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Kochi tours, sights and activities

14D13N From the Elephant Trail to the Ocean

Tour Package USD1165

    Highlights

    Kerala Backwater Houseboats
    Alleppey, Allepey, Temples, Churches, Varkala, Varkala, Varkala
    Munnar
    Tea, Plantations, Eravikulam, National, Park, Tea, and, Coffee, Plantations
    Periyar
    National, Park, of, Periyar, Periyar, National, Parkand
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  • Shanti Travel

    Shanti Travel

    An original travel agency which creates tailor-made tours focusing on quality and off the beaten tracks journeys.

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kochi (Cochin)
    Welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel on Fort Cochin island. Night in the hotel.
    Day 2: Fort Cochin
    Free visit of the town. Night at the hotel.
    Day 3: Cochin - Munnar [140 Km - 3/4H of road]
    Road to Munnar. Walk in the city, commercial center of tea plantations among the highest of the world. By walk, we explore the Tea Plantations. Night at the hotel.
    Day 4: Munnar : Eravikulam National park and plantations
    With an English speaking naturalist guide, we explore the Eravikulam National Park, and the Tea and Coffee Plantations. Night at the hotel.
    Day 5: Munnar - Periyar [100 Km - 2/3 H of road]
    By vehicle, we get to the mountainous area of the western Ghats to the National Park of Periyar. The program includes: a half day walk in the jungle and the close villages and the discovery of the national park by boat on the lake of Periyar. Night at the lodge.
    Day 6: Periyar National Park
    We spend the day exploring the Periyar National Parkand its surroundings with an English speaking naturalist guide. Night in a lodge.
    Day 7: Periyar - Kumakarom [140Km - 4 H]
    Departure for the ornithological reserve of Kumakarom. Transfer to the hotel. By bicycle, discovery of the Palai plain. Stroll with traditional boat on the canals edged by palm trees. Night at the hotel.
    Day 8: Kumakarom - Alleppey: "House boat" on the "Backwaters"
    Short stage to Alleppey. We go on board of a traditional "house - boat", welcome by the crew, and we sail on the canals, lagoons and lakes. Diner and overnight on board (double room).
    Day 9: "Backwaters" - Allepey
    Late morning, we land at Allepey. Transfer to the hotel.. . Visit of the Temples and the Churches of the village. Night at the hotel.
    Day 10: Alleppey - Varkala [110 Km - 3 H]
    Road to Varkala. Night at the hotel.
    Day 11: Varkala
    Free day in Varkala. Night at the hotel.
    Day 12: Varkala
    Free day in Varkala. Night at the hotel.
    Day 13: Varkala - Trivandrum airport [1H30 - 40Km]
    Departure from Varkalato Trivandrum airport according to the timetable of your return flight. End of our services.
    Day 14:
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Mahabalipuram tours, sights and activities

13D12N From Tamil Nadu to Kerala

Tour Package USD1250

    Highlights

    Kochi
    Oldest, Church, Kathakali, Show
    Madurai
    Temple, of, Brihadishwara, Rock, Fort, Temple, Srirangam, Temple, Meenakshi, Palace, of, the, Nayaks, The, Market
    Malabar Coast
    Relax, Swim
    Periyar
    Periyar, National, Park, Elephant, Rides, Bamboo, Rafting, Palai
    Kodaikanal
    Elephant, Valley, Coffee, Plantations, Hike, to, the, Waterfalls, Horse, Riding, Yoga, Meditation
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  • Shanti Travel

    Shanti Travel

    An original travel agency which creates tailor-made tours focusing on quality and off the beaten tracks journeys.

