Kerala with Flights


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Kerala with Flights

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12 days from £1950 pp  Including flight from LHR
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This trip allows you exploring colonial Cochin and tropical Kerala in depth.

At a Glance

  • Explore culture
  • Explore tropical Kerala
  • Explore coffee plantations
  • Spot mysterious birds & backwaters
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It’s now time to embark on a wonderful holiday through Colours Of Kerala. This trip allows you to discover ancient cities, explore colourful markets, let you enjoy Kerala Backwater and houseboat. So book now and make 2017-2018 one to remember with the trip of a lifetime.

Highlights

>>Return economy flights from London Heathrow to Kochi (1 stopover 1-5 hours)
>>Departures available from UK regional airport at the surcharge 
>>Airlines; Turkish, Qatar, Jet, Etihad, KLM, Air France, Gulf, Lufthansa
>>Outbound and inbound flights will be between 6.30am and 11.30pm
>>Valid for selected flights & dates; surcharge may apply for alternative flights
>>Hand luggage: 1 bag up to 7kg
>>Check-in luggage: 20-30kg (varies as per airlines)
>>10 nights in 5 different hotels and 1 night in houseboat
>>Enjoy houseboat stay with all meals
>>Breakfast each morning
>>All transfers in India
>>This holiday is financially protected under ATOL licence 7375

Optional upgrades

>>Add 6 nights in Golden Triangle [Delhi, Agra & Jaipur] from £499 per person [Includes flight from Trivandrum - Delhi] [Click for more details]
>>Upgrade to 4 star hotels from £449 per person
>>Upgrade to 5 star hotels from £899 per person

The Experience

DAY 01 | DEPART LONDON HEATHROW

Today you will board an overnight plane to Cochin. Your flight will have 1 stopover with 1-5 hours stopover. 

Overnight is in the plane.

DAY 02 | ARRIVE COCHIN

Today you will arrive at Cochin’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, an LUMLE representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals terminal building and transfer you to your hotel.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight is in Cochin.

DAY 03 | IN COCHIN

The morning after breakfast, you will be met by your Tour Guide at the hotel lobby and proceed for the sightseeing of Cochin.

Take a tour of the city visiting the Dutch Palace, which has some of India’s most beautiful murals, the Jewish Synagogue in the heart of Jew Town and the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets. See St. Francis Church where Vasco da Gama was originally buried, and the Santa Cruz Church with its pastel coloured interior and carved wooden panels.

In the evening proceed to witness the Kathakali Dance Performance.

Kathakali literally meaning “story dance” is the pantomimic dance drama, the dancing and the acting being blended together into an inseparable form. It is a combination of facial expressions and body movements, which brings out the thought and emotion of the character. Kathakali is predominantly a male art and the dancing is mostly of the masculine type. The position taken by the actor is angular. He never stands erect while acting, his knees being spread out and his legs forming a rhombus, his hands bent at the elbow and his palms on his hips. The outer feet are never flat on the ground and still the actor maintains a perfect balance. The female character is lasya which is gentle and grateful. This is particularly evident in love scenes.

Overnight is in Cochin.

DAY 04 | COCHIN – MUNNAR

Today morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Munnar (130 kms / 03 Hrs).

Upon arrival in Munnar, check-in at the hotel.

Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower that bathes the hills in blue every twelve years will bloom next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2695 m.

Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel.

Overnight is in Munnar.

DAY 05 | IN MUNNAR

Today morning after breakfast, proceed for an interesting trek to the Tea Plantations owned and managed by the Estate people.

Tea estates are situated mostly on the inner slopes of an elevated basin-like plateau. It would be worthwhile to visit some of these tea gardens to witness the plucking of leaves by women who carry conical bamboo baskets on their back and strapped to their forehead by a cloth band. The work on the field is all done by hand and is a fascinating sight.

You will then visit the Tata Tea Museum of Munnar. The Tata Tea Museum diligently portrays the growth of Munnar tea estates, veritably conveyed through some of the displays like the rudimentary tea roller to the modern fully automated tea factory. Visitors to the museum can satiate their curiosity on various stages of tea processing, and also learn a thing or two about the production of black tea. In the evening return back to the hotel.

