Kerala - Gods Own Country

Beaches, backwaters, wildlife, waterfalls, world class health and Ayurveda resorts, tea gardens and spice plantations, ancient rituals and colorful festivals – Kerala has been blessed with it all. Welcome To Kerala! Fringed by rolling hills on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west, lies this amazingly beautiful state in Southern India called Kerala - the land of green magic, a narrow, fertile strip on the South-West coast of India, sandwiched between the Lakshadweep Sea and the Western Ghats mountains.

Blessed with unique geographical and cultural features, its overpowering tropical greenness with 41 rivers and countless waterways, fed by two annual monsoons, intoxicates every newcomer. Equally, Kerala's arcane rituals and spectacular festivals stimulate even the most jaded imagination, continuing centuries of tradition that has never strayed far from the realms of magic. No wonder it is also called "God's Own Country".

What's Included?

• 8 Night’s Accommodation in standard (Base) or as mentioned category Double rooms on twin sharing basis with private attached toilet & bath in CGH Earth group of Luxury hotels, on Bed + Breakfast basis except in Houseboat where all meals are included
• Transportation at all places using 1 AC Car with a private chauffeur for the entire duration of the tour.
• 2 half day Boat safaris at Periyar
• 1 time Sunset cruise in Kumarakom
• Services of a naturalist during nature walks at Periyar & Kumarakom
• 1 time Demonstration of Kalaripayattu (Kerala Martial Art) at Kumarakom
• Visit to Butterfly garden
• Services of an English speaking guide and entrance charges at monuments of visit at all places including Entry fees at Kathakali dance venue
-All presently applicable Central & State Government Taxes on hotels, road, toll & bridge. It is also inclusive of driver’s daily allowance, parking charges, gasoline, and vehicle insurance.
-Service Charges for C'MORE for preparing & executing the tour program

Duration

9 days

Destination Covered

Kochi, Periyar National Park, Kumarakom, Alappuzha and Mararikulam

Best Suited

All, Families, Groups, Honeymoon, Kids, Luxury, Solo travellers
Day 1: Arrive Cochin
On arrival at Cochin International Airport/Railway Station, you are greeted and whisked away to the historic Wellington Island to check into the EIGHT BASTION Hotel (Standard Rooms) (Room Check in 1400 hrs)

Afternoon accompanied by a well-qualified Guide, explore this ancient harbor, with its rich colonial past. Visit the old spice market at Mattancherry, the antique shop on Jew’s street, the Synagogue, the Dutch palace and of course, the famous Chinese fishing nets followed by a harbor cruise. Return to hotel for overnight stay. Includes: (B)

Day 2: Cochin – Periyar (172 Kms -3 hrs)
Morning after breakfast, you are driven to Periyar or Thekkedy as it is also known. You leave the coastal plains, traveling thru winding hill roads with plantations of rubber, spice and tea. En-route stopover for lunch (not included in package cost). Later on arrival, check in to your SPICE VILLAGE Resort (Standard Villa) Afternoon is reserved for a boat safari in the Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary. Return to hotel for overnight stay. Includes: (B)

Day 3: At Periyar
Early morning proceed for another boat ride to view wildlife and you can expect to spot herds of elephants, bison, deer and a spectacular bird life. Not to mention some of the 140 species of orchid that thrives here. Return to your resort for breakfast. Later visit the Spice Plantations. A trip to Periyar is not complete without visiting the spice plantations. Afternoon is free. If you like you can go for an in house Ayurveda massage. Overnight stay. Includes: (B)

Day 4: Periyar – Kumarakom (113 Kms -2.5 hrs)
Morning after breakfast, you are driven down to the coastal, melodically town of Kumarakom lying on the banks of Lake Vembanad. On arrival hop on to a boat or go by surface to reach your Eco-friendly COCONUT LAGOON resort.(Heritage Bungalow)

Evening finds you on a sun-set cruise on the lake, in a converted rice boat adrift to a flute accompaniment. The resort gives an opportunity to see some traditional Art Forms of Kerala. Overnight. Includes: (B).

Day 5: Kumarakom - Alleppey
Wake-up call by the birds from the nearby bird sanctuary gets you ready to experience yoga for your body and mind. (If you do not want to do yoga but keep on sleeping it’s your pleasure) After breakfast, soft trek to the bird sanctuary accompanied by a naturalist who will identify the birds which woke you up in the morning.

Later drive a short distance making your way through many canals and waterways to Alappuzha (Alleppey) where you board your SPICE COAST FLOATING hotel, a houseboat with a bedroom and en-suite rest room for your comfort. Enjoy unlimited surfing on backwaters, sip a coconut, get disturbed by only the chirping of birds and occasional ripples in water and savor mouthwatering delicacies prepared in front of you by your Kitchen crew. Enjoy a cruise across Lake Vembanad through a maze of narrow canals and lagoons heading south passing low lying fields, churches, temples, schools and a complete life style in a water world. Stop to buy fish or tender coconut and enjoy freshly caught fresh water fish cooked to your taste on board. Spend the night on board the houseboat with dinner & drinks. Overnight stay. Includes: (B, L & D)

Day 6: Houseboat – Marari
Morning after breakfast, disembark and proceed to your waiting car for a short drive to Marari Beach. On arrival check-in at the MARARI BEACH Resort (Garden Villa) which is not just the sand and the sea. It’s the living environment that surrounds it. The Marari Beach, let us be clear, is not the place for a raucous Beach holiday. There are no real parties here. No noisy water scooter but for those seeking to undue the stress of the city life and experience a completely new place, it is the perfect spot.

