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Essence of Kerala 10D/9N

Kerala, Calicut
INR 30,620.00
Holiday Overview

Famously known as the 'City of Spices' Calicut is the third largest city in Kerala. Proceed to Wayanad from Calicut a destination ideal for wildlife and nature lovers. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular attractions where elephants in particular are star performers and attract a large number of tourists. Other attractions include the Pookat Lake and Meenmutty Waterfalls. You will drive to Guruvayoor from Wayanad and visit the famous Sri Krishna Temple. From Guruvayoor you will proceed to Munnar a majestic hillstation in Kerala, known for its sprawling tea estates. Drive to Thekkady from Munnar famous for its Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Proceed to Alleppey from Thekkady and enjoy a stay in the houseboat cruise in its backwaters. Head to Kovalam a village town famous for its pristine beaches and serene environment.

START POINT CALICUT
END POINT TRIVANDRUM
TRIP GRADE RELAXED
Holiday Highlights
  • Pookat Lake, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Meenmutty Water Falls in Wayanad
  • Sri Krishna Temple in Guruvayoor
  • Tea Plantations, Mettupatty Dam, Devikulam Lake and Eravikulam National Park in Munnar
  • Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Spice Plantations in Thekkady
  • Houseboat cruise ride in Alleppey
  • Kovalam Beach
  • Napier Museum, Sri Chitra Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens in Trivandrum
Getting There
By Air

The nearest airport is Karipur International Airport which is also called the Calicut International Airport located at a distance of 23 kms from the Kozhikode.

By Rail

The city has its own railway station. It is well connected to all the major cities of the state.

By Road

The KSRTC buses facilitated by the state of Kerala make it possible for all to reach the place with an ease.


Day 1
Calicut Airport/ Railway Station-Wayanad

On arrival at Calicut Airport/Railway Station, you will be greeted by our Local representative who will transfer you to Wayanad. On arrival, check-in to the hotel. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay at Wayanad.

Meals - Dinner
Day 2
Wayanad sightseeing

Morning after breakfast proceed for full day Local Sightseeing. Visit Pookat Lake, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and Meenmutty Water Falls. Overnight stay at Wayanad.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day 3
Wayanad-Guruvayoor (Approx 180.5Kms/04Hrs)

Morning after breakfast check-out from the hotel and proceed to Guruvayoor. On arrival, check-in to the hotel. In the evening visit Sri Krishna Temple. Overnight stay at Guruvayoor.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day 4
Guruvayoor-Munnar (Approx 182Kms/04Hrs)

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and proceed towards Munnar. Enroute visit Athirapalli Water Falls. Munnar is called as "nature lover's paradise" with sprawling tea plantations. Munnar is 1800mts above sea level. On arrival in Munnar, check-in to the hotel. In the evening proceed to Mettupatty dam /Kundale dam for boating (on direct payment basis). On the way visit Echo Point & Shooting Point. A further 07 kms drive will take you to Top Station for a spectacular view. Overnight stay at Munnar.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day 5
Munnar Sightseeing

Post breakfast proceed for Munnar Local Sightseeing. Munnar has the highest peak in South India – Anaimudi – which is over 2695m. Devikulam – This serene hill township is a nature lover’s retreat. Trout fishing on the Devikulam Lake is a major attraction. Eravikulam National Park - It is the best place to see Nilgiri Tahr, the Mountain goat of South India. Evening is free for leisure/personal activity. Overnight stay at Munnar.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day 6
Munnar-Thekkady (Approx 84Kms/2.30Hrs)

This morning after breakfast check-out from the hotel and proceed to Periyar National Park. A scenic journey past mist capped mountains, spice plantations and open grasslands lined with spectacular water falls & delightful trekking trails make for a wonderful experience. On arrival at Thekkady, check-in to the hotel and spend the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Thekkady.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day 7
Thekkady-Alleppey (Approx 145.5Kms/04Hrs)