Overnight is in Munnar.

DAY 06 | MUNNAR – THEKKADY

Today morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Thekkady (90 kms / 03 Hrs).

Upon arrival in Thekkady, check-in at the hotel.

The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. The Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks.

Later enjoy a visit to the Spice Plantations.

The spice plantation in Thekkady is one of the major spice plantations in Kerala. The spice plantations in Kerala are captivating farms to wander in since different spices are cultivated in different sections of each plantation. The entire tour takes about 45 minutes or so, where the local guide will explain the process of growing the different types of spices being cultivated and how they are used in different cuisines etc in the state. If one wants to buy the same, plenty of shops are located in the area.

Spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight is in Thekkady.

DAY 07 | IN THEKKADY

Today morning after an early breakfast, enjoy a guided walk in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

This is an interpretive programme offering excellent opportunity to watch birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The trails often pass through evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands.

The programme is offered between 7.00 am. and 10.30 am. and between 2.00 pm. and 3.00 pm. and lasts for about 3 hours. A maximum of 5 persons can go for trekking at a time along each nature trail, accompanied by a trained tribal guide. The Nature walk is the right programme to feel nature, hear her whispers and smell her flowers.

In the afternoon enjoy a boat ride in the Periyar National Park. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar adds to the charm of the park. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar, however, are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.

Spend the evening at leisure.

Overnight is in Thekkady.

DAY 08 | THEKKADY – ALLEPPEY

Today morning after breakfast, you will be driven to Alleppey (128 Kms 04 Hrs approx.) where upon arrival you will check in at your houseboat.

Climb aboard the traditional kettuvallams (riceboats) converted into houseboats with bedrooms and attached toilets. Originally these boats were used as ferries to carry rice. Cruise through the backwaters of Kerala. The houseboat is one of the 50 “must do” things as described by the National Geographic Traveller magazine. The backwater cruise through the narrow canals that criss-cross
a typical Kerala Village, rich with green paddy fields and verdant coconut trees and is a thrilling experience. The boat cruise takes you to small islets tucked away amidst those waters where you get glimpses of the village at the best of its serenity and innocence. Lunch and dinner will be served on board.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight on board.

DAY 09 | ALLEPPEY – KOVALAM

Today morning, after breakfast de-board the houseboat and you will be transferred to Kovalam (175 kms / 4 Hrs).

Upon arrival in Kovalam, check-in at the hotels.

Just 12 km to the south of Trivandrum lies Kovalam, an uncluttered beach of silvery sands fringed with rows of tall palm trees. Once just a series of sandy bays separated by rocky promontories, deserted except for some fishing villages, it has become a major tourist centre. Kovalam is a pleasant seaside place with a sheltered bay and a wide choice of water sports.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight is in Kovalam.

DAY 10 | IN KOVALAM

Today morning enjoy your breakfast at the hotel.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight is in Kovalam.

DAY 11 | IN KOVALAM

Today morning enjoy your breakfast at the hotel.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight is in Kovalam.

DAY 12 | KOVALAM – TRIVANDRUM – DEPART

Today morning after breakfast, check-out and you will be transferred to Trivandrum airport to connect flight for onward destination.

The Experience

DAY 01 | DEPART LONDON HEATHROW

Today you will board an overnight plane to Cochin. Your flight will have 1 stopover with 1-5 hours stopover. 

Overnight is in the plane.

DAY 02 | ARRIVE COCHIN

Today you will arrive at Cochin’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, an LUMLE representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals terminal building and transfer you to your hotel.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight is in Cochin.

DAY 03 | IN COCHIN

The morning after breakfast, you will be met by your Tour Guide at the hotel lobby and proceed for the sightseeing of Cochin.

Take a tour of the city visiting the Dutch Palace, which has some of India’s most beautiful murals, the Jewish Synagogue in the heart of Jew Town and the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets. See St. Francis Church where Vasco da Gama was originally buried, and the Santa Cruz Church with its pastel coloured interior and carved wooden panels.

In the evening proceed to witness the Kathakali Dance Performance.

