HIGHLIGHTSJewish heritage of Cochin | Houseboat on the Backwaters | Beaches of Kovalam
DURATION13 Days / 12 Nights
DEPATURESDaily on private basis.
PRICE FROMAUD 3188 per person - Superior Category | AUD 4351 per person - Deluxe Category (Private departure - based on 2 passengers) Price valid for travel from 1st Oct'16 to 30th Apr'17
- Chauffeur driven Toyota Innova.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- Breakfast daily except Houseboat and Phillipkutty's farm where all your meals are included.
- English speaking local guides for all sightseeing.
- Entrance fees at monuments & places of visit.
A short tour of God’s own country – the backwaters and lush country side of Kerala. Kochi, where the tour begins, is a cluster of islands, one of the finest natural harbours in the world. It used to be the major centre of trade with the British, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese and Dutch. Even today it remains the main trading centre for spices and seafood. Though it is Kerala’s most cosmopolitan city, the high – rise buildings and malls have not yet to overpower the unique attractions of its ancient mix of cultures which is still very much apparent. Kumarakom slumbers on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake with its numerous canals, streams and distributaries that weave an intricate and enchantingly beautiful web. Its undisturbed tranquillity makes it a favourite with a vast number of migratory birds who are also attracted by the abundance of fish to be had. Vantage points all along the shore provide excellent bird – watching opportunities which makes Kumarakom a popular destination for enthusiasts.
Day 1: Cochin
Reception and welcome at Cochin airport followed by transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: Cochin
This morning enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city. This evening witness the classical dance –drama of Kerala called Kathakali. B
Day 3: Cochin-Kumarakom – 78 kms – 2 hrs drive
Travel on to Kumarakom (2hrs) and the lush backwaters of Kerala. This afternoon enjoy some Ayurveda for which Kerala is famous. B
Day 4: Kumarakom
Day at leisure to relax at the hotel or explore the village of Kumarakom and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary on your own. B
Day 5: Kumarakom-Vechoor
This morning embark your own private Ketuvellam, a traditional Kerala rice barge and spend the day cruising the backwater canals, watching village life unfold as you gently float by. This is an unbelievable beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with white lilies. B
Day 6: Vechoor
After breakfast, continue to enjoy the cruise. Later disembark your rice barge at Phillipkutty’s farm for your 2 nights home stay. Here you will experience traditional Keralan hospitality. You are welcomed by the Phillipkutty family who have owned this farm since 1950. B
Day 7: Vechoor
Day at leisure, spend time with the family learning about traditional cooking, farming, spices and the history of the surrounding villages. B
Day 8: Vechoor-Kovalam 200kms – 4hrs drive
This morning depart Vechoor and take the coast road to Kovalam. Kovalam is a beautiful coastal area with silvery sands fringed by rows of tall palm trees, sheltered bays and fishing villages.
Day 9-12: Kovalam
The next 4 days are free for you to relax by the beach. B
Day 13: Kovalam
Free day. This evening transfer to the airport for your flight home. B
Please contact either your local travel agent or Contact us for more details.