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Duration: 07 NIGHTS / 08 DAYS
Welcomed by KeralaToursco representative at the airport and transferred to BruntonBoatyard. Hotel is our attempt to distill an aspect of this heritage. And to bring colonial Cochin alive for the contemporary traveler. For what is essentially a small and intimate city resort hotel, The Brunton Boatyard posses a remarkable sense of scale, evident the moment you turn into the tiled forecourt. The lobby is a vault of sunlight and air, framed by arches and overhung with punkahs - enormous, old-fashioned fans of Indo-Portuguese origin. A rich, and colourful history marks the corridor, once the century old boatyard of Geo. Brunton and Sons. On this site cghearth recreated the splendour of the city's illustrious past, using the materials of fin de sieclé Cochin - lime, terracotta, wood and tile. Overnight in Cochin
Meander through the old districts of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin where the various European influences are most apparent with merchant houses and old warehouses cramming the waterfront and narrow streets. Visit to the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Friday & Saturday) built in 1568. Scrolls of the Old Testament and a number of copper plates inscribed in Hebrew script are preserved here. The building was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1662 and rebuilt by the Dutch two years later. Continue you visit to St. Francis Church, the oldest church constructed by the Europeans in India. Built by the Portuguese in 1510; it housed the remains of Vasco da Gama for 14 years before it was transferred to Lisbon. His tombstone can be seen inside the church. Also visit the Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1555. The Palace was presented to the Raja of Cochin as a gesture of goodwill. This was also known as the Dutch Palace, resulting from substantial renovation by the Dutch after 1663. The central hall was the Coronation Hall of the Rajas. Their dresses, turbans and palanquins and murals from Hindu mythology are all beautiful and worth seeing. Culminate the tour at Fort Kochi, which is said to be the oldest European settlement in India. In the evening, the epic Ramayana comes to life at a Kathakali performance, traditional Keralan dance, where the characters use larger than life gestures, wear outrageous costumes and dramatic make up. Overnight in Cochin (Overnight stay at Cochin)
Travel to Periyar, You will understand the evocative name of the Cardamom Hills as we make our way to this area and the serene home of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Tea and spice plantations surround this reserve on the Kerala/Tamil Nadu border where both the king and queen of spices, pepper and cardamom, grow naturally. Upon arrival at the eco-friendly Spice Village we’ll settle in and then enjoy a chef’s demonstration prior to a magnificent dinner. Periyar is a joy for the chance to use these truly fresh and locally sourced ingredients that set the whole world on a quest for more – SPICES. (Overnight in Periyar).
This Morning visits an Elephant camp, you could help the mahout to wash the elephant; see how much the Elephant likes to be bathed. Enjoy a 20 min ride on an Elephant. Then, visit spice plantations, the Cardamom Hills are the ideal location to explore a garden where spices and other aromatic plants are grown. Learn about their use in the preparation of local cuisine and their medicinal properties. Afternoon board a small boat for the chance to cruise the lake at the heart of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. From the tranquility of the lake, enjoy the lush scenery all around you and keep a look out for animals that may come down to the water's edge – maybe a family of elephants, scurrying Wild Boar or the magnificent Sambar Deer. Today evening, you’ll witness the Martial arts show (Kalaripayattu show) - The Shaolin monks have made their disciplined displays of Kung Fu world famous, but few know that their art was learned from Bodhi Dharma, an Indian monk who was a Kalaripayattu master. Legend traces this form of martial art back 3000 years and here, close to Periyar, you have the chance to experience a display of this most ancient of art forms (Overnight in Periyar)
Leave Periyar and drive to Kumarakom, This cluster of tiny islands is almost impossibly beautiful, surrounded by a labyrinth of tropical waterways. Kumarakom is the jumping off point to join a boat to explore the Kerala backwaters. Check in to Coconut lagoon resorts, the spirit of traditional Kerala is echoed in Coconut Lagoon. This resort came into being after traditional homesteads spread across Kerala were taken apart and carefully put together to give its present form. Heavily influenced by 'Thachu Shasta’, a traditional principle of architecture, the resort is an exotic concoction of ethnic designs and modern day comforts. Built on a Kerala theme, Coconut Lagoon resort is sure to give the Keralites a trip down the memory lane and reward you with a few nostalgic moments. If you are a first timer in Kerala, you will be find this completely fresh and exciting. The reception of the resort is a reconstruction of a nearly 200 year old traditional ‘Illom’ house, and follows the ‘Nalukettu’ design – featuring an open roof courtyard within the basic structure. In the evening enjoy the Ayurveda with a general ayurvedic full-body massage. Overnight in Kumarakom
This morning you will be transferred to Mararikulam, a typical fishermen's huts. All that separates the resort from the sea are rows of coconut trees which lets you take in the splendours of the beach. The simplicity and charm of village life that pervades the resort will make you feel one with nature. Overnight at the Marari Beach Resort.
Day at leisure on the beach. The Marari Breach, let us be clear, is not the place for a raucous beach holiday. There are no rave parties here, no noisy water scooters, no sellers of trinkets. But for those seeking to undo the stresses of city life and experience a completely new pace, it is the perfect spot. You could spend an entire morning lolling by the poolside with a book from the library Or take a dip in the sea, the beach usually being nearly empty, except for a few other guests and the odd local fisherman. Or explore the area and its fishing villages on a bicycle. The trick at Marari is to open up, relax and rejuvenate. Overnight at the Marari Beach Resort.
Departure transfer to Cochin airport for onward flight (Vehicle for Transfer)
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