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Spice Trails of Kerala

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Visit Kerala and discover its many hidden secrets on this 10-day 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 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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10 Days, 8 Nights: Cochin, Thekkady, Kumarakom & Mararikulam
📣   Special Offer $200 Discount  Ends April 14, Thursday

Inclusions


TRIP OVERVIEW

  •  Cochin City Tour
  •  Historic St. Francis Church
  •  Fort Cochin
  •  Chinese Fishing Nets
  •  Synagogue at Jewish Quarter
  •  Dutch Palace
  •  Kumbalanghi Village Tour
  •  Kathakali Dance Performance
  •  Tea Plantation Tour
  • Spice Plantation Tour
  • Lake Periyar Boat Ride
  •  Periyar Natioinal Park and Bamboo River Raft
  • Private Houseboat Lunch Cruise

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR

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

A Dreamy Landscape

Cruise on the unique rice house boats in the famous Kerala backwaters (canals). Watch the farmers working on rice paddy fields, housewives washing laundry while coconut palms wave under a warm breeze.

Cultural Melting Pot

This region has been enriched by local tribes, English tea planters, Jewish settlers, and Dutch & Chinese sea merchants. Keep a keen eye out during your tour at museum, church and tea estate to admire their cultural heritage.

Kathakali dancer showcases an intricate and elaborate make up procedure that you should not miss this cultural performance.
South Indian meals served on banana leaf

Locally Grown Kerala Cuisine

Food is flavored with delicate spices from local spice farms, generating gentle spikes of heat to enthrall your taste buds. Being next to Arabian Sea means a plentiful supply of fresh fish and crabs.


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1

N. America Airport - Cochin (Cok)

Depart from your North America airport to fly to Cochin. Night on board the aircraft. Additional day in transit depending on your flight. *If your flight departs in the early morning hours, you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day i.e. early Friday morning means Thursday night!
2

Arrive Cochin (Cok) | City Tour

Upon arriving at Cochin airport, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel.
Start your vacation with a private Cochin City Excursion.  Over its long history, both European and Chinese traders have left their mark on Cochin. 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.

CHINESE FISHING NETS IN COCHIN
14th century technology transfer!

DELICIOUS KERALA CUISINE
Fresh Local Seafood.

3

Cochin | Village Life, Kathakali Dance Performance

After breakfast, explore the lush green fishing and cultural village of Kumbalanghi Village. Visit crab and agriculture farms, coconut leaves and coir yarn weaving. Enjoy a Kerala seafood lunch.
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.
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

KATHAKALI DANCER
Story telling with intricate gestures, elaborate costumes and striking makeup.

Woman Sorting Green Peppercorns

Village women weave coconut husk into rope

4

Cochin – Thekkady | Periyar Lake Boat & Tea Plantation

After breakfast, we take a scenic drive to the beautiful Thekkady   The region is filled with lush green surroundings, streams, lakes and plantations of tea and spices.
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. 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 ask the hotel front desk.
2 nights in Thekkady.
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

PERIYA BOAT RIDE
Nature lovers will enjoy spotting local wildlife.

TEA PLANTATION TOUR GUIDE
How to transform tea leaves on the bush to your cup of tea.

TEA PLANTATION WORKERS
The workers only pluck young tender leaves for high quality tea.

5

Thekkady | Bamboo River Raft & Jungle Trek, Spice Plantation

Explore Periyar National Park with this half day gentle hike and bamboo rafting. On the rafting you will get a panoramic view of forest-clad hills and chance to see elephant, gaur and sambar in their natural habitat.
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.
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
Look out for elephants and other wildlife during jungle safari. Cheers with your family and friends!

WILDLIFE RESERVE
Look out for elephants and other wildlife in Periyar National Park.

VISIT A SPICE PLANTATION
See how pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, nutmeg, and giant lemons are grown.

SPICE MARKET
Buying fresh nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and other spices grown locally.

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Thekkady – Kumarakom

After breakfast, we depart for Kumarakom. 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.
2 nights in Kumarakom.
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

ECO FRIENDLY HOTEL
Enjoy its lush expansive grounds by the water.

AFTERNOON REFRESHMENTS BY BOAT
Chai and more at your 5-star hotel.

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Kumarakom | 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, paddy fields, and see coconut palms, fishermen and locals on a typical day.
Suggested Add-ons: Enjoy an authentic Ayurveda massage or therapies. Visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake. It spreads across 14 acres and is a favored haunt of migratory birds.
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
Under the coconut trees, a rice houseboat in the Kerala water canal

HOUSE BOAT CRUISE
Glide through the famous Kerala backwaters.

AYURVEDA MASSAGE
Revitalizing the body and easing stress (optional add-on).

