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Tour starting from 25-05-2021
( ) for 2 people in 1 Room (s)

4 Nights / 5 Days

Cochin and Backwaters Tour

Kerala Backwater Tour is an ideal option for those who are looking for a romantic cruise along the intricate mesh of canals, coastal lagoons, rivers and waterways. The serene, calm and tranquil greenery on both sides of the waterways is home to exotic native birds. The freshwater rivers that fall into the Arabian Sea provides abode to several unique aquatic animals that can only be seen here. While cruising on the backwaters in the traditional rice boats that has now been converted into houseboats known as Kettuvallams, you can see local people farming and fishing in the rural areas of Kerala. The paddy fields and hidden gems such as Fort Kochi form a part of the exciting backwater tour. An authentic Kettuvallam does not use screws or artificially prepared paints. The planks are joined to make the hull of the boat using specially tied coir knots. However, they are made comfortable for the guests by fitting them with all the modern amenities and comforts, including toilets, sleeping area and a dining area.

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Cochin > Backwaters > Kumarakom > Cochin

TOUR STARTS FROM

  • Cochin

  • (End Kumarakom)

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25 May 2021 - 29 May 2021 *

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2 people in 1 Room (s)

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES
  • *INTERNAL FLIGHTS ONLY
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  • Sight seeing Inclusions
  • Transfer Inclusions
  • Meals Inclusions
  • Tour Guide Inclusions

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  • About: Cochin

    IVAT representative will receive you on arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Check-in and relax.

    Cochin is a diverse and colorful port/city, spreading over 4-5 islands and peninsulas. The main town of Ernakulam is on the mainland. All the islands are connected by a ferryboat network and therein lay the charm of an exploratory two days here. Around the headland of Fort Cochin, a phalanx of cantilevered Chinese fishing boats dips into the sea at high tide. In its back streets, there is an aroma of ginger, cardamom and other spices, piled high in every nook and cranny.

    Overnight will be at Cochin.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: Cochin

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Proceed for the city sightseeing.

    Chinese fishing nets: The Chinese fishing nets erected on teak wood and bamboo poles work on the principle of balance. Records say they were first set up here between AD 1350 and 1450. Vasco Da Gama Square, the narrow promenade that parallels the beach, is the best place to watch the nets being lowered and pulled out of the sea.

    Jewish Synagogue: The Jewish community traces its history to nearly 2000 years ago. In 1948 the community numbered 2500 and today there are fewer than 30 people. The community is still centered round JEWTOWN where you will visit its crown Jewel, the Paradesi Synagogue. Built in 1568 and reconstructed after a Portuguese bombardment in 1662, the synagogue is distinguished by its tile roof and bell tower. The small synagogue is also known for its hand-painted, willow-patterned, blue and white Chinese floor tiles, and the many brass and crystal lamps that hang from the ceiling. Later visit the interesting International Pepper Exchange, also located in Jew town.

    Two-storey Mattancherry or Dutch Palace, 20th century Santa Cruz Cathedral in an Indo-Romano-Rococo style, the first European church in India, St. Francis Church, Vallarpadam Church, VOC Gate, Bastion Bungalow, David Hall, a surviving legacy of the Dutch colonial rule, now renovated and converted into an art gallery etc. are also nice for sightseeing.

    In the evening proceed for a CULTURAL EVENING Kerala's best known dance drama Kathakali, its martial art form Kalaripayattu, semi classical dance form Mohiniattam, Theyyam - a ritual dance performed as a surrealistic representation of the Gods& classical Indian music. You can also go into the green room to see how dancers dress up, do make up and get ready as per the different dance forms.

    Overnight will be at Cochin.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: CochinAlleppey

    After a leisurely breakfast proceed to Alleppey.

    Reach and check into a traditional houseboat of Kerala Style and go on a leisurely backwater cruise along the lake on a thatched houseboat.

    The backwaters of Kerala are a unique product of Kerala and are found nowhere else in the world. Backwaters are a network of lakes, canals and estuaries and deltas of forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. The backwaters of Kerala are a self-supporting Eco-system teeming with aquatic life. The canals connect the villages together and are still used for local transport. Over 900 km of this labyrinthine water world is navigable.

    The houseboat with all modern comforts lets you discover the countryside at your own pace. You will have lunch, dinner and breakfast in the Houseboat. A ride on the houseboat is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.

    Lunch will be served on the boat freshly prepared by the crew.

    In the evening the boat will anchor by the lush paddy fields and enjoy the tranquility of the water around.

    Dinner would be laid out in the boat. Spend night on houseboat.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: AlleppeyKumarakom

    Breakfast will be on board.

    Cruise through the backwaters watching the children going to school and the village markets opening.

    Disembark the boat at the finishing point where your driver will be waiting for you to drive to the resort.

    Visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, enjoy Ayurvedic treatments and spend rest of the day in leisure.

    Overnight will be at Kumarakom.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast
  • About: KumarakomCochin

    Breakfast will be at the hotel.

    Enjoy visit to KUMBALANGHI VILLAGE (4hrs program) which is 10 kms from the Cochin city.

    A village visit helps you to explore the hidden corners of a state and encounter a different side of India wherein the local people adopts a unique lifestyle and culture. Kumbalanghi in Cochin is definitely one of those and is declared as the first model fisheries and tourism village of India which has its own tradition and culture. Most of the villagers are engaged in agriculture and fishing and it is nothing but their environment/surroundings - Backwaters and paddy fields all around, which encourages them to be a part of it.

    You will take a tour of this renowned village with a local family residing in Kallancherry Retreat in the village and get a chance to try your hand in every activity a villager does in his/her day to day life. Start the tour with a boat ride in the country boat followed by a visit to crab farm. Later enjoy watching coir yarn making and coconut leaves making and also try making one, if interested. Peep in to the agricultural farms and also look at the biogas plants and water harvesting pond and obviously not missing out on the Chinese Fishing Nets, known to be a major attraction of the city Kochi.

    As per the flight timings, you will be transferred to the Cochin airport to take flight back home with sweet memories of GODS OWN COUNTRY KERALA.

    • Meal Inclussion
    • Breakfast

Inclusions

  • Accommodation at mentioned hotels,
  • Daily breakfasts at hotels,
  • Air-conditioned vehicle with driver for the tour on disposal,
  • English speaking expert local guides at all applicable places,
  • Meet and assist services on arrival & departure,
  • Kathakali dance presentation in Cochin,
  • Overnight houseboat cruise,
  • All meals on the houseboat,
  • Visit to Kumarakom bird sanctuary,
  • Kumbalanghi village visit with tea & snacks,
  • Monument entrance charges,
  • Unlimited mineral water & tissues during drives,
  • Dedicated tour manager / coordinator for tour,
  • All hotel and government taxes,
  • Driver allowance, parking and toll taxes, and
  • Service tax as per government regulations.

Terms and Conditions

We at the Company believe in serving our guests with sincerity and honesty and therefore you can contact us via telephone or write to us with your queries. We will be delighted to answer the queries and provide any clarification that you may seek.

 

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