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10 Nights Exotic Kerala Holiday

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10 Nights Exotic Kerala Holiday

Referred to as one of the “ten paradises of the world” by National Geographic and boasting a colorful spectrum of beaches, backwaters, lakes and mountains, Kerala will blow you away and steal your heart at the same time. Enjoy a 10 day getaway to this paradise land, courtesy of Citrus Holidays!

Overview

Kerala is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in India, and it has been described as “one of the 100 great trips of the 21st century” by Travel and Leisure. With such credentials as these, it’s hard to think of reasons not to visit. Here, waterfalls, palaces and wildlife sanctuaries are ten a penny, and Kerala’s ecotourism initiatives have given rise to a wealth of nature-based activities, such as mountaineering, trekking and bird-watching in the Western Ghats.

During your 10 day visit, you’ll spend two nights getting to know your way around Kochi, “the Queen of the Arabian Sea” and the spice capital of the world for many years. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to cuisine, as Kochi delicacies often contain a lot of coconut, spices and seafood, due to its coastal position. You’ll visit sights such as the Mattancherry Palace, St Francis’ Church and even receive a cooking demonstration in the evening. You’ll then spend another two nights in Munnar, located deep within the mountain ranges, allowing you to experience Keralan life in its purest and most traditional form, as well as gawp at the incredible scenery and tea plantations Munnar has to offer.

You’ll then head to Thekkady for two nights, located in the Periyar Sanctuary. The sanctuary is made up of dense grasslands which are home to all sorts of exotic wildlife, such as elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur and langurs, and its forest stretches a whopping 140 square miles, so bring your camera as there’s plenty to see during your sensational boat tour from the Periyar Tiger Reserve. 

An exquisite boat tour will take you from Thekkady to Alleppey and next you’ll venture into Kovalam for three nights. After taking a thrilling boat ride you can wine and dine at one of the adorable floating restaurants. This part of the trip is designed to allow for maximum relaxation, far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life back home.

What's Included:

A wealth of activities for every kind of traveler

  • We’ll sort out return international flights from the UK
  • An enjoyable two nights’ stay in the bustling cultural hub that is Kochi
  • Full day Sightseeing of Kochi followed by 1 hour Harbour Cruise on Day 2
  • Stay for another unforgettable two nights in Munnar and take a soft Trekking with Guide on Day 3
  • Soft trekking (17:00-18:00 Hrs) with the guide at Munnar hotel 
  • Get upgraded for free in Munnar to an exquisite valley view room
  • Enjoy campfire (21:00-22:00) in Munnar (Subject to weather Conditions)
  • Cooking demonstration inside the Munnar hotel (18:15-19:00 hours)
  • Cycling facilities inside the hotel in Munnar
  • A memorable two nights’ stay deep in the heart of Thekkady near the Periyar Sanctuary
  • Boogie on down to the dances of the Kathakali and learn about the martial arts of the Kalaripayattu on day 5
  • Get up close and personal with exotic wildlife during a boat tour
  • Property visit (12:30-12:45  in the morning on Day 6 including the Tree House  Coffee Shop,Spices Trees like Pepper, Cardamom & Rabbit Farm)
  • Kerala Saree & Dhothi Demonstration (16:00-16:30 hrs) in Thekkady on Day 6
  • Cooking demonstration (18:30-19:00) at the resort in Thekkady on Day 6
  • Video presentation about Kumily, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (19:00-19:30) & Cultural Programme (19:30-20:00) in Thekkady on Day 6
  • Spend a night on a houseboat in true Agatha Christie style 
  • Never go hungry. All three meals will be provided on board
  • A splendid three nights will be spent in the beautiful Kovalam
  • You’ll see the sights and be transferred to your destinations as transfers will be arranged by us.
  • For certain excursions, an English-speaking guide will be on hand to assist
  • For selected excursions, your chauffeur will also speak English
  • Applicable entrances for monuments and sightseeing places
  • Enjoy a hearty breakfast at every hotel
  • Keep hydrated with one mineral water bottle per person each day
Holiday Highlights:

A land of culture and beauty, embellished with never-ending stretches of coastline!

