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Magnificent Seven Day Southern India Tour
Experience the magic and culture of Southern India with a seven day/six night tour of the stunning Kerala region, travelling through lush landscapes, spice plantations, and the backwaters of Alleppey with guided sightseeing and more
Kerala was voted one of the 'ten paradises of the world' and one of '50 must see destinations of a lifetime' by National Geographic Traveller and 'one of the 100 greatest trips for the 21st century' by Travel and Leisure Magazine
Combining cities, lush tropical scenery, wildlife and an overnight houseboat cruise, the trip begins in the ancient port city of Cochin before travelling to Munnar, Thekkady and Alleppey and returning to Cochin - with all airport and internal transfers included
No need to worry about getting your preferred dates. The Booking Guarantee means that if you try to make a booking before 2 May 2014 and can’t get your preferred dates in the validity period, you can get your money back
Spend three nights in the ancient port city of Cochin, visiting the sixteenth century Dutch Palace with its famous wall murals and the ruins of Fort Kochi, a Portugese Fort from 1503, before finishing the day with a traditional Kathakali dance show
Enjoy two nights in tropical Munnar - one of the least spoilt destinations in the world - and visit the region's world-famous tea plantation and museum plus natural wonders including Rajamalai National Park, Gundala Lake and Echo Point
Travel to Thekkady, a famous wildlife destination, where you'll visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoy a boat ride on the lake, where you can see elephants, tigers and more wildlife, plus enjoy a visit to an exotic spice plantation
Witness the backwaters of Kerala with an overnight cruise on a luxury houseboat with views of lush green paddy fields, waterways and rustic villages
Check out the 'Itinerary' tab for more information on your tour
Your package also includes:
Premium five star accommodation at Hotel Dreams in Cochin and Hotel Spice Village in Thekkady, four star accommodation at Hotel Silver Tips in Munnar and luxury houseboat stay, ensuring comfort throughout your journey
Return airport transfers between Cochin airport and your hotel, so you can start and end your holiday in comfort
Daily breakfasts and dinners each day and an additional lunch onboard the houseboat
An experienced local English speaking guide with all the insider knowledge on the regions throughout the tour
All transfers, sightseeing and excursions including all applicable taxes and entrance fees
Single Traveller Option
Travelling by yourself or don't want to share a room? Single traveller options are available for only $549 more per person ($1,498 instead of $2,185 per person)
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What We Like
Kerala in Southern India is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the North, with forty-four rivers, world famous beaches, lush tropical plants and paddy fields
Tours depart with a minimum of two people, offering an exclusive and memorable experience
Forget the bother of planning an overseas trip from scratch - this is the most convenient and luxurious way to see the most famous sights and cities of Kerala with everything you need (breakfast and dinner, comfortable four and five star hotels, English-speaking guides, transfers and more) all in one perfect package
Valid for specific tours until 30 September 2014 (bookings must be made before 24 August 2014)
Tours depart: 3 May 2014; 10 May 2014; 17 May 2014; 24 May 2014; 7 June 2014; 14 June 2014; 21 June 2014; 28 June 2014; 5 July 2014; 12 July 2014; 19 July 2014; 26 July 2014; 2 August 2014; 9 August 2014; 16 August 2014; 23 August 2014; 30 August 2014; 6 September 2014; 13 September 2014; 20 September 2014
Booking Guarantee: Book before 2 May 2014 and if you don’t get your preferred dates (within the validity period) you will receive a FULL Refund (evidence of attempted booking must be provided to our Support Team prior to 4 May 2014). Refunds are not available if you are not able to secure your preferred dates after that date (please note, bookings must be made before 24 August 2014)
Strictly subject to availability and please book early to lock in your preferred dates. After the booking guarantee period, bookings for specific dates during the validity period will be accepted on a 'first in, best dressed' basis
Tour departs when a minimum of two people have confirmed booking (tour dates are flexible and booking guarantee applies)
Voucher is valid for one person (twin share) or one person (single travel) depending on which voucher you purchase. You must purchase and redeem two vouchers per booking for twin share
Connecting rooms are available at all hotels (strictly subject to availability, please book early to avoid disappointment)
Travel insurance is strongly recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this voucher
Tour company's cancellation and change of date policy applies
Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations
Voucher must be presented at check-in
Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this voucher
Please note: Airport transfers are only available if arriving on the first day of the tour and departing on the last day of the tour. Otherwise you will need to organise your own airport transfers if arriving or departing the cities at different times
Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas
A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa. Please take the time to visit our preferred vendor website at www.visasdirect.com.au/luxescapes to assist you with any visa application requirements and processes
Package cannot be split
Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays
Value has been determined based on the tour’s published rates provided and the value of inclusions
All surcharges are payable directly to the hotels or the company
All activities and services are subject to availability
Redemption instructions can be found on your voucher
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How to get there
Tours begin and end in Cochin. Flights to Kochi (Cochin) Airport depart from most capital cities via Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airline, Virgin Australia, Air India, Cathay Pacific and more.
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Our Booking Guarantee is our commitment to you to ensure that you get to travel when you want to travel and not when you have to travel.
And why do we offer this?
