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Kerala Getaway

Amritsar - Chandigarh - Shimla - Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Varanasi - Delhi

Season

Our Packages Include - Unless Otherwise Stated

  • International Flights

  • Meet and Greet

  • All Local Transfers / Transportation

  • Excursions as per Itinerary

  • All Entrance Fees

Itinerary

Kerala - as the locals like to call "Gods Own Country" compacts into a small region of India so much culture and history. 

This tour will be a glimpse into what Kerala has to offer with its mixture of cultures, traditional backwaters and quint beaches.

Day 01

On arrival in Cochin, having cleared immigration, collect your luggage and pass through customs, please make your way towards the exit of the terminal building where you will see a bank of people waiting for you.  Amongst them will be our representative who will be waiting to greet you with a paging board with your name on.  Please note that the crowds can be enormous and it is possible that you may not spot our representative, despite their making every effort to be as visible as possible, so please keep an eye out for them.

Our representative will assist and be transferred to your hotel (Standard check in time is 12:00 Hrs).  We shall request the hotel for immediate check-in upon arrival however it will be subject to availability.

Kochi, or more familiarly, Cochin is a city of many parts.  An ancient city, Kochi played a pivotal role in the development of shipping and trade in the region.  Kochis prime location on the west coast, its fine bay and protected harbour made it popular with seafarers and merchant ships who made frequent stops to stock up on spices, coffee & wood en-route to the rich markets of Europe and West Asia.  And so down the ages, Kochi prospered as a busy port city and commercial centre.  Its seafront is still extremely relevant to Cochin and to India: it houses a Naval Base & one of India’s busiest ports. It is twin city, Ernakulum, is an important railhead and industrial centre.

Rest of the day, you will be at leisure.

Overnight at Hotel Old Harbour, 

Day 02

After breakfast, you will be taken on sightseeing tour visiting Dutch Palace [Closed on Friday] also known as Mattancherry Palace.  It was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Kochi in 1555 AD.  It acquired the present name after 1663 when the Dutch carried out extensions and repairs to the Palace.  At no time did the Portuguese or Dutch stay here. Its interiors are decorated with murals from the Ramayana and there are some lively displays of royal costumes and palanquins.

Then visit Jewish Synagogue [Closed on Friday & Saturday] built in 1568 AD.  The Great Scrolls of the Old Testament, the copper plates in which the grants of privilege made by the Cochin rulers were recorded and the exquisite Chinese hand-painted tiles are of interest here.  You will also visit St. Francis Church in Fort Kochi.  The Protestant church was originally built by the Portuguese in 1510 AD and is believed to be the oldest church built by the Europeans in India.  It is here the remains of the inveterate traveller, Vasco-da-Gama were initially buried and 14 years later, his mortal remains were taken to Portugal. Santa Cruz Basilica Church is also worth visiting. Some beautiful paintings can be seen here.

The Chinese fishing nets that line the sea-front and exhibit a mechanical method of catching fish by local fishermen in Fort Kochi is what you will see on your way while returning to your hotel.  Said to have been brought from China by traders of Kublai Khans Court, they are used at high tide.

In the evening, you will witness the Kathakali Dance Performance in Fort Kochi area. Kathakali is a highly stylized classical Indian dance-drama noted for the attractive make-up of characters, elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion.  It originated in the countrys present day state of Kerala during the 17th century and has developed over the years with improved looks, refined gestures and added themes besides more ornate singing and precise drumming.

Return to the hotel after the sightseeing.

Overnight at Hotel Old Harbour

Day 03

After breakfast check out from the hotel and be driven to Kumarakom [50Kms drive / 01Hr] to board the day cruise [check in @ 13:00 Hrs & check-out @ 16:00 Hrs].  You would have lunch on board the houseboat.

Kettuvallams, the stitched boats provide the best way to experience the colourful backwaters of Kerala. The wood commonly used to make Kettuvallams is Anhili, which is found in abundance in central Travancore area. Large planks are tied together using hand-made coir ropes and beaten coconut fibres. This gives the Kettuvallams enough strength to withstand heavy waves in the sea. Kettuvallams are built entirely without the use of nails. It requires great skill and adroitness to construct these giant boats by tying huge planks of jack wood together. The boats are applied with fish oil and cashew nut oil and left to cure for days.  With careful maintenance, they last for generations. These house boats are available in all sizes and shapes, and comprise one or two bedrooms with attached bathrooms, one living room, kitchenette, an open lounge, deck and a crew comprising oarsmen, a cook and guide. The houseboats are generally powered by a small outboard engine, allowing one to cruise along the backwaters. A sojourn in Kettuvallam, the House boat of Kerala, offers a panoramic view of one of the most picturesque aspects of the Gods Own Country.

You would de-board at Kumarakom and then check-in at the hotel in Kumarakom.  The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake and is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres is a favourite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologists paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teals, waterfowls, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian Stork visit here in flocks and are a fascinate the visitors.

Upon arrival in Kumarakom, proceed for check in at you’re the resort.

Rest of the day will be at leisure.

Overnight at CGH Coconut Lagoon

Day 04

​Breakfast at the hotel, thereafter you will check-out from the hotel & get driven to Marari [20 Kms / 40 Mins].

Mararikulam is a sea-side town in Alleppey District located on a very soothing location. The Marari Beach is nice place for beach lovers.

Rest of the day would be free at leisure.

 

 

 

 


Overnight stay at CGH Marari Beach

Day 05

Breakfast at the hotel.

Rest of the day would be free at leisure; [No car & guide this day].

You can enjoy an Ayurveda Body Massage there at the resort on direct payment by consulting the Ayurveda centre.  Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine which provides a guideline for a healthy living and lifestyle. No chemicals are used during the process and therefore have no side effects. Experience the communion of the mind, body and soul with our Ayurveda.

 

 

 

 

 


Overnight stay at CGH Marari Beach

Day 06

Breakfast at the hotel.

Rest of the day would be free at leisure; [No car & guide this day].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Overnight stay at CGH Marari Beach

Day 07

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today arrangement will be made to transfer from Marari to Cochin International Airport [75 Kms drive / 02 Hrs approx.] to board the flight for your onward destination…

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