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Taste of Kerala with Marari Beach - 11 Days - Comfort

Taste of Kerala with Marari Beach - 11 Days - Comfort

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Duration
11
Starts in
Kochi
Ends in
Group size
Small Group Exploration – normally no more than 2-5 travellers. Being few brings you closer to local life and flexibility to go to places less travelled; to go beyond the ordinary. You can be min. 1 and max. 8 travellers on this tour. You can book 1 person, but we cannot guarantee more participants. WANT THIS ALL TO YOURSELF? For an additional 40 USD per person you can secure this as a Guaranteed Private Tour. Please contact us for further details and booking.
Endeavour on a short though captivating journey through Kerala, treating you with its urban life, green mountains, tranquil backwaters and laidback time on the beach.
You start in Cochin, a city that oozes of colonial days. Bike through the backstreets in the early morning and explore the outskirts as you get close to local farming life. Flow overland to the mountains. Lay eye on the rare Nilgiri Tahr and appreciate the cooler air of the hill station and tea estates. Kick back on the backwaters as your houseboat slowly moves through the maze of waterways and lush green surroundings. Finish of with laidback days in the sun. And if you want to spoil yourself with a nice hotel at a soothing less-crowded beach, then Marari is it!
Included: Meals: 10 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 1 x Dinner
Accommodation: 10 nights in comfort, colonial or boutique hotels
Transport: Cochin airport pickup, overland transport Cochin-Munnar-Alleppy-Marari and houseboat in the backwaters
Others/Activities: Cochin outskirts tour, Cochin morning bike ride, day explorations in Munnar/Rajamala and overnight houseboat stay.

There is no overall guide on the tour. There will be drivers who speak limited English, and English-speaking tour guides for your day trips in Cochin.
Not included: - Personal Travel Insurance (compulsory)
- Entrance Fees
- Personal Expenses
- Tips
- Christmas and New Year gala dinner supplements (if applicable)
- Additional expenses due to missed connections, delays and situation beyond control
All other expenses not stated as included in the above
· Begin with a touch of urban colonial life in Fort Kochi’s old quarter and lush green surroundings
· Lay eye on the tea plantations in the mountains around the British Hill station in Munnar
· Explore the backwaters in a houseboat
· Kick back on the Marari beach - the place if you want a nice hotel at a soothing less-crowded beach

Itinerary

Taste of Kerala with Marari Beach - 11 Days - Comfort

Day 1: Arrive in Cochin and transfer to your hotel

Welcome to Kerala - to God's own country! Upon arrival at the airport, train or bus station, you will meet your local representative and be transferred your accommodation. After check-in you have the rest of the day to explore the colonial charm of Cochin on your own. To stroll along the water when the fishermen return from the sea, when families play in the last rays of sun and the Chinese fishing nets are so beautifully pulled up during sunset.

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Cochin

Day 2: Cochin - Day trip in the outskirts of Cochin, getting close to the farming communities and local life Have your breakfast at your hotel, and prepare to explore Kerala in a unique way as you visit a farm in the Cochin suburbs.

Start by going to the Jengar boat jetty, where you cross to the Vembanad estuary to reach the farming Island. The locals will enter the vessel, too, carrying along their motorbikes, cars as they return from mainland Cochin.

Once you reach the other side, your local guide from the village will welcome you. A good 30 minutes' walk will take you to the beautiful, lush farm where you are free to explore the area and its cultivations. Depending on the time of the year, you will get to know the details of paddy farming or fish, crab and prawns farming. Indeed a beautiful sight with the lush fields surrounded by water, and the ever-present coconut palms to give a pleasant treat to your eyes. This area is also full of both inhabited and migratory birds.

In the afternoon you will be served authentic Kerala local style food which include local rice, veggies and curries, fish, karimeen (pearl spot), crab/prawns, which you may have caught yourself while learning the local fishing techniques. Once full, move on to a boat cruise through the islands and end your day at the Jengar jetty from where you will return to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Cochin

Day trip in the outskirts of Cochin, getting close to the farming communities and local life Have your breakfast at your hotel, and prepare to explore Kerala in a unique way as you visit a farm in the Cochin suburbs.

