Kerala, Special deal May-Dec 14
Kerala, The Malabar Coast - 5 days/ 4 nights
A short tour of this gem of southern India – the backwaters, wildlife and lush countryside of Kerala.
Kochi, where the tour begins, is a conglomeration of islands, one of the finest natural harbours in the world. It was a major center of trade with the British, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese and Dutch. Today it remains the main trading center for spices and seafood. Though it is Kerala's most cosmopolitan city, it still retains in charm and provincial feel.
Periyar is the Wildlife capital - the tigers maybe a bit elusive in these dense tropical forests but there are a multitude of animal and birdlife to keep the nature lover enthralled.
Kumarakom slumbers on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake with its numerous canals, streams and distributaries that weave an intricate and enchantingly beautiful web. Its undisturbed tranquility makes it a favourite with a vast number of migratory birds who are also attracted by the abundance of fish to be had. This is the ideal spot to start or finish a backwater kettuvalam (housboat) cruise.
May-Sep 2014: AUD 395 pp
Oct-Dec 2014: AUD 555 pp*
* up till 20 Dec 14
Cost Includes: Accommodation for 4 nights with daily breakfast, transfers, excursions and sightseeing with English speaking guide in an air-conditioned chauffeur driven car, monument entrance fee, porterage, mineral water in car,boat ride in Periyar .
Hotels Deluxe: Casino Hotel Cochin, Spice Village, Thekaddy, Coconut Lagoon Kumarakom,
Day 01 Arrival
Reception and welcome at Kochi airport followed by transfer to your hotel.
Day 02 Kochi - Periyar
Visit the Dutch palace, Chinese fishing nets, and Jewish synagogue before heading for the hills of Periyar .
Day 03 Periyar-Kumarakom
Morning boat ride on lake Periyar for wildlife viewing followed by a visit to a Spice plantation.
Day 04 Kumarakom
Enjoy the tranquillity and beautiful surrounds of your lakeside resort on keralas backwaters and its many activities.
Day 05 Departure
Transfer to the airport in time for your flight out.
THE BENELUX BONANZA
The journey I was about to undertake would not only in geographical terms span vast distances over land and sea......it was an odyssey which would cover a period of over four hundred years and one in which I would try to establish a "connection" with my ancestors.
Thank you for arranging a fantastic tour of Sri Lanka for us. You have always looked after our travel needs very well, but you clearly have a great knowledge and expertise when it comes to touring Sri Lanka and we definitely benefited from this. We were very well looked after by our driver Denver who was at the airport on our arrival and made sure we were looked after the whole time until our departure. He was a very safe and good driver and a wealth of information during the tour. The hotels we were booked into and the attractions we visited were all first class. We of course took many photos, but I attach one which is particularly good. It is of us having an elephant ride, just before the elephant squirted me with water. We would have no hesitation in recommending that our friends contact you to arrange their next holiday in Sri Lanka, and would love to get back there again as soon as we can. RegardsPeter Davis, Davis Lawyers