Captivating Kerala - 8 days

Captivating Kerala - 8 days

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Captivating Kerala - 8 days

8 Days Starting and ending in Kochi

Visiting: Kochi, Munnar, Periyar, Alappuzha, Kerala Backwaters Tourism, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Tour code:

693/CKE

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 24

Age range:

16 + if accompanied by an adult.

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact On The Go Tours with specific dietary requests

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

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$1135
$993 (USD) Operator discount: -$114 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$28 -12%

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Tour Overview

Uncover the delights of tropical Kerala in India's deep south. Visit historic Fort Kochi, the picturesque hill station of Munnar with its verdant tea plantations and spend a night aboard a houseboat, gliding along the tranquil, palm fringed backwaters.

Highlights

  • Kerala Backwaters – Cruise along the famous backwaters on a deluxe rice boat, past lush forests and local villages

  • Kochi – Tour the winding streets of the Fort Kochi neighbourhood and watch a Kathakali dance show

  • Munnar – Stroll through a tea plantation on a guided walk and explore the beautiful surroundings independently

  • Kumarakom – Enjoy two days relaxing at leisure and visit the biodiverse Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Kochi
Location: Kochi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Casino Hotel
Meals Included: No Meals

Saturday. Welcome to India! You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel for a Welcome meeting at 14:00 - where you'll meet your guide and fellow group members. This evening be mesmerised by a traditional Kathakali dance performance. Be prepared for vibrant costumes, make-up, facemasks, lively dancing and a show of a lifetime.

Day 2 : Munnar
Location: Munnar
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Clouds Valley Leisure Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Kochi - Munnar. On the morning of day 2 we enjoy a guided tour of the Fort Kochi neighbourhood. Examine intricate Chinese fishing nets and wander the winding streets of the old town. We immerse ourselves in local culture with a visit to the European-influenced St Francis Church, the Parsi Synagogue and a Dutch palace. After the tour we continue to Munnar - a town and hill station nestled in beautiful scenery and surrounded by tea plantations.





On day 3 we take a guided walk through one of these tea plantations and visit a local market, before the rest of the day is free to explore. Perhaps pay a visit to the stunning Eravikulam National Park (closed Jan - Mar). The park is home to endangered species including tigers, sambar deer and the Nilgiri Ibex - found only in this part of the world.

Day 3 : Days 3-4 Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Location: Periyar
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast x2

Munnar – Periyar. A drive south to Periyar, South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary and home to bison, antelopes, sambar, wild boar, birds and even the odd tiger! Kumily, close to the sanctuary and where we'll stay, is a pretty little town dotted with small spice and handicraft shops. There is plenty to do in and around Periyar, so we leave the choice to you for the remainder of the day.

On day 4 we will enjoy an included boat ride on Lake Periyar to spot herds of wild elephants, spending the remainder of the day at leisure to explore on own. You can opt for an optional visit to explore the spice plantation or enjoy a kalaripayattu dance performance Periyar.

Day 5 : Kerala Backwaters
Location: Alappuzha, Kerala Backwaters Tourism
Accommodation Name: Deluxe rice boat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Periyar - Alleppey - Keralan backwaters. Today we leave Periyar and take a scenic drive to Alleppey. Here we board our private rice boat for a voyage through the famous Kerala backwaters. Our rice-boat takes us sedately along the enchanting palm-fringed backwaters, covering a distance of some 20 kms, during which time the boat glides past local villages and fascinating scenes of everyday rural life. Watch a beautiful sunset over the backwaters and enjoy tasty meals (starting with lunch) prepared by the on-board chef using fresh local produce.

Day 6 : Kumarakom
Location: Kerala Backwaters Tourism, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Eastend Lakesong
Meals Included: Breakfast

Kerala Backwaters - Kumarakom. On the morning of day 5 we disembark the rice boat at Kumarakom, built on a cluster of islands in Lake Vembanad - one of Asia’s largest freshwater lakes. Enjoy two days at leisure in this vibrant region and watch as local fishermen go to work in their small vallams (fishing boats). The nearby Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is also worth a visit - it’s home to many species and is an important stopover for migratory birds, including the critically endangered Siberian Crane.

Day 7 : Kochi
Location: Kochi
Meals Included: Breakfast

Kumarakom – Kochi. Formerly a princely state, Kochi is also fondly referred to as “The Queen of the Arabian Sea”. The rest of the day is at leisure exploring Kochi on its own.This evening you can opt for an optional tour to watch an entertaining and traditional Kathakali dance show. Kathakali performers are known for their elaborate costumes and makeup and they always put on a fantastic show.

Day 8 : Kochi
Location: Kochi
Meals Included: Breakfast

Saturday. Our South India adventure comes to an end today with an included departure transfer to Kochi airport.

What's Included

  • Houseboat cruise along the Keralan backwaters

  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles

  • Traditional Kathakali Dance Show in Kochi (entrance fee excluded)

  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 7

  • Accommodation

    3 - 4 star and heritage properties

  • Escorted by an English-speaking Indian tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)

  • Guided sightseeing - Kochi, Fort Kochi and Munnar tea plantation

  • 5 nights 3-4 star and heritage hotels and 1 night deluxe houseboat

  • Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides at some sites

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 2 dinners

What's Not Included

  • Entrance Fees: USD$15-25pp, paid in local currency

  • Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$4-7 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture

  • International flights and visa

Age Policy

16 + if accompanied by an adult.

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    3 - 4 star and heritage properties

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What is the maximum group size?

    24

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 7

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Helen Frowe  

Captivating Kerala - 8 days

18-Mar-2015

I really enjoyed the tour! It exceeded all my expectations. The hotels were clean, modern and very nice. The houseboat was also much more comfortable than I had expected. The tour was just the right mix of activities and relaxation. The things were visited were interesting, and our guide was very knowledgeable. The On The Go staff really went the extra mile, arranging a separate car to take me to the airport because i had a late flight, and then having someone meet me at the airport to help me with mu luggage and to navigate the check in. My arrival flight was eight hours late, but they still had a driver waiting for me when i arrived. I would definitely use the company again!

Kornelia Maraczy  

Captivating Kerala - 8 days

28-Oct-2016

Alex is a professional guide, with good language skills, knowledge of the area, and always on time. His suggestions on other activities were welcomed, well received and appreciated. All listed activities were done. Alex is a valuable member of the On The Go team

Michael & Lynne Lodewyk & Dawson  

Captivating Kerala - 8 days

05-Jan-2024

A marvellous trip that we enjoyed very much , we were incredibly lucky to have Kannanan as our driver for 5 days of our trip, as well as being a very safe driver he was a marvellous guide , from the food, that we had no knowledge of but with his help found the dishes that we really enjoyed, to the countryside we were going through, this along with his wonderful care and consideration for us oldies made our trip so easy and memorable. We would happily recommend this trip to our friends and would suggest that they request Kannan as their driver /guide .

Lacramioara Sorina Millson  

Captivating Kerala - 8 days

17-Apr-2018

Very good , in all aspects, suitable for experienced travellers. Good that we could get on well together as a group of 4. Very enjoyable - especiallly the relaxing houseboat trip after long car journeys.

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