Classic Kerala - India Tour Itinerary
Classic Kerala - 8 days/ 7 nights
Kerala, a lush and verdant land with endless unspoilt white beaches, stretched taut and inviting over a lace edged coast; silent, sleepy backwaters fringed by trailing fingers of green; verdant hillsides with their bounty of heady spices; gracious homes gleaming with the warmth of polished wood.
The heart of the land is composed of verdant green paddy fields and an intricate network of rivers and lakes. Up in the mountains of Kerala, relatively infrequently visited, comprises hills thickly wooded with teak and rubber.
It is here that Kerala's most precious spices are grown in carefully nurtured plantations - cardamom, pepper and nutmeg.
Sun kissed beaches; exotic hill stations, suspended in time amidst sprawling tea plantations; picture-book towns with winding lanes and an intriguing mix of cultures; wildlife reserves; trekking and cruising facilities; all combine to make this a most enjoyable itinerary.
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Cost Includes: Accommodation for 7 nights, transfers, excursions and sightseeing with English speaking guide in an air-conditioned chauffeur driven car, monument entrance fee, porterage, mineral water in car, backwaters cruise from Allepey-Kumarakom, boat ride at Periyar for wildlife viewing and Kathakali dance performance in Cochin
Hotels Superior: Casino Hotel(standard) Cochin, Houseboat (Deluxe), backwaters, Coconut Lagoon(bungalow) Kumarakom, Cardamon County (cottage) Periyar, Deluxe (upgrade to): Taj Garden Retreat (cottage) Periyar, Malabar House (deluxe) Cochin Luxury (upgrade to): Kumarakom Lake Resort (pool villa) Kumarakom, Spice Village (deluxe) Periyar, Brunton Boatyard (standard) Cochin.
Day 01 Arrival
Reception and Welcome at Cochin airport followed by transfer to your hotel.
Day 02 Cochin
Enjoy a guided tour of Cochin - the gateway to the spice coast of India. Visit the ancient palace, old Portuguese churches as well as Jewish synagogue, all indicators of the diverse cultural heritage of the city.
Day 03 Houseboat
Drive to Alleppy after breakfast to take an over night scenic boat cruise down the tranquil backwaters to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary on the banks of the Lake Vembanad. All meals provided on the houseboat.
Day 04 & 05 Kumarakom
Enjoy the natural beauty and activities at your lakeside resort.
Day 06 & 07 Periyar
Watch from a boat as herds of elephants, and other wildlife, enjoy the cool waters of the lake. Visit a spice plantation
Day 08 Periyar - Cochin (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.