8

Kumarakom – Mararikulam

After breakfast drive to Mararikulam (Marari) (half hour drive); on arrival check-in into resort. The resort is located at a sea-side village on a 30-aces with thatched huts, swaying coconut palms, lily ponds, fruit trees and large organic farm.
Enjoy 2 days of Ayurveda-inspired relaxation in this earth-friendly resort. You can handpick fresh ingredients for your meal from the vast Organic Farm.  Learn to cook the local cuisine from the chefs. Watch traditional Mohiniyattam dance and martial art Kalaripayattu demonstration. Partake yoga classes. The in-house naturalist can take you through the rare flora and fauna at the butterfly garden. Or swimming at the pool or Marari Beach. Pumper yourself with authentic Ayurveda massage or therapies (at your own cost). Find out in-house activities at the front desk.
2 nights in Mararikulam.
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

SWIMMING POOL

SUNSET YOGA

Shirodhara Ayurvedic treatment calms, relaxes and has a cleansing effect on the mind and nerves. Our tour and spa holiday packages include this unique offering

Shirodhara treatment with oil, calm & relaxing

9

Mararikulam

A day of leisure at the sea-side resort.
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
10

Mararikulam - 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!
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
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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 Deluxe Class 
Cochin
Thekkady
Kumarakom
Mararikulam
  * Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation.

Accommodation Classification

  • COMFORT ⭐⭐⭐- 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 4 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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📣   Special Offer $200 Discount Ends April 14, Thursday. Discount Applies during Booking.

Available in Small Group Tours ᐅ   and  Private Tours ᐅ

Premium Small Group (Land Only)

  • Guarantee Departure with 4 Persons & Maximum 12

Year
  • Tour Dates
  • Sunday - Tuesday
Deluxe
2022
  • May 8 - May 17
  • May 22 - May 31
  • June 5 – 14
  • June 19 -28
  • Jul 3 – 12
  • Jul 17 – 26
  • Aug 7 – 16
  • Aug 21 – 30
  • Sep 4 – 13
  • Sep 18 - 27
$2,330 $2,130
2022
  • Oct 2 – 11
  • Oct 16 – 25
  • Nov 6 – 15
  • Nov 20 – 29
  • Dec 4 - 13
$3,420 $3,220  
2022
  • Dec 25 – Jan 3
$3,925 $3,725
2023
  • Jan 15 – 24
$3,420 $3,220
2023
  • Feb 5 - 14
$3,925 $3,725
2023
  • Mar 5 – 14
  • Mar 19 – 28
  • Apr 2 – 11
  • April 16 - 25
$3,420 $3,220  
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.
  • ‣ This tour operates with a minimum of 4 and maximum of 14 guests

Private Tours (Land Only, Fixed Dates)

Year
  • Tour Dates
  • Sunday - Tuesday
Deluxe
2022
  • May 8 - May 17
  • May 22 - May 31
  • June 5 – 14
  • June 19 -28
  • Jul 3 – 12
  • Jul 17 – 26
  • Aug 7 – 16
  • Aug 21 – 30
  • Sep 4 – 13
  • Sep 18 - 27
 $2,750 $2,550 ·
2022
  • Oct 2 – 11
  • Oct 16 – 25
  • Nov 6 – 15
  • Nov 20 – 29
  • Dec 4 - 13
$3,840 $3,640    
2022
  • Dec 25 – Jan 3
$4,345 $4,145  
2023
  • Jan 15 – 24
$3,840 $3,640  
2023
  • Feb 5 - 14
$4,345 $4,145  
2023
  • Mar 5 – 14
  • Mar 19 – 28
  • Apr 2 – 11
  • April 16 - 25
$3,840 $3,640  

Private Tours (Land Only)

  • Pick Your Date (Sunday Departure recommended)
Year Tour Dates Deluxe
2022 May - September $2,955 $2,755
2022 Oct 1 – Dec 15 $4,125 $3,925
2022 Dec 16 – Jan 15 $4,665 $4,465    
2023 Jan 16 – March 301 $4,125 $3,925    
2023 April - Dec Please Call
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. 2022 blackout dates: Jan 1-10, March 3-6, April 16-24, May 1-3, July 7-12, September, Dec 16-31 and major holidays. 2023 blackout dates: Jan 1-10, September.
  • ‣ 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

  • ‣ 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

Exclusions

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

Deposit

  • ‣ A deposit of 30% of the land tour price is due within 5 days of booking confirmation. Full payment to be made 60 days prior to the departure date.
  • ‣ The airfare is due upon flight booking.
  • ‣ A monthly installment plan is available - please inquire.

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Optional Add-Ons

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

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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