Kerala - The Land Of Spices - 7 nights

Kochi, Kumarakom, Mararikulam

Truly God's Own Country, Kerala is shaped by its layered landscape, the Arabian Sea coast and beaches, a tranquil network of glistening backwaters and, of course, the spice and tea covered hills of the western ghats.

Besides its famous b...

Truly God's Own Country, Kerala is shaped by its layered landscape, the Arabian Sea coast and beaches, a tranquil network of glistening backwaters and, of course, the spice and tea covered hills of the western ghats.

Besides its famous backwaters, elegant houseboats, ayurvedic treatments and subtly spiced delicacies, Kerala is home to some exciting wildlife, while vibrant traditions such as Kathakali plays, temple festivals and snake-boat races frequently bring even the smallest of villages to life.

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  • The tour has been designed to ensure that our guests are able to enjoy the destination at a leisurely pace or explore more as per their choice. Do let us know if the explorer inside you is hungry for more and we will be able to provide more than enough.
  • With Local Guide
starting from
45,138 * per person
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Optionals
  • Inclusions
  • Dates & Price
  • Before you Go
  • Important Info

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation as per hotels mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All transfers, sightseeing tours and excursions by air-conditioned Toyota Innova as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fee to monuments and places of interest mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking local guide during sightseeing at all sightseeing places.
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Itinerary in Brief

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  • Day 1 ARRIVE IN KOCHI

  • Day 2 KOCHI

  • Day 3 KOCHI

  • Day 4 KOCHI - KUMARAKOM

  • Day 5 KUMARAKOM

  • Day 6 KUMARAKOM-MARARIKULAM

  • Day 7 MARARIKULAM

  • Day 8 KOCHI DEPARTURE

  • Day 1
    ARRIVE IN KOCHI
    • You will arrive at Cochin International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection as you exit the arrival terminal, you will be received by an Enable Travel representative with a placard bearing your name. The representative will guide you to the awaiting vehicle facilitating your smooth transfer to your hotel. (Check-in time 1200-1400 hrs / early check-in is subject to availability)

      Strategically located on the east-west sea route, Cochin or Kochi is Kerala's most cosmopolitan city, boasting of one of the finest natural harbours in the world. With its wealth of historical associations and its setting on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsula, Kochi perfectly reflects the eclecticism of Kerala. Apart from being a major commercial hub, Kochi is also a major tourist attraction in southern India.

      Cochin served as a very important seaport and was at the centre of trade with the Chinese, Arabs, Phoenician, Romans and Greeks. You are able to catch a glimpse of the past through the old colonial churches, tiled houses built in the Chinese pagoda style, the famous Chinese fishing nets, colonial buildings, synagogues and mosques - all narrating fascinating tales of this enriched harbour town.

    • Casino Hotel
    • The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore shopping and the spa treatments.

    • Meals included: None (meals on your own)
  • Day 2
    KOCHI
    • Casino Hotel
    • Explore the city of Kochi.

      After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, you will be accompanied by your local guide on a half-day sightseeing tour of Cochin.

      Explore the "Queen of the Arabian Sea", Cochin. Unravel the ancient treasures of this quaint port town by visiting its fascinating sights. Visit the Chinese Fishing Nets and watch local fishermen lower the fishing nets into the waters to get their catch of the day.

      Thereafter, we head for a visit to St. Francis Church, believed to be the oldest European church in India. A very modest building on the exterior, but historically very significant. It changed several hands from 1503 to 1949, beginning with its Portuguese origin to the Dutch, followed by the British and finally, handed over to the CSI (Church of South India). Here, you also get to see the grave of famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama.

      Then, you maneuver your way through the streets, lined with antique and handicraft shops of the Jew Town to the Jewish Synagogue. Small, simple but with great history, apparently only five Jewish families remain at the sunagogue. It has beautiful Belgian glass chandeliers and exquisite original Portuguese floor tiles, each with different art work on it. The Jew Town itself is very characteristic - quaint and pretty, with a multitude of touristy shops.

