Feel the Backwaters
Kochi (01 Night), Kumarakom (01 Night), Houseboat (01 Night) and Kovalam/Poovar for Trivandrum (02 Nights)..
States covered: KERALA EXCLUSIVE.(God’s own – Country and Best of South India for Holidays. Unique green land with backwaters and Beaches).
Welcome in India! KOCHI (COCHIN) Airport; On arrival you will be transferred and assisted till your room in your hotel. Proceeding to local sight seeing at 15:00 Hrs -COCHIN (ERNAKULAM) (The Rich and Old Spice City). The commercial town of Kerala, Kochi- a vibrant,lively city of palm green filled with interesting artifacts in every corner. The combination of main land Ernakulam is the business and tourist heart of Kerala.Places to be visited: JEWISH SYNAGOGUE (Built in 1568 AD. Closed on Saturdays & Jewish Holidays).DUTCH PALACE (Built in 1557 AD. Closed on Fridays & National Holidays). ST.FRANCIS CHURCH (Built by Portuguese in 1503 AD) SANTA CRUZ CATHEDRAL, MARITIME MUSEUM- INS DRONACHARYA FORT KOCHI (Monday Holiday), CHINESE FISHING NETS (The Chinese Fishing Nets that,line the sea-front and exhibit a method of catching fish, introduced by Chinese traders.) Evening by 19:30 Hrs coming back to the Hotel .Overnight saty at Hotel (KOCHI).
Drive to Kumarakom from KOCHI (COCHIN) Airport..(140 KMS and 4 Hours): On arrival you will be transferred and assisted till your room in your hotel/Resort..Situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is the favorite destination for bird watchers looking out for migratory birds. Placed on enchanting backwater Kumarakom is a beautiful piece of land engulfed with mangrove forests,coconut lagoons, paddy fields. The water ways offer tourist with a unique experience to go around in boats, have hands on fishing and many other leisure options. The place can be best termed to relax in the lap of harmony. Things to do : Fishing, Boating through broad & narrow canals, Bird watching,Walk through paddy fields and Temple visits. Overnight at hotel (KUMARAKAM).
KUMARAKOM to Alleppey = 80 KM = 2 Hours. Board on to the HOUSE BOAT from ALLEPPEY: Check in to the Houseboat at 12.00 Noon.With the Arabian Sea in the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers criss-crossing it,Alleppey is referred to as the Venice of the East by travelers from across the world. House boat cruise through narrow canals- Coconut Lagoons – Virgin villages-paddy fields-historical places – Temples – Snake boat – Coconut beer shop (Toddy shop) — R Block Islands – Kuttanad Village etc. Distance covered on each day will be 35 to 40 km on an average/day. Enjoy spectacular lush green paddy fields, where you may enjoy an unique nature, life style of village people and their activities like Coir roping, Toddy tapping etc. All meals will be provided in this A/c House Boat.You may enjoy the splendid sunsets, Waxing moon lights, dreaming stars and of course the delicious foods cooked and served by us. [You are mostly invited to our kitchen in the House Boat, to learn and try the list of ingredients and instructions for making something, especially a traditional food dish of KERALA for the dinner or for the Breakfast. If you are satisfied;don’t forget to note down the recipe and try it in future. Please note: 1.) 06.00 pm to 07.00 am- Boat will Anchored & it will be idle in the lake. (As per GOVT. Rule- Village people need to put the net in the lake for fishing). 2.) Air condition will function in the bed room from 08.00 PM till 07.00 AM only. Overnight stay at Houseboat.
After disembarking from the house boat;Take a full day long sightseeing tour of Alleppey Beach , and drive to Kovalam. (220 KM and 5 Hours drive). Check in to the Hotel/Resort near the beach.KOVALAM Beach: This internationally renowned beach has been favourite haunt of tourists since 1930’s. Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent beaches. Enjoy the beach and remove your hang over of the long trip.Over Night Stay- Kovalam.
Following the breakfast Proceed to TRIVANDRUM Sight seeing at 10:00 AM … The ZOOLOGICAL PARK: (10.00am to 6.15 pm- Closed on Mondays). One of the first Zoos in India. It is located in a well planed Botanical Garden, with huge trees, sprawling lawns and wild fowl swimming in the lakes which feel like a small jungle in the heart of the City. A reptile house with different species of snakes is also located in this premise. LUNCH BREAK at 13:30 hrs till 14:30 Hrs. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM COMPLEX: The exhibits here are related to Science, Technology and Electronics. (10.00 am to 05.00 pm- Closed on Mondays)PRIYADARSHINY PLANITORIUM, (Daily shows from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm),The NAPIER MUSEUM & SREE CHITRA ART GALLERY: (10.00am to 04.45 pm- Closed on Mondays and Wednesday forenoons),Located near the Napier Museum, this art gallery displays select paintings of RAJA RAVI VARMA, Svetlana and Nicholas Roerich and exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India. The collection also includes paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali.Finish your sight seeing trip on or before 05:00 PM and return back to KOVALAM Beach… enjoy the sunset and return back to Hotel. Over Night Stay- Kovalam.
Kovalam sight seeing and visiting Shopping centers can be done as per your Flight schedule. At appropriate time you will be transferred to the international airport of TRIVANDRUM to board the flight back to home. (If your return flight is from Cochin, we can arrange the tour with COCHIN stay on day 05 without any additional charges.) Departure with lot of memories and thousands of photographs. The tour ends.