|Kumarakom||COCONUT LAGOON||PRIVATE POOL VILLA||01|
|Thekkady||SPICE VILLAGE||DELUXE COTTAGE||01|
|Cochin||TAJ MALABAR||HARBOUR VIEW||01|
By Road : 0 km in 1 hr
Reach Cochin and our representative will meet at the airport. Proceed for Aleppey by surface after initial introduction.
Board the houseboat. Our backwater journey will start from Aleppey (also known as Alappuzha), which is known as the Venice of the East. It was here that traders from across the seven seas came in search of black gold and souvenirs.
Plunge into a crystal maze of one of the greatest gifts of nature that god has bestowed upon us. As the boat glides silently forward through the largest vast expanse backwater body, The Vembanad Lake, you will drift into a world of peace and serenity. At this point, we will serve you the mouth watering local cuisine and you will agree that it is truly God's own country.
After a short siesta be prepared for the most fascinating journey through the panoramic view of the paddy fields admiring duck farming, watching divers diving for mussels via Mangalam, Chithira, R-block and C block with a cup of steaming tea/coffee in your hand.
On our way a stop at the St. Mary's Church at Champakulam is a must. One of the oldest churches in Kerala, the St. Mary's church is believed to be one of the seven established by St Thomas. You will see the 130 feet long snake racing boat here as they originally belong to this place.
Arrive at Kumarakom enjoying the beauty of the traditional Keralian houses.
The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds that live there in flocks are a fascination for visitors. The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a boat trip round the islands.
Check in at resort and relax in the evening. There is a games room and a library for the kids to enjoy.
Overnight stay will be at COCONUT LAGOON.
By Road : 175 km in 4 hr
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the resort.
Start for Thekkady through the beautiful paddy fields and rubber plantations. As you climb uphill you will reach the rolling tea gardens and beautiful churches. Pass through the villages and reach Thekkady by evening.
Periyar wildlife sanctuary is home to nomadic tribes of wild elephant, boar, deer, the Royal Bengal Tiger instead of Indian Tiger. Evening go for boat cruise in the lake to watch wild animals.
Visit SPICE MARKETS later in the evening.
Overnight will be in Periyar (Thekkady).
By Road : 175 km in 4 hr
Start for Cochin after breakfast.
Arrive at Cochin and proceed to the hotel to check in.
Freshen up and relax. Your room will have a beautiful view of the harbor. Cochin: The eventful history of this city began when a major flood in AD 1341 threw open the estuary at Kochi, till then a land locked region, turning it into one of the finest natural harbors in the world. Kochi thus became a haven for seafaring visitors from all over the world and became the first European town-ship in India when the Portuguese settled here in the 15th century.
The Dutch wrested Fort Kochi from the Portuguese in AD 1663 and later in the last phase of the colonial saga, the British took over, the town in 1795. During 1660's, Fort Kochi peaked in stature as a prime commercial centre and its fame spread far and wide - variously as a rich trade centre, a major military base, a vibrant cultural hub, a great ship building centre, a centre for Christianity and so on. Today, centuries later, the city is home to nearly thirteen communities.
In the early evening proceed for a private harbor cruise. Enjoy watching the dolphins, the fishing island and the Bolghatty Palace. Cruise till the mouth of the sea and enjoy the sunset.
Overnight will be at Cochin.
Breakfast will be at hotel.
Proceed for a sightseeing tour of FORT COCHIN. A few interesting sites included in the tour are the Chinese fishing nets along the Vasco Da Gama Square, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, VOC Gate, Bastion Bungalow, Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace, etc. Learn the operation of the interesting Chinese fishing nets erected on teak wood and bamboo poles, which work on the principle of balance. Records say they were first set up here between AD 1350 and 1450. Vasco Da Gama Square, the narrow promenade that parallels the beach, is the best place to watch the nets being lowered and pulled out of the sea.
Proceed to the airport for flight to the next destination.