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Southern India Best of Kerala Escorted Tour

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DATES AVAILABLE: 22nd Sep 17
DURATION: 11 Days

Inclusions

  • Return airfares from Australia to Cochin with Singapore Airlines
  • Inflight meal, drinks and entertainment
  • 9 nights, 5 star accommodation through the tour with breakfast daily
  • 1 night onboard a traditional Houseboat with all meals whilst onboard
  • Services of an English speaking local guide for the sightseeing tours
  • Kathakali dance show in Cochin
  • Gastronomic Delight including cooking demo and lunch in Kochi
  • Tea museum visit in Munnar
  • Tour of Eravikulam National Park
  • Half day tour of Trivandrum
  • Sunset Cruise on Lake Vembanad
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Entrance fee to the monuments (single visit only)
  • All transfers by air-conditioned transportation
  • All taxes, tolls and parking
  • Pre-paid tipping
  • Holiday Planet Tour host
  • Holiday Planet Luggage Strap & Ticket Wallet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Important Notes About This Trip

This tour is escorted from Perth. Passengers from other cities will either meet the group in transit in Singapore or on day one in India. Please contact us for more information.

  • Please advise your consultant if you are travelling on a non Australian passport. You must ensure you have at least two blank pages available on your passport. If your passport is due to expire within six months of your return date you must obtain a new passport.

  • All documentation must be spelled correctly. Please ensure that the spelling of the first name(s) and surname(s) on all documentation is correct as per the passport you will be travelling on. Once the tickets have been issued name change fees of up to 100% apply.

  • Certain countries require you to obtain a visa prior to your arrival. Please ensure you and your travelling companions obtain the most up to date information from the embassy, or consulate, for the countries you intend to visit. HolidayPlanet will not be held liable should you be denied entry, or boarding, for not having the correct travel documents. Entry to any country is at the discretion of the relevant immigration authorities on arrival. You can obtain additional information at www.visalink.com.au or by phoning Visa Link on 1300 882 977.

  • Vaccinations may be required when travelling to certain countries. Please check with your local doctor or specialist vaccination clinic for up to date health requirements.

  • This tour requires a moderate level of fitness.

Health & Fitness:
We require clients to have a good level of health and fitness. Tours include up to 1-2 Kilometre walks over steps and uneven ground. Please ensure this holiday is suitable for your level of fitness as walking and getting on/off transport is required in many areas and good mobility is needed. We strongly recommend a visit to your doctor and dentist before your trip. Destinations in these regions do not have facilities to accommodate wheelchairs or physically challenged clients.

Minimum Tour Numbers:
The tour arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 60 days from the date of departure, Holiday Planet reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.

Travel Insurance:
Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover holiday members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accidents etc. It is always recommended that travel insurance be arranged at time of paying deposits.

Price:
Prices are per person based on twin share, unless otherwise stated and are and subject to availability.

Vaccinations:
Vaccinations may be required for this tour. It is your responsibility to ensure you have all required vaccinations for Your Tour. The following information is correct at the time of printing and is provided as a guide only. Refer to www.smartraveller.gov.au, or similar, for advice and consult your doctor.

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DATES AVAILABLE: 22nd Sep 17
DURATION: 11 Days
Southern India Best of Kerala Escorted Tour - Pricing

Prices are to be considered as a guide only due to fluctuations in flight, hotel and cruise availability. Prices are based on per person, twin share unless otherwise stated. Some components may also require compulsory additional payments such as gratuities or visas. Prices are based on the lowest available cabin category at time of quoting therefore cabins may have an obstructed view at these rates. For unobstructed cabin categories please discuss your options with a travel consultant. Call or enquire now for up-to-date information.

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Day by Day Itinerary

  1. 22 September 2017

    Perth passengers will meet your tour host at Perth airport and fly together with Singapore Airlines via Singapore to Cochin. East Coast passengers will meet the rest of the tour group in Singapore. Upon arrival at Kochi International Airport you will be met by a representative who will assist with the transfer and check-in at the hotel.

