Refreshing Tour to Kerala, the Paradise in South India

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the old port city of Cochin, a mixing pot of cultures and religions.
  • Take a jungle walk in Periyar National Park to see the variety of flora and fauna on display
  • Spend a night on a houseboat and float down the backwater canals

Located across the southern tip of India, Kerala is one of the most picturesque and beautiful Indian states that offers ample of opportunities for enjoyment to the tourists. In fact, Kerala has been termed as one of the thirteen paradises on Earth by the National Geographic Traveler. With a vast coastline, serene and idyllic beaches, an equable climate, a tranquil stretch of backwaters and canals, lush green hill stations, breathtakingly beautiful hills, mesmerizing waterfalls, an array of architectural marvels like ancient temples and churches, and exotic wildlife, Kerala is completely a unique place.

Often Kerala is referred as the "God's Own Country" and it’s completely true. Moreover, the culture and traditions that you would be able to explore in Kerala are not possible anywhere else on earth. The rich Malayali culture, its unique cuisine and the glimpse of the life of God and Goddesses which can be seen in the Kathakali performances make your visit to Kerala an unforgettable one.

Kerala is one of the few places in India where you can sip tea or coffee in the middle of tea or coffee estate while visiting the lush and colossal tea and coffee farms. There are many hill stations in Kerala which offer the visitors an alluring experience.  Also, the backwaters and the houseboat are something that you may not find at many places. Kerala backwater tour offers a tranquil experience and one can easily unwind here. Another unique attraction of Kerala are its rejuvenation, Ayurveda and healing massage centers. One can learn yoga and meditation here, and avail rejuvenating spas and massages for the entire body.

Trip Facts

  • Trip CodeLHN96
  • Duration7 Days
  • Pricefrom US$1900 / person
  • GradeEasy
  • DestinationIndia
  • Min Pax01-15 pax
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Outline Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Cochin and Pre-trip meeting.

On arrival at Kochi airport meet and greet with tour manager later you will be transferring
to the pre-booked hotel in Kochi. Later in the early evening you will be picked up by the driver and visit to:
Kathakali Dance show Centre in AC Theater: (Timings: 17:30 pm – 19:30 pm)
Elements of the art of Kathakali are found in the ancient ritual plays of Hindu temples and various dance forms that are believed to have been gradually developed in Kerala from as early as the 2nd Century until the end of the 16th Century. Many of its characteristics are very much older than its literature, as they are a continuation of older traditions, but these did not crystallize until the 17th Century when the Rajah of Kottarakkara, a small principality in central Travancore, wrote plays based on the Hindu epic "Ramayana" in sanskritized Malayam, which could be understood by ordinary people.
Later drive back for Stay overnight at Hotel in Cochin.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Aiswarya or Similar-3 star/ Travancore Court or Similar-4 star

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What's Included

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport by a private luxury vehicle.
  • A safe and comfortable air-conditioned private vehicle with driver, all inclusive.
  • For 3 star Accommodation in Cochin (Hotel Aiswarya or Similar), in Munnar (Green Tree Resort or Similar) and in Allepy (Premium Class Houseboat with Meals Aircon).
  • For 4 star Accommodation in Cochin (Travancore Court or Similar), in Munnar (Swiss Counts or Similar) and in Allepy (Premium Class Houseboat with Meals Aircon).
  • The Bus will be with you from your arrival to departure with as many stops to sightsee as you want.
  • A Driver with excellent skills and record, a good knowledge of the area you are visiting and sufficient English to communicate.
  • Accommodation in Double or Twin rooms with Bed and Breakfast
  • Sightseeing Tours in All Cities
  • Jeep safari in Munnar
  • One Cooking Class with Dinner/Lunch at Same Place
  • All government taxes and official expenses.

What's Excluded

  • International airfare
  • India entry visa (See the Visa & Entry Procedure of India page)
  • Travel insurance (See the travel insurance page.)
  • Lunch and Dinner throughout the trip (Meal costs about 4-8 dollars per item depending on the place where you eat).
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Laundry, telephone bills, luggage handling and Beverages.
  • Entrances tickets to the Monuments
  • Tips for the driver. (Tipping is Expected)

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Refreshing Tour to Kerala, the Paradise in South India Trip Map

Cost included

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport by a private luxury vehicle.
  • A safe and comfortable air-conditioned private vehicle with driver, all inclusive.
  • For 3 star Accommodation in Cochin (Hotel Aiswarya or Similar), in Munnar (Green Tree Resort or Similar) and in Allepy (Premium Class Houseboat with Meals Aircon).
  • For 4 star Accommodation in Cochin (Travancore Court or Similar), in Munnar (Swiss Counts or Similar) and in Allepy (Premium Class Houseboat with Meals Aircon).
  • The Bus will be with you from your arrival to departure with as many stops to sightsee as you want.
  • A Driver with excellent skills and record, a good knowledge of the area you are visiting and sufficient English to communicate.
  • Accommodation in Double or Twin rooms with Bed and Breakfast
  • Sightseeing Tours in All Cities
  • Jeep safari in Munnar
  • One Cooking Class with Dinner/Lunch at Same Place
  • All government taxes and official expenses.

