KI - 15 Beautiful Kerala
Drifting leisurely in an air-conditioned boat, most tourists compare the backwaters of Kerala with a heavenly feel. As the boat drifts through the lapping waves and eyes sweep through miles and miles of trailing green fringing the endlessly stretched bank a look of bliss always fill everyone and tourists are amazed to find that these serene and beckoning backwaters are formed by a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets. It is this complex system that is formed by more than 900 km of waterways. Many of the water-bodies in this network are also brackish lagoons and lakes, which run almost parallel to the Arabian Sea coast in the southern India. The network also includes five large lakes linked by canals, both manmade and natural, which are in general fed by 38 rivers stretching virtually half the length of Kerala state.
A shift from backwaters to Kovalam is almost exhilarating as many travellers get in their tour what they normally miss at home-sun, sand and leisure. In fact Kerala better known as Gods Own Country offers a traveller a host of exciting holiday options. If you desire to know more, get in touch with us.
Day 01 :
Arrive Cochin is the natural harbour created by the famed underwater Malabar mud-banks whose quality ensures that the rougher the seas are outside the calmer the waters are within the Harbour.Vasco-de-Gama placed it on the world map. Afternoon sightseeing of Cochin. Cochin is known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea,” Kochi (Cochin) entices with a rich cultural legacy dating back to the 15th century. Overnight at Cochin.
Day 02 :
Tour of the city and evening enjoy kathakali dance show. Morning sightseeing of Cochin . Visit the Mattancherry Dutch Palace - open from 10.00 to 15.00 hrs.(closed on Fridays and public holidays), which was built by the Portuguese in 1555 and renovated by the Dutch in 1663. In the ancient rooms are 17th century murals that relate in vibrant colour the story of the epic Ramayana. Visit a Jewish Synagogue - open 10.00 to 12.00 hrs. & 15.00 to 17.00 hrs.(closed on all Saturdays and Jewish holidays) in Jew Town and Fort Cochin Area - Legend dates Jewish trade with Kerala from the times of King Solomon. There are a couple of streets of picture-postcard houses out of another age, in 17th century Dutch and traditional Kerala styles. Visit St. Francis Church - open from 09.00 to 13.00 hrs. and 14.30 to 17.30 hrs.(closed for visitors on Sundays from 08.00 to 11.00 hrs.) the oldest European Church in India. It has several antiquities including a wealth of records. These include a palm-leaf title deed the local Raja gave the Portuguese in 1503. See the Chinese Fishing Nets, along the tip of Fort Cochin unique to this part of Kerala and living symbols of a centuries-old Chinese influence on this coast. Evening attend a performance of the world-renowned Kathakali dancers tonight, enjoying Kerala’s highly evolved classical form of dance, drama and music dating back 400 years. The interesting part would be seeing the dress up of the performers before the dance. The way they colour themselves with natural products collected from the nature. Overnight at Cochin.
Day 03 :
Drive to Backwaters (180 kms/04 hrs) Morning drive to Alleppey check in at House boat . Kettuvalloms or Houseboats (Riceboats) are country boats that were used in the early days for the transport of goods from the isolated interior villages to the towns. With the advent of roads, bridges and ferry services, gradually the kettuvalloms went off the scene. Now these kettuvalloms are back again as a major tourist attraction. A ride on a kettuvallom is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.
A house boat is about 67 feet in length and has a width of around 13 feet in the middle. The materials that go into the making are all local and Eco friendly bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, coir carpets etc. The main wood used is "Anjili".
The house boats have fully furnished single and double rooms comfortable chairs, kitchen and toilet. In addition there is also separate rest room for the crew. Traditional lanterns are used as lights. The crew includes a chef and two oarsmen. The cuisine is traditional Kerala flavors with the local specialties.
Day 04 :
Sail through back waters. Cruise through the Punnamada Lake - the venue of famous Nehru Trophy boat race and Pallathuruthy river. Visiting of Chambakkulam church and the famous race boat - Chambakkulam chundan.Cruise through the Neumudi river, Kuppapuram canal etc. , en route visiting of paddy fields, typical Kerala villages etc. Achore the boat for night halt.
Day 05 :
Drive to Kovalam (180 kms/04 hrs) Proceed to Kovalam. The world renowned beach resort of Kerala, Kovalam is situated 16 km south of Trivendrum and is one of the best beaches in India. On account of its natural location, it affords facilities for safe sea bath. A rocky promontory jutting into the sea renders the beach safe for sea bathing even in rough weather. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Kovalam.
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Transfer to Trivandrum airport.