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Captivating Kerala

08 Day tour from US$ 1250.00

Tour ID:FIC 1011003105

Uncover the delights of tropical Kerala in the south of India. Visit historic Fort Kochi and the picturesque hill station of Munnar with its verdant tea plantations, go wild at Periyar NP and spend a night aboard a houseboat, gliding along the tranquil, palm fringed backwaters.

Highlights

Day 1 – ARRIVAL IN KOCHI

Saturday. Welcome to beautiful Kerala, fondly referred to as ‘God’s own country’. Arrive Kochi airport, included transfer to hotel. Overnight - Kochi. (D)

Day 2 – KOCHI TO MUNNAR (127 Kms / 2.5 Hrs)

This morning we drive east to Munnar - a picturesque hill station nestled on the verdant slopes of tea plantations. Located at a lofty height of 1600m, Munnar in South India offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills carpeted with tea plantations. From many locations in Munnar, one can view Anamudi (2695m), South India’s highest peak. This afternoon we’ll visit a tea museum, where we learn about the various stages of tea processing. Overnight - Munnar. (B, D)

Day 3 – MUNNAR TO PERIYAR (122 Kms/3 hrs).

The journey continues to Periyar which has south India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary and home to sambar wild boar, elephant, bison, antelope, langur and a small tiger population. Spread over a wide expanse of about 780 sq. km. along the river Periyar in Kerala, this sanctuary ranks as one of the major tiger reserves in India. Day on leisure to enjoy the scenic beauty and explore Periyar. Overnight - Periyar (B,D)

Day 4 – PERIYAR

After breakfast drive to the Periyar National Park. Take a boat ride though the whole Wildlife Sanctuary! Covering an area of 300 square miles Periyar is one of the largest and most frequently visited wildlife reserves in India. It is part of the Project Tiger campaign and animals inhabiting the area include elephant, deer, pig, tiger, leopard, bison, monkeys and malabar squirrel. Whilst actually spotting an illusive tiger or leopard could prove difficult, the mix of wooded hills and valleys make it a wonderful place to enjoy the greenery. Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight - Periyar (B,D)

Day 5 – PERIYAR TO KUMARAKOM (125 Kms / 2.5 Hrs)

A drive to Kumarakom. Perched sleepily on the eastern banks of the mighty Lake Vembanad in the heartland of Kerala’s famed backwaters, Kumarakom has changed little since the Middle Ages but for it’s string of exotic resorts, making it the perfect point to explore the backwaters. Although right in the thick of a tangle of lush tropical waterways, Kumarakom is technically an island on Lake Vembanad. This is an ideal place to chill-out for a few days. There is also a wonderful bird sanctuary, winter home to many migratory birds which is worth a visit (optional). Overnight - Kumarakom (B, D)

Day 6 – KUMARAKOM TO ALLEPPEY

After breakfast you make a short trip to the ferry point where you board your houseboat, a traditional Keralan rice boat for a journey through the backwaters in and around Allapuzha (Alleppey). The boat travels until sunset when it then anchors for the night, at Alleppey. Your boat has a private balcony with comfortable chairs. The rooms are fully furnished with attached bathrooms. The boat has a fully equipped kitchen and an experienced cook to prepare authentic Kerala cuisine with seafood specialties and fresh vegetables. This is your chance to pick up some fabulous cooking tips! Overnight - Rice Boat (B, L, D)

Day 7 – ALLEPPEY TO KOCHI.

You will get up early today by chirping of birds and occasional ripples in the water. Your breakfast will be cooked before your eyes by your expert boat-crew. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast while cruising quietly on the unending stretches of these backwaters. The boat will cruise through various canals and waterways giving you an insight into the rural life. Later check out of the houseboat and switch over to your car for drive to cochin and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Kochi perfectly reflects the eclecticism of the state of Kerala. This afternoon we enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of historic Fort Kochi. We see the Chinese fishing nets and explore the winding streets of the old town, visiting St Francis’ Church and a Dutch palace built by the Portuguese and later renovated in the Flemish style by the Dutch. Long famed in the history books, Kochi (formerly known as Cochin) offered refuge to Jews more than 2,500 years ago. The Portuguese founded the first European colony in Kochi in the 16th century. The Dutch quickly followed and eventually, the British. The cosmopolitan mix of cultures makes the city fascinating. We spend our final evening watching a Kathakali show - Kathakali is the traditional dance form of Kerala. Overnight - Kochi (B, D)

Day 8 – KOCHI DEPARTURE

After breakfast, Today marks the end of our journey through beautiful Kerala. Hotel check and included transfer to the airport (B)

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Destinations Covered:


Kochi - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Delhi.

