Le Passage to India ~ Kerala (2018/2019)


Tour Name Duration Region Date(s) Price From Description
Kerala (2018/2019) 7 Days India Oct 1, 2018-Mar 31, 2019 $1165

With the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 ms in the east and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. An equable climate. A long shoreline with serene beaches. Tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters. Lush hill stations and exotic wildlife. Waterfalls. Sprawling plantations and paddy fields. Ayurvedic health holidays. Enchanting art forms. Magical festivals. Historic and cultural monuments. An exotic cuisine... All of which offer you a unique experience. And what's more, each of these charming destinations is only a two hour drive from the other. A singular advantage no other destination offers.

Kerala, India's most advanced society: With hundred percent literacy. World-class health care systems. India's lowest infant mortality and highest life expectancy rates. The highest physical quality of life in India. Peaceful and pristine, Kerala is also India's cleanest state.

Superior room, Family and Friends and single supplement rates also available.

Included:

A.  Accommodations - Single/twin occupancy room for a total of 6 nights.
B.  Meals - On room plus breakfast basis.
C.  Guides - English speaking local guides for Cochin & Periya
D.  Transport - Air-conditioned medium car for (1 - 2 pax) & Toyota Innova (for 3 pax)
E.  Assistance & Porterages - Meeting and assistance on arrive/departure at airports, hotels and railway stations by Le Passage to India representative and porterages at hotels, railway station for 1 standard bag per person included.
F.  Others - Kathakali Dance show in Cochin
G. Boat Ride at Lake Periyar
H. Tax - Service tax of 3.09% as applicable on all tour packages.

Rates do not include:
- Any airfare, airport taxes, supplement for which are quoted separately if applicable.
- Expenses of personal nature such as table drinks, telephone calls,  laundry, camera fees still or video, tips to drivers, local guides and hotel staff.
- Any insurance covers against mishpa or evacuation.

HOTELS ENVISAGED:
CITY                HOTELS (rooms)                     NIGHTS
Cochin          Arches (standard)              01 Night
Periyar          Tree Top (standard)          01 Night
Kumarakom   Lake Song Resort (deluxe) 02 Nights
Mararikulam   Abad Turtle Resort            02 Nights

DAY 01 Arrive Kochi
Arrive Kochi by flight (flight not included).  On arrival meet and transfer to your hotel (standard check in time 12 noon).
Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight stay

DAY 02 Kochi (Cochin)-Periyar
Morning:  After breakfast sightseeing tour of Kochi.  Visit the Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays), the Jewish Synagogue - (which remains closed on Fridays & Saturdays) St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basillica.  While driving along the coastline, at the Harbour's mouth, one can also view the unique and still-in-use "Chinese Fishing Nets" which were introduced by the Chinese traders in the 14th Century.  The tour ends in the Fort Kochi area where you can walk through the historical Dutch and Portuguese buildings.  Some parts of this nearly 500-year old Fort are still amazingly well preserved. 

Later leave for Periyar.  The journey is approximately 195 kms and takes around 5 hours.  On arrival, check in at hotel.
Overnight stay.

DAY 03 Periyar-Kumarakom
Periyar is on 1000 meters above the sea level and is rich in spice growing.  95% pepper in India is producted from here.  Vasco de Gama was the first European to land on the Malabar Coast in 1498 A.D. in search of spices.  Pepper in those days was exported against the equal weight of gold, so in the beginning of 15th century pepper was called black gold.

Morning take Boat Ride on Lake Periyar inside the sanctuary.  The morning boat ride is the best time to see herds of Wild Elephants and other animals in their natural habitat as they flock to the lake to drink water.

Later drive to Jumarakom 143 kms & 4 hours drive.
On arrival check in at resort
Overnight stay

DAY 04 Kumarakom
Kumarakom slumbers on the banks of the famour Vembanad Lake, which is a part of Kuttanad ('granary' of Kerala).  The Vembanad Lake with its majestic canals, streams and distributaries along its banks weave an intricate and enchantingly beautiful web.  The gorgeous green of the fringed palms ripple in the blue waters and blend into wavelets.

Day of leisure for independent activities (No transport incorporated)
Overnight stay

DAY 05 Kumarakom - Mararikulam
Today morning drive to Mararikulam. (35 kms & 45 minutes drive).
On arrival check in at your beach resort.
Overnight stay

DAY 06 Mararikulam
Day at leisure ( No transport incorporated)
Overnight stay

DAY 07 Mararikulam - Kochi - leave Kochi
Today in time departure transfer to Kochi airport (65 kms & 1 1/2 hours drive) to board connecting return flight to home or onward destination
End of tour
Check in & Check out time 12 noon