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Spices of Kerala Tour

Mumbai - Cochin - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Varkala - Poovar - Marari - Cochin - Mumbai (12 Nights / 13 Days)

Day 1: Mumbai - Cochin ( By flight ) Cochin – Munnar ( By road )
Morning transfer to the airport to board the flight to Cochin. On arrival, meet assist & transfer to local restaurant for lunch. Later drive to Munnar. On arrival in Munnar transfer to hotel. Night stay in Munnar.

Day 2: MunnarKerala Spices Tour
Day is free to relax and to walk around. Munnar is situated near the Anaimudi Peak, the highest peak in the Western Ghats.Also visit Rajamalai & Eravikulam National Park, 15Kms from Munnar, this is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri Thar, a rare mountain goat (Hermitragas Hylocres). 2. Marayoor, 40Kms from Munnar, the only place in Kerala that lays claim to the natural growth of Sandalwood. The Muniyara caves with murals and relics from the New Stone Age Civilization. A Children’s Park, spread across a hectare of land under the canopy of a Single Banyan Tree, are of great interest to tourists. Night stay in Munnar.

Day 3: Munnar – Periyar ( By road )
After breakfast drive to the Periyar 110 kms. On arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon visiting wildlife sanctuary and boat ride on lake Periyar. Night stay in Periyar.

Day 4: Periyar – Kumarakom ( By road )
After breakfast drive to Kumarakom 120kms. En route visiting spices, tea, coffee and rubber plantation. On arrival transfer to hotel . Afternoon visit to the nearby bird sanctuary and optional boat ride to the nearby village through lagoons. Night stay in Kumarakom.

Day 5: Kumarakom
Morning after breakfast transfer to Kettuvallam (House Boat). Cruise start after Lunch on board and night stay at house boat.

Day 6: Kumarakom – Varkala ( By road )
Morning after breakfast drive to Varkala. On arrival transfer to hotel. Varkala is a small seaside town in Kerala, has been a Hindu pilgrimage site since the 12th Century. To this day, the eight-hundred year old Janardhana Temple remains a popular pilgrimage spot. Varkala is also blessed with an unspoilt, golden beach, lapped by the waters of the Indian Ocean. Visit the Portugese church of Anjengo dated to the time of occupation, which maybe the Elanchoros of the geography of Ptomempee (2nd century A.D.). Also visit the English Fort constructed in 1695 A.D. by the English 'East India Company', which play an important role in the war of Mysore in 18th century. Night stay in Varkala.

Day 7: Varkala – Poovar ( By road )
Late morning drive to the island resort of Poovar. Poovar Island is an unspoilt resort enveloped by the most serene backwaters, and opening out to the sea and a dream golden sand beach. Poovar is truly a window into paradise. The tranquility is punctuated by the sound of waves and the birds. The acreage is abundant in well preserved local flora, with hundreds of spices, exotic flowers, complete with banana and coconut groves. Night stay in Poovar.

Day 8: Poovar poovar island resort kerela
Day is free to relax and to walk around. Poovar Island Resort is the only resort in the area with backwater on one side and beach on the another. Poovar is approachable by the mainland by a short boatride from the town of Poovar.

Day 9: Poovar – Marari ( By road )
Morning after breakfast drive to Marari. On arrival in Marari transfer to hotel. Night stay in Marari.

Day 10: Marari
Marari originates from "Mararikulam", one of the local fishing villages. Mararikulam- is one of the picturesque fishing villages that dot the lovely coast line of Kerala. This private, shallow beach is fringed with unending lines of coconut palms. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for own activities and enjoy the facilities of the Resort. Night stay in Marari.

Day 11: Marari – Cochin ( By road )
Early morning, drive to Cochin (60 kms ) Arrive Cochin & transfer to hotel. Late morning tour of Cochin or "Kochi" the palm green, commercial captial of Kerala is known as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea". From time immemorial, Arabs, Chinese, Dutch, British & Portuguese seafarers followed the sea route to Kochi & left their impression on the town. Modern Kochi is thus a splendid mosaic of these myriad influences. Visit the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, the Church of St. Francis, the Bolghatty Palace & the famous Chinese fishing nets. Evening witness the Kathakali dance performance + make up demonstration - Kathkali is a unique dance which has a 2000 year old history with more than 100 different ‘mudras’ or gesture depicting deities, demons, heroes, heroines and kings - each based on episodes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana, the two epic Indian myths. Night stay in Cochin.

Day 12: Cochin – Mumbai ( By flight )
Morning transfer to the airport to connect flight to Cochin. Arrive Mumbai, meet assist and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Mumbai.

Day 13: Mumbai - Departure
Transfer to airport to board the onward flight.

Includes:
» 12 nights accomodation as per the itinerary with daily breakfast.
» All meals ( breakfast, lunch & dinner ) at the time of staying in air-conditioned house boat.
» Surface Travel by exclusive airconditioned car.
» All transfers & sightseeing as per the itinerary by air-conditioned car.
» Local English speaking guides(Periyar & Kochi)
» Boat ride at Periyar to see wild animals & Entrance Tickets to witness Kathakali
» All taxes, driver allowances, Parking etc.

Does not include:
» Entrance fee to monuments.
» Any airfare
» Tips, laundry.
» Any item not shown in Cost Includes.

Hotels Selected - Luxury
Munnar : Windermare Estate
Periyar : Spice village
Kumarakom : Kumarakom Lake Resort
Kumarakom:Air condition Houseboat
Varkala: Taj Garden Retreat
Poovar :Poovar Island Resort
Marari:Marari Beach Resort
Cochin : Brunton Boatyard
Mumbai:Taj

Hotels Selected - Royal
Munnar : Windermare Estate
Periyar : Spice village
Kumarakom :Coconut Lagoon
Kumarakom:Air condition Houseboat
Varkala: Taj Garden Retreat
Poovar :Poovar Island Resort
Marari:Marari Beach Resort
Cochin : Trident
Mumbai:Trident

Hotels Selected - Classic
Munnar : Windermare Estate
Periyar : Cardamom County
Kumarakom :Coconut Lagoon
Kumarakom:Air condition Houseboat
Varkala: Hindustan Beach Retreat
Poovar :Estuary Island Resort
Marari:Marari Beach Resort
Cochin : Casino
Mumbai:Ambassoder/Fariyas

Hotels Selected - Jewel
Munnar : Tea County
Periyar : Cardamom County
Kumarakom :Waterscapes
Kumarakom:Air condition Houseboat
Varkala: Hindustan Beach Retreat
Poovar :Estuary Island Resort
Marari:Marari Fisherman’s Village
Cochin : Arches /Napier House
Mumbai:Four Season/Godwin

Hotels Selected - Economy
Munnar :Eddasherry East End
Periyar : Silver Crest
Kumarakom :Cocobay Resort
Kumarakom:Air condition Houseboat
Varkala: Krishnatheerum Resort
Poovar :Estuary Island Resort
Marari:Marari Fisherman’s Village
Cochin : Abad Atrium
Mumbai:Subha Palace/Privallage Inn

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