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DAY 1 : ARRIVE KOCHI
Welcome to Kerala, the Land of Gods! Also known as Gods own country. On arrival in Cochin, make you own way to the hotel.
Kochi: The major port for southwestern India, Kochi has been a trading post for centuries and the Portuguese, Dutch and British influences remain evident. The city is a series of islands with a palace, old spice warehouses, Jewish synagogue and churches in Fort Cochin.
At 12:30 we will all meet at the hotel lobby and at 1pm today we will start our sightseeing tour for the afternoon. We will start from Fort Cochin, the oldest European settlement in India, as well as the Church of St. Francis, where Vasco de Gama was buried for a short while. In the Portuguese built Mattancherry Palace (closed on Friday) you will find some of the finest murals in India, and returning to the hotel via the cantilevered Chinese Fishing Nets are the typical of Kochi -The huge Chinese fishing nets that cantilever over the shallows are the indelible image of Cochin.
Known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi, formerly called Cochin, is a city founded on trade and its streets still harbour a rich mix of cultural influences and styles.
Evening enjoy the Kathakali dance show- is a traditional classical dance form of India.
Sites reflecting those influences include Fort Kochi, a settlement with tiled colonial bungalows and diverse houses of worship. Cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, typical of Kochi, have been in use for centuries.
Evening transfer back to your hotel.
Overnight in Kochi
DAY 2 : KOCHI - MUNNAR
Morning in time leave hotel and drive to Munnar- Once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Enroute , visit a spice garden and learn about the different spices and dry fruits that grow in the region.
Later continue drive to Munnar.
On arrival in Munnar check into hotel.
Rest of the evening at free to enjoy the beautiful weather & scenic lush green beauty of Munnar.
Overnight in Munnar.
DAY 3 : MUNNAR
Morning After breakfast, we will take you to the visit of the important tea Gardens where you will enjoy & learn the art of tea plucking, tasting, and visit of a tea factory.
Later we will also visit a Tea Museum, Christ church, Mattupetty lake today.
Optional speed boat ride at Mattupetty lake on own expense.
Later we will take you to the visit of Eraviculam National Park where you can see the variety of several species of rare animals with a variety of flora & fauna.
Overnight in Munnar.
DAY 4 : MUNNAR - ALLEPPEY
After breakfast at the hotel drive Alleppey. Embark on the Houseboat of the backwaters in the Gods Own Country.
Cruising Kerala’s backwaters in a traditional ‘Kettuvallom’ (boats made by tying together wooden planks with coconut ropes) is a distinctly unique experience!
Kerala’s backwaters are the chain of the saline Lagoons & lakes lying parallel to the Arabian sea.
These traditional wooden craft, originally used to transport rice along Kerala’s lush green backwaters, have found a new lease of life quietly exploring timeless scenes of palms and paddies, temples and villages. Boats have either one or two fan-cooled bedrooms with attached shower rooms. The sides are open allowing the breeze to flow freely. Your private crew steer the boat, cook lavish local meals and keep you in tea and cold drinks.
As you drift along the backwaters, you can see the local villagers fishing and washing clothes in the canals, as small boys swim alongside the boats shouting ‘Hello’ and ‘Which country?’. Birdlife is plentiful: stork and egret are often spotted. Even a day on a rice boat is a unique and unforgettable experience, but staying overnight, on a boat gives the chance to experience dusk and dawn on the still, reflective waters.
Overnight on Houseboat.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
DAY 5 : ALLEPPEY - MARARIKULAM
Morning after breakfast disembark the house boat and , drive to beautiful Marariculam.
Upon arrival check in at hotel.
Enjoy rest of the day on the beach and the various activities at your hotel. During the day you can visit near by village or relax on the beach. Overnight on Mararikulam.
DAY 6 : MARARIKULAM
Day at leisure to relax on the beach. (No Transport)
Overnight on Mararikulam
DAY 7 : MARARIKULAM DEPARTURE
Morning in time check out of hotel for onward destination