Tour Type: Country Explorer
Brochure Type: TT Asia 2024 v1

Leave the world behind and connect with the enchanting sounds of nature in Kerala. Savour its lingering aroma of spices, the gentle lapping of its backwaters and its vivid colours at every turn.

Dining Summary
  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 5 Breakfast (B)
  • 3 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Lunch (L)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
Be My Guest
  • Kochi: Visit and have dinner with a local family in their home in Kochi and gain a fascinating insight into their lifestyle.
Dive Into Culture
  • Periyar National Park: See an Indian martial arts performance.
  • Kumarakom: Discover rural life on a walking tour with a local market visit.
  • Kochi: See the unique Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi.
Iconic Experience
  • : Join a Local Specialist on a visit to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park.
  • Kumily: Learn about time-tested customs and the cultural significance of spice cultivation during your visit to Kumily Spice Garden.
  • Kerala Backwater Day Tours: Cruise the backwaters of Kerala on a traditional houseboat. Get an insider's look at the day-to-day activities of locals as you journey along Kerala's waterways.
Must-see Highlights
  • : Explore Kochi
  • : Visit Kumily Spice Garden and St. Francis Church in Kochi
  • : Scenic Cruise the Kerala Backwaters on a houseboat
Whats Included
  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Optional Experiences and free time
Whats Included
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Call 979-836-6600 for more information or to book today! Mention code 17816927

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer
Offer valid through 3/31/2024
Duration
6 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1KochiWelcome to Kochi, Gateway to the Backwaters of Kerala: On arrival to Kochi Airport, you'll be transferred to your hotel. The bountiful backwaters of Kerala, 'God's own country', welcome you. This slice of southern India is a lush garden filled with spices, brilliant colours and the enchanting sounds of nature. Relax on the tranquil shores of the Arabian Sea and let the freshest seafood melt in your mouth as you sink into a more straightforward way of life - one where nature sets the pace for the day. Later, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception with local appetisers.
Le Meridien Kochi
Day 2PeriyarNature and Relaxation in Periyar Dive Into Culture: Your love affair with Kerala's lush landscapes begins today. Head to Periyar, named after Kerala's longest river which winds its way deep through the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, your first stop. You may wish to spend the afternoon soaking up the sounds of nature during an immersive Nature Walk with a Local Specialist. Tread lightly along the dense forest trails as you learn about the endemic flora and fauna. Banyan, Teak and Bamboo trees provide a serene backdrop for a lesson in Kerala wildlife. You may be lucky enough to see herds of wild elephant and bison seeking to quench their thirst along the quiet shores of Periyar Lake. Keep a keen eye out for hornbills, flycatchers and kites - some of the many species of local and migratory birds that flock to this pristine sanctuary. With your soul soothed after connecting with nature, head to your hotel to freshen up before an exhilarating Dive Into Culture Kalarippayattu performance. Watch as trained Kalari warriors show off this most ancient of martial arts, jumping and somersaulting in the ultimate coordination between mind and body. After a day of adventure, enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Elephant Court
Day 3KumarakomOnwards to Kumarakom Dive Into Culture: The intoxicating scents of cardamom, cinnamon and cloves linger long after today's encounter with Kerala's famous spices. Your first stop today is a visit to Kumily Spice Garden. Here you'll learn how the locals grow and share an astounding variety of flavourful spices, ranging from pepper and ginger to vanilla and cardamom, the 'Queen of Spices'. Gain in-depth insights into the process of spice cultivation and discover how Kerala's international spice trade has shaped its culture and heritage. There's more to experience as you head to Kumarakom, a tranquil village set on the peaceful banks of Lake Vembanad, the largest lake in Kerala. Embark on a walking tour and Dive Into Cultureas you admire the vibrant day-to-day of village life in the regional market and lively streets.
The Zuri Kumarakom Resort and Spa
Day 4KumarakomCruise the Calm Backwaters: Kerala's intrinsic relationship with water takes centre stage today. Enjoy a leisurely start, then board a traditional houseboat for a cruise surrounded by Kerala's iconic backwaters. Take a deep breath and enjoy the slow, sultry pace of life fringing the narrow canals as you wind your way to Alleppey. Watch villagers wave to each other from their wooden Shikaras (traditional boats), and see how life unfolds along the palm-fringed shoreline. Even your ride for the day is rooted in history. These houseboats, known locally as Kettuvalloms, were formerly old barges used to ferry rice and spices. Upon arriving in Alleppey, disembark and return to Kumarakom for dinner and a relaxing evening.
The Zuri Kumarakom Resort and Spa
Day 5KochiExplore Multi-Cultural Kochi Dive Into Culture Connect with Locals: The remnants of Kerala's colourful, centuries-old trading history are best explored in the old port city of Kochi. It was here that Chinese, Arab and European merchants came to buy the fragrant spices that found their way to tables all over the world. In turn, they left their mark on Kochi's architecture, cuisine and traditions. Colonial bungalows, Catholic churches, mosques and a European fort season the cityscape that was once known as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea'. Enjoy time for lunch before embarking on a city tour to see first-hand this multicultural centre, including views of the Mattancherry Dutch Palace and St. Francis Church, built by Portuguese traders. Visit the Fort Kochi area and see traditional cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, unique to this part of Kerala. See how these fixed land installations made on bamboo scaffolding are artfully lowered into the sea to catch the seafood for which Kochi is famous. This evening, Connect With Localsand enjoy a cooking demonstration with a local family followed by a delicious Be My GuestFarewell Dinner.
Le Meridien Kochi
Day 6KochiFarewell Kochi: Your epic encounter with Kerala's culture and natural wonders has come to an end, but your memories will last a lifetime. Say farewell to your travel companions and take an airport transfer for your onward flight.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
02/17/2024$1,550.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
03/02/2024$1,550.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
03/13/2024$1,550.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
03/30/2024$1,295.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
04/13/2024$1,295.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
04/27/2024$1,295.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
05/11/2024$1,295.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
05/25/2024$1,295.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
06/08/2024$1,295.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
10/19/2024$1,550.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
11/02/2024$1,550.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
11/15/2024$1,550.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
11/30/2024$1,550.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
12/14/2024$1,925.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
01/01/2025$1,950.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
01/08/2025$1,675.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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