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Kerala Backwater Tour
Duration : 04 Nights/05 Days
Destinations : Cochin – Kumarakom – Houseboat - Cochin
Day 1 : Arrive Cochin/ Kumarakom (70Kms & 1.5hrs drive)
Arrive Cochin International airport in the morning by international flight. You will be well received on your arrival at the airport and drive straight to Kumarakom.
KUMARAKOM : The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres, is a favorite 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 there in flocks are a fascination for visitors.
Traditional welcome upon your arrival at hotel with arti, tikka, garlanding & welcome drink. After check- in formality, you will check in to the room. Check in @ 12h00 (early check-in is subject to availability).
Buffet Lunch at hotel’s restaurant.
Rest of the day at leisure for Ayurveda (on direct payment) etc.
Ayurveda is the ancient living medical heritage of India. The word Ayurveda literally means Knowledge or Science of Life. It deals with the maintenance of health and relief from disease. Ayurveda aims at achieving happiness of both body and mind and should form part of daily life. Today this medical system is still flourishing in India and particularly in Kerala. One of the treatments is the use of massages with medicinal oils. In the evening, enjoy sunset boat cruise on Kerala backwaters.
Buffet Dinner at hotel’s lawn with live instrumental music.
Overnight in Kumarakom.
Day 2 : Kumarakom/ Kottayam/ Kumarakom
Early morning, proceed for boat ride through narrow canals to watch bird sanctuary. Return to hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast at hotel, proceed to visit Kottayam.
Kottayam has an old Christian tradition that has been pReserved by its large Syrian Christian population. It was one of the first towns to be patronized by St. Thomas in the 1st century AD. Of the many fine churches and seminaries that dot the landscape, the best known are the two Syrian Orthodox churches, Valia Palli and Cheria Palli at Kottayam. Both these churches date back to t
he mid 16th century. Visit the churches & temples of Kottayam and transfer to Phillip Kutty’s Farm organic farm, located on a small farm island (approx-750 acres) in the backwaters (Vembanad Lake) next to Kumarakom within the Vechoor village limits.
Visit Phillip Kutty’s Farm, followed by a nice lunch with family. Return to Kumarakom in the afternoon by boats. Rest of the afternoon at leisure for Ayurveda (on direct payment) etc.
Dinner << Spice theme dinner >> at hotel’s lawn with Kathakali dance performance.
Overnight in Kumarakom.
Day 3 : Kumarakom/ House-Boat
Buffet Breakfast at hotel and rest of the morning at leisure.
Later, climb aboard the traditional RICE BOAT (kettuvallam) converted into houseboats with bedrooms and attached toilets. Originally these boats were used as ferries to carry rice. Cruise through the backwaters of Kerala. This fascinating "backwaters" in traditional houseboats takes you through narrow canals, past paddy fields and villages, allowing you to enjoy the silence of the backwaters and have a glimpse of the lifestyle of the people living along the canals.
All Meals (Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast) will be served on board, prepared by the houseboat crew. Overnight in HOUSE BOAT.
Day 4 : House-Boat/ Alleppey/ Cochin (65Kms & 1.5hrs drive)
Buffet Breakfast will be served on boat and continue cruising on backwater.
Disembark at Alleppey and drive towards Cochin through back road in jeeps (4 pax per jeep).
Nestling between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, Kerala is an enchanting mosaic of coconut groves and paddy fields, beaches, backwaters and verdant hills. Cochin, Kerala’s main trading center for spices and sea food is also Kerala’s most cosmopolitan city. According to legend, Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu, created Kerala by throwing his battle-axe into the sea. The abundance of canals, lagoons and lakes in the state seem to reinforce this legend of a land born from the sea.
Undoubtedly the commercial hub of Kerala, the city of Cochin is where ancient civilization gracefully mingles with modern life. Right from the early years, Cochin has had cultural and trade relations with the outside world. She had also experienced pulsating episodes of European colonial rivalry. Today with a natural, all-weather harbor and replete with serene backwaters, beautiful lagoons, wooded isles, and a magnificent seascape, Cochin is indeed the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Arrive Cochin and check in your hotel.
Buffet Lunch at hotel’s restaurant.
In the afternoon, proceed to visit the city of Cochin, visiting historic Jewish Synagogue (closed Friday & Saturdays), with its Cantonese tiled floors, fine chandeliers, and the Great Scrolls from the Old Testament. Stroll through the Jewish Quarter, browsing at fine antique shops, and warehouses creaking with bric-a-brac.
Also visit the Portuguese built The Mattanchery Palace or Dutch Palace (closed Fridays)- an amazing museum that displays the artifacts of the erstwhile Rajahs of Cochin and visit the enduring 16th century AD attractions for Fort Cochin, the Church of St Francis, within which is the Tomb of Vasco da Gama.
In the Evening take Sunset cruise around Cochin harbour and visit Chinese fishing nets of Cochin are fixed land installations for an unusual form of fishing. Each structure is at least 10m high and comprises a cantilever with an outstretched net suspended over the sea and large stones suspended from ropes as counterweights at the other end. Each installation is operated by a team of up to six fishermen. The system is sufficiently balanced that the weight of a man walking along the main beam is sufficient to cause the net to descend into the sea. The net is left for a short time, possibly just a few minutes, before it is raised by pulling on ropes. The catch is usually modest: a few Fish and crustaceans— these may be sold to passers by within minutes.
Later, proceed to witness the famous Kathakali Dance performance, the riveting 400 year old dance drama of Kerala that narrates sequences from the India religious epic, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Visually startling, one of the most interesting aspects of Kathakali is its elaborate make-up codeand unusual costumes.
Farewell Dinner at hotel’s lawn with entertainment.
Overnight in Cochin.
Day 5 : Cochin/ Fly out
Buffet Breakfast at hotel. Later, transfer to Cochin airport to board flight back home.
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