Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Captivating Kerala

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7 days  |  Starts/Ends: Kochi  |  from USD $1,535  |   Guaranteed Departures  2 reviews

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.

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Inclusions
Reviews

Itinerary

Day 1

Kochi

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

Munnar

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

Kumarakom

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

Kochi

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

Prices & Dates

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.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates can be guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

Guaranteed Departure
4+ places available
Limited places
Sold out
On Request (Please Contact Us)
2017
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $1685
USD $950
USD $1685
USD $950
USD $1625
USD $950
USD $1535
USD $950
USD $1535
USD $950
USD $1625
USD $950
USD $1685
USD $950
USD $1685
USD $950
USD $1685
USD $950
2018
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $1535
USD $950
USD $1535
USD $950
USD $1795
USD $950
USD $1535
USD $950
USD $1535
USD $950
USD $1535
USD $950
USD $1535
USD $950
USD $1535
USD $950

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $600
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Kerala - Premium Houseboat Supplement
USD $105
USD $90

This tour is also available on a private basis.

Hotels

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.

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.

Clouds Valley Leisure Hotel, Munnar

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set in the valley of the Kennan Devan Hills, the Clouds Valley Leisure Hotel is a contemporary accommodation. Guest rooms are bright and spacious with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Rooms are also all en suite, have modern amenities and comfortable beds. The hotel benefits from an onsite restaurant that serves up a tasty selection of both Indian and South Indian food as well as Chinese and European dishes.

Deluxe Houseboat, Alleppey

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Deluxe House Boat

There are few things as serene and tranquil as floating along the Keralan backwaters in the comfort of a luxurious houseboat. 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 views of the lush green palms and rice paddies. 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? It is the perfect way to unwind after a long day of exploring in the fierce Indian heat.

Trip Highlights

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

Included

6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Houseboat cruise along the Keralan backwaters
Traditional Kathakali Dance Show in Kochi, (entrance fee excl)
Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides at some sites
All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles
5 nights 3 - 4 star and heritage hotels, 1 night deluxe houseboat
Guided touring of Kochi, Fort Kochi and Munnar tea plantation
Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 7
Escorted by an English-speaking Indian tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)

Not Included

International flights and visas
Entrance Fees: USD$15-25, paid in local currency
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: USD$20-25, paid in local currency

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on 2 recent reviews

Alex is a professional guide, with good language skills, knowledge of the area, and always on time. His suggestions on other activities were welcomed, well received and appreciated.

All listed activities were done. Alex is a valuable member of the On The Go team

• Submitted 28 Oct 2016
Tour
Guide
Country

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!

• Submitted 18 Mar 2015
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Guide
Country

Sarah, we are back home and had a wonderful time.

I'd like to give you some feedback, if that's okay with you.

Arrival at cochin airport was seamless, with your representative eagerly looking for us with his sign. he put us right into a cab and we got to the hotel easily.

Travancore Court Hotel is in a good part of town, has a nice lobby, gift shop, and restaurant. The staff was lovely, however, upgrading to another hotel is Cochin would be my suggestion. The bus that took us around (and the drivers) were top-notch.The Kathakali performance was fun, especially since we got to watch them put on their makeup.

Munnar was great and the Eastend Hotel was perfectly fine. Probably one of the best to be found in Munnar. Nice garden, rooms comfortable and cheerful, good restaurant. Tea plantations were interesting,and our guide Alex took us to see a spice garden, and the local market, all of which were interesting.

Next day, on the way to Karakom, he pointed out lots of things of interest all the way. The houseboat overnight was great fun. The boat was comfortable and the food was good. The bathroom was a bit yucky, but it is, after all, a houseboat. We were comfortable and the scenery was fabulous. We slept well.

Lakesong was fabulous. Very beautiful. we arranged yoga classes and a cooking class with the chef and sous chef while we were there. also took advantage of the ayurvedic spa services. Rooms, landscape, food, etc. was all wonderful.

The best part of the whole trip, and the thing that really made it a great success was our guide, Alex. It would not have been the same without him. He was very knowledgeable, kept things moving along, was very protective of us, and made sure EVERYTHING was taken care of for us. I can't compliment him enough.

I thank you enormously for all your help with putting this trip together.

Mrs Barbara Stultz • Submitted 15 Apr 2013

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

Alex is a professional guide, with good language skills, knowledge of the area, and always on time. His suggestions on other activities were welcomed, well received and appreciated.

All listed activities were done. Alex is a valuable member of the On The Go team

Kornelia Maraczy
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