  • Explore the lively paths of the city of Kochi
  • Visit the tea plantations of Munnar
  • Take a boat tour from the Periyar Tiger Reserve
  • Witness animals such as tigers and elephants in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy a night’s stay on a houseboat 
  • Fall in love with the splendid Kovalam
What's Included:

A wealth of activities for every kind of traveler

  • We’ll sort out return international flights from the UK
  • An enjoyable two nights’ stay in the bustling cultural hub that is Kochi
  • Full day Sightseeing of Kochi followed by 1 hour Harbour Cruise on Day 2
  • Stay for another unforgettable two nights in Munnar and take a soft Trekking with Guide on Day 3
  • Soft trekking (17:00-18:00 Hrs) with the guide at Munnar hotel 
  • Get upgraded for free in Munnar to an exquisite valley view room
  • Enjoy campfire (21:00-22:00) in Munnar (Subject to weather Conditions)
  • Cooking demonstration inside the Munnar hotel (18:15-19:00 hours)
  • Cycling facilities inside the hotel in Munnar
  • A memorable two nights’ stay deep in the heart of Thekkady near the Periyar Sanctuary
  • Boogie on down to the dances of the Kathakali and learn about the martial arts of the Kalaripayattu on day 5
  • Get up close and personal with exotic wildlife during a boat tour
  • Property visit (12:30-12:45  in the morning on Day 6 including the Tree House  Coffee Shop,Spices Trees like Pepper, Cardamom & Rabbit Farm)
  • Kerala Saree & Dhothi Demonstration (16:00-16:30 hrs) in Thekkady on Day 6
  • Cooking demonstration (18:30-19:00) at the resort in Thekkady on Day 6
  • Video presentation about Kumily, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (19:00-19:30) & Cultural Programme (19:30-20:00) in Thekkady on Day 6
  • Spend a night on a houseboat in true Agatha Christie style 
  • Never go hungry. All three meals will be provided on board
  • A splendid three nights will be spent in the beautiful Kovalam
  • You’ll see the sights and be transferred to your destinations as transfers will be arranged by us.
  • For certain excursions, an English-speaking guide will be on hand to assist
  • For selected excursions, your chauffeur will also speak English
  • Applicable entrances for monuments and sightseeing places
  • Enjoy a hearty breakfast at every hotel
  • Keep hydrated with one mineral water bottle per person each day
Duration:
11 Days / 10 Nights
Meal Plan:
Various
Dates Between:
-
Choose your Departure Airport:
See full availability
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*Prices from and subject to availability

Kerala is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in India, and it has been described as “one of the 100 great trips of the 21st century” by Travel and Leisure. With such credentials as these, it’s hard to think of reasons not to visit. Here, waterfalls, palaces and wildlife sanctuaries are ten a penny, and Kerala’s ecotourism initiatives have given rise to a wealth of nature-based activities, such as mountaineering, trekking and bird-watching in the Western Ghats.

During your 10 day visit, you’ll spend two nights getting to know your way around Kochi, “the Queen of the Arabian Sea” and the spice capital of the world for many years. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to cuisine, as Kochi delicacies often contain a lot of coconut, spices and seafood, due to its coastal position. You’ll visit sights such as the Mattancherry Palace, St Francis’ Church and even receive a cooking demonstration in the evening. You’ll then spend another two nights in Munnar, located deep within the mountain ranges, allowing you to experience Keralan life in its purest and most traditional form, as well as gawp at the incredible scenery and tea plantations Munnar has to offer.

You’ll then head to Thekkady for two nights, located in the Periyar Sanctuary. The sanctuary is made up of dense grasslands which are home to all sorts of exotic wildlife, such as elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur and langurs, and its forest stretches a whopping 140 square miles, so bring your camera as there’s plenty to see during your sensational boat tour from the Periyar Tiger Reserve. 

