Magical Kerala Tour

If you are yearning to witness the magical beauty of Mother Nature, you must visit Kerala! Adorned by the enchanting beauty of the might Arabian Sea and the charismatic Malabar Coast, it is among the most gorgeous tourist destinations in the entire country! Within this Magical Kerala Tour of 6Days and 5Nights, you will get ample of opportunities to witness, discover and enjoy the mesmerising beauty of Kerala. Starting from the prismatic port-city of Cochin, you will be visiting other pictorial tourist destinations like Munnar, Alleppey and Thekkady. In addition, you will also allow get to enjoy Kerala’s rustic culture, warm hospitality and scenic locales of Kerala within this Magical Kerala Tour.

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TRIP INFORMATION

  • TypeDomestic
  • FromDelhi
  • LocationKochi
  • Arrival date Nov 20, 2017
  • Departure DateNov 26, 2017
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Trip Inclusions

  1. Kathakali Dance Performance
  2. Hill Station
  3. Gundala Lake
  4. Rajamalai National Park
  5. Tata Tea Museum
  6. Blossom Hydel Park
  7. Headworks Dam
  8. Elephant Arrival Spot
  9. Pothamedu View Point
  10. Periyar National Park
  11. Houseboat Stay

Arrival in Cochin

Cochin, the confluence point of the alluring Arabian Sea and the Silent Backwater, will be your host for the day. With your arrival in this pictorial port-city, you will be warmly greeted by our representatives. Hereafter, you will be checked-in into a hotel, where you can unwind, relax and get freshened up.

Though a metropolis, Cochin still holds strong to its roots and cultures. To witness and enjoy the many different facets of Cochin, you will be taken to a cultural show in the evening, where you can enjoy Kathakali dance performance by local artists. Post this lively and vibrant show, you will be guided back to the hotel for your overnight stay.

Drive from Cochin to Munnar (140 km / 4 Hours)

Today morning, after having breakfast, you will be checked-out from the hotel and driven towards the hill station of Munnar. Cossetted by lush greeneries, guarded by captivating hills and mountains, and fringed with never-ending tea plantations, Munnar is also known as the ‘Nature Lover’s Paradise’ and will surely hold you captive throughout your stay. Arriving in this hilly retreat, you will be checked-in into a hotel or a resort; overnight stay in the hotel/resort..

Full Day Munnar Excursion

Today, you will be introduced with the enchanting beauty of Munnar! Following your breakfast at the hotel/resort, you will be embarking on a full day excursion and sightseeing around this gorgeous hill station. During the day, you will be taken to tourist spots like Matuppetty, Echo Point, Gundala Lake, Photo Point and Rajamalai National Park followed by several other destinations.

The day also includes a visit to spice plantations, Tata Tea Museum, Blossom Hydel Park, Headworks Dam, Elephant Arrival Spot and Pothamedu View Point from where you can enjoy amazing sunset views. With the completion of all these visits, you will be guided back to the hotel; for your overnight stay.

Drive from Munnar to Thekkady (110 km / 3 hours)

Waking up in the morning, enjoy a delicious breakfast while adoring the pristine beauty of Munnar! Post this, pack your bags as you will be checked-out from the hotel/resort followed by a drive to Thekkady, the home to Periyar National Park.

Arriving in Thekkady, you will be checked-in into a hotel/resort; settle down in your new abode and get ready to discover the alluring charm and appeal of this picturesque tourist town. Post this, you will be taken for a guided tribal tour to a nearby village, plantation tours and finally for an evening boat ride to Periyar National Park. After returning to hotel, you can spend the evening at leisure or can opt for local shopping in Thekkady; overnight stay at the hotel/resort.

Drive from Thekkady to Alleppey (160 km / 4 Hours)

Your Kerala holidays will never get complete without a visit to its silent backwaters! Today, after having breakfast at the Thekkady hotel/resort, you will be driven towards Alleppey or the ‘Backwater Capital of Kerala. Known for its enchanting backwaters, snake boat races, gurgling canals, lush greeneries and much more, Alleppey is also known as ‘Alappuzha’ or the ‘Venice of the East’.

Arriving in this backwater destination, you will be checked-in into an exciting houseboat. Get freshened up and utilise the heart-warming facilities and amenities within your stay. Post this, cruise through the backwater, discover the swaying beauty of the narrow canals, verdant paddy fields, coconut lagoons and coir villages; overnight stay will be in the houseboat.

Drive from Alleppey to Cochin (100 km / 3 Hours); End of Tour

With today’s breakfast within the houseboat, you will reach the final point of your amazing Kerala tour! Post breakfast, you will be checked-out from the houseboat and driven back to Cochin. Arriving at Cochin International Airport, wish adieu to the salubrious locales and the magical backwaters of Kerala.

  1. Accommodation as discussed and conformed between tour executive and guest through email, with mentioned meal plan
  2. Vehicle as per itinerary including toll, parking, fuel charges and driver bata
  3. Houseboat exclusively for you with all meals which includes welcome drink, snacks, tea, lunch, dinner and breakfast
  4. Houseboat check in at 12Noon and cruises till 5PM, Boat will be anchored till 8AM and cruises till 9AM for checkout
  5. For A/C Houseboat, A/C will be operating from 9PM till 6AM only (All houseboat related inclusions are applicable only if the Itinerary is including Houseboat stay)

  1. All personal expenses including entrance fees at all sightseeing spots
  2. Optional activities mentioned in the itinerary
  3. Compulsory Gala dinner on X'mas & New year Eve as per hotel selected (This varies from 500 to 5000 per person)

Communication and Etiquettes:

To greet people in India fold your palms in front the chest and say “Namaste”. While saying it bow your head slightly – in this way you will signify your respect to another person. The word Namaste comes from the Sanskrit words “Namah te” and means “I bow to you”.Indians say that the real meeting between people is the meeting of their minds. They believe greeting each other with Namaste welcomes their minds to meet.

