Hideaways @ Kerala
Having presented luxurious comforts set in the brilliance of heritage on the very lap of nature, Kumarakom Lake Resort would now like to present the many and most scenic destinations of Kerala to every discerning traveler. Understanding the expectations of the astute vacationer we have put together exclusive tailor- made packages that take you through the most beautiful that Kerala has to offer, giving to you the most lush and premium hideaways at each of these exotic destinations, ensuring that your entire holiday is filled with memorable experiences of sights seen and destinations enjoyed.
Kerala 7 nights / 8 days - By Hideaways@Kerala
Day 1 - On arrival at Cochin International Airport, you are greeted and whisked away to the immaculately restored 300-year-old colonial styled hotel - Old Harbour Hotel at the quaint beach town of Kerala, Fort Cochin.
Choose to spend the rest of the day at leisure at the hotel or set off on an exploration spree and take a walking tour of the ancient harbor of Cochin, with its rich majestic past. Also known as Kochi, Cochin has one of the finest natural harbors in the world and its 'Chinese fishing nets', introduced by early traders from the court of Kublai Khan, are a landmark of the Malabar Coast. The St. Francis church the oldest European-built church in India and where Vasco da Gama, the famous explorer and discoverer of India had once been buried until his remains were taken back to Portugal and the Santa Cruz Basilica, the second oldest basilica in India, are just around the corner from your hotel as well.
Or choose to take a guided tour* to the Mattancherry Palace or Dutch Palace built in 1653. Stroll down the old spice market at Mattancherry, shop at the famed antique stores on Jew Street, and visit the ancient Jew Synagogue, one of the few remnants of a community that had once thrived greatly in this small town. In the evening choose to relax and experience the rare laidback charm of Cochin on a lazy harbor cruise* or enjoy a traditional Kathakali performance*.
Overnight at the Old Harbour Hotel.
Day 2 - After breakfast, depart from the coastal plain, traveling winding hill roads consistently wrapped on either side with lush plantations of rubber, spice and tea. En-route take a break for lunch at the Plantation House and then continue to eventually arrive at Thekkady, the entrance to the Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Check in at the hotel and spend the rest of day in leisure and enjoy various in-house activities of the hotel including exclusive cooking demonstrations and cultural programs followed by dinner.
Overnight at Shalimar Spice Gardens, Thekkady.
Day 3 - After breakfast take a guided walking tour through a spice plantation and enjoy a personal experience of the nurturing of many spices that add immense flavor to life, such as cardamom, pepper, vanilla and coffee. Choose to take a short trek in the forests that surround the lake or take an early evening cruise on Lake Periyar and look out for a glimpse of innumerable, even rare species of wild animals that inhabit this wildlife sanctuary, out for a drink at the lake.
This amazingly beautiful national park owes its existence to a dam constructed on the river Periyar in 1895. The resulting reservoir measures 55 square kilometers and the Park itself measures 777 square kilometers. It is one of 18 Parks in India that make up Project Tiger and whilst it boasts a healthy population of these big cats, due to its topography, the chances of a sighting are quite rare. However, you are sure to see wild elephants, monkeys, wild boar, antelopes, darters, cormorants, ospreys, kingfishers, drongos, fish owls, kites, hornbills, hill mynahs, herons, white egrets and orioles.
Overnight at Shalimar Spice Gardens, Thekkady.
Day 4 - After breakfast descend once more to sea level and head to Kerala's famous 'backwaters', a complex network of lakes, canals and rivers that support a beautiful, fragile eco-system, all at Kumarakom, a quiet village tucked away on the banks of the picturesque Vembanad Lake.
Kumarakom Lake Resort, the renowned luxury heritage resort, acclaimed several times over as India's leading resort, will be your home for the next two days. Relax and enjoy the brilliance of abundant nature amidst exotic heritage set in the lap of plush luxury at this resort created from restored authentic ancient homes and nestled right on the banks of one of the widest lakes of Asia.
Evening finds you on a sunset cruise on the lake, in a converted rice boat adrift to a flute accompaniment. Return to the resort and settle down to enjoy a rare cultural performance of authentic Kerala arts followed by dinner.
Overnight at Kumarakom Lake Resort.
Day 5 - Awaken to the call of birdsong and take an early morning guided visit to the bird sanctuary where a Naturalist will assist in helping you sight several rare species of birds including various migratory birds.
Choose an afternoon walk or cycle down to the quaint village of Kumarakom for a firsthand experience of Indian village life or opt to relax at the resort trying out some of the various in-house activities including clay pottery making, weaving, fishing etc.
Relax to the strains of the flute while the sun sets around you once more, as you enjoy the sunset cruise. Complete the day with another rare cultural performance of Kerala.
Overnight at Kumarakom Lake Resort.
