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KERALA’ CARTE
Cochin (02 nts) – Kumarakom (02 nts) – Houseboat (01 nt) – Marari (02 nts) – out from Cochin
 
Day 1 - Arrive Cochin
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. 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 - At Cochin
After breakfast 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.
Venture into the busy markets of Cochin for a shopping experience, an ideal place to find curios, souveniers, spices, textiles etc. Overnight at Cochin.
 
Day 3 - To Kumarakom (80 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 4 - 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 5 - To Alleppey On Houseboat
After a leisurely breakfast, some free time at the resort. By noon time aboard a Kettuvallam, a backwater 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 in Kerala that travels until sunset when it then anchors for the night, at Alleppey. Your houseboat has a private balcony with comfortable chairs. The rooms of the houseboat 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. Kerala backwater houseboats, also known as Kettuvallam or rice boats, are today one of the major tourist attractions in Kerala, but these houseboats were used to carry rice bags in their earlier days. These backwater 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 6 - To Mararikulam Or Marari (50 Kms)
Wake up to the chatter of the water birds. A traditional kerala breakfast prepared by the boat crew awaits you. Disembark the boat after an unforgettable life time experience and drive to Mararikulam, the calm and serene beach of central kerala located in Alleppey district. A unique beach with coconut palm fringed shore line with fisher men village near by. 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 7 - 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 8 - Departure from Cochin
In time departure transfer to the Cochin Airport (1 and a ½ hour’s drive) assisted by our representative.