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Kerala Highlights & Backwaters
Family Tour – 10 days

Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast, is known for its palm fringed beaches and backwaters, a network of canals. Inland are the Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations

South India Highlights

• The beautiful historic Portuguese and Jewish town of Fort Cochin
• The green and lush backwaters of Allepey & Kumarakom
• The tea & spice plantations in the mountain district of Munnar
• Beautiful beach resorts overlooking the Arabian Sea such as Varkala & Kovallum
• Large array of wellbeing Ayuredic resorts, clinics & Ashrams

Kerala Highlights & Backwaters

Daily Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 – Fort Kochi – Arabian Coast

  • Arrive from Australian into Cochin International airport. Taxi pickup and transfer to Fort Kochi hotel and relax
  • The colonial charms of Fort Kochi with arrays of traditional European bungalows and alleys
  • Kochi has a cosmopolitan culture, highly influenced by historical trading partners, the Portuguese, Dutch, Arab, Chinese, and Japanese
  • Kochi is the seat of the Latin church of Kerala and has many ornate Catholic churches

Day 3 – Munnar – Tea & Spice Plantations

  • Munnar is a town in the Western Ghats mountain range in India’s Kerala state
  • A hill station and former resort for the British Raj elite, it’s surrounded by rolling hills dotted with tea plantations established in the late 19th century

Day 4 – Munnar

  • After breakfast, embark on some local sightseeing in around Munnar, including a tour of a tea & spice plantation
  • Enjoy a lunch over the looking the hills and afternoon relax
  • Evening, visit the Pundarjani Traditional Village and enjoy a Kathakali Classical Dance

Stay 2 nights Munnar

Day 5 – Allepey (Backwaters Houseboat)

  • Depart in taxi south to the gateway of the famous Kerala Backwater canal
  • Embark on a wonderful overnight backwaters cruise, in your own private houseboat, complete with your own chef, all meals included
  • Stopping at local villages along the way to purchase local seafood

1 overnight Luxury Houseboat

Days 6 & 7 – Kumarakom Village

  • Disembark the houseboat and continue onto village of Kumarakom
  • Kumarakom is a village on Vembanad Lake in the backwaters of Kerala, laced with canals, where houseboats ply the waters
  • Visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is home to many species including cuckoos and Siberian storks

Stay 2 nights Kumarakom Resort

Days 8 & 9 – Kovalam Beach

  • After breakfast depart to Kovalam beach, a sleepy Lakshadweep seaside fishing village
  • Enjoy time wandering around beach, local markets and soaking up the vibrant atmosphere
  • Take a hike up to the spectacular coastal lighthouse, painted in bright red and white stripes

Stay 2 nights Kovalam Resort

Day 10 – Trivandrum

  • Enjoy your last day relaxing around your Kovalam resort
  • After lunch check and transfer in taxi to Trivandrum international airport for flight back to Australia

Tour Package Includes:

  • Tour Escort for whole journey – minimum 6 pax
  • All airport, train station and hotel transfers in Private taxi with driver
  • 10 days Private group Vehicle, as per itinerary, inclusive of drivers expenses, road tolls, fuel, insurance, parking & AC (different sized cars for size of group)
  • Hotels – 9 nights – mix of 3* & 4* hotels & guest houses & daily breakfast
  • Meals – 1 main vegetarian meal per day (either lunch or dinner)
  • All sightseeing excursions, including tea plantations
  • Fully inclusive private house boat cruise (3 meals a day)
  • Bottled Mineral Water & Wet wipes – for car journey
  • Tour Contact in Sydney & Varanasi offices – Mr. Sunit Tiwari

Tour Package excludes….

  • International Airline tickets
  • Comprehensive Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Indian tourist visas
  • Any shopping or items of personal nature
  • Any meals food or drinks outside included meals as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees to sightseeing
  • Tipping to local staff and drivers
  • Any costs associated with changing of the itinerary, such as cancelling hotels and re-booking

Pricing – From * $2,295 per person – 10 Days

*Is dependent on size of group travellers and standard of hotels and rooms and transport.
• Off season Prices are discounted by 20% – 1st May to 31st August

Tiwari Travel

Enquiries +61 411 989 151