Kerala, with its unparalleled beauty, has earned itself a reputation of being a green paradise for travelers. A Kerala tour with Blaycation proves to be a colorful, tasty, spiritual, & soul satisfying journey for all. Get ready to float through the World’s most popular and unique backwaters, feel the clouds skim past you atop the sky high mountains, relax and moreover excite the foodie in you with some lip smacking Kerala delicacies. Kerala is ready for you. Are you?
Blaycation is very happy to be offering our guests an exclusive chance to be treated like VIP’s on this magical tour of Southern India. This 10 day tour is hosted by Blaycation’s Chief Vacation Officer, Mark Stiles who has been to India several times and personally toured many parts of this exact tour. His insight along with our local experts will undoubtedly keep the tour fun for all. It offers our small group the opportunity to visit the famous Cochin area, the bustling temple town Madurai, escape from the temple bells and discover some of the most delightful areas where one can relax and enjoy some of the sights and sounds, and the natural beauty that Kerala has to offer. magnificent waterfalls, wonderful mountains, cascading tea plantations, sandy beaches and not to mention the blissful backwaters where you can leisurely cruise on your own private houseboat and just watch the world as you drift past. We are sure this program will delight and give our guests an exclusive snap shot into the many tastes and colorful sights and sounds magical India has to offer.
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 : ARRIVE COCHIN
Upon arrival in Cochin International Airport (COK) meet our representative at the airport. After a traditional garland welcome, transfer to your hotel in Fort Cochin. The eventful history of this city began when a major flood in AD 1341 threw open the estuary at Kochi, till then a land locked region, turning it into one of the finest natural harbours in the world. Kochi thus became a haven for seafaring visitors from all over the world and became the first European township in India when the Portuguese settled here in the 15th century. On arrival check into the hotel for 02 nights stay. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight stay at Cochin.
Sat, 21 Sep 2019 : COCHIN
Post breakfast join your guide at hotel for a sightseeing tour of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin, covering the Dutch Palace which was built by the Portuguese in 1555 and was presented to the Raja of Cochin as a gesture of goodwill. The Jewish Synagogue with Saturday being a Jewish holiday our tour of Synagogue will be from Outside. It was originally constructed in 1568, but was destroyed by Portuguese in 1662. This was rebuilt two years later when the Dutch took over Cochin. Chinese fishing nets, The St. Francis Church, said to be India’s oldest European-built church was constructed in 1503. Having died in Cochin in 1524, Vasco Da Gama was buried here for 14 years before his remains were taken to Lisbon. Afternoon free time for Shopping or sightseeing in Jew Town. Evening witness a Kathakali dance show in a local theater. Overnight stay at Cochin.
Sun, 22 Sep 2019 : COCHIN – MUNNAR (135Kms/04Hrs)
Post breakfast, check-out and drive to the famous hill station Munnar located at an altitude of nearly 6000ft. En-route we visit the Spice Plantation in Adimali to learn more about the spices of Kerala. Here the British government established their summer retreat many years ago, thus avoiding the summer heat of the coastal regions. On arrival at Munnar check into hotel for 02 nights. Afternoon free or visit to the local markets.
Overnight stay at Munnar.
Mon, 23 Sep 2019 : MUNNAR
Morning drive through the meticulously groomed tea plantations situated in this wonderful mountain region where the air is fresh and cool. Enjoy a full Day Trek to Chokramudi with Packed Lunch. Chokkarmudi trek will be starting (1420MSL – 2200MSL) with tea plantations, and leads to the ridge with grasslands, rocky terrain etc. The magnificent rocky mountain slopes on sides and the patches of shola forest all together will give a visual delight, the trek offers a beautiful view around including, Anaimudi “highest peak in South India” Idukki dam and the water reservoir of Idukki Dam which listed as one of the highest arch dams in Asia and third tallest dam in India. Evening drive back to your hotel. Overnight stay at Munnar.
Tue, 24 Sep 2019 : MUNNAR – MADURAI(160Kms/4.5Hrs)
Post breakfast drive to Madurai known as the temple town of South India. It is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu. Madurai is famous for the Meenakshi Temple, with its towering gopurams and rare sculptures. On arrival check in to the hotel for 02 nights stay. Afternoon at leisure or enjoy shopping in Madurai know for its famous Silk Fabrics. Evening witness an amazing spiritual and religious experience not to be missed “the putting to bed ceremony” at Meenakshi Amman Temple.
