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Xperience Kerala by Xandari

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With the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 m in the east and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. An equable climate & a long shoreline with serene beaches. Tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters. Lush hill stations and exotic wildlife. Waterfalls. Sprawling plantations and paddy fields. Ayurvedic health holidays. Enchanting art forms. Magical festivals. Historic and cultural monuments. An exotic cuisine... All of which offer you a unique experience.

  • Private tour with knowledgeable guide Enjoy this fantastic private tour with a knowledgeable English speaking guide showing you all that Kerala has to offer
  • Various added extras to make the tour extra special Enjoy fantastic added extras in this tour, including Half Day sightseeing in Cochin and a Boat Ride in Lake Periyar
  • You will be staying in fantastic and unique accommodation You will be staying in great hotels in fantastic locations and in an unique house boat making for a holiday to remember

The tour starts and finishes in Cochin and comprises 08 nights and 09 days of Xperience Kerala by Xandari


  • Cooking demonstration at Cardamom County and Xandari Pearl
  • Foot massage on arrival
  • One hour canoeing in the backwater to experience village life
  • 15 minute Foot / head massage for a couple at Cardamom County & Xandari Pearl
  • Fish feeding at in-house fish pond at Cardamom County
  • Peddle boating and yoga at Xandari Pearl
  • Bicycle rides through town or a long beach roads.
  • Half day sightseeing of Cochin.
  • Kathakali dance performance.
  • Common boat ride at Lake Periyar.
  • Guided walk through Spice plantation. 

Day 1 - Arrive Cochin 

You will arrive at Cochin’s International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you would be transferred to your hotel.

Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.

Upon arrival at the hotel, proceed for check-in at hotel The Xandari Harbour - The Xandari Harbour hotel is a restored waterfront property located in the heart of Fort Kochi's spice trading district, Mattanchery. Located on the historical ‘Bazaar road’ lined with art galleries, cafesand warehouses filled with spices, this small luxury hotel offers travellers the opportunity to experience history and the best vistas of the sea.

Rest of the day is at leisure

Day 2 - Cochin 

After breakfast you will proceed for half day sightseeing tour of Cochin City.

Your city tour will begin with the visit to Mattancherry and visit the oldest Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Fridays Saturdays & All the Jewish holidays) in India, built in 1568; it was destroyed by the Portuguese and rebuilt by the Dutch a century later. You will also visit The Dutch Palace - which was built in 1555 and its coronation hall and murals at Ramayana are noteworthy features. Your next stop will be St. Francis Church, originally named after Santo Antonio and dedicated to him as the Patron Saint of Portugal, St. Francis Church is the first church to have been in the new European influenced tradition. Originally a wooden building was replaced by the present stone building. Vasco De Gamma died on the site in 1524 and was originally buried in the cemetery. 14 years later his body was removed to Portugal. The church was renamed St. Francis in 1663.

In the evening, you will be taken to a Kathakali dance centre where you will witness the most elaborate of the dance forms in southern India. Here you will witness the artists readying themselves up with the make up for the final performance.   Kerala owes its transnational fame to this nearly 300 years old classical dance form, which combines facets of ballet, opera, masque and the pantomime. It is said to have evolved from other performing arts like Kootiyattam, Krishnanattam and Kalarippayattu. Kathakali explicates ideas and stories from the Indian epics and Puranas. Presented in the temple precincts after dusk falls Kathakali is heralded by the Kelikottu or the beating of drums in accompaniment of the Chengila (gong).

Day 3 - Cochin - Thekkady 

In the Morning after breakfast you will be driven to Thekkady.

The Periyar Lake lies at the heart of the sanctuary, which is a veritable paradise for all wildlife lovers. Situated within the boundaries of the Western Ghats in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world. Periyar is a park where one can witness playful pachyderms roaming freely with their family and friends, whose population is currently around 800. The population of tigers is also increasing appreciably. The landscape varies from hilly to flat grassland areas at the edges of the lakes. The vegetation is of moist deciduous type.

Upon arrival proceed for check-in at hotel Cardamom County - Cardamom County hotel is picturesquely located in Kerala’s highlands, a naturalist’s paradise. The renowned Periyar Tiger Reserve with its unspoiled tropical forests and its incredible wealth of animal and plant life is located here.

Spend the rest of the evening at leisure. 

