GEMS OF KERALA
Cultural tour of India

India is many times rightfully referred to as a subcontinent. The South of India is a whole different world then the north. This tour starts in Kochi, continues to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, the Backwaters of Kerala and ends on the beautiful beaches of Kovalam. India features many different geographical regions where diverse civilizations and cultures flourished. At Bestway Tours & Safaris we have developed several tours that focus on the different regions of India. Combine these tours and gain in-depth knowledge of this vast subcontinent.

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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/Trivandrum/Home
(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

In the morning we explore Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, Kerala’s commercial capital with one of the finest natural harbours in the world. We visit St. Francis Church, the oldest European Church in India. Vasco De Gama was buried here before his remains were taken back to Portugal. Next we visit the Roman Catholic Santa Cruz Cathedral built by the Portuguese in the 16th century; which is famous for beautiful paintings on its ceiling. We continue to the Jewish Quarter with its Old Synagogue and the Dutch Palace, built by the Portuguese. Later we take a boat cruise to visit Bolghatty Palace and observe the fascinating Chinese fishing nets in action. In the evening we enjoy 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)

After breakfast we drive to Thekkady to check in our hotel. The area is famous for its spice plantations. In the afternoon we will visit a spice plantation, where cardamom, pepper, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, all spice, and tea are grown. We will also see Ayurvedic medicinal plants and will have the opportunity to buy some garden fresh spices. In the evening we return to our hotel for dinner.
Overnight: Cardamom County (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 04: Thekkady

Our day starts with a jungle walk at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in the early morning, after which we return to our hotel for breakfast. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the world’s most fascinating natural wildlife reserves. Spread across 777 square kilometres it was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. In the afternoon we enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar to watch animals in their natural habitat by the water's edge. We are likely to see animals like boars, Sambars, wild dogs, Langur monkeys and wild elephants. The sanctuary is also a haven for water birds and we can see plenty of darters, grey herons, egrets and kingfishers. The evening is free to explore the local bazaar in Thekkady and purchase some of the famous spices grown in the area. (B, D)

Day 05: Thekkady/Alleppey (Drive)

Today we drive to Alleppey. On arrival in Alleppey we board our traditional houseboat and begin our journey through the picturesque backwaters and small lakes relaxing in the tranquility of Kerala's beautiful scenery. On our journey we come across many boats, canoes and other crafts, as we observe the traditional way of life and activities of the local people.
Overnight: Air-conditioned Deluxe House Boat (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. We then get to relax by the beach with endless white sands by the blue waters of the Arabian Sea in secluded coconut groves.
Overnight: Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 07: Kovalam

Enjoy 01 Rejuvenation Massage (01 Hour) and free day to relax on the beach. (B, D)

Day 08: Kovalam/Trivandrum/Home

After an incredible tour of the Kerala, we are transferred 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, architecture, making new friends and lots of memories. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2017

Jan 23; Feb 10 & 27; Mar 20; Apr 28; May 19; Jun 16; Jul 18; Aug 15; Sep 19; Oct 16; Nov 06; Dec 11

2018

Jan 30; Feb 19; Mar 19; Apr 30; May 18; Jun 15; Jul 17; Aug 21; Sep 18

Tour Price

We accept payment in US $ (US Dollars), CA $ (Canadian Dollars) or equivalent EURO (for clients outside North America). Bestway Tours & Safaris offers conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received, and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
2017
Jan 23; Feb 10 & 27; Mar 20 US$ 1099 / CA$ 1440 US$ 399 / CA$ 539
Apr 28; May 19; Jun 16; Jul 18; Aug 15; Sep 19 US$ 977 / CA$ 1266 US$ 277 / CA$ 360
Oct 16; Nov 06; Dec 11 US$ 1147 / CA$ 1490 US$ 430 / CA$ 557
2018
Jan 30; Feb 19; Mar 19 US$ 1147 / CA$ 1490 US$ 430 / CA$ 557
Apr 30; May 18; Jun 15; Jul 17; Aug 21; Sep 18 US$ 999 / CA$ 1322 US$ 299 / CA$ 385


Notes

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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 - Cochin
  • Spice plantation tour – Thekkady
  • Boat Ride at Lake Periyar – Thekkady
  • Guided Jungle Walking Tour – Thekkady
  • 01 Rejuvenation Massages at Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort – Kovalam
Not Included
  • International airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1600

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1400

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1200

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1000

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.