Exclusive women tour in Kerala, India
God's Own Country-Kerala, enjoys unique Geographical features which made it one of the most sought after destinations in the World. Tropical climate, a long shoreline with pristine beaches, tranquil stretches of exotic backwaters, lush hill stations and amazing wildlife, jingling waterfalls, sprawling plantations, enchanting art forms, rejuvenating Ayurveda, magical festivals, cultural monuments and a divine cuisine offer you a unique experience. Kerala has India's most advanced society ,hundred percent literacy, world class health care systems, India's lowest infant mortality rate and highest physical quality of life in India. Kerala is peaceful and pristine and also the cleanest State in India. Now there is a reason for us to come out with an exclusive Women Tour in Kerala. We have designed an exclusive itinerary for women travelers to experience the exclusive. We have tried to include many unique features like visits to the village women, cultural centres, women empowerment enterprises, domestic kitchens, kinder gartens and many more-.This program is an ideal opportunity to experience the real life of Kerala. We have tried our best to showcase the social life and systems of Kerala where women play a major role in home making.
The below itinerary is only a pilot programme to give you an idea on the destinations which could be covered within a certain period. It will be our pleasure to customise the programme to suite your interests, budget and duration. Please feel free to contact us for any such customisation and prices.
Day 01 - Cochin
On arrival at Cochin, Kerala, you will be met & transferred to your hotel.Afternoon you will be taking a short guided city tour of Cochin. Evening you may scroll through the Fort Kochi area to watch the local people operating the huge Chinese Fishing nets and if you wish you may join with them too.Early Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.
Cochin Sightseeing - St Francis Church, built in 1510 by friars brought to India by Vasco da Gama, is the first European church built in India and is the site where Vasco da Gama was buried. The Jewish Synagogue was built in 1568, Chinese hand-painted tiles are one of the attraction. This, the only Synagogue in India has a nostalgic past of a Jewish Diaspora. The "Dutch Palace" was built in the 1550s; the palace contains excellent mythological murals and a rare example of traditional Keralite flooring - a subtle mix of burnt coconut shells, lime, plant juices and egg whites - which gives the effect of polished marble.
Day 02 – Cochin
Morning, after an early breakfast, visit Kumbalanghi Fishermen Village to experience the village activities.You will be taken in Tuk-Tuks through the narrow village roads .The farmer will demonstrate live fishing and crab catching.You will also meet the village women engaged in various livelihood activities.Later drive to Poothotta,an island village for a village backwater Cruise followed by lunch.Here you can enter the traditional live Kerala Kitchen. Evening visit Pepper Trails Kitchen to witness a cookery demo followed by Dinner.You will also witness and experience the typical Indian Henna session which is a part of almost all Indian weddings.Overnight at the Hotel.
Kumbalangi is a village in Cochin, 13 kms away & it is identified as the first model fisheries and tourism village in India. Experience a ride by an autorikshaw through the narrow country roads from the main road and you can see the village folk engaged in different activities for there livelihood, may be a woman in her village provision shop, a farmer in his paddy field, a fisherman spreading his net, a kid with a fishing net... it goes on.
Village backwater Cruise – An unforgettable journey in a country boat into the pristine backwater villages of Kerala.... goes through the zigzagging narrow canals and paddy fields fringed with coconut palms.....watch rare birds....country boat making....a natural fish farm where you can go fishing…You will witness coir making, toddy tapping and enjoy a typical Kerala lunch at a farmhouse.
Kerala has a distinctive cuisine, very unusual and different from the rest of India. Cooking in Kerala is all about discoveries, aromas and colours. Kerala cuisine is very hot and spicy and offers several gastronomic opportunities to those willing to experiment with the local cuisine. Traditionally, in Kerala food is served on a banana leaf. One has to take food with right hand. Tender coconut water is a refreshing nutritious thirst quencher..Seafood's are main diet of Coastal Kerala. Here at Pepper Trails, we are trying to pass on a tradition of our kitchen to the World. The cookery demo will be conducted at short distance away from Kochi, in the beautiful ambiance of a Kerala’s modern architectural bungalow, nestled on the top of a valley in its natural setting with a peaceful ambience combined with refreshing environment, promising to make your another day in Kerala a wonderful experience. Enjoy a warm welcome by the breath taking lush green landscape complimented by a welcome drink and... now you are a part of our home… This cookery demo is not just being in the kitchen, will give you hands on experience, you’ll learn to prepare 3-4 variety of Kerala’s delicacies in a friendly, relaxed, informal environment. Each dish will be demonstrated, prepared and cooked. You will then be able to enjoy tasting each dish and take home the recipes as a memento of your delicious day.
