Kaleidoscopic of Kerala

 Duration : 18 Nights / 19 Days

 Distinations Covered : Kochi – Munnar – Periyar – Gavi - Kovalam – Kanyakumari – Alappuzha – Kumarakom – Thanneermukkom – Kuttanadu

Day 01     (Kochi)

Chineese Fishing NetArrival Kochi Airport by Flight from Home. You are picked up from the Airport or from any location in Cochin by the representative of Halo Backwaters for your journey in Kerala. Till recently, Kochi was Cochin, and only half as frenetic. It was a lagoon that made Kochi as cherished destination as far back as the early 16th century and it is the same lagoon that makes Kochi one of the nation's busiest port now.

Transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at Kochi.

Day 02     (Kochi)

Half day relaxation and on independent activities. Evening enjoy the harbour cruise through the backwaters of Kochi (Cost of this cruise is Extra). Overnight stay at Kochi.

Day 03     (Kochi)

SynagogurAfter breakfast in the hotel proceed for the sightseeing in and around Kochi. The most important heritage sightseeing is in Fort Kochi and Mattancherry. You will need a couple of hours of leisurly walks to take in this heritage quarter. The heritage quarter are includes Santa Cruz Basilica, Princess Street, St.Francis, Dutch Cemetery, Jew Street, Pardesi Synagogue and Chinese Fishing net.

After lunch proceeds to visit the Tripunithra Hill Palace and Museum, the summer retreat of the Kochi Rajas, Bisque and granite floors segue into teak ones and the whole place is redolent of bygone opulence. Overnight stay at Kochi.

Day 04     (Kochi - Munnar)

Get ready after breakfast for your morning drive to Munnar, where sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make it a unique experience. On the way visiting Cheyyappara Waterfalls, viewpoints etc. Check in to your resort and get ready for the special trip to Pothamedu for an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The breath taking scenery here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks. Return to your resort in the evening.

Day 05     (Munnar)

Eravikulam National ParkThis morning after breakfast, visit Mattupetty famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project. Proceed to Mattupetty Lake and dam, which is a very beautiful picnic spot. You could enjoy boating in the lake and View Mountains and landscapes from afar. Onwards proceed to Echo point famous for the natural echo phenomenon and then to Top Station offering marvelous views of Munnar valley below.

Say hello to the Nilgiri Tahr.Half the world population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr lives in the Eravikulam National Park at Munnar. Friendly as they are, you can pat them or pose for pictures with them. So meet them and have plenty to brag about back home.Overnight stay at Munnar.

Day 06     (Munnar - Periyar)

Get ready after breakfast for your morning drive to Thekkady (Periyar) nestled in spice and rubber plantations. Known to be Kerala's pride and testimony to nature's splendor, Periyar has a lot to offer in terms of wildlife. Periyar is famous for its rare habitat of birds and animals and is one of the most popular destinations for nature lovers. Check in to your resort and get ready for your trip to cardamom hills where you could have a closer look at the spice plantations.

Later in the evening enjoy Kathakali dance presentation. Kathakali (literally, story play), the spectacular classical dance drama of Kerala based on the guidelines laid by Saga Bharatha's Natya Sastra,the ancient treatise on dance and drama, is over 500 years old. Overnight at Thekkady.

Day 07     (Periyar)

Elephant Ride in PeriyarAfter breakfast visit at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary one of India's biggest wildlife sanctuaries covering 777 sq. Km (300 Sq. miles) is a Tiger Reserve. Its centre piece, the man-made Periyar Lake at the height of 2000 ft. covers 26 sq. km, running through the forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala, discover the park, animals found here include elephant, sambar, gaur and wild boars and birds like ibis and grey heron.

The visit is done in a boat to view animals with a bit of extra luck we may be able to see the rare tiger as well. A boat ride on the lake is a delightful way of spotting elephants and avifauna. If you are forunate, you might even spot the pride of the sanctuary, the tiger. Although tiger sightings are not very common, there are enough of these magnificent felines around (Boat ride is depend upon the availability of the cruise (Cost of this tour is Extra)).

Later on proceed to visit the Elephant Junction or Elephant Camp. This is a unique experience, seated atop an elephant; guests are taken along trails into the depths of the cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea plantation. The ride can be a miss of moments of pure terror interspersed with long perid of utter peace. Overnight at Thekkady.

Day 08     (Periyar)

Gavi Jeep SafariProceed for a early Morning boat ride on the lake.Or proceed for a Jungle Safari.The program starts at 5.00 AM in the morning which our special Jeep will receive you from your accommodation area 40 kms scenic drive through the jungle. Then you will reach a place called Gavi (Green mansion) there you can have your breakfast and you can start the jungle trekking with specially trained guides after 3hrs trekking you will reach the Green mansion and have Lunch. After that you can have canoeing in the Gavi Lake. Then have tea and snacks and proceeding to Periyar and drop (Cost of this tour is Extra).

