Highlights: Cochin - Kumarakom - Backwaters - Madurai - Chennai
Enjoy England v/s India test match during your stay. Match tickets can be organised by us with supplement price.
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7th December\'16 Wed
London Heathrow to Dubai by flight EK-2:1335-#0035 hrs
8th December\'16 Thu
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 transer to hotel
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Kochi includes a visit to the Dutch Palace and Synagogue. En route see the famous Chinese fishing nets.
In the evening enjoy a Kathakali dance show.
9th December\'16 Fri
Cochin to Kumarakom by surface (approx, 65 kms, 2 hrs)
You’ll leave just after breakfast, driving back down to the coast and the melodically named town of Kumarakom on the banks of lake Vembanad.
Upon arrival at Kumarakom, check in at hotel
10th December\'16 Sat, Kumarakom
Breakfast at hotel
1200 standard check out time
Transfer to boat jetty to embark houseboat
The Kerala backwaters consist of a complex network of lagoons, lakes, and canals. These are best experienced while slowly punting down the labyrinth of canals in a traditional thatch-roofed houseboat, known as ‘kettuvallam’. Embark on your houseboat, a renovated cargo boat with either one or two bedrooms, kitchenette and all modern conveniences. A 3 member crew will cater for your comforts and meals. See life on the banks, lush green rice fields, and coconut groves with occasional temple or church as you cruise through the canals. An experience you will savour for a long time.
11th December\'16 Sun
Kumarakom to Thekkady by surface (approx. 145 kms, 4 hrs)
After breakfast disembark houseboat and take a scenic drive through tea and spice plantations and blue hills and arrive at Periyar for a 2-night stay
12th December\'16 Mon, Thekkady (Periyar)
During the morning take a two-hour boat safari on the mist-shrouded lake, which offers excellent opportunities for spotting wildlife, especially herds of elephants.
Afternoon visit the tea, cardamom, pepper and coffee plantations that surround the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
13th December\'16 Tue
Thekkady (Periyar) to Madurai by surface (approx. 150 kms, 3-4 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Madurai, the most sacred pilgrim town of South India.
In the evening witness the prayer ceremony at Meenakshi Temple, an outstanding example of the Vijayanagar temple architecture. Overnight in Madurai.
14th December\'16 Wed, Madurai
Day at leisure to explore city of Temple at your own pace
15th December\'16 Thu
Madurai to Chennai by flight 9W-2728:1445-1615 hrs
Breakfast at hotel
Transfer from hotel to Madurai airport in time to board flight for Chennai
1615 hrs: Arrive Chennai airport
Upon arrival at Chennai airport transfer to hotel
15th Dec to 21st Dec, Chennai
Enjoy England v/s India test match during your stay. Match tickets can be organised by us at an extra cost.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Transfer from hotel to Chennai airport in time to board flight for London Heathrow via Dubai on midnight of 20th December\'16
21st December\'16 Wed
Chennai to Dubai by flight EK-543:0330-0620 hrs
Dubai to London Heathrow by EK-1:0745-1140 hrs