Education and Cultural Exchange Trip to Kerala, India. October 2016
25 Oct 2016
Report at Manchester Airport at 11.00 AM. Flying to Cochin, Kerala , India
- EK 18 25OCT TU MANDXB SS1 1400 0015
- EK 530 26OCT WE DXBCOK SS1 0320 0900
26 October 2016
On arrival at the Cochin International Airport , Meet and greet at airport and proceed to Cherai beach. The beach is shallow, calm and is ideal for swimming & sunbathing. Enjoy a game of beach volley ball & take a dip in the sea. Dinner at Cherai. Then proceed to hotel & relax.
27 Ocotber 2016
After breakfast visit Choice school, special attention for interactive and educative session. Class room visit, meeting with students & teachers. Afternoon, visit to marine drive, a popular hangout, this scenic stretch offers a spectacular view of the backwaters and the Cochin harbour. Packed with shopping malls, cinema halls, restaurants, cafes and supermarket, the rainbow bridge is another attraction of marine drive. Then proceed to Fort Cochin. Visit Dutch palace, built by the Portuguese in 1557. It displays beautiful murals depicting scenes from the epics & Puranic Hindu legends. Another attraction is of visiting Jewish synagogue which is the oldest in the common wealth countries .Then we will visit Santa Cruz Basilica & St. Francis church. The area around the synagogue is the centre of spice trade and curio shops. Enjoy the dinner in Fort Cochin. Evening you can watch Ottamthullal /Kathakali it is a type of performing arts from Kerala, India. Also known as the “poor mans Kathakali”. The art form is very satirical in nature and the ability and freedom of the artist to invent and incorporate the humour and incidental satire makes this art form more popular among the common man. Back to hotel & relax.
28 October 2016
After breakfast visit Nirmala Public School, Muvattupuzha, special attention for interactive and educative session. Class room visit, cultural activities , meeting with students & teachers. Afternoon, if time permits, outdoor games ( Friendly match Football/Basket Ball etc. Then proceed to Ettumanoor/Kottayam. Overnight stay at hotel in Ettumanoor.
29 October 2016
After breakfast, proceed to Kumarakom . Enjoy the house boat cruise through Vembanad lake, the biggest backwater stretch in Kerala and lunch in House Boat. By noon, drive to Thekkady. The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. Upon arrival check in the hotel which is in the Periyar forest. Enjoy the evening. Dinner & Relax.
30 October 2016
After breakfast, proceed for Periyar boating (Optional ). In the Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India, and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain Jeep safari (optional ) Periyar Tiger Reserve is one of the finest National Park in India. After that you can have an elephant ride & spice plantation visit if interested. We will have the chance to enjoy the martial art in Thekkady ( Optional ). Thekkady is the one of the best place to do the wide range of shopping of spices & tea.
01 November 2016
After breakfast check out from hotel and proceed to Kottayam. visit to Sanjose School for mentally handicapped and voluntary engage in activities, Indoor and outdoor games with the children. Then proceed to hotel, dinner & relax.
31 October 2016
Early breakfast and check out from hotel. Then proceed to St.Thomas High School. (Our partner school in India) Getting an opportunity to interact with the students and teachers to understand the cultural diversity and education system of Kerala. Also visit various project undertaken by the school like Bio gas plant, Paddy field, etc. Evening, friendly football match & Tug of war with the St. Thomas school student. Evening cultural activities by both schools in school auditorium. Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel.
02 November 2016
After breakfast, check out and transfer to Kovalom. Upon arrival check in the Hotel and proceed to enjoy the beach. Kovalm Beach. Golden sands , miles of shimmering sea, rocky promontories constantly caressed by the sensuous surf and a brilliant sunshine warming the very souls, make this place truly ensational. Enjoy the sunset then return to Hotel in Kovalam. Overnight stay at Hotel.
03 November 2016
Morning after breakfast Enjoy the Beach/ Ayurvedic Massage / Yoga ( optional ) & Shopping. Afternoon check out the hotel and a tour in Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala. The major attractions are Padmanbha Swamy Temple, Kuthira Malika (palace museum) Secretariat- centre of government administration in Kerala. Meeting with Chief Minister/Education Minister of Kerala. Final shopping in Capital City of Kerala & Farewell dinner in Trivandrum. Then proceed to Trivandrum airport to fly to Dubai.
04 November 2016
EK 523T 04NOV FR TRVDXB HK9 0430 0715
On arrival at the Dubai International Airport, meet and greet by our representative at airport and proceed to Hotel for check in. Afternoon Desert safari with Barbeque Dinner at desert camp, Belly dance, Arabic Shisha’s, Henna painting and camel ride. Overnight stay at Hotel .
05 November 2016
After breakfast proceed to Dubai City Tour visit Burj Al Arab-out side, Sheikh Zayed Road, Marina, Palm iland etc. Then shopping and back to the hotel fresh in up and check out. Then proceed to Dubai Mall and watch the Amazing Water Dance in Burj Dubai. Burj Khalifa Entry ( optional ). Then dinner and proceed to Dubai airport to fly back to home with sweet memories.
4 EK 21 06NOV SU DXBMAN SS1 0300 0700
|Place||Hotel/Resort||Nights||Room type||Meal plan|
|Cochin||Hill Palace/Similar||02||A/C Deluxe||MAP|
|Kottayam||Excalibur/ Similar||01||A/C Deluxe||MAP|
|Thekkady||Aranya Nivas/ Similar||02||A/C||MAP|
|Kottayam||Excalibur/ Similar||02||A/C Deluxe||MAP|
|Kovalom||Soma palm shore||01||A/C Deluxe||MAP|
MAP – room with b’fast, lunch/dinner, CP – Room with B’fast
|Tour package including Air ticket Cost per person|
- Transportation in A/C Coach
- Accommodation in Double room /triple on sharing basis in the Hotels with breakfast lunch or dinner
- Half day House boat with Lunch
- Elephant Ride
- All entrance fees for the sightseeing places mentioned in the itinerary
- Camera /video charges at sight -seeing points, Guide charges
- Expenses of personal nature like bottled beverages, table drinks, telephone calls, laundry ,tips etc
- Any other programme which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Travel Insurance and visa