In India handshake is common among men mostly. Western woman may offer her hand to a westernized Indian man, but usually not to others. Traditional Indian women can shake hands with other women, but normally not with men.

Mysterious Indian head wobble is a non-verbal equivalent of a multipurpose Hindu word “Accha”, which can mean anything from “Good” to “I understand”. Usually head wobble is used by Indian people to respond in the affirmation.  For example, if you ask if you can order taxi and a person will wobble his or her head in reply, that will mean “Yes”. Sometimes head wobble could mean “Thank you” or simply be a sign of friendliness. The head wobble is more prevalent in south regions of India like Kerala; moving on the north you’ll notice that this gesture is less common there.

In traditional Indian culture pointing footwear at people is seen insulting, or touching people or objects with your feet or shoes. If you occasionally do so, you should apologize straight away. On the other side, touching with a hand elder person feet is a sign of respect in India.

Head is considered as the most sensitive part of body in Indian culture, and it is recommended to avoid touching another person head to prevent offending him or her.

Indian people are not used to express their romantic feelings in public. Kissing and hugging outside could be misunderstood in traditional Indian society.

If you visit Hindu temples in India, dress in loose, covering your hands and legs, clothes. Women in this case are required to cover their hair. Remember to take off your shoes before entering temple or mosque. It is polite to take off shoes while visiting somebody’s house or even somebody’s shop in India too.

Clothing:


Try to dress modestly while travelling in India.  It is recommended both for men and women to choose loose clothes covering shoulders and knees. It is generally known that India has very conservative dress standards, especially in rural areas. Here you can hardly find a man wearing shorts or a woman wearing skirt above the ankles. In urban places like Mumbai and Delhi western dress style, including jeans on woman, is prevailing. Liberal views on dress are typical for Goa too: it is all right here to wear anything you want for night party, but still, in day time it will be better to dress more suitable for Asian mentality. Anyway, if you’d like to show respect to Indian culture and to feel yourself comfortable, you might find appropriate to dress yourself “locally”. Kurtas (loose men shirts) and cotton pants would be good option for men, and salwar kameez (tunic and loose trousers) for women.


Food and Drinks:


Indian food is amazing. It is literally exploding with millions of flavors. Hot, sweet, bitter, spicy, fresh, fragrant – it may lead you to one of the biggest culinary adventures in your life. Here are some of our “directions” on your way to it. First of all, we would recommend you to choose western customers oriented restaurants and cafes, because meals here would be less spicy than in the “real” Indian one.  Here you may also expect high service and secure hygienic conditions.  We would advise you to order well roasted or boiled dishes and to avoid dishes made from raw ingredients. Don’t eat food or pass objects with your left hand. The left hand is considered to be unclean in Indian culture as it is using for some bathroom purposes.

Drinks. Drink only bottled water, such as Kinsley, Bisleri and Aquafin, and avoid adding ice into your drinks. Be careful with freshly squeezed juices: if prepared in a good restaurant or juice center, it can really bring you much satisfaction, but if you decide to buy it from street juice maker, it may probably cause some stomach upsets.

Money and Shopping:


The unit of Indian currency is the rupee; it is divided into 100 paise.24 hour banking facilities are available at international airports. Travellers cheques are exchangeable at most hotels; they are acceptable in sterling or American dollars.ATMs are common in most towns and cities in India. However, we recommend you to carry some cash or travellers cheques with you in a case the power goes down, you lose your plastic or ATM is out of order. To exchange currency you must present your passport. It is good to remember, that in India exchanging money except through authorized channels is illegal. It is also not allowed to take rupees out of India.

Bartering is part of shopping experience in India. The more touristy a place, the higher it’s asking prices will be, and the greater it’s price flexibility. Our advice would be “Bargain, bargain and, again, bargain while shopping in India”.

Tipping is very common in India. If a person is offering a small service to you, he or she expects a tip for it. A service in a hotel might justify a tip of Rs20. In a restaurant a 5% tip is quite enough. Rickshaw and taxi drivers should be also tipped.

Transport:


If you need transportation in India, contact your tour operator or your hotel stuff to hire a taxi or a car with private driver. Driving on your own could be uncomfortable due to intense traffic and typical Indian street chaos. Travelling in public transport could be also challenging in India: you will be really fortunate if you could get a seat there. Optionally, if you need to get on the market or on the beach you may use notorious Indian rickshaw.


Beware:


India is not a violent country when it comes to robberies. However, in touristic places mostly could be a lot of thieves waiting for the right opportunity to make their profit on somebody’s carelessness.  To avoid this we recommend you not to flash your valuables around and make sure you carry them safety in your bag. It is better to leave your documents and jewelry in the safe of your hotel room. Wise decision will be not to put large denomination of money in the purse, but to keep them “close to skin” in a special little bag for money. Be careful with Indian monkeys too. Some of them may annoy you wishing to get your food or some attractive objects you hold in hands.

Despite rapid economic growth, India still faces poverty and begging. In every touristic place you will see beggars asking for your money and behaving very often in confronting and persistent way. The best thing probably would be ignoring them, as most of beggars simply do their business and prefer to beg instead of working.  If you would like, you may give Rs10-RS20 to a child or elder person on when leaving the place, nor arriving, to prevent being mobbed.

BOOKING CONDITIONS:


At the time of confirmation of the booking we would require 50% advance of the total invoice.

Balance 50% will be paid 60 days prior to the date of arrival.

For immediate purchase or within 60 days purchase guest has to made full payment before bookings.

 


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