Kathakali literally meaning “story dance” is the pantomimic dance drama, the dancing and the acting being blended together into an inseparable form. It is a combination of facial expressions and body movements, which brings out the thought and emotion of the character. Kathakali is predominantly a male art and the dancing is mostly of the masculine type. The position taken by the actor is angular. He never stands erect while acting, his knees being spread out and his legs forming a rhombus, his hands bent at the elbow and his palms on his hips. The outer feet are never flat on the ground and still the actor maintains a perfect balance. The female character is lasya which is gentle and grateful. This is particularly evident in love scenes.

Overnight is in Cochin.

DAY 04 | COCHIN – MUNNAR

Today morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Munnar (130 kms / 03 Hrs).

Upon arrival in Munnar, check-in at the hotel.

Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower that bathes the hills in blue every twelve years will bloom next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2695 m.

Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel.

Overnight is in Munnar.

DAY 05 | IN MUNNAR

Today morning after breakfast, proceed for an interesting trek to the Tea Plantations owned and managed by the Estate people.

Tea estates are situated mostly on the inner slopes of an elevated basin-like plateau. It would be worthwhile to visit some of these tea gardens to witness the plucking of leaves by women who carry conical bamboo baskets on their back and strapped to their forehead by a cloth band. The work on the field is all done by hand and is a fascinating sight.

You will then visit the Tata Tea Museum of Munnar. The Tata Tea Museum diligently portrays the growth of Munnar tea estates, veritably conveyed through some of the displays like the rudimentary tea roller to the modern fully automated tea factory. Visitors to the museum can satiate their curiosity on various stages of tea processing, and also learn a thing or two about the production of black tea. In the evening return back to the hotel.

Overnight is in Munnar.

DAY 06 | MUNNAR – THEKKADY

Today morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Thekkady (90 kms / 03 Hrs).

Upon arrival in Thekkady, check-in at the hotel.

The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. The Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks.

Later enjoy a visit to the Spice Plantations.

The spice plantation in Thekkady is one of the major spice plantations in Kerala. The spice plantations in Kerala are captivating farms to wander in since different spices are cultivated in different sections of each plantation. The entire tour takes about 45 minutes or so, where the local guide will explain the process of growing the different types of spices being cultivated and how they are used in different cuisines etc in the state. If one wants to buy the same, plenty of shops are located in the area.

Spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight is in Thekkady.

DAY 07 | IN THEKKADY

Today morning after an early breakfast, enjoy a guided walk in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

This is an interpretive programme offering excellent opportunity to watch birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The trails often pass through evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands.

The programme is offered between 7.00 am. and 10.30 am. and between 2.00 pm. and 3.00 pm. and lasts for about 3 hours. A maximum of 5 persons can go for trekking at a time along each nature trail, accompanied by a trained tribal guide. The Nature walk is the right programme to feel nature, hear her whispers and smell her flowers.

In the afternoon enjoy a boat ride in the Periyar National Park. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar adds to the charm of the park. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar, however, are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.

Spend the evening at leisure.

Overnight is in Thekkady.

DAY 08 | THEKKADY – ALLEPPEY

Today morning after breakfast, you will be driven to Alleppey (128 Kms 04 Hrs approx.) where upon arrival you will check in at your houseboat.

Climb aboard the traditional kettuvallams (riceboats) converted into houseboats with bedrooms and attached toilets. Originally these boats were used as ferries to carry rice. Cruise through the backwaters of Kerala. The houseboat is one of the 50 “must do” things as described by the National Geographic Traveller magazine. The backwater cruise through the narrow canals that criss-cross
a typical Kerala Village, rich with green paddy fields and verdant coconut trees and is a thrilling experience. The boat cruise takes you to small islets tucked away amidst those waters where you get glimpses of the village at the best of its serenity and innocence. Lunch and dinner will be served on board.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight on board.

DAY 09 | ALLEPPEY – KOVALAM

Today morning, after breakfast de-board the houseboat and you will be transferred to Kovalam (175 kms / 4 Hrs).

Upon arrival in Kovalam, check-in at the hotels.

Just 12 km to the south of Trivandrum lies Kovalam, an uncluttered beach of silvery sands fringed with rows of tall palm trees. Once just a series of sandy bays separated by rocky promontories, deserted except for some fishing villages, it has become a major tourist centre. Kovalam is a pleasant seaside place with a sheltered bay and a wide choice of water sports.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight is in Kovalam.

