Meet on arrival at Cochin airport and transfer to hotel.

Cochin or Kochi which is on the Arabian Sea and lies on the natural trade route between China and Europe, the city has been a trading port since Roman times. Whilst modern Ernakulam in the east has its expanding suburbs and is a dynamic city, the old districts of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin on a peninsula lie in the west & are the main focus for visitors. Narrow winding, picturesque streets, old churches and Portuguese, British and Dutch colonial houses appear frozen in the 15th and 16th centuries. The renowned Chinese fishing nets supposedly introduced by traders from the court of Kublai Khan line the entrance to the harbor. Fort Cochin is a wonderfully peaceful place to walk around with lots of cafes, plenty of character and oozing culture.


DAY02: COCHIN (B/-/-) DAY 02

Morning explore this extraordinary city, visit Jew town on Mattancherry with its fascinating mixture of shops (some antique) warehouses and spice auction rooms with the synagogue (closed on Friday & Saturday) at its heart. The interior is illuminated by the 18th century blue Cantonese ceramics flooring tiles and original oil lamps. Mattancherry Palace (closed on Friday) built by the Portuguese in 1557 AD and later rebuilt by the Dutch, houses some brilliant murals from the Kerala School of painting. St. Francis Church originally built in wood in 1510 and named after Santo Antonio, the patron saint of Portugal, was the first European church in India. Vasco da Gama was originally buried here before his body was moved to Portugal later.

In the evening witness the make-up session that is demonstrated before a Kathakali dance performance, the popular age old art form of Kerala which raise your level of imagination, owing to its elaborate costumes, ornaments and facial make-up.



Morning drive up through the stunning western Ghat hills approximately 4 hours to the hill station of Munnar. Situated in the heart of the Cardamom Hills in eastern Kerala, at an altitude of 1700m, Munnar is one of Kerala’s gems and a still relatively undiscovered hill station. Surrounded by endless green, rolling hills and 30 of the world’s highest tea estates, Munnar is now Kerala’s principal tea growing region. Planters live in old bungalows left over from the days of the Raj and the surrounding, dense forest is still rich in wildlife. Hemmed in by soaring hills, dominated by peninsula India’s highest peak (Anamudi at 2695m), the setting is spectacular and the clean, fresh mountain air is a world away from the steamy coastal areas. The town itself is spread out on various levels and is full of grand old churches and little houses from its rich past.


Morning drive approximately 4 hours through beautiful, lush countryside across the top of the hills to Thekaddy. In the afternoon you have various options to include - a boat trip in Periyar National Park, an Elephant ride, visit to a spice plantation & a village tribal tour. The construction of the Mullaperiyar dam across the Periyar River in 1895 submerged large tracts of land creating a huge lake. This lake now forms the nucleus of the ecosystem of the sanctuary which extends to 777 sq km. Wildlife that can be viewed includes Elephants, Gaur (Deer), Dhole (wild dogs), Otters and freshwater Tortoise. Bird watching is also good and species include Heron, Kingfisher, Egret, Hornbill, and Fish Fowl are found in abundance.



Morning after breakfast drive through the hills to Serenity. Serenity at Kanam estate is a 1920’s house now converted into a very private 6 bedroom villa hotel surrounded by rubber estates and tropical spice gardens. The rooms are well designed with period furniture and art work retaining the heritage ambience and each having a verandah or sit out. With its tranquil rural setting it is a perfect place to relax by the pool, use mountain bikes, take an Ayurvedic massage, visit to a spice plantation or you can even spend a day with their in-house Elephant (additional cost), in the evening enjoys a candle light dinner at the pool side.


Drive to Kottayam for an overnight backwater cruise. ‘The Backwaters’ comprise a labyrinthine network of canals and lagoons, at times only a few meters inland from the sea, and stretching for miles. These waterways wind their way through the tropical jungles of palms and fruit trees, vibrant green paddy fields and small, water based settlements and villages. In this region you will be able to glimpse Kerala’s unique rural lifestyle where land and water are inseparable. Kottayam is busy town characterized by its numerous churches which have strong Portuguese, Dutch and British influences. Around 1200 you board your Houseboat which is a converted thatched roofed rice barge called a Kettuvallam. Offering a unique way to explore the backwaters, stops will be made along the route and it is an extremely relaxing day as you are gently poled along the narrow waterways. There is no electricity but the hurricane lamps provide light and atmosphere and your meals lunch and dinner will be cooked on board by the staff and the night will be at anchor. Accommodation in 1 Bedroom Air-conditioned Houseboat



Cruise till Kumarakom, an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with white lilies. Situated on the Vembanad Lake, this small water world you’ll come across traditional country crafts, boats and canoes that will take you into the heart of the scenic lake. Enjoy the breakfast on your house boat. Disembark from the boat in Kumarakom and check-in at your hotel.



Drive to Kovalam. Spend rest of day here



At leisure in Kovalam. Accommodation in Kovalam



At leisure till the time transfer to Trivandrum Airport for your flight to onward destination.



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Valid from 01-Apr-2012 to 31-Mar-2013

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Kerala Marvel


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Apr 2012 –  Mar 2013






All services as per itinerary by a private Toyota Innova Car

Hotel accommodation in shared twin rooms with private bathrooms as specified or similar

Meals as specified

English speaking local guides during sightseeing only

Applicable monument entrance fees during sightseeing as per itinerary

Shared boat ride on Chilka Lake

Arrival & departure assistance at airports/railway stations

Currently applicable local government taxes & service charges.



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Meals not specified

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International flight tickets to & from India

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