Kerala Holidays, Kerala Backwaters
 

Kerala Holidays

Duration of Kerala holiday package 8 Days

Destinations - Cochin, Kumarakom, Kerala Backwaters, and Marari beach.


An 8 day Kerala holiday, taking in a number of Kerala’s highlights. The holiday begins in Cochin, Kerala’s gateway city famous for it’s Anglo – Dutch architecture, goes on to Kumarakom, the gateway to the Kerala backwaters, includes a night spent on an Houseboat cruising an experience the backwaters, before going on to the unspoiltMarari beach.


Day 01: - Arrive Cochin, India

Your Kerala holiday will begin with an arrival into Cochin International Airport.

Cochin: - Cochin , or Kochi as it is now called is a Harbour city , and for centuries as acted as a trading Port for spices, silks, ivory and sandalwood . Cochin became the first Port of call for the Arabs, and the city has often been called the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Cochin is now a modern fast paced gateway city , frequented by tourists from all over the world for it’s rich cultural heritage. The city of Cochin, particularly the Fort Cochin area has magnificent examples of Dutch and Portugese architecture. Cochin offers visitors Forts, palaces, museums, old churches, cool backwaters; palm fringed lagoons, beaches and the practicality of a contemporary metro.

Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, you are met by our representative who will present you with a welcome pack including all necessary documentation and arrange for your transfer to the Brunton Boatyard hotel. A spacious and elegant hotel, built on the site of a boatyard, with expansive views over the Cochin waterfront – the Brunton is excellently located – right in the heart of Fort Cochin, within walking distance to most of Fort Cochins attractions. The old-world charm and well appointed rooms are complemented by a large sparkling pool, courteous staff and excellent Keralan cooking. Most of its rooms are sea facing. Most travelers find the location of the Brunton Boatyard as an excellent starting point for holiday in Kerala.

No activity is scheduled today, since most of the International flights arrive into India close to midnight only.

Overnight at the Hotel.

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Day 02: - Cochin

Half day of sightseeing in Cochin, includes a visit to Fort Cochin – the culturally rich historic part of the city, and in old times home to a unique community of Eurasians, commonly known as "Anglo-Indians". The architecture all around Fort Cochin is very definitely, European with beautiful houses built by rich British and Dutch traders.

You also visit the Mattancherry Palace - also known as the Dutch Palace, built by the Portugese , as a gift to the Raja of Cochin, St. Francis Church - a Protestant church , considered to the India’s oldest European Church, built by the Portuguese in 1510 A.D. This is where, the explorer Vasco Da Gama was buried originally and the Jewish synagogue – dating back to 1568 A.D. Your tour ends with a visit to the Harbour near the Vasco Da Gama Square, where you will see Cochin’s most photographed spectacle, of the fishermen hoisting their catch from the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets.

Your evening tour includes a Kathakali dance performance at a local theatre. Kathakali is a traditional dance form, depicting Indian epics (Ramayana and Mahabharata). The dancers are dressed in very colorful and elaborate costumes. Their faces are painted to depict various characters of the se epics. This dance has a lot of facial expressions and brisk, yet articulate body movements.

Overnight at the Hotel.

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Day 03: - Cochin - Kumarakom - Houseboat

This morning you drive to Kumarakom (70 kms/1 ½ hrs.) and upon arrival in Kumarakom transfer to jetty to board Houseboat.

House Boat – A highlight of any holiday in Kerala, is a night spent on the Kerala backwaters, onboard a houseboat, or a rice barge. These converted rice barges or "Kettuvallams" sail along shallow, palm-fringed lakes and narrow canals where coconut and cashew is loaded onto dugouts. While cruising the Kerala backwaters, you pass villages built on narrow spits of land, stopping to visit local markets, or to marvel at craftsmen engaged in centuries-old boat-making tradition. The boats offer one or two cabins with a small sitting room and a crew of 2 staff and a chef. The food is authentic Kerala cuisine, purchased fresh along the way. Although the accommodation on board is basic, this is an unforgettable experience.

Overnight onboard Houseboat.

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Day 04: - Houseboat - Kumarakom

After breakfast disembark the Houseboat in Kumarakom.

Kumarakom: The enchanting backwater destination of Kumarakom is a small village that is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerela. Kumarkom strengthens Kerala’s reputation for being God’s own country with its unbelievably beautiful mangrove forests, coconut groves and emerald green paddy fields interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with while lillies. The Kumarakom Bird sanctuary spread across 14 acres, is any ornithologist's paradise. Kumarakom is perfect for a lazy and laid back holiday, with it’s picturesque views of the Kerala Backwaters, it’s famous Ayurvedic Spa’s, it’s fishing and canoeing opportunities.

Upon arrival check-in to the Coconut Lagoon Resort. Situated on the shores of Lake Vembanad, the Coconut Lagoon is an authentic experience of Kerala and its backwaters . The hotel combines traditional culture and architecture with modern facilities and good service. One of the attractions of this resort s the fact that it can only be accessed by boat . Accomodation here is in traditional Kerala Bungalows and Mansions, some with open-air showers.

Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the Nature’s beauty on your own.

Overnight at the Resort.

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Day 05: - Kumarakom - Marari

This morning you drive to Marari (50 kms/01 hr.)

Marari is one of the local fishing villages, where life still goes on as if a hundred years ago. Marari offers endless miles of superb sandy beaches backed by swaying palms. Virgin territory where you can experience the local charm and traditional Keralan hospitality at it's best. Guest can also visit traditional coir-making units or explore the marvelous backwaters nearby.

Upon arrival check-in to the Marari Beach Resort. Located about an hours drive from Cochin, the Marari Beach Resort, is spread across 55 acres of Coconut plantations and beach front. Accommodation is in traditional Keralan style cottages, some with private pools. At the centre of the Resort, there is a large swimming pool, and other leisure facilities here include an Ayurvedic spa, a full size Tennis Court etc.

Rest of the day at leisure to relax.

Overnight at the Resort.

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Day 06: - Marari

Day at leisure. Overnight at the Resort.

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Day 07: - Marari

Day at leisure. Overnight at the Resort.

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Day 08 : - Marari - Cochin and Depart

Your Kerala holiday ends with a transfer back to Cochin International airport (60 kms / 1 hr), in time for your flight home. It is ofcourse possible to extend your Kerala beach holiday, and spend a few more nights at the Marari Beach Resort, or elsewhere in this tropical state.

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Package Rates

All prices are per person and in US Dollars -


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Valid from 01st May’’2015 till 30th Sep’2015

Valid from 01st Oct’2015 till 30th Apr’2016

 
Land Cost Usd 658 per person Usd 1522 per person Book Now

Note - * Small supplements may apply for travel between 20th December'2015 and 05th January'2016 and during the month of February2016.

Inclusions:-

#   Accommodation on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis (except onboard houseboat where all meals are included) as mentioned in the itinerary.
#   Arrival-departure transfers and land transportation exactly as per itinerary using an aircon Car.
#  Sightseeing tours alongwith a local English Speaking Guide and including entrance fee to monuments exactly as per itinerary.

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