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Special Promotion - Kerala Discovery Tour

Duration:
13 days / 12 nights
Destinations:
Cochin, Munnar, Periyar, Kumarakom, Kerala Backwaters Houseboat, Mararikulam
Price Guide:

Price guide for 13 day Kerala Discovery Tour based on two people travelling:

  • Price: £2099 reduced to £1999 (High Season)
  • Price: £1599 reduced to £1499 (Low Season)

 

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Overview

This Kerala Discovery Tour is a 13-day private tour showcasing the must-see highlights of Kerala and accommodation at the award-winning CGH Earth Experience Hotels. The beautifully appointed hotels have been developed with respect for nature and local cultures enabling visitors to enjoy the uniqueness of every destination with lots of local flavour. The tour also features lots of added extras and experiences.

Your Kerala holiday starts from the colonial port city of Cochin exploring the heritage quarters of Fort Cochin & Mattancherry, then heads inland to discover the tea plantations in mountainous Munnar and Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve, before heading back towards the coast for the palm-fringed Kerala backwaters and an overnight stay on a luxury houseboat, concluding with a beautiful beach resort hotel.

Highlights of the Kerala Discovery Tour

  • Cochin sunset cruise
  • Sightseeing tour of Fort Cochin & Mattancherry
  • Kathakali dance performance, a Kerala classical dance
  • Western Ghats stunning mountain scenery
  • Munnar tea plantation walk and tea museum visit
  • Spice plantation tour
  • Trek in Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve
  • Lake Periyar boat trip or 1/2 day bamboo rafting
  • Lunch at a plantation bungalow
  • Sunset cruise on Vembanad Lake
  • Overnight stay on a private houseboat cruising the Kerala Backwaters
  • Village life experience tour
  • Relaxing stay at a beach resort

Tailor-made Kerala Tour

Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and this Kerala tour is just an example to help inspire you.

This tour can be combined with a range of options such as an extended stay in Marari Beach, a tour of the Golden Triangle or a visit to some of the World Heritage Sites in Tamil Nadu or Karnataka. For more information please email info@aitholidays.com or call our India specialists on 01792 315499.

ABTA and ATOL Protected Kerala Tour Package

Authentic India Tours is a member of ABTA and ATOL. All the holidays on this website are ABTA protected. If you would like us to arrange your holiday including flights we will be happy to provide a quote and your holiday will also be ATOL protected.

The Kerala Discovery Tour (Special Promotion) - 13 Days / 12 Nights

This Kerala Discovery Tour is a 13-day private tour showcasing the must-see highlights of Kerala and accommodation at the award-winning CGH Earth Experience Hotels. It also features lots of added extras and sightseeing tours.

Starting in the colonial port city of Cochin, you then venture inland to discover the tea plantations in mountainous Munnar and Periyar National Park, before heading to the palm-fringed Kerala backwaters and an overnight stay on a luxury houseboat, concluding with a beautiful beach resort hotel.

 

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Arrive in Cochin

Upon your arrival at Cochin International Airport, you will be met by your Authentic India Tours representative for the transfer to your hotel.

You will be staying in the Brunton Boatyard, an elegant colonial-style hotel that is conveniently located in historic Fort Cochin and overlooks the harbour, guaranteeing stunning views.

In the evening, enjoy an included boat trip past Cochin’s island shores. As the sun sets, you will see the famous cantilevered fishing nets. It's fascinating to watch the fishermen skilfully dip the hammock-like nets into the water, silhouetted against the orange and pink sky.

Accommodation: Brunton Boatyard
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Cochin

Cochin has been one of the primary gateways to the region for distant merchants and travellers since 1413, reflected in the city’s rich and diverse architecture.

On today’s sightseeing tour of Fort Cochin & Mattancherry, you can explore remnants of Cochin’s multicultural past by visiting St Francis' Church and the local fish market. Later, proceed to Mattancherry to see the Jewish Synagogue and the Dutch Palace which houses murals depicting the Ramayana. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy some local shopping or the delightful facilities at your hotel including the pool.

In the evening, you will witness a traditional Kathakali dance performance – we suggest arriving early if you want to experience the elaborate make-up preparation.

Accommodation: Brunton Boatyard
Meals included: Breakfast
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Cochin - Munnar

The second destination on your Kerala tour is Munnar, a hill station perched high in the Western Ghats mountain range. Its cool, refreshing climate made it a popular summer retreat for colonial settlers generations ago. On the drive to Munnar, you will be surrounded by a carpet of greenery with emerald-green tea plantations and sandalwood forests, while the aromatic spice plantations gently infuse the air with the scent of cinnamon and cardamom. 

This evening, you can take a stroll around the 70-acre estate and learn about the history, cultivation and processing of the spices.

Approximate travel time and distance: 4 hours, 125 kms

Accommodation: Windermere Estate
Meals included: Breakfast
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Munnar

Today is an opportunity to learn more about tea and to enjoy the beautiful scenery that Munnar has to offer. There is a range of activities to enjoy and the day can be tailored to you.

