I7 - The Backwaters of Kerala

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7 Days, 6 Nights – Delhi, Cochin, Kumarakom, Alleppy, and Mumbai



The dominant colours are the deep green of paddy fields and palm groves, the azure blue of the sky & the golden shimmer of the sun on the ripples of the waterways. Kerala is said to have sprung from the ocean. All along are coast, the exotic backwaters, canals, lagoons and inlets create an intricate maze that streatches for almost 900 kms. across the land. We stay at Kumarakom, a 14-acre bird sanctuary, that is accessible from Alappuzha, by the vividly beautiful Vembanand Lake, see the nestling storks and a variety of water fowl. Begin your backwater barging trip at Kumarakom to Allappuzha, floating slowly past coconut palms dipping down towards the water and serene villages, as the moving landscape creates a living portrait of Kerala’s rural life. Other country crafts will go by, some carrying a load of fresh banana or coir, others filled with people travelling to nearby villages. Travelling on the backwaters is a relaxing, idyllic holidays in a picturesque setting, the palm trees and sun dipped waterways of Kerala wait for you.

 


Tour Includes:
All hotels on twin share inclusive of taxes, room only basis except on houseboat where all meals included.
Entrance fees, and English speaking guide.
All transfers.
Deluxe transportation by car/coach.
Porterage and tips.
Service of a tour escort for groups of 10 or more.

 

Itinerary


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Day 1 - Delhi

Transfer to hotel. Full day sightseeing tour of New Delhi & Old Delhi to include the Mughal gardens, India Gate, Parliament House, Bahai Temple & the Qutab Minar. Lunch will be at the Mehrauli village complex. After lunch proceed to the historic Old city, visit Rajghat - Memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, India’s largest Mosque the Jama Masjid, visit to the famous silver street “Chandini Chowk” & the magnificent Red Fort, where you shall also witness a son-et-lumiere. Dinner at a restaurant called Chor Bazaar, where the buffet is spread on a vintage car. Overnight Delhi.

Day 2 – Delhi / Cochin
Depart Delhi for Cochin by flight. Arrive in Cochin. Meet and transfer to hotel. Cochin gives one of Kerala’s most interesting experiences, this is a natural harbour created by the famed underwater Malabar mudbanks whose unique quality ensures that rougher the seas are outside, the calmer the waters are within the harbour. A Jewish Synagogue, Portuguese Churches, Mosques & Hindu temples co-exist amicably in a typical example of Indian secularism. Overnight in Casino.

Day 3 - Cochin
Early morning boat cruise on the enchanting backwaters through the coconut groves & quite lagoons. This afternoon you visit the sights of Cochin. Visit the 400 years old Jewish Synagogue. Evening witness the Kathkali Dance performance. The famous dance drama of Kerala. The duration of performance will be for 1 hour and the guests can also witness the artist putting on the elaborate make -up, half an hour before the performance. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 – Cochin / Kumarakom

Morning drive to to Kumarakom. Kumarakom is bound by the Vembanad Lake on two sides, to swaying paddy fields on one side and a bird sanctuary on the other. Relax in the quiet atmosphere of the resort amidst picturesque surrounding. Evening sunset cruise on a traditional rice boat. There after the traditional “Theyyam” dancers who will enchant you with their rhythmic chanting. And the spectacle of the “Kalari” martial art specialists gliding silently in from Vembanad Lake, with torches blazing in the silent night, will linger forever in your memory followed by these events is a sumptuous sea food BBQ dinner awaits you. Overnight at the Coconut Lagoon Resorts.

Day 5 – Kumarakom / Alleppy (Backwater Boat Cruise)
This morning you enjoy an incredibly different experience just floating on the waters in a country craft and absorbing this unusual representation of Kerala life. You begin at Kumarakom,  breath-takingly green village slumberes by the sides. Reach Allappuzha (Alleppy) which is hailed as the Venice of the East, because of its intricate maze of backwaters, canals and bridges. Stay overnight at the Hotel Alleppy Prince.

Day 6 – Alleppy / Cochin / Mumbai (Drive 63 kms/1 hr. 30 min.)

Morning drive to Cochin and transfer to airport in time to board flight for Mumbai. Later take a boat excursion to the Elephanta Caves on an island in Bombay harbour. In the evening drive along Marine Drive and Chowpaty Beach on horse drawn carriages. Overnight in Bombay.

Day 7 – En Route

Morning half day tour of Mumbai. Later, depart Mumbai.

 

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