Kerala, The Malabar Coast - India Tour Itinerary
Kerala, The Malabar Coast - 7 days/ 6 nights
A short tour of God's own country – the backwaters, wildlife and lush countryside of Kerala. Kochi, where the tour begins, is a cluster of islands, one of the finest natural harbors in the world. It used to be the major center of trade with the British, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese and Dutch. Even today it remains the main trading center for spices and seafood. Though it is Kerala's most cosmopolitan city, the high-rise buildings and malls have not yet to over power the unique attraction of its ancient mix of cultures, which is still very much apparent.
Kumarakom slumbers on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake with its numerous canals, streams and distributaries that weave an intricate and enchantingly beautiful web. Its undisturbed tranquility makes it a favourite with a vast number of migratory birds who are also attracted by the abundance of fish to be had. Vantage points all along the shore provide excellent bird-watching opportunities, which makes Kumarakom a popular destination for enthusiasts.
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Cost Includes: Accommodation for 6 nights with daily breakfast, transfers, excursions and sightseeing with English speaking guide in an air-conditioned chauffeur driven car, monument entrance fee, porterage, mineral water in car, backwaters cruise in Kumarakom and Kathakali dance performance in Cochin.
Hotels Superior: Casino Hotel (standard) Cochin, Houseboat (deluxe), Coconut Lagoon (bungalow) Kumarakom, Deluxe: Malabar House (deluxe) Cochin, Luxury : Brunton Boatyard (standard) Cochin, Kumarakom Lake Resort (pool villa) Kumarakom
Day 01 Arrival
Reception and welcome at Kochi airport followed by transfer to your hotel.
Day 02 Kochi
After a leisurely morning proceed on a guided sightseeing tour of the city.
Day 03 & 04 Kochi – Houseboat
Drive up to Allepy from where you go on a private 2 night cruise to Kumarakom.
Day 05 & 06 Kumarakom
Enjoy the tranquillity and beautiful surrounds of you lakeside resort and its many activities.
Day 07 Departure
Transfer to the airport in time for your flight out.
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