An exquisite boat tour will take you from Thekkady to Alleppey and next you’ll venture into Kovalam for three nights. After taking a thrilling boat ride you can wine and dine at one of the adorable floating restaurants. This part of the trip is designed to allow for maximum relaxation, far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life back home.

A land of culture and beauty, embellished with never-ending stretches of coastline!

  • Explore the lively paths of the city of Kochi
  • Visit the tea plantations of Munnar
  • Take a boat tour from the Periyar Tiger Reserve
  • Witness animals such as tigers and elephants in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy a night’s stay on a houseboat 
  • Fall in love with the splendid Kovalam

The Casino Hotel is not just one of Cochin's landmarks, it's also a fine introduction to the charms of the city, and indeed, of Kerala. Here, you can get an authentic taste of Kerala's colourful life, diverse cultures and eclectic cuisine. The hotel is 6 km from Ernakulam and a 10 minute ferry ride to Fort Cochin and Mattancherry.

The Casino Hotel features regular rooms, spaciously appointed suites and a separate non-smoking wing on the ground floor. Air-conditioned guest rooms are fitted with a personal safe, a minibar and satellite television. Environmentally sensitive practices are the watchword here, as in all the CGH properties.

Many guests love whiling away a relaxed hour or two in the Casino Hotel's sunlit, spacious lounge. This is the heart of the hotel, and usually buzzes with gentle activity like read the local papers (just for curiosity), do a crossword puzzle or just kick back, relax and watch the world go by.

Tharavadu serves Indian, Chinese and continental buffet dishes all day. Seafood specialities can be enjoyed at Fort Cochin restaurant. The Garden Cafe provides grilled food and healthy drinks, while alcoholic beverages can be found at the Vasco da Gama Bar.

The hotel also offers an outdoor pool and in-house Ayurvedic massage services. The Casino Hotel's gym is an expansive space, equipped with a selection of treadmills, weights, cycles, rowers and other equipment. At Casino Hotel you will have experiences that are not just enjoyable, but also environmentally aware and culturally rich.

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Amber Dale is a luxurious nature retreat set in the idyllic highlands of Munnar, for an unforgettable experience of the undulating expanse of mountains, sweeping meadows, meandering green hills and the cuddling fog.

Most Rooms  are with a big balcony where you can see the sun rising behind the mountains directly from the door of the balcony. All rooms have a private bathroom with certain units offering spa bath, while others have free toiletries and a hairdryer. Certain rooms include a seating area for your convenience.

Featuring facilities for various board games and other indoor games, the recreation centre makes leisure time even while indoors an enjoyable one. Rejuvenate your body while you relax your yourself, with Ayurveda & Spa facilities designed to pamper you.

Take a culinary voyage across a selection of cuisines ranging from eclectic Kerala dishes to continental delicacies. Sit back and reminisce about all that you have seen in Munnar over a steaming cup of coffee or tea or plan you next set of activities munching on some tasty snacks at our coffee shop. 

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Greenwoods is a delightful luxury Kerala nature resort located in Kumily, a little town surrounded by dense forests and spice-laden hill slopes. Beneath a lush canopy of tropical trees, there is much to discover and experience here-venerable trees generously endowed with fruit, dazzling shades of green, the melody of birds, dancing shadows.

Lush green tropical trees, cool breeze and serene ambiance signal that you are in Greenwoods resort. The resort has cozy and opulent living units with light wood furnishings and large windows which offer a great view of the green surroundings. All the rooms are equipped with contemporary amenities for a comfortable stay. 

Greenwood resort also offers a variety of recreational activities with facilities such as game room, gym, and health spa. Amrutham, the multi-cuisine restaurant with open air tandoor beside the pool, offers delicate cuisines which are sure to pamper your taste buds. 

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Spend your day on the traditional Houseboat also know as Kettuvallam. 

