Overview

Roman came to Kerala in search of pepper and spices. Jews migrated at different time to escape prosecution. Vasco da Gama came from Portugal in 1498 to get his hold on spice trade which is older than Islam. He established his first fortress at Cochin (Kochi) in 1503. Later Dutch came in and drove the Portuguese from their enclave. British were the last foreigners to have left their imprint on Kerala.

You arrive at Cochin. The sightseeing tours around the fort would give you the impession of its past legacy. You would also be amazed to see the Chinese Fishing net which is very unique in many ways. It is believed to have been introduced by the Chinese explorer, Zheng He. They were brought from the court of Chinese emperor, Kublai Khan and have been in operation there ever since. In the evening you will be taken to a theater to see the famous ‘Kathakali’ -classical dance-drama of Kerala (India) that is based on Hindu mythology. This form of dance dates back to 17th century. The dance is well known for its large elaborate makeup and costume of the performers.

Next day we travel to Thakadey and national park at lake Pariyer to see wild lives, spices and herbal plants grown there. As you drive to the hill covered with tea and coffee plantation you pass through lush green vegetation with coconut and beetle nuts trees all over and spices and herbs plants in the higher elevation. You are amidst the un-spoilt nature. Stay two nights at Thakadey and return back same route to Allepey to take house boat ride in the back water of Kerala. The house boat trip through the canals is mainly concentrated around Allepey, Kumarakom, Kottayam, Quilon and Cochin. Besides enjoying the serenity of the quite river you travel through scattered villages in the hinterland of Kerala. Drive to Kovalam; stay two nights there and fly home from Trivendrum.

 

Highlights

It is one of a popular tour in India. You arrive at Cochin. The sightseeing tours around the fort would give you the impession of its past legacy. You would also be amazed to see the Chinese Fishing net which is very unique in many ways. It is believed to have been introduced by the Chinese explorer, Zheng He. They were brought from the court of Chinese emperor, Kublai Khan and have been in operation there ever since. In the evening you will be taken to a theater to see the famous ‘Kathakali’ -classical dance-drama of Kerala (India) that is based on Hindu mythology

Inclusions

  • All airport transfers and ground transportation (AC-vehicle)
  • Hotel Accomodation based on 4* on BB
  • City sightseeing tour according to the programme with English speaking tour guide.
  • Back water boat tour on full board.

Price

COST- Private Trip
1 person US$ 1720 per person
2 person US$ 1145 per person
3 to 5 person US$ 1030 per person
6 to 9 person US$ 960 per person
 
Single  Supplement US$ 215

*Government fees and airfares are subject to change.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Cochin. In Cochin (BB)
Upon arrival our representative would meet you at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Cochin has one of the best harbors on the Arabian coastline. The port has been famous for overseas traders since early time. The city has become a commercial hub.

Day 2: In Cochin (BB)
After breakfast  we take half day tour to visit Jewish Synagogue and Dutch Palace. The Chinese fishing nets is something you should not miss. In your tour you come across the historical imprints of the advent of Dutch and Portuguese in this peninsula. St. Francis Church built by the Portuguese that has the grave yard of Vasco De Gama inside the Church is believed to be the oldest church built by European in India.  Another interesting European legacy is the Jewish Synagogue located in the narrow street. In the evening we drive to ‘Greenix Village’ to see the traditional Kathakali dance. The elaborate costume and facial painting and the classical dance is very enjoyable. Return back to hotel in the evening.

Day 3: Drive from Cochin to Thekkady-114km. In Thekkady (BB).
After breakfast drive to Thekkady. You drive through the hills with coconut, coffee and tea plantation. The road gradually climbs high up the hill through winding road.  As you reach higher elevation you see herbal plants etc. Free day in the afternoon.

Day 4: In Thekkady (BB). Visit lake Periyar
After breakfast drive to Lake Periyar. It is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India. The lake is the home of wild elephant, bison and spotted deer. You take a ride in the boat that takes tourist around the lake for the sighting of wild animals.

Day 5: Drive from Peryar to Alleppey. In the house boat (Full Board)
After breakfast drive back and travel to Alleppey. Upon arrival board the house boat for a backwater trip in the hinterland of Kerala. The house boat is pleasantly decorated with comfortable room with attached bathroom. The bed rooms are well air conditioned. The deck has comfortable chairs and sofa with TV and dining table. The house-boat travel through inner lane of the backwater in its own pace. In the cruise through backwater canals you would come across small villages on the banks of the river.

Day 6: Overnight in the house boat (Full Board)
Full day tour in the back water. The boat ride from Alleppey to Kollam is probably the best.
The smooth ride in the numerous canals is relaxing journey in nature. You would find it a unique and fascinating experience! This canal is famous for snake-boat race that happens in August.

Day 7: Return to Alleppey. Drive to Kovalam -175 km. In Kovalam (BB).
After breakfast the boat return to Kollam. Desembark the boat and drive to Kovalam. You arrive Kovalam around 2 pm. Check into the hotel. In Kovalam there are health centers that uses ayurevadic message for treatment for various ailments. You can also find such centers at Kotayam or Murarikulam enroute. Free afternoon.

Day 8:  In Kovalam (BB)
Free day in the beach. Spend easy day by the swimming pool or go for oil massage which Kerala is famous for. You may take walk along the sandy beach that looks toward the Arabian sea.

Day 9: Depart Kovalan.
Transfer to the airport at Trivendrum. Fly home.

 

Note: The itinerary and logistic may change due to trial and other condition beyong our control. We may rearrange the itinerary.

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