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India: Spice Trails of Kerala

$1805 $1655

per person

Visit beautiful Kerala and discover its many hidden secrets on this 9-day South India journey. From coconut palm-lined coasts and rolling hills of tea to diverse wildlife, a trip to Kerala is as easy and rewarding as a glide through its famous backwaters.

For tea lovers and those who are just beginning, this is your chance to soak up the wonderful culture of tea in Kerala which is one of the largest tea producers in the world. Visit a working tea plantation and factory for a close-up experience.

Taste the many different spices that has the food in this culture bursting with flavors and don’t forget to take in the atmosphere of serenity that is the MOST soothing and sought after.

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9 Days, 8 Nights: Cochin, Thekkady, Kumarakom & Marari

 

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⭐⭐⭐⭐ Hotels + Guided Excursions: Cochin Tour, Kumbalanghi Village, Periyar Lake Boat Ride, Connemara Tea Trail, Spice Farm, Bamboo River Raft & Jungle Trek + Private Airport Transfer
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Hotels + Guided Excursions: Same

Tea Pickers, Thekkady

Chinese Fishing Net

Afternoon tea delivered by the boat


Village women weave coconut husk into rope

Kathakali dancer showcases an intricate and elaborate make up procedure that you should not miss this cultural performance.

Kathakali Dancer

Lunch Cruise through the Kerala Backwaters


8 Night Accommodation

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE COCHIN (COK) & COCHIN CITY TOUR

Arrive at Cochin Airport and hotel check-in.

Start your vacation with a Cochin City Excursion.  (8 hours @10am) Over its long history, both European and Chinese traders have left their mark on Cochin.

Guided Cochin city tour Explore the historic St Francis Church, Fort Cochin and stroll down the harbor to see little fishing boats and the famous Chinese fishing nets. Visit the Paradesi Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter.The Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace) offers the best murals and exhibits of Indian mythology.

🛏️  2 Nights in Cochin. 🍴Meals: Dinner

 

DAY 2: COCHIN | VILLAGE LIFE, KATHAKALI DANCE PERFORMANCE

After breakfast, a guided tour to explore the lush green fishing and cultural village of Kumbalanghi Village. Visit crab and agriculture farms, and see coir yarn weaving. Enjoy a Kerala lunch. (8 hours @9am)

This evening, enjoy the Kathakali dance performance followed by dinner. This highly sophisticated and dramatic dance-drama is known for its elaborate makeup and extravagant gestures that convey the story.

🍴Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

 

DAY 3: COCHIN – THEKKADY | PERIYAR LAKE BOAT, TEA & SPICE PLANTATION

After breakfast, we take a scenic drive to beautiful Thekkady (4 hours, @9am).  The region is filled with lush green surroundings, streams, lakes and plantations of tea and spice plantations.

Guided excursion (4 hours @3pm). Relax on a boat on Lake Periyar inside the National Park with other park visitors. Periyar National Park is also a wildlife reserve, home to many endangered species such as the lion tailed macaque, nilgiri tahrs and more. Keep your camera ready for wildlife sightings with the backdrop of lush tropical forests and sprawling grass lands.

We will tour a tea plantation to learn about tea, from growing, harvesting to processing into the most widely consumed beverage in the world (next to water).  A tea tasting awaits before we leave.

Enjoy a private tour of a Kerala Spice Plantation where you can see how pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and nutmeg are grown. Taste various spices, tropical fruits and inhale the fragrant air.

In the evening, the hotel normally offers in-house activities for your enjoyment, for example a cooking demonstration, cultural dance program, yoga class or nature walk. Be sure to inquire at the front desk of the hotel.

🛏️  2 Nights in Thekkady. 🍴Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 4: THEKKADY| BAMBOO RIVER RAFT & JUNGLE TREK

Explore Periyar National Park with this half day gentle hike and bamboo rafting. During the rafting you will get a panoramic view of forest-clad hills and chance to see elephants, gaurs and sambars in their natural habitat.  (8 hours @9am).

🍴Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 5: THEKKADY – KUMARAKOM 

After breakfast, we depart for Kumarakom(4 hours, 9am). Perched sleepily amongst a tangle of lush tropical waterways known as the Kerala backwaters, Kumarakom is technically a cluster of islands on Lake Vembanad – one of Asia’s largest freshwater lakes. It’s an ideal place to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Enjoy a sunset cruise before your dinner (4 hours @4pm).

