Cochin * Thekkady * Kumarakom * Houseboat * Cochin
Day 1 - Arrive Cochin [International Flight]
You will arrive today at Cochin Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a Concept Tours representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you would be transferred to your hotel.
Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be accorded with a Traditional Welcome. The warmth of Indian hospitality and the custom of welcoming guests is as old as time itself. As you step into the hotel, ladies in traditional local costumes greet you with garlands of flowers and perform the "aarti" ceremony. After having your forehead anointed with the traditional red "tikka", relax with a non alcoholic welcome drink.
Rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities.
Day 2- Cochin
Post breakfast you will proceed for the sightseeing tour of the Harbour City – Cochin.
Your city tour will begin with the visit to Mattancherry and visit the oldest Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Fridays Saturdays & All the Jewish holidays) in India, built in 1568; it was destroyed by the Portuguese and rebuilt by the Dutch a century later. You will also visit The Dutch Palace (Closed on Fridays) - which was built in 1555 and its coronation hall and murals at Ramayana are noteworthy features. Your next stop will be St. Francis Church, originally named after Santo Antonio and dedicated to him as the Patron Saint of Portugal, St. Francis Church is the first church to have been in the new European influenced tradition. Originally a wooden building was replaced by the present stone building. Vasco De Gamma died on the site in 1524 and was originally buried in the cemetery. 14 years later his body was removed to Portugal. The church was renamed St. Francis in 1663.
In the evening, you will be taken to a Kathakali dance centre where you will witness the most elaborate of the dance forms in southern India. Here you will witness the artists readying themselves up with the make up for the final performance. Kerala owes its transnational fame to this nearly 300 years old classical dance form, which combines facets of ballet, opera, masque and the pantomime. It is said to have evolved from other performing arts like Kootiyattam, Krishnanattam and Kalarippayattu. Kathakali explicates ideas and stories from the Indian epics and Puranas. Presented in the temple precincts after dusk falls Kathakali is heralded by the Kelikottu or the beating of drums in accompaniment of the Chengila (gong).
Day 3 - Cochin - Thekkady [Surface: 185 Kms / 5 Hours]
Morning drive from Cochin to Thekkady, upon arrival check-in at hotel. Later in the afternoon proceed for boat ride in Lake Periyar. The Periyar Lake lies at the heart of the sanctuary, which is a veritable paradise for all wildlife lovers. Situated within the boundaries of the Western Ghats in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world. Periyar is a park where one can witness playful pachyderms roaming freely with their family and friends, whose population is currently around 800. The population of tigers is also increasing appreciably. The landscape varies from hilly to flat grassland areas at the edges of the lakes. The vegetation is of moist deciduous type.
Day 4 - Thekkady - Kumarakom [Surface: 185 Kms / 5 Hours]
Morning you will driven from Thekkady to Kumarakom. Upon arrival proceed to check in at your hotel.
Remaining day is free for relaxation. Lie in a hammock on this lakeshore, and allow your senses to possess you. Before you is a great Vembanad Lake, rippling under the vault of an impossibly large sky.
Sunlight sparkles on her waters, tearing the reflection of a passing houseboat into crystal shards. Darter birds go about their fishy business. You relax in Peace. Of course there is peace here, but not silence. Silence is not nature's way. And the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary next door is full of raucous neighbors. You sway a little, and the image changes; to a timber and tile mansion that seems to belong to this earth, but to another time. If you left the comfort of your hammock for a closer look, you'd see that it is authentic reconstruction.
Houseboats are also known as the "Ketuvallam" or the Rice Boat. Ketuvallam ride can be the most romantic ride you can ever have with a night halt in the middle of the lake Vembanad Lake/canal. A backwater comprises of a unique web of rivers, lakes, bays, lagoons and canals extending into the villages and town of the city. Backwaters are a central part of Kerala's Tourism Synopsis, making an absolute cruiser through the twisting and meandering water streams. This backwater journey through the narrow canals crossing exquisite villages of Kerala, embellished with lush green paddy fields, tall coconut grooves makes it a most spellbinding site.
Enjoy your lunch on board houseboat.
After lunch day will be free to relax on board houseboat & experience the tranquility of backwaters. Overnight on board houseboat
Day 6 - Alleppey - Cochin [Surface:65Kms / 1 & 1/2 Hrs]
Morning onboard you will disembark from the houseboat & you will be transferred to Cochin airport to board the flight for onward destination.
~ End of Tour ~
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■ 05 Nights accommodation on twin sharing basis at the hotels.
■ Daily breakfast only.
■ All transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary by Ac Toyota Innova Car / Ac Tempo Traveller.
■ Boat-ride in Lake Periyar along with Forest Entry Fee.
■ Entrance fee at the monuments (one time visit only) as mentioned in the Itinerary.
■ Services of local English speaking Guide shall be provided for sightseeing as per itinerary.
■ Kathakali Dance Show in Cochin.
■ Concept Tours representative for assistance during arrival & departure transfers.
■ All currently applicable taxes.
Cost Does Not Include:
■ Expenses of personal nature like Room service, telephone charges, mini bar, gratuities, tips.
■ Airfare or airport taxes
■ Any Lunch or Dinner
■ Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
■ Insurance of any kind.
■ Any item not specified under ‘cost includes’.
■ Our prices are not valid for any period other than mentioned above.
■ Prices are subject to change with any increase in the cost.
■ Rates include only those items specified in your itinerary.
■ In case of any currency fluctuation & any amendment in local Government taxes, or
any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly.
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