CENTRAL KERALA TOUR

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Day 1 Kochi Arrival 
Day 2 Kochi Sight Seeing
Day 3 Munnar
Day 4 Munnar 
Day 5 Periyar
Day 6 Backwaters Allepey
Day 7 Kochi Drop 

Tour inclusions

Air conditioned transport throughout

Sightseeing as detailed including entrance fees and still camera fees

The services of an experienced local guide in each destination

Road taxes, parking fees, fuel surcharges, interstate taxes and portage at airports and train stations.

 

Tour exclusions

Flight upgrades

 Insurance

Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips & gratuities,video camera fees at monuments

The required Indian visa .

Anything not detailed on the itinerary. 

7 DAY GUIDED TOUR

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

 • Private tour of Kochi   • Overnight on a traditional Keralan Houseboat • Visit the hill station • Extensions available 

 ITINERARY

 

Day 1

In the morning arrive into Kochi, India’s oldest European settlement, which grew on the wealth generated from the spice trade; Kochi has an eclectic mix of influences making it a delight to explore. Spend the evening experiencing the Kaleidoscope dance show, demonstrating the authentic performing arts of the region – an integral part of Keralan life. Stay for 1 night at the hotel. (B)

 

Day 2

Morning tour of Kochi including a visit to the Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace), a quaint and charming palace actually built by the Portuguese but refurbished by the Dutch afterwards in 1663. The highlight is the intrinsically carved ceilings and mural. Visit the synagogue of Kochi: paying homage to India’s Jewish community, constructed in 1568, it is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth. Finish the morning at the famous Chinese fishing nets, ingeniously created for this intriguing form of fishing. Spend the afternoon in a local village to experience the extraordinary local life. Please note that the village visit is subject to prior permission. (B)

 

Day 3

This morning, drive to Munnar (140 km and approx. 4 hrs).and reaches by noon. On the way visit Cheyyara, Valara and Attukadu waterfalls  and spice plantations .Drive up into the hills and visit the Tea Museum, the ideal place to showcase the genesis of tea in Kerala’s high ranges and the process of tea making will be explained to you by your guide. Overnight at Hotel. (B)

 

Day4

After breakfast we will move to Eravikulam national park, Raja Malai, Mattupetty Dam ,Tea estates, Eco point, Rose garden, Photo point, Honey bee tree ,Blossom Park, Kundala Dam and Top station. And later on you can enjoy boating in the Lake,Trekking (optional) & Overnight stay at Munnar (B)

 

Day  5

After breakfast check out from Munnar Hotel & move to Thekkady. On the way visit Periyar wild life sanctuary (if lucky, you can see the wild elephant, boar, deer, the great Indian tiger and more) .Mullaperiyar dam (you can watch all these only while doing boating in the Lake) * .Spice plantations tour where one can shop exotic spices. In the evening you can watch martial arts, Kathakali,(optional*). Elephant ride,Tribal dance, Musical fountain (optional)Overnight stay in Thekkady (B)

 

Day 6

Late morning transfer to Alleppey (142 km and approx. 4 ½ hrs) to board your houseboat, the most traditional and relaxing way to traverse the mirror still lagoons and palm fringed canals, bustling with glimpses of day to day life in the countryside. Spend the night on the boat under the stars on the calm waters. (B,L,D)

 

Day 7

Transfer to Kochi (60 km and approx 2 hours) airport for your onward flight to your home

 

Alternatively extend your stay on the tropical beaches of Kerala.

 

Meals: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

 

Notes:

A truly memorable experience, your Private Houseboat or 'kettuvallom', is a palm-covered country boat designed to navigate the narrowest canals of Kerala's unique backwaters. Each houseboat is simply furnished has one or two comfortable twin bedrooms with en-suite facilities. Please note your houseboat is not licensed to sell alcohol. The houseboat also remains stationery at night and is moored up to the shore.

 

Also:

• Air-conditioning will be operational from 2100 hrs in the evening to 0600 hrs in the morning

• The houseboat will be anchored on the bank of the lake by 1730 hrs in the evening as the fishermen start laying nets

• Liquor consumption is prohibited on board the houseboat

• Guests are recommended to carry mosquito repellent

 

This is a set tour itinerary, if you have booked any pre/post or optional tour arrangements please refer to your separate vouchers and final documents.

 

TOUR NOTES

 

Pre/Post Tour information

The first day of the tour is at leisure so allows you enough time to arrive and relax. If you wish to arrive earlier extra nights can be added to your tour .

 

Time difference

GMT +5 ½ hours (summer) +6 ½ hours (winter)

 


 Accommodation

Occasionally we may need to substitute one or more of the hotels with that of a similar standard.

 

Journey times

India is a vast country and journey times between destinations can sometimes be long. Journey times are listed in the itinerary and are approximate. India is a vast country with different topography from the North to the South and road condition may vary depending on the region that they are travelling. You may find modern express highways to unsurfaced roads / tracks.

 

Language

English is widely spoken in India.

 

Visa requirements

An Indian visa is required for all British passport holders and MUST be obtained before your arrival in India. Recent changes mean you can now apply for an e-Visa at a cost of $60USD per person at https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html, This must be completed a minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 30 days, for example, if you are applying on 1st Sep then you can select an arrival date from 5th Sep to 4th Oct. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your departure date from India and have at least two blank pages. Further information can be viewed on the above link. If you wish to obtain a paper visa we recommend using ‘CIBT’ who will obtain all visas in person, and return your passport to you by registered post.

 

Currency

At the time of writing the Indian Rupee cannot be exported or imported to India. There is no limit to the amount of sterling travellers’ cheques or currency (or equivalent) that can be taken into India. If you are carrying more than $1000 this must be declared at customs. There are plenty of banks and ATMs, but you see less once you head out of the cities, so make sure you have enough to cover your drinks and ad-hoc item bills. You may want to carry small amounts of local currency for tips and to buy souvenirs from vendors too! Please note: Not all smaller hotels and shops can accept credit cards

 

Electricity

The electricity supply in India is 220 volts, most hotels have a three round pin sockets so we recommend a travel adaptor set.

 

Tipping

It is customary to tip in India. 10% is usual in restaurants and as an idea tour guides receive USD$5 per person per day and drivers receive USD$3 per person per day.

 

What to pack

 Lightweight, cotton clothes. Smart casual is acceptable in hotels

A light sweater or fleece for early mornings and evenings and air-conditioning can be cool in restaurants

Comfortable, enclosed and sturdy footwear

Casual clothing and sandals for dinner and relaxing at your hotel

Sun cream, sunglasses and hat

Camera and/or video camera with spare batteries and memory cards

Swimming attire for an occasional swim

Binoculars

Mosquito repellent and spray

Handy wipes, antiseptic hand gel and bottled water where possible

Low denominations of local currency – handy for ad-hoc tipping and local purchase !

For visits to religious monuments and buildings clothing rules may apply, for example covering shoulders or removing footwear, your local guide can advise where necessary.

 

What to expect

A tour in India is an adventure where anything can happen. We recommend you are of a reasonable fitness as touring often involves long walks and uneven surfaces, this tour is not suitable for those who require special assistance. Some tour hotels and the houseboats in Kerala have restrictions on alcohol.

 

Recommended vaccinations

We advise you to discuss your individual requirements for India with your General Physician  at least 6-8 weeks prior to travel.


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