🛏️  2 Nights in Kumarakom. 🍴Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 6KUMARAKOM | ALLEPPEY HOUSEBOAT LUNCH CRUISE

For the greatest pleasure in Kerala, let’s enjoy a private houseboat  cruise and lunch on the backwaters to Alleppey. A never-to-miss experience cruising slowly through a maze of canals observing scenes of everyday life in villages and paddy fields. See fishermen and locals on a typical day. (8 hours 11am)

🍴Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 7: KUMARAKOM – MARARI

After breakfast we drive to Marari (Mararikulam) (1 hour @10am). Enroute visit Philipkutty’s Farm.

The resort is located at a sea-side village with thatched huts, swaying coconut palms, lily ponds and fruit trees.

Enjoy 2 days of Ayurveda-inspired relaxation in this earth-friendly resort. Pamper yourself with authentic Ayurveda massage or therapies (at your own cost). Inquire about more in-house activities at the front desk.

🛏️  2 Nights in Marari. 🍴Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 8: MARARI

A day of leisure at the sea-side resort.

🍴Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY 9: MARARI – COCHIN (COK) 

After breakfast the tour ends. Hotel check-out and transfer to Cochin airport (COK) for your flight home.

Bon voyage from God’s Country!

🍴Meals: Breakfast

 


Fixed Date Small Group (Land Only)

  • Guaranteed Departure with Minimum 2 Persons
  • Tour Dates
  • Thursday – Friday
  • Premium
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • (Max 16 Guests)
  • Deluxe
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • (Max 10 Guests)
Jan 11 – Jan 19 $1870 $1720 + Airfare $3875 $3625 + Airfare
  • Feb 1 – Feb 9
  • Feb 8 – Feb 16
  • Feb 15 – Feb 23
  • Feb 22 – Mar 1
$1870 $1720 + Airfare $4100 $3850 + Airfare
  • Mar 7 – Mar 15
  • Mar 14 – Mar 22
  • Mar 21 – Mar 29
$1870 $1720 + Airfare $3875 $3625 + Airfare
  • Apr 4 – Apr 12
  • Apr 11 – Apr 19
  • Apr 18 – Apr 26
  • Apr 25 – May 3
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  • May 2 – May 10
  • May 9 – May 17
  • May 16 – May 24
  • May 30 – June 7
  • Jun 6 – Jun 14
  • Jun 13 – Jun 21
  • Jun 20 – Jun 28
  • Jul 4 – Jul 12
  • Jul 11 – Jul 19
  • Jul 18 – Jul 26
  • Jul 25 – Aug 5
  • Aug 1 – Aug 9
  • Aug 8 – Aug 16
  • Aug 15 – Aug 23
  • Aug 22 – Aug 30
  • Sep 5 – Sep 13
  • Sep 12 – Sep 20
  • Sep 19 – Sep 27
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  • Sep 26 – Oct 4
  • Oct 3 – Oct 11
  • Oct 10 – Oct 18
  • Oct 17 – Oct 25
  • Oct 24 – Nov 1
  • Oct 31 – Nov 8
  • Nov 7 – Nov 15
  • Nov 14 – Nov 22
  • Dec 5 – Dec 13
  • Dec 12 – Dec 20
$1965 $1815 + Airfare $3875 $3625 + Airfare

 


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Hotels

We carefully handpick our hotels to ensure they provide you with the best comfort and experience. For Private Tours, you may request a specific hotel as one of the customizable options.
Destination Premium Class  Deluxe Class
Cochin
Thekkady
Kumarakom
Marari
  • * Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation.
  • Standard double room is included with your tour. Room upgrade available in the same hotel.

Accommodation Classification

  • CLASSIC ⭐⭐⭐- 3-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
  • PREMIUM ⭐⭐⭐⭐- 4-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
  • DELUXE ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- 5-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations

Hotel Check-in and Check-out

Hotel check-in time is generally 3 pm or later. Check-out time is around 11 am. Hotels usually allow early arrivals and late departures to store your luggage in their luggage room for a few hours.

Pre-Tour Hotel Add-on and Post-Tour Hotel Add-on

Depending on your flight arrival and departure times we may suggest you consider a pre-tour hotel night and/or post-tour hotel night during booking.   The additional night allows you to be well rested before your tour or your flight home.