Another option is go a walk in the wild. Nature walk covering 4 – 5 Km on different routes and lasting 3 Hurs.It provides tourists with good opportunities to spot birds and butterflies and occasionally large animals (Cost of this tour is Extra). .Overnight stay at Periyar.

Day 09     (Periyar - Kovalam)

After breakfast,drive to Kovalam and check into the resort.Despite the fact that virtually the entire 550 Km length of the Kerala coast is lined with sandy beaches, rocky promontories and coconut palms,Kovalam is one of the only place where swimming in the sea is not considered eccentric by locals. Check into the hotel. Overnight stay at Kovalam.

Day 10     (Kovalam)

Kovalam BeachKovalam has been a favorite haunt of tourists especially Europeans,since the 1930s.A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful Bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing.The day is free for leisure at resort,Ayurveda treatment,massage,yoga classes,swimming,beach volleyball,indoor games and Learn to cook with spices,sunbathing,special cultural programs,Catamaran cruising etc.Overnight stay at Kovalam.

Day 11     (Kovalam)

Today you can take a tour to Kanyakumari.Watching the sun rise and sun set from here is the big attraction,especially on the full moon day in April,when it's possible to see both the setting sun and rising moon on the same horizon.Other attractions are Kumari Amman Temple,Gandhi Mandapam and Vivekananda Memorial.After sun set,proceed to Kovalam.Overnight stay at Kovalam.

Day 12     (Kovalam)

Full day relaxation and own activates at Kovalam.Overnight stay at Kovalam.

Day 13     (Kovalam)

Sri Padmanabhaswami TempleToday you can take sightseeing tour of Trivandrum city, (16 kms) the capital of the state of Kerala. The famous Sri Padmanabhaswamy Swami Temple is dedicated to Vishnu and is a landmark in the city.Other places of interest are the Putten Malige Palace, Art gallery & Zoo.Overnight stay at Kovalam.

Day 14     (Kovalam)

Full day relaxation and own activities at kovalam.Overnight stay at Kovalam.

Day 15     (Kovalam - Alappuzha)

After breakfast drive to Alappuzha.On the way to Alappuzha, visit Kollam Town.

Check into the houseboat at 12 noon for 1 Night / 2 Days riding in the backwaters & small canals.

Houseboat CruiseA glide in a houseboat through the enchanting backwaters is sure to rob your heart. Palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expense of panoramic sight one can never forgetting less than 15 minutes, the low hum of the motor and the dazzling afternoon light have tuned out the noises in your head, the deadlines, the telephone, the unfinished chapters. Watch the white tire-tread clouds turn into wisps of animal fur and then disappear. The isolation on a luxury houseboat is total. Overnight stay in a houseboat.

Pick up from Alleppey Finishing Point Jetty at 1200 hours. Cruise through Vembanadu Lake to reach Kumarakam at 17 00 hours. Overnight stay at Kumarakom.

Day 16     (Thanneermukkom)

After breakfast step down from the houseboat at Kumarakom and proceed to visit the Bird Sanctuary.The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is an Ornithologist's paradise and a favorite haunt of migrating birds like Siberian stork,darter,heron and teal to name a few.

After lunch proceed to visit the Pathiramanal and overnight stay at Thanneermukkom.

Day 17     (Kuttanadu)

KuttanaduCruise through Azhikkal Canal, Kuppappuram, Pallathuruthy, Kainakary Church canal, Venattukadu Canal, Cherukayal, C-Blcock, Marthandam, R-Block and reach E-Block Tharishu for the night stay.

Day 18     (Kuttanadu)

Cruise through Rajapuram Kayal, Mangalam, Liziu, and reach Pulincunnu. Visit Pulinkunnu Church and the local market. Proceed to Mancompu to visit the Mancompu temple. Night stay at Moonnattumugham.

Day 19     (Alappuzha - Kochi)

Kochi AirportAfter breakfast, you will be check-out in Alappuzha from the house boat .  Alappuzha is a unique backwater destination situated on the banks of the Vembanad Lake is considered as gateway to the backwater of Kuttanad, the granary of Kerala.

Before leaving Alappuzha,visit the Coir Museum.Then proceed to Malayattoor.Malayattoor visited in 52 AD by St.Thomas who came here from  Koduungallor on his missionary jouney across south India.The hilltop at Kurisumudi was along the old caravan routeto the old Chola kingdom.St.Thomas passed thought here enroute to Mylapore.A hostile reception forced him to spend his days in prayer on the hill.