Start by going to the Jengar boat jetty, where you cross to the Vembanad estuary to reach the farming Island. The locals will enter the vessel, too, carrying along their motorbikes, cars as they return from mainland Cochin.

Once you reach the other side, your local guide from the village will welcome you. A good 30 minutes' walk will take you to the beautiful, lush farm where you are free to explore the area and its cultivations. Depending on the time of the year, you will get to know the details of paddy farming or fish, crab and prawns farming. Indeed a beautiful sight with the lush fields surrounded by water, and the ever-present coconut palms to give a pleasant treat to your eyes. This area is also full of both inhabited and migratory birds.

In the afternoon you will be served authentic Kerala local style food which include local rice, veggies and curries, fish, karimeen (pearl spot), crab/prawns, which you may have caught yourself while learning the local fishing techniques. Once full, move on to a boat cruise through the islands and end your day at the Jengar jetty from where you will return to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Cochin

Day 3: Cochin - Morning Bicycle ride

Have an early breakfast, so you are ready for a bicycle ride through the streets of old Cochin as the city slowly comes to life in the morning. Start at 07:30 AM and as you peddle through the streets you will pass St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, the Dutch Cemetery, beach and beach-side shops, Chinese fishing nets, the busiest Bazaar road which connects Fort Cochin and Mattancherry, the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, the Jewish Cemetery and everything in between.

After this three hours tour, you will come back to your hotel and spend the rest of the day taking in the last bits of Cochin.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Cochin

Day 4: Cochin to Munnar - Enjoy the ride from coastal Cochin into the lush and cool hills of Munnar (Approx 3 to 4 hours) After breakfast check out from your hotel and proceed to Munnar, to explore the beauty of high green mountains and low flying clouds, cherishing the lush plantations.

The drive is around 4 hours, and you will have the rest of your day to explore Munnar.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Munnar

Day 5: Munnar - Explore Rajamala, tea museums, hills stations and Eravikulam National Park while eyeing the rare mountain goat NilgiriTahr Welcome to paradise high up in the hills! After breakfast, go to Rajamala, which is the lovely green home to the rare mountain goat ??NilgiriTahr'.

A part of the Eravikulam National Park, Rajamala is a 15 kilometres (9 miles) drive from Munnar. Anamudi, the highest peak in South India at a height of 2695 meters (8983 feet) lies in the Eravikulam National Park. Interestingly, half the world population of the rare Nilgiri Tahr is concentrated in this region. You will have a full day exploring this serene corner of Kerala and along the way; you will visit a tea museum and a hill station. Return to town for a bit of spices shopping.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Munnar.

Day 6: Munnar to Alleppey, where you board a houseboat and cruise the serene backwaters Start with an early breakfast and drive to Alleppey where you will board a houseboat - your home for the days to come.

Cruise through the most enchanting backwaters in Asia, past smiling waiving children on their way to school and locals herding their buffalos to the fields. Food will be served on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at houseboat

Day 7: Alleppey to Marari (Marari-Kulam) beach - time for some sun, sea and sand! After breakfast check out at 9 AM and proceed to your beach hotel for days of sun, sea and sand.

Upon arrival, check in and relax for the rest of the time or go to the beach and enjoy.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel at Marari Beach

Day 8: Marari Beach

Free day to relax; go to the beach or anything else of your interest.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel at Marari Beach

Day 9: At Marari Beach

Free day to relax, go to the beach or anything else of your interest.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel at Marari Beach

Day 10: Marari Beach

Free day to relax, go to the beach or anything else of your interest.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel at Marari Beach

Day 11: Marari Beach - Departure

After breakfast check out and proceed to the next destination on your own.
If you need inspiration to your onwards journey, a helping hand or a bus ticket, please ask us for help and we will be happy to secure your onwards journey.
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Accommodation

Comfort class, colonial or boutique hotels for that extra experience. In standard rooms with private bathroom

Local transport

Private car and house boat

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Taste of Kerala with Marari Beach - 11 Days - Comfort

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