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A Glimpse of God's Own Country


Set in the state of Kerala, often described as “God's Own Country” this tour will take you through the colonial history of India in the city of Cochin where you can visit the Jewish Synagogue, and the oldest church built by Europeans in India, St. Francis. In this state famed for its natural beauty you will get to visit plantations, see antelope in the wild, cruise the winding backwaters on a house boat and dine on delectable dishes infused with coconut. Here you will even get a chance to visit some of the premier beach resorts in the country and enjoy Ayurvedic spa therapies that will rejuvenate your body and soul.

Itinerary


As some Cochin monuments will be closed on Friday and Saturday, we recommend beginning your tour Sunday through Thursday.
Cities Covered : Cochin (Kochi)

Arrive at Cochin International Airport, receive assistance upon arrival and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour of Cochin, including sites such as St. Francis Church, the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue and the picturesque Chinese fishing nets. Take a relaxing sunset cruise in the harbor this evening followed by a Kathakali dance performance at the cultural center. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation : Brunton Boatyard, Cochin,Cochin (Kochi) or similiar
Cities Covered : Munnar
After breakfast, drive to Munnar and check in to your next hotel. Take an evening walk through the tea and cardamom plantations with a local guide before returning to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Accommodation : Windermere Estate, Munnar,Munnar or similiar
Cities Covered : Munnar
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a morning walk through the buffer zone of the nearby Eraivikulam National Park to see the endangered Nilgiri Tahr, an endemic antelope. Later, visit the Handicraft Centre and the Tea Museum to witness tea processing. After lunch, embark on a Jeep ride through the tea plantations to Devikulam Lake. Spend the remainder of your afternoon at leisure by the lake before returning to your hotel in Munnar.
Accommodation : Windermere Estate, Munnar,Munnar or similiar
Cities Covered : Kothamangalam ,  Kumarakom
Following breakfast, check out of the hotel and begin the drive to Kumarakom. Stop at Kothamangalam en route for lunch at a traditional plantation bungalow. Upon arrival in Kumarakom, board the houseboat and begin your cruise through the soothing backwaters of Kerala as you wind through the canals near Alleppey. This evening, visit Mankombu village, Bhagavathy temple and a traditional snake boat. Continue to cruise to the anchor point and spend the night on board the houseboat.
Cities Covered : Mararikulam
Breakfast is served on board the houseboat as you continue your exploration of the canals. Disembark the houseboat later this morning and transfer to your beach resort in the village of Mararikulam. The afternoon is yours at leisure; you may choose to partake in the Ayurvedic spa facilities or soak up the sun on the beach. Enjoy an evening cultural show followed by an overnight stay at the beach resort.
Accommodation : Marari Beach Resort, Mararikulam,Mararikulam or similiar
Cities Covered : Mararikulam
The entire day is yours at leisure to relax at the beach or spa. You may alternatively choose to take advantage of other sightseeing options, such as the "Discover Alleppey Tour" or an excursion to Haripad village and temples. Your evening concludes with a cultural show and an overnight stay at the resort.
Accommodation : Marari Beach Resort, Mararikulam,Mararikulam or similiar
Cities Covered : Cochin (Kochi)
After a scrumptious breakfast, check out of your hotel by 12:00 noon and transfer to Cochin International Airport for your onward journey.
Accommodation : Brunton Boatyard, Cochin,Cochin (Kochi) or similiar

Departure Dates and Rates

PLEASE NOTE: The above rates are calculated based on the local currency (INR) and are subject to change based on exchange rate fluctuations. Your balance payment will be due and payable based on the exchange rate at that time. An option to pay in full and lock in today's exchange rate is also available; please contact us for details.


We use hotels listed in our accommodation section or ones similar to them. Please see the accommodation section to see the list of hotels used.


Your price includes:

  • All accommodations as per above sharing basis in these fine hotels (when available) or similar:
    - 01 night accommodation at Brunton Boat Yard in Cochin (Sea-Facing Standard Room)
    - 02 nights accommodation at Windermere Tea Estate in Munnar (Coffee Cottage)
    - 01 night accommodation at One-Room Houseboat (A/C Standard)
    - 02 nights accommodation at Marari Beach Resort in Mararikulam (Garden Villa Room)
  • Breakfast at all locations and all meals on the houseboat
  • Local English-speaking guide for all sightseeing as per itinerary
  • All transport service via air-conditioned Toyota Qualis or similar
  • Assistance upon all arrivals and departures
  • Porterage, tolls, and parking charges 
  • Entrance fees for all monuments visited per the itinerary
  • Still and video camera fees for all monuments visited per the itinerary
  • Boat ride at Cochin
  • Kathakali dance performance entrance at Cochin
  • Jeep ride in Munnar
  • Plantation Bungalow lunch in Kothamangalam
  • Discover Alleppey Tour or Haripad tour in Mararikulam
  • All applicable taxes

Your price does not include:

  • Travel insurance or Mediclaim
  • Gratuities, laundry, beverages, telephone calls, spa treatments, or other expenses of a personal nature
  • Any domestic or international airfare
  • Any train fare
  • Any compulsory holiday dinners or celebrations required by the hotels
  • Any airport taxes or departure taxes
  • Supplement charge for Optional Two-Room Houseboat
  • Any expenses not specifically mentioned as Included
  • Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve dinner
Terms and Conditions

PAYMENT TERMS:

25% of total tour cost due at the time of booking

75% or balance no later than 68 days prior to tour departure date

 

CANCELLATION FEES:

(i) 25% of the total tour value if cancelled more than 65 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS
(ii) 100% of the total tour value if cancelled 0-64 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS

 

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover the losses incurred in case of cancellation. For information on available plans or to purchase travel insurance, please visit www.palacetours.com/insurance.

 

 

 

 





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