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Day 01 : Arrive Kochi
Day 02 : Kochi
Day 03 : Kochi / Backwater Cruise
Day 04 : Backwater Cruise
Day 05 : Backwater Cruise
Day 06 : Backwaters Cruise/ Kochi
Day 07 : Kochi Departure
After clearing immigration and customs, step into the receiving area where our representative will meet you and escort you to your hotel.
Arrive at your hotel and check-in. Rest of the day is at leisure on own.
Overnight at hotel (No meals)
Morning visit Fort Kochi, your first stop, where the Portuguese flag was first hoisted is also believed to be the oldest settlement in India. Thereafter, visit the St. Francis church, built in 1510 by friars brought to India by Vasco da Gama. The gorgeous view of the ocean from the beach enhanced by the Chinese fishing nets, first erected between 1350 and 1450 AD makes extremely picturesque sight. Proceed the old commercial area Mattancherry an take a walk along the Jew Street. Visit the Jewish Synagogue (closed to non-Jews Fridays and Saturdays) and the Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays) which contains mythological murals and traditional Keralite flooring.
In the evening watch a Kathakali dance performance, the most developed dance-drama art of India where facial expressions and hand gestures combine with movement to create this highly expressive traditional Kerala art form which depicts great Indian epics. Distinct among the six classical Indian dances, Kathakali is a highly dramatic and mimetic dance depicting various stories from Indian epics.
Overnight at hotel (B)
Drive towards Thottapally to the house boat.
In the afternoon board your private houseboat. An environmentally-friendly vessel unique to Kerala’s placid waterways. Prior to their conversion to passenger boats with all the modern comforts, these traditional craft known as kettuvallom once plied these waters as rice barges. Coir (coconut fiber rope) and resin from cashew kernels, not nails, hold the kettuvallom together – a ship making practice passed down through the centuries.
The uniqueness of Kerala has always been its Backwaters, and no place in the world is blessed with this mesmerizing beauty. It’s the reason; this heaven is called “GOD ‘S OWN COUNTRY!!”
On this comfortable floating home you may spend your day relaxing and unwinding. As you slowly cruise along the backwater canals of the Arabian Sea, you may choose to stop and explore some of the many small villages, farmlands, old temples and churches that you come across.
Overnight onboard (B, L,D)
Today, we see Indian life up close as we slowly cruise along the palm-fringed backwater canals of the Arabian Sea, a distinctive region whose beauty and tranquility have earned it the sobriquet “God’s own country.” Along the way we go ashore to visit some of the local villages and farms, observing traditional livelihoods such as coir making, boat building, fish farming, rice growing and toddy tapping – the extraction of palm sap for production of palm wine, or toddy. We also see churches in a land synonymous with the very beginnings of Christianity: Saint Thomas the Apostle was said to have made a missionary visit to Kerala in 52 AD; to this day Kerala has a significant Christian minority.
Overnight onboard (B, L, D)
A vast network of lagoons, lakes, and canals formed by the confluence of Kerala’s numerous rivers and the Arabian Sea, the Kerala backwaters run alongside the coast for more than 550 miles. These labyrinthine waterways have served as a thoroughfare for boats like ours from ancient times, and the daily existence in the communities here has changed little over the centuries.
Enjoy a farewell dinner onboard.
After breakfast, cruise to Thottappalli and check-out. Drive to Kochi and check-in to the hotel.
In the afternoon, a walk to the local spice market with the chef of a well-known Kochi restaurant. Learn about the various spices of Kerala and their growing and processing methods. This will be followed by a cooking demonstration and lunch.
Afternoon is at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel (B)
In time, check–out from the hotel and transfer to airport for your onward flight.
Prices valid from : October 2018 to September 2019
Prices not valid from : 20 December 2018 to 10 January 2019 & 1 – 28 Febuary 2019