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Kerala, located on the South West coast of India, is popularly known as God’s Own Country. With never-ending beaches, pristine backwaters, densely forested mountains and beautiful landscapes, Kerala offers exiting, adventurous and fun-filled family holidays. Be it a wildlife safari or a backwater cruise or a beach holiday, Kerala has the best holiday destinations for families.
The ‘Best of Kerala’ tour package has been designed with an 8 days 7 nights itinerary which combines cultural activities, wildlife safari, bird-watching, backwater cruise, yoga, martial arts and relaxing on white sand beaches. You will travel from place to place by private air-conditioned vehicle.
PACKAGE COST IN INR for Category A
Cost Per Person when 2 Pax Travelling – 40929
Cost Per Person when 4 Pax Travelling – 36950
Cost for Extra Adult / Child with Bed (Hotel cost only) – 12701
Cost for Child without Bed (Hotel cost only) – 12701
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeChildren, Culture, Family, Guided Tours, Jungle, Wildlife
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
The tour starts in Cochin where you will witness Kathakali Dance and visit Mattancherry palace and the Jewish Synagogue.
Next we travel to Thekkady in the Western Ghat mountains for a visit to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Boat Ride at Lake Periyar, Spice plantation tour and Kalaripayattu (Martial Arts) show. At Spice Village, Thekkady, there is an interactive cooking demo with our chef who will demonstrate the art of using spices. The resident naturalist will introduce all the spices which chef has been using for this cooking demo. Eco activities at Spice Village Thekkady include Recycling of water, solid waste management, solar energy and organic farming. Other activities at Spice Village Thekkady include Yoga, running slide show on the flora and fauna, tennis, badminton and basket ball.
From Thekkady we travel to the backwater resort Coconut Lagoon in Kumarakom where we go on a Sunset Cruise at Vembanad lake. Other activities at Coconut Lagoon include Yoga, Eco Talk, Butterfly Garden, Bird-watching and Kerala Martial-art session.
On the last leg of our tour, we visit the Marari Beach Resort where we can relax on the white sand beaches of Mararikulam. Other activities at Marari Beach Resort include Interactive-cooking, Yoga & Meditation sessions, Bicycle ride, Village walk and Butterfly Garden visit.
Finally we return to Cochin where you will be transferred to Cochin airport for return flight back home.
- 07 night accommodation in well-appointed rooms as mentioned above hotels or equivalent
- Assistance at the airport
- Special activities at CGH resorts
- Sunset Cruise at Vembanad lake in Kumarakom
- Sightseeing as per itinerary by private tourist AC vehicle
- Drivers allowances, toll taxes and Govt. Service Tax
- Air tickets and airport taxes
- Kathakali Show in Cochin
- Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Boating at Periyar Lake, Spice plantation tour & Kalaripayattu show
- Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary visit
- Entry Fee at the Monuments
- Services of English-speaking guide during sightseeing tours
- Optional activities are subject to availability. Charges additional
- Items of personal nature like laundry, phone calls, tips to guides / drivers etc.
- Camera / Video camera fees applicable at monuments
Arrival in Cochin
Meet our representative upon arrival in Cochin and drive towards hotel to check-in. Cochin is amalgam of medieval Portugal, Holland and an English village grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast. Enjoy city tour covering Mattanchery Palace- gifted to the king of Cochin, by Portuguese in 1555, about 500 year old Jewish Synagogue, Chinese fishing nets, local spices market followed by colorful performing art – Kathakali Dance. Later in the evening, return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Cochin – Thekkady (145 kms / approx. 3.5 hours)
After breakfast, drive to Thekkady (Periyar) and on arrival check-in at the hotel. Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Periyar. Set high in the ranges of the Western Ghats in Kerala, is the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. Periyar wildlife sanctuary has a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. Herds of playful wild elephants have made Periyar Lake their favorite haunt for frolicking in the water. They can be witnessed bathing and swimming here. Enjoy a boat ride on the lake to view the wildlife at close quarters. Other inhabitants of Periyar include the leopard, wild dog, barking deer, mouse deer, Nilgiri langur, bonnet macaque, sambhar, porcupines, squirrels, gaur (Indian bison), wild boar and sloth bear. Later, take a spice plantation tour. The aroma and pleasant ambiance of the spice and tea plantations of Periyar are fascinating. Spices found in Thekkady include pepper, clove, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric, vanilla and curry leaves. In evening, watch traditional Kalaripayattu show. (Optional) – You can also enjoy an elephant ride in Periyar. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Full day leisure at Thekkady
After breakfast, enjoy full day leisure at Thekkady. Overnight in Thekkady.
Thekkady – Kumarakom (125 kms / approx. 3.5 hour)
After breakfast, check-out and proceed to Kumarakom – a charming emerald peninsula jutting into the picturesque Vembanad Lake dotted with innumerable traditional country rafts, boats and canoes. The fresh water of the lake flows into the mainland, making a labyrinth of lagoons, canals and waterways. Spend the rest of the day at beautiful resort of Kumarakom. You may enjoy traditional Ayurveda massages here -ayurveda is the ancient healing system of India and has been practiced continuously for over 5,000 years. The various treatments are individually prescribed and involve the use of medicated herbal oils, herbs, powders and poultices & natural ingredients. In evening, explore the Kerala Backwaters through sunset cruise at Vembanad Lake. Overnight stay in Kumarakom.
Full day at leisure at Kumarakom
After breakfast, enjoy full day at leisure at Kumarakom. Overnight stay in Kumarakom.
Kumarakom – Mararikulam (30 kms / approx. 1 hour)
After breakfast, drive to Mararikulam. Mararikulam is one of the best beaches in Kerala offering idyllic beach stay experience. Marari is a very relaxing beach retreat stays. Beaches are good for swimming and very private. Arrive and check-in to your hotel. Rest of the day leisure at the hotel. Overnight stay in Mararikulam.
Day at leisure in Mararikulam
After breakfast, enjoy full day at leisure – relax on white sand beaches of Mararikulam.
Departure from Cochin (30 kms / approx. 1 hour)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Cochin airport for return flight back home.
City Nights Category A Meal Plan
Cochin 1 Brunton Boatyard Breakfast
Thekkady 2 Spice Village Breakfast
Kumarakom 2 Coconut Lagoon Breakfast
Marari 2 Marari Beach Resort Breakfast
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