Afternoon it’s time to relax in the Coconut grove. Evening will be engaged in good music and Cooking class. Overnight at the Marari Beach. Includes: (B).

Day 7: At Marari
After breakfast, explore the area and its fishing villages nearby on a bicycle or take a dip in the sea. The beach usually being nearly empty except for a few other guests and the old local fishermen.

Afternoon at leisure. It will be a great idea to walk across the road to our organic farm, which ensures that the vegetables and fruits the resort serves are the freshest you can get or take in a spa or an Ayurveda massage. Overnight stay. Includes: (B).

Day 8: Marari - Cochin
After breakfast it is free to relax, rejuvenate, write your memoirs, explore the fishing villages or just take a dip in the sea.

Afternoon you are driven back to Cochin. On arrival check into EIGHT BASTION hotel (Standard Room). Evening enjoy a Kathakali (traditional Kerala) dance performance. Overnight stay in the hotel (B)

Day 9: Cochin Departure.
After breakfast, day free for own activities. Later on time transfer to Cochin International Airport/Railway Station. Includes: (B).

NB: You have the option of driving 30 km to Ernakulam on Day 8 instead of returning to Kochi in case your return flight is booked from Trivandrum.

END OF OUR SERVICES - We sincerely hope that you had an “incredible” experience while in India and take this opportunity to wish you a happy & memorable journey back home.
EXCLUSIONS
Airfare, Breakfast on day of Arrival, Meals (unless mentioned) medical & personal expenses like beverages, tips and gratitude’s, telecommunication charges, Wi-Fi charges, laundry, Insurance of any kind, Visa fees, GST@5% and what so ever not mentioned under “cost Includes”

TERMS & CONDITIONS –Applicable for all packages
C'MORE "The Company" accepts bookings subject following conditions:

On confirmation of the programme from the " Company " a deposit equal to 50% (fifty) of the contracted value of the tour price is required to be sent directly to the "Company's" bankers, vide swift transfer/ credit card with a confirmation copy of the same to the "Company's " headquarters, at New Delhi. The balance of the contracted value 50% (Fifty) shall be paid not less than 35 days before commencement of tour OR a deposit of 100% (Hundred) is required 35 days before commencement of tour.

Please note for Group Travel, Luxury Resorts or Luxury Train holidays & during Peak season (October to March) 100% (Hundred) is required minimum 90 days prior to travel date.

CANCELLATIONS: Travel dates may be changed up to 35 days prior to travel without penalty. An administration charge of 10% will be charged, if a confirmed booking is changed or transferred up to 35 days before commencement of the tour. After this time all changes will be treated as cancellation and will be subject to the charges mentioned below. Cancellation charges are calculated from the day, written acceptance of confirmation along with deposit is received by the “Company” and expressed herewith as a percentage of the total tour price including surcharge as follows:

Cancellation Charges:
Days Prior to Arrival – up to 35 Days: 10%
34 to 10: Days: 40%
Less than 10 Days: 65%
Day Tour starts: 100% (No Refund)
• All disputes subject to Delhi Courts only.

PAYMENTS We accept credit cards via PayPal and direct bank transfers. All remittances by foreign nationals should be via credit card OR via direct Bank wire -transfer from sender’s bank to recipient’s bank account in New Delhi with copy of confirmation sent to us. Please note there will be 5.5% surcharge applicable on Total Bill if paying via PayPal

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: - # Tour cost includes presently prevailing State and Government taxes, applicable on accommodation and transportation. In case of any hike in taxes, surcharge will be applicable. # Suggested hotels are subject to availability at the time of booking. In case the same is not available, then the best similar category will be provided # Tour cost is not refundable for any cause, once the tour starts # All tours subject to 100% advance payment minimum 30 days prior to start date. # Tour guide reserves the rights to make changes detour or omit any place of visit if it becomes necessary due to bad weather, bad road, strike or shutdown and any security reason. # Tourist will carry their luggage at own risk and responsibility; C’ MORE Travel & Tours or any of its associate agents, do not hold any responsibility for any loss of luggage during the tour.

VALIDITY: 01st August 2018 to 31st March 2019 However Rates are not valid between 20th December 2018 to 06th January 2019 AND from 01st to 28th February 2019

SPECIAL OFFER - 10% DISCOUNT (if booked 90 days in advance with full payment) per person on Twin Sharing basis subject to minimum 2 pax travelling together. GROUP Discounts available on minimum 10 paying pax
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