Kerala - The Land of Spices- Wheelchair Bound - 7 nights

Kochi, Kumarakom, Mararikulam

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  • Especially curated for our Wheelchair Bound travellers, the tour moves at a leisurely pace. The sightseeing tours have been designed to be enjoyed in a relaxed manner. This trip will include the services of drivers who have been specially trained to understand the needs of travellers on wheelchair and guides who are aware of ramps and accessible points at all places. The tour will have provisions to include services like WAV (wheelchair accessible vehicles), ramps, wheelchairs, travel commodes and more, on request and payment of a supplement charge.
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941 * per person
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Inclusions
  • Dates & Price
  • Before you Go
  • Important Info

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation as per hotels mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfers by air-conditioned vehicle a as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All excursions and sightseeing tours by air-conditioned vehicle as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Services of an English speaking local guide as mentioned in the itinerary.
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Itinerary in Brief

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  • Day 1 Arrive 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 Kochi
    • Welcome to Kochi! On arrival at the airport in Kochi, 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 your wheelchair to the awaiting vehicle facilitating your smooth transfer to the hotel.

      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.

      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.

    • The rest of the day is at leisure to relax.

    • Meals included: None (meals on your own)
    • Hotel Casino
  • Day 2
    Kochi
    • Enjoy half day city tour 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.

      Unravel the ancient treasures of this quaint port town by visiting its fascinating sights. Visit the Chinese Fishing Nets, huge cantilevered fishing nets that droop towards the waters like oversized hammocks. If you are a seafood lover, this is definitely for you. As soon as you reach the narrow walkway in Vasco da Gama Square, the fishy smell emanates all around. You may hear the seafood vendors calling out their prices for the catch of the day, be it fish, prawns or crabs.

      On the Chinese Fishing Nets platform, you may just hear the rhythmic chant of 'Hey Jala' as the local fishermen lower the fishing nets into the waters to get their catch of the day. Our expert guide will tell you the history of the nets being brought to India by Chinese travellers.


      Next, head to the 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). Since it is an active church, don't be surprised if you encounter a service. This church also houses the grave of famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama.

      Thereafter, manoeuvre your way through the streets, lined with antique and handicraft shops of the Jew Town to the easily accessible Jewish Synagogue which is also known as Paradesi Synagogue. Be prepared to visit a no-frills synagogue, in all its originality. Small, simple but with great history, it has beautiful Belgian glass chandeliers and exquisite Portuguese floor tiles, each with different art work on it. Enjoy the coolness of these smooth tiles as you walk through the interiors of the synagogue. You could also feel the Hebrew inscription on a stone slab. Touch the vertical metal bars of a very unique window here, all painted in gold with a small ridged design in the centre.

      The Jew Town itself is very characteristic - quaint and pretty - with touristy antique 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 is at leisure for independent activities.

    • Meals included: Breakfast
    • Hotel Casino
  • Day 3
    Kochi
    • The day is at leisure to relax or you could opt for a Kathakali dance show in the evening.

    • Meals included: Breakfast
    • Hotel Casino
  • Day 4
    Kochi- Kumarakom
    • Post breakfast the hotel, proceed to Kumarakom, a vast and beautiful wetland. On arrival, check in at 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 mangroveforests, paddy fields and coconut groves.

    • 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
    • Eastend Lake Song Bastion
  • Day 5
    Kumarakom
    • The day is at leisure to explore your rejuvenating and serene lakeside resort and its surroundings. It would definitely be a treat to manoeuvre around the accessible areas of this hotel, with a little assistance.

    • Meals included: Breakfast
    • Eastend Lake Song Bastion
  • Day 6
    Kumarakom - Mararikulam
    • After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Mararikulam.

      Mararikulamis a beach village, with fishing as the main economic activity.
      On arrival, check in at the hotel.

    • The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the resort, the spa, exotic Kerala cuisine and shopping.