The Kettuvallam or 'boat with knots' is called so because coir ropes tied in knots hold the entire structure of the boat together. During the entire assembling work of the boat, not a single nail is used. Natural and eco-friendly products like bamboo mat, arecanut trees and coir are used to construct the boats.

Kettuvallam comprise of a separate living room with dining table, a bedroom with bathroom and a sit out area at one corner of the boat.

Guests can enjoy a calm evening right in the middle of the backwaters and watch one of the best sunsets that there could be. 

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The name of this beach resort itself means "the ocean" and it is an ideal place to enjoy the fullness of the beauty of Kovalam, the enchanting beach destination. Visitors can surf on the waves, taste some of the best seafood delicacies or simply let the calm of the deep blue overwhelm you.

Set in inspiring environs, every room of the hotel overlooks the sea and the sprawling lawn stretches upto the beach. You can enjoy a comfortable stay here as the rooms are well equipped with all modern amenities.

One can feel relax by taking massage in Ayurvedic massage center as there are professionals who offer ultimate ayurvedic treatments and therapies to guests. In spite of this, there are other amenities that are also offered to guests like hammocks, beer parlour, guided tours to striking locales nearby and more. To add on some fun in your holiday, you may surf on the waves, taste the best seafood cuisines or just let the silence of the deep blue overwhelm you.

Hence, Hotel Samudra KTDC is the perfect seaside getaway for someone looking for serenity and relaxation.

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Day 1: KOCHI

Welcome to Kochi, the most fascinating city of Kerala. On arrival at Kochi International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Kochi is the magnificent entry to Kerala and has been featured in National Geographic Travellers “50 greatest places of a lifetime.” Spread over several islands and historically rich in culture with booming industries, the city is a fantastic beginning to exploring the vivacious diversity of Kerala. 

Later in the afternoon, explore Willingdon Island on your own cost. It is the largest man-made island in India. The island was formed in the year 1936 and was named after The 1st Earl of Willingdon, who was the British Viceroy of India during that time. One of the prime attractions here is Cochin Harbour Terminus railway station built by Britishers. It provides rail connectivity to the southern segment of the Port of Kochi. At Willingdon Island, you can enjoy a 15-minute boating tour which begins from Willingdon Island and goes up to Fort Kochi. Get back to Willingdon Island from Fort Kochi in the evening on your own cost which is very minimal (less than INR 100 per head).

OVERNIGHT IN KOCHI

Day 2: KOCHI

A morning sightseeing tour will allow you to find out more about Kochi, a city on which the Dutch, British, French and Portuguese have left their mark throughout history. You’ll stop off at Fort Cochin (a centuries-old sea port), Vasco Da Gama Square and Santa Cruz Basilica. Next, head to St Francis’ Church, India’s oldest European church and the burial site of Vasco Da Gama. The VOC Gate, Dutch Palace and Jewish Synagogue are next on your list, followed by Mattancherry Palace and its sensational mural designs. China’s influence on the city can be seen though the “cheenavalas” (gigantic nets) from 1350, a demonstration of which can be observed through watching the fishermen on the shore who are all too happy for you to join them.

Post lunch, at around 14 30 hours, head out for a sightseeing tour covering famous tourist attractions of Kochi such as Vypeen Island, Our Lady of Ransom Basilica – Vallarpadam, Bolgatty Island and Marine drive.

Vypeen Island is a beautiful island destination sprawling over an area of 25 km. It is known for its long sand beaches and laid-back lifestyle. The island is surrounded by the Arabian Sea in the west and Periyar River in the east.

Later head to Our Lady of Ransom Basilica – Vallarpadam, also known as St. Mary's Church. The church was built in 1676 and in 1888 it was declared as a special church. The church houses the famous picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is said to have miraculous powers.

Next head to Bolgatty Island, a picturesque island located near Fort Kochi. The place is known for housing The Bolgatty Palace which was built in 1744 by the Dutch. It is now converted into a beautiful resort having its own golf course.

