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Kerala God's Own Country Group Tour

Duration:
10 days / 9 nights
Destinations:
Cochin, Munnar, Periyar, Alleppey
Price Guide:

Prices from £1140 per person. This small group tour is available from Cochin. 

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Overview

This amazing Kerala holiday provides a 10-day group tour of Kerala including historic Cochin, misty Munnar, the wildlife of Periyar and the tranquil backwaters of Alleppey.

Experience stunning sunsets, traditional dance performances and learn about spices and tea on plantation tours. Go wildlife-spotting in Periyar Tiger Reserve, cruise the Kerala backwaters on a private houseboat, and meet the villagers in Kumarakom before concluding your tour with leisure time in Alleppey.

Highlights Of Kerala God's Own Country Tour

  • Cochin – historical buildings, a sunset cruise and a Kathakali traditional dance performance 
  • Munnar – Beautiful scenery amongst the mountainous Western Ghats and a tea plantation tour
  • Periyar – Wildlife spotting and optional rafting in the tranquil Periyar Tiger Reserve
  • Alleppey - A gentle backwater cruise and overnight stay on a private houseboat
  • Kumarakom - Meet the villagers who will demonstrate local handicrafts 

 

Please see 'Dates, Pricing and Inclusions' for available dates.

We hope this group tour has inspired you, but if you would like to tailor it slightly, or are looking for something more bespoke, please contact us so we can try and meet your exact requirements.

Kerala God's Own Country Group Tour - 10 Days / 9 Nights

Discover Kerala God's Own Country on our small group tour, where you will be shown the must-see sights and hidden gems of Kerala by an expert guide.

You'll explore cosmopolitan Cochin, the misty mountains and vibrant tea plantations of Munnar, spices and wildlife in Periyar and the tranquil backwaters in Alleppey.

Stay in a range of boutique properties including a magical night on a private houseboat.

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Day 1 - Arrive in Cochin

Your Authentic India Tours representative will be waiting at Cochin International Airport to welcome you to Kerala and to transfer you directly to your hotel.

In the evening, cruise along the harbour past Cochin’s island shores in a motor boat to see the majestic cantilevered Chinese fishing nets silhouetted in the orange and pink sky as the sun sets.

End your first day in style with a delicious welcome dinner hosted by your tour leader in the hotel.

Accommodation: Fragrant Nature, Cochin
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
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Day 2 - Cochin

Today you’ll have the chance to explore fascinating Cochin, where a variety of cultures, religions and nationalities collide. Visit St Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, and the lavish 16th-century Jewish Synagogue. Afterwards, head to the Dutch Palace to learn about the history of Cochin and to see colourful painted murals of the ancient Indian poem Ramayana.

In the evening, watch a Kathakali dance show, the traditional expressive dance drama of Kerala performed in vibrant costumes. Take your seat early and watch the dancers apply their bold makeup!

Accommodation: Fragrant Nature, Cochin
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 3 - Cochin to Munnar

After breakfast, we will head to majestic Munnar, a stunning hill station amidst the magnificent mountains of the Western Ghats. Along the way, you’ll pass vibrant green tea plantations and striking sandalwood forests.

We will stop for a home-cooked lunch at a traditional estate bungalow set in over 100 acres of multi-crop plantations. The rest of the day can be spent at your leisure, relaxing in your room or gazing across the captivating landscape.

Approximate travel time and distance: 4 – 5 hours, 150 km

Accommodation: Fragrant Nature, Munnar
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
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Day 4 - Munnar

Experience the beauty of Munnar and learn about the tea-making process from crop picking to flavour adjustment on a visit to a tea estate. Follow the tea trail through green carpeted tea fields, meet the tea pickers, and visit the tea factory. We can arrange the walks to be at your own pace, from 30 minutes to up to four hours.

Before heading back to the hotel, you can enjoy a hot picnic lunch at the plantation, accompanied by a cup of tea if you wish!

Accommodation: Fragrant Nature, Munnar
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
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Day 5 - Munnar - Periyar

After breakfast, the tour continues to Periyar, home of amazing spices and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, one of India’s best-kept wildlife reserves. Along the journey, you will pass through winding mountain roads that wrap around emerald-green tea plantations and fairytale forests.

Learn all about the different spices grown in the local area including cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coffee, nutmeg, pepper and vanilla on a tour from the owner on their private plantation. Let the heady aromas of the spices stun your senses and inspire your culinary skills!

Approximate travel time and distance: 3 - 4 hours, 100 km                      

Accommodation: Greenwoods Resort, Periyar
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 6 - Periyar

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best places in South India to spot wildlife, and if you’re lucky, you can catch a glimpse of elephants, Sambar deer and Indian bison.

Early in the morning, we will head to Lake Periyar, where you can try bamboo rafting and have a go navigating a raft whilst looking out for elephants at the shore having a drink or bathing. Then grab your binoculars and camera and spend time in the Reserve where there is an abundance of wildlife you might see.

Spend the evening at your leisure, perhaps trying the local cuisine in the hotel or in a wide choice of nearby restaurants.

