Kerala Cultural Tour

09 Nights / 10 Days

Cochin

Houseboat - Alleppey

Vagamon

Thekkady

Kumarakom

Day 01 - Cochin
cochin2_s You are greeted on arrival at the Kochi International Airport by The Travel Planners representative and transfer to hotel, on arrival check in to resort & stay. Evening Sunset cruise. overnight at Casino Hotel Cochin – Standard Room
Day 02 - Houseboat at Alleppey
houseboat_s Today morning after breakfast drive to Alleppey (2hrs) Water locked place is endowed with immense natural beauty and array of rivers, canals and lakes ideal for boat cruise. On arrival check in to a traditional Kerala Style Houseboat and Cruise through the backwaters is the fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters. Stay overnight in the Houseboat (Deluxe A/C)
Day 03 - Kollam
Morning after check out proceed to Kollam (2.5hrs drive), on the way proceed to visit Chamakkavu Devi Temple Kettukazcha, Chamakkavu Devi Temple near Venmoney is currently a Hindu Temple, but historically this temple was a Buddhist place of worship, which was transformed initially into a Vishnu temple (then known as Sharnga-kavu) and later into a Devi temple. The annual chariot festival and other traditions correspond to the old Buddhist practices of “kettu kazhcha”, which was assimilated into Hinduism in Kerala. The old Buddhist families that worshipped at this temple are said to have moved to a nearby ‘kavu’ called Vavvara.. Evening check in to resort, stay overnight at The Raviz Kollam – Superior Room
Day 04 - Kollam
Morning proceed for Kollam Pooram, This is one of the most colourful festivals of Kerala, India which attracts large number of people from all parts of the State. The Kollam Pooram, organised in connection with the annual festival of the Asramam Sri Krishnaswamy Temple is held annually at the Asramam Maidanam in the month of April. The festival has now assumed the status of a national festival attracting tourists in large numbers. For the `kudamattom’, thirty tuskers are split into two groups of fifteen representing the Thamarakulam Sri Mahaganapathy Temple and the Puthiyakavu Bhagawathy Temple. The `kudamattom’ is held to the beats of a traditional `melam’. The ‘pooram’ is followed by a spectacular show of fireworks.. Evning back to resort stay overnight at The Raviz Kollam – Superior Room
Day 05 - Vagamon
Morning proceed to Vagamon (3-4hrs drive), on way procee for Kadammanitta Padayani, Kadammanitta is a village in Pathanamthitta District, Kerala, and this festival is related with this village. Kadammanitta village is now being proposed as a Cultural Village Padayani Gramam by the state government of Kerala. Padayani is one of the most colourful and spectacular folk arts associated with the festivals of certain temples in Southern Kerala like Alappuzha, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam. The word Padayani literally means military creations or rows of army, but in this folk art, a series of divine and semi-divine impressions wearing huge masks or Kolams of different shapes,colours and designs painted on the stalks of area-nut leaves.. on arrival check in to hotel, stay overnight at Vanilla County Plantation Homestay – Standard Room
Day 06 - Vagamon
Morning proceed to visit Kurisumala monstery or Kurisumala Ashram is a monastery in Syro- Malankara Catholic church. It is located in Vagamon and was established in the year 1958. Kurisumala has been derived from two Malayalam words ‘Kurisu’ and ‘Mala’. The word meaning of ‘Kurisu’ is Cross and ‘Mala’ is mountain. This indicate the community of monks who lead a monastic life on the mount of Cross in the hill ranges. It lies at a height of around 4000 feet above sea level, evening back to hotel , overnight at Vanilla County Plantation Homestay – Standard Room
Day 07 - Thekkady
Morning after breakfast drive to Periyar (2hrs), the famous wild life sanctuary of South India. On arrival check in at hotel. Visit Plantations (Tea Estates). Rest and relax at the resort.Over night at Greenwoods – Aaranya Room
Day 08 - Thekkady
Today morning to go for a 3 hrs trekking inside the Periyar Wild life sanctuary, go for boat cruise in the lake, Periyar Wildlife sanctuary is a best option to see the home nomadic tribes of wild elephant, boar, deer, the great Indian tiger and more. Overnight at Greenwoods – Aaranya Room (entrance charge will be extra)
Day 09 - Kumarakom
Today morning after breakfast, proceed to Kumarakom and check in to a Beautiful Backwater Resort at Kumarakom. Kumarakom, a water locked place is endowed with immense natural beauty and array of rivers, canals and lakes ideal for boat cruise. Afternoon proceed for Village Visit. Overnight stay at Lake Song Resort – Punnamada Room
Day 10 - Departure - Cochin
Morning after breakfast transfer to Cochin Airport for the onward Journey (2hrs)

Cochin

Cochin

Alleppey

Alleppey

Kollam

Kollam

Vagamon

Vagamon

Thekkady

Thekkady

Kumarakom

Kumarakom

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Highlights of the Tour

Temple festival procession Kollam Pooram with decorated Elephants Padayani most colourful and spectacular folk arts Kurishulama church visit Trekking at Thekkady Village Visit at Kumarakom

Tour Cost (01 Apr 2017 – 30 Sep 2017)

2 Persons

INR45300/Person
  • Transportation – A/C Indigo
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4 - 5 Persons

INR39900/Person
  • A/C Innova
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6 - 12 Persons

INR38000/Person
  • Transportation – A/C Tempo Traveller
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* Mentioned price is not valid from 20 Dec 2016 to 10 Jan 2017

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation in mentioned Hotels /Resorts on double sharing basis
  • Breakfast at all hotels
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at Houseboat A/c Deluxe
  • Village Visit at Kumarakom (Includes Country boat ride,Paddy Field Visit,Toddy Tapping,Coir Making,Coconut Climbing,net fishing)
  • Transportation/Sightseeing using A/C Vehicle as per itinerary
  • Arrival assistance
  • Service of an English speaking driver
  • Bata, parking, toll
  • All Taxes

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