GEMS OF KERALA

Cultural tour of India

Spend 8 days exploring Kerala, God’s Own Country. Here we experience the tranquility of the beautiful backwaters and lush, green surroundings. Wander scenic tea estates and spice plantations, sample mouthwatering delicacies and unwind with unique Ayurvedic massage therapy. Combine this journey with one of our other India holiday tour packages to gain in-depth knowledge of this vast subcontinent.

Tour Information
Tour Duration : 08 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Max. Tour Size : 14 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Kochi
(D)
Day 02: Kochi
(B, D)
Day 03: Kochi/Thekkady (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 04: Thekkady
(B, D)
Day 05: Thekkady/Alleppey (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 06: Alleppey/Kovalam (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 07: Kovalam
(B, D)
Day 08: Kovalam/Depart Trivandrum
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Kochi

Namaste – Welcome to India! Upon arrival, we are greeted the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together. We are then transferred to our hotel and have the balance of the day free.

Overnight: Trident Hotel, Kochi (2 nights) (D)

Day 02: Kochi

Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, is Kerala’s commercial capital and is home to one of the finest natural harbours in the world. Today we explore this waterfront gem, starting with a visit to St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The remains of Vasco De Gama, the first European to find India by sea, were buried here before being taken back to Portugal. Next we visit the Roman Catholic Santa Cruz Cathedral, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. We continue to the Jewish Quarter with its Old Synagogue and the Dutch Palace, also built by the Portuguese. Later we take a boat cruise to visit Bolghatty Palace and observe one of the most photographed highlights of Kerala: the massive traditional Chinese fishing nets. In the evening, we enjoy a vibrant Kathakali dance performance. This dramatized presentation of a play usually based on the Hindu epics of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranas, is a unique combination of literature, music, painting, acting and dance. (B, D)

Day 03: Kochi/Thekkady (Drive)

Journey on to Thekkady, where we check in to our hotel. The area is famous for its colourful and fragrant spice plantations. In the afternoon, we will visit the breathtaking fields where cardamom, pepper, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, all spice and tea are grown. We will also see traditional Ayurvedic medicinal plants and have the unique opportunity to buy garden-fresh spices. In the evening, we return to our hotel for dinner.

Overnight: Poetree Sarovar Portico, Thekkady (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 04: Thekkady

Our day starts with a jungle walk at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in the early morning. Home to India’s rare Bengal tigers, this sanctuary is one of the world’s most fascinating natural wildlife reserves. After a jungle walk to spy elephants and unique lion-tailed macaques, we return to our hotel for breakfast. In the afternoon, we enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar, watching animals in their natural habitat by the water's edge. Boars, sambar deer, wild dogs, langur monkeys and elephants are all part of the amazing game viewing here. The sanctuary is also a haven for water birds and we can see plenty of darters, grey herons, egrets and kingfishers. Our evening is free to explore the local bazaar in Thekkady and purchase some of the famous spices grown in this area. (B, D)

Day 05: Thekkady/Alleppey (Drive)

We continue our exploration of South India as we drive to Alleppey. Here we board our traditional houseboat and embark on a journey through the picturesque backwaters of Kerala, relaxing in tranquility as we take in the stunning scenery. Along the way, we see verdant vegetation, glassy lakes and locals going about their traditional way of life.

Overnight: Deluxe Air-Conditioned Houseboat (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 06: Alleppey/Kovalam (Drive)

We enjoy breakfast on board, sail to Alleppey and disembark at the Puthenagady Jetty. A comfortable drive gets us to beautiful Kovalam Beach on the Malabar Coast near Trivandrum. The perfect opportunity to relax on the beach today and soak up Kovalam’s world-famous sun and sands. Sit back, relax and drink in the area’s endless white sands, calming blue waters and secluded coconut groves.