Day 6 - After breakfast, check-in on the resort's traditionally styled luxury houseboat, where you are cared for by an immaculate crew and a personal chef. Settle down to enjoy the serene charm of the famous Vembanad Lake with a breezy cruise from Kumarakom to Alleppey on a Houseboat (Kettuvallam), a popular and unique attribute of Kerala. Enjoy a romantic candle-lit dinner on the houseboat right in the middle of the lake and experience the thrills of mooring for the night right on the glistening lake!
The backwaters are the finest jewels in Kerala's crown. An intricate system of lakes, rivers and small canals that supports an incredible variety of wildlife, particularly birds, and where you will see traditional village life as it has been lived for centuries. A holiday in Kerala is incomplete without a houseboat cruise!
Overnight stay on Kumarakom Lake Resort's Houseboat.
Day 7 - Return to disembark at Kumarakom Lake Resort and check in back to your room, which will be ready for you on arrival.
Choose to take a guided tour to Kottayam* and visit its array of ancient churches and temples or opt just to relax with a long dip in the pool.
Spend the entire day at leisure as you reach the tail-end of your holiday.
Overnight at Kumarakom Lake Resort
Day 8 - Check-out from hotel and transfer to Cochin International Airport for your onward flight.
(In Summary - One Night at Cochin, Two Nights at Thekady, Three nights at Kumarakom & One night on the H ouseboat)
Optional - Guided tour at Fort Cochin.
Optional- Evening Harbour Cruise at Fort Cochin.
Optional - Kathakali performance at Fort Cochin.
Optional- Guided tour to Kottayam.
From 1st April 2013 to 30th September 2013 - Rates begin from Rs. 119000/- per couple
From 1st October 2013 to 15th December 2013 & 16th January 2014 to 31st March 2014 – Rates begin from Rs. 167000/-
From 16th December 2013 to 15th January 2014 – Please contact us by email email@example.com
Terms, Conditions & General Information
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RESERVATIONS, DEPOSITS & FINAL PAYMENTS
The carefully selected programs featured in this itinerary tend to sell out fast. As such, early reservations are essential to ensure availability of rooms. A deposit of $500 per person is due at the time of reservation. (A higher deposit may be required for some tours). If deposit is not received at our offices within 7 days from the date of reservations, bookings are subject to cancellation. After receipt of deposit by us, any changes made to the reservation will incur a processing fee of US$ 25 per change (see also cancellation clause). Final payment is due to Hideaways@Kerala 60 days prior to departure date (Some Tours may require final payment 90 Days prior). If the reservation is made within the last 60 days of departure, the entire tour price must be paid at the time of reservation.
PRICES, RATES & FARES Unless otherwise indicated, all price rates shown are in Indian Rupees and are per couple sharing a double-bedded hotel room. Quoted tour prices in any other currency are based on current rates of exchange, tariffs and taxes as of print date above. H@K reserves the right to increase tour prices to cover increased costs of tariffs, taxes, park fees and fluctuations in foreign exchange markets. Due to constant fluctuation in fuel surcharges and taxes H@K is unable to publish airfares. Excellent fares, matching the tour, are available upon request at the time of booking.
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CANCELLATIONS & CHANGES
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UNUSED TOUR ITEMS
No refund will be made for any unused accommodations, missed meals, transportation segments, cruise portions, sightseeing tours or any other service. Such unused items are neither refundable nor exchangeable (no exceptions).
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Accommodations on a double occupancy basis, will be provided at the property specified or similar. Rooms will be assigned by the respective suppliers on a run-of-the-house basis, in categories as specified in the itinerary. All per person rates are based on double occupancy of the respective accommodation units as described above. A Tour member occupying a single room, either by choice or by circumstance, is required to pay the single room supplement. Quoted single room rate does not necessarily mean single occupancy of a double room, as some of the establishments featured in this web site have especially designed single occupancy units.
Meals for each tour are included as stated on itinerary. A la Carte, Buffet meals and or table d'hôte are offered. Special meals and entertainment are included as shown in the itinerary.
SIGHTSEEING & LAND TOUR SERVICES
The following services are included in your tour price: transportation between the airports and hotels, baggage handling, sightseeing with English-speaking guides as mentioned in the itinerary and all entrance fees to attractions visited as described in the itinerary.
Sightseeing will be via private car and other modes of transportation (air conditioned where necessary and available), as determined by the nature of the terrain and as outlined in the itinerary.
Cultural entertainment events, gala evenings and or festivals are included as per the itinerary.
Arrangements include transportation and transfer of two standard sized suitcases per person.
TOUR PRICE EXCLUSIONS
Your tour price does not include: All items of a personal nature including alcoholic beverages (except on certain occasions): meals not specified, tips to tour guides; excess baggage charges; cancellation, health, accident and baggage insurance; and any items not specifically listed as included.
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