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India: Beautiful Kerala


1RV10C
10 NIGHTS
FROM £995
International flights quoted separately
See a more relaxed side of India on this wonderful holiday to beautiful Kerala in the southwest. From the port of Cochin, once the centre of the spice trade, drive through tea plantations to Periyar, where you can interact with an Asian elephant. Experience rural life on the Kumarakom Backwaters, then relax on Kovalam beach. English speaking guide, all transfers & excursions included. Not suitable for power chairs.
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Cochin
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City Tour
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Dutch Palace
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Chinese Fishing Nets
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Kathakali Dance Show
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Tea Plantations
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Periyar Elephants
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Kerala Backwaters
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Bird Watching
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Kovalam Beach
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Cochin
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City Tour
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Dutch Palace
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Chinese Fishing Nets
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Kathakali Dance Show
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Tea Plantations
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Periyar Elephants
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Kerala Backwaters
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Bird Watching
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Kovalam Beach
Day 1
You will be met at Cochin Airport and transferred to your hotel in this Arabian seaport, now known as Kochi, that was at the centre of the spice trade for many centuries.
 
Check in and relax in the beautiful southern state of Kerala - fondly called "God's own Country".
 
Note: Kerala is a 'dry' state, with alcohol available only in licensed 5* hotels.
Day 2
This morning enjoy a city tour of Cochin - known to the ancient Greeks, Romans, Jews, Arabs and Chinese as an important trading centre.
 
The Portuguese established the first European settlement in India here and the city was later colonised by the Dutch and then the British. Visit St. Francis Church built by the Portuguese, where explorer Vasco Da Game was first buried. Also visit the Jewish Synagogue (closed Fridays & Saturdays). Then see the old shore-operated Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi, each operated by a team of up to six fishermen.
 
In the evening a special treat awaits - a performance of the famous Kathakali classical dance.
 
Note: Not all sights are fully wheelchair accessible, but your guide will do his best to get you as close as possible.
Day 3
This morning we drive 5-hours from the hills of Munnar and continue through coffee and pepper plantations to Periyar National Park in the Western Ghats mountains.
 
Situated in the Cardamom and Pandalam Hills, this park forms the watershed for two important rivers - the Periyar and Pamba. It is home to several rare and endangered species including tigers, although they are rarely seen.
 
Lake Periyar is a haven for bird life including herons, hornbills and egrets. Wild Asian elephants also come here for a drink. Check into your hotel near the park, with balance of day at leisure.
Day 4
This morning enjoy a jeep ride through a Spice Plantation, with the opportunity to observe the birds, butterflies and other wildlife that live in these evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with grasslands.
 
There are 35 different mammals in neighbouring Periyar National Park, a 400 sq. mile (640 sq. km) wildlife sanctuary that it is an important elephant and tiger reserve and home to many threatened species. However tiger sightings are rare as they are so difficult to spot in the jungle. This park is also home to gaur, sambar, wild boar, giant squirrel, flying squirrel, jungle cat, sloth bear, nilgiri tahr, lion-tailed macaque, nilgiri langur, nilgiri marten, stripe-necked mongoose and fruit bats.
 
Note: The jeep ride takes place in a plantation outside the national park. Vehicles can drive a short way into the park to the boat boarding point, but no futher.
Day 5
This morning we drive 4-hours to the small town of Kumarakom on Vembanad Lake, the largest backwater in India.
 
Your guide will drop you off at your hotel, where you can relax in lush surroundings.
Day 6
At leisure to relax and enjoy the leisurely lifestyle and wonderful food of Kumarakom on Vembanad Lake - an important habitat for many marine and freshwater fish species and shrimps.
 
Kerala is famous for yoga and ayurvedic spa treatments. Bird watching is also outstanding, with nearby Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary offering offering a safe refuge for many migratory birds.
Day 7
Today transfer 4.5-hours from Kumarakom, travelling through the beautiful Kerala countryside to Kovalam (meaning "a grove of coconut trees").
 
Check into your beach hotel and relax on the shores of the Arabian Sea.
Days 8 To 10
At leisure to relax on the beautiful beaches of Kovalam on the Arabian Sea, with its warm shallow waters.
 
Three famous beaches separated by rocky outcrops form the crescent of Kovalam Beach - popular Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach (also known as Eve’s Beach) frequented by fishermen in the early mornings, and the much quieter Samudra Beach.
 
Also enjoy the wide variety of ayurvedic spa treatments for which this region is renowned and its tasty regional cuisine.
Day 11
At leisure to relax at your hotel where a very late checkout has been arranged, so that you have the use of your room all day.
 
Later you will be transferred 30-minutes to Trivandrum Airport for your flight home.
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