Day 03- Cochin -Munnar
Morning, after breakfast, drive to Munnar, known as nature lover’s paradise (04 Hours).Enroute visit a Spice Plantation to familiarize the Spices like pepper,cardamom,ginger,coffee etc.Afternoon go for a Nature History Trail followed by a soft trek through tea plantations.You will also visit Tea Museum to learn more about how tea is being processed.Dinner & Overnight at Hotel.
Indian agriculture began by 9000 BC as a result of early cultivation of plants, and domestication of crops and animals. Settled life soon followed with implements and techniques being developed for agriculture. Plants and animals—considered essential to their survival by the Indians—came to be worshiped and venerated.Indian spices include a variety of spices and herbs grown across the Indian subcontinent (South Asia).
With different climates in different parts of the country, India produces a variety of spices, many of which are native to the Subcontinent, while others were imported from similar climates and have since been cultivated locally for centuries.Spices are typically heated in a pan with ghee or cooking oil before being added to a dish. Lighter spices are added last, and spices with strong flavor should be added first. Curry is not a spice, but a term which refers to any side dish in Indian cuisine. It could be with a gravy base or a dry item. A curry typically contains several spices blended together.
Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, situated at the confluence of three mountain streams, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Sprawling tea plantations, picturesque towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities makes Munnar a holiday resort. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji a flower, which bathes the hills in blue once every twelve years. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi - which towers over 2695 M and is an ideal spot for campers who like trekking.
Munnar History Trail is a soft hiking programme highlighting the following:
- Head works dam- the first hydro –electric project in Kerala built during the British period. The trail leading to the next destination from this point is passing through tea garden and lake side which gives a fine birding walk.
- The Blossoms Park – The Blossom park is attached to the Head works dam. The tunnel from the dam to the power house is located in the park. Plenty of exotic trees and plants from British period can be seen in this park.
- High range club – It is a club of plantation managers constituted during the British period. An old golf course is also located in this club.
- Heather cottage – built and found during the British period , this is the first of its kind in Kerala. The founders practiced worshiped Anti-Christ.
- Old hanging bridge – connecting the Old Munnar market with Club road.
- The CSI church- Built during the British period where early planters were buried. It was built in memory of Eleanor Isabel – young wife of a planter died after 7 days of Marriage.
- Munnar Market- a beautiful vegetable and provision market.
- Fusion Hill- where a mosque, church and temple are located face to face. It is the place which is mentioned in ‘Life of Pie’ the movie-
Full day tour to visit Marayoor Sandalwood Forest,soft trekking,visiting tribal village & tribal women.Later you will go for a short trek through Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary with our Naturalist.Return to Munnar for overnight stay at Hotel.
Munnar is a misty, lush green hill station up in the Anamalai range of Kerala; Munnar's tea gardens, some of the highest in the world, stretch up the sides of the hills and are interspersed with pockets of forest rich in birds. Its is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Surrounded by almost 30 tea gardens that give it a picturesque view, Munnar is near Anaimudi, the highest peak of the Kerala Western Ghats.
Exotic and pristine, Marayoor is a unique place where tourism meets adventure. The enchanting beauty of Marayoor offers diversity in every aspect of the land and culture. Hamlets, rocky hills, rivers, brooks, cave temples, paddy and sugar cane fields, waterfalls, sandal wood and bamboo forests…Marayoor is famous for its natural sandalwood forests grown in natural abundance. Marayoor is the only place in Kerala where natural sandalwood forest is seen. Chinnar wild sanctuary is the haven for two highly endangered species-the grizzled giant squirrel and the star tortoise.