Cost Exclude

  • International airfare
  • India entry visa (See the Visa & Entry Procedure of India page)
  • Travel insurance (See the travel insurance page.)
  • Lunch and Dinner throughout the trip (Meal costs about 4-8 dollars per item depending on the place where you eat).
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Laundry, telephone bills, luggage handling and Beverages.
  • Entrances tickets to the Monuments
  • Tips for the driver. (Tipping is Expected)

Departure Detail

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
22 October, 2019 28 October, 2019 Us $1368 Available

1. Visa Overview:
All foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad.
All Individual visa seekers are requested to apply for the Indian Visa through Online application link, in order to make an application for getting the Indian visa.
The duly signed physical copy of the application form completed in all respect and submitted successfully is to be submitted at the concerned Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or directly to the Indian Mission/ Post, on the scheduled date of interview along with the requisite supporting documents. The instructions for filling the form and scheduling the appointment can be seen at Instructions for Online Visa Application. Important technical information for filling online Indian visa application can be referred at Technical Instructions.
The applicants are also requested to visit the website of the Indian Mission concerned for detailed information about Indian visa. (For more information about India Visa)

2. Food
When the Moghul Empire invaded during the sixteenth century, they left a significant mark on the Indian cuisine, according to the Texas A&M University. Indian cuisine is also influenced by many other countries. It is known for its large assortment of dishes and its liberal use of herbs and spices. Cooking styles vary from region to region.
Wheat, Basmati rice and pulses with Chana (Bengal gram) are important staples of the Indian diet. The food is rich with curries and spices, including ginger, coriander, cardamom, turmeric, dried hot peppers, and cinnamon, among others. Chutneys — thick condiments and spreads made from assorted fruits and vegetables such as tamarind and tomatoes and mint, cilantro and other herbs — are used generously in Indian cooking.
Many Hindus are vegetarians, but lamb and chicken are common in main dishes for non-vegetarians. The Guardian reports that between 20 percent and 40 percent of India's population is vegetarian.
Much of Indian food is eaten with fingers or bread used as utensils. There is a wide array of bread served with meals, including naan, a leavened, oven-baked flatbread, and bhatoora, a fried, fluffy flatbread common in North India and eaten with chickpea curry.

3. Transportation on Journey
Luxury Holidays will provide luxury private vehicle throughout the trip.

4. Group Leader during the journey: 
Luxury Holidays will facilitate you with the trained travelling guide in your group. The most significant thing that makes this tour enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful leader(s) and crew members. Our trip will be led by only the best and most professional leaders. All of Luxury Holidays leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Luxury Holidays only employ local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local regions.

5. Payment of the Due Balance:
The rest amount of your trip can be paid in our office after your arrival or via online payment before your arrival in Nepal (Online payment). If you choose to settle your holiday balance by credit card a handling charge of 4% on the outstanding balance is made. There is no handling charge for payment by bank transfer.

6. India Travel Group Size:
Luxury Holidays don’t require a minimum and maximum size of group for any private tours to India. If travelers like to travel in India with friends, families, colleagues are welcome to choose any tour packages at your convenient time frame. We will be happy to organize a small group like-minded people to give them an unforgettable experience and opportunity to interact with each other in a fun-filled environment. Generally, there will be several separate groups. Each group will have a maximum of 20 people with its own experienced English speaking guide.

7. People in each room:
There will be two people accommodated in each room during the tour. If you prefer private accommodation, you'll find the option for "single supplement".

8. Vouchers:
If you have purchased a voucher for the tour, please inform us which tour date suits you as soon as you are certain. We need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements so please confirm your spot on a tour at least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. Also, please send us your redemption code and voucher number through this link (Voucher Redemption).

9. Booking your international flight:
If you don't have a regular travel agent then you can check for international flight options at one of these sites.
www.makemytrip.comwww.kayak.comwww.vayama.comwww.expedia.com
They usually have good offers.

10. Clothing:
Indian clothing is closely identified with the colorful silk saris worn by many of the country’s women. The traditional clothing for men is the dhoti, an unstitched piece of cloth that is tied around the waist and legs. Men also wear a kurta, a loose shirt that is worn about knee-length. For special occasions, men wear a sherwani, which is a long coat that is buttoned up to the collar and down to the knees. The Nehru jacket is a shorter version of a sherwani. 

11. Weather:
India is situated in Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and Pakistan. 
The climate in India varies from a tropical monsoon climate in the south to a temperate climate in the north. If you are thinking of Visiting Delhi (the capital of India) then best to visit it in October, November, February and March. That's when the nights are cool and the days are filled with a little sunshine. May, June and July are very hot with temperatures over 45 degrees (113 Fahrenheit). It is a dry heat and is sometimes accompanied by dusty desert winds. Most of the rain falls between July and September but they are not the tropical rains you'll experience in India's coastal cities.

12. Insurance:
We do not hope that there may arise any serious problem for you in your journey, but if you get caught by serious illness, then we will do our best to take you to the nearest hospital possible. So, it is good for you to have insurance which will cover your cost. Be Insured. (See the travel insurance page for more information)

12. Trip Extensions/ Add on trips
If you like our service and you want to extend your trip, then we can further organize your trip to NepalBhutan and Tibet. Please contact us.

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Note: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect.

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