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God’s Own Country - Kerala

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God’s Own Country - Kerala Cochin * Periyar * Kumarakom * Allepey * Cochin Sketch Itinerary Day DAY 01 DAY 01 DAY 02 DAY 03 DAY 04 DAY 04

(03 Nights / 04 Days)

Travel ARRIVAL AT COCHIN COCHIN – PERIYAR PERIYAR – KUMARAKOM KUMARAKOM – ALLEPEY ALLEPEY – COHIN DEPARTURE FROM COCHIN **** End of Tour ****

Route BY FLIGHT BY SURFACE BY SURFACE BY SURFACE BY SURFACE BY FLIGHT

Pre-Conference Tour Start Dates: 31 August / 01 Sept 2014 (returning Delhi on 03/04 September 2014) Post-Conference Tour Dates: 07 September 2014 (returning Delhi on 10 September 2014) Tour Start and End Point: Cochin For customizing departure dates, please contact Conference Secretariat – Tour Desk P.S: For participation in Pre/Post congress tour for Gods Own Country it is recommended to book your International arrival or departure from Cochin itself. Our costs are not inclusive of any transfer/assistance or hotels in Cochin. However in-case you require the same kindly advise same enable to forward supplement cost accordingly.

DETAILED PROGRAMME

DAY 01

COCHIN – PERIYAR

BY SURFACE

On arrival at Cochin Airport, following your baggage collection you would be driven to Periyar. (185 Kms/3 – 4 Hours) Upon arrival proceed for Periyar & check-in at your hotel. Thekkady is one of the major destinations of the state of Kerala, the God’s own country. Due to its unmatched natural beauty and serenity, this small town is visited by a large number of tourists every year. The town also houses one of world’s most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuaries. Thekkady is also the major base point to access some of the other exotic sites in Kerala as well as in Tamil Nadu. A visit to Thekkady also provides you the opportunity to see wildlife at close ranges, besides the varied vegetation and a wide variety of birds. Lying at an altitude of 700-1900 m above sea level, Thekkady has a cool and comfortable climate. Out here, you can also go for treks and mountain walks.

Chinese fishing nets at Kochi shoreline

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In the afternoon, proceed to Periyar National Park to view the wildlife by boat. Situated within the confines 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. The park has a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. Herds of elephant and sambar, gaur and wild pigs and wander down to the lakeside and can be observed from the launches that cruise the lake. Periyar also harbours the leopard, wild dog, barking deer and mouse deer. Return to the hotel after your boat ride, overnight stay at the hotel.

From Left to Right: Boat Cruise at Periyar National Park; Elephants strolling in the Park; Submerged trees at the National Park

DAY 02

PERIYAR – KUMARAKOM

BY SURFACE

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to Kumarakom (135 KMS / 4 Hours). In the lush backwaters of Kottayam in Kerala, lies a veritable paradise, which is called Kumarakom, or the 'Venice of the East'. Palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields, and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals are panoramic sights one can never forget. Kumarakom is Kerala’s heartland of lagoons, palm fringed lakes and paddy fields, inter-linked with hundreds of winding canals, and with the typical low slung country boats that carry everything from people to fish, rice and coconuts to the milkman and newspaper boy, local politicians and priests to wedding parties.

The serene backwaters of Kumarakom

Upon arrival proceed to check in at your hotel Remaining day is free for relaxation. Lie in a hammock on this lakeshore, and allow your senses to possess you. Before you is a great Vembanad Lake, rippling under the vault of an impossibly large sky. Sunlight sparkles on her waters, tearing the reflection of a passing houseboat into crystal shards. Darter birds go about their fishy business. You relax in Peace. Of course there is peace here, but not silence. Silence is not nature's way. And the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary next door is full of raucous neighbours. You sway a little, and the image changes; to a timber and tile mansion that seems to belong to this earth, but to another time. If you left the comfort of your

Vembanad Lake

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hammock for a closer look, you'd see that it is authentic reconstruction. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 03

KUMARAKOM – ALLEPEY

BY SURFACE

After breakfast in the hotel, you would be driven to the Jetty to board your Houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala. Houseboats are also known as the "Ketuvallam" or the Rice Boat. Ketuvallam ride can be the most romantic ride you can ever have with a night halt in the middle of the lake Vembanad Lake/canal. A backwater comprises of a unique web of rivers, lakes, bays, lagoons and canals extending into the villages and town of the city. Backwaters are a central part of Kerala's Tourism Synopsis, making an absolute cruiser through the twisting and meandering water streams. This backwater journey through the narrow canals crossing exquisite villages of Kerala, embellished with lush green paddy fields, tall coconut grooves makes it a most spellbinding site.