      Note: Visitors to the Jewish Synagogue should be modestly dressed. Admission will be denied to men and women wearing short pants/skirts, sleeveless t-shirts/blouses. Bare shoulders and midriffs are not permitted and should be covered with shawls.

    • The rest of the day at leisure for independent activities.

    • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3
    KOCHI
    • Casino Hotel
    • Post breakfast, the day is at leisure.

      An opportunity to enjoy an OPTIONAL Kathakali Dance Show
      The evening will present an opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful facets of Kerala's unique culture, the mesmerising Kathakali classical dance performance. It is interesting to watch the unique mask-like Kathakali make-up, followed by the stunning performance. Kathakali represents a synthesis of all that is best in dance, drama and music and has been recognised by connoisseurs of art the world over as a 'total art form of immense sophistication and power'. It is the impression created by make-up and the costumes that makes Kathakali a visual par excellence. Let the magic of this unique art form envelope you as you watch the emotions displayed by the performing artistes.

    • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4
    KOCHI - KUMARAKOM
    • After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Kumarakom - a vast and beautiful wetland. The journey takes around 2 hours (48 km). Upon your arrival at Kumarakom, you disembark from your vehicle at the boat jetty from where the hotel staff will facilitate your transfer to the hotel.

      Kumarakom is located on the backwaters of Vembanad lake, the largest lake in Kerala. It provides a rich habitat for many marine and freshwater fish species along with diverse flora and fauna. Conducive to cultivation, it has huge expanses of mangrove forests, paddy fields and coconut groves.

    • Whispering Palms
    • The rest of the day will be free for relaxation at Kumarakom. Explore the rejuvenating ayurvedic spa, and the world famous Kerala oil massage.

    • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5
    KUMARAKOM
    • Whispering Palms
    • After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, the day will be free to explore your rejuvenating and serene lakeside resort and its surroundings. Take a pleasant stroll, cross small wooden bridges, enjoy the flora and fauna, feast your eyes on the beautiful butterflies. Enjoy the thriving eco system.

    • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6
    KUMARAKOM-MARARIKULAM
    • After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, as per your convenience, proceed from Kumarakom to Mararikulam.(30 km approx)

      On arrival, enjoy traditional welcome at the Marari Beach Resort.

    • Abad Turtle
    • The rest of the day will be free to explore the resort, the spa, exotic Kerala cuisine and shopping.

    • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7
    MARARIKULAM
    • Abad Turtle
    • Mararikulam is a beach village, with fishing as the main economic activity. After a leisurely breakfast, the day will be at leisure to relax and explore Mararikulam. With a bit of assistance you could access some of the areas within the hotel and its vicinity.

      Look forward to a sprawl of lawns, far-flung lotus ponds, whispering coconut groves, all beautiful threaded through with stone flagged pathways. indulge in an aimless walk on a path strewn with wild flowers, a warm afternoon spent just watching splashing waves, the salty breeze caressing your cheeks, scrunching sand under your feet - a perfect antidote to stress!

    • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8
    KOCHI DEPARTURE
    • After breakfast at the hotel, the day will be free. Check-out time 1200 hrs

      Today, you bid farewell to your Kerala - The Land of Spices tour, continuing onwards to your next destination.

    • Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation

  • Kochi
    3 nights

    Casino Hotel

    Deluxe Room
    • Bar
    • Air Conditioner
    • Restaurant
    • Pool
    • Internet
  • Kumarakom
    2 nights

    Whispering Palms

    Economy Room
    • Restaurant
    • Room service
    • Business Center
    • Pool
    • Internet
  • Mararikulam
    2 nights

    Abad Turtle

    Economy Room
    • Air Conditioner
    • Restaurant
    • Room service
    • Pool
    • Internet

Activities

  • City na
    • Supplement for Accompanying Guide
  • City na
    • Supplement for Travel Commode Chair to be available for all inter-city road travel
  • City na
    • Supplement for an assistant to help you with wheelchair movement during inter-city, as well as intra-city travel

Inclusions

  • Accommodation as per hotels mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All transfers, sightseeing tours and excursions by air-conditioned Toyota Innova as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fee to monuments and places of interest mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking local guide during sightseeing at all sightseeing places.
  • Assistance of an Enable Travel representative at airports.
  • All currently applicable taxes, i.e. Hotel tax and Transportation tax.
  • Porterage at airports - 2 pieces of baggage per person.
  • Travel Insurance.

