A journey along Karen's coast takes one through sheets of tender green paddy fields, cardamom groves and sloping plantations of tea and tapioca. Though this land of rivers and backwaters, busy raising valuable cash crops like tea, rubber, cardamom coffee, and cashew nut, it still lives at the leisurely pace of ageless craft plying in canals and backwaters. India travel offers best of the holiday options for ...See more
A journey along Karen's coast takes one through sheets of tender green paddy fields, cardamom groves and sloping plantations of tea and tapioca. Though this land of rivers and backwaters, busy raising valuable cash crops like tea, rubber, cardamom coffee, and cashew nut, it still lives at the leisurely pace of ageless craft plying in canals and backwaters. India travel offers best of the holiday options for Kerala.
Kerala super saver holiday itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Cochin, You are greeted on arrival at the Cochin International Airport and driven to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing of Cochin. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Cochin-Periyar. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Sightseeing of Periyar. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Drive to Periyar-Kumarakom.Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Sightseeing of Kumarakom. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 - 10: Drive to Kumarakom-Marari.Overnight at hotel
Day 11: Drive to Marari-airport for onward destination.
Day 01 Arrival in Cochin,
Arrive Cochin, You are greeted on arrival at the Cochin International Airport and driven to Hotel.
Day 02: In Cochin. This morning you will drive to the historic city of Fort Cochin - Ancient capital of the Dutch, Portuguese and finally the British. A walking tour of Fort Cochin would be ideal but if you are not up to it hop on to an "Auto Rickshaw". Visit will include the old Spice Market at Mattancherry, the antique shop on Jews Street, the Synagogue, Dutch Palace and, of course, the Church of St. Francis where the mortal remains of Vasco Da Gama was buried before it was shifted to Portugal.
Day 03: Cochin - Periyar. After breakfast you will drive to Periyar, which lies in the shade of Cardamom Hills and is a beautiful area of tranquil winding roads, tea gardens, rubber estates and Spice plantations. Check in at the SPICE VILLAGE. Late afternoon enjoy a boat safari in lake Periyar in the National Park, known for herds of wild elephant, bison, deer and spectacular bird life.
Day 04: Periyar. You may wish to venture again, early morning to the National Park since it's the best time for sightings. After breakfast, visit tea and spice plantations or do a soft trek with escort in the jungle.
Day 05: Periyar - Kumarakom. After breakfast, drive to Kumarakom on the banks of lake Vembanad and hop on to a boat to COCONUT LAGOON, an eco-friendly resort created out of old Keralite homes called, "Tharavad". Sun-set cruise on a rice boat.
Day 06: Kumarakom. A short boat ride to "Philip Kutty's Farm" to see an extra ordinary way of life. Remaining day at leisure.
Day 07 - 10: Kumarakom - Marari. After breakfast, boat transfer across lake Vembanad to Puthenangadi to take the car/coach to Marari Beach. "The marari beach is a paradise of sun, sea, sand and surf. Extend your stay and spend a little longer at one of the large size villas, designed to ensure a completely relaxing stay". You have 4 nights at MARARI.
Day 11: Marari - Airport. Drive to Airport for onward destination.
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What makes this trip different?
Eco Trip Nepal has been working hand to hand with nonprofit social organization SWAN Nepal (Social Welfare Association of Nepal) from its initial years. We provide continuous support to SWAN financially as well as by organizing charity and volunteering tours in the remote village of Baglung district. Organizing your holiday through Eco Trip Nepal will not only provide the chance to explore the natural grandeur of Himalayan country Nepal but also you will be playing a vital role in bringing positive changes in the lives of local community.
Financial support to direct beneficiaries: In all our programs, we strive to ensure that we only use local operators and try to source all provisions from local businesses, so you can be sure that some part of the money paid to us for arranging your holiday goes to the needy people of Nepal. The money you pay for touring and trekking through Eco Trip Nepal directly benefits the local people through SWAN as we provide them certain percentage of our profits from each and every trip on regular basis. Our guests experience true satisfaction together with enjoyment from Nepal holiday.
Local development through tourism: Eco Trip Nepal along with SWAN has been working together in discovering new routes, making plans into action and constantly working on how it can positively impact on local community development through tourism. In this way we have developed the Eco-tourism Project which focuses to flourish local tourism preservation of nature and cultural heritages.
Community Tourism: We help experience the best of Nepal through the eyes of the local Nepalese community. We enhance community based tourism to help our guests discover local habitats and wildlife; celebrate and respect traditional cultures, rituals and wisdom. In this way community will be aware of the commercial and social value placed on their natural and cultural heritage through tourism, and this will promote community based management of these resources.
For more details, visit SWAN Nepal's website www.swannepal.org