Morning after breakfast check out from the hotel. Later proceed to Alleppey and check-in to the Houseboat - a  ride  into the countryside in a Kettuvalam (the houseboat). Alleppey canals cruise includes other sightseeing like Kuttanad – paddy field  below mean sea level, the coir village and exploring the local way of life. The food is served fresh inside the boat. The boat will be anchored in the evening at 6:00 pm. Overnight stay in Houseboat.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day 8
Alleppey - Kovalam (Approx161Kms/03Hrs)

After breakfast check out from the hotel. Later proceed to Kovalam. Situated on the Malabar Coast along the Kerala shoreline is this small village of Kovalam. This quiet town of Kovalam came on the tourist map, when its beautiful and secluded beaches were discovered. Today Kovalam has become one of the most popular beach hangouts in India. The unforgettable image of Kovalam is that of the coconut-palms-lined high rock promontory that cuddles the calm and wide expanse of blue waters. This marvelous beach is a tourist's dream come true. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight saty at Kovalam.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day 9
Sightseeing of Trivandrum

After breakfast at the hotel proceed for city tour of Trivandrum visiting the ancient temple of Sri Padmanabhaswamy which is one of the major attractions in the city of Thiruvananthapuram. Also visit Napier Museum, Sri Chitra Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens. Later return to Kovalam. Evening is  free for leisure. Overnight stay at Kovalam.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day 10
Kovalam-Trivandrum (Approx 17.8Kms/30Mins)

Post breakfast this morning check-out from the hotel. Later proceed to Trivandrum. Our Local representative will transfer you to Trivandrum Airport/Railway Station for departure according to the flight/train timings after an ever memorable holiday in Kerala.

Meals - Breakfast
Dates
Tour Validity Valid From Valid Upto
Validity 01/06/2017 31/12/2018
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Accommodation Options
Destination Standard Deluxe Super Deluxe Luxury Premium
Wayanad
  • Budget Hotel
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Star Deluxe Hotel
  • 4 Star Hotel
  • 4 Star Deluxe Hotel
Guruvayoor
  • Budget Hotel
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Star Deluxe Hotel
  • 4 Star Hotel
  • 4 Star Deluxe Hotel
Munnar
  • Budget Hotel
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Star Deluxe Hotel
  • 4 Star Hotel
  • 4 Star Deluxe Hotel
Thekkady
  • Budget Hotel
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Star Deluxe Hotel
  • 4 Star Hotel
  • 4 Star Deluxe Hotel
Alleppey
  • Houseboat
  • Houseboat
  • 3 Star Deluxe Hotel
  • 4 Star Hotel
  • 4 Star Deluxe Hotel
Kovalam
  • Budget Hotel
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Star Deluxe Hotel
  • 4 Star Hotel
  • 4 Star Deluxe Hotel
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Whats Included
  • Assistance on arrival at airport
  • Accommodation in well appointed rooms
  • Welcome drink on arrival at Hotel
  • Meals inclusive of Daily Breakfast & Dinner
  • All transportation by Indigo/similar car for 02 -03 Pax & Xylo/Innova/similar for 04-06 Pax
  • All Sightseeing & Transportation as per the Itinerary, inclusive of all toll, taxes and driver allowances
Whats Excluded
  • Air fare / train fare.
  • Guide, camera charges & Monuments Entrance fees during sightseeing.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as meals, tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor, Insurance etc.
  • Supplement will be applicable for Single occupancy.
  • Any other item not specified in the Package Inclusions.
  • Govt. Service tax @ 9% will be applicable on the total bill.
Cancellation Policy
  • Between 30 and 15 days of departure - 40% of tour cost
  • Between 14 and 7 days prior to date of departure - 50% of tour cost
  • Less than 7 days and In case of no show - 100% of tour cost
Terms and Conditions
  • Packages are valid upto 31st Dec 2018 ** (Except Long Weekend) **
  • Govt. Service tax @ 9% will be applicable on the total bill.
  • Vehicle and Transportation will be as per itinerary only and not at disposal.
  • Refund on cancellation depends upon the above cancellation policy.
  • The Seller Reserves the right to change/modify or terminate the offer any time at its own discretion and without any prior notice.
  • Supplementary charges will apply for booking falling during Long weekends, Public Holidays and Festival time such as Diwali, Christmas & New Year period.
  • As per Govt. norm Guests are required to present your photo ID Proof such as PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID or Driving License at the time of Check in at the hotel.
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  • Itinerary and holiday plan
  • Holiday Inclusions & Exclusions
  • Cancellation policy and Terms & Conditions
  • Agree to the hotels offered and accepted their service quality.
  • In event of any changes done in Hotels or Room Categories or any Deviation is taken from the confirmed itinerary‚ By the Clients‛; Any expenses incurred from such changes will have to be paid in full by clients directly to local operators / Hotels / activity providers.
Areas Covered