    Overnight: Kochi

  2. 23 September 2017

    Kochi is situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula, in Kerala. Its importance over the centuries as a strategic maritime centre has earned it the name – Queen of the Arabian Sea. Kochi is also called the Gateway to Kerala. From ancient times, and over the centuries, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left their impact on the trade, history, heritage, culture and development of Kochi in the form of a rich, and remarkably cosmopolitan legacy. Kochi is perfectly flanked by the stunning Western Ghats mountain range on the east and the lovely Arabian Sea on the west. Kochi is rated in the top three tourist destinations by the World Travel and Tourism Council, and featured in the National Geographic Traveller’s 50 greatest places of a lifetime.

    This evening, enjoy an enthralling performance of Kathakali. Kathakali is the ancient dance/drama form of Kerala, it is one of the oldest theatre forms in the world. Performances are traditionally based on themes from Hindu mythology, especially the two epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharta. Kathakali is an unbelievably elaborate make-up ritual, that takes hours to finish. The colours used in the make-up are determined by the nature of the characters depicted by the dancers.

    Overnight: Kochi

  3. 24 September 2017

    This morning we proceed with a tour of Kochi. Fort Kochi is a heritage zone (6km or so) and is wonderfully cosmopolitan, with a beautiful cultural mix of Malayali Christians, Hindus, Muslims and Jews. Fort Kochi is where the influence of the Portuguese, Dutch and the British can be seen the most. The area has charming old-world streets and buildings. See the ancient Chinese fishing nets, distinctively unique to Kochi. It is believed that traders from China introduced the nets here. Remarkably, outside of China, these nets are found only in Kochi.

    The St Francis Church is said to be India’s oldest European church. It was originally built by Portuguese friars in 1503. Vasco da Gama was buried in this church in 1524 before his remains were moved to Portugal.The Dutch palace (Mattancherry Palace) was built by the Portuguese in 1555 as a gift for the Maharaja of Kochi. It was renovated again by the Dutch in 1663. Now the palace houses rare royal memorabilia and artefacts, and a series of fine murals depicting scenes from the Hindu epic’s Mahabharata and Ramayana.

    Kerala, once one of the major centres on the legendary Spice Route, has a fresh and flavourful cuisine that beautifully incorporates and balances the influences of the various cultures that once flourished here. Coconuts, abundant in Kerala, are the mainstay of the cuisine, contributing in many ways. Kerala’s long coastline, its innumerable rivers and backwater networks, and a solid fishing industry are responsible for its exquisite seafood preparations. Rice and tapioca are staples, subtly complementing a cuisine rich with vegetables, meat, and fish. One of the most distinct styles is the Syrian Christian cuisine of Kerala. The Syrian Christians trace their lineage back nearly two thousand years, when St. Thomas brought Christianity to the Malabar Coast. We invite you to the home of a Syrian Christian couple to discover Kerala cuisine and watch the cooking demonstration; followed by traditional lunch prepared the Syrian Christian way

    Overnight: Kochi

  4. 25 September 2017

    In the morning, drive approx. 130kms to Munnar, on arrival check into the Spice Tree Munnar hotel. You have the day at leisure to explore the sights of Munnar. This afternoon enjoy a visit to Eravikulam National Park , A sanctuary for the endangered mountain goat of South India, the Nilgiri Tahr ( Hemitragus hylocrious), the Eravikulam National Park stands out for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands and sholas, spread over 97 sq km in the Rajamalai hills. Anamudi, the highest peak (2695 m) south of the Himalayas, towers over the sanctuary in majestic pride. The slopes of the hills abound in all kinds of rare flora and fauna. The Atlas moth, the largest of its kind in the world, is a unique inhabitant of the park. Other rare species of fauna found here are the Nilgiri Langur, the lion-tailed macaque, leopards, tigers, etc. A protected area, the sanctuary is divided into three regions – the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors are allowed only to the tourism area – Rajamalai – the region lying beyond the road entry into Eravikulam. Here one can observe the Nilgiri Tahr at close quarters.

