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  Kerala Tour
   
 
 DAY 01 – Arrive Cochin
 
Arrive Cochin by flight. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.
   
 
One of the finest natural harbours on the Arabian Sea coast, Kochi, earlier known as Cochin, has been a port of call for foreign traders from early times. Its cosmopolitan character is reflected in the buildings and structures representing different regions of the world. A city of peninsulas and islands, today it is Kerala’s commercial hub. Rest of the day at leisure.
     
     
 DAY 02 – In Cochin - Morning city tour. Evening witness to Kathakali dance performance
     
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Cochin.

Your tour of the city starts with a visit to fort Cochin with the first stop being the St.Francis church, india`s oldest European built church. Proceed on to the large pastel coloured Santa Cruz Basilica.. Strung out along the tip of Fort Cochin the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets provide an interesting sight. The next stop on your tour of Cochin is the Mattanchery palace , the home of the former Raja of Cochin. The palace houses an interesting collection of murals from the Ramayana, the Mahabharata etc. The last stop on your tour of Cochin is the Jewish Synagogue or the Magen David Synagogue. Constructed in 1568, this is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth.The Jews arrived on India's
   
 
 
west coast as traders, supplying Rome, Constantinople and the rest of Europe with valuable spices. They first came to Kerala as refugees from Jerusalem when it first fell to Nebuchadnezzar in 587 BC. Jews have been a strong community in Kerala for at least a thousand years, first at Kodungallur until their expulsion in 1568 and then at Cochin where there used to be 8 synagogues. The white Jews retained their purity and distinctive community, while other Jews inter married with the locals and came to be called Black Jews.

In the evening witness Kathakali Dance performance.

 
 
Kathakali is the classical dance-drama of Kerala, South India, which dates from the 17th century and is rooted in Hindu mythology. Kathakali has a unique combination of literature, music, painting, acting and dance. Kathakali draws heavily from drama and is danced with elaborate masks and costumes. Kathakali recitals are generally long and while other dance forms are more emotive than narrative, Kathakali is both. It combines dance with dialogue to bring myth and legend to life in the temple courtyards of Kerala. The dancers use their stunning costumes and make-up, with the accompaniment of drums and vocalists, to create various moods and emotions. Overnight at hotel.
   
   DAY 03 – Cochin- Periyar – By Surface – 195 Kms, 4 hrs
   
 
After breakfast proceed by surface to Periyar. On arrival in Periyar check in at hotel.    

Periyar has a lot to offer you in sightseeing. The name Thekkady, for those who have already visited this place, brings to mind images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice-scented plantations. Moreover, the flora and fauna of the Periyar wildlife sanctuary is absolutely thrilling. The wildlife sanctuary here is the natural habitat of a wide variety of animal species. The Periyar Lake is a paradise for the nature lovers. It gives you an opportunity to observe the wild animals roaming in the jungle. The lake is also a birdwatcher’s delight. The greatest attraction of Periyar Lake, however, is the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. Moreover, the Sanctuary Watch Tower situated in the forest interior gives you a panoramic view of the park.
   
 
     
 
This lake serves as the waterhole for the animals and they come here to drink or take a dip. Other attractions of the sanctuary are the Sambhar, Bison, Spotted Deer, Tigers, Leopards, Malabar Flying Squirrels, Stripe necked Mongooses, etc. There are over 260 species of birds here, including Nilgiri Wood Pigeons, blue-winged Parakeets, White bellied Tree Pies, laughing Thrushes and Fly Catchers.
Later afternoon enjoy boat ride at Lake Periyar to view the wild life. Overnight at hotel.
   
   DAY 04 Periyar – Kumarakom – 185 Kms, 4 hrs
   
 
After breakfast proceed by surface to Kumarakom. On arrival check at hotel.    
Kumarakom slumbers on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake, which is a part of Kuttanad ('granary' of Kerala). The Vembanad Lake with its majestic canals, streams and distributaries along its banks weave an intricate and enchantingly beautifulweb. The gorgeous green of the fringed palms ripple in the blue waters and blend into wavelets On arrival check at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
   
   
   DAY 05 In Kumarakom
   
  Day free at Kumarakom to explore nature.

Overnight at the hotel.
   
   DAY 06 Kumarakom – House Boat
   
 
     
 
Morning around 1100 hours board house boat also known as Kettuvallams .

Kettuvallams are huge, tapering barges which were traditionally used to cargo rice and other goods across Kerala. It has a portion covered with bamboo and coir serving as kitchen and rest rooms for the crew. These boats are entirely built without the use of nails. Planks of jack wood are woven together with coir ropes and coated with a black resin made from boiled cashew kernels
 
Modern-day Kettuvallams called houseboats, carry finished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony where tourists can laze on cushions. Sections of the carved roof of wood and plaited palms open out to provide shade and allow an uninterrupted view. Most of the boats are poled by local oarsmen. Some are powered by engines. Gliding on serene backwaters, visitors can witness an un-spoilt Kerala. Overnight on board houseboat.
   
   
   DAY 07 Houseboat – Allepey - Mararikulam
   
 
     
 
After breakfast get down at Allepey Jetty. Leave by surface for Mararikulam.

Marari originates from " Mararikulam ", one of the local fishing villages, where life still goes on much as it did a hundred years ago, with the men going out to sea each day to earn a living bringing in the daily catch. Completely new to the holiday maker.
 
Marari offers endless miles of superb sand beaches backed by swaying palms, virgin territory where you can experience the local charm and traditional Kerala Hospitality at its best. Not that you need to spend the whole of your holiday in seclusion, you couldn't be in a better location for exploring the marvellous backwaters, where the tranquility, the stunning scenery and the feeling of being transported back in time, make it a superbly relaxing and inspiring experience
Mararikulam is a sleepy fishing village located between the port city of Cochin and Alleppey. And here, amidst the coconut groves is the Marari Resort. Rest of the day free for independent activities. Overnight at hotel.
   
   DAY 08- Mararikulam
   
  Full day free independent activities. Overnight at hotel.
   
   DAY 09 - Mararikulam – Cochin, 90 Kms , 6 – 7 hrs
   
  Morning at Leisure. Late afternoon drive to Cochin .
On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight hotel.
   
   DAY 10 Leave Cochin
   
  Morning breakfast at hotel.
(Hotel check-out time 12 noon)
In time transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
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