Rundresa i Kerala Indien

 


Day 01 Arrive Cochin

You arrive at Cochin.  After clearing customs and immigration formalities you are met in the arrival hall. You will see a sign with your name written on it.  You will be transferred to your hotel (Rooms are available from 12 noon)
This afternoon you explore the Heritage Zone.  Walking through the narrow cobbled lanes you will see various architectural styles reflecting the many cultures that lived here. Dutch houses stand next to spacious porticoed British plantation style homes.  Further down are two churches built by the Portuguese, while standing guard over the  harbor are the Chinese Fishing nets.  In the narrow alleys of the old city you will come across interesting art galleries exhibiting local talent, small cafes and book shops and boutiques.  It is a wonderful area to wander at leisure.

The walking tour ends at the Chinese Fishing Nets, which were first erected between 1350 and 1450 indicating trading ties with China. You will time your arrival with the local fishing boats pulling in with their catch for the day. There is a lively auction on the beach and all around are cafes offering to cook your purchase in the local style.

 

Hotel  Eighth Bastion Hotel                              

Room Standard
Meals Breakfast only

 

Day 02 Cochin

Kerala, and especially Cochin, was one of the main ports on the spice route. The history of Kerala reflects the significant influences these foreign visitors left behind. Christianity first came to India through Kerala, and the Islamic influence in the state can be seen when
traveling north.  Even after they left, the cultural influence is still seen in the architectural inheritance of Fort Cochin and in the cuisine.  The most significant influence is that of the Jews whose synagogue is one of the main attractions of the area.  

You will also visit the Mattancherri Palace, which was commissioned by the Portuguese for the Raja of Kochi in exchange for trading rights.  The palace is two storeys high and is built in the traditional Kerala style known as “nalukattu” (four buildings around a central courtyard). Made of wood and richly carved, the palace exhibits memorabilia from the Raja of Kochi’s collection, but it is best known for its outstanding murals painted on the walls. Fast fading, one can still see some of these excellent 16th century paintings illustrating episodes from the great Indian epic – The Ramayana. Late afternoon you will watch a performance of Kathakali in theatre.  Kathakali is a classical dance form that has its origins in Theyyam a ritual tribal dance of north Kerala and Kalaripayyattu the martial arts which goes back 1000 years.  The dancers use dramatic costumes and exaggerated facial make up, and to accompaniment of drums and cymbals, use stylized movements to relate episodes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana.

 

 

Hotel Eighth Bastion Hotel                               

Room Standard

Meals  Breakfast only

 

 

Day 03 Cochin – Munnar

Today you leave very early for your drive to Munnar (04 hours). En-route you stop at Thattekad for a morning with elephants. You will spend some time and ride it as well. You continue your drive to Munnar. On your arrival, check into the hotel. Afternoon is for to enjoy the surroundings of the hotel. Evening you walk around the tea and cardamom plantations.

 

Hotel  Windermere Estate                                      

Room Standard

Meals Breakfast only

 

 

Day 04 Munnar – Madurai

Today will visit the excellent Tea Museum today which replicates the workings of a tea factory and has some wonderful photographs going back to the days when Munnar was the distant home for planters from England. After a short visit of the market, continue your drive to Madurai. Most
cities in India have a legend surrounding their origins.  Madurai is no exception, and the story tells how Shiva looked down and drops of nectar fell from his locks, resulting in the city being named Madurai or “The City of Nectar”.  Ancient Madurai was a center of Tamil culture, famous for its writers and poets, and the history goes back to the 6th century BC when it traded with Greece and Rome.  The Nayaka Kings laid out the old own in the pattern of a lotus with narrow streets surrounding the Minakshi Temple at the center.

 

Hotel  Sangam                                       

Room Standard

Meals Breakfast only

 

Day 05  Madurai
This morning explore the markets surrounding the temple. You will pass streets selling an extraordinary variety of items, but there is order in the chaos.  The area is a like a huge open air department store, each street dedicated to one particular item – stationery, flowers and
fruits, vessels, items used in worship etc. There is even one lane dedicated to bananas – South India boasts over 50 varieties. Housed in the remains of a 16th century ruin nestled amongst the decorated pillars and carvings are a remarkable collection of stalls selling everything from silk scarves to pink plastic hairclips. The walk is a remarkable experience, once you share with local residents and visiting pilgrims.

