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KERALA SAMPLER.



Some of the sights within are listed below:-
Kerala Backwaters: Travelling by boat along the Kerala backwaters is an experience not to be missed. The backwaters is an amazing network of lakes, canals, lagoons and rivers and coconut trees on the banks. You can view chinese fishing nets and small village settlements along the narrow strips of land along the route.
Cochin: A inter-connection of islands. Diverse places to view such as The Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace, Fort Cochin. An excellent place to view Kathakali dancing (a unique motion of body and the facial features).
Periyar wildlife Park: Built around an artificial lake and very close to the spice hills this wildlife park has a spectacular setting. It is an excellent retreat to view wildlife and enjoy the setting. Various animals can be found such as bison, monkey, sambar, antelopes. The most exciting viewing is that of elephants walking along the banks of the waters.
Kumarakom: Pictureque setting on the banks of the Vembanad Lake. Ideal setting for doing a Kerala Backwaters trip. In this trip you stay at Coconut Lagoon in traditional Keralite homes called 'Tharawads'.
Mararikulam: Excellent exclusive beach resort with stay in cottages within a forested area. Nearest large towns are Cochin and Allepey.

Detailed itinerary is given below:


Day Skeleton Itinerary
01 START KERALA SAMPLER PROGRAMME: Starts and concludes in Cochin. ARRIVE COCHIN. Arrival transfer to hotel for 2 night's stay.
02 COCHIN. Cochin is a city which is best visited on foot.
03 COCHIN - PERIYAR. After breakfast, drive to Periyar which lies in the shade of the Cardamom hills and is a beautiful area of tranquil winding roads, tea gardens, rubber estates, and spice plantations. CHECK-IN AT hotel for 2 night's stay. Car & driver available for drives to Periyar wildlife park. (Note: Boat rides & park entry fees are not included).
04 PERIYAR. Car and driver available for full day sightseeing of Periyar & nearby spice Hills area. (Note: Boat rides & park entry fees are not included).
05 PERIYAR - KUMARAKOM. After breakfast drive to Kumarakom on the banks of lake Vembanad.
06 KUMARAKOM. After breakfast, day at leisure to explore the backwaters area..
07 KUMARAKOM -ALLEPEY - MARARIKULAM. After breakfast transfer across to Allepey. Cruise around the Keralan Backwaters for 3 - 4 hours in a private motorboat. Then pick up from the boat jetty and drive onto MARARI BEACH RESORT for 4 night's stay of pure relaxation. Days of leisure on the Beach.
11 MARARIKULAM - COCHIN. After breakfast departure transfer to COCHIN AIRPORT for onward flight or to COCHIN RAILWAY STATION for onward train journey. Trip concludes here.

KEY TO AID UNDERSTANDING OF TABULAR ITINERARY ABOVE.
Alphabets in red represent car + driver itineraries for individuals for that section.
Alphabets in green means train travel for that section (generally in AC 2 Tier or AC 3 Tier unless stated otherwise).
Alphabets in blue indicate flights between sections.






Rates given above for the superior grade hotels are based on standard rooms in Periyar, Heritage Bungalow at Coconut Lagoon and Garden Villa rooms at Marari Beach Resort on a twin share basis.

Standard Hotels (standard only in Cochin and Periyar): Eden Garden/ Abad Plaza, Cochin; Pepper County Resort, Periyar; Kodianthara, Kumarakom; Abad Turtle Beach, Mararikulam.

Superior Hotels: Old Harbour, Cochin; Spice Village, Periyar; Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom; Marari Beach Resort, Mararikulam.

Cost Includes:   transfers & sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary in red using a non Ac car with driver; stay at hotels mentioned on a twin share BB basis inclusive of local taxes; motorboat ride at Allepey along the backwaters.
Cost Excludes:   meals; guides; entrance & camera fees to monuments; boat rides at Lake Periyar; entrance & camera fees at Periyar.

Note: Prices are valid for trip conclusion by 29 Sep 2016. There is likely to be a peak season supplement for travel dates which fall between 15 Dec 2015 - 20 Jan 2016 & 01 - 28 Feb 2016.

Why not modify the itinerary to spend 1 night on a Keralan Houseboat on a full board basis inclusive of boat cruises in & around Allepey? Additional supplement cost is £ 45 per person per night on a twin share basis.


Rates given above are based on standard rooms on a twin share basis.

Standard Hotels (standard only in Cochin and Periyar): Eden Garden/ Abad Plaza, Cochin; Pepper County Resort, Periyar; Kodianthara, Kumarakom; Abad Turtle Beach, Mararikulam; non AC single apartment houseboat.

Superior Hotels: Old Harbour, Cochin; Spice Village, Periyar; Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom; Marari Beach Resort, Mararikulam; AC single apartment houseboat.

Cost Includes:   transfers & sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary in red using a non Ac car with driver; stay at hotels mentioned on a twin share BB basis inclusive of local taxes; overnight stay in houseboat on a full board basis inclusive of boat cruises in and around Allepey along the backwaters.
Cost Excludes:   meals; guides; entrance & camera fees to monuments; boat rides at Lake Periyar; entrance & camera fees at Periyar.


Note: Prices are valid for trip conclusion by 29 Sep 2016. There is likely to be a peak season supplement for travel dates which fall between 15 Dec 2015 - 20 Jan 2016 & 01 - 28 Feb 2016.

Not included: International air travel.
However, S.D.Enterprises would be happy to recommend agents to procure international scheduled air tickets as "ticket providers". (London - Cochin - London).


Note: The rates have not been updated since 2016 season, as there has been a violent change in the exchange rates ever since the Brexit Vote. We have left the rates as per 2015 - 16 season to give you something of an idea. For current rates, pl email your requests with dates & number of passengers. We can then get back to you on the same.


Note: All products in the website are being reviewed in view of the current pandemic on account of the coronavirus. At this point (i.e. when the website was being updated in late Dec 2020 / early Jan 2021), we regret that we are unable to recommend travel from the UK to the majority of the countries in Asia that we deal with. We are hoping that the situation will improve (not only for the anxiously waiting travellers and the tour operators in the UK but also for the thousands of people connected with the travel trade who are more than just associates for us.). When and how quickly travel is likely to resume is unknown to us with the earliest time likely to be in the autumn of 2021. Many of the products may need to be changed at the early stages for the safety of the travellers and the locals at these countries.


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