Exclusions

  • Any transport to / from airport in Kochi. Your tour price starts Ex -Kochi.
  • Air, Train or Bus fare from / to your originating city of stay, unless specified.
  • Any meals / en route meals unless specified.
  • Any additional sightseeing tours other than the mentioned in inclusions.
  • Items of personal nature, viz, tips, porterage, room service, laundry, mineral water, alcoholic or non alcoholic beverages, phone calls, additional sightseeing tours and excursions not included in the itinerary, still or video camera fees, etc.
  • Any increase in fuel cost, government taxes, entrance fees, intra and interstate taxes, etc. The tour price will be amended in accordance.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned in the 'Tour Price Includes' column.
  • Supplement charges applicable for long weekends and festivals.
  • Any rides, safaris, boating charges, additional sightseeing tours other than the mentioned in inclusions.
  • 5% Goods and Services Tax.

Dates & Price

Price Validity Category Twin / Double Single
6th Oct 2017 - 31st Mar 2018 3 Star Economy 45,138 72,750
6th Oct 2017 - 31st Mar 2018 4 Star Superior 65,682 1,13,838
6th Oct 2017 - 31st Mar 2018 5 Star Deluxe 95,097 1,72,668

Before you Go

  • We request all our guests to let us know of all their special requirements, i.e. dietary, mobility, accessibility, vision, speech or hearing, at the time of booking, enabling us to plan the trip accordingly.

Important Info

  • Check-in time will be 1400 hrs and Check-out time will be 1200 hrs.
  • Prices are subject to change without any prior notice.
  • Rates include only those items specified in your itinerary.
  • Distances mentioned in itinerary are approximate and driving time depends on traffic conditions.
  • No wearing footwear and no carrying plastic or leather articles while entering any temple.
  • The rates mentioned above are confidential and should not be shared with a third party without written consent of Enable Travel. All arrangements made by Enable Travel are in the capacity of an agent only. Enable Travel will not be liable for claims or expenses arising from circumstances beyond our control such as accidents, injuries, delayed or cancelled flights & acts / forces of nature.
  • In case, at the time of booking, accommodation is not available in the hotels mentioned above, we will book an alternate hotel / category of room for which the supplement / reduction will be advised accordingly.
  • A refund / discount would not be applicable if breakfast or any meals included in the package are not utilised.
  • Enable Travel costs are based on contracted rates for leisure business. No conference / business / corporate activity has been envisaged in the tour cost. Including any such activity may result in the above being treated as a Business Delegation and the hotels are likely to charge a separate contracted rate for the same.
  • In case of any additional expense incurred due to a change in Government of India and Reserve Bank of India regulations pertaining to taxes, fuel hikes, entrances to monuments, transport, fluctuation in the rate of exchange and any force majeure situation due to natural / political conditions, Enable Travel reserves the right to adjust the tour price accordingly.
  • Smoking in Public Places has been prohibited in India. Public places include open spaces, restaurants, hotels, pubs, discotheques, banquet halls, etc. No services would be permitted / provided in separate smoking enclosures / areas, if available, with the exception of rooms designated as 'smoking rooms' in hotels.
  • Force Majeure Situations: Enable Travel and its associates shall not be liable to pay any compensation where the performance / prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented / affected or any damage or loss is suffered as a result of a "force majeure" situation. In these Booking Conditions, "force majeure" would stand for any event which Enable Travel or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, actual or threatened terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events outside of our control. Enable Travel and its associates are not liable for any compensation for damage caused by a force majeure or other unforeseen events. Enable Travel would notify our clients / agents timely of such force majeure events as and when feasible and will aim to limit the damage and supplement cost befalling the clients / agents for alternate arrangements deviating from the planned programme.