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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. If you require costing based on single rooms or triple rooms or superior rooms at the properties, please email us and we shall get back to you with a costing.

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 2015. There is likely to be a peak season supplement for travel dates which fall between 15 Dec 2014 - 20 Jan 2015 & 01 - 28 Feb 2015.

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. If you require costing based on single rooms or triple rooms or superior rooms at the properties, please email us and we shall get back to you with a costing.

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 2015. There is likely to be a peak season supplement for travel dates which fall between 15 Dec 2014 - 20 Jan 2015 & 01 - 28 Feb 2015.

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).


You can tailor-make a trip that suits your individual requirements.
For rates pertaining to the season specific to your trip, please email us.


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