Accommodation: Greenwoods Resort, Periyar
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 7 - Periyar - Alleppey

After breakfast, we will drive through the hills and visit tea and rubber plantations on the way to Alleppey, known as the 'Venice of the East' for its narrow canals, lagoons and Vembanad Lake.

On arrival, it’s time for the magical experience of staying overnight on a luxury houseboat. After boarding your private houseboat, you can sit back and relax as your crew steer you across Vembanad Lake and along the narrow backwater canals. As you cruise by, you can catch glimpses of village life and maybe spot electric-blue kingfishers, snake birds and herons.

Dine on Keralan delicacies infused with spices, aromatic curry leaves and fresh coconut served up by your onboard cook, who will cater for your every need. When the boat moors for the night, you can gaze at the stars in the clear skies before the sound of water and the gentle rocking of the boat will send you blissfully to sleep.

Accommodation: Private Houseboat
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
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Day 8 - Alleppey

After a leisurely breakfast, you will disembark from your houseboat at the boat jetty for the Uday Backwater Resort.

You can spend the remainder of the day at leisure to relax by the backwaters, or enjoy the facilities at the hotel.                

Accommodation: Uday Backwater Resort
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 9 - Alleppey - Kumarakom - Alleppey

Spend a fascinating morning on the Village Life Experience tour at Kumarakom. This fantastic tour gives you an authentic taste of village life, as well as showcasing community-based tourism products and services. The slow ride through the narrow canals on a country boat operated by the local villagers, lets you see everyday life along with way, including workers in the paddy fields, children swimming in the lake, people fishing and women weaving coconut palm fronds. You might get the chance to try your hand at fishing, weaving leaves or spinning coconut yarn!

Later, take a stroll through the narrow village paths to visit an 'Anganwadi', a government-run school and see villagers engaged in traditional jobs like screw pine weaving, broomstick making and 'toddy tapping' (collecting coconut sap). You can also visit the handicraft unit run by the villagers who specialise in Snake Boat models.

After lunch, you can return to the resort for a final afternoon of leisure or relaxation.

In the evening, sit down to a farewell dinner with your tour leader to reminisce about your holiday and share memories.

Accommodation: Uday Backwater Resort
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
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Day 10 - Transfer to Cochin Airport

In the morning, you will be transferred to Cochin International Airport to board your return flight.

Approximate travel time and distance: 3 - 4 hours, 100 km

Meals included: Breakfast

Beach extension

If you would like to extend your holiday by staying 2 nights or more at the Mararikulam Beach please let us know.

Price starts from £340 per person for two nights on twin sharing at Xandari Pearl Marari Beach and £375 per person for two nights at Marari Beach Resort.

Please contact us for more details and to discuss your individual requirements.

Accommodation

The accommodation on this group tour of Kerala comprises superior city centre and boutique hotels and a private houseboat.

Fragrant Nature, Cochin

Thought of as one of the most sought after hotels in South India, Fragrant Nature is located within the offices of the East India Company, a landmark building in Fort Kochi due to its distinctive facade and clock tower. This boutique style hotel offers modern rooms with harbour views, a gym and Ayurveda treatments whilst the roof top infinity pool delivers majestic views of the surrounding landscape.

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Fragrant Nature, Munnar

Enveloped in mist covered mountains, Fragrant Nature offers accommodation with impressive panoramic views. All rooms benefit from a fireplace, to keep out the mountain chill, as well as a private terrace or balcony and ensuite facilities. For a unique dining experience guests can enjoy the unrivalled scenery from Glass House, a restaurant specializing in grills and steaks, where the views are endless and even more spectacular under starry skies.

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Greenwoods Resort, Periyar

Greenwoods is a superior resort set in six acres of forest where guests can embrace nature whilst relaxing under a canopy of exotic trees. Offering elegant private rooms with balconies, this romantic and beautiful setting is ideal for a South Indian honeymoon! Fresh local cuisine crafted from recipes handed down over generations ensure visitors enjoy a culinary delight. With performances of traditional Kerala art forms and a multitude of activities on offer, there is plenty to enjoy.

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Kerala Houseboat, Alleppey

Described as the 'Venice of the East', Allepey is a dreamland of interlinking canals and rivers and what better way to explore the exquisite Kerala backwaters than on a Houseboat? Offering an enchanting experience the houseboats are constructed from local and natural materials including bamboo, ropes and coconut fibre and are up to 120 feet long. With an onboard crew to cater to your needs you can sit back, relax and enjoy the cruise.

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Uday Backwater Resort, Alleppey

The beautiful Uday Backwater Resort is a serene sanctuary to explore Alleppey at your leisure. Experience glorious views over the waters of Punnamada Lake from private balconies in your stylish room, dine on Keralan and international cuisine indoors or alfresco, or relax and unwind in the Ayurveda spa. It's the perfect place to experience the backwaters and unwind after a day of exploring.

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Destinations

On this group tour of Kerala you will discover wonderful port cities, breathtaking national parks, stunning scenery, the Kerala backwaters and much more.

