Kerala – Backwaters, Hills & Wildlife

9 Day Tour

Price from R8,905 pp

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Departure dates on request
NB: Holidays are valid from 1 April to 30 September 2016.
All rates are based on current (12.4.2016) rates of exchange.

OVERVIEW

Discover the main highlights of tropical Kerala including Cochin, the Backwaters and Kovalam, with time to relax at the end of your holiday.

Munnar is at an altitude of 1,524 metres and the cool climate provides a welcome relief from the heat of the plains. The surrounding hills are covered in a dense carpet of tea, which comprise some of the world’s highest plantations.

Between the hills and coast are the lush backwaters, a network of waterways providing a source of fish for food, water for farming and a communication route for villagers.

Highlights of your holiday

  • Explore Cochin a city influenced by medieval Portugal, Holland & England
  • Stroll through hill station tea plantations
  • Take an evening boat ride on Lake Periyar
  • Enjoy a cruise on a traditional rice-barge

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL COCHIN

Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Afternoon sightseeing of Cochin, a city till today influenced by medieval Portugal, Holland and England. You visit St. Francis Church, built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan friars where Vasco da Gama was buried for 14 years before his remains were transferred to Lisvon. His tombstone still stands. Nearby is the Mattancherry Palace or “Dutch Palace”. The central hall on the Ist floor was the coronation hall of the rajas of Cochin. Other rooms depict scenes from the Ramayana and Puranic legends connected with Hindu gods. Amazing are the Chinese fishing nets. These cantilevered fishing nets line the entrance to the harbour mouth. They were introduced by traders from the courts of Kublai Khan. You also see the Jew City with the Jewish Synagogue, constructed in 1568, with hand-painted, willow-pattern floor tiles brought from Canton in the mid-18th century by a Rabbi, who had trading interest in that city. Overnight in Cochin.

DAY 2 - COCHIN-MUNNAR

In the morning, check out of your hotel and drive to Munnar (5 hrs).One of the Most popular hill stations in India,Munnar is situated at the confluence of three Mountain streams-Mudrapuhza,Nallathanni and Kundala.Rest of the day at leisure.Overnight in Munnar.

DAY 3 - MUNNAR

Full day at leisure to explore the hill station. Munnar town is located5200 ft above Sea level.The Sita devi lake, Mattupetty Lake and Kundala Lake are memorable spots renowned for there Scenic beauty.Eravikulam national park is arare wild garden of rolling grasslands and evergreen tropical forests. Anamudi,the tallest peak in south India is located here. Top station is a picturesque place with laterite ,rocky mountains. Where the rare Neelakurinji flowers (which flower once in 12 years)are seen.Devikulam, Rajamalai,Pallivasal etc are other interesting places. Overnight in hotel.

DAY 4 - MUNNAR - PERIYAR

After breakfast drive to Periyar National Park. Periyar has one of the world's most fascinating Natural wildlife Sanctuary noted for its Tiger Reserve, geography, diverse wildlife and scenic beauty.
Evening Boat ride on the Lake Periyar where one can have a unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar, however are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake
Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 5 - PERIYAR-KUMARAKOM

After the breakfast leave for Kumarakom by car. On arrival check-in at hotel.
The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that live There in flocks are a fascination for visitors. The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a boat trip round the islands. In the evening enjoy the sunset boat cruise on the Vembanad lake provided by the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 6 - KUMARAKOM

Day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 7 - KUMARAKOM – ALLEPPEY

Morning check-out from the hotel and board a houseboat. Cruise towards Alleppey, the backwaters cruise takes off through a network of canals with a back drop of villages and coconut trees on the shores. Overnight on board the houseboat.

DAY 8 - ALLEPPEY - COCHIN

Disembark the houseboat and transfer to Cochin airport to board flight for onward destination.

PRICES FROM R8,905 PP UPWARDS (EXCLUDING INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS)

Prices will depend on travel date, hotel choice, room category and number of people travelling. Please note that all our itineraries are flexible and can be altered to suit your requirements.

From Typically Includes

  • R8,905 pp 7 nights holiday - Standard Hotels
  • R9,980 pp 7 nights holiday - Superior Hotels
  •  R13,910 pp 7 nights holiday - Deluxe Hotels

NB: Holidays are valid from 1 April to 30 September 2016.
All rates are based on current (12.4.2016) rates of exchange.

City: Cochin

  • Standard Hotel: Abad Plaza
  • Superior Hotel: Holiday Inn
  • Deluxe Hotel: Crowne Plaza

City: Nunnar

  • Standard Hotel: The Silver Tips
  • Superior Hotel: Mountain Trail
  • Deluxe Hotel: Spice Tree

City: Periyar

  • Standard Hotel: Hotel Tree Top
  • Superior Hotel: Greenwood Resort
  • Deluxe Hotel: Greenwood Resort Villa

City: Kumarakom

  • Standard Hotel: Lakesong Resort
  • Superior Hotel: Lakesong Resort
  • Deluxe Hotel: Zuri Resort

Holiday Prices Include:

  • Accommodation at hotels listed above or similar including daily breakfast inclusive of prevailing government taxes
  • Meeting and assistance on arrival and departure
  • Transfers from airport to hotels & vice versa, together with the transfer of 1 suitcase per person
  • Sightseeing tours with local English speaking guides
  • Overnight on a houseboat with all meals
  • Check-in & Check-out time is 12 noon

Holiday Prices Include:

  • Accommodation at hotels listed above or similar including daily breakfast inclusive of prevailing government taxes
  • Meeting and assistance on arrival and departure
  • Transfers from airport to hotels & vice versa, together with the transfer of 1 suitcase per person
  • Sightseeing tours with local English speaking guides
  • Overnight on a houseboat with all meals
  • Check-in & Check-out time is 12 noon

Holiday Prices Do Not Include:

  • International flights into & out of India
  • India domestic flights
  • Indian visa
  • Personal expenses, such as phone calls, laundry, mini-bar, room service, etc.
  • Gratuities to guides, drivers & porters
  • Personal insurance

Value for money
We believe that value for money is important, we want you to travel with ICAN Holidays again. When comparing prices, ensure you are comparing like for like as often there may be a cheaper option, but there may be hidden extras or the quality may not be as good.

Kerala - Backwaters, Hills & Wildlife - 8 Days
Explore South India’s Kerala region. (Code: GIJ)