Destination Himalaya
Sanjay Saxena Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist for India, Nepal, Tibet, Sri Lanka
India, Tibet, Nepal & Sri Lanka

Short Tour to Kerala

These are 10-day trips, perfect for those who, by choice or by necessity, can only afford a short time out.  Generally one week bracketed by 2 weekends, our QuickEscapes provide the nimble and rejuvenating getaway.  And because they are our condensed itineraries especially designed to show you the best of each region, they can also be taken as extensions to other longer trips.  Either way, our QuickEscapes are specially designed to provide you with a unique glimpse of your chosen area of the world under our attentive care.   

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: DEPART USA

Day 2: EN ROUTE TO INDIA

Day 3: ARRIVE BANGALORE & TO COCHIN - Most international flights arrive in Bangalore very early in the morning. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel for a few hours of rest before flying to Cochin.

Day 4: EXPLORING COCHIN - We will have the day to leisurely explore this seaside community.  In the evening, we will be treated to an Indian traditional Kathakali dance performance and have an opportunity to meet with the performers.

Day 5: BACKWATERS OF KERALA ON HOUSEBOAT - After the morning in Cochin, we will drive to the deluxe houseboat. 

Day 6: BACKWATERS OF KERALA ON HOUSEBOAT - On this comfortable floating home, we spend the day relaxing along the backwaters, letting all our worries slowly float away.   As we cruise along the backwater canals of the Arabian Sea, we may choose to stop and explore some of the many small villages, old temples and churches that we come across.  

Day 7: TO MARARI - Disembark the houseboat and drive a short distance to our spa resort in Marari.

Day 8: IN MARARI - We will be staying at an ayurvedic spa resort in Marari.

Day 9: TO BANGALORE & DEPART TO USA - Today is a travel day as we drive to Cochin and fly back to Bangalore to connect to our return flight back and our to the USA.

Day 10: ARRIVE USA

Wish to be gone longer than 10 days? Add:
  • QuickEscapes – Temples
    During this week-long southern sojourn we visit the most important World Heritage sites in South India: Madurai, Tanjore, Trichy and end with a couple of days relaxing in Mahabalipuram on the Bay of Bengal.

  • QuickEscapes – North India
    Explore the Imperial Cities of India – Delhi, Agra & Jaipur.  These were the capitals of the Rajput, the Mughal and the British, the three major influences on India in the last 500 years.

  • QuickEscapes – Mountains
    Visit the Hill Stations of Kalimpong and Darjeeling offering fabulous views of the high Himalaya.  Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu can all be viewed from Tiger Hill, above Darjeeling.

Longer itineraries featuring South India:

Call us toll free at 1-800 MY INDIA (1-800-694-6342) or email us to request a detailed day-to-day itinerary.

painting of elephant
Elephants play a major role in the life of Keralans
Features:
Arabian Sea beaches
Kochi (Cochin)
Houseboating
Ayurvedic Spa
It's Included:
Medical & evacuation insurance
All hotels, breakfast, ground transportation, local guides and entrance fees
Private Departures:
On Demand - Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Nov & Dec
Land Cost (per person):
2 participants - $3345
3 participants - $3185
4 participants - $3085
6 participants - $2985

Houseboating
On a houseboat in Kerala

Elephant on main road
On the way to a temple

St Thomas Church
Church in Cochin
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