Calicut - Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, is a city in the state of Kerala in Southern India on the Malabar Coast. It is also the third largest city in Kerala.

Wayanad - Wayanad District came into existence on 1st November, 1980 as the 12th District of Kerala consisting of Mananthavady, Sulthanbathery and Vythiri Taluks. The name Wayanad is derived from Vayal Nadu which means the land of paddy fields. It is a picturesque plateau situated at a height between 700 meters and 2100 meters above the mean sea level nested among the mountains of the Western Ghats on the Eastern portion of North Kerala and on the sides of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka States.

Guruvayoor - Guruvayoorr is a municipal town in the Thrissur District of Kerala. It houses the famous Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple, the fourth biggest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees per day.

Athirapally - Athirappalli is a scenic combination of forests and little streams. Falling from a height of 80 feet, this is one of the largest waterfalls in the state. Many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna are found in the forests of the Athirapilly-Vazhachal area.

Munnar - Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1,600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town.

Thekkady - The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice-scented plantations. In the Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great apportunities for treks and mountain walks.

Alleppey - Alleppey also known as Alappuzha is the one town in Kerala that is synonymous with the backwaters for which this spectacular state is famous. There is an intricate web of waterways in Kerala, where the sea playfully teases the shore. The lagoons gently brush past villages and overhanging grass, and throw back the palms' reflection off their blue-green-blue surface.

Kovalam - Kovalam is a beach town by the Arabian Sea in Thiruvananthapuram city in Kerala located around 16 km from the city center. Kovalam consists of three main beaches, the most popular being the Lighthouse Beach and Hawa Beach. Kovalam with its unspoilt beaches was once a hippie paradise, but it's increasing popularity among tourists has been a major dissuasion of late.

Trivandrum - Kerala's capital – for obvious reasons still often referred to by its colonial name, Trivandrum – is an energetic place and an easygoing introduction to city life down south. Most travellers merely springboard from here to the nearby beachside resorts of Kovalam and Varkala, but Trivandrum has enough sights including its zoo and cluster of Victorian museums.

Shopping And Entertainment

Shopping in Kerala is as exciting as touring the mystical place. Kerala is famous for its local crafts and you will find a traditional touch in each and every craft item in Kerala. The main shopping hubs in Kerala are as follows:

Kochi - Among the most interesting shopping options in Kochi is art and antiques. Local artists display and sell their work at the ambient art galleries that dot the city. Handicraft and antiques are available at emporiums and in the Jewish Quarter of Fort Kochi. MG Road is the main shopping area in Kochi. You can buy spices at Fort Kochi around the synagogue area. You can also look out for Chinese fishing nets which are quite popular in Kochi.

Trivandrum - The prime shopping district in Thiruvananthapuram is MG Road, where there are a number of shopping complexes and shopping stores selling everything from local spices to handicrafts made out of wood, horn, metal, coir and handloom. Among the must buy souvenirs for shopaholics are rosewood and sandalwood carvings, brass and bell metal lamps, coir mats, spices, coffee, tea and cashew nuts. Other Kerala specialties include gold jewellery, traditional saris, Kathakali masks, bronzes and delightfully yummy banana chips, which are also an integral part of Kerala's cuisine.