  • Day 1: Chennai (Madras) - Mahabalipuram [60 km - 1 ½ hours by road]
    Arrive Chennai, usually during the night. Drive to Mahabalipuram. Check into and spend night in hotel.
    Day 2: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry [100 km - 2 hours by road]
    En route see the relief carving depicting the descent of the Ganges and the magnificent temples on the edge of the sea. Opportunity to swim. Set off for the former French trading post of Pondicherry. Check into and spend night in hotel.
    Day 3: Pondicherry
    Visit this town where the French influence is still apparent in its architecture, especially on the seafront and the French Quarter. Overnight in hotel.
    Day 4: Pondicherry - Thanjavur [210 km - 5-6 hours by road]
    Morning departure for Thanjavur. En route visit Chidambaram and the superb temple of Nataraja , one of the best examples of Dravidian architecture. Overnight in hotel in Thanjavur.
    Day 5: Thanjavur - Madurai [180 km - 5-6 hours by road]
    Morning visit of the Temple of Brihadishwara, a masterpiece of Chola temple architecture, and the Palace. Depart for Trichy, with its two extraordinary temples. Visit Rock Fort Temple and Srirangam Temple. Moving south we come to the great holy city of Madurai in the early evening. Overnight in hotel.
    Day 6: Madurai
    Madurai is the cultural capital of the Tamul region and an important site in Hinduism. It is one of the oldest cities of southern India and also one of its holiest, as can be seen from the impressive number of devotees and sadhus. We shall visit the vast holy complex of Meenakshi, one of the most animated temples in Southern India as well as the Palace of the Nayaks and The Market, with its labyrinth of bustling lanes. Overnight in hotel.
    Day 7: Madurai - Kodaikanal (Elephant valley) [130 km -2-3 hours by road]
    We enter the mountainous region of the Western Ghats, driving until we reach a wild area, straight out of Paradise, called ’Elephant Valley’ with an eco-lodge surrounded by jungle, coffee plantations,waterfalls, traditional villages and wild animals, including elephants. Check into eco-lodge. In the afternoon the eco-lodge offers a range of activities (to be arranged at the time with the hotel): walk through Coffee Plantations, Hike to the Waterfalls, Horse Riding, Yoga and Meditation. Night in eco-lodge
    Day 8: Kodaikanal (Elephant valley) - Periyar [120 km - 3-4 hours by road]
    We follow small winding mountain roads through beautiful lush countryside to the Periyar National Park, on the border between Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Check into hotel. Afternoon exploration of Periyar reserve. A range of activities are possible: boat trips on the lake, Elephant Rides through the spice plantations, jeep tours or hiking in the jungle. Bamboo Rafting is available for the more adventurous or you can also relax with an ayurvedic massage in the hotel (not included in the price, to be arranged at the time with the hotel). Overnight in hotel.
    Day 9: Periyar - "Backwaters" [140 km - 4 hours by road]
    We leave for Palai with its paddy fields stretching to the horizon, endless coconut palms, tiny peaceful villages and its magnificent canals and lagoons, the backwaters. Check into the hotel on the edge of superb Lake Vembanad. Afternoon to relax and/or explore Palai. Overnight in hotel.
    Day 10: Houseboat on the "Backwaters
    After a warm welcome on board by the crew, composed of captain, cook and cabin boy we set out on a traditional houseboat We explore the canals, lagoons and Lake Vembanad, enjoying the serenity of these peaceful waters. Imagine yourself in a tropical Venice, where water takes the place of roads. Boats are constantly coming and going, propelled by the boatmen who push off from the bottom with long bamboo poles. On the banks you will see old houses made of teak, mahogany and rosewood and villages bright with hibiscus and bougainvillea as well as shimmering paddy fields and endless coconut palms. Meal and night afloat (double bedroom with bathroom). Full board.
    Day 11: "Backwaters" - Malabar Coast : Marari beach [30km - 1 hour by road]
    Land at Allepey at the end of the morning. Drive to one of the most beautiful beaches on the Malabar coast. Check into hotel. Relax, Swim and meet the many fishermen with their flimsy craft. Overnight in hotel.
    Day 12: Marari Beach - Kochi [60km - 1 hour by road]
    Travel to Fort Kochi and check into hotel. Visit the town which is an unlikey blend of medieval Portugal, the Netherlands and an English country village, with the tropical Malabar coast as a backdrop. Discover the Oldest Church in the country, winding streets lined with mosques and old Portuguese houses dating back 500 years, Chinese fishing nets, a sixteenth century synagogue and a palace built by the Portuguese.This is also the ideal place to see a Kathakali Show. Overnight in hotel.
    Day 13: Kochi - Airport
    Airport transfer depending on your flight time. Shanti travel says ’au revoir’.
    Day 14:
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Mahabalipuram tours, sights and activities

24D23N The Great South

Tour Package USD2035

    Highlights

    Madurai
    The, Cultural, Cetnre, of, Tamil Nadu
    Goa
    Panaji
    Periyar
    Lake, Vembanad
    Tiruchirappalli
    Brihadishwara, Temple, and, Palace
    Kochi
    Marari, Beach
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  • Shanti Travel

    Shanti Travel

    An original travel agency which creates tailor-made tours focusing on quality and off the beaten tracks journeys.