Overnight: Somatheeram Ayurveda Village, Kovalam (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 07: Kovalam

A unique chance to relax as we enjoy a soothing one-hour rejuvenation massage. The rest of our day is free to sample Kovalam’s pristine sands and jewel-toned waters. (B, D)

Day 08: Kovalam/Depart Trivandrum

After an incredible tour of Kerala, we are transferred to the Trivandrum Airport for our flight home. We bid farewell to India after what will have been a memorable journey into history, culture, art and architecture, having made new friends and lots of memories. Or extend our adventure with India holiday tour packages to other regions of incredible India. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates & Prices

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2019 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 23 & 30; Feb 06, 20 & 27; Mar 06, 20 & 27; Apr 03 & 24; May 15; Jun 19; Jul 18; Aug 22; Sep 19 & 26; Oct 16 & 30; Nov 09, 20 & 27; Dec 04,18 & 25  
VALIDITY (Jan 23, 2019 to Mar 27, 2019) US$ 1171 US$ 465 US$ 950 US$ 1050
VALIDITY (Apr 3, 2019 to Sep 19, 2019) US$ 1035 US$ 355 US$ 950 US$ 1050
Sep 26, 2019 US$ 1082 US$ 385 US$ 950 US$ 1050
VALIDITY (Oct 16, 2019 to Dec 04, 2019) US$ 1199 US$ 480 US$ 950 US$ 1050
Dec 18 & 25, 2019 US$ 1415 US$ 615 US$ 950 US$ 1050
2020 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 15 & 29; Feb 12, 19 & 26; Mar 11, 18 & 25; Apr 08 & 22; May 20; Jun 17; Jul 23; Aug 20; Sep 17  
VALIDITY (Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 25, 2020) US$ 1199 US$ 480 US$ 950 US$ 1050
VALIDITY (Apr 08, 2020 to Sep 17, 2020) US$ 1065 US$ 365 US$ 950 US$ 1050
2019 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 23 & 30; Feb 06, 20 & 27; Mar 06, 20 & 27; Apr 03 & 24; May 15; Jun 19; Jul 18; Aug 22; Sep 19 & 26; Oct 16 & 30; Nov 09, 20 & 27; Dec 04,18 & 25  
VALIDITY (Jan 23, 2019 to Mar 27, 2019) CA$ 1487 CA$ 590 CA$ 1490 CA$ 1590
VALIDITY (Apr 3, 2019 to Sep 19, 2019) CA$ 1314 CA$ 450 CA$ 1490 CA$ 1590
Sep 26, 2019 CA$ 1375 CA$ 490 CA$ 1490 CA$ 1590
VALIDITY (Oct 16, 2019 to Dec 04, 2019) CA$ 1530 CA$ 610 CA$ 1490 CA$ 1590
Dec 18 & 25, 2019 CA$ 1799 CA$ 782 CA$ 1490 CA$ 1590
2020 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 15 & 29; Feb 12, 19 & 26; Mar 11, 18 & 25; Apr 08 & 22; May 20; Jun 17; Jul 23; Aug 20; Sep 17  
VALIDITY (Jan 15, 2020 to Mar 25, 2020) CA$ 1530 CA$ 610 CA$ 1490 CA$ 1590
VALIDITY (Apr 08, 2020 to Sep 17, 2020) CA$ 1352 CA$ 464 CA$ 1490 CA$ 1590


Notes

• Baggage allowance in internal flights with in India is 15 Kg per person.
• Unless specified, check-in at hotels in India is at 14:00 Hrs and check out is at 12:00 Hrs.



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 15 Meals as mentioned with daily buffet Breakfast (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of local English speaking guides cum drivers
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
  • Road tax, Toll Charges, parking fees and driver’s overnight wages
  • Harbor Cruise in Cochin (Common Boat)
  • Kathakali Dance performance in Cochin
  • Spice plantation tour in Thekkady
  • Boat Ride at Lake Periyar in Thekkady
  • Guided Jungle Walking Tour in Thekkady
  • 01 Rejuvenation Massage for 01 Hour at Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort in Kovalam
Not Included
  • International airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 14 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.