Alleppey - Alleppey's best bargain is its coir- the district manufactures a massive amount of coir, and the material is used to produce everything from mundane mats to innovative objects d'art- rugs, wall hangings, bags, hammocks, cushions, blinds and more. Mullakkal Street is Alleppey's top shopping district, and has a number of shops where buyers can pick up souvenirs. Other good buys in Alleppey are spices- especially cardamom and pepper, canned seafood and silks.

Kovalam - Shopping in Kovalam is all about buying handicraft products made of wood and seashell, decorative items and spices. Statues made of teak wood and rose wood are popular among visitors. Along the beaches, there are many local shops from where you can buy jewellery made of seashells. Apart from these, there are decorative items as well. You can also try the colorful sandals and sarongs available in the local shops along the beaches. SM Handloom Centre is the main shopping center where you will find beautiful clothes for women.

Wayanad - Shopping in Wayanad includes pure honey, spices and handicrafts. The honey and spices produced in Wayanad is renowned all over the globe. Pepper is much sought after among the visitors. Artifacts, antiques, Munnar tea, coffee and handicraft items are equally popular. Garments and furniture can be bought at excellent prices.

Calicut - Shopping in Calicut is about buying handicraft items, spices and tea. The clothing industry of Calicut offers plethora of options to the buyers. Silky Textiles on S. M. Cross Road is a good option for buying silk. Color Bar and Ladies Park are the other well-known showrooms for textile. For purchasing handloom fabrics, head to Comtrust Store on Town Hall Road. Since Calicut is known as the 'City of Spices' don't forget to buy different kinds of spices including pepper, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. If you wish to avail authentic spices at reasonable rates, then you can buy the same from the gardens. The spice gardens here are worth visiting. Vilangakunnu village in Calicut is well-known for tea and coffee plantations. Several varieties of tea are grown; Black Tea, Green Tea, Oolong Tea are the different varieties of tea grown in this village.

Money - The currency of India is Indian Rupees (INR). The currency exchange departments are present in almost every Indian city. You can also exchange your currency in 5 star and 4 star hotels, no other currency is valid except for Indian currency (INR).

Banks - Banks are open for transaction from 10:00 - 15:30 hrs on weekdays and from 10:00 - 12:00 hrs on Saturdays.

Credit Cards - Main hotels, restaurants and shopping centres honour major credit cards.

Time
(Hours fast (+), slow (-) on IST)
USA: -10.30, Germany: - 4.30, Canada: - 10.30, France: - 4.30, Australia: + 4.30, Spain: - 4.30, UAE: - 1.30, UK: - 5:30.

Best time to Visit -
High season: September-May
Monsoon Rejuvenation programmes: June-August

Travel Kit - Cotton outfits; hats, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion etc.

Drugs - Heavy penalties including imprisonment for possession of narcotic drugs.

Ayurveda - Go only to those Ayurveda centers that are classified/approved by the Department of Tourism.

Food - All standard restaurants offer a variety of cuisines including Continental, Chinese, Indian and typical Kerala food.

Emergency Numbers -
Police control room: 100
Fire station: 101
Ambulance: 102, 108

Police Helpline -
While traveling on Highways (Highway Alert Number): 9846 100 100
While traveling in Trains (Railway Alert Number): 9846 200 100
Website: www.keralapolice.org

Temple Codes - Some temples do not permit entry to non-Hindus. Strict dress codes are followed in most of the temples. Footwear is banned inside the temple premises.

Festivals and Fairs - There are quite a few festivals in Kerala that are celebrated all over the state and are well attended by the local people as well as tourists.

• The Ashtamudi Craft & Art Festival is held in Kollam (End-December beginning January).
• The tourism edition of Allepey's Nehru Cup Snake Boat Race is in mid-January. (The real thing is dated for the second Saturday of August.)
• Thiruvananthapuram hosts a classical music festival over the last few days of January.
• The Ettamanur Festival at Ettamanur, near Kottayam, in (February/March) features a procession of gaily-decorated elephants.
• The Pooram Festival at Thrissur has similar attractions, and follows two months later.
• The most famous is the harvest festival, Onam, in August/September. Celebrated with feasting and festivities all over Kerala, Onam is the most important festival of the state.

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