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Kerala Journey & Rejuvenation

$3500

per person

Recuperate with 2 days of traditional Ayurvedic treatments and then discover the natural wonders and fascinating cultures of Kerala, a south Indian state on the tropical Malabar Coast.

Journey into India’s lush green southern landscapes and tropical coastal cities, to the tip of India where the Bay Of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean meet. Visit tea and spice plantations, and taste the fabulous and unique Kerala cuisine.

An exciting and refreshing experience for both body and mind!

13 Days, 12 Nights: Cochin, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram & Kanyakumari  

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR

Kerala Houseboat
Cruise past the rice paddies and coconut groves on the Kerala Backwaters

Kanyakumai, the Land’s End of India
Bucket list item – See the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal meet

Tropical Beach Retreat
Dip in the Golden Sand Beaches of the Arabian Sea

Experience Ancient Holistic Treatments
Private consultation with an ayurvedic doctor

Ayurveda Shirodhara Therapy
Revitalizing the body and easing stress.

Cooking Lesson
Take home healthy & delicious recipes

Ayurveda Ilakkizhi Therapy
Allow Warm Herbal Bundles to relax and detox your body

Outdoor Yoga Pavilion
Stretch and strengthen with yoga classes amongst coconut trees

Visit Tea Plantations
Some of the finest tea plantations in India are in the higher regions of Kerala

Tea Leaf Pluckers
Harvesting only the tender young buds

Santa Cruz Basilica
A historic Portuguese legacy

Kathakali Dancer
Story telling with intricate gestures, elaborate costumes and striking makeup

Spice Trail
Woman Sorting Green Peppercorns

Afternoon Refreshments by Boat
Chai and more at your 5-star hotel

Village Visit
Village women weave coconut husk into rope


THE JOURNEY


Overview

Tour Plan
Hotels
Dates & Prices

    1

    Meet Up at Cochin (COK)

    Upon arrival into Cochin, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax and enjoy the hotel for the remainder of the day or explore Cochin on your own.
    Find serenity in peaceful Cochin as you gaze out over the warm tropical waters of the Arabian Sea.
    2

    Cochin | Yoga, City Tour, Kathakali Dance Performance

    Morning yoga practice with a yoga teacher. After breakfast, we start our Cochin city tour.
    Over its long history, foreigners have left their mark on Cochin, from St Thomas the Apostle (A.D. 50) to Jews, Syrian Christians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguese, Dutch and the British.  The seaport has been a busy hub for trade for centuries and is still an important center for the tea and spice trade.  Explore the historic Fort Cochin and Mattancherry district, and stroll down the harbor to see little fishing boats and the famous Chinese fishing nets.
    Paradesi Synagogue. Built in 1568, it is the oldest synagogue in the former British Commonwealth.  The synagogue is magnificently decorated with Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here.
    The Dutch Palace offers a fantastic view of the city. It is also notable for some of the best murals of Indian mythology, particularly in the bed chambers. In that room one can see the entire story of the Ramayana on the walls. The palace also contains rare examples of traditional Kerala flooring, which look like polished black marble but is actually a mixture of burnt coconut shells, charcoal, lime, plant juices and egg whites.
    This evening, enjoy a Kathakali dance performance.  This highly sophisticated and dramatic dance-drama originated in 17th century Kerala. The word Kathakali literally means "Story-Play". Kathakali is known for its large, elaborate costumes and dramatic makeup. All the roles are usually performed by men and the actors rely heavily on hand gestures to convey their story.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    3

    Cochin | Yoga, Massage

    Morning yoga and pranayama (breathing technique) practice.
    After breakfast, relax in the beautiful resort followed by the first Ayurveda massage on this trip.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    4

    Cochin – Thekkady | Tea

    After breakfast we take a scenic drive up to the hill station. Check in the hotel.
    Early lunch.
    Visit the tea estate.  The region is filled with lush green surroundings, streams, lakes, waterfalls, rubber trees, spice and tea plantations.
    We will walk among the tea bushes (Camellia sinensis) and learn about how tea growing was introduced to India and this area was transformed into a major tea production center. The factory tour shows us the tea making process: Crush, Tear and Curl. A tea tasting awaits you at the end of the tour.
    This evening enjoy another cooking demonstration and classic Indian dance performance.
    Tonight we stay at Spice Village Resort.
    Spice Village is located in the Periyar wilderness, high in the western ghats (mountains) of Kerala. For centuries the area has attracted explorers and adventurers, mercenaries and empire builders, kings and merchant princes. Men and women drawn not only by the lure of spices but also by the romance and wild beauty of the land. The Portuguese and the Jews of Cochin visited as traders, turning the natural bounties of the area into wealth. With abundant pepper and cardamom, cinnamon and ginger, nutmeg, mace and anise the Periyar hills became nature's taste factory. In the 14th century Cochin was the port of lading for a spice-hungry world. Today, its rainforests and unique animals still attract the modern visitors.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    5