Well it's quite simple, we love to travel just as much as you do and we understand that it's hard to find dates to suit your work, family and personal commitments, so we guarantee you that if you can't get the dates you want we will give you a full refund. Yes, that's right...a 100% money back guarantee if you aren't able to book the dates that you want! It can't get much better than that!
How does it work?
It's very simple - make your booking request before 2 May 2014 and if you don't get your preferred dates (within the validity period) you will receive a FULL Refund. If you aren't able to get your preferred dates, a travel consultant will also assist, if your preferred dates aren't able to be booked, you'll get a refund directly back to your credit card (or PayPal account).
What do I need to do?
Simply make your booking with the hotels by e-mail before 2 May 2014 and if you don't get your preferred dates simply contact our support team with evidence of attempted bookings from both hotels before 4 May 2014 and they will refund your money.
Minimal effort for maximum peace of mind! Purchase with confidence and assurance.
Seven Day/Six Night Kerala Tour
Day One - Arrive Cochin
On arrival at Cochin Airport you will be welcomed by a Gets Holiday representative. The representative will take care of the luggage and guide you to the vehicle and will transfer you to the hotel. Check in at the hotel and relax.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Cochin.
Day Two - Cochin
After breakfast at the hotel, you will experience a sightseeing tour of Cochin, including the following:
The Dutch palace at Mattancherry was actually built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin Raja in AD 1555. The palace acquired its present name in 1663 when the Dutch carried out some extensions and repairs in it. The main attractions of the palace lie in its wall murals that depict the scenes from the Ramayana.
Founded in 1503, this Portuguese fort is now in ruins. With its European heritage, its air of genteel decay, and stubborn self-absorption, it is a place where history, like a friendly phantom, still stalks the lonely streets. One can see the many remains of Indo-European architecture that still exist here. One of the fascinating sights on the Kochi shoreline is the huge cantilevered Chinese fishing nets which were brought here by traders from the court of Kublai Khan.
Later in the evening, witness the Kathakali dance show in Cochin.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Cochin.
Day Three - Cochin to Munnar
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Munnar, which is the most famous hill station in India. On the way you will visit some of the tourist spots like valara falls and spectacular view points. Reach Munnar in the evening and check in at your pre-booked hotel.
Set in the lap of God’s own country, Munnar remains to-date one of the least spoilt destinations of the world. Sanctuaries, reservoirs and more than 12,000 hectares of tea fields have helped retain Munnar as a hill resort. The hill station is situated in the Idukki district of Kerala and derives its name from the confluence of three mountain rivers- Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. It was in the late 1800s that the first tea plantations were set up in Munnar, a hitherto untouched mountain land. Low-riding clouds, cascading waterfalls, unending expanse of green and a pleasant respite from southern India’s humidity create a picturesque surrounding.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Munnar.
Day Four - Munnar
After breakfast, you will visit famous sites including Mattuppetty dam, Echo Point, Gundala Lake and Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park – famous for the Nilgiri Tahr (wild goat). Afterwards you will visit the tea plantation and the world famous Tea factory & museum of Munnar. The aim of the tea museum, is to depict the growth of the more-than-a-century-old tea plantations, from the rudimentary tea roller to the present fully automated tea factory of Madupatty. It also gives first hand knowledge to tourists about tea processing and the operations that go into the making of black tea.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Munnar.
Day Five - Munnar to Thekkady
Early morning drive to Periyar from Munnar. Upon arrival in Periyar, you will check-in at the hotel.
Visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoy the boat ride at the Periyar lake and see elephants and the other wild animals. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Periyar Lake - an artificial lake, at Thekkady. Here the high ranges of the Western Ghats are clothed in dense evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savannah grasslands. Below this thick green canopy roam herds of elephants, sambars, tigers, gaurs, lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs. In addition to elephant rides, cruises on the lake and treks to the ruined Mangaladevi temple - a beautiful old stone temple situated in the heart of the Thekkady forest; this sanctuary offers the unique opportunity to watch and photograph wild elephants at close quarters.
Later in the day visit the spice plantation and experience how different spices are cultivated here. Also get a chance to by these spices from the local shops in the village.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day Six - Thekkady to Alleppey
After breakfast at the hotel, pack your bags and get driven to Alleppey, where you can witnesss the backwater of Kerela. The best way to see the beauty of the place is to get on a houseboat cruise which will take you to the around the whole stream. Pass through the lush green paddy fields, beautiful streams and the rustic village offering you lot to see and treasure.
Lunch, evening Tea/Coffee with snacks, dinner and overnight stay will be on the houseboat.
Day Seven - Alleppey to Cochin
After breakfast in the morning, check out from the houseboat and transfer to Cochin Airport for your onward journey.
What a splendid trip it was and Gets Holidays did a fantastic job in looking after us and actually planning the trip. I cannot praise them enough. The reps drivers and office staff worked hard to make it a very special holiday. I would recommend them to anyone and will certainly use them again when I return to India. Such a lovely country"TripAdvisor
Gets Holidays offered us sincere support in both 2011 & 2012, so that we could enjoy our tour without any stress and problem. Everthing was well cordinated and arranged. I am fully satisfied with their kind services over the last two years... I herewith recommend you GETS HOLIDAYS, if you want to visit India......!"TripAdvisor
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