Blessed with unique geographical and cultural features, its overpowering tropical greenness with 41 rivers and countless waterways, fed by two annual monsoons, intoxicates every newcomer. Equally, Kerala's arcane rituals and spectacular festivals stimulate even the most jaded imagination, continuing centuries of tradition that has never strayed far from the realms of magic. No wonder it is also called "God's Own Country".
Day 1: Arrive Cochin. On arrival at Cochin International Airport/Railway Station, you are greeted and whisked away to the historic Willingdon Island to check into the EIGHT BASTION Hotel (Standard Rooms)-(Room Check in 14:00 hrs)
Afternoon. accompanied by a well qualified Guide, explore this ancient harbor, with its rich colonial past. Visit the old spice market at Mattancherry, the antique shop on Jew’s street, the Synagogue, the Dutch palace and of course, the famous Chinese fishing nets followed by a harbor cruise. Return to hotel for overnight stay. Includes: (B).
Day 2: Cochin - Periyar (172 Km - 3 hrs) Morning after breakfast, you are driven to Periyar or Thekkedy as it is also known. You leave the coastal plains, traveling thru winding hill roads with plantations of rubber, spice and tea. En-route stopover for lunch (not included in package cost). Later on arrival, check in to your Spice Village hotel.(Standard Villa) The afternoon is reserved for a boat safari in the Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary. Return to hotel for overnight stay. Includes: (B).
Day 3: At Periyar. After an early morning breakfast proceed for another boat ride to view wildlife and you can expect to spot herds of elephants, bison, deer and a spectacular bird life. Not to mention some of the 140 species of orchid that thrive here. A trip to Periyar is not complete without visiting the spice plantations. Afternoon is free. If you like you can go for an in house Ayurveda massage. Overnight stay. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Periyar – Kumarakom (113 Km -2.5 hrs) Morning after breakfast, you are driven down to the coastal, melodically town of Kumarakom lying on the banks of Lake Vembanad. On arrival hop on to a boat or go by surface to reach your Eco-friendly Coconut Lagoon resort. (Heritage Bungalow)
Evening finds you on a sun-set cruise on the lake, in a converted rice boat adrift to a flute accompaniment. The resort gives an opportunity to see some traditional Art Forms of Kerala. Overnight. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Kumarakom-Alleppey: Wake-up call by the birds from the nearby bird sanctuary gets you ready to experience yoga for your body and mind.(If you do not want to do yoga but keep on sleeping it's your pleasure). After breakfast, soft trek to the bird sanctuary accompanied by a naturalist who will identify the birds which woke you up in the morning.
Later drive a short distance making your way through many canals and waterways to Alappuzha (Alleppey) where you board your Spice Coast Floating hotel, a houseboat with a bedroom and en-suite rest room for your comfort. Enjoy unlimited surfing on backwaters, sip a coconut, get disturbed by only the chirping of birds and occasional ripples in water and savor mouthwatering delicacies prepared in front of you by your Kitchen crew. Enjoy a cruise on the backwater through a maze of canals and lagoons and enjoy freshly caught fresh water fish cooked to your taste on board. Spend the night on board the houseboat with dinner & drinks. Overnight stay. Includes: (B,L & D)
Day 6: Houseboat – Marari. Morning after breakfast, disembark and proceed to your waiting car for a short drive to Marari Beach. On arrival check-in at the Marari Beach Resort (Garden Villa) which is not just the sand and the sea. It’s the living environment that surrounds it. The Marari Beach, let us be clear, is not the place for a raucous Beach holiday. There are no real parties here. No noisy water scooter but for those seeking to undue the stress of the city life and experience a completely new place, it is the perfect spot.
Afternoon it’s time to relax in the Coconut grove. Evening will be engaged in good music and Cooking class. Overnight at the Marari Beach. Includes: (B).
Day 7: At Marari. After breakfast, explore the area and its fishing villages nearby on a bicycle or take a dip in the sea. The beach usually being nearly empty except for a few other guests and the old local fishermen. Afternoon at leisure. It will be a great idea to walk across the road to our organic farm, which ensures that the vegetables and fruits the resort serves are the freshest you can get or take in a spa or an Ayurveda massage. Overnight stay. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Marari-Cochin. After breakfast it is free to relax, rejuvenate, write your memoirs, explore the fishing villages or just take a dip in the sea. Afternoon you are driven back to Cochin. On arrival check into Eight Bastion hotel(Standard Room). Evening enjoy a Kathakali (traditional Kerala) dance performance. Overnight stay in the hotel (B)
Day 9: Cochin Departure. After breakfast, day free for own activities. later on time transfer to Cochin International Airport/Railway Station. Includes: (B). NB: You have the option of driving 30 km to Ernakulum in case your return flight is booked from Trivandrum.
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