Kerala Curry

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BEST SEASON

November to February – Possible Year Round

Grade

Gentle – Moderate

Duration

14 DAYS

950 $ / Person

08 -10 Persons

PLACES TO COVER : Mumbai – Cochin- Munnar – Thekaddy – Alleppey- Kumarakom
 

Highlights : Rest & Relaxation, Cooking classes, Spice gardens, Chinese Fishing Nets, Luxury accommodation, Beaches & Parks
 

OVERVIEW

From the Arabs to the French, Dutch to Chinese & the Mughals, Kerala has lured many a civilization to its shores. The aroma of its spice gardens & coffee plantations, the exemplary cookery & masterful recipes, swinging of coconut trees & the swaying of palms, pristine beaches & loving people, all in all a great trip with Banjaaray that grants you your everyday platters of love, romance & rest.

Mobile: +91 9899238167

Mail: info@banjaaray.com

MAJOR INCLUSIONS

  • TRANSPORTATION INCLUDED YES
  • BREAKFAST INCLUDED YES
  • ALL MONUMENTS TICKETS YES
  • HOTELS 4 / 5 STAR INCLUDED YES
  • GUIDE / ESCORT INCLUDED YES

DAY WISE ITINERARY

DAYS 01 & 02 ARRIVE IN MUMBAI

DAYS 01 & 02
ARRIVE IN MUMBAI

You arrive in the commercial capital of India today. We shall meet with you at the airport exit, exchange pleasantries & escort you to your hotel. You check in & relax a while. Later you go on a panoramic tour of city covering in it the majestic Gateway of India & a ferry trip to the Elephanta caves.

The Gateway of India is one of India’s most unique landmarks that overlook the Mumbai harbor. Bordered by the Arabian Sea, it recorded the ‘First Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry’ parade as the first main event on February 28, 1948, when the last set of British troops and divisions left India, post-independence.

You hop on to a ferry from here for the Elephanta caves across the sea. Located on an island these are a network of sculpted caves located on Elephanta Island, are the wonders of the 7th century, It has the painstakingly hewn rock-cut cave temple, dedicated to Shiva amidst its fold. . The Maheshamurti panel in which Shiva is shown as a creator, protector and destroyer, is a sight that should be enjoyed at least once in a lifetime. Regular excursions to Elephanta start every day from the Gateway of India. Make sure you visit the Chalukya Restaurant run by MTDC.
The Caves will be closed on Monday.

Take a deep breath & imagine an ocean of men, women, children, young & old very assiduously going about their lives in the largest slum of this world. You are in Dharavi, ladies & gentlemen.

Next is Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat: Massive open-air laundry where thousands of DHOBI-WALLAHS (washer-people) clean dirty clothes and linen. You can hear trains whizz past in the background.

Hotel: TBA
Meals provided today: None

DAYS 02 & 03 MUMBAI - TRIVANDRUM – KOVALAM (4 hrs flight)

You fly into the southernmost part of the country today. You are met at the airport in Trivandrum and escorted to your hotel in the paradise of the south. With its palm trees, white sandy beaches and rocky outcroppings, Kovalam is the perfect place to combat jet lag. “Kerala” means “a grove of the coconuts” and it won’t take you long to find out why. After a day of relaxing on the beach we make an excursion to Padmanabhapuram in Tamil Nadu. This was the ancient capital of Travancore and the Palace still remains. It is a wonderfully maintained, beautiful building that epitomizes Kerala architecture. The journey through small villages and lush jungle is simply wonderful.

Hotel: TBA
Meals provided today: Breakfast

DAY 04 KOVALAM – VARKALA (55 kms, 90 minutes drive) On the Beach

You drive from one fabulous place to another. Varkala has one of the finest beaches in Kerala .You make your way back to the coast, long a place of pilgrimage for Keralites, it is beginning to be noticed by foreign travelers for its beautiful beach and cliffs, as well as the quiet pace of the nearby village. In Varkala you have time to explore the surroundings and perhaps indulge in some of Kerala’s famous aryuvedic treatments such as oil massage and steam baths.

