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BEACH N BACKWATER WONDERS
Cochin (01 nt) – Marari (02 nts) - Kumarakom (02 nts) – Houseboat (01 nt) – Kovalam (03 nts) – out from Trivandrum
 
Day 1 - Arrive Cochin (35 Kms)
Arrive in Cochin, meet & greet services at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Cochin, the financial capital and the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala. Check in to your hotel at Cochin. Later proceed for a sightseeing tour of Cochin covering - The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry is renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana. The Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town. The St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The Santa Cruz Basilica originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. The Chinese fishing nets are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese trade. By evening witness the world famous Kathakali dance at a local theatre, a traditional art form of Kerala and one among the national dances of India Overnight at hotel at Cochin
 
Day 2 - To Mararikulam (50 Kms)
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Marari, the calm and serene beach of central Kerala located in Alleppey district. A unique beach in Kerala with coconut palm fringed shore line with fisher men village nearby. Kerala beaches are an ideal choice for tourists seeking calm and serene settings. Check in to your resort at Mararikulam and explore the wonders of nature. Optional – try out a traditional ayurveda massage which will take away all the fatigue of travel and keeps you rejuvenated. Overnight at Marari.
 
Day 3 - At Mararikulam
Day free to relax at the resort or venture into the nearby fishermen village and interact with the locals. Tickle your taste buds with the local sea food specialities which comes fresh from the fishermens nets around. Overnight at Marari.
 
Day 4 - To Kumarakom (30 Kms)
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Kumarakom the land of lakes and lagoons. Check in to the lake side resort at kumarakom and relax. Optional – ayurveda massages / sunset cruise / bird sanctuary visit. Overnight stay at the resort in kumarakom.
 
Day 5 - At Kumarakom
Full day free to relax at Kumarakom and enjoy the magical world of lakes and lagoons. Optional – Visit to nearby town of Kottayam (18 km) to see the 2 famous churches Valiya Palli & cheriya palli. Overnight stay at the resort in kumarakom.
 
Day 6 - To Alleppey On Houseboat
After a leisurely breakfast, some free time at the resort. By noon time aboard a Kettuvallam (houseboat) to proceed for an unforgettable overnight cruise to Alleppey through the mesmerizing backwaters of kerala, something unique to kerala.

You will have a private, one room houseboat that travels until sunset when it then anchors for the night, at Alleppey. Your houseboat has a private balcony with comfortable chairs. The rooms are well furnished with attached bathrooms and air conditioning which functions during sleeping hours. The boat has a fully equipped kitchen and an experienced cook to prepare authentic Kerala cuisine with seafood specialties and fresh vegetables. This is your chance to pick up some fabulous cooking tips!

The waterways of Kerala play a major role in the economy of the state as they link remote villages and islands with the mainland. It is an incredibly different experience to cruise in the backwaters in country houseboats, absorbing the beauty of Kerala's villages. Houseboats, also known as Kettuvallam or rice boats, are today one of the major tourist attractions in Kerala, but these boats were used to carry rice bags in their earlier days. These houseboats are uniquely designed using local materials like bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, carpets etc. and are a fabulous way to enjoy exploring the fascinating beauties of backwaters. With their languid grace and quaint design adding another dimension to your cruise in the shimmering blue waters.

Lunch, evening tea with snacks and dinner served on board. Overnight in the Houseboat.
 
Day 7 - To Kovalam (175 Kms)
Wake up to the chatter of the water birds. A traditional Kerala breakfast prepared by the houseboat crew awaits you. Disembark the boat after an unforgettable life time experience and drive south towards Kovalam, the world famous beach destination of Kerala. Enroute stop at the snake temple at mannarasala for a short visit (Optional)

With three adjacent crescent beaches, Kovalam has been a favorite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse - sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes, Catamaran cruising etc. The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes. Life on the Kerala beaches begins late in the day and carries on well into the night.

Upon arrival check in to your resort at Kovalam. Overnight at Kovalam.
 
Day 8 - At Kovalam – Day Excursion to Thiruvananthapuram (20 Kms)
After breakfast proceed for a sightseeing tour of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, is just a stones throw away from Kovalam and getting there is no hassle. Thiruvananthapuram has interesting places to see like the Napier Museum, the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, the Padmanabhaswamy Temple (from outside only), Puthenmalike Palace museum.

Optional – Lunch at a city restaurant and shopping of antiques and souveniers before return drive to Kovalam resort.

Overnight at Kovalam.
 
Day 9 - At Kovalam
Day at leisure . Relax at the beach or swimming pool.

Optional : Full day excursion to Lands End - Kanyakumari (90 Kms) also known as Cape Comorin. The place known for the confluence of the 3 Oceans, viz Arabian sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. Enroute visit the wooden palace at Padmanabhapuram which belongs to the Travancore dynasty, and a quick visit to the famous Suchindram temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and which houses an 18 ft monolithic statue of the monkey God, Hanuman. Lunch at a local restaurant and take a ferry to the Vivekananda rock memorial, where Swami Vivekananda, the world famous scholar and philosopher meditated. By evening return drive to Kovalam. Overnight at Kovalam.
 
Day 10 - Departure from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)
In time departure transfer to the Thiruvananthapuram Airport (30 minutes drive) assisted by our representative.