Kerala Tour - Vivanta by Taj

Description

With the Arabian Sea to the west, the towering Ghats in the east and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in India and the whole of Asia. It boasts a comfortable climate, long shoreline with serene beaches, tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters, lush hill stations, exotic wildlife, waterfalls, magical festivals, historic and cultural monuments and an exotic cuisine. And you will see it all on this great seven day tour.

Day 1
Cochin

On arrival at Cochin Airport you will be met by one of our tour representatives and taken to your hotel to relax after the journey. Kochi, also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, was an important spice trading centre on the west coast of India from the 14th century onward, and maintained a trade network with Arab merchants from the pre-Islamic era. In the evening you can enjoy a complimentary harbour cruise. Overnight at Vivanta by Taj Malabar.

Day 2
Cochin

After breakfast join a tour of Cochin, a vibrant city known as the Gateway to Kerala. The twin cities of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry have preserved an extraordinary wealth of old colonial architecture spanning the Portuguese, Dutch and British eras. Visit Fort Cochin, the Dutch Cemetery and on to Mattancherry to see the historic synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, Dutch Palace and the amazing Chinese Fishing Nets, strung out along the tip of the peninsula. In the evening you can watch a special Kathakali dance performance.

Day 3
Cochin to Kumarakom

Today you drive the 50 miles to Kumarakom, a huddle of tiny islets on the Vembanad Lake. Kumarakom is a pretty, unspoiled village surrounded by mangrove forests, pea green paddy meadows and coconut groves set amid waterways and canals. Enjoy a relaxing day at Vivanta by Taj, which is one of the best resorts and known as the little jewel of Kumarakom. The renewed heritage rooms and charming cottages, luxury villas, top restaurant and Ayurveda spa make it a great place to spend the next two nights.

Day 4
Kumarakom

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at this plush spa resort at Kumarakom before being picked up and driven to Alleppey to board a houseboat for a memorable day cruise. Enjoy lunch and evening snacks and drinks on board for this four hour cruise seeing lots of colourful sights and watching the locals as you sail along the canals and waterways. After the cruise your driver is waiting to take you back to the comfort of your hotel in Kumarakom for another dinner when you can sample lots of the local dishes.

Day 5
Kumarakom - Kovalam

Today after breakfast you leave the resort at Kumarakom and begin the five hour drive to Kovalam and your next hotel. Kovalam means 'grove of coconut trees' and on arrival you will see just why. The beaches of Kovalam with their endless expanse of coconut groves are truly idyllic. The area comprises a string of four sandy bays separated by rocky promontories. About 14 miles from Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam is one of India’s internationally renowned beach resorts.

Day 6
Kovalam

After breakfast relax at the hotel on one of the spectacular beaches before being picked up for a sightseeing tour of Trivandrum. First stop is the Shree-Padmanabha Swami temple and Horse Palace. This is the richest Hindu temple in the world in terms of its gold and precious stones, with an estimated £20 billion worth of gold and jewels stored in underground vaults. After exploring the palace spend the rest of the afternoon at the local market or relaxing on the beach

Day 7
Kovalam

The ast full day of your Kerala tour so make the most of it. You can take one of the many tours that can be booked at your hotel or just spend the day relaxing and topping up your tan on one of the lovely beaches. There are magnificent facilities at your hotel and now would be a good time to try one of the Ayurveda/Massage packages available at the spa. In the evening you can visit Kovalam Beach, also known as Light House beach, to see a stunning sunset.

Day 8
End of tour

Your wonderful tour around Kerala comes to an end today. Relax at the resort hotel or go shopping for last minute souvenirs before being picked up and driven to the local airport to catch an onward flight or begin your journey back home. This short tour is a great way to get to know one of the most popular parts of India and makes a great add on to any longer stay in the country. It can also be combined with a tour around other parts of this vast and fascinating country.

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Explore the serene beauty and fascinating history of Kerala

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Colours of Kerala

Explore the serene beauty and fascinating history of Kerala

7 nights fr £1485pp

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Valid for deps 01 Oct - 03 Dec 2017

Tour details 8 days

Vivanta By Taj fr £1119pp
Valid between: 01/10/2017 - 15/04/2018

Tour Highlights

  • Cochin
  • Kumarakom
  • Kovalam

Included:

  • Accommodation in well-appointed rooms
  • Assistance at the airport.
  • Alleppey Houseboat Day Cruise with Lunch
  • Some Sightseeingy by private car
  • Entry Fee at the Monuments.
  • English-speaking guide during sightseeing tours.
  • Drivers allowances, toll and Govt.Service Tax

Not included:

  • Air tickets and airport taxes
  • Optional activities are subject to availability
  • Items of personal nature - laundry, phone calls
  • Camera / Video camera fees applicable at monuments
  • Car charges are not included in Day at Leisure.

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