Meals:

Daily Buffet breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L), 7 dinners (D)

Hotels:

  • Kochi: Hotel Casino (4 star)
  • Munnar: Hotel Grand Plaza (4 Star)
  • Periyar: Hotel Spice Village (4 Star)
  • Kumarakom Hotel Coconut Lagoon (4 Star)

  • Alleppey Deluxe AC Houseboat

Note: Above or Similar Category Hotels; Using base category rooms at all hotels; Check-in / out time is 12 noon at all the hotels

Package Inclusions:

  • * 6 nights - 4 star and heritage hotels and Jungle lodge
  • * Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 8
  • * Touring of Kochi, Periyar and Kumarakom
  • * 1 overnight stay at deluxe AC Houseboat
  • * 1 boat ride at Periyar lake
  • * English speaking Indian tour leader for groups of 8 or more
  • * All Monuments Entrance Fees as per Itinerary
  • * Specialist guides at local sights
  • * All relevant transfers and transportation by Air Conditioned Vehicles

Package Exclusions:

  • * Any International flights / Airfare and Visas
  • * Any airport taxes
  • * Any new tax imposed by the Government
  • * Any expenditure of personal nature such as porterage, tips, drinks, telephone charges, laundry, Camera/video camera fee at the monuments & places of visit etc.
  • * Anything not included in the itinerary.

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Date & Price

Tour Start DateTour End DatePrice / Per PersonSingle Supplement
26-Dec-201002-DecJan-2011 US$ 1400.00US$ 700.00
30-Jan-201106-Feb-2011 US$ 1250.00US$ 650.00
12-Mar-201119-Feb-2011 US$ 1250.00US$ 650.00
10-Apr-201117-Apr-2011 US$ 1250.00US$ 650.00

Please have Tour ID:FIC 1011003105 available when you contact us to assist in locating pricing and tour availability

Please note that the booking closes 30 days prior to date of travel

During our office hours ( Mon-Fri 9am-7pm IST) it is better to talk with an Agent who can assist with information about any tour we offer.

Tel: 91.76966.03582

Tel: 91.98104.43944

Email: reservations@india-escorted.com

 

Once Booking is confirmed, and you have received your Booking Ref No., Please go to Online Payment and make payment. The Tour would be confirmed subject to receiving of payment

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These terms and conditions apply to 2010-11 vacations

Your contract with India Escorted: To secure a booking with India Escorted (the ‘Company’) or its agent requires a completed and signed booking form together with a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the total holiday cost (depending on the tour you are booking) per person per tour or full payment 45 days before tour start date. Clients booking by telephone, facsimile, web or e-mail will be deemed to have read and accepted the Booking Conditions set out below.

THEREFORE, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
A booking is accepted and becomes legally binding only from the date when the Company has confirmed its acceptance in writing and issued a confirmation invoice. It is at this point that a contract between the Company and you (the ’Client’) comes into existence. The Contract is between the Company and the Client, being all persons named on the booking form travelling or intending to travel with the Company. The person signing the booking form (which incorporates these conditions) warrants that he/she has full authority to do so on behalf of all persons whose names appear on the booking form (the ’Party’), and confirms that all such persons are fully aware of and accept these conditions. However, for the avoidance of doubt, that person’s signature confirms his or her responsibility for all payment due in respect of all persons within the Party. No agent or employee of the Company other than a director has the authority to vary or omit any of these conditions or promise any discount or refund.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION
To make your reservation, call us at 91 - 98104 - 43490 or email us at book@india-escorted.com

Standard Deposit & Final Payment:
We accept Bank Transfer, Visa, MasterCard, and Paypal. Your payment is not deemed made until it is received by us. A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of 25% of the cost per person is required for us to reserve space for you, with some limited exceptions as noted below. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit is received by us and you receive a confirmation invoice. Your reservation will be automatically canceled if deposit is not received by us within five (5) days of booking. On certain departures, full payment may be required at time of booking to hold or to confirm space for you. Please review and verify your booking invoice thoroughly and contact your Travel Agent or us immediately if your invoice appears to be incorrect or incomplete, as it may not be possible to make changes later. We cannot accept responsibility if we are not notified of inaccuracies within 10 days of sending out the invoice.

