Captivating Kerala

Captivating Kerala

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Captivating Kerala

6 Days Starting and ending in Kochi, Kerala, India

Visiting: Kochi, Periyar National Park, Kumarakom, Kerala Backwaters Alleppey

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

INKEZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

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Tour Overview

Embark on a mesmerizing journey through the heart of Kerala, India, with the "Captivating Kerala" tour. This enchanting adventure begins in the vibrant city of Kochi, where you'll explore historical landmarks like the Kumily Spice Garden and St. Francis Church. Experience the serene beauty of Kerala by cruising its famous backwaters on a traditional houseboat, offering a unique perspective of local life along the palm-fringed canals. Your journey is enhanced by luxury air-conditioned coach travel, complete with Wi-Fi, ensuring comfort as you move between the cherry-picked hotels that have been carefully selected for their quality and charm. With an expert Travel Director to guide you, enjoy a blend of included meals, must-see sightseeing, and surprise extras, making your trip truly unforgettable. This tour is perfect for those interested in culture, history, photography, and enjoying scenic boat cruises, promising a rich tapestry of experiences in "God's Own Country."

Highlights

  • Explore Kochi

  • Visit Kumily Spice Garden and St. Francis Church in Kochi

  • Scenic Cruise the Kerala Backwaters on a houseboat

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Kochi, Gateway To The Backwaters Of Kerala
Location: Kochi
Accommodation: Le Meridien Kochi
Accommodation Name: Le Meridien Kochi
Meals Included: Welcome Reception

On arrival to Kochi Airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. The bountiful backwaters of Kerala, ‘God’s own country’, welcome you. This slice of southern India is a lush garden filled with spices, brilliant colours and the enchanting sounds of nature. Relax on the tranquil shores of the Arabian Sea and let the freshest seafood melt in your mouth as you sink into a more straightforward way of life – one where nature sets the pace for the day.

Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with local appetisers.

Day 2 : Nature And Relaxation In Periyar
Location: Periyar National Park
Accommodation: Elephant Court
Accommodation Name: The Elephant Court Thekkady Periyar National Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Your love affair with Kerala’s lush landscapes begins today. Head to Periyar, named after Kerala’s longest river which winds its way deep through the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, your first stop.
You may wish to spend the afternoon soaking up the sounds of nature during an immersive Nature Walk with a Local Specialist. Tread lightly along the dense forest trails as you learn about the endemic flora and fauna. Banyan, Teak and Bamboo trees provide a serene backdrop for a lesson in Kerala wildlife. You may be lucky enough to see herds of wild elephant and bison seeking to quench their thirst along the quiet shores of Periyar Lake. Keep a keen eye out for hornbills, flycatchers and kites – some of the many species of local and migratory birds that flock to this pristine sanctuary.
With your soul soothed after connecting with nature, head to your hotel to freshen up before an exhilarating Dive Into Culture Kalarippayattu performance. Watch as trained Kalari warriors show off this most ancient of martial arts, jumping and somersaulting in the ultimate coordination between mind and body.
After a day of adventure, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 3 : Onwards To Kumarakom
Location: Kumarakom
Accommodation: The Zuri Kumarakom Resort and Spa
Accommodation Name: The Zuri Kumarakom Resort and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The intoxicating scents of cardamom, cinnamon and cloves linger long after today’s encounter with Kerala’s famous spices. Your first stop today is a visit to Kumily Spice Garden. Here you’ll learn how the locals grow and share an astounding variety of flavourful spices, ranging from pepper and ginger to vanilla and cardamom, the 'Queen of Spices'. Gain in-depth insights into the process of spice cultivation and discover how Kerala’s international spice trade has shaped its culture and heritage.
There’s more to experience as you head to Kumarakom, a tranquil village set on the peaceful banks of Lake Vembanad, the largest lake in Kerala. Embark on a walking tour and Dive Into Culture as you admire the vibrant day-to-day of village life in the regional market and lively streets.

Day 4: Cruise The Calm Backwaters
Location: Kerala Backwaters, Alleppey
Accommodation: The Zuri Kumarakom Resort and Spa
Accommodation Name: The Zuri Kumarakom Resort and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kerala’s intrinsic relationship with water takes centre stage today.
Enjoy a leisurely start, then board a traditional houseboat for a cruise surrounded by Kerala’s iconic backwaters. Take a deep breath and enjoy the slow, sultry pace of life fringing the narrow canals as you wind your way to Alleppey. Watch villagers wave to each other from their wooden Shikaras (traditional boats), and see how life unfolds along the palm-fringed shoreline. Even your ride for the day is rooted in history. These houseboats, known locally as Kettuvalloms, were formerly old barges used to ferry rice and spices.
Upon arriving in Alleppey, disembark and return to Kumarakom for dinner and a relaxing evening.

Day 5 : Explore Multi-Cultural Kochi
Location: Kochi
Accommodation: Le Meridien Kochi
Accommodation Name: Le Meridien Kochi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Be My Guest

The remnants of Kerala's colourful, centuries-old trading history are best explored in the old port city of Kochi. It was here that Chinese, Arab and European merchants came to buy the fragrant spices that found their way to tables all over the world. In turn, they left their mark on Kochi's architecture, cuisine and traditions. Colonial bungalows, Catholic churches, mosques and a European fort season the cityscape that was once known as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea'.
Enjoy time for lunch before embarking on a city tour to see first-hand this multicultural centre, including views of the Mattancherry Dutch Palace and St. Francis Church, built by Portuguese traders. Visit the Fort Kochi area and see traditional cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, unique to this part of Kerala. See how these fixed land installations made on bamboo scaffolding are artfully lowered into the sea to catch the seafood for which Kochi is famous.
This evening, Connect With Locals and enjoy a cooking demonstration with a local family followed by a delicious Be My Guest Farewell Dinner.

Day 6: Farewell Kochi
Location: Kochi
Meals Included: Breakfast

Your epic encounter with Kerala’s culture and natural wonders has come to an end, but your memories will last a lifetime. Say farewell to your travel companions and take an airport transfer for your onward flight.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • Optional Experiences and free time

What's Not Included

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

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

    Yes

Reviews of this Operator

Renato Arrieta  

Best tour I joined so far

14-Jan-2023

My first time with Trafalgar and I see no reason why I should not join them again.

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King Ng, Lafayette, California  

Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

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Trusted Customer  

Best of Egypt

14-Jan-2023

We really did see the best of Egypt and beyond. Our tour guide, Mohammad, guided us through the rich history and the urban and rural life of such a unique and delightful country. We felt very safe and pampered.

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Marshal Daguio  

Wonderful Best Of Turkey

06-Nov-2021

It was my first time with Trafalgar Tour and I had a wonderful trip from day 1 till the last day. The Tour Director, Yocel Atik is very knowledgeable and Excellent. The health director and coach driver are helpful and supportive as well. The hotels selected were comfortable especially Rixos Hotel and Movenpick Hotel. The Best of Turkey is better than I expected.

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Barbara, Canada  

Irish Experience

09-Nov-2021

I am single and travel alone. I always feel secure and well-looked after when I travel with Trafalgar

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