Your next stop is Marine drive. It offers magnificent views of the backwaters and Kochi Harbour. The walkway at the Marine drive it ideal for a relaxing stroll. Here you will enjoy a 1 hour harbour cruise tour (from 16 30 till 17 30 hours) which begins from Marine drive and ends at the Kochi Harbour.

Later head back to the hotel after 18 00 hours. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kochi. 

OVERNIGHT IN KOCHI

Day 3: KOCHI – MUNNAR

After a hearty breakfast you’ll drive to Munnar after check-out. Munnar is situated deep in the mountain ranges and offers an array of various tea plantations, as well as Acacia and Red Gum trees. Your first glimpse of Munnar will appear as you pass the Pallivasal tea estates, and then you’ll check in to your hotel.

Later at 17 00 to 18 00 hours, you will get to enjoy soft trekking inside the resort in Munnar. It will be a great experience on your Kerala tour and something you will remember for a lifetime.

OVERNIGHT IN MUNNAR

Day 4: MUNNAR

A full day of sightseeing is on the cards for today! You’ll begin by watching the goats in the Rajmalai Wildlife Sanctuary and then venture out to the Kannan Devan Hills, providing panoramic views of the surrounding areas and all its tea plantations. After lunch, you might catch a glimpse of wild elephants on your way to the Mattupetty Dam, and then you’ll enjoy a visit to the Tea Museum where an abundance of photographs and machinery will explain the colorful history of tea.

In the evening at around 18 00 hours, you will get to enjoy the cooking demonstration with the Chef at the resort. It is a wonderful activity which you must participate in to get the real taste of Kerala cuisine and food culture.

OVERNIGHT IN MUNNAR

Day 5: MUNNAR-THEKKADY

Next stop is Thekkady. After checking out of your hotel, you’ll drive to Thekkady and check in to your new hotel, where you’ll spend the afternoon however you please.

You may stroll inside the resort and explore the different shops and activities there (between 15 00 to 16 00 hours). Check out the tree house coffees shop, Vermi Compost Plants, Rabit Park and Plants and Spices.

Kumily Village offers an exciting spice market where you can stock up on souvenirs. In the evening you’ll be spoiled for entertainment. First, you’ll watch the Kathakali dancing which uses elaborate costumes and makeup. After, Kalaripayattu is a martial arts display with different movements and sounds of swords slashing.

OVERNIGHT IN THEKKADY

Day 6: THEKKADY

Post-breakfast, you’re free to do as you please this morning before you head off on a fascinating boat cruise from the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Keep your eyes peeled for tigers, Leopard’s  elephants, Bison,Wild Pigs  and kingfishers, and understand fully how these animals operate in their natural habitat,Return to the hotel

Later in the afternoon at around 16 00 to 16 30 hours, enjoy the Kerala Saree and Dhothi demonstration inside the resort. This will be followed by an interesting video presentation about Periyar wildlife sanctuary in Thekkady and Kumily - the spice market of Kerala between 19:00 to 19:30 hours. After this, you will enjoy the cultural programmes such as Mohiniyattam, Bharatanatyam or Kuchipudi between 19 30 to 20:00 hours. All of these activities are arranged for inside the resort.

OVERNIGHT IN THEKKADY

Day 7: THEKKADY-ALLEPPEY

You will then head out on a houseboat cruise along the backwaters towards Alleppey after breakfast. You’ll have your own personal floating villa for one night, while you admire the scenery of stunning Kerala, including huge Chinese fishing nets, paddy fields, locals going about their business, rustic buildings, temples and coconut trees. Local fish from the backwaters will be prepared with spices and lemon on board for you to eat as well.

