India | Discover Kerala

Country: India

Duration: 7 nights

€1839 inclusive of tax

Introduction

Please note that this is not a group tour. It is a tailor-made itinerary for individuals who wish to travel to India.

God’s Own Country, Kerala is probably the greenest place you will ever see. It is one of the 10 paradises in the world. The coconut palms, the red tiled houses, the innumerable lakes, winding backwater canals and beaches will remain long lasting impressions to any visitor. The colorful festivals, various types of dances, martial arts and wildlife sanctuaries are the other attractions. Ayurveda the 5000-year-old system of medicine is becoming very popular with tourists visiting Kerala.
This “God’s own country” is a narrow strip of land located on the southwestern edge of the Indian sub continent. It is sandwiched between the Western Ghats mountain chain range on the East and the Arabian Sea on the west. Legend say that Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu threw his axe into the sea from Gokarnam (present day Mangalore) and it is believed the sea retreated till where the axe fell to give birth to Kerala.

Transport & Accommodation

  • Flights from Dublin Via Abu Dhabi to Cochin with Etihad Airways
  • 2 nights accomodation in the 4 star hotel Crowne Plaza in Cochin
  • 2 nights accomodation in the 4 star hotel Mountain Club in Munnar
  • 1 night accomodation in the 4 star hotel Cardamom county
  • 2 nights accomodation in the 4 star hotel Backwater Ripples
  • All transfers by air-conditioned transport
  • Assistance of an English speaking Joe Walsh Tours representative

Tours & Excursions

  • Kerala classical dance show at a local theatre in Cochin
  • Nature Walk in Thekkady
  • Jeep ride through Spice plantation in Thekkady
  • Kalaripayattu performece in Thekkady
  • Houseboat cruise on the backwaters with Lunch

Detailed Itinerary

  • DAY 01: DUBLIN - COCHIN



    Today you will arrive at Cochin airport; meet and greet by your representative. Transfer to hotel and check-in to hotel. Cochin - the palm green commercial town of Kerala has one of the finest natural harbours in the world. A town with a hoary past, Cochin is the gateway to Kerala. Heralded as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi was an important spice trading centre since the 14th century. It was also the site of the first European colonial settlement in India. In the evening you can enjoy a spectacular show of Kerala classical dance.



  • DAY 02: COCHIN



    In the morning enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. You will proceed to a local house for a cooking demo followed with a delicious Lunch. After Lunch you will visit the sights of Cochin City. The Mattancherry Dutch Palace was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin Raja in 1555 AD. 17th century murals depicting scenes from the Indian epic, the Ramayana can be seen here. St. Francis is the oldest church in India. The distinctive Chinese fishing nets can be seen at the entrance of the harbour. The Chinese through trade contact taught this technique of catching fish. Visit the Jewish town and Synagogue - built in 1568 AD it contains Grand Scrolls of the Old Testament and the copper plates containing the privileges granted to the Jews by the Cochin rulers. The floor of the synagogue is paved with exquisite Chinese hand painted tiles.



  • DAY 03: COCHIN - MUNNAR (130 km/Approx. 4 hrs)



    Drive to Munnar. On arrival in Munnar, check in at hotel. The rest of the day is free for leisure. Munnar (1,524 m) is the highest town of Kerala, with a cool, bracing climate exuding an old-world charm. The atmosphere is fragrant with extensive tea and cardamom plantations dotted with colonial bungalows. There are enchanting high ranges, lakes and streams and beautiful view of low-lying clouds and the mist-filled valleys hiding a rich and diverse wildlife in the many Wildlife Sanctuaries.



  • DAY 04: MUNNAR



    Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast you will proceed for sightseeing tour of Munnar, visiting a Tea plantations and Tea Museum. See the actual process of Tea making. You can also buy tea from here. You will then go to the nearby Mattupetty Dam and Mattupettty, a beautiful hill station with breath-taking views.



  • DAY 05: MUNNAR - PERIYAR (100 Km/3 hrs)



    After breakfast drive to Periyar and on arrival check-in at the hotel. The afternoon is free for independant leasure. In the evening you will be able to attend a Kalaripayattu, a performance of an ancient local martial art.



  • DAY 06: PERIYAR - KUMARAKOM (118kms / approx. 3 1/3 hrs)



    Enjoy a morning nature walk in the anavachal area. This is an unmissable chance to spot dozens of different birds, butterflies and more. There are several different trails covering 4 to 5 Km and several habitats. Bring your camera as you trek through decidious and evergreen forest as well as marshy grasslands. You will then be able to rest your feet and wake up your senses with a jeep ride through fields of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee and tea. In the afternoon you will drive to the Venice of the East, Kumarakom followed by check in.



  • DAY 07: KUMARAKOM



    In the morning you will enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Later you will enjoy the day boat cruise in a traditionnal Kettuvallom. These boats were once the primary means of transport for people and goods. A few decades ago, kettuvalloms piled with rice, spices and fruit would have been a constant sight. along the many rivers stands sell fresh juice from local fruit and toddy, a mild alcoholic drink made from the sap of the toddy palm, a local staple! Lunch will be served on board.



  • DAY 08: KUMARAKOM - COCHIN - DUBLIN (85kms / 2 1/2 hrs)



    After breakfast and check out you will transfer to Cochin airport for your flight to Dublin.

Optional

  • Travel insurance €45 per person

Notes

  • Prices are not inclusive of airport departure tax/airport developement fee usually included in the international ticket and Visa charges to India
  • Any expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry, mini bar or drinks during meals, tips to driver, guide, helper, etc.
  • Prices are per person sharing twin/double rooms
  • Various dates available, please enquire
  • Meals where not stated are not included in the price
  • For large parties or groups discounts will apply subject to availability