Your path will lead you to the Minakshi Temple.  This is an outstanding structure dedicated to Minakshi the “fish eyed goddess” who is also the consort of Shiva.  Shiva has a temple dedicated to him in the complex. Since Minakshi is the presiding goddess, the daily ceremonies are first performed at her shrine and then at the shrine of Shiva. This is a living temple and each shrine has priests performing rituals in front of them and you will also see the decorated temple elephant.  This afternoon you drive out 45 minutes out of the city to a village called Kaithari Nagar, home of about 200 weaving families who weave the famous cotton saris of this area.

 

Hotel Sangam                                       

Room Standard

Meals Breakfast only

 

Day 06  Madurai/ Periyar

After breakfast we drive to Periyar as you come across the thickly forested ravines watered by sparkling rivers and waterfalls, and the graceful coconut trees and emerald green paddy fields of the plains – Kerala has an abundance of natural beauty.  Your destination is one of the homes of the Asian Elephant – Periyar National Park. Periyar National Park has a picture postcard beauty.  The central viewing site for wildlife is Lake Periyar.  This enormous water body is fringed by the rainforests and cradled by the forested hills of the Western Ghats.  The park is home to Elephants, the occasional tiger, wild boar and deer as well as a large bird population including several species which are indigenous to the area.

 

Hotel Cardamom County     

Room Periyar Cottages

Meals Breakfast only

 

Day 07 Periyar

This morning you may like to take a boat ride on Lake Periyar.  This is a public boat which operates on the Lake twice a day Later you will be
introduced to the spice garden – Kerala played an important role in the spice route, and the combination of these spices is what makes the cuisine of this area so distinctive.

 

Hotel Cardamom County     

Room Periyar Cottages

Meals Breakfast only

 

Day 08 Periyar – Kumarakom

Leaving behind the rolling hills quilted with tea plantations, rubber trees and spices, you will drive down to the famous Kerala backwaters.  A series of canals which wind their way through the state, the waters have spawned a unique lifestyle. 

 

Hotel Abad Whispering Palms

Room Cottage

Meals Breakfast only

 

 

Day 09 Kumarakom

Day is at leisure. Morning you can attend the yoga session.

 

Hotel  Abad Whispering Palms

Room Cottage

Meals Breakfast only

 

 

Day 10 Kumarakom – Backwaters

A visit to Kerala is incomplete without touring the backwaters. This is a series of canals which cross the State eventually emptying into the open
seas. Traveling the canals and wide open lakes in a houseboat, you will see sights impossible to see from road transport. Houses along the canals depend on the waters for their livelihood and transport, and you will see villages, rice paddy, boats transporting produce to the market and children to school, as well as fishing boats and people fishing for clams. The journey will be done by houseboats known as “Kettuvalloms”.  Originally these were rice boats but went out of service when road transport became a more economical way to move produce. Today these have been refurbished into comfortable houseboats with bedrooms and attached showers and are made completely of natural environmental friendly material.

 

Hotel  Houseboat                                         

Room Air-conditioned

Meals Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

 

Day 11 Backwaters - Kovalam

De-board from the houseboat and drive to Kovalam. On arrival you check into your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

 

Hotel The Leela                 

Room Garden Room

Meals Breakfast only

 

Day 12 – Day 14 Kovalam

Days at leisure on the picturesque white sandy beaches of Kovalam.

 

Hotel The Leela                  

Room Garden Room

Meals Breakfast only

 

 

Day 15

Kovalam – Trivandrum, Depart.

Early morning transfer to Trivandrum Airport for your flight back home.

 

The cost includes:

  • Hotel accommodation on a twin sharing basis
  • Daily breakfast
  • All meals on board the Houseboat in Backwaters.
  • The following highlights and experiences
  • Kathakali dance
    performance in Cochin
  • Elephant Camp at Thattekad
    for ride
  • Backwater cruise at
    Houseboat
  • Private chauffeur driven air conditioned vehicle
  • Private local guide services for all sightseeing & excursions
  • All Monument, Park entrance and camera fees
  • Mineral water, soft beverages during long drives
  • Meet and assist at all airports and hotels
  • Porterage at all airports and hotels
  • All current applicable taxes

 

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