Autumn & Winter 2018
8 Days / 7 Nights
2 Nights Cochin, 1 Night Periyar, 2 Nights Kumarakom & 2 Nights Kovalam
Valid From 01 October to 31 March 2019
|4* Travancore Court
4* Cardamon County
4* Backwater Ripples
4* Uday Samudra
|$ 1270||$ 1790|
|5* Holiday Inn
5* Elephant Court
5* Lake Song
5* Travancore Heritage
|$ 1370||$ 1910|
|5* Crowne Plaza / Le Meridien
5* Spice Village
5* Zuri Spa Resort /
5* Leela Palace /
|$ 1560||$ 2290|
DAY 01 : BEIRUT – DOHA– COCHIN
Leave Beirut in the afternoon to Cochin via Doha Meet, assist on arrival & transfer from airport to hotel (check in time at hotel is 12 noon). Overnight Hotel in Cochin.
DAY 02 : COCHIN
After breakfast; proceeds for the guided city tour and you will be walking through the old sections. Our walking tour will take us to; Jew Town, including the Pardesi Synagogue (closed on Fridays & Saturdays); The Mattancherry Palace, known locally as the Dutch Palace; Fort Cochin, reminiscent of European streets and houses; the Chinese Fishing Nets on the northern shore of Fort Cochin; and St Francis Church, near to a typical English village green. A highlight is watching the fishermen working the nets (which operate on a weight system) as the sun is setting. Afternoon rest in the hotel. In the evening, you will be taken for one-hour show of Kathakali Dance show- the ancient dance form of Kerala. Enjoy dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 03 : COCHIN-PERIYAR. (185 KMS/5 HRS)
After breakfast drive to Periyar –This is one of the best elephant sanctuaries in India. It also has monkeys, wild boar and sambals. This beautiful hill station in the Western Ghats is 1,000 metres above sea level and is famed throughout India for the quality of its spices. Periyar is synonymous with pepper as 95% of India’s production comes from the district. Check-in on arrival & rest. Afternoon explore Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary by boat, cruising the waters of the lake. The park is home to many mammals that come to the shore to drink. These include elephant, bison Gaur, Sambar, Cheetal, Sloth Bear and Wild Dog, plus many species of birds. During the dry season when water holes within the forest are dry, leopards and tigers also come to the lake for water. The reserve’s range of flora and fauna is breath-taking, and includes more than 100 orchid species and trees such as mangoes and banyans as well as wildlife like elephants and Bengal tigers. The River Periyar, which is known as ‘Lifeline of Kerala’, originates in the park’s dense forests. The lake also attracts many species of local and migratory birds. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 04 : PERIYAR - KUMARAKOM (127KMS/4HRS)
Morning take to the road for Kumarakom enroute we will take you on a fascinating and informative visit to several neighboring spice and tea plantation as well as smaller-scale spice gardens whose owners pride themselves on their adaptation of organic farming methods to provide energy for their household needs. A must for anyone who cares of taste and flavors, the spice plantation visit enables you to get a deeper understanding of how the spice used in everyday cooking throughout the world are grown, harvested and processed before they find their way to your local supermarket. Enjoy lunch in the plantation. On arrival check in at the hotel. Rest day is at leisure for own activities. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 05: IN KUMARAKOM
Morning is at leisure to enjoy various facilities available at the hotel. Afternoon head to the shore to board houseboat for a scenic and leisurely backwaters cruise. The houseboats are adaptations of kettuvallam boats, which were used for generations to transport rice and spices. Allow yourself to drift away as the beautifully decorated houseboat glides through mangroves and under coconut groves while you feast on traditional Keralan dishes. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 06: KUMARAKOM - KOVALAM (250KM/6HRS)
After breakfast, drive to Kovalam. Kovalam offers one of the finest beaches of South India and is famous for its authentic Ayurvedic Massages. On the Malabar Coast along the Kerala shoreline is a small village; called Kovalam a sheltered bay endowed with unusual beauty. This natural bay is a safe sea-pool free from high waves and surge. Today Kovalam has become one of the most popular beach hangouts in India. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Rest day is at leisure for own activities.Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 07 : IN KOVALAM
Day is at leisure to enjoy various facilities available at the hotel Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 08 : KOVALAM/TRIVANDRUM - DUBAI - BEIRUT
Early morning transfer to airport and return to Beirut via Doha
Above rates per person includes:
- Return economy class ticket on Qatar Airways on "Q+W" booking class: Beirut / Doha / Cochin - Trivandrum / Doha / Beirut
- Airport Taxes in Lebanon & in India
- Accommodation for 2 Nights in Cochin, 1 Night in Periyar, 2 Nights in Kumaramom, & 2 Nights in Kovalam on Bed & Breakfast basis.
- Kathakali dance show in Cochin with dinner at a local restaurant
- Spice Plantaion tour with lunch
- Transportation using an air conditioned vehicle.
- All sightseeing as per program by an English speaking local guides.
- Entrance fee at the monuments
- All presently applicable taxes
- Travel Insurance
Rate does not include:
- Visa to India