Culture & History - India: Enchanting Kerala - 8 Days

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In the morning visit the Jewish synagogue (Fri & Sat Closed), one of the oldest in India, is set in the heart of the area known as “Jew Town” surrounded by an aromatic spice market, and interesting shops selling antiques. The synagogue is decorated with blue ceramic Chinese tiles, each distinct in their design. The pictures on the tiles relate the tale of the romance between a wealthy mandarin...................... 

 

Price Per Person US$ with 3* Hotels: (Validity till April 15, 2019 except Dec 20 , 2018– Jan 5, 2019)

Based on minimum 2 People: US$1008.00pp

Accommodation on twin sharing basis in below mentioned 4* hotels or similar in base category rooms.

2 nights Cochin at Hotel Atrium  http://www.abadhotels.com/atrium/index.html

1 night Munnar at Copper Castle http://www.abadhotels.com/coppercastle/index.html

1 night Periyar at Green Forest http://www.abadhotels.com/thekkady/index.html

1 night Backwaters on Deluxe House Boat

2 night Kovalam at Harmonia Beach Resort  http://www.abadhotels.com/harmonia/

 

Price Per Person US$ with 4* Hotels: (Validity till April 15, 2019 except Dec 20, 2018 – Jan 5, 2019

Based on minimum 2 People: US$1164.00pp

Accommodation on twin sharing basis in below mentioned 4* hotels or similar in base category rooms.

2 nights Cochin at Hotel Dream   http://www.dreamhotels.com/

1 night Munnar at The Siena Village  http://www.thesienavillage.com/

1 night Periyar at Cardamom County Resort  http://www.thekkady.com/cardomon/

1 night Backwaters on Deluxe House Boat

2 night Kovalam at Uday Samudra Beach Resort    http://www.uds.co.in/index.php

 

Price Per Person US$ with 5* Hotels: (Validity till April 15, 2019 except Dec 20, 2018 – Jan 5, 20189

Based on minimum 2 People: US$1344.00

Accommodation on twin sharing basis in below mentioned 4* hotels or similar in base category rooms.

2 nights Cochin at Hotel Trident  http://www.tridenthotels.com/hotels-in-cochin

1 night Munnar at Chandy’s Windy Woods  http://www.chandyswindywoods.com/

1 night Periyar at Green Woods Resort http://www.greenwoods.in/

1 night Backwaters on Deluxe House Boat

2 night Kovalam at Turtule on The Beach  http://www.turtleonthebeach.com/

 

Meals as described in the itinerary;

Daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 1 dinner.

 

Price includes:

Arrival, departure transfers & land transport in air-conditioned Toyota Innova as per itinerary.
Professional Local English Speaking guides in Cochin, Munnar & Kovalam as per sightseeing.
Monument/museum entrance

Entrance to Kathakali dance performance

Boat ride on Periyar Lake

Mineral water in the vehicle

India Govt. Service Tax

 

Does not include: Any air & train, Insurance, Portage, Meals other than mentioned above, Tips, Any expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, telephone calls, laundry.

 

B: Breakfast

B,L: Breakfast, Lunch

B,L,D: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

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Day 1: Arrive Cochin, on arrival meet & greet with trip representative and transfer to hotel.

 

Day 2: Full day exploring Cochin  (B)
In the morning visit the Jewish synagogue (Fri & Sat Closed), one of the oldest in India, is set in the heart of the area known as “Jew Town” surrounded by an aromatic spice market, and interesting shops selling antiques. The synagogue is decorated with blue ceramic Chinese tiles, each distinct in their design. The pictures on the tiles relate the tale of the romance between a wealthy mandarin. We spend time in the surrounding markets and walk to the Mattancherry Palace, which was commissioned by the Portuguese for the raja of Kochi in exchange for trading rights. The palace is two stories high and is built in the traditional Kerala style known as nalukattu (four buildings). The palace exhibits memorabilia from the raja of Kochi collection, but it is best known for its outstanding murals painted on the wooden walls. The royal bedroom has ceilings and walls covered with forty-five 16th century paintings illustrating the Ramayana.

