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- Gods Own CountryV

Kerala - Gods Own Country

Cochin – Alleppey/Kumarakom – Mararikulam
05 Nights / 06 Days

Tour Highlights

•  Traditional Indian Welcome upon arrival
•  Boat trip to see the Chinese fishing nets & everyday life of Rural
•  Attend the performance of the Kathakali Classical Dances
•  Experience backwaters of Kerala
•  Stay in Kettuvalam Rice Boat (A Lifetime Experience)
•  Explore the Marari Beach & Village
  •  Stay in Luxury Hotels

Day 01        Delhi – Cochin        [The Brunton Boatyard]

We take direct flight from Delhi to Cochin. Upon arrival at Cochin Airport meet & greet by our local representative and transfer to the hotel. Check in to sea facing room.
Your time in Cochin begins with a visit to the Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese in 1557 and renovated by the Dutch from 1663 with its beautiful murals and Jew town including the antique warehouses & shops, spices trading house and the Jewish synagogue built in 1568, the oldest in the commonwealth. This inter, connected series of Islands & shoreline presents a vivacious blend of Cultures & Religions; Kochi is the only place in the country where you can see Portuguese Churches, a Jewish Synagogue, Hindu Temples, Dutch Architecture & Mosque nearly side by side.
During the return to the hotel you'll pass the seafront, where giant Chinese fishing nets line the beaches, demonstrating the mechanical method for catching fish employed by local fishermen. Later we attend the performance of the Kathakali, one of India’s most famous Classical Dance form.
Overnight stay at hotel. [D]

Day 02        Cochin – Alleppey/Kumarakom        [Deluxe House Boat]
After breakfast private transfer to Alleppey Jetty to meet your way own floating hotel. Cruise the backwaters & explore the rural life in & around Alleppey to Kumarakom.
Kettuvalam - An Authentic Kerala Houseboat - the moving master piece, have been plying the inland waterways of southwest India for untold centuries and originally used as cargo rice boats. The fully furnished and palm covered boats (single & double) bedrooms with attached bath, sit out, kitchen and living room made of traditional wood. In each houseboat, there are 3 men staff (crew), comprising a cook and two well trained punters throughout the cruise. Punters stand on each end of the boat for punting and directing the boat. Kerosene-lit lamps along will be available for light and mosquito nets will be provided. Traditional vegetarian and non-vegetarian Kerala cuisines are served. A journey through the backwaters of Kerala which offer one of the world’s truly unforgettable experiences, myriad network of silent lagoons, freshwater river & hyacinth covered canals that wind their way through colorful corridors of forests, palms & fruit trees. A canoe expedition via an intricate network of canals, through backwater villages where daily continues unaltered, as it has for centuries. You will see lush palm groves and stretches of rice fields.
Overnight stay in house boat. [B, L, D]

Day 03-04        Alleppey/Kumarakom – Mararikulam        [Marari Beach Resort]
Leaving the houseboat this morning, transfer to Mararikulam for an idyllic two days at Marari Beach. The resort is far-removed from the usual hustle and bustle of India - there are no crowds, no traffic and almost no connection with the outside world. The incredibly inviting sandy beach separates the sea from the palm tree forests and provides a picture-postcard place to relax. Your accommodation is a private, air-conditioned, thatched-roof garden villa, located only a stones-throw from the Arabian Sea. At the resort you can relax in a hammock, enjoy the spa and swimming pool or spend your time on the beach.
Overnight stay at resort. [B]

Day 05        Mararikulam - Delhi        [ITC Sheraton]
After breakfast transfer to Cochin Airport to board the flight for Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi Airport transfer to the hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel. [B]

Day 06        Delhi – Onward Destination

After breakfast transfer to the airport to board the return flight for onward destination. [B]

Abbreviations Used
= Breakfast, = Lunch & D = Dinner

Price based on Twin Sharing
01 Oct - 20 Dec 2013
11-31 Jan 2014
01 Mar - 30 Apr 2014
21 Dec - 10 Jan 2014
01-28 Feb 2014
May - Sep 2014
Per Person
USD 1035 USD 1080
USD 765
SGL Supplement USD  655
USD  700
USD 400

Hotels Used
Hotel Name
Room Type
The Brunton Boatyard
5 Star
Standard Sea Facing
House Boat
Marari Beach Resort
5 Star
Garden Pool Villa
ITC Sheraton 5 Star
Executive Club

•  04 nights stay in 5 star hotels as mentioned above
•  01 night stay in Deluxe House Boat
•  04 buffet breakfast at mentioned hotel
•  01 breakfast, lunch & dinner in Deluxe House Boat
•  01 buffet dinner at mentioned hotel
•  English speaking guided tour in Cochin
•  All transfers & sightseeing by air conditioned vehicle
•  Monument entry fees wherever applicable as per the itinerary
•  At hotels, your luggage will be taken from the vehicle to your room on arrival, and from your room to the vehicle on departure
•  All applicable taxes

Laundry, Insurance, Tips, Telephone Calls, Hard Drinks Still & Video Camera fees in Monuments and Expenses like Personal Nature

Important Note
•  Check-in time 1400 hrs & Check-out time 1100 hrs for hotels in Cochin & Mararikulam
•  Mandatory Christmas & New Year's Eve Dinner Supplement Stay: USD 120 per person in The Brunton Boatyard & Marari Beach Resort

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