    • Meals included: Breakfast
    • Abad Turtle
  • Day 7
    Mararikulam
    • The day is 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 space and silence, a sprawl of lawns, far-flung lotus ponds, whispering coconut groves, all beautiful threaded through with stone flagged pathways. Feel the constant echoes of Malabar's coastline - from the thatched roofs of your hut to the tap outside, an aimless stroll on a path strewn with wild flowers, a warm afternoon spent just listening to splashing waves, the salty breeze caressing your cheeks - a perfect antidote to stress!

    • Meals included: Breakfast
    • Abad Turtle
  • Day 8
    Kochi Departure
    • Post breakfast, bid farewell to your amazing tour and continue onwards to your next destination.

    • Meals included: Breakfast
About
  • Kochi
  • Kumarakom
  • Mararikulam

The commercial capital of Kerala, Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, is dotted with Chinese-style pagoda houses, synagogues and mosques--a reflection of its rich past. The beautiful cluster of islands draws both sun-seeking vacationers and adventurous explorers. Take a boat cruise around this Queen of the Arabian Sea, and take in a Kathakali dance recital, an essential part of every visitor's trip to Kochi.

A stunning backwater paradise in Kerala, Kumarakom, pulsates with vibrance, colour and life. Known for its bird sanctuary on Vembanad Lake, channels and waterways wind their way through this green paradise. A tiny yet picturesque village, Kumarakom's mangroves, coconut palms, and paddy fields cover the verdant countryside, presenting you with a thousand shades of green.

Mararikulum, near Cochin, boasts of pristine, palm-fringed beaches and stunning landscapes. Add to that an abundance of solitude, this beach is a paradise for travellers. Experience the local aroma of coffee and spices, enjoy the tranquil backwaters, get a splendid suntan, witness the scenic sunset on the beach or the daily routine of the locals. Marari is a truly hospitable, beach destination.

Accommodation

  • Kochi
    3 nights

    Hotel Casino

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

    Eastend Lake Song Bastion

    Economy Room
    • Restaurant
    • Cafe
    • Pool
    • Gym
    • Internet
  • Mararikulam
    2 nights

    Abad Turtle

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

Inclusions

  • Accommodation as per hotels mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfers by air-conditioned vehicle a as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All excursions and sightseeing tours by air-conditioned vehicle as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Services of an English speaking local guide as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 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.

Exclusions

  • Cost of international / domestic airfares
  • Airport taxes.
  • Any transport to / from airport in Kochi. Your tour price starts Ex -Kochi.
  • Visa fees.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any meals / en route meals unless specified.
  • Any additional sightseeing tours other than those mentioned in inclusions.
  • Entrance fee @ INR 2772 per person to monuments and places of interest mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 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 under inclusions.
  • Supplement charges applicable for long weekends and festivals.
  • Any rides, safaris, boating charges, additional sightseeing tours other than the mentioned in inclusions.
  • Goods and Services tax of 5%

Dates & Price

Price Validity Category Twin / Double Single
1st Oct 2019 - 31st Mar 2020 ECONOMY 941 1,427
1st Oct 2019 - 31st Mar 2020 SUPERIOR 1,181 2,311
1st Oct 2019 - 31st Mar 2020 DELUXE 2,076 3,698

Before you Go

  • The Jewish Synagogue remains closed to visitors on Fridays, Saturdays and Jewish holidays.
  • 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.
  • If you use a motorised wheelchair, please carry sufficient battery back-up (in case of a breakdown).
  • Manual wheelchairs can be arranged on request and at an additional cost.
  • Voltage available in India is 220-240 V. International adapters are available at most hotels.
  • Boats that are integral part of Kerala landscape may not be accessible.

Important Info

  • Check-in time will be 1400 hours and check out time will be 1200 hours.
  • Early check in is subject to availability.
  • Visas for India should be obtained by all passengers well before their departure for India.
  • 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 and 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's costs are based on contracted rates for leisure business. No conference / business / corporate activity have 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.