Final payment is due 45 days prior to commencement of services. If we do not receive final payment by the due date, we reserve the right to cancel the reservation and retain your full deposit. We are not responsible for canceled land or air reservations in the event payment is not received by the final payment date. Payment in full is required at time of booking for reservations made within the final payment date of your vacation (in most cases within 45 days of departure); in order to secure booked space, your travel agent should advise us of your credit card number when making your reservation. In the case of non-payment of the balance by the due date, the Company will treat the booking as cancelled by the Client and reserves the right to charge the Client a cancellation charge in accordance with the scale set out in Cancellation Policy (below). Monies paid to an agent acting on behalf of the Company, for tours operated by the Company, are held by the agent on behalf of the Company.

Acceptance on the vacation is subject to presentation of the Confirmation Voucher, which will be available in your final Travel Documents.

Booking Policy:

  • * A non refundable deposit of 25% of the tour amount with in 7 days of booking the trip.
  • * Final payment is due 45 days prior to the commencement of services for all Fixed Departures.
  • * Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit is received by us and you receive a confirmation invoice.


Cancellations & Cancellation Fees:
The Client may cancel the booking at any time provided that the cancellation is communicated to the Company in writing. Cancellation charges will be applied as shown below calculated from the day when written notice is received by the Company. The more notice that the Company receives, the less the Company will charge the Client. However, in addition to the charges shown below many air tickets have no refund value whatsoever and, therefore, airlines may impose 100% cancellation charges and the cost of a new ticket. Cancellation charges apply as follows:

Standard Cancellation Fees:

  • o Airline tickets 100% of total airline ticket
  • o 45 days or more - Forfeit of deposit
  • o 45 - 14 days - 75% of total cost or deposit - whichever is the greater amount
  • o 13 - day of travel - 100% of total cost


Revision Fees:
A fee of $30 per transaction will be charged for any alteration or revision made to a reservation. Airline penalties may also apply and may be up to 100% of the full ticket price. Any revisions to a booking may result in the loss of a confirmed airline reservation or an increased airfare which will be payable by the passenger. A change of traveler name, vacation date, or itinerary within final payment will be treated as a full cancellation and new reservation; vacation cancellation fees (as above) apply.

Changes by India Escorted Tours:
The Company’s aim is to operate all tours as advertised but by entering into the Contract the Client accepts that it may prove necessary or advisable to vary or modify a tour itinerary or its contents due to prevailing local conditions or any other reason. The Company reserves the right at any time to cancel or change any of the facilities, services or prices described in the brochure (including transportation costs, fuel costs, dues, taxes, fees such as landing taxes or embarkation/disembarkation fees at ports/airports and exchange rates) and to substitute to substitute alternative arrangements of comparable monetary value without compensation to the Client and accepts no liability to the Client whatsoever for loss of enjoyment as a result of these changes. Where a major change is made the Client will have the choice of either: (i) accepting another tour of equivalent or superior standard; or (ii) a choice of specified travel arrangements of a lower standard to those previously booked together with a refund of the difference in price; or (iii) cancelling the tour and obtaining a full refund. ‘The definition of “major change” is a change that is reasonably required but will depend on the individual tour and circumstances.’

Examples of minor changes include alteration of the Client’s outward/return flights by less than 12 hours, changes to aircraft type and a change of accommodation to another commensurate to the standard as advertised within the brochure, for the specific tour as confirmed by the client.

Provided that the major change is because of “Force Majeure” compensation will be limited to GBP 40, AUD 150, NZD 200, USD 80, CAD 80, EURO 40, ZAR 480 (per person travelling). “Force Majeure” includes war, threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, fire or adverse weather conditions, technical or maintenance problems with transport, closures or congestion at airports or ports, or other similar events beyond the control of the Company.

Cancellation by India Escorted Tours:
The Company reserves the right to cancel a tour in any circumstances but will not cancel a tour less than 42 days before departure, except for Force Majeure, or the Client’s failure to pay the final balance. Unless the Client fails to pay the final balance, the Company will, upon cancellation, return all monies paid excluding payment for travel insurance or offer an alternative tour of comparable standard. No compensation will be paid to the Client if cancellation is because of Force Majeure.

