Natural Treasures of Kerala


6  Nights   7  Days


Cochin -> Dewalokam -> Munnar -> Periyar -> Kollam -> Houseboat -> Kovalam

About Package

Tour Destination : Cochin, Dewalokam, Munnar, Periyar, , Kollam, Houseboat, Kovalam



The Natural Treasures of Kerala is a tour to the magical land of Kerala that is famous for its rich culture, festivities and historical sites. The lively Rajasthan tour presents you with a variety of palaces, forts desert safari in the charming Sam sand dunes. The tour to Rajasthan is sure to be a lifetime experience for anyone as it is a vibrant combination of natural beauty, old culture and chivalry.

Note: This is just a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor holidays for your specific needs. Contact us if you want modifications so that we could tailor a holiday to suit your need for an unforgettable India tour.

This is just a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor holidays for your specific needs. Contact us if you want modifications so that we could tailor a holiday to suit your need for an unforgettable India tour.



Package Itinerary

Arrival / Cochin
 


Mid morning arrival, Meeting and assistance upon arrival as our representatives welcome you and escort you to your vehicle. Whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative will introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents to you. (Though Check – in time is 2 PM, every effort would be made to ensure an as early as possible check-in – subject to availability). Thank you for giving us the chance to serve you!

Afternoon, we proceed on a guided tour of the City. The true spirit of the city is to be found in the older parts of the Fort Cochin area. It more or less exists as it used to be a 1000 years back, when it was first built. The roads have not been widened because of the old haggard buildings, through patchwork maintenance over the centuries, still stand on the edges. This part of the city reflects an unusual mix of medieval Portugal, Dutch and English country life grafted on to the tropical Malabar Coast.  The fishing community of Cochin is also very interesting. They ancient cantilevered fishing nets called Chinese Fishing Nets. The net is fixed to a limit on the shore. While fishing, the entire net is lowered by a primitive fulcrum mechanism using long bamboo poles. By the same mechanism the pole is lifted along with the catch. We will explore the sights of Photographic as well as cultural interest. We would also visit the 16th century Mattancherry Palace, also known as the Dutch Palace since the Dutch substantially renovated the palace in the 17th century. The double storied quadrangular building surrounds a courtyard containing a Hindu temple. The Central Hall on the first floor was the coronation hall of the Rajas of Cochin; on present are their dresses, turbans and palanquins. The most important feature of this palace, however, is the astonishing murals in the bedchambers and other rooms, which depict scenes from the Ramayana and other religious legends. These murals are undeniably some of the most beautiful and extensive found anywhere in India. The unique feature here is the unexpected and isolated Jewish community, whose origins date back to AD 52. They are self-contained and have their own Synagogue.

The area around the Synagogue, known, as ‘Jew Town’ is one of the main centers of spice trade. Scores of small firms huddle together in old dilapidated buildings and the air is filled with the aroma of ginger, cardamom, cumin, turmeric and cloves. The area is very busy. The potters are loading gunny bags of spices on to carts, which keep running up and down the narrow lanes. We would visit Jew Town, in the Mattancherry section and a short walk from the ferry is one street long. Jews used to inhabit virtually all the houses on Jew Town Road, where they sold fruits, vegetables and spices or worked as oil pressers or carpenters. The spice markets are still located on the narrow street. Stay Overnight at Hotel.

Cochin / Dewalokam


After breakfast, we will travel to Dewalokam. Upon arrival we will make our way to Dewalokam. Professor Jose and his family live on the premises – an organic farm with goats, cows, buffalo, pigs, chickens, ducks and guineas fowls. Appetizing Kerala dishes are prepared for guests using the farm produce. From the veranda of your room you can see the Sahyadris mountains (the local name for the Western Ghats), afar the river and forest.

Now it is time for independent exploration. We suggest you to spend some time in and around this divinely stunning place, tucked in the lap of Mother Nature.

After little refreshments, we visit the organic farm of Dewalokam (guided) that produces almost all the vegetables, fruits and spices. Dewalokam is in the Spice Belt. The Birthplace of spices like pepper, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, curry leaves, etc. Almost all the vegetables used in the kitchen are produced on the farm. A walk in the garden, plucking, smelling, and, tasting, will enrich your earth experience. In these plantations you will see lots of the spices growing that you purchase in the Department supplies.

