INTRODUCTION

Kerala is a beautiful coastal state located on Southwest coast of India and known as The God’s Own Country. Famous for its lovely backwater, lagoons, lakes, canals and coconut palm trees, Kerala is one of the most sought tourist destinations in India. Cochin (Kochi) is a commercial capital of Kerala and one of the finest backwaters destination in Kerala.

Kumarakom is a small village on the Vembanad Lake, popular for its bird sanctuary, which is a favorite haunt of migratory birds. One can see Egrets, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck, darters, herons, teal and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that live here in flocks. Kumarakom is centre of Ayurveda in Kerala.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Day 1: Arrive Cochin/ Kumarakom (70Kms & 1.5hrs drive)
  • Kumarakom- Day excursion to Kottayam
  • Kumarakom/ House-Boat
  • House-Boat/ Alleppey/ Cochin (70Kms & 1.5hrs drive)
  • Cochin/ Fly Back Home

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrive Cochin/ Kumarakom (70Kms & 1.5hrs drive)

Arrive Cochin airport in the morning.

Kerala is a beautiful coastal state located on Southwest coast of India and known as The God’s Own Country. Famous for its lovely backwater, lagoons, lakes, canals and coconut palm trees, Kerala is one of the most sought tourist destinations in India. Cochin (Kochi) is a commercial capital of Kerala and one of the finest backwaters destination in Kerala.

You will be well received on your arrival at the Cochin airport and drive straight to Kumarakom.

Kumarakom is a small village on the Vembanad Lake, popular for its bird sanctuary, which is a favorite haunt of migratory birds. One can see Egrets, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck, darters, herons, teal and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that live here in flocks. Kumarakom is centre of Ayurveda in Kerala.

Arrive Kumarakom and check in to your hotel.

Ayurveda means Knowledge or Science of Life. It deals with the maintenance of our body and relief from diseases. The aim of Ayurveda is to achieve happiness of both body and mind. This is an ancient medical system of India and still flourishing particularly in Kerala. One of the treatments is massages with medicinal oils. It is amazing and you will really feel rejuvenated…

Overnight in Kumarakom.

Day 2 Kumarakom- Day excursion to Kottayam

Wake up early this morning and proceed for boat ride through narrow canals to visit the bird sanctuary.

Return to hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast at hotel, proceed to visit Kottayam.

Kottayam is an old Christian village that has been preserved by its large Syrian Christian population. It is one of the oldest villages in Kerala. The best known churches are Syrian Orthodox churches i.e. Valia Palli and Cheria Palli. Both these churches date back to the mid 16th century.

After visiting the churches & temples of Kottayam, proceed to visit Phillip Kutty’s Farm (organic farm), located on a small farm island in the backwaters (Vembanad Lake) next to Kumarakom.

Return to hotel in the afternoon.

Rest of the day at leisure for Ayurveda (on direct payment) etc.

Overnight in Kumarakom.

Day 3 Kumarakom/ House-Boat

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 etc. 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 Houseboat.

Day 4 House-Boat/ Alleppey/ Cochin (70Kms & 1.5hrs drive)

Breakfast will be served on boat and continue cruising on backwater.

Disembark at Alleppey, from where you will be transferred by car to Cochin.

Arrive Cochin and check in your hotel.

In the afternoon, proceed for city tour of Cochin, visiting historic Jewish Synagogue (remains closed on Fridays & Saturdays), Portuguese built “The Mattanchery Palace” or Dutch Palace (remains closed on Fridays)- an amazing museum, the Church of St Francis- within which is the Tomb of Vasco da Gama and other attractions of Fort Cochin.

In the later afternoon, proceed for a Sunset boat cruise around Cochin harbour and visit Chinese fishing nets of Cochin, which are fixed land installations for an unusual form of fishing.

In the evening, proceed to witness the famous Kathakali Dance performance, which is about 400 years old dance drama of Kerala that narrates the events of India’s religious epic- The Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The main aspect of Kathakali is its elaborate make-up and unusual costumes.

Overnight in Cochin.

Day 5 Cochin/ Fly Back Home

After breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to Cochin airport to board a flight back home with sweet memories of your Kerala Trip with Dazzling India.

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