 

In afternoon walk in the Heritage Zone, which with its varied architectural styles, highlights Cochin’s history of being occupied by various foreign rulers, mainly the Dutch, Portuguese and British. You will visit St Francis Church, first established by the Portuguese in the 1500s’. This is one of the earliest European churches in the Country, with a simple facade that served as the prototype for future Churches here. Vasco Da Gama was buried here in 1524 before his body was taken to Portugal 14 years later. You will also visit the Santa Cruz Cathedral built in the late 19th century and has impressive murals on its ceiling. Finally, visit the Chinese Fishing nets, first erected between 1350 and 1450, which indicate trading ties with China.

Day 3: Cochin - Munnar (4hrs)   (B)
Drive to Munnar, situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1,600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. En route stop at water fall for photography.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Munnar and visit the, Mattupetty Dam, Eco point, Tea estates, Tea Museum and back Hotel.

Day 4: Munnar - Periyar (4 hrs)  (B)
After breakfast drive to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Set high in the ranges of the Western Ghats, in God’s Own Country, Kerala, is the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. Periyar wildlife sanctuary has a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. Formed with the building of a dam in 1895, this reservoir meanders around the contours of the wooded hills, providing a permanent source of water for the local wildlife. Though its a Tiger Reserve, tourists come here to view the Indian elephants in the act of ablution and playfulness by the Periyar lake.


Afternoon boat ride on Lake Periyar to view wildlife.  This area is home to bison, sambars, wild boars, monkeys, nilgiri langurs, a wide variety of birds, and some 750 elephants.

 

Day 5: Kerala Backwaters   (B,L,D)
After breakfast drive to Backwaters city of Alleppy (4 hrs) to board a private, deluxe Kettuvallom (traditional riceboat) for an overnight tour of the backwaters. 

 

A series of canals thread their way through the state to the sea, allowing you a glimpse into local life in Kerala that would be impossible to get from road transport.  Along the way you will pass rice fields, tiny villages, boats transporting children to school and farmers transporting their produce to the market, and women completing household tasks such as laundry and washing utensils.  You will disembark from the boat to wander in the villages and meet some locals.  The riceboats are made completely of natural material.  Each houseboat has furnished bedrooms with attached showers and toilets.  At night the boat will anchor mid stream and your meals will be specially prepared by the crew from freshly bought produce.

Day 6: Alleppy - Kovalam (5hrs)  (B)
Disembarking from houseboats & drive to Kovalm.  Enroute visit Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple: Thiruvananthapuram's most interesting temple it open to Hindus only, and even they must wear wear a 'dhoti' or 'sari'. Still it's worth visiting -even if you are just passing through town-to see the temple's seven story carved gopuram reflected in the nearby sacred tank. Constructed in the Dravidian style by a maharaja  of Travancore in 1733,  the temple is dedicated to Vishnu, who reclines on the sacred serpent, Anantha, which gives Thiruvanathapuram its name.
Check in hotel, evening free for enjoy at white water beach. 
 
Day 7: Kovalam  (B)
Relax on the beach & enjoy the hotel facilities.

 

Day 8: Transfer to Trivandrum (30 minutes) for flight to onward destination.

Highlights

The Jewish synagogue (Fri & Sat Closed), one of the oldest in India, is set in the heart of the area known as “Jew Town” surrounded by an aromatic spice market, and interesting shops selling antiques. The synagogue is decorated with blue ceramic Chinese tiles, each distinct in their design.

The pictures on the tiles relate the tale of the romance between a wealthy mandarin. We spend time in the surrounding markets and walk to the Mattancherry Palace, which was commissioned by the Portuguese for the raja of Kochi in exchange for trading rights. The palace is two stories high and is built in the traditional Kerala style known as nalukattu (four buildings). The palace exhibits memorabilia from the raja of Kochi collection, but it is best known for its outstanding murals painted on the wooden walls. The royal bedroom has ceilings and walls covered with forty-five 16th century paintings illustrating the Ramayana.

The Heritage Zone, which with its varied architectural styles, highlights Cochin’s history of being occupied by various foreign rulers, mainly the Dutch, Portuguese and British. You will visit St Francis Church, first established by the Portuguese in the 1500s’. This is one of the earliest European churches in the Country, with a simple facade that served as the prototype for future Churches here. Vasco Da Gama was buried here in 1524 before his body was taken to Portugal 14 years later. You will also visit the Santa Cruz Cathedral built in the late 19th century and has impressive murals on its ceiling. Visit the Chinese Fishing nets, first erected between 1350 and 1450, which indicate trading ties with China.

Route

  1. Kochi