|Duration||06 Nights / 07 Days|
|Best Time||Oct - Mar|
|Routing||Kovalam Beaches - Cochin - Kumarakom - Houseboat - Kovalam|
Fringing the coast of Kerala and winding far inland is an intricate network of innumerable Lagoons, Lakes, Canals, Estuaries and the Deltas of forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. Backwaters are unique to Kerala. These Backwaters are both the basis of a distinct lifestyle and a fascinating thoroughfare. Travelling by boat along the Backwaters is one of the highlights of Kerala. The boats cross shallow, palm-fringed lakes studded with cantilevered Chineses fishing nets and travel along narrow shady canals, where Coir, Copra, and Cashews are loaded into the boats. The largest backwater stretch in Kerala is the Vembanad Lake, which flows through three districts and opens out into the sea at the Kochi port. The Ashtamudi Lake (literally, having eight arms), which covers a major portion of Kollam district in the south, is the second largest and is considered the gateway to the Backwaters. Each district of Kerala is marked by the presence of the inviting Backwaters, which form a prominent part of the panoramic landscape of Kerala.
DAY 01 :
You will be met upon your arrival in Cochin and transferred to your chosen hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 02 :
Cochin's half day of sight seeing includes Cochin Harbour terminus where the Chinese fishing nets present a wonderful sight; Mattancherry Dutch Palace; The Jewish Synagogue and St. Francis Church (built in 1510 Vasco Da Gama was originally buried here). Later visit the Hill Palace which was built in the 19th century by the Raja of Kochi, the Kochi province was ruled from here. Later you will be collected for a Kathakali Dance Show.
DAY 03 :
(85 kms / 02 hrs) :
This morning drive to the tranquility of Kumarakom where you check in to your chosen retreat and enjoy the remainder of the day discovering nature's beauty at your own pace.
DAY 04 :
Day at leisure in Kumarakom - a charming emerald peninsula jutting into Lake Vembanad whose waters run into the mainland making a labyrinth of lagoons, brooks, canals and waterways. Set out to explore the area and enjoy the spectacular flora and fauna or relax in your hotel and treat yourself to delicious Keralan cuisine and pampering treatments.
DAY 05 :
Board your private house boat for an overnight stay. This cruise along the beautiful backwater canals of Kerala is a highlight for most travellers. The converted rice barges or "Kettuvallams" sail along shallow, palm-fringed lakes and narrow canals where coconut and cashew are loaded onto dugouts. You pass villages built on narrow spits of land, stopping to visit local markets by bullock-cart, or to marvel at craftsmen engaged in centuries-old boat-making traditions. The boats offer one or two cabins with a small sitting room and a crew of 2 staff and a chef. Onboard the cuisine is authentic Kerala cuisine, purchased fresh along the way. For most of the journey, the boat is poled, sailing only between dawn and dusk. Although the accommodation on board is basic, this is an unforgettable experience.
DAY 06 :
(150 kms / 03 hrs) :
Disembark your houseboat at Alleppey and drive to Kovalam, one of India's internationally renowned beaches - with its sheltered natural bay, azure blue waters and a spread of green palm groves it is a tropical paradise. On arrival, you will be delivered to your Kovalam hotel for a 3 night stay. The remainder of the day is free so that you can relax and enjoy the sandy beaches of Kovalam.
DAY 07 :
A day in Kovalam to be as relaxed or as active (in the water sports department) as you like, be sure to try some local seafood specialties and perhaps indulge in another aryurvedic treatment. Overnight in Kovalam.
DAY 08 :
A last night in paradise, take it easy before the long journey home and the return to 'real' life. Overnight in Kovalam.
DAY 09 :
(20 kms) :
Morning after breakfast transfer to Trivandrum, board the flight to onward destination.
|Cochin||Trident||Taj Malabar||Bruton Boatyard|
|Kumarakom||Coconut Lagoon||Coconut Lagoon||K. Lake Resort|
|House Boat||Ac Deluxe Boat||Ac Deluxe Boat||Ac Deluxe Boat|
|Kovalam||Travancore Heritage||Taj Green Cove||Leela Kempinski|
Small supplements may apply for travel during the New Years Eve from 15 Dec to 15 Jan.