DAY 10 | IN KOVALAM

Today morning enjoy your breakfast at the hotel.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight is in Kovalam.

DAY 11 | IN KOVALAM

Today morning enjoy your breakfast at the hotel.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight is in Kovalam.

DAY 12 | KOVALAM – TRIVANDRUM – DEPART

Today morning after breakfast, check-out and you will be transferred to Trivandrum airport to connect flight for onward destination.

What's included

  • Return economy flight from London Heathrow
  • 10 Nights’ accommodation on twin sharing basis at the hotels mentioned above or similar
  • Daily buffet breakfast at the hotels mentioned
  • All meals whilst stay in Alleppey
  • All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours will be by air-conditioned Vehicle as below:
  • 01-02 Pax - 01 Ac Medium car
  • 03 Pax – 01 AC Innova
  • 04-07 Pax - 01 AC Tempo Traveller
  • 08 – 14 Pax – 01 AC Mini Coach
  • LUMLE representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
  • English speaking local guides at Day 2 in Cochin & Day 4 in Munnar for 02, 04 and 06 pax and English speaking accompanying guide for 08 and 10 pax for the sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrances as per itinerary.
  • Kathakali Dance Performance in Cochin
  • Tea Factory visit in Munnar
  • Spice Plantation tour in Thekkady
  • Boatride in Periyar National Park
  • Guided Walk in Periyar National Park
  • Mineral water in the vehicle throughout the trip
  • All currently applicable taxes on hotel & transport
  • Govt. service tax of 4.70%

What's not included

  • India visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic/non- alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax, any insurance etc.
  • Any meals other than the mentioned.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Our Cost is not valid for any period other than mentioned above.

Accommodation

Your Hotels

Cochin : Casino
Munnar : Clouds Valley
Thekkady : Elephant Route
Alleppey : Rainbow Cruises
Kovalam : Samudra (KTDC)

Check-in : 15:00 hours
Check-out : Until 12:00 hours
Room occupancy : Maximum 2 adults and 1 child aged 0-17 per room

Offer is based on Twin share so 2 people must book to complete the offer. So valid with 2 full paying adults:

Child discount

Children 0-1 years stay free and pay infant ticket on the flight
Children 2-5 years stay free and pay full price for the flight
Children 5-above years pay full price

Solo traveller can travel from : £1668

Hotels : If the hotels mentioned in the itinerary are unavailable you will stay in hotels of a similar standard

Internet Access : Free access to Wi-Fi at all hotels (in lounge or public area)

Wheelchair access : The hotels and tour are not suitable for wheelchair users.

Mobile number : Please be sure to fill in mobile number when booking. This is so that the driver can get in touch with you.

Flight Documents : Once your final payment has been processed, we will send you an email confirmation. You will receive all travel documentation required for your flights and accommodation shortly afterwards.

Flight Times : Please note that flights may be subject to change, delay or postponement by the provider and that flight times are provisional. We search for the best times for you and will do our utmost to provide you with the flights detailed above. However, please note that flight times are subject to availability and may be amended.

Group : In India you will travel in a group of minimum 01 and maximum 14 people

Vaccination : If you are travelling to India, you may need to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid. For the most up-to-date health advice, you should visit your local doctor/GP or visit www.gov.uk.

Cancellation Conditions : This offer cannot be cancelled or modified, and any Lumle Holidays booking fee paid is strictly non-refundable

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A private departures on any day all around the year can be arranged for this trek/tour, for more details and dates E-mail sales@lumle.com

AVAILABILITY OPTIONS

OPENED: This date is available and open for bookings.
LIMITED: There are very limited number of available places on this departure. Immediate booking.
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CLOSED: This date is currently unavailable. Please contact us, if you are interested in travelling on this date.

Your Program Duration = 12 Days
All the Prices are in GBP (£) Per Person.

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    • Timezone GMT+5 1/2 hours
    • Recommended airlines Turkish, Jet, Air India, Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss, Oman, Etihad, Qatar, Emirates
    • Best season Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec

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