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Kerala Holiday in Style

Duration:
9 days / 8 nights
Destinations:
Cochin, Periyar, Kumarakom, Mararikulam
Price Guide:

Price guide for this 9 day Kerala holiday:

  • £970 in low season
  • £1520 in high season

based on two people travelling.

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Overview

The stylish multi centre Kerala holiday provides a 9 day tour of Kerala filled with magical sunsets and beaches, tranquil backwaters, the heights of Periyar and the historic magnificence of Cochin. Starting from Cochin, a merchant gateway into the region complete with stunning historic sites and a bustling harbour, the tour takes you through Fort Cochin, the Jewish Synagogue and the Dutch palace, providing a vibrant overview of the port city’s multicultural past.

The tour then heads towards Periyar, allowing you to immerse yourself in the town renowned for its spice. Afterwards, you travel to the village of Kumarakom, located on the picturesque Vembanad Lake, where you will have a chance to soak in the tranquillity of the area or get in touch with nature.

The final stop of your special Kerala holiday is the fishing village Mararikulam, located on the beach just north of Alleppey. There you can spend a couple of days relaxing on the quiet sandy beach or in the luxury of your beach resort, before heading back to Cochin for your flight home.

Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and this Kerala holiday is just an example to help inspire you. Accommodation on this tour is with the luxury CGH group of hotels.

Kerala Holiday in Style - 9 Days / 8 Nights

The Kerala holiday in style tour provides 9 days filled with magical sunsets and beaches, tranquil backwaters, the heights of Periyar and the diverse culture of Cochin.

On this wonderfully relaxed tour you will stay in enchanting heritage properties and will see the best of what Kerala has to offer.

Code: COC004

Day 1: 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 which is conveniently located in historic Fort Cochin and overlooks the harbour, guaranteeing stunning views.

In the evening, enjoy a 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 Hotel

Day 2: Exploring Cochin

Cochin has been one of the primary gateways to the region for distant merchants and travelers since 1413, and that’s 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.

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.

Accomodation: Brunton Boatyard Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: The scenic route from Cochin to Periyar

On this day, you will take a scenic route inland to Periyar wildlife sanctuary, and stop to visit rubber and tea plantations en route. In fact, Periyar boasts the perfect natural environment for growing an array of spices including cardamom, cinnamon, pepper and vanilla, as it’s located in the Western Ghats, a kilometre above sea level.

In the afternoon, you can explore the spice town at your leisure, or immerse yourself into the tribal village setting of your first class Spice Village hotel. In the evening, learn more about the spices grown in the region with a visit to a spice garden, which is followed by an optional elephant ride at the plantation.

Accommodation: Spice Village
Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 4: Exploring Periyar

When you think of Indian wildlife, the Periyar wildlife sanctuary is probably what you imagine. Before breakfast, the more fearless travelers will have the chance to discover the Periyar Tiger Reserve on foot with a local tribal tracker, whose unique expertise in the area will make this trek a wonderfully rewarding experience.

Then, in the late afternoon, we will take a boat ride on Lake Periyar for a chance to see various species of wildlife in their natural habitat without disturbing their way of life. From the comfort of a covered boat you can look out for wild elephants, bisons, sambar deers, nilgir langurs, malabar giant squirrels and a wide variety of birdlife.

Accomodation: Spice Village
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Journey through the countryside from Periyar to 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.

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: 4 hours, 150 kms

Accomodation: Coconut Lagoon
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: Taking in Kumarakom

You can take this day to relax and soak in the tranquility of this beautiful area by taking a gentle stroll along the lakeside, or simply enjoying the facilities of your gorgeous hotel.

Alternatively, you can visit the butterfly garden, go bird watching at Kumarakom bird sanctuary or try your hand at paddle boarding. For those wishing to experience the wonders of an authentic ayurvedic therapy, this is also a great opportunity.

Accomodation: Coconut Lagoon
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Kumarakom - Mararikulam

In the late morning you will travel the short distance to Mararikulam - a quaint little fishing village located on a quiet beach just north of Alleppey.

We recommend staying at the Marari Beach Resort, an ethnic style first class beach resort, modeled on the fishermen dwellings of Mararikulam. The resort offers standard villas with open roof style bathrooms. If you favour more private luxuries, you can choose one of the pool villa cottages, which are suite-style and have a secluded walled courtyard with a private pool all for yourself. Remainder of the day you can spend at your leisure.

Approximate travel time and distance: 1 hour, 30 kms

Accomodation: Marari Beach Resort
Meals included : Breakfast

Day 8: Leisure at Mararikulam

Today is a full day dedicated to your leisure. Relax and soak up the serenity and tranquillity of this quiet, undeveloped sandy beach. Try unwinding in a hammock under a palm tree or indulging in a rejuvenating ayurvedic massage at the Ayurvedic spa.

Accomodation: Marari Beach Resort
Meals included : Breakfast

Day 9: Leaving Mararikulam & Cochin Departure

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 good time you will be transferred to Cochin International Airport for your homebound flight.

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

Meals included : Breakfast

Accommodation

Your accommodation on this stylish multi centre Kerala holiday features hotels from the CGH Earth Hotels group. These hotels are famous for sustainability and responsible tourism and offer superior accommodation which embraces the natural environment. 

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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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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Marari Beach Resort

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

Kerala is an Indian destination like no other. On this trip to India you will discover wonderful sites including port cities, quiet beaches, breathtaking national parks, the Kerala backwaters and much more. Below are some of the destinations you will explore on this tour.

  • The bustle of Cochin
  • The breathtaking heights of the Periyar wildlife sanctuary
  • The tranquility of Kumarakom
  • Natural beauty of Mararikum Beach

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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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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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. As you drift peacefully up and down the canals, spot the storks and flamingos from the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary soaring overhead and watch the fish schooling in the clear waters beneath you. Local merchants conduct their business in canoe-like craft on the water, while expert fishermen dive to catch coveted karimeen with their bare hands. 

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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 and Inclusions

The price guide for this 9 day Kerala Holiday is

  • £970 in low season (May 2019 - September 2019 inclusive)
  • £1520 in high season (October 2018 - April 2019 inclusive)

Please be aware some hotels operate an additional peak pricing rate during busy times. This is normally from mid December to mid January. Please get in touch with your dates and we will be pleased to provide you with an accurate quote.

Prices vary depending on number of people, length of tour, accommodation & season. Reductions are normally available for groups of three or more.

This is a private tour and can be tailor made to meet your exact requirements.

Included with this Kerala holiday are the following:

  • Authentic India Tours meet & greet assistance on arrival

  • All internal transfers and sightseeing tours using air-conditioned vehicle

  • Accommodation for 8 nights on twin sharing basis

  • Standard category rooms at all hotels unless otherwise mentioned
  • Meal plan: Bed & Breakfast
  • Tickets for Kathakali dance show in Cochin
  • English speaking guide for sightseeing tour of Cochin
  • Lunch with family in Kanjirapally
  • Country boat ride through narrow canals in Kumarakom
  • Spice plantation visit in Periyar
  • Nature trek and boat ride in Periyar Tiger Reserve
  • Entrances at all national parks, museums and monuments as per the itinerary
  • Mineral water on all days of travel

The price does not include:

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

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 an 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