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Rejuvenate in Malabar

Rejuvenate in Malabar

$2330

per person

Rejuvenate yourself with Ayurvedic massages while discovering the natural wonders and fascinating cultures of Kerala, a south Indian state on the tropical Malabar Coast.

We start from Cochin harbor on the Arabian Sea, up to the cool hill station and tea plantations before descending down to backwaters of fresh water lagoons and canals. We end on a sunny beach facing the Arabian Sea under the coconut trees. While your taste buds enjoy tea, spices, fresh seafood and other local produce, you are also pampered with Ayuedaa massages and enjoy the unique Kathakali dance and Kerala martial art performances.

A perfect formula of excitement and relaxation awaits you in Kerala!

10 Days, 9 Nights: Cochin, Thekkady, Kumarakom & Marari

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ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day 1: Cochin | COK Airport

Day 2: Cochin – Thekkady | Tea Plantation & Factory, Periyar Jungle Tour, Martial Arts Performance

Day 3: Thekkay | Spice Plantation, Ayurvedic Full Body Massage, Cooking Demonstration, Cultural Performance

Day 4: Thekkady – Kumarakom | Sunset Cruise

Day 5: Kumarakom | Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Butterfly Garden, Full Body Massage, Cultural Performance

Day 6: Kumarakom | Bird Watching, Alleppey Houseboat Lunch Cruise, Cultural Performance.

Day 7: Kumarakom – Marari | Full Body Massage

Day 8: Marari | Temple Trail

Day 9: Marari – Cochin | Cochin City Tour, Kathakali Dance Performance

Day 10: Cochin | Sunset Cruise, COK Airport

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INCLUSIONS

‣ Hotel Accommodations

‣ Airport Transfers, Meet & Greet

‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for more details)

‣ English-speaking Local Guide

‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments

‣ 3 Ayurvedic Full Body Massages

‣ Tea & Spice Plantations

‣ Backwaters Houseboat Lunch Cruise

‣ Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

‣ Jungle Tour

‣ Kathakali Dance Performance

‣ Martial Arts Performance

‣ Cultural Programs

‣ Cooking Demonstration

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1

Meet Up at Cochin (COK)

Upon arrival into Cochin, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax and enjoy the hotel for the remainder of the day or explore this bustling state capital on your own.

Find serenity in peaceful Cochin, as you gaze out over the warm tropical waters of the Arabian Sea.
2

Cochin – Thekkady | Tea Plantation & Factory, Periyar Jungle Tour, Martial Arts Performance

After breakfast, we take a scenic drive up to the hill station to visit the tea plantation.  The region is filled with lush green surroundings, streams, lakes, waterfalls, rubber trees, spice and tea plantations (tea gardens).
We will walk among the tea bushes (Camellia sinensis), learn how tea growing was introduced to India and this area was transformed into a major tea production center. The factory tour shows us the tea making process: Crush, Tear and Curl. You end the tour with a tea tasting.
Our team always brings home tea fresh from the tea estate. Add the ground masala, you get a nice cup of chai in 5 minutes!
Explore Periyar on a jungle safari and boat ride. Visit the botanical garden, hills and valleys, tropical forests, sprawling grass lands, sholas, cascading waterfalls and cardamom plantation.  This reserve is home to many endangered species like the lion tailed macaque; nilgiri tahrs and more.
This evening, enjoy the exciting Kalaripayattu martial arts performance. The practitioners are trained in jumping, running, somersaults and various traditional weapons. In between the breathtaking demonstrations, be ready to volunteer to jump into the pit and participate - an opportunity that should not be missed!
This evening, we stay at Spice Village Resort.
Spice Village is located in the Periyar wilderness, high in the western ghats (mountains) of Kerala. For centuries the area has attracted explorers and adventurers, mercenaries and empire builders, kings and merchant princes. Men and women drawn not only by the lure of spices, but also by the romance and wild beauty of the land. The Portuguese and the Jews of Cochin visited as traders, turning the natural bounties of the area into wealth. With abundant pepper and cardamom, cinnamon and ginger, nutmeg, mace and anise the Periyar hills became nature's taste factory. In the 14th century Cochin was the port of lading for a spice-hungry world. Today, its lush rainforests and unique animals still attract modern visitors.
This resort offers in-house yoga sessions and meditation sessions. Please check with the front desk for the daily schedule.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast   Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
3

Thekkay | Spice Plantation, Ayurvedic Massage, Cooking Demonstration, Cultural Performance

After breakfast, take a private tour of a Kerala spice plantation where you can see how pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and nutmeg are grown. The spice plantations in Kerala are captivating farms to wander in with various spices are cultivated in different sections of the grounds. In these spice plantations, you can also go for nature walks, bird watching treks, as well as taste the various spices and inhale the fragrant air.
Relax at the resort with an Ayurvedic full body massage, cooking demonstration and cultural performance at the hotel.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
4

Thekkady – Kumarakom | Sunset Cruise

After breakfast, we descend from the hill station to Kumarakom at the backwaters.
Perched sleepily amongst a tangle of lush tropical waterways known as the Keralan backwaters, Kumarakom is technically a cluster of islands on Lake Vembanad - one of Asia’s largest freshwater lakes. Located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake is the wonderful Kumarakom bird sanctuary spread across 14 acres, which is a favored haunt of migratory birds.
Kumarakom is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The resort offers a morning nature walk to further refresh your spirit in Kerala’s wilderness.  Don’t miss the opportunities for in-house yoga, meditation sessions, watching birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The daily schedule of activities is posted at the welcome center.
Enjoy your sunset cruise to get acquainted with the backwaters!
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast   Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
5

