12 – MARARI

 

Breakfast is provided at the hotel.

This is another relaxing day at your disposal, to take in the beach-side atmosphere.

Overnight stay is at your hotel in Marari.

 

DAY 13 – MARARI / COCHIN –DEPARTURE 

 

After breakfast at the hotel, you will check out at 11.00 a.m.

You can deposit your baggage at the reception and use the facilities of the resort till evening.

You will be transferred by car to the airport in the evening where you will check in for your flight back home.

Overnight stay is on-board your flight.