South Indian- Kerala Backwater Tour - 9 days

South Indian- Kerala Backwater Tour - 9 days

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.

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.

Day 01: Cochin (Arrival)

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 02: Cochin

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 03: Thekkady

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. Overnight stay.

Day 04: Thekkady

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. Overnight stay.

Day 05: Thekkady– Alleppey

After breakfast 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. Overnight stay at houseboat.

Day 06: Alleppey - Kovalam

After breakfast at houseboat you will be driven to Kovalam, arrive and check-in to the hotel.Overnight stay.

Day 07-08: Kovalam

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. Overnight stay at houseboat.

Day 09: Kovalam - Trivandrum

Today you will be transferred to the Trivandrum airport to board on flight for onward destination.

Cost:

1 person:      US$  990 per person

2-5 person:   US$  865 per person 

6-9 person:   US$  725 per person

10-15 person US$  710 per person

SGL supplement: US$ 125

 

Cost Includes:-

01. 07 nights hotel accommodation using 4 star Hotel , 01 night houseboat accommodation on twin sharing in standard category of room;

02. Daily breakfast at hotel; houseboat on all meal;

03. All transfers; intercity travel; sightseeing tour will be arranged by air conditioned vehicle;

04. Local English speaking guide during sightseeing tour in Cochin;

05. All currently applicable taxes

Quote does not Include:-

01. Any airfare; visa fees; driver/guide gratitude; Monument Entrance fees;

02. Any personal nature expense, major meals, laundry, camera/video camera fees at monuments; mini bar, beverages, alcohol, table drinks etc.

03. Any other services not mentioned under “Quote includes” head

 

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