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Highlights: Cochin - Periyar - Kumarakom - House boat - Marari
Cochin - Radisson
Periyar - The Elephant Court
Kumarakom - Lake Song
Backwaters - Houseboat
Marari - Abad Turtle Day 01 - London Heathrow to Dubai by flight EK-02:1340-#0040 Hrs Day 02 - Dubai to Cochin by flight EK-530:0245-0805 Hrs
0805 Hrs: Arrive Cochin airport
Upon arrival at Cochin airport welcome, meet and assist by our representative and transfer to Hotel
Cochin, also known as Kochi, - the Gateway to Kerala.
Cochin has been a port since 1341, when a flood carved out its harbour and opened it up to Arab, Chinese and European merchants. It became an important part of the spice-trading route on the Arabian Sea where Vasco D Gama landed in 1498.
Overnight stay at Hotel Day 03 - Cochin
After breakfast city tour of Cochin visiting the Dutch Palace (Closed on Friday) – The place has a fine collection of mural paintings depicting the scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharata & Ramayana, Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Friday & Saturday) – the oldest synagogue in the world is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers, was built in 1568. St. Francis Church: is the oldest church built by Europeans in India & Huge, elegant Chinese fishing nets that line the tip of Fort Kochi.
Evening you will Witness the Kathakali Dance Show.
Kathakali is the classical dance-drama of Kerala dates from the 17th century. Kathakali recitals are drama and are danced with elaborate mask s and costumes. They are emotive and narrative, while other dance forms have either one of them. The dancers use their stunning costumes and make-up, with the accompaniment of drums and vocalists, to create various moods and emotions.
Overnight stay at Hotel Day 04 - Cochin to Periyar by surface (Approx. 195 Kms, 5 Hrs)
After breakfast drive to Periyar - The scenic drive takes you through green hills with forests, plantations of tea, spices and rubber, streams and waterfalls.
Upon arrival at Periyar, check in at Hotel
Overnight stay at Hotel Day 05 - Periyar
In the morning take a boat ride on the lake in the Periyar National Park, a ‘Project Tiger’ reserve. A boat ride is the only way to observe closely the giant of Periyar – Elephants and Gaurs (The giant Indian Bison) without disturbing them on their way (Subject to availability)
After breakfast you can enjoy the program provided at the Elephant Camp at Periyar, you can experience the activities such as Elephant bathing, feeding, timber dragging.
In the afternoon visit plantations of tea, cardamom, and pepper
Overnight stay at Hotel Day 06 - Periyar to Kumarakom by surface (Approx. 145 Kms, 3-4 Hrs)
After breakfast check out from Hotel and drive from Periyar to Kumarakom
Upon arrival at Kumarakom, check in at Hotel
Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at Hotel Day 07- Kumarakom
Day at leisure to explore backwaters at your own pace and Overnight stay at Hotel Day 08 - Backwaters
Breakfast at Hotel
1100 Hrs: Standard check out time
Transfer to boat jetty to embark houseboat – The Kettuvallam - the typical House Boats. Houseboats are traditional country boats, which used to carry tons of cargo in the backwater region in ancient times, have now been converted with one or two bed rooms with attached bath, kitchenette and a sitting area. (Lunch and Dinner)
Overnight on board Day 09 - Alleppey to Marari by surface
After breakfast disembark houseboat and drive to Marari Beach is barely town, this sleepy little village (also called Mararikulam), is an idyllic location for a vacation.
Upon arrival at Mararikulam, check in at hotel
Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at hotel Day 10 - Marari
Day at leisure and Overnight stay at Hotel Day 11 - Marari to Cochin by surface
Cochin to Dubai by flight EK-531:0940-1210 Hrs
Dubai to London Heathrow by flight EK-05:1605-2000 Hrs
Transfer to Cochin airport in time to board flight for London Heathrow via Dubai