Houseboat in backwaters of Kerala

Lunch, dinner and Overnight stay in the houseboat

DAY 04

ALLEPEY – COCHIN

BY SURFACE

After breakfast on-board you will check - out from the houseboat at the Alleppey Jetty where your chauffeur will drive you to Cochin airport. In time, you will be transferred to airport to board your flight for onward destination. (NO ACCOMMODATION ENVISAGED FOR THIS DAY) *** End of Tour ***

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COST PROPOSAL PRE/POST CONFERENCE TOUR (INDIVIDUAL TOUR) Tour Price Cost for 01 Single room (Suggested for Single Traveling Delegates) Cost for 01 Double room (Suggested for Accompanying Partners Travelling together)

Rate Per Person (not inclusive of air fare) INR 51700 Per Person INR 26800 Per Person

The above are per person costs and in INR

PRE/POST CONFERENCE TOUR (GROUP TOUR*) Tour Price

Rate Per Person (not inclusive of air fare)

01 Paying Pax staying in Single Room 02 Paying Pax on Twin Sharing Basis

INR 31900 Per Person INR 19050 Per Person

The above are per person costs and in INR

* Group Tour will be operated with a minimum of 10 participants only Airfare: Guest may request for booking of onwards and return flight while making the booking or send a request separately to Tours Desk at Conference Secretariat. CANCELLATION POLICY Cancellation Upto 45 days prior to tour departure Between 45 – 30 days prior to tour departure 30 or less days from tour departure

Cancellation Applicable No cancellation 25 % of total tour cost 100% of total tour cost

OUR QUOTE INCLUDES:  03 nights’ accommodation on single/twin sharing inclusive of breakfast at 4 star hotel.  Houseboat with full board meal basis.  All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours will be by air-conditioned transportation. The vehicle used under each pax bracket will be as follows: o 02 Pax: 01 Air- conditioned Medium car. o 03 – 04 Paying Pax: 01 Air-conditioned Toyota Innova (05 seater). o 05 – 07 Paying Pax: 01 Air-conditioned Tempo Traveller (09 seater). o 10 – 14 Paying Pax: 01 Air-conditioned Mini Coach (18 seater).  Road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes.  Services of an English speaking local guide shall be provided for all the sightseeing & excursion tours.  Boar ride at Periyar.  Entrances fees to be paid at monuments.  Garlanding & mineral water on arrival.  All currently applicable taxes. THE ABOVE COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:  Expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic/non- alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax, any insurance etc.  Any meals other than the mentioned.  Airfare to/from Cochin.  Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions. 406, Tower A, Millennium Plaza, Sector 27, Gurgaon 122002, INDIA Tel: +91-124-4974160 | Fax: +91-124-4108917 Email: acpindia2014@mci-group.com | Website: inc2014.acponline.in


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Our quote is not valid any period other than mentioned above. Tipping to the Guide and Driver

SPECIAL NOTES: Hotel Check-In / Check-out time 1400 HRS  Rates include only those items specified in your itinerary.  Please note, the above quote is based on 4 star hotel option. However in the event if 4 Star hotel not becoming available at the time of initiating the reservations, we shall book alternate accommodation at a similar or next best available hotel and shall pass on the difference of rates (supplement/reduction whatever applicable) to you.  In case of amendment in local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly.

406, Tower A, Millennium Plaza, Sector 27, Gurgaon 122002, INDIA Tel: +91-124-4974160 | Fax: +91-124-4108917 Email: acpindia2014@mci-group.com | Website: inc2014.acponline.in

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