Travel Insurance:
The Client MUST take out suitable travel insurance in order to take part in a tour organised by the Company. Clients are wholly responsible for arranging their own insurance. A suitable insurance policy should provide adequate cover for medical expenses arising through illness or accident prior to or during the holiday and loss of holiday monies through cancellation and curtailment of the holiday for insurable reasons.

Young Travelers:
Travelers who are less than 18 years old on the departure date must be accompanied by an adult throughout the duration of the vacation. We do not accept children less than 8 years old on Fixed Departures. For any special requirements regarding airline tickets for children, contact your airline directly.


Behaviour:
It is the Clients’ responsibility to ensure that he and the members of his Party do not behave in a way which causes offence or danger to others or which risks damage to property belonging to others. In such circumstances all suppliers (e.g. hotel managers, airline pilots) and the Company have the right to terminate arrangements made on the Clients’ behalf, in which case the Company’s responsibility to the Client ceases immediately. Therefore, the Company will not be liable for any refunds, payment of compensation or reimbursement of any cost or expenses incurred as a result. Further, the Client will be liable to reimburse the Company for any expenses whatsoever that it incurs as a result of such behaviour.

Price Policy:
All vacation prices are based on rates (reflecting foreign exchange rates) known at the time of publication and expected to be in effect at the time of departure, and do not include airfare except where noted. Vacation prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Single room supplements and triple and quad room reductions are listed where applicable. Not all accommodation types are available on all vacations.
Prices are subject to increase without notice, subject to the guarantees set forth below.

Once India Escorted Tours has received your full deposit for any vacation departing November 1, 2010–March 31, 2011, that base vacation price is guaranteed and you are protected against any base land price increase due to currency surcharge.  Any subsequent cost increases are at our expense, not including energy cost increases and/or any government tax increases. 

Visas & Passports:
You are responsible for obtaining and paying for all visas and entry documents, for meeting all Health and other requirements, and for any documents required by the laws, regulations, orders, and/or requirements of the countries you will visit. All Travelers must consult with appropriate consulates to determine if any visas are needed and are responsible for obtaining all visas and entry documents independently. India Escorted Tours is not responsible for providing you with specific visa and passport information or documentation and cannot accept liability for any passenger refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure of the passenger to carry correct documentation. All passengers traveling internationally are required to have a passport. Most countries require that the passport be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the conclusion of your trip. It is recommended you have a minimum of three blank pages in your passport when traveling, as many countries require blank pages. Multiple-entry visas are required for some vacations. It is your responsibility to verify all visa and passport requirements.  

Accommodations:
The accommodations listed in the brochure or on the Web site are intended to be used on all departures; however, if a change becomes necessary for any reason, including additional departures on the same date, the accommodations substituted will be equivalent to those shown. Every effort is made to reserve only twin-bedded rooms. Occasionally, some hotels will only provide double-bedded rooms. These rooms will be allocated to couples. Please note that accommodation check-in time is 12 Noon.

Baggage Allowance:
Porterage for one suitcase is included in the vacation price. Airport and train station porterage is not included unless otherwise specified in your travel documents. Due to limited motorcoach capacity, your single bag should have dimensions not exceeding 30"x21"x11" and weight not exceeding 50lbs (22kg).  We regret that we are unable to accept a second suitcase or any luggage exceeding these limits on any vacation listed in this brochure. Some vacations have more restrictive regulations than these listed above. Please refer to your Travel Documents for more information. 

Your air carrier may have stricter weight/dimension limitations than those listed above.  Size and weight limitations for carry-on and checked baggage vary from airline to airline and even according to destination, and are becoming more restrictive.  Some airlines are also charging fees for additional checked baggage, including the first checked bag, and these fees are not included in the vacation package. Please check with your airline directly for baggage information and regulations.  India Escorted Tours is not responsible for any additional fees imposed by air carriers regarding baggage. Regulations within most airports require that travelers handle their own luggage through customs. No responsibility is accepted for loss of or damage to baggage or any of the traveler’s belongings throughout the duration of the vacation. Baggage insurance is recommended.

Carry-on bags should not exceed the dimensions of 12"x11"x6". For safety reasons, wheeled carry-on bags are not suitable as hand luggage on motorcoaches and mini-buses. Carry-on bags must be small enough to store in overhead bins or under the seat in front of you on motorcoaches and other transportation.

