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Kerala Beaches and Backwater

Kerala Beaches and Backwater

Highlights

Here is a journey that takes you through varied attractions of Kerela. Stay at the hill resort/hotel of Munnar close to tea and cardamom plantations. The houseboat cruise in the palm-shaded waterways is both rewarding and relaxing. The tour finally ends with a few days relaxation at glorious beaches of Kovalam.

ROUTE :

12 NIGHTS / 13 DAYS

Mumbai – Kochi – Munnar – Thekkady – Alleppey – Kovalam – Kanyakumari – Trivandrum – Mumbai

DAYS 1 - 2 MUMBAI

Upon arrival transfer to your hotel in private car. You can arrive at any time on Day 1 as there are no activities planned until the important welcome meeting with your tour leader. Visit Elephanta Caves, Prince of Wales museum, Mani Bhavan, Victoria Terminus, Dhobi Ghat and rest of the day at leisure for independent activities.

Days 3 – 4 Kochi

Post breakfast take flight to Kochi. This land of spices has attracted many European Traders and is a unique blend of the old and the new, the Indian and the Western. Visit Mattancherry Palace, St. Francis Church, Chinese Fishing Nets, Dutch Palace and Jewish Synagogue. Evening enjoy Kathakali Dances – Traditional dance of Kerala .

Day 5 Munnar

Post breakfast private car transfer to Munnar. Situated on the confluence of three mountains streams, this British Summer retreat of Raj has lakes, reservoirs, lush green forests and tea plantation. Visit Tea Plantation and enjoy tea tasting session.

Day 6 Thekkady

Early breakfast and depart for Thekkady by Chauffer driven car. Thekkady is the location of the Periyar National Park, which is an important tourist attraction in the Kerala. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Later depart for Wild Plantation Tour and enjoy boat ride at Perriyar Lake.

Day 7 Alleppey

Early morning after breakfast car transfers for Alleppey - "Venice of the east". Upon arrival transfer to Deluxe house boat for overnight stay. Enjoy cruise of backwaters with the mind-blowing view of canal systems, endless lagoons, backwater birds, fishing by locals, paddy fields, small houses on small stretch of land - there are villages in all over these backwaters.

Days 8 – 10 Kovalam

Post breakfast disembark and depart for Kovalam- well known for its endless sight of coconut trees and glorious beaches. The crescent-shaped beach has three parts. The southern most beach, and the most popular, is light house beach. It offers an amazing sight of Vizhinjam mosque. The northern Samudra is a laidback one and time seems stands still here. The middle, hawah, in the early day, is a beehive of activities with fishermen setting out for sea. Visit beaches and free to relax at leisure. Hotel stay in Kovalam.

Day 11 Kovalam – Kanyakumari – Kovalam

Post breakfast depart for full day excursion trip to Kanniyakumari (Cape Comorin), en route visit the famous wooden palace at Padmanabhapuram. Later visit Vivekananda rock by a ferryboat, the temple of Kumari Amman (the virgin lady) and Gandhi Memorial. Post visit return back to Kovalam.

Day 12 Kovalam – Trivandrum - Mumbai

Post breakfast check out and depart for Trivandrum. Arrive and in time transfer to Airport to board flight for Mumbai. Overrnight hotel stay in Mumbai.

Day 13 Mumbai –Depart

Post breakfast at hotel, in time transfer to International Airport to board flight for onward destination.

COST OF PACKAGES

COST OF PACKAGE: SILVER
Individual Tour Prices starting from £1,287 per person
Group Tour Prices (Min 8 to Max 35 persons) starting from £1,129 per person

HOTEL ENVISAGED

PLACE HOTEL
Mumbai Silver Inn / Marigold Residency/ Similar
Kochi Abad Plaza / Similar
Munnar Copper Castle / Tree Tops / Similar
Thekkady Green Woods / Similar
Allepppey House Boat
Kovalam Harmonia Beach Resort / Similar
COST OF PACKAGE: GOLD
Individual Tour Prices starting from £1,688 per person
Group Tour Prices (Min 8 to Max 35 persons) starting from £1,550 per person