As you go on the nature trail in Chinnar, you are bound to come across a fascinating plethora of bird and animal life. In your journey to Anamalai, you will touch the main land again but on the eastern side of the Western Ghats. On the way you can see an entirely different way of village life from Kerala. The vast expanse of hundreds of crops, sacred groves, termite mount temples and if in season, can participate in a village festival like fire walk, Jelly Kettu (Bullfight) etc.
Chinnar Sanctuary is located in the eastern slope of Western ghats sharing its flora and fauna with Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and Eravikulam National Park. The sanctuary has an area of 90 sq.km. Chinnar has the unique thorny scrub forest with Xerophytic vegetation . The undulating terrain with rocky patches manifolds the scenic splendor of the sanctuary. As the altitude varies from 500 to 2,400 m above sea level within a few kilometer radius, there is a drastic variation in the climate and vegetation.
This sanctuary has also rainfall ranging from 600 mm to 3000 mm and a dry season ranging from three to six months Elephant, gaur, leopard, spotted deer, sambar, grizzled giant squirrel, hanuman languor etc. inhabit the Chinnar forests. The grizzled Giant squirrel is an endangered species.
Day 05 – Munnar – Kumarakom (5 Hours drive)
After breakfast, check out from the Hotel & proceed to Kumarakom, which is famous for its backwater & scenic beauty, sprinkled with traditional houseboats, country crafts, rural lifestyles and Tranquility. On arrival at Kumarakom check in at your hotel on Vembanad Lake. Your Kerala tour takes a magical turn at this backwater peninsula.You may opt to go for a rejuvenating Ayurveda or a village walk and many more. Overnight at Hotel.
Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake and a picturesque, clean village like most places in Kerala. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is spread across 14 acres, the bird sanctuary is a favourite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist’s paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that live in flocks are a fascination for visitors. The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a boat trip round the islands.
The Vembanad lake body attracts waterfowl like pin-tailed duck, garganey teal, spot-billed duck, birds of prey like osprey, marsh harrier, steppe eagle, etc.Bird lovers can also take a boat trip to the nearby Kaipuzha Muttu, Pathiramanal, Narakathara, Thollayiram Kayal and Poothapandi Kayal to watch local birdlife and migrants which could easily be more than a hundred species.
Day 06 –Kumarakom
Full day at relax on the backwaters.You may opt to visit the nearby town,Kottayam for little shopping or to visit the two famous churches Cheriyapally(Small Church) and Valiyapally (Big Church).Also you may opt to take a boat to visit the Bird Sanctuary or go for a village walk.Dinner & Overnight at Resort.
Day 07: Kumarakom – Houseboat
After a leisurely breakfast, board the houseboat from the resort jetty for a nights stay with on board lunch and dinner, covering the nearby villages and the ethnic life around these villages.You can try cooking on board with the chef.Overnight in the houseboat.
What is truly magical about a houseboat is the breathtaking view of the untouched and otherwise inaccessible rural Kerala that it offers. The houseboats have all the creature comforts of a good hotel including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen where are cooked on board and supplemented with fresh fish from the backwaters. Today, the tradition is still continued and the food from the local cuisine is served by the Kuttanad locals, on board. The name Backwaters brings you the very thought of Houseboats. Food and leisurely times spent on-board with the feeling and privacy of house as well as enjoying the natural beauty. A Cruise amidst marvelous mangrove forests, captivating coconut canopies, swaying palms, mangrove forests, pulsating paddy fields sprinkled with enchanting waterways and canals decked with white lilies, can be quite a rejuvenating experience for the weary traveler. Enjoying a cruise in these backwaters is not to be missed, as it leaves you feeling fully rejuvenated. The banks of these backwaters in Kerala are the most enchanting picnic spots. You get to experience the native way of living.The experience on the Houseboat is not the one to be explained by words.Its to be lived and evolved by yourself.
