Kerala, with a long shoreline, serene beaches, tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters, lush hill stations, exotic wildlife, waterfalls, sprawling plantations, paddy fields, ayurvedic holidays, magical festivals, historic monuments, exotic cuisine.... all combined offer a traveller a unique experience. Kerala is also popular as Gods Own Country and is considered as Indias most beautiful state. The lush greenery is an amazing sight and is a treat for the eyes.
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Duration: 09 Nights & 10 Days
Welcomed by KeralaToursco representative at the airport and transferred to your hotel. European influences are instantly apparent in this charming town picturesquely located on a number of islands squeezed between the Arabian Sea and the Kerala backwaters. The maritime history of Cochin is reflected in its blend of Dutch, Portuguese and British architecture. Ovenright at the Hotel.
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 Ovenright at the Hotel.
Drive to Kothamangalam and spend the afternoon at leisure in a century old estate bungalow set in over 100 acres of multi crop plantation. Apart from exploring the estate you could also visit the local bird sanctuary. Participate in cookery demonstrations involving authentic Kerala cuisine. Ovenright at the Homestay.
In the morning, drive to the Kodanad elephant orphanage, where you will get the opportunity to be up and close with the elephants and can participate in their bathing and feeding. Elephant rides will also be possible. Rest of the day at leisure. Ovenright at the Homestay.
Drive to Kumarakom, the enchanting backwater region of Kerala and check into your hotel. The labyrinthine network of rivers, canals, streams and lagoons, which form the famed backwaters offer stunning views and is an ideal place to relax. Day at leisure. Ovenright at the Hotel.
Day at leisure at the resort. You could go for optional activities like canoeing, water scooter rides, boat rides etc. Ovenright at the Hotel.
Embark on your private houseboat and cruise on the Backwaters, a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. Your houseboats or ‘Kettuvalloms’ are luxurious boats with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm fringed landscape from your cabins. Apart from the mesmerizing surroundings it’s the life along the coast that adds a touch of exotica to this experience. The locals’ travel in canoes and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods, door to door in small wooden boats. As you cruise along the backwaters you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places, enroute. Ovenright at the Hotel.
Disembark from your houseboat at Alleppey and drive to Kovalam, one of the most popular beach destinations in Kerala and check into your hotel. Day at leisure on the beach. Ovenright at the Hotel.
Today you could also take day excursion to Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala and do a day sightseeing tour of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Horse Palace, Napier Museum and Art Gallery. Ovenright at the Hotel.
Departure transfer to Trivandrum airport for onward flight.
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Exuding and old world charm and cosy ambience, Fort Heritage, Kochi is sure to provide guests with unique experiences. A Dutch palace built in 17th century has been converted into a heritage hotel whilst retaining every feature of the original architecture. Exquisitely furnished with period furniture, this place is a great option in amidst natural surroundings and peaceful atmosphere.
MUNDACKAL ESTATE BUNGALOW
Stretches of greenery as far as the eyes can see, where angles and gods prefer to dwell. A placid relaxing ambience. Quietude broken only by the chirping of birds, rustling of leaves and chipping of crickets. The cool and gentle breeze refreshes your mind and body at the lap of this heavenly picnic spot – a tranquil pleasure dome. Rejuvenate your mind and body by being one with the nature here. That is the Plantation Home Stay for you.
ABAD WHISPERING PLAMS
Laced by the bank of the Vembanadu Lake, the Abad Whispering Palms offers natural back water surroundings to the delight of its guests. Featuring well-designed and modernised accommodation, Abad Whispering Palms offers a truly luxurious stay for leisure and business travellers. Special arrangements like the Bamboo Pool Villa/Cottage is set up for guests who wish to spend time rejuvenating in the private pool, enjoying the mystic views of the lagoon. Garden Facing Cottages at the Abad Whispering Palms bring serene landscapes to soothe the eyes.
The houseboats of the present the gigantic, slow moving, remarkable vessel used for relaxation are the modified ‘kettuvalloms’ of the bygone. The kettuvallom meaning ‘boat with knots’ was so called because the complete boat was held together with coir knots only, without even a single nail for construction. The boat is made of planks of jack-wood attached jointly with coir. This is then coated with a caustic black resin made from boiled cashew kernels. A portion of the kettuvallom was roofed with bamboo and coir to serve as a restroom and kitchen for the crew. Food would be cooked on board.
Soma Palmshore is an idyllic holiday resort that offers a wonderful blend of hospitality and comfort to make your vacation perfect. Situated on the Light House Road in Kovallam, this resort is a great place to refresh and revive yourself owing to its spectacular location. Offering easy accessibility for new tourists, this resort is about 3.5 km from the bus station and 14 km from the Trivandrum international airport, making it easy to travel in and around the city. Close to Soma Palmshore are some popular tourist spots including the Lighthouse Beach, Thiruvallom Backwater, Samudra Beach and Valiyathura Pier Sea Port.