Spirit of India – Spice lands of Kerala
Join our Kerala India Tour and enjoy the warmth and colours of exotic Kerala, one of India’s most preferred regions, also know as Gods Country. Most of all Kerala in India had been blessed with it all – backwaters, wildlife, Ayurvedic treatments and spice plantations.
Therefore explore a tranquil world set amidst marvellous mangrove forest, coconut trees and green paddy field culture.
Finally explore this colourful region with our Spice lands of Kerala tour.
This is a fixed departure tour but if you wish to customise this tour or request a tailor made package please contact us.
This tour can also be combined with the Golden Triangle tour on selected dates
HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR KERALA INDIA TOUR
- Help fishermen pull the catch of the day at Chinese Fishing Nets
- Enjoy a walk through the heritage area of Fort Kochi
- Stroll through the spice market in Thekkady
- Visit Fisherman village and get insight into their lives
|Kochi||Crowne Plaza||02 nights|
|Thekkady||Cardamom County||02 nights|
|Backwaters||Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere||02 nights|
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Flights available on request – please contact Spirit Journeys Worldwide for quote including flights|
|INCLUDED|| 06 Nights accommodation on double sharing basis at hotels mentioned or similar in the category mentioned above.|
Accommodation will be on bed & breakfast basis at all the hotels where breakfast will be in coffee shop of the hotels or at a fixed restaurant.
All transfers, sightseeing tours and excursions as mentioned in the itinerary will be provided by Air Conditioned vehicle
All road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes and porterage at all hotels.
Entrances at all the monuments as mentioned in the program (One visit).
Services of local English speaking guide will be provided for sightseeing tour.
English speaking representative on all arrival/departure transfers.
At present all currently applicable taxes.
|NOT INCLUDED|| Expense of personal nature like tipping, laundry, and telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.|
Tips / Gratuities
Breakfast ordered in the room/room service breakfast.
Meals other than those specified above
International / Domestic airfares/ Visa fees.
Any other services not mentioned above
|Single supplement||Single Supplement £349|
|Tour Price||Tour Price Per Person £699 – based on 2 sharing|
|Classic India Extension||This tour can be combined with the Classic India Tour – Please contact us for more information|
Day 01: ARRIVE KOCHI(-/-/-)
Arrive in the queen of Malabar– Kochi and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 02: KOCHI(B/-/-)
Today you will visit some of the highlights of this captivating port, taking in the myriad styles that attest to Arab, Jewish and European influences. View the remarkable cantilevered Chinese Fishing Nets and help fisherman pull catch of the day; explore the 16th century Portuguese built Mattancherry Palace, Church of St Francis and the oldest living Jewish Synagogue in the world. Enjoy a walk through Fort Kochi region – the area still retains its old world charm with European style quarters. Later, visit the Kathakali dance studio for a traditional dance performance. The striking feature of this dance form is the elaborate face make up and costumes.
Day 03: KOCHI TO PERIYAR (THEKKADY)(B/-/-)
This morning drive to the green forests of Periyar in Thekkady region. The very sound of the name conjures up images unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. Stay 2 nights in the hotel.
Day 4: PERIYAR (THEKKADY)(B/-/-)
For centuries, Kerala has grown and exported spices around the world and a walking tour of a plantation will allow you to gain a firsthand experience of the cultivation, growth and processing of spices. To witness the region’s pivotal role in the global spice market, one must get a glimpse of the Kumili spice market of Thekkady. Afternoon enjoy a Green Walk (subject to weather conditions.) with a forest guide exploring the flora and fauna of this region. With many species of birds spotted here, the region is also an ornithologist’s favourite.
Day 05: PERIYAR (THEKKADY) TO BACKWATER REGION(B/-/-)
Drive to the placid backwater region of Kerala. The backwater houses a variety of species of both fauna and flora. Rightly called the ‘Venice of the East’, this verdant area surrounded by coconut plantations is famous for its narrow maze of canals and backwaters. Stay for 2 nights.
Day 06: BACKWATER REGION(B/-/-)
Morning at leisure. Go interiors and experience the lifestyles, traditions, art and culture of the fisherman villagers. Afternoon, enjoy a backwater cruise by Shikara boat sailing through narrow canals. Float through the placid waters passing palm fringed canals and villages.
Day 07: DEPART KOCHI (B/-/-)
Drive to Kochi International airport for your onward flight.
UK and EC citizens require a visa to visit India. You are responsible for obtaining these yourselves but we will of course provide any guidance or assistance you may require.
Hotel check-in & check-out time is usually 1200 Hrs except for Taj and Oberoi properties where check-in time is 1400 Hrs and check-out is at 1200 Hrs; Check in time at Marai beach Resort : 1500 Hrs and Check out : 1200 Hrs.
In case of any currency fluctuations or amendments to local Government taxes, or any fuel price rises, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly;
Any change in hotel or room category may attract a supplement or reduction in the tour cost.
Rate quoted above includes only those items as specified in the above inclusion column;
Effective 2nd October 2008, the Government has introduced “No-Smoking” legislation for hotels, restaurants and all public places. As a consequence, smoking is prohibited in all parts of the hotel except in designated bedrooms where smoking is permitted. The hotel has dedicated smoking guest bedrooms. Should you desire a smoking bedroom, please let us know. We shall try to reserve a smoking bedroom for you, subject to availability, should you need one.
For Security Reasons, it is mandatory to supply the following
- Guest Residential
- ID Nationality
- Place of Work / Organization Name
- Photo Identity
- Copy of passport