By evening, you will be transferred to Kochi airport to catch the flight to catch the flight to home. On departure the tour concludes with happy memories. Tour Concludes

Suggested Hotels and Resorts (Product ID : KTP - 15)

Destinations

No: of Nights

Economy Hotels

3 Star Hotels

4 Star Hotels

Kochi

3

Saas Tower \ Hotel Aiswaraya

Harbor View / Abad Plaza

Renai Cochin/Abad Atrium

Munnar

2

Le Celestium

Misty Mountain / C 7

Tea Valley / Fort Munnar

Periyar

3

Lakeshore Inn

Tree Top \ Silver Crest

Holiday Vista / Greenwoods

Kovalam

 6

Park International / Hotel Raja

Soma Palmshore

Uday Samudra

Alappuzha

4

A/c Deluxe Houseboat

A/c Deluxe Houseboat

A/c Premium Houseboat

Cost of Tour Package Per Person

INR 57,000/-

INR 69,000/-

INR 98,000/-

 Tour Includes :

- Hotel Accommodation in the above star hotels/resorts on twin sharing basis.

- All transfers to or from hotels, city tours, excursions, drives by A/c car.

- Exclusive Air-conditioned car for Sightseeing and excursions as per our itinerary.

- All toll, driver’s allowance and taxes.

- Daily Buffet / Fixed Menu breakfast in all hotels.

- Meet and Assist services.

- These rates are valid till 15th of December 2016 and 15th of January 2017 onwards.

- All prevailing taxes like Luxury tax in all hotels and Expenditure tax wherever applicable.

Tour do not includes

- Any Air/train fares other than those specified in 'Cost Includes'.

- Any meals other then those specified in 'Cost Includes'.

- Any other item not specified in 'cost includes'.

- Guide, Inter State Entry ticket, Inter State permits fees, boat/ferry ticket, camera and entry tickets at various places of sight seeing.

- Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, vehicle mal-functions, political disturbances, taxes etc.

- Any Expenses of personal nature such as portage at airports and hotels, tips, insurance, wine, mineral water, telephone charges, laundry, guide charges, boating charges, entrance fees and all items of personal nature.

Terms & Conditions

- The above cost is for 01 people on twin sharing basis.

- A minimum of 02 persons are required.

- For the package with transportation a minimum of 2 people is mandatory

- Children above the age of 12 years will be charged the applicable adult rates.

- Children above the age of 05 years will be charged the applicable extra bed rates.

- In case of an extra person, the third bed is a rollaway bed or cot.

- Base category rooms are allotted for the stay, Any requirement / availability of higher category of room would incur extra cost.

- The above Rates applicable for today and subject to change at later dates.

- All Rates & bookings subject to availability.

- Accommodation in A/c rooms in all places except in Munnar and Thekkady where rooms are Non a/c.

- All reservations are depending upon the availability of rooms at the time of your final confirmation.

- The company is not responsible for the  event of any of the above mentioned sightseeing are  not becoming available at a particular date caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, vehicle mal-functions, political disturbances, holidays and maintenance work in the park or museum.

- The company will not be held responsible for any damages or sabotage caused to the property of the customer due to riots, armed dacoities, terrorist activity or any other incidents, events, occurrences etc., if for any reason whatsoever his employee or representative is present at the customer's premises during such happening provided that they have no role in such happenings.

- The company is not liable to  provide the vehicle(s) contracted for in case he is unable to do so on account of mob violence, riots, communal violence, strike, agitation, natural calamities, flooding, inundation, water logging, typhoon, cyclone or other obstructions/disturbances etc. adversely affecting, threatening or obstructing safe passage for the vehicle. In such event the contractor will try to provide transport to the maximum extent possible & the may customer may not insist, pressure or coerce the contractor or his driver on such occasions & reluctance, disinclination or refusal on the part of the driver will not be construed to be misconduct, dereliction, disrespect or deficiency in service on the part of the contractor. The driver's judgement is such cases to be accepted by all parties.

- Reserve the rooms at an equivalent hotel, if the room is not available at hotels/resorts mentioned.

Reservation Policy

 - Confirmation of Tour Package is subject to the remittance of 25% of the total tour cost in advance and balance to be paid prior to the commencing of the tour so as to protect all arrangements on definite arrival basis.

Availability : Available

Cancellation & Refunds

- 30 days before the commencement of the tour: 25% of the tour cost will be levied.

- 15 days before the commencement of the tour: 50% of the tour cost will be levied.

- Less than 15 days before the commencement of the tour: 75% of the tour cost will be levied.

- Less than 07 days before the commencement of the tour: 100% of the tour cost will be levied.

- No refund is entitled “for no shows”.

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