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Lose your breath at the natural paradise of Kerala. Sail the backwaters on a traditional houseboat, interact with elephants, explore colonial cities and relax in one of the best beaches in India.
Upon arrival at Cochin International airport, you will be provided assistance followed by transfer to the hotel.
A historical hub for spice trade, Cochin has always been one of the most cosmopolitan cities in India. Its distinct character features Arab, Jewish, Chinese and South East Asian influences, as well as the very important presence left by the Portuguese and the Dutch who controlled this enclave for many centuries.
Today we will start our grand adventure in Kerala with a half-day city tour of Cochin. We will learn of the old days of the city making stops at its colonial landmarks including the Dutch Palace at Mattancherry, the Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica, apart from the iconic Chinese fishing nets .
You will spend a cultural evening attending a fascinating Kathakali performance, an ancient fusion of dance and drama that is one of South India's most elaborate forms of art. Kathakali presentations feature hypnotizing performers with elaborate make up and colorful dresses recreating the legends of the Hindu epics.
After breakfast we will drive to the lush hills of Thekkady to visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Periyar is South India's most popular nature reserve and is home to bisons, antelopes, samber, wild boars, monkeys, a rich birdlife and most importantly, elephants. After arriving at Periyar we will have plenty of time to unwind at the lush surrounds of the resort.
In the afternoon we will learn why Kerala is known as "India's spice garden" with a spice plantation tour. We will learn how pepper, cardamom, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and many other spices are grown and processed.
|Cochin → Periyar||155 km||3h 30min|
Today we will have a nature walk in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, a great chance to watch birds, butterflies and other small species within the park. The walk lasts about 3 hours, its not challenging and suitable for people of all ages. (Provided by Park Authority, you may have to share this activity with other people).
In the afternoon we will spend some time with the elephants of the reserve. We will go on an elephant safari through coffee, cardamom and pepper plantations for 30 min, we will then participate in the washing of the elephants for 30 min and finally feed them for another 30 min.
In the evening we will soak in the traditions and cultural diveristy of Kerala witnessing a tribal dance of the Irular ethnic group. The Irular live by a unique combination of animist and Hindu beliefs and their dances involve the entire community, including men, women and children.
After breakfast we will drive to Kumarakom, located deep inside the backwaters of Kerala. After checkin in at the hotel, you will have the rest of the day at leisure to relax at the resort.
In the evening we will enjoy a sunset cruise on Vembandu Lake (shared with other passengers). Cruise along this stunning lake and venture into narrow canals that criss-cross typical Kerala villages, green paddy fields and verdant coconut trees. The cruise on the motor boat takes you to small islets tucked away from civilization where you will get unique glimpses of its serene village life.
|Periyar → Kumarakom||120 km||3h|
We will devote this day to relaxing at the resort and perhaps indulging in one of its Ayurvedic therapies (not
included). Regarded as the medical practice of Hinduism,
Ayurveda looks at health as a combination and balance among mind, body and soul. Choose
from a range of wellness treatments including rejuvenation, stress management, spine care
and body purification programmes, as well as Ayurvedic massage or sessions of yoga and
Today you will live the quintessential Keralan experience with a cruise around the backwaters from the comfort of a traditional houseboat.
Kettuvalam boats have been the means of transport of this region for centuries along the iconic backwaters of Kerala, a 1500km-long network of lagoons and lakes connected by atmospheric canals unique in its kind, with charming villages fringed by an overflow of tropical palm trees. During your exploration you will have the chance of admiring the astonishing birdlife of the backwaters, quaint riverside villages and local gastronomy set on idyllic natural settings.
Overnight at the houseboat.
|Kumarakom → Alleppey|
After disembarking, pick up from the jetty point and drive to Marari Resort. Rest of the day is free for individual leisure activities without car and driver.
Tucked away from the famed backwaters, Marari Beach remains a well-kept secret along the Kerala coast and is the perfect destination for those looking for a hidden paradise of deserted beaches. Lose track of time and spend the next few days relaxing at the golden sands of its immense beaches.
|Alleppey → Marari||15 km||30min|
After breakfast, free days at the Marari Resort without car and driver.
After a breakfast, drive to Cochin International airport to connect with your departure flight.
|Marari → Cochin||45 km||1h|
|Prices per person||2 pax|
Double Sharing Basis
Double Sharing Basis
|16 Apr 2018 - 30 Sep 2018||$1638||$1540|
|1 Oct 2018 - 15 Apr 2019||$2881||$2788|
We had a great trip, thank you all for the attention to detail. We had a small group that you took great care to assure our experience was 5* and first rate. The entire journey was a vibrant assault to the senses throughout. We will definitely recommend your services to our friends and fellow travelers.
Everything has been excellent. It is one of our best trips. If we come back we will be with you.
Everything was excellent. The staff was professional. It was an amazing experience. The level of details was exceptional. I will ""with pleasure"" be a reference. Thank you for creating a memorable experience. I will be back.
It was a first class experience, truly exceptional service, always great. The tour briefing was thorough and very helpful. Staff was very professional, efficient and courteous. Thanks for arranging Glutton free meals for us.