Mystical Backwaters & Kerala Ayurvedic Tour

Place Covered

Arrive Cochin, Thekkady (Periyar), Kumarakom, Mararikulam, Alleppey , Cochin & Departure

You will experience

  • Heritage
  • Adventure
  • Nature
  • Wellness
  • Relaxation
  • Education
  • Wildlife

Mystical Backwaters & Kerala Ayurvedic Tour


DAY PLACE HIGHLIGHTS
2 Cochin Jewish Synagogue, The Dutch Palace, St. Francis Church.
3-4 Thekkady Spice plantation visit, boat ride on Lake Periyar to wildlife.
6 Kumarakom Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

When To Go

Jan30%
Feb30%
Mar30%
Apr30%
May30%
Jun30%
Jul30%
Aug30%
Sep30%
Oct30%
Nov30%
Dec30%

Glorious beaches, jungles filled with wildlife, teeming backwaters and exotic costumed temple dramas – Kerala ticks just about every box. Its lush beauty is simply a complement to its rich traditions, legends and culture. The densely populated backwaters area forms a distinctive tropical environment, its tangled Canals, rivulets and lakes screened from the main transport routes of the coastal strip by a wall of intense greenery. A fleet of converted rice boats cruise these idyllic waterways, allowing you to explore the region in great comfort and style from towns such as Kollam and Alappuzha. The backwaters peter out as they approach Kerala’s biggest city,Kochi (formerly Cochin), a sprawling metropolis divided between modern Ernakulam on the mainland, and the historic district of Fort Cochin across the water. Lined by some of India’s oldest colonial buildings, the fort’s narrow streets are packed with visitors from all over the world, just as they were 400 years ago, when they formed the hub of India’s maritime spice trade.

Day 1 ARRIVAL COCHIN

cochin

Meeting assistance at Cochin Airport later transfer to your hotel. Evening sunset cruise. Overnight stay at Cochin.


Day 2 COCHIN

Chinese-Fishing-nets-kochi

AM Half day sightseeing of Cochin including Asia’s best preserved Synagogue, The Dutch Palace and the oldest European Church in India the St. Francis Church where Vasco Da Gama was originally buried. A leisurely walk through the Fort Cochin area which gives you a close look at the operation of the huge cantilevered Chinese fishing nets introduced by Chinese traders which is still used in Kerala backwaters as a traditional way of fishing. PM at leisure. Overnight stay at Cochin


Day 3 COCHIN / THEKKADY (approx 190 Kms / 4 hrs)

Periyar4
After breakfast, drive to Periyar / Thekkady through the delightful Cardamom Hills. Thekkady has one of the world’s most fascinating natural wildlife reserves noted for its geography, diverse wildlife and scenic beauty. On arrival, check-in to your hotel. PM: Spice plantation visit. Overnight stay at Thekkady.


Day 4 THEKKADY

Periyar3
Early morning boat cruise around the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, where one can have a unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. (Wildlife viewing is always dependent on one’s good fortune). Later day at leisure for own activities.
(Optional activities : Ayurvedic Massage, Bamboo Rafting, Nature Walk, Elephant Ride etc…). Overnight stay at Thekkady.


Day 5 THEKKADY / KUMARAKOM (Approx 145 Kms / 3.5Hr)

Kumarkom-backwaters
After breakfast check-out from hotel and drive to Kumarakom. On arrival check in at hotel. PM free for independent activities. Overnight stay at Kumarakom
Kerala is best known for its backwaters and an extensive portion of Kumarakom’s beauty lies in the panoramic stretches of palm-fringed backwaters.


Day 6 KUMARAKOM

kumarakom

Explore the majesty of Kumarakom today.
Enjoy a boat cruise in the stretches of Kumarakom backwaters laced with coconut trees. Later, visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary on the banks of the Vembanad Lake. The sanctuary is home to an amazing variety of birds. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 7 KUMARAKOM / MARARIKULAM (40 Kms / 01 Hrs)

Marari_Beach_Fisherman

After breakfast drive to Mararikulam. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 8 MARARIKULAM

MARARIKULAM

Day free to relax on the beach. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 9 MARARIKULAM

Marari_Beach2

Day free to relax on the beach. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 10 MARARIKULAM / ALLEPPEY (HOUSEBOAT)

MARARIKULAM-beach

After breakfast free at hotel. At 1200 hrs. board your exclusive ethnic houseboat for overnight cruise to Alleppey. Overnight on Houseboat. This cruise is designed to give one a fascinating insight into the life of Kerala Backwater Villages. As your boat glides along the backwaters one can see the daily life in the backwater villages on narrow strips of land, fisherman fishing, children swimming & playing in the water, women doing their daily chores, mobile shops in tiny canoes, the cultivation of paddy and its harvesting (during harvest season) huge country barges ferrying the coconuts, rice, coir etc., people traveling to the mainland for work and numerous small market places, tiny temples & churches etc.


Day 11 ALLEPPEY / COCHIN (65 Kms / 1.5 hrs) & Departure

ALLEPPEY

After breakfast continue cruise to Alleppy. On arrival disembark and drive to Cochin airport to board your flight to back Home.

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