represents diversity. The commercial capital of Kerala, with a different statement from the rest of the State - whether in clothes or lifestyle. Kochi is a place with deep roots in history and its streets exude an old-world charm, a place with beautiful monuments and a variety of linguistic and ethnic communities including Jews, Konkinis, Gujaratis and so on. It also looked upon as a thriving, expanding market, providing opportunities for growth and prosperity. Kochi offers a cocktail of modernity, old-world at the same time facilitates continuity and change. For centuries, Kochi had been a main port city of Indian Peninsula. Since the 14th century, She had ships from Asian and European countries visiting her port. The traders and traveler from across the globe were welcomed with open arms and minds. This greatly helped in its growth into a cosmopolitan city. With its interesting monuments, geographic peculiarities, and emerging cosmopolitan nature, Kochi keeps a tourist engrossed.
Alleppey also known as Alappuzha is an significant tourist spot in India. The Backwaters of Alleppey are the most popular tourist attraction in Kerala. A houseboat cruise in these backwaters can be booked.It connects Kumarakom and Cochin to the North and Quilon to the South.Alleppey is the access point for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held on the Punnamada Lake, near Alleppey, on the second Saturday of August every year. This is the most competitive and popular of the boat races in India. The mullackal chirap is also one of the attractions of Alleppey which is the festive season held for ten days every year in December.
Predominantly a fishing village, Mararikulam is also famous for its coir-making. Major attraction of the village is its beautiful beach, which is known as Marari Beach or Mararikulam beach. The beach offers tourists several opportunities for indulging in water sports like surfing, parasailing, swimming and beach volleyball. Kokkamangalam Apostle St. Thomas Pilgrim Centre and Mararikulam Shiva Temple are the other major attractions of this village. Cochin International Airport, also known as Nedumbassery Airport, is the nearest airport, which caters to the international as well as domestic passenger traffic. Situated on Ernakulam-Alappuzha rail route, Mararikulam Railway Station is the main railhead serving the village
Depart for Kerala, India Upon arrival at Cochin and after clearing customs and immigration procedures and collecting our bags we are met and warmly welcomed by our Guest Relations Executive and transferred to our hotel for immediate check in. As we drive to our hotel European influences in the architecture of this charming town picturesquely located on a number of islands squeezed between the Arabian Sea and the Kerala backwaters are instantly apparent. Reflecting the maritime history of Kochi, the old buildings are a blend of Dutch, Portuguese and British architecture. Overnight at Hotel.
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast .,proceed to tke a leisurely wale through Fort Kochi visiting St. Francis Church the oldest European church in India, the highly decorated Santa Cruz Basilica followed by visit to the harbour where we see the famous Chinese fishing nets in action... In the evening, we are welcomed at the home where the housewife will demonstrate and talk about nuances of traditional Kerala recipes as she prepares dishes in front of you and will serve the food prepared. After the dinner back to your Hotel.
Morning take Auto Riksha (Tuk Tuk) drive to visit the Kudumbashree - one of the largest women empowering projects - an initiative that has had good success in addressing the basic needs of the less privileged women, providing them with dignified life and a better future. Later, we wander through the old districts of Mattancherry and Fort Kochi where we see various European influences, merchant houses and old warehouses, the beautiful waterfront and narrow streets. Allow time to admire the colourful murals, including depictions of the Ramayana, in the 16th century Dutch Palace, visit the Pardesi Synagogue in Jew Town. Later in the evening we cruise on a chartered boat to enjoy the sunset and visit Bolghatty Palace and observe the fascinating Chinese fishing nets in action, a sight most coveted by photographers internationally. After enjoying the boat cruise, we attend a Kathakali show where the epic Ramayana comes to life. Classical dancers use larger than life gestures, wear outstanding and unique costumes and elaborate make up. The day ends with a memorable mouth-watering welcome dinner put together jointly by the hotel chef.
After a relaxed breakfast at the hotel we take a scenic drive to Munnar, a hill station located 1600 meters above sea level. Once the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in South India, it retains its colonial charm and is famous for its tea plantations once owned by the British they are now mostly privately owned. Sprawling estates, rolling hills, sparkling waterfalls, picture postcard hamlets and undulating valleys, Munnar is an ideal holiday destination. Balance of the day is at leisure, to enjoy the ambience of Munnar. Overnight at Hotel .
Full day engaged with special activities.. 07:30 - 08:30 hrs - Yoga 08:30 - 10:30 hrs - Bison Valley Plantation Village Walks and guided Trekking 16:00 - 17:00 hrs - Tea Tasting Session & High Tea with Snacks . 17:00 - 18:00 hrs - Nature Walk Through the Plantation Any Time in the Afternoon Duration: 1 hour (Towel Art) Rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the tranquil & serene surroundings. Overnight at Hotel .
