Places Covered: Cochin, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Alleppey
Day 1: Arrivalat Cochin
Upon arrival at the Cochin Airport/ train station our representative will cordially welcome you and transfer you by road to the hotel. In the afternoon you will be taken for an exciting sightseeing tour of Cochin. Cochin, popularly known as the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’, is the cosmopolitan commercial capital of Kerala. Cochin boasts of a rich historic legacy as a prime hub of trade and commerce dating from the pre-colonial times. Visit the 16th century Dutch palace with beautiful murals, the oldest Jewish Synagogue in the commonwealth countries, St. Francis Church – the oldest European church in India housing the tomb of Vasco Da Gama, and the 10 m high Chinese Fishing Nets dotting the Fort Cochin beach. Return for an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2:At Cochin – on to Thekkady
After an early morning breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Thekkady (200 km – 05 hr drive); on arrival check-in into hotel. Rest of the day is at your disposal to enjoy at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: At Thekkady
After a refreshing breakfast, embark on an exciting sightseeing tour of Thekkady. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, spread over 777 sq. km. including 360 sq. km of dense evergreen forest tract, is one of the most fascinating wildlife reserves in Kerala. Declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978, the sanctuary is noted for its geomorphology, abundance of wildlife and abounding scenic beauty. Optional activities including – Boating at Periyar Lake, Spice Plantation visit, Bamboo Rafting, Trekking and Elephant Ride, can be arranged at an extra cost. Return for an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4: At Thekkady–On to Kumarakom
After an early morning breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Kumarakom (170 km – 05 hr drive); on arrival check-in into hotel. Afternoon proceed for a sightseeing tour of Kumarakom – a vibrant backwater hamlet. Kumarakom is a prime backwater tourism destination in Kerala with 900 sq. km of sprawling backwaters. A surreal tropical paradise of emerald paddy fields, mangrove forests and lush coconut groves laced with a labyrinthine network of waterways and canals. Watch the enchanting beauty of Kumarakom unfold before your eyes as you glide through the backwaters in your canoe, motor boat or houseboat. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5:At Kumarakom –on to Alleppey (Houseboat)
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Alleppey (45 km – 1 ½ hr drive); on arrival check-in into luxury houseboat. Alleppey, known as the ‘Venice of the East’, is a district of immense natural beauty, with a vast network of lakes, lagoons, canals and freshwater rivers crisscrossing its terrain. Today, this backwater destination is famous for its boat races, beaches, marine products and coir industry. Enjoy a full day cruise along the scenic backwaters of Vembanad Lake. Overnight stay onboard the houseboat.
Day 6: At Alleppey – Cochin – Departure Transfer
After a sumptuous breakfast on-board, check-out from the houseboat and drive to Cochin Airport (85 km)/ train station for your onward journey.
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