Travel Documents:
Passenger Travel Documents, including any paper airline tickets or e-ticket itineraries, are sent by regular ground delivery approximately two to three weeks prior to departure, provided full invoice payment has been received. If available, a service charge per reservation is added for documents requested in advance and/or for 2-day delivery. Please indicate at the time of reservation whether you prefer regular ground delivery or 2-day delivery (2-day delivery with related charges is required for reservations made within 45 days of commencement of services; charges will be quoted at time of reservation).

Not Included in the Vacation Price:
Passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ships' crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Tour menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); optional excursions; airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; porterage at airports and train stations; Travel Protection premiums; carrier baggage fees; and all other items of a personal nature.

Refunds:
Please note that any request for refunds is subject to these terms and conditions; no refund can be made for unused services, for unused transportation where group activity tickets are involved, or for voluntary modifications made by the traveler. Airport transfers are complimentary with on qualifying flights and dates. Not all flights qualify. Customers not using the included transfer will not be given a cash equivalent or vacation price reduction.


Holidays:
During local or national holidays or special events, on Sundays, and religious occasions, certain facilities such as museums, churches, restaurants, sightseeing tours, and shopping may be limited or not available. Alternatives will be offered whenever possible. India Escorted Tours cannot be held responsible for any closures or curtails for any reason.

Safety:
Please be aware that during your participation in vacations operated by India Escorted, certain risks and dangers may arise beyond our control, including but not limited to: the hazards of traveling in undeveloped areas; travel by boat, train, automobile, aircraft, or other means of transportation; the forces of nature; political unrest; acts of lawlessness or terrorism; and accident or illness in remote regions without means of rapid evacuation or medical facilities. India Escorted will not have liability regarding provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered. It is understood that India Escorted will use its best efforts to ensure that adequate measures are taken.

Photographs or Pictures:
Photographs or pictures appearing in this brochure should be used solely as an indication of facilities and attractions. Actual facilities and attractions may vary according to itinerary. Maps shown on the vacation pages are current at the time of printing and may not reflect the actual tour routing should the itinerary change.

Special Requests:
If the Client has any special requests, he should inform the Company at the time of booking. The Company and its suppliers will try to meet such requests but, as these do not form part of the Contract, the Company does not guarantee to do so, including for pre-bookable seats. If the Company confirms that a special request has been noted or passed to the supplier or refers to it on the confirmation invoice or elsewhere, this is not a guarantee to meet it. The Client will not be specifically notified if a special request cannot be met. The Company does not accept bookings which are conditional on the fulfilment of any special request.

Any advice or assistance on or with any activity or excursion provided by any local representative does not mean or imply that the activity or excursion is sold, supervised, or controlled by the Company or that any such advice or assistance is given on behalf of the Company. Vacation participants are asked to check with the operator of any activity or excursion and the applicable Terms and Conditions before booking.

India Escorted Responsibility:
The tours operated or supplied by the Company have been designed to provide participants with an exposure to the true nature of the environment visited and therefore involve an element of potential risk and exposure to potential hazards over and above those associated with normal ’package’ holidays. All bookings are accepted on the understanding that the Client appreciates such risks and hazards and that they undertake all tours at their own volition. If a Client participates in an activity not included as part of a tour operated by the Company, the Client (i) accepts all responsibility for taking part in such an activity, (ii) accepts that no further services will be provided by the company and (iii) indemnifies the Company against any and all claims related to such an activity. Where the Client suffers death, personal injury or any other loss whatsoever as a result of an activity forming part of the tour arrangements booked with the Company, the Company shall only accept responsibility if the death, personal injury or loss was caused by the negligent acts and/or omissions of the Company’s employees, officers, agents, suppliers or sub-contractors. For the avoidance of doubt, the Company shall not be liable for such death, personal injury or any other loss suffered whatsoever if there has been no fault on the part of the Company or its partners, or if the cause was the fault of the Client (including without limiting the generality of the foregoing the Client’s participation in any activity/option not specifically detailed as included on the tour or operated directly by the Company) or due to the actions of someone unconnected with the tour arrangements or due to circumstances which neither the Company nor its partners could have reasonably anticipated or avoided.

The Company reserves the right to accept or reject any person as a vacation participant; to expel any participant from the vacation; to make changes in the itinerary whenever the Company deems it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of the participants; and to cancel a vacation at any time.

The vacation participant agrees that neither the Company nor its affiliates shall be liable for any damage, loss (including personal injury, death, and property loss), or expense occasioned by any act or omission of any supplier providing services, any insurer or insurance administrator under the Travel Protection Plan, or any other person.