Cochin (Kochi)

Cochin, also known as Kochi, is a port city located on an extensive network of waterways in the state of Cochin. It has been one of the primary gateways to the region for distant merchants and travellers since 1341. Cochin is a great place to start your Kerala holiday offering beautiful hotels, wonderful culture and architecture, friendly people and the opportunity for some retail therapy.

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Munnar

Standing at a heady 1,532m above sea level, the majestic town of Munnar is sure to captivate even the most sceptical visitor, just as it did the British colonial settlers generations ago when they visited each summer seeking reprieve from the heat of the Keralan valleys below. 

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Periyar National Park (Thekkady)

If you've ever dreamed of seeing elephants roaming free, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary offers you the chance of experiencing these beautiful animals in the wild from the comfort of a covered boat or car tour, without disturbing their way of life.

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Kerala Backwaters

Known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Alleppey is the gateway to the  Kerala backwaters, an intricate network of lakes and waterways. Here you’ll find thousands of houseboats, converted rice barges with distinctive curved roofs. Float along the backwaters on one of these luxury boats, gazing out onto the lime green paddy fields, coconut palms and tranquil villages that line the water’s edge. Watch the sun set on the water and fall asleep lulled by the gentle rocking motion of the boat.

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Kumarakom

Hidden in the backwaters off the South Eastern end of Vembanad Lake in Southern Kerala is the small village of Kumarakom. Calm waters, lush greenery and abundant wildlife ensure that this is the perfect spot for total relaxation. The area offers beautiful quality award winning hotels and is ideally located to enjoy the Kerala backwaters. 

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Dates, Pricing and Inclusions

This Kerala God's Own Country Group Tour is available from Cochin on the following dates (prices per person):

Travel Dates & Tour Prices
Travel Dates Cost Per Person on Twin / Double Sharing Basis Single Room Supplement
18 Oct 2020 - 27 Oct 2020 £1260 £550
15 Nov 2020 - 24 Nov 2020 £1260 £550
31 Jan 2021 - 09 Feb 2021 £1260 £550
14 Feb 2021 - 23 Feb 2021 £1260 £550
21 Feb 2021 - 02 Mar 2021 £1260 £550
03 Apr 2021 - 12 Apr 2021 £1140 £420
17 Oct 2021 - 26 Oct 2021 £1310 £560
14 Nov 2021 - 23 Nov 2021 £1310 £560
05 Dec 2021 - 14 Dec 2021 £1310 £560
30 Jan 2022 - 08 Feb 2022 £1310 £560
13 Feb 2022 - 22 Feb 2022 £1310 £560
20 Feb 2022 - 01 Mar 2022 £1310 £560

 

Except for April, all the tours start on a Sunday. 

The Kerala God's Own Country Group Tour operates with a minimum number of 4 and a maximum number of 16 travellers.

Single supplements are available and range from £420 to £560 depending on the time of travel.

Included with this group tour of Kerala are the following:

  • Authentic India Tours meet & greet assistance on arrival
  • All transfers and sightseeing tours using an air-conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking tour escort for the entire tour
  • Accommodation for 9 nights on twin sharing basis
  • Standard category rooms at all hotels unless otherwise mentioned
  • Meal Plan: 9 Breakfasts, Lunch on day 3, 4, 7, 9 and Dinner on day 1, 7 and 9.
  • Tickets for Kathakali dance show in Cochin
  • Spice plantation tour in Periyar
  • Nature trek in Periyar Tiger Reserve
  • Tickets for boating on Lake Periyar
  • Sunset cruise by private motorboat along the Cochin harbour
  • Entrances at all national parks, museums and monuments as per the itinerary
  • Mineral water on all days of travel

Price does not include:

  • International flight tickets
  • Travel insurance and visa
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, tips, beverages etc
  • Meals other than mentioned in the above meal plan
  • Camera and video fees at national parks, museums & monuments

Authentic India Tours is a member of ATOL and can provide ATOL protected holidays with flights. We recommend the following flights for these tours.

Suggested Flight
Flight Flight Code Departing Arriving
Emirates EK 002 London Heathrow (LHR)
14:20
Dubai (DXB)
00:20
Emirates EK 530 Dubai (DXB)
03:20
Kochi (COK)
09:00
Emirates EK 531 Kochi (COK)
09:40
Dubai (DXB)
12:10
Emirates EK 003 Dubai (DXB)
14:30
London Heathrow (LHR)
18:20
Call us for AIT specially negotiated flight fares

 

Prices mentioned above are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication may be subject to change, based on your date of travel and local market fluctuations. You will be informed of any price differences prior to booking.

Beach extension

If you would like to extend your holiday by staying 2 nights or more at the Mararikulam Beach please let us know.

Price starts from £340 per person for two nights on twin sharing at Xandari Pearl Marari Beach and £375 per person for two nights at Marari Beach Resort.

For a quote based on your dates of travel, any alternative accommodation or changes to this itinerary, please call Authentic India Tours on 01792 315499 or email us at info@aitholidays.com