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Fixed Date Small Group (Land Only)

  • Guaranteed Departure with Minimum 2 Persons
  • Tour Dates
  • Thursday - Friday
  • Premium
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • (Max 16 Guests)
  • Deluxe
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • (Max 10 Guests)
Jan 11 - Jan 19 $1870 $1720 + Airfare $3875 $3625 + Airfare
  • Feb 1 - Feb 9
  • Feb 8 – Feb 16
  • Feb 15 - Feb 23
  • Feb 22 – Mar 1
$1870 $1720 + Airfare $4100 $3850 + Airfare
  • Mar 7 - Mar 15
  • Mar 14 – Mar 22
  • Mar 21 - Mar 29
$1870 $1720 + Airfare $3875 $3625 + Airfare
  • Apr 4 - Apr 12
  • Apr 11 – Apr 19
  • Apr 18 - Apr 26
  • Apr 25 – May 3
$1805 $1655 + Airfare $3875 $3625 + Airfare
  • May 2 - May 10
  • May 9 – May 17
  • May 16 - May 24
  • May 30 – June 7
  • Jun 6 - Jun 14
  • Jun 13 – Jun 21
  • Jun 20 - Jun 28
  • Jul 4 - Jul 12
  • Jul 11 – Jul 19
  • Jul 18 - Jul 26
  • Jul 25 – Aug 5
  • Aug 1 - Aug 9
  • Aug 8 – Aug 16
  • Aug 15 - Aug 23
  • Aug 22 – Aug 30
  • Sep 5 - Sep 13
  • Sep 12 – Sep 20
  • Sep 19 - Sep 27
$1805 $1655 + Airfare $3415 $3165 + Airfare
  • Sep 26 – Oct 4
  • Oct 3 - Oct 11
  • Oct 10 – Oct 18
  • Oct 17 - Oct 25
  • Oct 24 – Nov 1
  • Oct 31 – Nov 8
  • Nov 7 - Nov 15
  • Nov 14 – Nov 22
  • Dec 5 - Dec 13
  • Dec 12 – Dec 20
$1965 $1815 + Airfare $3875 $3625 + Airfare
Small Group Tour Price Details
  • ‣ Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes.
  • ‣ Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Special rate for single travelers and triple sharing are available on request - please inquire.
  • ‣ If the hotels mentioned are unavailable then similar properties will be substituted. You will be advised of any changes to the price.
  • ‣ This tour operates with a minimum of 2 guests

Private Tours (Flexible Date, Land Only)

  • Pick Your Date except Tuesday Departure
Year Tour Dates
  • Premium
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Deluxe
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
2024 Jan 1 – Dec 30 Please Enquire (from $1900 and up) Please Enquire (from $3500 and up)
Private Tour Price Details
  • ‣ Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
  • ‣ Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Special rates for single travelers or larger groups are available on request - please inquire.
  • ‣ Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply during applicable major holidays.
  • ‣ Note that tour prices vary according to season. If your tour straddles two seasons then each portion will be priced according to that season.

Flight Add-On

  • ‣ We work with all major airlines for the best routes and competitive pricing.
  • ‣ The nearest airport is COK(Cochin International Airport).
  • ‣ Contact us for more details and pricing.

Inclusions

  • ‣ Private Airport Hotel Transfers
  • ‣ Hotel Accommodations
  • ‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for details)
  • ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
  • ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments & Attractions per Itinerary

Add-Ons

  • ‣ Pre-tour hotel night
  • ‣ Post-tour hotel night

Exclusions

  • ‣ International Air Fare
  • ‣ Travel Insurance
  • ‣ Medical Expenses
  • Visa Fee
  • ‣ Gratuity
  • ‣ Personal Expenses

Deposit

  • ‣ A deposit of $550 (premium tour) or $1300 (deluxe tour) is due within 3 days of booking confirmation. Full payment to be made 70 days prior to the departure date.
  • ‣ The airfare is due upon flight booking. Airfare and flight schedule shown are indicative only. Actual prices and schedule will be available at flight booking. All airfares are subject to change until paid in full at time of ticketing.
  • ‣ Credit card fee for American Express and non-US issued credit card is 1%. No charge for most other credit cards.

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Suggested Gratuity

  • ‣ Local Guide: US $7 per person per day of sightseeing. US $4 per half day of sightseeing.
  • ‣ Driver: US $5 per person per day of sightseeing. US $3 per half day of sightseeing.
  • ‣ Gratuities may be paid in local currency or US dollars. You can tip the guides and drivers when they finish their assignment with you e.g. end of day, end of city stay, on departure, etc.

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