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Captivating Kerala

7 days  |  Starts/Ends: Kochi  |  from USD $1,599  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Uncover the delights of tropical Kerala in India's deep south. Visit historic Fort Kochi, the picturesque hill station of Munnar with its verdant tea plantations and spend a night aboard a houseboat, gliding along the tranquil, palm fringed backwaters.

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Day 1

Saturday. Welcome to India. You'll be met at Kochi airport and transferred to your hotel. Long famed in the history books, Kochi (formerly known as Cochin) offered refuge to Jews more than 2,500 years ago. The Portuguese founded the first European colony in Kochi in the 16th century, then the Dutch quickly followed and eventually, the British. The cosmopolitan mix of cultures makes the city truly fascinating. This evening we watch a Kathakali performance. Kathakali is the fascinating traditional dance form of Kerala.
Overnight: Kochi

Days 2-3

Kochi - Munnar. On the morning of day 2 we enjoy a guided tour of historic Fort Kochi. We see the elegant Chinese fishing nets and explore the winding streets of the old town, visiting St Francis’ Church, Parsi Synagogue (exterior only) and a Dutch palace. After our sightseeing in Kochi we drive east to Munnar - a picturesque hill station nestled on the verdant slopes of tea plantations.

On day 3 we'll take a stroll through one of the many tea plantations with our guide, who will give us a brief explanation about the different varieties of tea and how they are processed. Then we'll visit a local market before heading back to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your own leisure.
Overnight: Munnar  |  Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 4
Kerala backwaters

Munnar - Alleppey - Keralan backwaters. Early this morning we set off on a scenic 4 - 5 hour drive to Alleppey. Upon arrival we board a simply furnished private rice-boat for a journey through the lush backwaters. Our rice-boat takes us sedately along the enchanting palm-fringed backwaters, covering a distance of some 20 kms, during which time the boat glides past local villages and fascinating scenes of everyday rural life. Watch a beautiful sunset over the backwaters and enjoy tasty meals (starting with lunch) prepared by the on board chef using fresh local produce.
Overnight: Deluxe rice boat  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 5-6

Keralan Backwaters - Kumarakom. After breakfast on day 5 we disembark the houseboat at Kumarakom. Perched sleepily amongst a tangle of lush tropical waterways known as the Keralan backwaters, Kumarakom is technically a cluster of islands on Lake Vembanad - one of Asia’s largest freshwater lakes. This is an ideal place to relax for the next two days and enjoy the beautiful scenery. There is also a wonderful bird sanctuary spread across 14 acres, which is a favoured haunt of migratory birds and certainly worthy of a visit.
Overnight: Kumarakom  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 7

Kumarakom - Kochi. Today marks the end of our memorable journey. After breakfast we travel back to Kochi and included transfer to the airport. Please note: flights from Kochi should depart after 2pm.
Breakfast

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Hotel Casino, Kochi
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Hotel Casino is a modern hotel located on Willingdon island, set in tropical gardens.

Eastend Edassery, Munnar
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Eastend Edassery is a quaint resort set in landscaped gardens. The rooms are good sized and modern.

Deluxe Houseboat, Alleppey
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Deluxe House Boat

Deluxe houseboats are elegantly furnished, with up to four bedrooms, equipped with modern en suites, an open lounge, dining area and a deck to relax and admire the beautiful backwater views. Air conditioning operates in the bedrooms between 9pm to 6am only. The cruises are full board, with tasty meals freshly prepared by the onboard chef.

Eastend Lakesong, Kumarakom
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Nestled among the serene backwaters of Kumarakom, Eastend Lakesong comprises of 8 acres of facility packed leisure land. Guests sleep in Villas and Cottages which are all well furnished with colourful interiors and comfortable beds. The onsite restaurants offer an excellent selection of local and international cuisine. Why not treat yourself to a relaxing massage at the Ayurveda on site Spa? The perfect way to unwind.

Trip Highlights

Kochi - Fort Kochi, Dutch Palace, St Francis’ Church and Chinese fishing nets
Spice plantation
Lake Vembanad - one of Asia’s largest freshwater lakes
Kathakali dance performance
Munnar Hill Station and tea plantations
Kumarakom - A picturesque cluster of islands
Cruising the palm-fringed backwaters on a houseboat

Included

6 breakfasts
5 nights 3 - 4 star and heritage hotels, 1 night deluxe houseboat
Guided tour of Fort Kochi
Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 7
English speaking Indian tour leader for groups of 6 or more
1 lunch, 2 dinners
Houseboat cruise along the Keralan backwaters
Traditional Kathakali dance show
Services of local English speaking specialist guides
All relevant transfers and transportation

Not Included

International flights and visas
Entrance Fees: $15-25 USD
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 7 USD per day per traveller. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture.
Tipping Kitty: $20-25 USD

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who would like their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

Easter departure, book early!
Easter Departure
2015
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $1599
USD $979
 
USD $1599
USD $979
 
USD $1599
USD $979
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $1599
USD $979
 
USD $1599
USD $979
 
USD $1599
USD $979
Easter departure, book early!
USD $1599
USD $979
 
USD $1599
USD $979

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $400
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Kerala - Premium Houseboat Supplement
USD $99
USD $99

This tour is also available on a private basis.

Tour Details
Starts
Kochi
Ends
Kochi
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star and heritage properties
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 3

I really enjoyed the tour! It exceeded all my expectations. The hotels were clean, modern and very nice. The houseboat was also much more comfortable than I had expected. The tour was just the right mix of activities and relaxation. The things were visited were interesting, and our guide was very knowledgeable. The On The Go staff really went the extra mile, arranging a separate car to take me to the airport because i had a late flight, and then having someone meet me at the airport to help me with mu luggage and to navigate the check in. My arrival flight was eight hours late, but they still had a driver waiting for me when i arrived. I would definitely use the company again!

Helen Frowe
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.