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The Best Of Kerala - 10 Days / 9 Nights

The state of Kerala is a lush tropical paradise of historic towns, hilltop plantations and scenic coastlines. After touring Cochin, a former 16th Century, Portuguese colony, look for wildlife in the Periyar Reserve and then explore the glorious backwaters around the village of Kumarakom before spending 24 hours on board a luxury houseboat traversing the area's tranquil canals. The remainder of the tour is spent relaxing on one of Southern India's most popular beaches, Kovalam, enjoying the resort's facilities and watching beautiful sunsets over the Indian Ocean.

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Itinerary

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Days 1 & 2 Arrive Cochin

On arrival we meet and transfer you to your hotel with the balance of the day at leisure. Tomorrw we have a full day of sightseeing visiting the Dutch Palace, Fort Cochin, 2 of the oldest Christian churches in India and the fish market with its Chinese fishing nets. Tonight attend a Kathakali dance drama. Malabar House (2 nights)
Accommodation: Malabar House
Included Meals: B

Days 3 & 4 Periyar

Our drive this morning goes through countryside filled with tea, coffee and spice plantations before arriving at the wildlife reserve and taking a tour of a plantation and spice garden. Early the next morning we have a guided (3 hr) walk in the reserve looking for elephants, sambar, gaur, macaques and langur, followed by a wildlife-watching cruise on the Park's dam. Spice Village Hotel (2 nights)
Accommodation: Spice Village Hotel
Included Meals: B

Day 5 Kumarakom

Arriving this morning at our resort in Kumarakom on Vembanad Lake, the rest of the day at leisure with time for optional excursions such as an Ayurvedic full body massage or a walk through the Vembanad Bird Sanctuary (at additional cost). Overnight Kumarakom Lake Resort
Accommodation: Kumarakom Lake Resort
Included Meals: B

Day 6 Houseboat Cruise

Today we board our comfortable houseboat for a leisurely day of exploring canals, lakes and coves in the Backwaters and drifting past villages, lush rice paddies and palm plantations. Overnight on board houseboat.
Included Meals: BLD

Days 7, 8 & 9 in Kovalam

We leave the houseboat this morning and drive to the coastal resort town of Kovalam. The balance of the day and the following 2 days are free to enjoy the beach. Hotel Vivanta by Taj (3 nights)
Accommodation: Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives
Included Meals: B

Day 10 Depart from Trivandrum

Today we transfer you to the airport in Trivandrum for an onward flight.


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Accommodations


Malabar House

Spice Village Hotel

Kumarakom Lake Resort

Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives

Included

- meet & greet on arrival
- round-trip airport transfers
- accommodation as described (or similar)
- ground transportation
- sightseeing as indicated inclusive of entrance
- meals as described by BLD
- local taxes & service charges
- services of professional English-speaking guides

Not Included

- international & domestic airfares (to include or not)
- departure taxes
- most lunches
- optional excursions
- gratuities
- items of a personal nature
- entry visa fee
- ravel insurance



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