    Thekkay | Jungle Tour, Spice, Martial Arts Performance

    An early morning departure to explore Periyar on a jungle safari. Visit the botanical garden, hills and valleys, tropical forests, sprawling grass lands, sholas, cascading waterfalls and cardamom plantation.  This wildlife reserve is home to many endangered species like the lion tailed macaque; nilgiri tahrs and more.
    After the jungle tour, take a private tour of a Kerala spice plantation where you can see how pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and nutmeg are grown. The spice plantations in Kerala are captivating farms to wander in with the various spices cultivated in different sections of the plantation. In these spice plantations, you taste the various spices and inhale the fragrant air.
    This evening, enjoy the exciting Kalaripayattu martial arts performance. The practitioners are trained in jumping, running, somersaults and various traditional weapons. In between the breathtaking demonstrations, be ready to volunteer to jump into the pit and participate - an opportunity that should not be missed!
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    6

    Thekkady –– Kumarakom | Allepy Temple & Local Tour

    After breakfast, we descend from the hill station to Allepy to visit a Hindu temple. Afterwards, a choice of visiting a bamboo furniture factory or going on a fishing expedition.
    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. Located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake is the wonderful Kumarakom bird sanctuary spread across 14 acres, which is a favored haunt of migratory birds.
    Kumarakom is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The resort offers the opportunities to watch birds, butterflies and to further refresh your spirit in Kerala’s wilderness.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    7

    Kumarakom | Yoga, Massage, Backwaters Cruise

    Yoga followed by a leisurely breakfast. Ayurveda massage.
    After lunch for the greatest pleasure in Kerala, let’s travel to Alleppey for our small boat (shikara) cruise in the Backwaters.  A never-to-miss experience cruising slowly through the shimmering backwaters, where you’ll see kingfishers diving for fish, boats delivering their goods, boys splashing in the water, and women preparing meals in the shade of coconut palms.
    The city of Alleppey is spread throughout its canals, lakes and lagoons.  Our cruise leads us through a maze of canals to observe many scenes of daily local life amongst the villages, paddy fields and coconut palms.
    Kerala is also known as God's Own Country, let it sink in!
    Enjoy a classical dance performance before your dinner.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    8

    Kumarakom - Kollam | Spa

    Morning yoga followed by breakfast.
    Checkout and departure to Kollam.
    Time to rejuvenate your mind and body after all the travel excitement. This afternoon is your consultation with an Ayurveda doctor who will recommend your Ayurveda treatment or massage during your stay.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast   Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
    9

    Kollam | Spa

    Morning yoga followed by breakfast.
    Experience and learn about yoga vegetarian meals based on Ayurvedic principles.
    Enjoy your Ayurveda treatment!
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast  Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
    10

    Kollam – Thiruvananthapuram | City Tour

    Morning yoga and then breakfast.
    Check out and drive to Thiruvananthapuram. Followed by a city tour.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast 
    11

    Thiruvananthapuram | Kanyakumari

    The highlight of our sightseeing to Kanyakumari is the southernmost tip of peninsular India, where you will see 3 water bodies meeting - the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal.
    We will end this full day excursion with a sunset dinner at Kanyakumari before the evening drive.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    12

    Thiruvananthapuram | Day of Rest

    Enjoy a relaxing day.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast 
    13

    Thiruvananthapuram | End of Tour

    After breakfast, enjoy a relax morning.
    Checkout and the tour comes to an end. Please inform us your international or India domestic flight details in order to schedule your transfer to Trivandrum (TRV) airport.
    Bon voyage from God’s Country!
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Hotels
    Dates & Prices

    Hotel Information:

    DestinationHotelsRating
    Cochin ★★★★
    Thekkady★★★★★
    Kumarakom★★★★★
    Kollam★★★★
    Trivandrum★★★★
    Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation. 
    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Hotels
    Dates & Prices

    Dates & Pricing:

    Private Group Daily Departure Except Thursday

    Tour Date2 Persons *
    Jan 11 to May 31, 2019$3,500
    Sept 15 to Dec 19, 2019$3,650
    Jan 11 to May 31, 2020$3,850
    Sept 15 to Dec 19, 2019$4,015

    Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.


    * Price per person, based on double occupancy.  Solo traveler or larger groups, call for price.

    Booking Your Flight

    We can find the best flights and airfares for your tour. Buying your own air tickets? No problem.

    Inclusions

    • ‣ 4 & 5-Star Hotel Accommodations
    • ‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet
    • ‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for details)
    • ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
    • ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments
    • ‣ 2 Days Ayurvedic Spa Treatments
    • ‣ Yoga & Breathing Practice
    • ‣ Tea & Spice Plantations
    • ‣ Backwaters Boat Cruise
    • ‣ Periyar Jungle Hike
    • ‣ Dance & Martial Arts Performances

    Exclusions

    • ‣ Any Travel Insurance
    • ‣ Medical Expenses
    • ‣ Domestic/International Air Fares and Airport Departure Taxes
    • ‣ Gratuities
    • ‣ Laundry Service
    • ‣ Telephone Calls
    • ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
    • ‣ All the other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions
      
    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Hotels
    Dates & Prices