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Tea, Spices & Spa

Tea, Spices & Spa

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Recuperateyourself with 5 full days of Ayurvedic treatments and then discover the natural wonders and fascinating cultures of Kerala, a south Indian state on the tropical Malabar Coast.

While you are in Cochin, gaze out over the warm tropical waters of the Arabian Sea. Enjoy the unique Kathakali dance performance. Travel inland to tea plantations and nature reserves in the lush Western Ghats Mountains. Relax on a small boat (shikara) cruise through a maze of green waterways, coconut groves and rice paddies.

Excite your mind and refresh your body in Kerala!

13 Days, 12 Nights: Cochin, Ayurveda Spa, Munnar, Thekkady & Kumarakom

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ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day 1: Meet Up at Cochin (COK)

Day 2 – 6: Cochin – Ayurveda Wellness Resort

Day 7: Ayurveda Wellness Resort – Munnar

Day 8: Munnar | Tea Plantation & Museum, Nature Tour

Day 9 Munnar – Thekkady | Spice Plantation, Martial Arts Performance

Day 10: Thekkady – Kumarakom | Sunset Cruise, Cultural performance

Day 11: Kumarakom | Butterfly Garden, Alleppey Small Boat Cruise

Day 12: Kumarakom – Cochin | Yoga, Paradesi Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Kathakali Dance Performance

Day 13: Cochin | Yoga, Sunset Cruise, COK Airport

 

INCLUSIONS

‣ 4 & 5-Star Hotel Accommodations

‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet

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

‣ English-speaking Local Guide

‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments

‣ 5 Days Ayurvedic Treatments

‣ Optional Meditation & Yoga

‣ Tea & Spice Plantations

‣ Backwaters Cruise

‣ Kathakali Dance Performance

‣ Martial Arts Performance

‣ Cultural Programs

‣ Cooking Demonstration

 

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 – Ayurveda Wellness Resort

We start the vacation at our handpicked 4-star Ayurveda Wellness Resort. You start with a consultation with your Ayurveda doctor to assess the right treatment program for you.
For the next 5 days, let your Ayurveda team take care of you.
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

Ayurveda Wellness Resort

Enjoy your Ayurveda treatment and the resort!
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

Ayurveda Wellness Resort

Enjoy your Ayurveda treatment and the resort!
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

Ayurveda Wellness Resort

Enjoy your Ayurveda treatment and the resort!
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

Ayurveda Wellness Resort

Enjoy your Ayurveda treatment and the resort!
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

Ayurveda Wellness Resort – Munnar

After breakfast, we take a scenic drive to the beautiful hill station of Munnar.  The region is filled with lush green surroundings, streams, lakes, waterfalls, and spice and tea plantations.  Munnar is also the home of Eravikullam national park.
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
8

Munnar | Tea Plantation & Museum, Nature Tour

After breakfast, we explore the vicinity and enjoy panoramic views of Anamudi, the highest peak south of the Himalayas (2,695 m or nearly 9,000 ft).
We will visit the Munnar Tea Museum to learn about the production of black tea and the history of how Munnar was transformed into a major tea production center. The tea museum outlines the development of Munnar's tea estates, which is veritably conveyed through the displays that include the elementary tea roller as well as showing the modern fully automated tea factory. See the machines used in various stages of tea processing. A sundial placed on a granite block sitting in the tranquil compound welcomes every guest. This artifact was crafted by the Art Industrial School at Nazareth, Tamil Nadu, in the year 1913. It symbolizes the growth and prosperity which the Munnar tea estates experienced.
We proceed with more wildlife watching at Eravikulam sanctuary (depending on the season) or Rajamalai Hills lying adjacent to the park and then stop by Madupetty Dam.
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
9

Munnar – Thekkady | Spice Plantation, Martial Arts Performance

After breakfast, we travel to Thekkady and 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 the various spices are cultivated in different sections of the plantation. In these spice plantations, you can taste the various spices and inhale the fragrant air.
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 the modern visitor.
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!
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
10

Thekkady – Kumarakom | Sunset Cruise and Cultural Performance

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 to watch 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! And then attend a cultural program or cooking demonstration.
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
11

Kumarakom | Butterfly Garden, Alleppey Small Boat Cruise

Start the day with an optional Yoga and then breakfast.
For the greatest pleasure in Kerala, let’s travel to Alleppey for our small boat (shikara) 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 different scenes of daily local life amont the villages, paddy fields and coconut palms.
For the rest of the day, enjoy the beautiful resort grounds.  Watch the local boats go by or attend a cultural program or cooking demonstration. 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
12

Kumarakom - Cochin | Yoga, Paradesi Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Kathakali Dance Performance

After an optional yoga and breakfast, around 9 am we depart 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
13

Cochin | Yoga, Sunset Cruise, COK Airport

Enjoy your morning optional yoga followed by breakfast!
If your flight schedule allows, say goodbye to Kerala on a sunset cruise on the Arabian Sea. The tour comes to an end when we transfer you to Cochin (COK) airport.  Please inform us your international or India domestic flight schedule in order to schedule your 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

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Dates & Pricing 

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Weekly Departures, Monday Feb 1 to Apr 30, 2018 & Sept 15, 2018 – Apr 30, 2019 Call for Price 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

  • ‣ Any Travel Insurance
  • ‣ Medical Expenses
  • ‣ Domestic/International Air Fares and Airport Departure Taxes
  • ‣ Gratuities
  • ‣ Laundry Service
  • ‣ Telephone Calls
  • ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
  • ‣ All the other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions
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Hotels

 
Destination Hotels Rating
Cochin Mariott Courtyard  ★★★★
Kerala An Accredited Ayurveda Wellness Resort, Call For Info  ★★★★
Thekkady Spice Village  ★★★★★
Kumarakom Coconut Lagoon  ★★★★★
Marari Marari Beach Resort  ★★★★★
Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation.