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South India - Kerala Dreaming

7 Days, Kochi to Cochin
South India - Kerala Dreaming

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Compared to the North, southern India is a different place working on a different pace. But you don't need to devote a month to get here; this compact trip offers read more...

IS THIS Comfort TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Prefer meaningful small group travel with a little more polish and extra frills
    • Are eager to get off the tourist trail and connect with local people
    • Are excited by the prospect of handpicked hotels and guesthouses
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • Comfort hotels/resorts (5 nts), homestay (1 nt).
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners. ( As per PDF itinerary it is 06 breakfast, 01 lunch and 02 dinners)
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  • Arrival transfer.
  • Minibus, houseboat, canoe, taxi, walking.
  • Walking tour in Kochi including Fort Cochin, the Dutch Palace, the Jewish quarter and the fishing market and famous Chinese fishing nets.
  • Kathakali cultural show.
  • Visit Tripunithura Hill Palace.
  • Kumarakom canoe ride.
  • Walking tour of the paddy fields and Chempu village.
  • Houseboat day trip along the Kerala backwaters.
  • Homestay with cooking demonstration and meal with local family.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Kochi
Day 2 Kochi
Day 3 Kochi/Kumarakom
Day 4 Kumarakom/Kerala Backwaters
Day 5 Kerala Backwaters/Vypin Island
Day 6 Vypin Island
Day 7 Depart Vypin Island
Departures
  • Start
  • Finish
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Kochi
  • Kumarakom
  • Alleppey
  • Vypin Island
  • Kochi to Vypin Island Map
  • DAY 1 Arrive Kochi

    Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

    Arrive at any time and transfer to hotel. (Pls advise as the highlighted line seems more informative and was given in GA website and not the PDF) There are no planned activities, so check into to the hotel (check-in time is 12 noon) and enjoy the city.

    Private Vehicle
    Cochin International Airport - Kochi
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Kochi

    Explore on a walking tour in old Fort Kochi, including the fish market, famous Chinese fishing nets, Dutch Palace, Jewish quarter, and spice market. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance.

    After breakfast, explore the old part of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry. Visit the Dutch Palace, which was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin King in the 16th century and the St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, and Santa Cruz Basilica-built by Portuguese in the 16th century. Also walk through the fishing market and the famous Chinese fishing net, believed having been brought by traders from Kubla Khan's court in China. In the evening, attend the popular classical dance-drama of Kerala "Kathakali", which combines literature, music, painting, acting, and dance.

    Orientation Walk
    Kochi
    Get to know the delightful city of Cochin through this guided walk. Visit the Dutch Palace and Jewish Quarter, with its 400-year-old synagogue. Explore a spice market and the oldest church in India -- St Francis Church.

    Kathakali Dance
    Kochi
    Considered one of the oldest dance forms in India, Kathakali is a combination of drama, dance, music, and ritual. Characters with vividly painted faces and elaborate costumes re-enact stories from the Hindu epics, Mahabharata and Ramayana. This dance drama, famous for amazing costumes, extensive makeup, and explosive body movements, is performed exclusively by men. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Kochi/Kumarakom

    Visit Tripunithura Hill Palace then continue to Kumarakom. Enjoy a canoe paddle in the narrow canals and take a walking tour of the paddy fields and Chempu village.

    Visit Tripunithura Hill Palace then continue to Kumarakom, set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake which is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala. Enjoy a canoe paddle in the narrow canals and take a walking tour of the paddy fields and Chempu Village.

    Private Vehicle
    Kochi - Kumarakom 1h 30m-2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Tripunithura Hill Palace Visit
    Kochi
    Enjoy the impressive architecture and beautiful grounds of the Tripunithura Hill Palace. Built in 1865, it is now the largest archaeological museum in Kerala, though it was originally the administrative office for local royalty. There is also a heritage museum, deer park, and children's museum in the complex. Make sure to check out its collection of rare species of medicinal plants.

    Canoeing
    Kumarakom
    Enjoy a canoe paddle in the gorgeous setting of narrow canals in Kumarakom.

    Walking Tour
    Kumarakom
    Enjoy a walk through the green paddy fields of Kumarakom and the delightful little village of Chempu. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Kumarakom/Kerala Backwaters

    Spend the day cruising the Kerala backwaters on a comfortable houseboat while observing local village life and bird watching. Later, arrive at our homestay in Alleppey and enjoy a cooking demonstration of traditional Kerala cuisine and dine with a local family.

    This morning we travel to Alleppey, a golden streak of land surrounded by rivers, lakes, lagoons and canals where we board our private House boat. You can sunbathe on the deck and enjoy the scenery watching daily life take place on the water. The trip goes through a wonderful area full of water birds, palm trees, rice fields and floating water plants that surround the boat like emerald Green Island.

    Later, arrive at our home stay in Alleppey and enjoy a cooking demonstration of traditional Keralan cuisine and dine with a local Family.

    Private Vehicle
    Kumarakom - Alleppey 1h-1h 30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Kerala Backwaters Houseboat Excursion
    Kerala Backwaters 20km
    Lay back and relax on a houseboat as it takes you through the Kerala backwaters. Look around and enjoy the stunning scenery, dotted with coconut trees and reminiscent of a paradise lost.

    Alleppey Homestay
    Alleppey
    Enjoy a stay with a local family in Alleppey and get a real taste of the culture and what life on the islands is like. Learn how to cook some delicious dishes intrinsic to Kerala and dig in and enjoy the cuisine after your lesson. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Kerala Backwaters/Vypin Island

    Take time to relax in paradise with free time to explore the local village and pristine beaches. There's an option to visit an Ayurvedic spa or go cycling.

    Take time to relax in paradise with free time to explore the local village and pristine beaches. There's an option to visit an Ayurvedic spa or go cycling.

    Private Vehicle
    Kerala Backwaters - Vypin Island 1h 30m-2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Optional Activities
    Ayurvedic Spa
    Vypin Island
    Kerala is famous for its Ayurvedic Spas. Visit one and choose from a number of treatments available, like a full body massage.

    Cycling
    Vypin Island
    Jump on a bike and enjoy the ride! (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Vypin Island

    Free Time on Vypiin Island.

    Free Time
    Vypin Island Full Day
    Enjoy some free time, relax on the beach, visit the spa, or go cycling.

    Optional Activities
    Ayurvedic Spa

    Vypin Island
    Kerala is famous for its Ayurvedic Spas. Visit one and choose from a number of treatments available, like a full body massage. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Depart Vypin Island

    Depart at any time.

    Depart at any time, hotel checkout is at 12:00pm. It is very easy to arange a transfer from the resort to the Cochin airport - your CEO will be happy to assist.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.

  2. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  3. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  4. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  5. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  6. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  7. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  8. CULTURE- India is a country which is very different to anything you will have experienced before. Although this means it is not the easiest place to travel, this is also what makes it so special. Pollution, poverty and the crowds can result in initial culture shock but should be seen as an exciting new challenge. During our time here we have come to love this large and wonderfully different country but we know that we should always expect to encounter some difficulties along the way. In India there are very different attitudes to time keeping, public cleanliness, privacy and service. Trains will sometimes be late, plumbing can sometimes be temperamental and power will often just vanish. Optimistic menus turn out to have only one dish available and everyone, just everyone, will want to know your name. If you are able to travel with a lot of patience and a healthy sense of humour, then we know that you - like all of us - will be captivated by what India has to offer.

  9. COMBO TRIP Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes.


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