Day begins with another scenic drive - this time to Periyar (also known as Thekkady). The name Periyar comes from the Dam constructed by the British in 1895. A wild life reserve, it is an ideal place to track wild Elephants, Bison, Deer and numerous varieties of birds. The landscape here is very tropical and you will be surrounded by tea, coffee & other spices. Evening we visit a native family home and spice plantation growing common as well as unusual spices and herbs, used both for culinary and medicinal purposes. This plantation is totally organic and uses only natural forms of pest control. The owner and his family are very knowledgeable about their produce, and are keen to show us the various spices and herbs, encouraging us to smell and taste various clipping. Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.
Early morning we take a guided Jungle walk through the Periyar Tiger Reserve/National Park. A three hour relatively easy to moderate walk is very interesting and will give us a chance to see wildlife life from a very close distance. If we are lucky we may even spot the rarely sighted leopards & tigers. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later in the afternoon we board a small boat and cruise the lake at the heart of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. From the tranquility of the lake, we enjoy the lush scenery all around us as we look out for animals that come down to the water's edge for a drink - often it is a herd of elephants or scurrying wild boars or the magnificent Sambar Deer. In the evening we attend a KALARIPAYATTU SHOW ( maritial arts )which is celebrated as the mother of all martial arts. Legend traces the 3000-year old art form to sage Parasurama-the master and guru of all martial art forms who is credited to be the re-claimer of Kerala from the Arabian Sea. Kung-Fu, popularized by the monks of the Shaolin Temple traces its ancestry to Bodhi Dharma-an Indian Buddhist monk and Kalaripayattu master.
Yet another highlight of our personalized itinerary is a cruise along the famous Backwaters of Kerala - a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves on our private houseboat. The houseboats or ‘Kettuvalloms’ are luxurious boats with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. One can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm fringed landscape from our cabins. Apart from the mesmerizing surroundings it’s the life along the coast that adds a touch of exotica to this experience. The locals go about their daily business in canoes and we find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods, door to door in their wooden canoes. As we cruise along the backwaters we can ask our captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places, en-route. At the end of the cruise we visit a local fish market where we can buy fresh catch of the day and later ask our chef on board to cook us our selections for dinner. Overnight Houseboat.
Morning at leisure till we depart for Marari & check-in at our beautiful resort hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beach or try the many Ayurvedic treatment offered at extra cost by the spas (available on optional basis). Overnight at Hotel.
After an interesting and unforgettable culinary tour of the land of spice and Marari Another day to enjoy the beach and the optional Ayurvedic treatments. Evening, we are presented with traditional Kerala outfit to be worn for the farewell dinner.
We are transferred to the Cochin International Airport for our early morning flight back home.
Assistance on arrival
Meal plan will be on CPAI (Room+Break fast) at all the hotels.
Meal Plan will be on APAI (Room+Break fast +Lunch +Dinner) at House Boat
Transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary
Transportation as mentioned with an English/Hindi speaking friendly driver cum guide throughout your trip
Includes toll,parking,driver allowance & fuel Cost.
Govt. service tax
Any train fair/airfare unless specified.
Any rides/safari/boating charges
Entrance fees, camera fees & guide charges
Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (strikes), etc (to be borne by the client, which is directly payable on the spot).
Any increase in taxes or fuel price, leading to increase in cost on surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.
Any other expenses or services not mentioned in inclusions
Marari Fishermen Village is an exquisite beach resort situated at Mararikulam, a local fishing village with endless miles of sand beaches and swaying palms. Visit Website
Clouds Valley, Munnar is a 4 Star Facility Hotel ideally located in the heart of Munnar. A perfect base for travelers coming to Munnar on business or leisure, the hotel provides all the comforts to make your stay in Munnar a memorable one. Visit Website
Hotel Grand Thekkady has 32 well - appointed rooms across three categories - Suite, Super Deluxe and Deluxe. Each room flaunts a perfect blend of modernity and traditional decor. Visit Website
The Houseboats of Kerala are a new addition to the travel and tourism of the state's backwaters. These crafts, measuring up to 120 feet in length, retrieved from the age old cargo vessels of the State. Visit Website
Terms & Conditions
Reservation could be made through mail, fax or phone clearly stating the services required. We take the undertaking process of these reservations and duly confirm the arrangements. An advance payment is required to secure confirmed booking of your program and balance payment from the commencement of Journey.
50% of total tour cost on booking, balance amount before 7 days of commencement of the journey
Every booking made with Avikaa Tourism is subject to cancellation charges levied by the hotels and transport operators.
The itinerary can change without notice due to unavoidable circumstances beyond our control such as political unrest, natural calamities, traffic regulations, etc.