  • Day 1: Chennai (Madras) - Mahabalipuram [60 Km - 1 H 30 drive]
    Check in to Chennai (Madras) - flights generally arrive at night - and drive to Mahabalipuram. Night in hotel.
    Day 2: Mahabalipuram
    Discover the low relief representing the Descent of the Ganges , and the magnificent temples, lining the coast. Option to enter the water here. Night in hotel.
    Day 3: Mahabalipuram - Pondichery [100 Km - 2 H drive]
    Drive to the former French hold in India, Pondicherry. Check in to hotel and begin acquainting yourself with “Pondi,” as it affectionally known. Night in hotel.
    Day 4: Pondichery
    Visit this town where French influence in architecture reveals itself, especially in the seaside neighbourhood that houses many government buildings. Night in hotel.
    Day 5: Pondichery - Tanjavur [210 Km - 5/6 H drive]
    In the morning, we head to Tanjavur. On the way, we visit Chidambaram and the superb Nataraja temple that exhibits Dravidian architectural tendencies. Night in hotel.
    Day 6: Thanjavur - Trichy - Thanjavur [50 Km + 50 Km - 2 H drive go / return]
    In the morning, visit Brihadishwara Temple and Palace. After that, we leave the city, making our way to Trichy, which happens to be home to some of extraordinary temples. Night in hotel.
    Day 7: Thanjavur - Madurai [180 Km - 5/6 H drive]
    Start heading south. Visit the Chettinad region. In the beginning of the evening, we arrive at Madurai. Night in hotel.
    Day 8: Madurai
    Visit this town which is known as The Cultural Cetnre of Tamil Nadu and holds an important place in Hinduism. Night in hotel.
    Day 9: Madurai - Periyar [160 Km - 5 H de route]
    By car, we head to the mountainous region: Western Ghats, where Periyar National Reserve is located. Spend time visiting the reserve. Night in hotel.
    Day 10: Periyar - "Backwaters" [140Km - 4 H drive]
    Head along the shore of Lake Vembanad, located in the middle of Palai Plain with its hypnotizing rice paddies and coconut trees in plain view and pleasant villages. Night in hotel.
    Day 11: "Houseboat" on the "Backwaters"
    We are welcomed by the crew, made up of the captain, cook, and the “ship boy” and then we set off on this traditional “house-boat” while navigating through the canals, lagoons, and lakes. On the banks, you will come across old houses made out of teak, mahogany and redwood as well as villages filled with hibiscus and bougainvilleas, rice paddies that are green and shimmering. Meals and night aboard (double room with bathroom).
    Day 12: "Backwaters" - Kochi [80 Km - 1 H ½ / 2 H drive]
    We disembark at the end of the morning in Allepey. Visit this pleasant town that depends on commerce for stability. Option to get wet at Marari Beach. Drive to Fort Kochi and check in to the hotel. Night in hotel.
    Day 13: Fort Cochin
    Spend the day visiting the town which is an interesting mix between medieval Portugal, Holland and the English countryside with the Malabar tropical coast as its background. Night in hotel.
    Day 14: Kochi - Wayanad [250 Km - 7 H drive]
    Long day on the road to head to Calicut, before leaving the coastal plains and rice paddies to begin to tackle the incline and series of windy roads that take us to the Wayanad region. Night in resort.
    Day 15: Wayanad - Mysore [110 Km - 3 H drive]
    In the morning, stroll to the natural reserve at Wayanad. In the afternoon, drive to Mysore. Night in hotel.
    Day 16: Mysore - Hassan [100 Km - 2 H drive]
    In the morning, visit the town, a verdant city known for its jaSmin and sandalwood as well as for its splendid palaces. In the afternoon, we head to Hassan, the only town in the area with lodging options. Night in hotel.
    Day 17: Hassan - Halebid - Belur - Hassan [40 Km + 40 Km - 2 H drive go/return]
    A 40 km excursion nto the north to visit the exquisite temples of Halebid and Bellur. Return to Hassan. Night in hotel.
    Day 18: Hassan - Hospet (Hampi) [330 Km - 6/7 H drive]
    While still heading north, we cross Deccan Plateu until we reach Hospet and the ports of the lost kingdom of Hampi where the ruins seemingly emerge from the mountains. Check into and night in hotel.
    Day 19: Hampi
    Visit Hampi, the former capital of the Vijayanagar empire and one of the most fascinating sites in the country.
    Day 20: Hospet (Hampi) - Badami [160 Km - 4 H drive]
    We spend the morning driving to Hampi, a charming small town. In the afternoon, we visit the Famous Temples, etched into the side of a cave. Night in hotel.
    Day 21: Badami - Goa [300 Km - 7 H drive]
    Long day on the road. Final destination: Goa. Check in to and night in hotel for a well deserved break.
    Day 22: Goa
    Day to lounge on the beach and/or visit Panaji, the capital of Goa, with its magnificent houses done in a traditional Portuguese style. Night in hotel.
    Day 23: Goa - Bombay [1 H flight]
    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bombay. End of our services.
    Day 24:
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Kochi tours, sights and activities