Travelling Distance approx. 160 km – Driving Time approx. 05 hours

Day 4 - Thekkady 

In the morning proceed for common boat ride at the Lake Periyar. The Periyar Tiger Reserve and National Park - Established in 1934 as the Nelliampatty Sanctuary, the park was enlarged in 1950 and is India's southernmost tiger reserve. The lake covers some 10 sq. miles and most of the sanctuary is undulating. Since boat travel is the only means of transport in the park, large areas can be covered in a short time. Among the game found here are gaur (the largest of the world's wild oxen), elephant, wild pig, sambar, barking deer, mouse deer, the rare and endangered lion-tailed macaque, the Nilgiri langur, the common langur and the bonnet macaque, porcupine, Malabar squirrel, wild dog and tiger. 

Later proceed for a guided walk through spice plantation to see the cultivation of cardamom, pepper, vanilla and coffee. 

Optional – Interactive Session with the Elephants (Extra Cost)

In this programme we give you the opportunity to try a new and unforgettable experience, off the beaten tracks of the very traditional elephant walk offered by the Periyar National Park, or on the roads of Kerala.  

Five elephants live in this farm, under the attentive care of their Mahouts. A very particular relationship is here created between these wonderful pachyderms and you, and we offer you the opportunity to spend a rare and special moment with them. Located just outside of the city, nestled within the cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations, the surrounding itself is already very peaceful. 

During this 1.30 hour, you will get the chance to feed your new friend, do a walk within the plantations, and then give him his bath. 

Evening is at leisure.  

Day 5 - Thekkady - Alleppey Houseboat 

Today morning after breakfast, you will be transferred in your private vehicle to Alleppey 

Also called Alappuzha, Alleppey is a pleasant easy-going market town surrounded by coconut plantations. With its large network of canals, it is a major center for backwater cruises and the venue for spectacular snake boat races. Also called “Venice of the East”, the town is the headquarters of Kerala’s coir industry and also important for cashew nut processing. Climb aboard the traditional kettuvallams (riceboats) converted into houseboats with bedrooms and attached toilets. Originally these boats were used as ferries to carry rice. Cruise through the backwaters of Kerala. Houseboat is one of the 50 “must do” things as described by the National Geographic Traveller magazine. The backwater cruise through the narrow canals that criss-cross a typical Kerala Village, rich with green paddy fields and verdant coconut trees and is a thrilling experience. The boat cruise takes you to small islets tucked away amidst those waters where you get glimpses of village at the best of its serenity and innocence. Lunch and diner will be served on board.

Overnight on board.

Xandari Riverscapes offers Gold Star / Green Palm Certified Houseboats. The Gold Star /Green Palm certification is the highest certification issued to Houseboats by the Kerala Department of Tourism. We offer the finest accommodations on the backwaters with one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom houseboats. Each is equipped with state of the art kitchen and crew that interpret the amazing ecosystem and its shore communities for guests while tending to meals and other comforts.

Travelling Distance approx. 140 km – Driving Time approx. 4.5 hours

Day 6 - Alleppey - Maraikulam 

Breakfast is on board the houseboat. Disembark houseboat and drive to Mararikulam. 

On arrival, check in at the hotel The Xandari Pearl - The Xandari Pearl is located in picturesque fishermen’s village of Mararikulam. Tucked away inside quiet and lush coconut groves, this resort set by the pristine white-sand beaches of Marari offers you unparalleled quite in astoundingly beautiful settings. Once inside the curved walls of your villa, lounge in the hammock outdoors with a book, savour the indulgence of a shower open to the sky or simply relax in the comforts of your private plunge pool. Xandari Pearl’s 80 seat all-day dining restaurant overlooks a pool that finds its shape around coconut, mango and cashew trees. Freshness is guaranteed on all counts, with the kitchen using organic produce from the gardens and the day’s catch from the waters.Rest of the day is at leisure (NO TRANSPORT).

Travelling distance approx. 15 Kms, driving time approx. 30 minutes

Day 7 & 8 - Maraikulam 

Spend your days unwinding and relaxing at the beaches of Marari (NO TRANSPORT).

Day 09 – Mararikulam to Cochin 

You will be transferred to Cochin airport where you will be assisted by a representative to board your onward flight to back home. (It is advisable to leave the hotel 4 ½ hrs prior to the flight departure time in order to cater to travel time till the airport and time required for immigration and boarding formalities.)

Travelling distance approx. 80 Kms, driving time approx. 1.5 Hrs

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Xperience Kerala by Xandari

xperience kerala by xandari
  • Day 1Arrive Cochin
  • Day 2Cochin
  • Day 3Cochin - Thekkady
  • Day 4Thekkady
  • Day 5Thekkady - Alleppey Houseboat
  • Day 6Alleppey - Maraikulam
  • Day 7Maraikulam
  • Day 8Maraikulam
  • Day 9Mararikulam to Cochin

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