In the morning we suggest a Lockhart tea trail experience. Lockhart tea estate is situated 8 kms away from Munnar, and it is a chance to catch stunning views of the green, carpeted tea fields as you follow the tea trail through the Estate. We offer walks lasting from 30 min to 4 hours. You may also be able to interact with the ladies picking tea leaves.

You can also visit the Lockhart tea factory where you will see first hand how tea is produced and graded. If time permits you may also like to visit Munnar town and enjoy the lively market.

Accommodation: Windermere Estate
Meals included: Breakfast
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Munnar to Periyar National Park

This morning your Kerala tour takes you to Periyar National Park, home to one of India’s best-kept wildlife sanctuaries. As you are driven down winding mountain roads, you will be greeted with the sight of undulating emerald tea plantations and misty forests.

This afternoon there's time to explore the spice town of Periyar or relax by the pool at your beautiful hotel. Then, later in the afternoon learn more about the spices grown in this region with a fascinating visit to a local spice garden. Your guide will introduce you to different spices grown in that area such as pepper, cardamom, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and coffee.

In the evening the hotel usually has cooking demonstrations and cultural shows to be enjoyed.

Approximate travel time and distance: 3 hours, 92 kms

Accommodation: Spice Village
Meals included: Breakfast
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Periyar

It's an early morning start for a transfer to the boat landing point in the national park.

Enjoy a half day bamboo rafting and trekking through some of the richest forest paths of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Try your hand at navigating a raft across the famous Periyar Lake, followed by a visit to the Reserve where you may spot wildlife including elephants, Sambar deers and Indian bisons. As always sighting wildlife is a matter of chance. If you don't fancy rafting other activities can be arranged.

Later you can opt to enjoy some shopping in Periyar. It is known for selling spices and also offers shops selling textiles and crafts. Or simply make the most of the hotel's entertainment, facilities and wonderful cuisine.

Accommodation: Spice Village
Meals included: Breakfast
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Periyar - Kumarakom

Today, you will descend from the Western Ghats through the lovely countryside to the small village of Kumarakom, hidden in the backwaters off the South Eastern end of Vembanad Lake and Kerala's backwater canals.

En-route there is a stop for a home-cooked lunch at one of the old estate bungalows set in a plantation.

You will be transferred to your heritage hotel, Coconut Lagoon, via a short boat trip. In the evening, enjoy a sunset cruise on the picturesque Vembanad Lake, upon which your accommodation is set.

Approximate travel time and distance: 3 hours 30 mins, 125 kms

Accommodation: Coconut Lagoon
Meals included: Breakfast
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Village Life Experience Tour

Today's Village Life Experience Tour will give you an authentic taste of village life, as well as showcasing community-based tourism products and services. You will be taken through the narrow canals on a country boat operated by the local villagers. The slow ride helps you to get a good look at the everyday village life on the banks, including people working in the paddy fields, children swimming in the lake, people fishing and women weaving coconut palm fronds. Try your hand at fishing using the traditional bow and arrow method or fishing by casting the net. 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.

Accommodation: Coconut Lagoon
Meals included: Breakfast
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Kumarakom - Alleppey

Morning at leisure.

Around lunchtime, you will board your private houseboat for an overnight cruise through the famous Kerala Backwaters. For many people, this is the highlight of their holiday.

Enjoy a relaxing cruise through the tranquil Kerala backwaters, gliding across Lake Vembanad, through narrow canals heading south and passing low lying rice fields, churches, temples, schools and village life. Lunch, dinner and breakfast will be served onboard the houseboat by your own exclusive crew. The houseboat anchors at sunset to prevent getting tangled in the fishing nets. Experience a truly magical moment of being rocked gently whilst counting stars before finally going to bed in the middle of nowhere.

Approximate travel time and distance: 1 hour, 38 kms

Accommodation: Private Houseboat
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Alleppey - Mararikulam

After a leisurely breakfast, you will disembark your houseboat at Alleppey boat jetty. You will be met by your driver and taken to Mararikulam Beach which is about 60 minutes away.

The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the tropical setting of the Marari Beach Resort. 

Approximate travel time and distance: 26 mins, 14 kms

Accommodation: Marari Beach Resort
Meals included: Breakfast
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Mararikulam

The next couple of days are at leisure for you to enjoy laid back beach life and facilities at the lovely Marari Beach Resort. 

If you're not one for relaxing you have the option to visit the nearby local fishing harbour and take a walking tour visiting the temples and markets in and around Mararikulam and Alleppey. 

Accommodation: Marari Beach Resort
Meals included: Breakfast
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Mararikulam

Today is a full day dedicated to leisure. Relax and soak up the serenity and tranquillity of this quiet, undeveloped resort. Try unwinding in a hammock under a palm tree, enjoy a swim in the hotel swimming pool or indulge in a rejuvenating ayurvedic massage at the Ayurvedic spa.

The hotel also offers local cultural experiences or you may choose to enjoy a little last-minute shopping.

