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Colony, Backwaters & Beaches of Kerala

Package price per person sharing twin

Product Code : AGORA168

If you’re looking to spend your week in India fully unwinding, then look no further than the sunny, laid-back southern state of Kerala. Fly into Kochi and explore Fort Kochi, the old-town quarters famous for its cobblestoned lanes and Dutch, Portuguese, and Jewish heritage. From there, head to Alleppey, a Venetian-esque town built onto canals and streams known as the Keralan backwaters. If your idea of a good time involves a hammock and a steady supply of fresh coconuts, then look no further than Marari Beach, an stretch of sandy coastline where you’ll get a chance to see local fishermen in action as they haul in their catches of the day. Or head south to Kovalam, a sandy and shallow coast dotted with Ayurvedic spas.

 

Day 1; Arrive Kochi

On arrival at Kochi airport assistance and transfer to hotel. Kochi founded by Vasco-da-Gama in 1502, quickly developed into a principle port and the center of the spice trade on the Malabar Coast. A picturesque town of dilapidated buildings, vibrant bougainvillea and a languid palm-fringed harbour, Portuguese, Dutch and British settlers have all influenced this charming city. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 2; Kochi

Breakfast at hotel. Smell of the seawater and fish, hung over nets and locals on the beach – today we explore the Fort Kochi. Starting on foot, begin the day at the church of St Francis, the oldest European church in India, then walk to the town’s waterfront – site of the iconic Chinese fishing nets and the many fish stalls. Later visit Mattancherry Palace, which was built by the Portuguese in 1557 as a gift to the Raja of Kochi, and the town’s fine synagogue. The area here is also known for its many antique and souvenir shops. End the day with a mesmeric sunset cruise around the bustling harbour. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 3; Kochi - Alleppey (60Kms/ 1.3hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel, drive to Alleppey the Kerala backwaters to join a private houseboat for a night cruise. Authentic and comfortable, all meals are cooked on board and the boat is staffed with a captain, a deck hand and a cook. Spend the remainder of day cruising the picturesque and peaceful backwaters.

Explore the backwaters that entails a network of lakes, coconut shaded canals and estuaries – tiled and thatched cottages bright with hibiscus dot the embankments and the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets hung over the water’s edge. Witness local life with children swimming and playing in the water, women attending to their daily chores and men fishing from their canoes. Lunch, dinner & overnight in houseboat.

 

Day 4; Alleppey - Mararikulam (20kms/ 30min approx) or Kovalam (160kms/ (3hrs approx)

After breakfast disembark houseboat and drive to Marari and check in at a Beach Resort for a three-night stay. Rest time free and easy to relax on the beach. Overnight at beach resort.

 

Day 5; Mararikulam/ Kovalam

Breakfast at hotel, day free and easy to relax on the beach and connect with yourself. Overnight at beach resort.

 

Day 6; Mararikulam / Kovalam
Breakfast at hotel, day free and easy to relax on the beach and connect with yourself. Overnight at beach resort.

 

Day 7; Mararikulam - Kochi (75kms/ 2hrs approx) or Kovalam - Trivandrum (16kms/ 30min)
Breakfast at hotel. As per your flight schedule transfer to Kochi or Trivandrum Airport to board flight for onward destination.

Garland welcome and assistance on arrival at airport

6-Nights / 7-Days accommodation in offered hotels or similar (standard room)

Daily breakfast at hotel in each package price

Accommodation in Alleppey Houseboat includes all meals

Deluxe Air-conditioned private vehicle with English speaking chauffeur as per tour program.

Monuments Entrances of sightseeing places mentioned in the itinerary (almost all places of tourist interest are included in our itinerary)

Government licensed English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city).

Applicable GST (government taxes).

 

Hotels used or similar for 6 nights accommodation 

 

Cochin x 2 nights
3* - The Dune Hotel/ Abad Plaza
4* - Casino Hotel/ The Avenue Regent
5* - Xandari Harbour/ Le Meridien

Alleppey x 1 night
3* - Deluxe Houseboat
4* - Premium Houseboat
5* - Luxury Houseboat

Marari x 3 nights
3* - EL Oceano Beach Villas/ La Plage Marari
4* - Abad Turtle Beach Resort/ Marari Sands Beach Resort
5* - Xandari Pearl/ Marari Beach Resort

Or

Kovalam x 3 nights
3* - Harmonia Beach Resort/ Sagara Beach Resort
4* - Estuary Island Resort/Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel
5* - Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove/ The Leela Kovalam Beach

Any air fare

Main Meals, Lunch or dinner unless mentioned

Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.

Or anything not mentioned above.

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