OVERNIGHT ON THE HOUSEBOAT

Day 8: ALLEPPEY-KOVALAM

After a mesmerising stay in the houseboat, it’s time to check out and head to Kovalam. This beach paradise is nothing short of breath-taking and is a nice change from the calm and serene backwaters of Alleppey. Kovalam is situated at the southern end of God’s own country and is an iconic tourist destination by itself. Find yourself immersed in the plethora of options for exploration in this stunning beach location.

You may start off your adventure by visiting Hawa Beach, more commonly called Eve’s beach. This energetic beach is a favourite amongst all tourists. You could bask in the sun, indulge on some delicious sea-food or even opt for some interesting adventure activities Another lovely choice for a relaxing beach day is the Samudra Beach. This sea-front is comparatively much less crowded and offers the perfect opportunity to unwind away from the chaos of the other public spots. 

You may return to your accommodation for the night for some much-needed relaxation.

OVERNIGHT IN KOVALAM

Day 9: EXPLORE KOVALAM

Start of your day with a delicious breakfast and gear up for an exciting day of adventure ahead.

A scenic destination that is a must-see during your trip in Kovalam is the Lighthouse Beach. This picturesque location has silvery-white sands and coconut trees that dot the perimeters of the beach. The highlight of this beach is the 30-metre high lighthouse situated at the far-end of this beach. You can reach the top of this spot by climbing a total of 142 steps. The spot also has an observation deck which offers some stunning sights of the surrounding areas.  This beach is also ideal to indulge in water-based activities like swimming, surfing and paragliding. All additional costs shall not be borne by the travel agency. 

The Leela Kovalam Beach is also a fantastic private beach to get some much-needed sunlight and to enjoy the lovely sunsets in Kovalam.

You may spend the rest of the day shopping in and around the numerous markets that are situated near the beach area. These markets are the perfect place to purchase some authentic Kerala goods such as spices, aromatic oils, wall décor and other memorabilia.

You may return to your hotel to unwind after an exciting day of exploration.

OVERNIGHT IN KOVALAM

Day 10: EXPLORE KOVALAM

Start off the day with a hearty breakfast and get set for some lovely sightseeing around Kovalam.

OVERNIGHT IN KOVALAM

Day 11: KOVALAM-TRIVANDRUM AIRPORT

It’s time to go! After breakfast, you’ll check out and this will be your last chance to load up on souvenirs. Nab yourself a silk sari or handmade version and Kerala will forever be in your heart!

BOARD YOUR RETURN FLIGHT HOME

    • Our endeavor will always be to confirm the hotels listed in the package chosen, however in rarest of cases where we are not able to confirm certain hotel(s), like for like alternatives will be provided.
    • Standard check in time at KOCHI   hotel is after 12:00 Hours. Early check in is subject to availability. For Guaranteed early check in before 12 00 Noon, travelers have to book the KOCHI  hotel from the previous night.
    • The package is non-refundable for any inclusion items not used/taken
    • Jewish Synagogue & Dutch Palace will be closed on Fridays and Saturdays (Day 2).
    • Rajamalai National Park is closed from 15th January till 1st April every year, so in that period on the way to Munnar we will give a complimentary visit to Thattekad Bird Sanctuary which is also know as Salim Ali bird sanctuary or travellers can visit Top Station in Munnar on Day 4.
    • Boating timing at Periyar Wildlife sanctuary is Subject to change will be informed 24 hours prior to the boating in Thekkady 
    • Travellers are requested to carry documents at the time of checking out from each hotel. 

    EXCLUSIONS

    • Tips, bar, laundry, telephone calls and other personal expenses not specified above.
    • Early Check in / Late Check out
    • Any additional meals.  
    • Room service charges, Telephone calls, laundry charges, tips of personal nature 
    • And anything not specifically mentioned in the package includes column 
    • Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
    • Personal expense such as laundry or any other services Cost incurred due to mishaps strikes, political unrest etc.
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    Price per adult :from £999
    Product Code : COK002
    Duration:
    11 Days / 10 Nights
    Meal Plan:
    Various
    Dates Between:
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    *Prices from and subject to availability
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