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Spices & Kerala Houseboats
 Holiday Length: 7 days
 Start City: Cochin
 End City: Cochin
 Departures: Daily

 Private Holiday

Discover a different side of India relaxing on a houseboat on the peaceful waterways of Kerala during your visit to extraordinary South India.  This tour offers the chance to visit a renown wildlife sanctuary, visit a fishing village and spice plantation and have a traditional massage before hitting the night spots and restaurants of Mumbai.



  Day 1

  Arrival Cochin
Meet, assist and transfer to hotel. (B)
                        
   
  Day 2






  Cochin
Cochin is spread across islands and promontories between the Arabian Sea and the Backwaters.  It became the principal harbour for Malabar Coasts spice trade.  After breakfast take a half day city tour of Cochin, visiting the Dutch Palace, which has some of Indias most beautiful murals, the Jewish Synagogue in the heart of Jew Town, and the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets.  See St Francis Church where Vasco da Gama was originally buried, and the Santa Cruz Church its its pastel coloured interior and carved wooden panels.  View a Kathakali dance performance in the evening. (B)
       
  Day 3




  Cochin – Periyar (195 km)
Travel to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, famous for its jungle wildlife and birdlife, the Sanctuary is particularly famous for the herds of wild elephants that play in the Lake. Bison, sambar, wild boar, langur, otter and flying squirrel are also commonly encountered. The park is also home to 246 species of birds and 112 species of butterfly. (B)
       
  Day 4


  Periyar
Early morning jungle walk around the Lakes edge spotting wildlife, followed by a trip to a spice plantation. (B)
       
  Day 5


 

Periyar – Alleppey (145 km)
Travel to the market town of Alleppey, "the Venice of the East". Embark on your houseboat and cruise the backwaters for the day. The onboard chef will prepare traditional Kerala cuisine while you sit back in comfort and enjoy the breathtaking views of the lake, remote villages and islands. (B,L,D)

       
  Day 6





 

Alleppey - Kumarakom  (cruise)
Take breakfast on the houseboat while surrounded by wildlife before disembarking at your backwater resort in Kumarakom. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the resort or indulge in some traditional Kerala Ayurvedic massages. (B)

Option to extend your stay in Kumarakom and take advantage of the Ayurveda Spa treatments options offered by the resort. Why not trying a traditional holistic herbal massage to relax, or follow a course of treatment for improved health and well-being?

       
  Day 7


  Kumarakom  - Cochin 
Transfer to Cochin for your onward flight or take up an option to extend your holiday with a Beach Extension (B)

       
 
  Inclusions






 
  • Private air conditioned transportation with English speaking driver
  • Private sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Accommodation in your choice of first or deluxe class hotels
  • Houseboat cruise on Kerala backwaters
  • Domestic flight (price subject to change)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees as indicated
  Beach Extensions
  Travelling in India is also about relaxation.  Why not extend your holiday and treat yourself to a relaxing stay in one of the many beach resorts that dot the Indian Ocean coast to unwind, relax and soak up some sun. Here are some of our favourite options.
       
  Marari Beach:


  This sleepy village 12 kilometres north of Alleppey is dotted with a long, soft, sandy beach ideal to
unwind and to see the traditional Keralan fishing boats which return to the shore with plentiful supplies for the local market.
  Varkala & Kovalam:


  Located further south, these two resorts are ideal if you fly out of Trivandarum Airport (only one hour drive away). Kovalam Beach offers a series of small, sandy bays. A popular beach destination, the area offers a wide range of hotels and restaurants. Varkala is a more laid-back village, offering a long golden beach with a stunning backdrop of towering cliffs.
  Sri Lanka or Maldives:

  With daily flights operating from Cochin or Trivandarum to Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Male (Maldives), it is both tempting and easy to expand your horizons and consider a beach extension in Sri Lanka or Maldives.
 


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