    Overnight: Munnar

  5. 26 September 2017

    After breakfast proceed on the visit to the Tea Museum. Munnar has legacy of its own when it comes to the origins and evolution of tea plantations. Taking account of this legacy and to preserve and showcase some of the exquiste and interesting aspects on the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala’s high ranges, a museum exclusively for tea was opened some years ago by Tata Tea in Munnar. This Tea museum houses curios, photographs and machineries; all of which have a story to tell on the origins and growth of tea plantation in Munnar. The balance of the day is at leisure.

    Overnight: Munnar

  6. 27 September 2017

    After breakfast, drive to Kumarakom (approx. 152kms) and upon arrival check into the  Zuri Kumarakom Kerala Resort and Spa. The day is for you to spend at leisure. Kimarakom is also called ‘one of the ten paradises on earth’ by National Geographic Traveller, Kumarakom is a stunningly beautiful cluster of backwaters fishing villages set against the backfrop of the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. You may wish to have yourself a traditional Ayurvedic Massage at the hotel or laze around the resort.

    Overnight: Kumarakom

  7. 28 September 2017

    This evening, join us on a short sunset cruise on board a Kettuvallam, watch the ripples of the lake slowly turn into still waters.

    Overnight: Kumarakom

  8. 29 September 2017

    In the morning, check out of your hotel and drive to the spot from where you will board a kettuvallom for a cruise towards Alleppey.

    Alleppey is one of the lowest lying areas in India, the Kuttanad region of Kerala is called the rice bowl of the state. Paddy here is actually grown on water-filled fields reclaimed from the sea! Alleppey, with its endless stretches of paddy fields, small streams and canals, bridges a silver beach, serene lagoons, emerald coconut palms, lies Kuttanad.

    Alleppey’s great allure is its stunning backwaters. The town has at least six navigable canals that are its lifeline; connecting the city to the intricate thread of backwater trails, earning it the name ‘the Venice of the East’. Alleppey lies between the Arabian Sea and a vast network of rivers flowing into it, explaining its unique blend of fresh and salt water eco-systems.

    Traditionally, the kettuvalloms were old barges used to ferry rice and spices. today they are modified houseboats – mini resorts in the water that are equipped with every facility; giving guests the chance to explore the gorgeous backwaters in comfort.

    A luxurious cruise on a kettuvallom, through the backwaters, is the finest way to experience the natural beauty around you; see lush paddy fields and narrow canals, enjoy panoramic views of lake-side villages as villagers go about their traditional occupations such as fishing and agriculture.

    Overnight: Traditional Houseboat near Alleppey

  9. 30 September 2017

    After breakfast embark the houseboat and you are transferred to Kovalam, on arrival check into the hotel. Thirty years ago, Kovalam was a hippies’ nirvana, a picture perfect tropical beach – a traditional fishing village providing fresh fish, fruits and coconut beer. Today this beach is the focus of a multi-million dollar business, drawing thousands of tourists. Kovalam was brough to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. Over the past three decades, it has been well developed and now figures prominently on the world of the tourism map. It is known as the paradise of the south. The afternoon is free at leisure.

    Overnight: Kovalam

  10. 01 October 2017

    Today we have a half day sightseeing tour Trivandrum. This tour covers Napier museum – this 19th century museum houses rare collections of archeological and historic artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments and ivory carvings; Sri Chithra art gallery displays many rare paintings from pre-historic times including the original paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlove & Nicholas Roerich; 18th century Kuthiramalike palace is a rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional Travancore style of architecture and the palace museum displays paintings and various priceless collections of the royal family; the richest Hindu temple Padmanabhaswamy temple is a blend of Kerala & Dravidian style of architecture and has a history dated back to the 8th century. (outside visit only).

    This evening, enjoy a farewell buffet dinner at the resort.

    Overnight: Kovalam

  11. 02 October 2017

    After breakfast, drive to Trivandeum Airport for your flight home to Australia via Bengaluru and Singapore with Jet Airways and Singapore Airlines.

  12. 03 October 2017

    Arrive Australia