KERALA BACKWATERS TOUR
Day 1: ARRIVE COCHIN Upon arrival at Cochin airport,transfer to the hotel.
In the afternoon city tour of Cochin to visit Dutch Palace (Built by the Portuguese), Jew Town, the 1568 Jewish Synagogue, spice market, where the air is filled with the pungent smell of spices, St. Francis Church and Chinese fishing nets. The evening enjoy a show of Kerala’s most popular classical dances. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 2: COCHIN – ALLEPPEY Today in the morning, we will travel by surface to Alleppey. On arrive in Alleppey, check in at the houseboat and enjoy overnight journey cum stay in your pre-booked houseboat.Alleppy or Alappuzha is categorized as the Venice of the East. Alappuzha means the land between the sea and a network of rivers falling into it. The place recalls a sense of romance and beauty. It has a mosaic of land with rivers, lakes, lagoons and canals. Alappuzha has a lighthouse, where one can witness the beautiful view of Alleppey coast from above the lighthouse. The white sand beach is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy beauty of the sea and the sun. It is also home to Kuttanad, the Rice Bowl of Kerala, one of the very few interesting places in the world where farming is done below the sea level.
In the afternoon, we will explore the Vembanad Lake, a striking picnic spot and fast developing backwaters, which offers boating and fishing. As the sun goes down, we will be entertained by the boatmen singing traditional songs and serving traditional local cuisine.
overnight stay in the houseboat.
Day 3: ALLEPPEY – THEKKADY – PERIYAR After breakfast and disembark from houseboat and leave for Thekkady/Periyar. On arrival at Thekkady check-in at hotel. You may opt for a pleasant boat ride in the Periyar Lake in the evening. Enjoy watching varied birds and animals like tigers, elephants, wild boar, deer, etc. at the Periyar / Thekkady National Park. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: THEKKADY – VARKALAToday early in the morning after quick breakfast drive to Varkala. On arrival, check in at the hotel / resort.
Varkela, a temple town, is also famous for its landscape. Nestled in the southern Indian state of Kerala, it is known for its mineral water springs and sea beach getaway. A tour to Kerala remains incomplete without a stop-off at the beautiful beaches of Varkala to witness the sunset.
In the evening, visit the mystical Janardhana Swamy Temple or just head to the beach to relax and watch the Arabian Sea. Overnight stay at hotel resort.
Day 5: VARKALA This interesting town is visited by religious pilgrims to Narada, a saint of ancient times and confessed to having sinned. Narada threw his valkalam and it landed at a place near the seashore.
We will be visiting the ancient Janardhana temple. It is at the cliff top where most of the hotels and restaurants are situated. Further, we will visit Sivagiri Mutth, which is located just 3 kms away from the Janardana Temple, Varkala Tunnel which is the 924ft tunnel and Kapil Lake that gives way to the beautiful world of the Kerala backwaters. Also, one can enjoy an elephant ride down the village roads. Overnight stay.
Day 6: VARKALA – COCHIN DEPARTUREBreakfast at the hotel and drive to Cochin. On arrival at Cochin drop you at airport to connect international flight for onward destination.