Upon arrival at Kochi International airport, you will be met by our representative who will be waiting for you in the arrival lounge with a paging board with your names written on it. He will transfer you to your hotel and pass to you all relevant documents. Kochi, or more familiarly, Cochin is a city of many parts. Around for a long, long time, Kochi played a pivotal role in the development of shipping and trade in the region. Kochi's 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 and wood enroute 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 and one of India’s busiest ports. It is twin city, Ernakulum, is an important railhead and industrial centre.The rest of the day is at leisure to overcome jetlag. Overnight is at the Malabar House, Kochi [Deluxe Room]
After breakfast, you will proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Kochi. We shall begin the tour by visit to 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 in 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 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. [Closed on Friday & Saturday] 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 Baslica 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 Kubalai Khan's Court, they are used at high tide. In the evening, you will enjoy an hour of the famous Kathakali Dance performance on direct payment basis. Kathakali is the classical dance-drama of Kerala, South India, which dates from the 17th century and is rooted in Hindu mythology. Kathakali is a unique combination of literature, music, painting, acting and dance. Overnight is at the Malabar House, Kochi [Deluxe Room]
Breakfast is at the Hotel. After breakfast you will be drive to Munnar. Munnar is located in the Idukki district in Kerala. Munnar, the queen of hill stations is located at the confluence of three mountain streams namely, Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Munnar is located about 6,500 feet above the sea level along the Western Ghats on the eastern border of Kerala. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. On arrival, you will check in at your hotel. Windermere Estate, is where the manicured tea gardens merge with the lush green forests of Western Ghats. Hallmarked for its exclusiveness and high range hospitality, Windermere is a 60 acre Cardamom Plantation. Overnight is at the Hotel - Windermere Estate, Munnar [Cottage]
Breakfast is at the Hotel. Day is at leisure to pursue independent activities [Vehicle at Disposal]. Overnight is at the Hotel - Windermere Estate, Munnar [Cottage]
Morning is free. After lunch take a scenic drive to Periyar, a part of the Project Tiger scheme and also home to large herds of elephants, bison and deer. Check in at your hotel. Evening take a boat ride in Lake Periyar. One of the most fascinating wildlife Sanctuaries in India, renowned for the herds of elephants and scenic beauty. Overnight stay at (Cottage niraamaya retreats cardamom club).
Morning free. In the afternoon visit plantations of tea, cardamom and pepper. Overnight stay.
After breakfast you will drive to Kanam. Serenity at Kanam estate is an intensely private villa hotel surrounded by rubber estates and tropical spice gardens. Thoroughly designed, yet retaining the heritage ambience, this dream come true 1920s estate bungalow blends into an unspoiled rural setting. Serenity features 6 rooms: 2 on the ground floor and 4 on the 1st floor. All are furbished with our eclectic mix of design, period furniture and art work. All have verandahs and furnished sit outs. Upon arrival, you will check in at your Hotel. Overnight stay Deluxe Rooms at the Serenity. [Deluxe room]
Breakfast is at the hotel. After breakfast(Optional) you can spend the day with Lakshmi - the elephant. Take her to the river, wash her, feed her and be her Mahout for the day. Overnight is at the Serenity, Kanam [Deluxe room]
Morning transfer to Kumarakom. Upon arrival check in at your hotel. Kumarakom is Kerala’s heartland of lagoons, palm fringed lakes and paddy fields, inter-linked with hundreds of winding canals, and with the typical low slung country boats that carry everything from people to fish, rice and coconuts to the milkman and newspaper boy, local politicians and priests to wedding parties. On arrival, you will check-in at your hotel, Kumarakom Lake Resort. In the afternoon, you are at leisure to relax or pursue independent activities. Overnight is at the Hotel Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kumarakom.[ Meandering Pool Villa]
Breakfast is at the Hotel. Day is at leisure to pursue independent activities [No transportation]. Overnight is at the Hotel Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kumarakom.[ Meandering Pool Villa]
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast is at the Hotel. After breakfast, you will drive to Emerald Isle. On arrival, you will check in at your homestay. It will give a true home stay experience. The guests stay as part of the family and experience Kerala in a very personal way. Being a family home, you will enjoy mealtimes with your hosts around the family dining table, which has been a family tradition for more than 100 years (there is no room service). Overnight is at the Emerald Isle Homestay, [Heritage Room]
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast is at the Hotel. Today, you are at leisure to relax or pursue independent activities. Overnight is at the Emerald Isle [Heritage Room]
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Alleppey boat jetty to embark your houseboat for an overnight stay. 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 God's Own Country. You will cruise through the palm-fringed backwaters, throughout a night in waxing moonlights. All meals will be served on board the house-boat. The lullaby of the waves and the dazzling delights of the moonlit night will be experienced by spending a night aboard the Kettuvallam. Overnight is at the Houseboat [01 Bedroom AC houseboat] .
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, you will drive to Kovalam. On arrival you will check in at your hotel. Overnight is at the Leela Kempenski, Kovalam [Garden View Pavilion Room]
Breakfast at the hotel.Day is at leisure to pursue independent activities [No transportation]. Overnight is at the Leela Kempenski, Kovalam [Garden View Pavilion Room]
Breakfast at the hotel. Day is at leisure to pursue independent activities [No transportation]. Overnight is at the Leela Kempenski, Kovalam [Garden View Pavilion Room]
Breakfast is at the Hotel. Today in time you will be met and transferred from Hotel to Trivandrum airport to board flight for London .
End of our services.
Mr Mr. Mukesh Manra
Top Floor, Anupam Plaza, Plot no. 3 L.S.C Mayur Vihar Phase -1, New Delhi, Delhi, India - 110091
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