Day 08 – Alleppey - Marari
Morning after breakfast on board, checkout & proceed to Marari, a relatively quiet beach paradise of Kerala. On arrival check in at Marari Beach Resort (built in the style of a traditional fishing village with thatched villas that have been designed to be in keeping with the local village style).You may opt to have a rejuvenating Ayurvedic Massage. Also visit the butterfly garden and Organic vegetable farm.at the resort escorted by the Naturalist.Evening you can join your Chef to prepare your exclusive dinner at a Speciality Restaurent where the food is prepared from the fresh picked vegetables from the Organic Farm of Marai Beach..Dinner & Overnight at Marari Beach Resort.
Marari originates from "Mararikulam", one of the local fishing villages, where life still goes on much as it did a hundred years ago, with the men going out to sea each day to earn a living bringing in the daily catch. Completely new to the holiday maker. Marari offers endless miles of superb sand beaches backed by swaying palms, virgin territory where you can experience the local charm/and traditional Keralan Hospitality at it's best. Marari Beach is an endless vista of sand and surf, but it is more. An authentic experience of the world of Kerala's traditional fishing villages, and a recreation of an ancient, harmonious way of life. The village of Mararikulam lies on a forgotten shore, midway up the Malabar coast, where the Indian Ocean finally decides that it has now become the Arabian Sea.
Day 09 – Marari
Full day at the resort. More of a relaxation..Marari Beach is an endless vista of sand and surf, but it is more... An authentic experience of Kerala's traditional fishing villages, and a re-creation of an ancient, harmonious way of life. You may opt to take an Ayurvedic Massage…Visit the fishermen villages..By evening it may be interesting to visit the local temple to watch the local crowd coming for worship and socialisation.Today you will have a Kerala Saree wearing and photo session..Our ladies will help you to learn wearing a saree.Dinner and overnight at Resort.
Day 10 – Marari-Cochin
After a leisurely breakfast,drive to Cochin.You may opt to visit a women empowerment society to see how our women work for supporting the family.Also visit a Special School for mentally challenged children run by the Christian Women Missionaries along with a vocational unit where many challenged people are working to earn a little share to support their life.Also you will visit a kinder garten. Afternoon you will be taken to the busy City area where all the home shopping takes place.Full of Jewellery and textile showrooms and many more.Dinner and Overnight at a City Hotel.
Day 11– Cochin Departure
Like all good things, your experience tour in Kerala comes to an end but you will always carry with you memories of this unique and unforgettable holiday experience. Today, you will be assisted and transferred to Cochin International airport for your flight home!!
Package Cost Includes:
* 02 Nights accommodation at Cochin as mentioned above
* 02 nights accommodation at Munnar as mentioned above
* 01 Night accommodation at Kumarakom as mentioned above
* 01 Night stay at a 01 bedroom A/c Houseboat (Kumarakom - Alleppey) with all meals
* 01 Night accommodation at Mararikulam as mentioned above
* Daily Breakfast & Dinner at all the hotels/ resorts
* All meals on Houseboat
* English/German speaking escort staying at different hotels(For Groups only on extra cost)
* Greenix Show at Cochin
* Cookery Demo with Dinner at Cochin
*Village Backwater Cruise with lunch
* Guided spice plantation tour in Munnar
* Guided trekking in Munnar
* Tea Factory visit in Munnar
* 01 Ayurveda Massage at Marari Beach
* Visit to Snehanilayam Special School in Cochin
* Henna evening along with the cookery session in Cochin
* All monument entry fees
* All transfers and sightseeing as per attached itinerary by A/c Vehicle.
* Driver allowance, parking, fuel, state entry fee
* All currently applicable taxes including Government Service Tax
Package Cost Excludes:
* Any meals other than those specified
* Any sightseeing unless otherwise specified
* Any train/ air/ Ship fare other than those specified.
* All expenses of personal nature like Camera fee ,soft/ hard drinks, Telephone/ Fax, Laundry, Tip etc.
* All other services not mentioned under package cost includes section.
* Prices are valid from 01 October 2011 till 31 March 2012 except during the Peak Season from 15 Dec 2011 till 20 Jan 2012