HOTEL ENVISAGED

PLACE HOTEL
Mumbai Kohinoor Continental / Peninsula Grand / Similar
Kochi Gokulam Park / Avenue Regent / Similar
Munnar Siena Village / Similar
Thekkady Elephant Court / Similar
Allepppey House Boat
Kovalam Uday Samudra / Similar
COST OF PACKAGE: PLATINUM
Individual Tour Prices starting from £2,766 per person
Group Tour Prices (Min 8 to Max 35 persons) starting from £2,716 per person

HOTEL ENVISAGED

PLACE HOTEL
Mumbai The Lalit / Renaissance / Similar
Kochi Le Meridien / Trident / Similar
Munnar Club Mahindra / Similar
Thekkady Spice Village / Similar
Allepppey House Boat
Kovalam Taj Green Cove Resort / Similar


*Optional:Return International flight tickets from UK to Delhi/Mumbai can be included at an additional price



ABOVE QUOTATION INCLUDES:

- Accommodationbased on double occupancy for total of 12 nights.
- 12 Buffet Breakfast / 01 Lunch/ 01 Dinner (All meals can be included at extra cost).
- Services of Local English Speaking Guide at all the locations (Incase of a group there shall be accompanying English speaking guide provided except when in Kovalam at leisure).
- Domestic flight from Mumbai to Kochi / Trivandrum to Mumbai (in economy class).
- Boat Ride at Periyar Lake/ Kathakali dance performance.
- All arrival/ departure transfers & road transport services are in Air conditioned chauffer driven private car/ coach.
- Assistance on arrival and departure in India by Epic India representative.
- 01 bottle of mineral water per person each day (except when in National Park).
- Traditional welcome atMumbai Airport upon arrival.
- Monument Entrance Charges as per the itinerary (for single visit only).

ENTRANCE INCLUDED :

Mumbai:
Elephanta Caves Mani Bhavan Prince of Wales Museum
Kochi:
Mattancherry Palace Dutch Palace Jewish Synagogue
Trivandrum:
Wooden Palace (Padmabhapuram)

ABOVE COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

- International Flights, Airport Tax, Travel insurance charges and Visa fees.
- Tips for Driver, Hotel Staff, Escorts & Guide etc.
- Personal expenses like drinks, laundry, telephone calls and porterage etc.
- Liabilities due to loss of baggage, accident, injury or medical needs.
- Liabilities due to flight cancellation, and any extra cost involved due to transhipment occurring due to road blocks etc..
- Other personal expenses.
- Any other services not mentioned above.
- Costs of camera tickets are not included in any of our tours.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

- The cost has been calculated on the basis of existing tariffs/conditions and any charge in cost or modification in tax structure will oblige us to revise the same.
- ElephantaCaves ,Prince of Wales, Padmanabhapuram Palace and Mani Bhavan closed on Monday.
- Jewish Synagogue is closed on Friday /Saturday and DutchPalace on Friday.
- The cost has been calculated on the basis of base category of rooms andincase of non availability of same, supplement as applicable for higher category of room would be extra.
- Additional Lunch and Dinner (excluding drinks) if opted shall be provided in City Restaurants.
- Check-In, Check-out time in Hotels is 12 noon.
- Best Time to travel – October to March
- All reservations will be subject to availability of accommodation / air seats.
- This document is a proposal of itinerary / quotation and not a confirmation of booking.

EPIC INDIA DIFFERNCE :

  • Comprehensive pre-departure kit for each destination visited containing detailed and up-to-date information on the local climate, suggested dress, tipping, cultural differences, visa requirements, shopping and a brief history of your destination.
  • Full documentation including copies of your final itinerary
  • Complimentary pass to selected Airport VIP lounges and complimentary to- fro car transfers to UK international airport (when you book international flights with our Platinum package)
  • 24 hour emergency assistance and access to emergency numbers.
  • The best guides, drivers and vehicles throughout touring.
  • Quality control across every aspect of the trip – nothing is left to chance.

TAILOR-MADE ALTERATIONS :

  • You are welcome to suggest changes or alterations such as a more relaxed tour with fewer activities or additional nights at places that may interest you.
  • Tell us about any special interests and we will incorporate them in to your tour schedule.
  • To design you own tour visit our tailor made section

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A reminder that you're travelling to India and that although we try to stick to the above itinerary it is subject to change at short notice. Remember to pack your patience and sense of humour!