9D8N Magical Honeymoon Along The Water

Tour Package USD944

    Highlights

    Kerala Backwater Houseboats
    Vembanad, Lake, Vembanad, Lake
    Malabar Coast
    Relaxing
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  • Shanti Travel

    Shanti Travel

    An original travel agency which creates tailor-made tours focusing on quality and off the beaten tracks journeys.

  • Day 1: Arrival at Kochi (Cochin )
    Reception at the airport and transfer to the island of Fort Cochin. Night in a charming hotel.
    Day 2: Garden of spices - Backwaters [ 60 km - 2 hrs drive]
    Departure to the shores of Vembanad Lake, in the middle of the plain of Palai, with its rice fields, coconut trees and peaceful villages . Most hotels offer you bicycles and a traditional boat, which allow you to explore the Kerala countryside and Vembanad Lake at a gentle pace. Overnight at hotel.
    Day 3: Garden of spices - "Backwaters " [ 60 km - 2 hrs drive]
    Departure to the shores of Vembanad Lake, in the middle of the plain of Palai, with its rice fields, coconut trees and peaceful villages . Most hotels offer you bicycles and a traditional boat, which allow you to explore the Kerala countryside and Vembanad Lake at a gentle pace. Overnight at hotel.
    Day 4: Houseboat" on "Backwaters
    By late morning, embark on a traditional " houseboat ", hosted by a crew. Navigate the canals and lagoons and enjoy the serene ambience of these calm waters. You have to imagine a sort of Venice in the tropics, a city with liquid boulevards where the boats come and go constantly. On the banks, you cross the ancient houses made of teak, mahogany and rosewood; villages flowered with hibiscus, bougainvillea, on a shimmering green rice field. Meals and night on board (double room with bathroom). FULL BOARD.
    Day 5: Backwaters - Malabar Coast : Marari Beach [ 30 km - 1 hour drive]
    Disembark at Alleppey around 9:30am. Drive to one of the most beautiful beaches of the Malabar Coast: Marari Beach. Just 20 km from Alleppey, the beautiful white sand beach lined with coconut trees is still preserved. Due to the small number of places to stay, it is the ideal place to rest. Overnight at the hotel.
    Day 6: Malabar Coast : Marari Beach
    Relaxing day . Overnight at hotel .
    Day 7: Malabar Coast : Marari Beach
    Relax, swim and interact with many fishermen and their small boats. Overnight at hotel.
    Day 8: Malabar Coast - Airport Kochi [ 1:30 - 40 Km drive]
    Transfer to Kochi airport according to your flight schedule. End of our services.
    Day 9:
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