Kerala Coconut Country Break
A glimpse of 'Gods own Country'! A seven night break offering you a piece of heaven on earth. an enchantingly beautiful, emerald-green sliver strip of land. It is a tropical paradise far from the tourist trail at the southwestern peninsular tip, sandwiched between the tall mountains and the deep sea. Kerala is a long stretch of enchanting greenery dominated by tall coconut palms and a coastline embraced by golden beaches under the tropical sun. This exotic and breathtaking must-see destination is much appreciated by honeymooners who get to enjoy its beauty amongst a wonderfully warm and happy people. God's Own Country,Kerala,is an enchantingly beautiful, emerald-green sliver strip of land. It is a tropical paradise far from the tourist trial at the southwestern peninsular tip, sandwiched between the tall mountains and the deep sea. Kerala is a long stretch of enchanting greenery dominated by tall exotic coconut palm and with a coastline embraced with golden beaches under the tropical sun. The exotic and breathtaking must see destinations of Kerala are a delight to the mind and soul of those who want to slither into nature. The tour provides various experiences of Kerala not to be missed and best combination for Honeymooners..Kerala, as one of the most sought Honeymoon destintations,has much to offer to the mood of a newly wed couple.This tour is a relaxed,romantic and full of experiences to give you lifetime memories. For those who look for a relaxed holiday,COCONUT COUNTRY BREAK offers the best in your solitude.Life in the villages of Kerala moves at an amazingly slow rate and you will be amazed to find that the people in these villages lead simple lives in the pattern that was prevalent in the olden days. In fact nothing much seems to have changed. Here time remains idle and travelers seem to lose their sense of time strolling in these peaceful places. These villages offer you an ideal getaway from your everyday tensions. You can spend a perfectly relaxed holiday at one of these villages in the lap of greenery and an atmosphere of complete tranquility. The villages in Kerala offer a feast to the eyes of the travelers by way of its panoramic view of the fields, farms, hillsides, rivers and lakes. The locals engage in fishing, farming, pottery,jute making and handicrafts. The visitors are taken on a tour around the village, where you can see many artisans at work. Stone cutting, carpentry, inlay work, textile block printing, potters at their wheels - such rare sights offer joy and relief to the travellers. Some of Keralas most interesting features can be seen during these tours. These tours can also be combined with visits to tribal villages and to major places of tourist interest. Such village tours are not only informative but also enjoyable and relaxing.
The below itinerary is only a pilot programme to give you an idea on the destinations which could be covered within a certain period. It will be our pleasure to customise the programme to suite your interests, budget and duration. Please feel free to contact us for any such customisation and prices.
DAY 01 - Cochin
On arrival at Cochin, you will be received & transferred to your Hotel. Evening watch a classical art performance at Greenix Theatre which is a kaleidoscope of Kerala classical arts like Kathakali, Kalaripayattu (Martial Arts),Bharatanatyam etc. Overnight at Hotel.
From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. Over the years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India. Cochin has Asia's best preserve Synagogue, the Dutch Palace and the oldest European Church in India - the St. Francis Church.
DAY 02- Cochin
Morning, after breakfast, go for a village backwater cruise at Poothotta, an island backwater village. Afternoon enjoy a guided city tour of Cochin. Overnight at Hotel.
Village backwater Cruise – An unforgettable journey in a country boat into the pristine backwater villages of Kerala.... goes through the zigzagging narrow canals and paddy fields fringed with coconut palms.....watch rare birds....country boat making....a natural fish farm where you can go fishing…You will witness coir making, toddy tapping and enjoy a typical Kerala lunch at a farmhouse.
Cochin City Tour - St Francis Church, built in 1510 by friars brought to India by Vasco da Gama, is the first European church built in India and is the site where Vasco da Gama was buried. The Jewish Synagogue was built in 1568, Chinese hand-painted tiles are one of the attraction. This, the only Synagogue in India has a nostalgic past of a Jewish Diaspora. The "Dutch Palace" was built in the 1550s; the palace contains excellent mythological murals and a rare example of traditional Keralite flooring - a subtle mix of burnt coconut shells, lime, plant juices and egg whites - which gives the effect of polished marble.
DAY 03 – Cochin – Kumarakom
After breakfast, check out from the Hotel & proceed to Kumarakom, which is famous for its backwater & scenic beauty, sprinkled with traditional houseboats, country crafts, rural lifestyles and Tranquility. On arrival at Kumarakom check in at the Resort set on Vembanad Lake.You may opt to go for a rejuvenating Ayurvedic Massage.Overnight at Resort.
DAY 04 – Kumarakom
Full day to explore the beauty of the backwaters. The slender coconut palms standing here, there and everywhere, its never ending paddy fields, meandering lagoons and backwaters, mangroves nesting birds of a hundred varieties can peacefully calm and invigorate your mind with renewed inspiration for your vocation and life. That is the pristine beauty of Kumarakom.Today you may opt to go for a rejuvenating Ayurvedic Massage at your resort,or to go for a local village visit etc.Overnight at the Resort.
Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake and a picturesque, clean village like most places in Kerala. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is spread across 14 acres, the bird sanctuary is a favourite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist’s paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that live in flocks are a fascination for visitors. The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a boat trip round the islands.
The village of Kumarakom, a cluster of little islands on the eastern banks of Vembanad Lake, is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, spread across 14 acres, has an interesting variety of birdlife.If you are a bird enthusiast, visit the sanctuary between June and August, the breeding season of resident wetland birds such as Indian Darter, Little cormorant, different species of egrets and herons, white ibis, several species of kingfishers, etc. Between the months of November and May, the bushes and woods of the sanctuary play host to some rare migratory birds. The Vembanad lake body attracts waterfowl like pin-tailed duck, garganey teal, spot-billed duck, birds of prey like osprey, marsh harrier, steppe eagle, etc.Bird lovers can also take a boat trip to the nearby Kaipuzha Muttu, Pathiramanal, Narakathara, Thollayiram Kayal and Poothapandi Kayal to watch local birdlife and migrants which could easily be more than a hundred species.
DAY 05: Kumarakom – Houseboat
After a leisurely breakfast, by 12 Noon board the houseboat from the resort jetty for a nights stay with on board lunch and dinner, covering Alleppey villages and the life around the villages. Your food will be freshly cooked and served on board. Overnight in the houseboat.
What is truly magical about a houseboat is the breathtaking view of the untouched and otherwise inaccessible rural Kerala that it offers. The houseboats have all the creature comforts of a good hotel including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen where are cooked on board and supplemented with fresh fish from the backwaters. Today, the tradition is still continued and the food from the local cuisine is served by the Kuttanad locals, on board.
The name Backwaters brings you the very thought of Houseboats. Food and leisurely times spent on-board with the feeling and privacy of house as well as enjoying the natural beauty. A Cruise amidst marvelous mangrove forests, captivating coconut canopies, swaying palms, mangrove forests, pulsating paddy fields sprinkled with enchanting waterways and canals decked with white lilies, can be quite a rejuvenating experience for the weary traveler. Enjoying a cruise in these backwaters is not to be missed, as it leaves you feeling fully rejenuvated. The banks of these backwaters in Kerala are the most enchanting picnic spots. You get to experience the native way of living.
DAY 06 – Alleppey - Marari
Enjoy your breakfast on board.Later , checkout & proceed to Marari, a relatively quiet beach paradise of Kerala. On arrival check in at the resort on the Beach.Rest of the day at leisure on the beach.You may opt to go for an Ayurvedic Massage or a village walk.Overnight at the Resort.
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 Keralan Hospitality at it's best. Marari Beach is an endless vista of sand and surf, but it is more. An authentic experience of the world of Kerala's traditional fishing villages, and a recreation of an ancient, harmonious way of life. The village of Mararikulam lies on a forgotten shore, midway up the Malabar coast, where the Indian Ocean finally decides that it has now become the Arabian Sea.
DAY 07 – Marari
Full day at the resort. Marari Beach is an endless vista of sand and surf, but it is more... An authentic experience of Kerala's traditional fishing villages, and a re-creation of an ancient, harmonious way of life. You may opt to take an Ayurvedic Massage…Visit the fishermen villages..By evening it may interesting to visit the local temple to watch the local crowd coming for worship and socialisation.Overnight at Resort.
DAY 08– Cochin Departure
Like all good things, your holiday experience comes to an end but you will always carry with you memories of this unique and unforgettable experience. Today, you will be assisted and transferred to Cochin International airport for your flight home!!
This programme may be treated as an extension to combine with your another Tour in South India or one in Golden Triangle in North India to visit Tajmahal and Rajastan etc.
Package Cost Includes:
* 02 Nights stay at Cochin as mentioned above
* 02 Nights stay at Kumarakom as mentioned above
* 01 Night stay at Deluxe A/c Houseboat with all meals
* 02 Nights stay at Marari Beach as mentioned above
* Daily Breakfast at all the hotels/ resorts
* All meals on Houseboat
* English speaking guide at Cochin
* Greenix Show at Cochin
* Village Backwater Cruise with lunch
* All transfers and sightseeing as per attached itinerary by A/c Deluxe Vehicle.
* All Entrance fess as per program
* Driver allowance, parking, fuel, state entry fee
* All currently applicable taxes including Government Service Tax
Package Cost Excludes:
* Any meals other than those specified
* Any sightseeing unless otherwise specified
* Any train/ air/ Ship fare other than those specified.
* Camera fee, Ride, Guide fee etc which are not included above.
* All expenses of personal nature like soft/ hard drinks, Telephone/ Fax, Laundry, Tip etc.
* All other services not mentioned under package cost includes section.
* Confirmation of all services with full payment only.
* Above mentioned rates are valid at the moment are subject to change without any prior notice.
* Confirmation of all services is subject to availability at the time of booking.
* At houseboat A/c will be available from 09 PM to 06 AM only.
* Rates are Valid from 01 Oct 2011 till 31 March 2012 Except during the Peak Season which is from 15 Dec 2011 till 15 Jan 2012.