Kumarakom | Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary , Butterfly Garden, Full Body Massage

Enjoy the early morning nature walk and bird watching at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary . After breakfast, visit the butterfly garden.
Of course, we need to experience the wonderful Ayurveda full body massage at this backwaters resort.
For the rest of the day, enjoy the beautiful grounds.  Watch the local boats go by or attend a cultural program or cooking demonstration at the hotel. Kerala is also known as God's Own Country, let it sink in!
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast   Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
6

Kumarakom | Alleppey Houseboat Lunch Cruise, Cultural Program

If you missed the early morning nature walk and bird watching yesterday, this is another chance!
After breakfast, for the greatest pleasure in Kerala, let’s travel to Alleppey for our houseboat lunch cruise in the Backwaters.  A never-to-miss experience to cruise slowly through the shimmering backwaters, where you’ll see kingfishers diving for fish, boats delivering their goods, boys splashing in the water, and women preparing meals in the shade of coconut palms.
The city of Alleppey is spread throughout its canals, lakes and lagoons.  Our cruise will lead us through a maze of canals to observe scenes  of daily local life among the villages, paddy fields and coconut palms.
Join a meditation session (optional) or cultural program at the hotel before dinner.  Relax!
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
7

Kumarakom – Marari | Full Body Massage

To explore Kerala, after breakfast we leave behind the backwaters and go to the golden sands on the Arabian Sea Coast at Marari Beach. The serenity and tranquility of this beach and local fishing village takes beach lovers backwards in time. The indolent pace of local life makes vacationing here a reviving experience.
You will be staying at a resort that reflects the simplicity and elegant charm of traditional fishing villages in the local area.  At the nearby fishing village, you can get to see the fishermen bring back their catch of the day to be auctioned every morning.  You can also enjoy the experience of picking vegetables or fruits fresh from the organic garden in the resort.
Don’t forget to check the list of daily activities at the resort including in-house yoga, meditation and more!
You deserve another Ayurveda full body massage today!
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
8

Marari | Temple Trail

The Temple Trail - A half-day guided trip to 5 major temples in this part of Kerala – the Shiva temple at Mararikulam, the Devi temple at Mullackal, Alleppey, the Jain temple at Alleppey, the famous Krishna temple at Ambalapuzha and the serpent god temple at Mannarshala.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
9

Marari - Cochin | Paradesi Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Kathakali Dance Performance

After breakfast, at around 9 am we return to Cochin for the city tour.
Over its long history, foreigners have left their mark on Cochin, from St Thomas the Apostle (A.D. 50) to Jews, Syrian Christians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguese, Dutch and the British.  The seaport has been a busy hub for trade for centuries and is still an important center for the tea and spice trade.  Explore the historic Fort Cochin and Mattancherry district, and stroll down the harbor to see little fishing boats and the famous Chinese fishing nets.
Paradesi Synagogue. Built in 1568, it is the oldest synagogue in the former British Commonwealth.  The synagogue is magnificently decorated with Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here.
The Dutch Palace offers a fantastic view of the city. It is also notable for some of the best murals of Indian mythology, particularly in the bed chambers. In that room one can see the entire story of the Ramayana on the walls. The palace also contains rare examples of traditional Kerala flooring, which look like polished black marble but are actually a mixture of burnt coconut shells, charcoal, lime, plant juices and egg whites.
This evening, enjoy a Kathakali dance performance.  This highly sophisticated and dramatic dance-drama originated in 17th century Kerala. The word Kathakali literally means "Story-Play". It is known for its large, elaborate makeup and costumes. All the roles are usually performed by men, and the actors rely heavily on hand gestures to convey their story.
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast   Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
10

Cochin | Sunset Cruise, COK Airport

Enjoy your morning optional yoga followed by breakfast!
We want you to fully enjoy Kerala! If your flight schedule allows, let’s say goodbye to Kerala on a sunset cruise on the Arabian Sea. The tour comes to an end when we transfer you to Cochin airport.
Please inform us of your international or India domestic flight schedule in order to schedule your COK airport transfer.  Bon voyage from God’s Country!
Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

Tour Location

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Dates & Pricing

DEPARTURE DATE DBL OCC SGL OCC
Weekly Departures, Monday Jan 15 to Apr 30 2018 $3,640 CALL FOR PRICE
Weekly Departures, Monday May 1 to Sep 30 2018 $2,330 CALL FOR PRICE
Weekly Departures, Monday Oct 1 to Dec 20 2018 $3,640 CALL FOR PRICE
Weekly Departures, Monday Jan 11 to Feb 28 2019 $3,885 CALL FOR PRICE
Prices include all currently applicable taxes.   Special Departure Dates on Request *   Private tours and single-person tours are available with nominal supplement price **  Discount is available for a group of 10 or more ***

Booking Your Flight

We can find the best flights and airfares for your tour.
Buying your own air tickets? No problem.

Exclusions

  • ‣ International Air Fares To And From India
  • ‣ Travel Insurance
  • ‣ Medical Expenses
  • ‣ Visa Fee For India
  • ‣ Gratuities
  • ‣ Laundry Service
  • ‣ Personal Expenses and Telephone Calls
  • ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
  • ‣ All other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions
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Hotels

 
Destination Hotels Rating
Cochin Casino Hotel  ★★★
Thekkady Spice Village  ★★★★★
Kumarakom Coconut Lagoon  ★★★★★
Marari Marari Beach Resort  ★★★★★
  Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation.