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Now gaining in popularity throughout the West, this holistic treatment involves various types of massage, oil applications, inhalations, diet and natural medicines, all provided in a stunning lake and beach location.
On arrival at Kochi International airport, you will be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel where you will check in before a welcome dinner. The rest of your evening is at leisure.
Start your day with a 45 minute Ayuervedic massage and breakfast at your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a traditional lunch of Sadhya, a delicacy in Kerala served on a banana leaf, before you begin your tour of Kochi, the historic centre of India's spice trade. See the ancient Chinese influence in the impressive fishing nets, still used daily by locals, and take a ride through the village road in a tuk-tuk. You will also see the Mattanchery Dutch Palace and the oldest European church in India, St. Francis before returning to your hotel in Kochi for the evening.
Today you will board a traditional houseboat which will be your transport and accommodation. This leisurely cruise takes you through the winding backwaters of Kerala, enjoying the local food and stunning rural scenery of the surrounding Kerala villages and waters. Meandering through the beautiful lagoons, rivers and canals is truly an amazing experience like no other.
After breakfast disembark and journey to the Athirapally Waterfalls which, falling from a height of 80 feet, are one of the highest in the state. Then head on to Thrissur with its strong cultural, religious and spiritual background. Visit historical buildings such as the Vadkumnathan and Paramekavu Devi Temples before exploring the Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuary, where you can watch these magnificent creatures feed and bathe. Continue to your hotel in Thrissur where you will spend the next two nights.
Following breakfast, today will be your chance to gain insight into the local culture with 'A Day with the Masters', an introduction to the world of Kerala's traditional performing arts. Learn about traditional Sanskrit theatre, percussion music and the training of each art form, as well as the life of an artist. Retire to your hotel in the evening for dinner and your overnight stay.
The tour will depart Thrissur in the morning and travel to Munnar, known for its expanse of tea plantations, rolling valleys and mountains. Stopping en route for lunch, the rest of the day will be free time where you may choose to hire a bicycle and ride through Munnar's beautiful paths, or simply relax with a good book at your hotel.
Today you will have a tour of Munnar, a nature lover's paradise. Visit Mattupetty Lake, Echo Point, Gundala Lake and Jungle Honey Bee Nest, where over 20 nests occupy a single tree. You will then continue to a tea plantation and Rajamalai National Park, famous for its largest surviving population of Nilgiri Tahr (wild goat).
The tour will then journey to Thekkady, a stunning area located high in the Cardamom hills containing tea gardens, rubber, coffee and pepper plantations. Following lunch, a visit to a plantation and spice market awaits you.
A highlight of Thekkady is the Periyar National Park, India's largest wildlife sanctuary. Board a boat at Periyar Lake where you will have the chance to spot some elephants, or one of the park's 25 Bengal tigers amongst other birds, reptiles and mammals. From here you will then travel on to Trivandrum, en route enjoy the scenic beauty of Kerala's various villages before arriving at your hotel for your overnight stay.
Depart in the morning for a half day city tour. Witness the magnificent Kanakakunnu Palace, one of the last architectural relics of the colonial era, then see the famous Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple, one of the principle places of worship of the deity of Vaishnavism. You will then return to your hotel to enjoy another Ayurvedic massage before your farewell dinner.
Following breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey, or continue to your chosen beach, cookery or Ayurvedic extension.
Transfer to the Beach and Lake Ayurvedic Resort, Kovalam. Start with a doctor?s consultation and personalised assessment to address your specific requirements, followed by two treatments.
Enjoy two Ayurvedic treatments and the rest of the day at leisure.
Following two further Ayurvedic treatments, you will have the rest of the day to relax in the beautiful surroundings.
Depart after breakfast and check out for your transfer to Trivandrum airport where this extension ends.
A visa is required for travel to India. Australians must obtain a visa or be eligible for a Tourism Visa on Arrival (TVOA) before travelling to India.
The Indian Government has launched its TVOA scheme through the Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) facility. Eligible Australians may apply for an ETA for tourism related travel of 30 days or less. Further information on eligibility is available on the Government of India's website at indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html.
All other Australian visa applicants (i.e. those not applying for TVOA) will need to make an appointment online prior to submitting their visa application through the Indian Bureau of Immigration website at boi.gov.in/content/apply-visa-online.
You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure and be able to provide evidence of your cover to our agents and ground suppliers.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is adequate for your particular needs. If you choose to travel without adequate insurance cover, we will not be liable for any losses howsoever arising.
If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.
All internal travel is in air-conditioned/heated vehicles.
It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.
This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.
There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.
This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip.
The currency in India is the Rupee or Rs. The Rupee is a closed currency and officially you are not allowed to take any cash out of India. US Dollars and GBP are also widely accepted in India should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.
You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately $200 - $400 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!
|Start||End||Extension Price||Tour Price||Total Price|
|20 Sep 2018||04 Oct 2018||$289pp||$1359pp||$1648pp|
|27 Sep 2018||11 Oct 2018||$289pp||$1399pp||$1688pp|
|04 Oct 2018||18 Oct 2018||$289pp||$1429pp||$1718pp|
|11 Oct 2018||25 Oct 2018||$289pp||$1439pp||$1728pp|
|18 Oct 2018||01 Nov 2018||$289pp||$1479pp||$1768pp|
|25 Oct 2018||08 Nov 2018||$289pp||$1429pp||$1718pp|
|08 Nov 2018||22 Nov 2018||$279pp||$1429pp||$1708pp|
|15 Nov 2018||29 Nov 2018||$289pp||$1449pp||$1738pp|
|22 Nov 2018||06 Dec 2018||$289pp||$1459pp||$1748pp|
|06 Dec 2018||20 Dec 2018||$289pp||$1479pp||$1768pp|
|03 Jan 2019||17 Jan 2019||$299pp||$1549pp||$1848pp|
|10 Jan 2019||24 Jan 2019||$299pp||$1499pp||$1798pp|
|17 Jan 2019||31 Jan 2019||$299pp||$1489pp||$1788pp|
|24 Jan 2019||07 Feb 2019||$299pp||$1529pp||$1828pp|
|31 Jan 2019||14 Feb 2019||$299pp||$1499pp||$1798pp|
|07 Feb 2019||21 Feb 2019||$299pp||$1499pp||$1798pp|
|14 Feb 2019||28 Feb 2019||$299pp||$1449pp||$1748pp|
|21 Feb 2019||07 Mar 2019||$299pp||$1429pp||$1728pp|
|28 Feb 2019||14 Mar 2019||$299pp||$1499pp||$1798pp|
|07 Mar 2019||21 Mar 2019||$299pp||$1499pp||$1798pp|
|14 Mar 2019||28 Mar 2019||$299pp||$1549pp||$1848pp|
|21 Mar 2019||04 Apr 2019||$249pp||$1569pp||$1818pp|
|28 Mar 2019||11 Apr 2019||$259pp||$1549pp||$1808pp|
|04 Apr 2019||18 Apr 2019||$259pp||$1499pp||$1758pp|
|02 May 2019||16 May 2019||$259pp||$1299pp||$1558pp|
|16 May 2019||30 May 2019||$259pp||$1149pp||$1408pp|
|03 Oct 2019||17 Oct 2019||$299pp||$1429pp||$1728pp|
|10 Oct 2019||24 Oct 2019||$299pp||$1449pp||$1748pp|
|17 Oct 2019||31 Oct 2019||$299pp||$1489pp||$1788pp|
|07 Nov 2019||21 Nov 2019||$299pp||$1439pp||$1738pp|
|14 Nov 2019||28 Nov 2019||$299pp||$1469pp||$1768pp|
|21 Nov 2019||05 Dec 2019||$299pp||$1469pp||$1768pp|
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