Following a little downtime it is time to get working again - sorry! We will chip in with the chef and undertake a cooking lesson. Here, you will be explained implication of various spices and measures that we need to bear in mind when preparing South Indian recipes. This is a hands on experience, either make or break your dinner.Overnight at Hotel.

Dewalokam
 


After breakfast we will undertake a general nature walk through the forested areas that encircle your resort. This would be a great opportunity to get up close to the birds and a variety of vegetation as well as bloom. You also get to see medicinal and decorative plants that are found in the environs.

If you have a bone or two, for exhilarating activities, then we also indulge in some soft adventure of Bamboo Rafting on the adjacent lake. This is an simple activity that is possible for all age groups. The Rafting takes us deep into the forest for a true nature experience. Back to Resort for lunch.

In the evening (at leisure) you may choose to book yourself into regular Ayurvedic massage and treatments. The resort has well appointed Ayurveda center. Overnight Stay at Hotel.

Dewalokam / Munnar (90 Kms) (02 ½ Hrs Drive)
 


After serene breakfast, we will drive to Munnar . On arrival check into hotel.Afternoon we will visit the Anayirangal Dam - Surrounded by the Tata Tea plantations and evergreen forests. The view of this imposing dam can also be enjoyed by taking a boat trip. The picturesque beauty of this place is simply astounding. Lots of wading birds are also visible here.

Later, we will visit the remnants of the stone-age, just to the right of the Resort. These Dolmens are believed to be the dwelling places of the inhabitants of this area during the stone-age. These now stand as monumental witness of a pre- historic era. Little is known about them through written history; but they were apparently the rulers of this beautiful land. Ideal for photography, one can practice some great views of the mountains roofed in lush green vegetation from here .Overnight Hotel Stay.

Munnar (Plantation Walk and Bison Valley Village Tour)
 


After breakfast we proceed on an expedition to Bison valley – a small village. This town is one of the oldest migrations for the high range region of the central part of Kerala. We are offering a tour to explore Bison Valley to reveal its ‘Spice’ tradition using the guidance of a trained team of experts who have an in-depth knowledge about this area and its valuable place image not institute in history. During the tour of this place you will get a chance to take a peep into the life and cultural activities of the people living in this village valley who are mainly spice growers and farmers. Down below, in the valley you will also witness paddy fields that again adds yet another uniqueness to this area. These paddy fields are perhaps the rarest at this very high altitude. Guests also visit a range of plantation to witness their day to day working, and also network with the locals. Prominent plantations would be that of tea and cardamom. If willing, you may also indulge in soft treks, or nature walks. This beautiful valed village depicts a different culture and has a totally different story to tell compared to Munnar’s colonial plantation culture.

As we return after our beautiful village experience, learn some authentic South Indian dishes. Kerala has always been famed all over the world for its spices. The best Kerala dishes are a clever mix of exotic spices and delicate herbs. The chef will introduce you to some of the popular and traditional recipes of Kerala, and make it look easy for you. This would be an ideal activity if you wish to experience the true flavors and preparations of Kerala food in an easy and relaxed manner.

Afternoon we will visit the Tea Museum inaugurated by Tata Tea a major producer of packaged tea so as to keep the history of tea plantation in India intact. The Munnar Tea Museum houses some of the elite artifacts like the 'Pelton Wheel' used in the power creation plant, the original Tea roller, and, an primeval rail engine wheel of the Kundale Valley that shuttled men and material between Munnar. Besides this Museum is a tribute to the efforts of all the unsung heroes who were determined to make Munnar a major tea plantation center in Kerala, India.

Optional for those who are attracted, a detailed tea tasting experience can be conducted at SpiceTree upon prior request. You will be briefed on the production of tea, and introduced to the different varieties of tea available in Munnar. The session ends with high tea. Overnight at Hotel Stay .

Munnar / Periyar (110 Kms) (03 Hrs Drive)
 


A voluntary yoga and meditation class is available at the resort. You may choose to take your Yoga practice a step beyond the physical exercise. The resident yoga master is highly experienced in the monastic traditions of yoga. He will take you through the voyage of yoga, meditation, and, Pranayama in order to discover the prospective of your body and mind.

After a relaxing breakfast, we will drive to Thekkady. On arrival check-in to hotel.

