BACKWATERS OF KERALA

8d

Cochin – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Kovalam – Trivandrum

BACKWATERS OF KERALA
Places

Cochin – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Kovalam – Trivandrum

Duration
8d
Region
South India
Experience
Beach

Tour Itinerary

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DAY 01
ARRIVE COCHIN
DAY 02
COCHIN
DAY 03
COCHIN – KUMARAKOM (70 KMS / 1.5 HRS)
DAY 04
KUMARAKOM – ALLEPPEY (40KMS / 1HR)
DAY 05
ALLEPPEY – KOVALAM (180KMS / 05HRS)
DAY 06 - 07
KOVALAM
DAY 08:
KOVALAM - TRIVANDRUM DEPART

DAY 01

ARRIVE COCHIN

Upon arrival in Cochin, you will be met and assisted by Splendour Holidays representative and transferred to the hotel for check in.

Cochin (Kochi) is spread across islands and promontories in a stunning location between the Arabian Sea and the Backwaters. The city was founded in 1341 AD, when a flood created a natural safe port, which became the principal harbour for Malabar Coast’s spice trade. Cochin was on the main trade route between Europe and China. The rulers invited people of various religions to settle here, attracting the Jews and the Christians who built places of worship and their own communities.

Rest of the day to explore the place on your own

Later in the evening, visit a Kathakali dance show (optional).

Kathakali is a highly stylized classical Indian dance drama noted for its attractive make-up of characters, their elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion

Overnight stay at the hotel


DAY 02

COCHIN

Breakfast at the hotel.

Later take a short tour of Cochin.

Cochin City Tour includes St. Francis Church, which is the oldest European church on Indian soil. After that, visit The Jewish Synagogue, which dates back to the 17th century and has pretty patterned floor tiles that were brought in from China. The Synagogue and Jewish Town in Mattancherry is home to the 20 odd Jews who still live in India, mostly old timers, they chose to stay on even after the creation of Israel. Lastly, visit the Chinese fishing nets resting on their cantilevered stands along the waters. The technique came from Kubla Khan’s court and till date serves the purpose for catching fresh water fish in large quantities.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay at the hotel


DAY 03

COCHIN – KUMARAKOM (70 KMS / 1.5 HRS)

After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Kumarakom

On arrival, check in at the hotel

Kumarakom is an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves, interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals, adorned with white lilies. Situated on the Vembanad Lake, this small water world offers plenty of traditional country crafts, boats and canoes that will take you into the heart of the scenic lake.

Later, proceed for a day cruise on the Houseboat. Sail along the tranquil backwaters and enjoy the village scenes along the canals.

Rest of the day at leisure.

In the evening, return back to the hotel. Overnight stay at Kumarakom


DAY 04

KUMARAKOM – ALLEPPEY (40KMS / 1HR)

After leisurely breakfast, you will be transferred to a Houseboat in Alleppey for your backwater cruise. Sail along the tranquil backwaters and enjoy the village scenes along the canals. All meals will be served on the houseboat.

Overnight stay on a deluxe Houseboat (air conditioned).

Houseboats are popularly known as ‘Kettuvalloms’. Kettuvallom literally means 'stitched boat'. They are 70 foot long with a 30 tonnes capacity and are made with wooden planks joined and stitched together with Coconut ropes and painted with cashew nut oil. These Kettuvalloms were converted into houseboats and designed for comfortable cruise and overnight stay. The boat has two bath-attached rooms with modern comforts, a living cum dining room and a kitchen. Eco-friendly materials are used in the construction of the boat. A cook and a two-member crew would be there to attend you. The boat moves through the backwaters with village tours and at night the boat is anchored at a beautiful part of the lake


DAY 05

ALLEPPEY – KOVALAM (180KMS / 05HRS)

After a refreshing breakfast at the Houseboat, check out and drive to Kovalam

Upon arrival, check in to a hotel. The beach town of Kovalam ranks high among international tourists and is an ideal destination to feel the tropical sun and get that golden suntan. Water enthusiasts have a lot of beach activities to indulge in - kayaking, swimming, surfing and skiing. Occasionally walk into some of the certified massaging centers alongside the beach and pamper yourself with an exotic herbal, body-toning massage.

Overnight to be spent at the hotel


DAY 06 - 07

KOVALAM

Breakfast at the hotel

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Hotels in Kovalam


DAY 08:

KOVALAM - TRIVANDRUM DEPART

Breakfast at the hotel

Later, you will be transferred to the Trivandrum airport for your flight back home

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Handpicked hotels. Unbeatable Price

We handpick our hotels and have a long relationship with every one of them. This ensures that we get unbeatable prices on your hotel stays, bringing down the overall price of the tour. All tours offer a choice of accommdation between 3-star, 4-star, and 5-star hotels. Each hotel is rated highly on TripAdvisor by travellers around the world.

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Inclusions

  • Accommodation for 07 nights on Single /Twin/Triple room basis in the above mentioned hotels or similar.
  • Daily Breakfast at the hotel.
  • All Meals on the houseboat in Alleppey.
  • Meeting & Assistance on arrival/departure at Airport and Hotel by Splendour Holidays Representative.
  • Air-conditioned Vehicle for all airport transfers, sightseeing & intercity transfers.
  • Monument Entrance Fees
  • Local English speaking Guide as per the itinerary

Exclusions

  • Any early check in at hotels other than specified
  • Any extra meals not specified in the inclusions.
  • Any meals other than specified
  • Any rides / shows other than specified in the inclusions
  • Any international/domestic airfare other than specified.
  • Camera/Video Camera charges at monuments
  • Personal and health insurance coverage
  • Expenses of personal nature i.e. tip to driver, guides, hotel staff, telephone calls, laundry, room service, etc.
  • Any beverages during the meals. The same will be as per actual consumption, locally payable.
  • Any change in tax structure resulting from the hike in the published tariff

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