Thomas Cook, SOTC launch monsoon getaways to tap increased demand
To capitalise on the increased demand for monsoon travel, Thomas Cook (India) Limited, and its Group Company, SOTC Travel, have curated monsoon getaways that include short driveable holidays, air-inclusive holidays, weekend & extended weekend getaways and multiple shorter trips/mini-cations of approx. 3-7 days starting at INR 7,099.00* for 4 days.
The companies’ Monsoon portfolio extends across popular locales like Kerala backwaters, Wayanad, Coorg, Munnar, Vagamon, Alleppey, Chikmagalur, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Manali, Shimla, Nainital, and Pondicherry. Also, Himalayan ranges and off-beat destinations like Dharamshala, Spiti Valley and the North-East; beach destinations like Goa and Andamans.
Travellers from Delhi-NCR are keen on short and drivable holidays to Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, Mcleodganj, Nainital, Mussoorie; travellers from Maharashtra & Gujarat are visiting Rajmachi, Lohagad, Igatpuri, Lonavala, Matheran, Mahableshwar and Panhala; and travellers from Karnataka/Tamil Nadu are visiting Hampi, Gokarna, Coorg, Pondicherry, Kanyakumari.
Outdoor enthusiasts can opt for thrilling game drives at leading national parks like Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Corbett or monsoon hiking/trekking. Adventure seekers are spoilt for choice with high adrenaline experiences such as body surfing, waterfall rappelling/trekking in Rishikesh and Lonavala; white water rafting in Ladakh, zip lining in Dawki, kayaking in Kerala, etc. Leisurely biking trips among quaint hamlets, lush meadows and tea/coffee plantations are also a top draw across India. This is an ideal time for Kerala’s famed ayurveda treatments and a tour of the backwaters and forests of Thekkady.
Additionally, short haul international destinations are witnessing high demand during this season with increased interest for Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi; island destinations like Maldives, Mauritius. Strongly emerging on the radar are Vietnam, Cambodia and Japan; also Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka in the Indian subcontinent.
Cruises represent a unique value proposition for travellers for monsoon travel: an all-inclusive holiday without the hassle of multiple check-in/check-out and transfers. On the domestic front, Thomas Cook & SOTC have emerged as top sellers of India cruises (Cordelia), with over 8000 customers booked from restart of travel. Popular cruises during the monsoon include domestic sailing of Cordelia Cruise (Chennai – High seas – Chennai) and Chennai to Sri Lanka; on the international front, Resorts World Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises in Singapore.
Rajeev Kale, President & Country Head – Holidays, MICE, Visa, Thomas Cook (India) Limited said, “Monsoons in India have a special attraction – an experience in itself to witness the rains across different parts of the Country. Being a traditionally low season for travel, Monsoon is the perfect time to embrace the great outdoors and experience slow travel at discounted rates with special offers. Our Monsoon Getaways include a diversity of offbeat experiences such as biking trips, trekking, hiking, and more for customers across segments including millennials/working professionals, group of friends, couples and families. We invite our customers to book their monsoon getaway with us and have a memorable experience.”
Daniel D’souza, President & Country Head – Holidays, SOTC Travel said, “Travelling in India during the monsoon season creates an out of the world experience with beautiful scenery and weather. It’s the perfect season for self-drive holidays, nature trails and offbeat outdoor & adventure experiences like bike trips, hiking, rafting, waterfall rappelling/trekking, and more. Our Monsoon Holidays are curated for customers who want to experience India’s untapped beauty amidst the rains. Additionally, value-options like special deals/discounts, complimentary transfers, dining or spa-vouchers make Monsoon travel a truly attractive value proposition for Indians.”