Afternoon we experience a unique time with elephants, this two hour tour offers you the chance to experience the idyllic natural beauty of Thekkady and getting up close and personal with Kerala’s iconic elephants. Start off on elephant back for a marvelous tramp through the nearby forest, a stunning & very exotic experience for your memories of Thekkady. You get quality time with the elephants, starting with a ride through the jungle & ending in the river where you can cleanse them. You are guaranteed to have an once-in-a-lifetime experience. Your quest includes witnessing elephants timber dragging and, hand feeding of these superb animals. After a genuinely thrilling experience you will be served a uplifting cup of a Tea or Coffee.

In the evening we would walk through the Spice plantation and Ayurvedic plants of Kofiland. A naturalist will accompany introduce us to various spices and plants. The walk winds through the vines of pepper and vanilla, past cardamom bushes and tracts of clove, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and nutmeg. Besides, there is also a café and an Organic store set at the entrance to the plantation. Here you can refresh yourself and also buy some exclusive organic souvenirs for your close to and treasured ones.

 After an absorbing fun filled day with Elephants and Spices, it’s now Showtime, as we witness tribal dances, and, a kaleidoscopic dance play. The various performances include - Episode of Kathakali, Traditional Welcome dance of Kerala, Mohiniyattom, the typical dance of Kerala, Bharathanatayam, the south Indian classical dance and many more!Overnight at Hotel.

Kofiland (Periyar Trek – Morning Tour)
 


This morning we would tramp inside the periyar forest. The birdlife comprises of Butterfly, darters, cormorants, kingfishers, great hornbills (the great Malabar hornbill) and racket-tailed drongo. The reptilian inhabitants boast of monitor lizards that can be spotted basking in the sun, on the rocks along the lakeshore, especially in the cooler months. Pythons, king cobras, flying lizards, flying squirrels, flying snakes and to top it all, flying frogs are the other population of this amazing sanctuary.

There are also a few fascinating tribal villages around the Periyar, chiefly the Manan and Oorali tribes. The Manans are ace fishermen, and a few of them still indulge in the traditional, if risky, practice of collecting the honey of large and noxious hill bees. The Ooralis build tree dwellings, though not as residences, but watchtowers to keep wild pigs, and elephants from ruining their crops.

Afternoon we will experience a unique visit to a tea garden and a tea factory where you witness the entire procedure of making tea. In the tea gardens, we would see plucking of tea leaves by women and storing in beautiful bamboo baskets on their back, strapped to their foreheads. From here we will proceed to witness the multi-staged tea processing in the factory. You will observe how the leaves are dried, crushed, and, different grades are finally made. Of course you will also have an opportunity to buy what you have just seen.Overnight at Hotel.


Tour Inclusions And Exclusions

Tour Inclusions

  • Domestic flight Tickets.
  • 9 Nights Hotel Accommodation (Twin Share).
  • Double bedded room with private bath/shower.
  • Daily breakfast at Hotel.
  • Chauffeur Driven air-conditioned Private Car.
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per tour program.
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per tour program.
  • Local English speaking Guide for city sightseeing.
  • Fuel, Insurance, Toll Taxes, All State Taxes, All transport related Expenses.
  • Guided City Tours & Excursions.
  • Entrances to the monuments & museums.
  • Taj Mahal visit with Battery operated van to parking & back.
  • Elephant ride upto the Amber Fort, Jaipur.
  • Evening boat ride on the River Ganges by Ganga Aarti.
  • Early morning boat ride on the River Ganges.
  • Evening boat ride on the Lake Pichola, Udaipur.
  • All other excursions as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Complimentary Mineral water during the surface travel.
  • All taxes and service charges.

Tour Exclusions

  • Visa Fees
  • International Flight Tickets.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Movie/video camera fee at monuments.
  • Meals and beverages not listed in itinerary .
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, portage etc.
  • Any other service that has not been included into "cost inclusions".

Hotel information

Venue/Category

Superior

Premier

Standard

Delhi

Roseate House Aerocity

Le Meridien

Red Fox Aerocity

Jaipur

Marriott Jaipur

Taj Jai Mahal Palace

Red Fox

Agra

Radisson Blu

ITC Mughal

Atulyaa Taj

Gwalior Gwalior Residency Neemrana Deo Bagh City Grand
Khajuraho Radisson Jass  The Lalit Temple View Isabel Palace
Varanasi Radisson Varanasi Brijrama Palace Surya Kaiser Palace