Accommodation: Marari Beach Resort
Meals included: Breakfast
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Transfer to Cochin Airport

Like all good things, your tour in Kerala must come to an end, but you can carry the memories of this unique and unforgettable holiday experience home with you. In plenty of time, you will be transferred to Cochin International Airport for your homeward flight.

Alternatively, if you have a little more time please talk to the team about a beach extension or visiting another area in India.

Approximate travel time and distance: 2 hours and 30 mins, 100 kms

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation

The hotels we recommend on this Kerala tour package are as listed below. If however, you would like to include a different hotel please let us know.

Brunton Boatyard, Cochin

Located in a former Victorian boatyard in the Fort Kochi district, the Brunton Boatyard Hotel overlooks a waterway. What once stood as the site of a boat manufacturing business belonging to Geo Brunton and Sons, the building has been lovingly restored to provide travellers with a glimpse into 19th Century life in Kochi, complete with tall ceilings and traditional low hanging fans. This is a truly beautiful colonial property in a fabulous location.

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Windermere Estate, Munnar

Offering breathtaking and uninterrupted views of the surrounding landscape, Windermere Estate is a wonderful property where guests can enjoy the fresh mountain air whilst strolling around the gardens and cardamom plantation. This family estate offers exceptional levels of service, beautiful accommodation and delicious freshly produced dishes for its guests. The well presented bedrooms are well equipped with private en-suite facilities.

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Spice Village, Periyar

Occupying a stunning position in the highlands of Thekkady, Spice Village is inspired by the dwellings of the Mannan Tribe. Using local materials rooms have thatched roofs made from elephant grass, perfect for keeping the temperature cool and allowing you to embrace the beauty of the natural surroundings. The Spice Village is a fine example of the Eco hotels on offer in India providing a unique back to nature experience combined with modern facilities.

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Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom

The award-winning Coconut Lagoon is located in a charming cove in Kumarakon on the Vembanad Lake, offering a unique and delightful setting. A scenic boat ride from a private jetty to reach Coconut Lagoon will ensure you witness beautiful Kerala scenery and get a wonderful introduction to this captivating resort. No two rooms are the same, they are quirky and inspiring, offering guests an experience like no other.

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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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Marari Beach Resort, Mararikulam

Set on the white sandy shores of the Arabian Sea, the Marari Beach Resort offers an environmentally friendly, premium resort. The accommodation comprises of thatched cottages which are beautifully simple and sympathetic to the natural surroundings but feature all the mod cons that today's traveller expects. Whether you're looking to relax under a palm tree or enjoy the excellent activities programme the Marari Beach Resort hotel is an idyllic coastal hideaway.

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Destinations

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 (Tiger Reserve)

If you've ever dreamed of seeing elephants roaming free, Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve offers the chance of experiencing these beautiful animals in the wild on a walking trek or from the comfort of a covered boat without disturbing their way of life. Unfortunately tiger spottings are extremely rare.

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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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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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Mararikulam Beach

This village is known for the authentic and quiet Mararikulam beach lined by coconut trees. It’s aptly nicknamed the ‘secret beach’ and is a favorite of the Keralan beaches on offer among locals. Mararikulam also boasts the stunning Sree Mahadeva Temple, one of the oldest temples in India, and the only temple where the deities Shiva and Parvati sit facing each other.

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Pricing & Inclusions

The price guide for this 13 day Kerala Discovery Tour is

Tour Cost (Valid from 11 Jan 2022 till 31 Jan 2022 and 01 Mar 2022 till 30 Apr 2022)

  • Cost Per Person: £2099
  • Special Offer Price: £1999

Tour Cost (Valid from 01 May 2022 till 31 Sept 2022)

  • Cost Per Person: £1599
  • Special Offer Price: £1499

The prices do not include flights.

Authentic India Tours is a member of ABTA and ATOL. All the holidays on this website are ABTA protected. If you would like us to arrange your holiday including flights we will be happy to provide a quote and your holiday will also be ATOL protected.

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements. Prices will vary depending on the number of people, length of tour, accommodation & season. Reductions are normally available for groups of three or more. Some hotels operate an additional peak pricing rate during busy times which is normally from mid-December to mid-January. 

Please get in touch with your dates and we will be pleased to provide you with your personal itinerary and accurate quote.

Included within this Kerala tour are the following:

  • Authentic India Tours meet & greet assistance on arrival
  • All internal transfers and sightseeing tours using an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accommodation for 12 nights on twin sharing basis
  • Standard category rooms at all hotels unless otherwise mentioned
  • Meal plan: Houseboat on full board; Bed & Breakfast elsewhere
  • Sunset cruise by private motorboat along the Cochin harbour
  • Tickets for Kathakali dance show in Cochin
  • English speaking guide for sightseeing tour of Cochin
  • Spice plantation tour in Periyar
  • Tickets for boating on Lake Periyar
  • 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 those mentioned in the above meal plan
  • Camera & video fees at national parks, museums & monuments

The 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.

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