Backwaters of Kerala 7 Days

Backwaters of Kerala 
Enjoy a fascinating journey through the backwaters of Kerala, a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast (known as the Malabar Coast) of Kerala state in southern India. The network includes five large lakes linked by canals, both manmade and natural, fed by 38 rivers, and extending virtually half the length of Kerala state. In the midst of this beautiful landscape there are a number of towns and cities, which are the starting and end points of backwater cruises. An exhilarating tour of God's own country, Kerala. Come to the land of spices and experience the tranquility of composed seawater, tropical greenery and imperial hills.

Day 01                   Arrive Cochin
On arrival a warm welcome by our representative and transfer to hotel. Overnight Cochin

Day 02                   Cochin
Today morning, proceed for guided tour of Fort Cochin seeing Dutch Palace (closed on Friday); built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Cochin in 1555 A.D. The palace is well known for its mural paintings, which are noted for their high level of excellence. Jewish Synagogue (closed on Saturday and Jewish Holidays), it was built in 1568 by the Malabar Yehudan or Cochin Jewish community. St. Frances Church, this centuries old church was originally built completely of timber and later reconstructed in stone masonry. Chinese fishing nets are a fascinating sight, these nets, at the entrance of the harbour and along the backwaters with pivots of wood, were introduced by traders from the court of Kublai Khan in 1350AD.  Evening enjoy traditional Kathakali dance show – a popular art form of Kerala.

Day 03                   Cochin - Periyar
Morning drive to Periyar, The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. Periyar is sprawled over an area of 777 sq kms and its Tiger reserve is an example of nature’s bounty with great scenic charm and rich bio-diversity.  In the afternoon enjoy boat cruise on Lake Periyar.

Day 04                   Periyar - Kumarakom
Morning drive back down to the coast and to the melodically named town of Kumarakom on the banks of Lake Vembandu. Kumarakom is a world famous backwater destination.  Rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the natural beauty of this scenic place or you may choose to treat yourself with one of the many Ayurveda relaxing therapies.

Day 05                   Kumarakom – Houseboat
At 1200hrs embark on the traditional Kerala Houseboat (also called Kettuvalam) and cruise through the beautiful backwater region towards Alleppey. Explore the labyrinthine network of waterways which weave through villages set amidst lush vegetation, offering glimpse of Kerala’s unique rural lifestyle where land and water are inseparable.

Day 06                   Alleppey – Cochin
Morning disembark from houseboat and drive to Cochin. Overnight Cochin. 

Day 07                   Depart Cochin
Early morning transfer to airport to board flight for your journey back home.

End of Services

Land Cost: Excludes all long haul international flights to and from New Delhi

Dates April - September 2012 accommodation based on 2 sharing twin / double
First Class 4*        - £ 570 per person
Deluxe Class 5*     - £ 720 per person

Dates  October 2012 - March 2013
 accommodation based on 2 sharing twin / double
First Class 4*        -  £ 660 per person
Deluxe Class 5*     -  £ 850 per person

Service includes:
-         Accommodation on Twin sharing with daily breakfast
-         English speaking guide
-         Boat cruise on Lake Periyar (shared boat and subject to availability)
-         bottled water during tours
-         Transfers and sightseeing in private air conditioned vehicles as per programme
         Kathakali Dance performance at a local cultural theatre in Cochin
-         All applicable taxes
Service excludes:
-          International and Domestic flights not mentioned as included  (these will be quoted separately if requested)
-         Airport tax
-         Monument entrance fees (quoted separately)
-         Main meals and Beverages
-         Tips
-         Any expenses caused by circumstances beyond our control
-         Any taxes or service charges enforced during travelling period will be the  responsibility of the traveller.
-         Other personal expense not mentioned as included