Overnight stay at Madurai.
Wed, 25 Sep 2019 : MADURAI
Post breakfast proceed for a city tour of Madurai covering Meenakshi Amman temple, Thirumalai Nayak Palace and Gandhi museum. Afternoon free at leisure. There are loads of options including shopping or try a local shave, spa treatment and more (optional Ayurveda massage).
Overnight stay at Madurai.
Thu, 26 Sep 2019 : MADURAI – KOLLAM (260Kms / 6.5Hrs)
Post breakfast drive through the Copper Plate Circuit to Ashtamudi backwaters Kollam. Here you will stay in a resort on the banks of Ashtamudi for 02 relaxing nights. En-route stop at the Coutrallam Waterfalls.
Overnight stay at Kollam.
Fri, 27 Sep 2019 : MUNROE ISLAND
Post breakfast proceed to Munroe Island a hidden pearl in the backwaters which is composed of a cluster of 8 islands. Enjoy a Canoe ride through the narrow channels to see the village coir units, Cashew processing units. Finish the cruise with a sumptuous Banana leaf lunch at a local home. Later drive back to hotel. Afternoon free at leisure. (Optional Ayurveda) Overnight stay at Kollam.
Sat, 28 Sep 2019 : KOLLAM – ALLEPPEY – MARARI (100 Kms / 3Hrs)
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and transfer to Marari, en-route enjoy a privately crewed Lunch Cruise in the backwaters of Alleppey. Lunch will be served shortly after arrival. Your backwater cruise takes you through some of Kerala’s most scenic areas where you will see local people living their lives and the only means of transport is by boat. The cruise usually lasts from mid afternoon until dusk. At dusk disembark at Alleppey jetty and drive to Marari for 02 nights.
Overnight stay at Marari.
Sun, 29 Sep 2019 : MARARI
Post breakfast, enjoy an Ayurvedic Massage (45 minutes) at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight stay at Marari.
Mon, 30 Sep 2019 : DEPARTURE COCHIN
In-time transfer to Cochin airport for onward journey.
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Above Tour Cost includes:
- Accommodation on twin share with breakfast basis for 10 Nights / 11 Days as per program.
- All arrival / departure transfer & all surface arrangements by Air Conditioned Tempo Traveler or 18 Seater Coach with reasonable English Speaking Driver and Blaycation co-host as per the program.
- 5-7 Hrs Trek to Chokramudi Peak in Munnar with Lunch.
- Tea Factory Visit with Tea Tasting.
- Spice Plantation Visit in Adimali, Munnar.
- Day Cruise with Lunch in a Non Air conditioned Houseboat in Alleppey.
- Kathakali Show (Sharing) at Cultural Center in Cochin.
- Canoe Ride with Lunch at Monroe Island.
- 01 Ayurvedic (02 Hands 45 minutes Full Body Massage + Shower) at Marari Beach Resort.
- Blaycation Host for the duration of your stay.
- Local English speaking guide during city tour in Cochin, Munnar & Madurai as per program.
- 01 time entrance fee to monuments / sites as per program.
- Traditional welcome at all hotels.
- Arrival & Departure assistance at airports.
- All present applicable taxes.
Above Cost does not include:
- Air Fare
- Visa Fee
- Personal nature Expenses i.e. Telephone calls, Laundry, soft / hard drinks, lunches dinners, tipping etc.
- Camera / Video Fee at monuments / sites.
- All supplements quoted separately.
- Any Porterage services at Airport.
- Any other item not mentioned above.
Hotels envisaged or similar:
Name of City Hotels Room Meal Plan No Of Nights
Cochin Crowne Plaza Deluxe City View BB 02
Munnar The Blanket Resort Camelia BB 02
Madurai The Heritage Deluxe Club BB 02
Kollam The Raviz Ashtamudi Superior BB 02
Marari Marari Beach Resort Garden Villa BB 02
Tour Cost on Twin Sharing Basis $1495 USD per person
Half board can be added for Supplement (Buffet Dinners nightly) $225 USD per person
Single Room Supplement add $600 USD per person