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EXCLUSIVE KERALA - GODS OWN COUNTRY

Day 1 - Departure from DELHI / Arrival at KOCHI / KOCHI


Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to domestic airport to board flight for Kochi.

Meeting and assistance on arrival at Kochi airport and transfer to hotel.

Kochi - the palm green commercial town of Kerala has one of the finest natural harbours in the world and is the gateway to Kerala.

Afternoon visit the Dutch Palace which was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin Raja in 1555 AD. 17th century murals depicting scenes from the Indian epic, the Ramayana, can be seen here. St Francis Church, built originally by the Portuguese in 1510 AD is believed to be the first church built by Europeans in India. Vasco da Gama was first buried here.

Also visit Mattancherry, popularly known as "Jew Town", where the last few remaining Jews of Kerala are still living. (If we are fortunate we will be able to enter the Synagogue.) See the Jewish Synagogue - built in 1568 AD which contains Grand Scrolls of the Old Testament and the copper plates containing the privileges granted to the Jews by the Cochin rulers. The floor of the synagogue is paved with exquisite Chinese hand painted tiles.

Evening: Witness a performance of Kathakali Dance, the traditional dance form of Kerala. This stylized dance, mostly performed by men, is very interesting and is based on the religious epics and ballads. The application of make-up is very intricate and we shall arrange for you to see this prior to the performance.
Overnight in Kochi

Day 2 - KOCHI to ALLEPPEY

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning drive to Alleppey (45 kms/1 hr). Board a traditional Deluxe House Boat (Rice Boat) and begin cruise on the backwaters. This is a truly interesting experience as you sail along and see the way of life of the local people who live by the banks of the backwaters. The boat has on board an attendant and a cook and your every requirement will be attended to. There will be a little sitting area and private bedrooms with all facilities. Cooking will be on board, made from freshly bought produce from the local markets and the fish freshly caught! Dock by 1730 hrs for the night at the Lake to witness the beautiful scene of fish being caught with Chinese fishing nets (it is required to dock every evening by this time as the fishing community spread their nets in the evenings).

Overnight in Deluxe House Boat


Day 3 - Take a Backwaters Cruise / Enjoy KOCHI

Breakfast at the hotel.

Cruise through the morning to Aleppey and disembark the houseboat. Drive to Kochi and check into the hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities

Overnight in Kochi


Day 4 - KOCHI to DELHI

Breakfast at the hotel.

After breakfast, drive to Kochi airport to connect flight for Delhi. Leave Kochi for Delhi or for Mumbai. Meeting on arrival at Delhi or Mumbai airport and transfer to the airport or to the hotel.

 

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