Hotel: TBA

Meals provided today: Breakfast

DAYS 05 & 06 VARKALA – KUMARAKOM (145 KMS. 3 ½ HRS) Backwaters Special

From Varkala today after you have had your breakfast, you drive to the backwaters paradise called Kumarakom. It is a picturesque drive to Kumarakom, nestled in Kerala’s centuries old palm fringed backwaters that stretch over 1900 kms. The backwaters refer to the large inland lakes and canals of Kerala. They snake over the land, bestowing paddy fields with good harvests and providing villages with water. Today these backwaters act as vital waterways for the transport of goods, people, and products. They are often the only link between remote, isolated villages. It’s an incredible experience to float along these soothing waters in a local boat. We spend our time here either relaxing in our hotel along the water, or sailing through the narrow canals. Either way we can enjoy the scenic natural beauty of coconut trees, rice paddies and village life.

Hotel: TBA

Meals provided today: Breakfast

DAYS 07 & 08 KUMARAKOM – THEKADDY (120 kms, 3 ½ hrs) Elephant & Boat Safari special

From the backwater experience you travel to another fascinating destination, Thekaddy. Upon reaching, you check in your forest lodge/resort. Later you head inland to the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary here. Periyar is home to bison, antelope, Sambar, wild boar, monkeys, a wide variety of birds, and some 750 elephants. The sanctuary is located on Periyar Lake in the hills of the Western Ghats. You view the game at Periyar Lake by private motorboat, as they come to the lake side for water. You also take an excursion on elephant back into the park!

Hotel: TBA
Meals provided today:Breakfast

DAYS 09, 10 & 11 THEKADDY – MUVATTUPUZHA (100 kms, 2 ½ hrs) Cooking & Spice Special; The Curry magic,

Today you leave for Haritha farms, The Pimenta, a spice & coconut garden spread over 3 hectares of land ensconces in the hills & facing numerous paddy fields. It is a bio -waste using organic farm where Plants now include coconut, pineapple, bananas, different types of yam, tapioca, spices such as pepper, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, vanilla and other tropical fruit trees and medicinal herbs. Pimenta has been endeavoring to develop a role model for economically viable eco-farming. This is simply a return to traditional farming system called ‘The Thodi’ (tropical home garden, which was the backbone of the Kerala agriculture and
ecology.

Over the next three days, you shall bring down the vegetables from the farm, sort, clean & cut these & cook them as well. You get to appreciate delicate Kerala Cuisine & its taste. You will closely watch how the food is made and some recipes you do with your own hands. You will also get a chance to have a look into the local surprises around. The program here shall be as follows:

Day one – Arrive here, followed by lunch and relaxation. In the afternoon a tuk tuk tour through the surprises of the midlands and later in the evening dinner. After dinner you will have a lesson on spices and opportunity to understand spices used in cooking.
Day two – After breakfast, another tour of the region involves visiting a pineapple market, old church and a river ride. And on working days you can also visit a vanilla processing centre and weaving centre. Light lunch. Relax a bit. Later you have hands on experience in cooking and dinner.

Day three- Breakfast and farewell

DAYS 12 & 13 MUVATTIPUZHA – COCHIN (40 kms, 1’ ½ hrs drive)

Today’s journey to Cochin passes through tea and coffee plantations. The roads have numerous hairpin turns making the travel slow but exciting. Cochin is one of the most interesting towns in South India. On the main trade route between Europe and China it has been a trading port since Roman times. You take a boat tour of the harbor to get a good view of the Chinese fishing nets. These cantilevered fishing nets line the entrance to the harbor mouth. They are believed to have been introduced by the Chinese in the 14th century. You also visit the Jewish quarter and Synagogue (c. 1568) and learn the fascinating story of the Cochin Jews. This neighborhood is now also famous for its antiques (and old junk!) so you leave plenty of time for you to explore some of the little shops. You visit Mattancherry Palace (c. 1557); the Palace was built by the Portuguese as a gift for the Raja of Kochi in exchange for trading rights. In 1663 it was rebuilt by the Dutch. The Palace follows the traditional Kerala pattern of four buildings with a central courtyard. The temple in the center is dedicated to Bhagavati. The Palace has exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi but the main feature is the series of remarkable murals painted on the wooden walls.

Hotel: TBA

Meals provided today: Breakfast

DAY 14 COCHIN – DEPARTURE FOR HOME COUNTRY

Your tour ends today. We shall see you off at the airport. We hope you enjoyed traveling with us. Wish you happy memories & safe flight. Hotel: TBA

Meals provided today: Breakfast

Note: North India Extensions tours available:

Tour 1: 3 nights covering the Wonder city of Taj Mahal, Agra (1 night) & The Pink City Jaipur (2 nights)
Tour 2: 4 nights covering Delhi (1 night), Agra (1 night) & Jaipur (2 nights)

Prices are available on request.

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