Kerala – Take it Easy

Tour: Kerala – Take it Easy
Places Visited
Cochin, Vechoor, Houseboat, Kollam, Chittar Lake, Kovalam
Highlights –
1. Chinese Fishing nets and techniques.
2. Farms & Tribal villages.
3. Cooking Lessons.
4. Life on Backwater.
5. Beautiful beaches and lakes.
6. Kerala Cuisine and Culture.
13 days from
Price Includes
✔ Accommodation (12 nights) in amazing Hotels and Resorts and Houseboat.
✔ Meal Plan –Bed & Breakfast-Except on Houseboat where it is on full board.
✔ All transportation by air-conditioned chauffeur driven vehicle.
✔ All entrances fee and guide during sightseeing.
✔ Plantation visits.
✔ Walks & trails as mentioned in the itinerary.
✔ All currently applicable taxes. (Subject to govt. norms)

Day 1 – Arrive Cochin
Arrive Cochin, you will be greeted by Mysteries of India representative and transferred to hotel.
Cochin, ‘Queen of the Arabian sea’ and also one of the gateways to Kerala. The city is built up on a cluster of islands and peninsulas consisting mainland Ernakulam, the islands of Willington, Bolgatty and Gundu in the harbour, Fort Cochin and Mattancherry on the southern peninsula.
Cochin is an attractive city with serene backwaters, lagoons with feathery coconut palms. The older parts of Fort Cochin and Mattanchery are an unlikely blend of medieval Portugal.
Check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Evening Kathakali dance drama, enacting epics from the Hindu Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Overnight at hotel.

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CGH Brunton Boatyard

Taj Malabar Resort & Spa

 


The Malabar House

Eighth Bastion

Day 2 – Cochin
Today enjoy the city tour includes the 16th century Jewish synagogue, the Dutch Palace and the famous Chinese fishing nets.
Afternoon at leisure to explore the fort area and local market on own.
Evening enjoy the Sunset while cruising in the harbour.
Overnight at hotel.

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CGH Brunton Boatyard

Taj Malabar Resort & Spa

 


The Malabar House

Eighth Bastion

Day 3 – Cochin – Vechoor
Morning drive to Vechoor.
Surrounded by the Vembanad Lake embraces travellers with its beautiful water bodies and serene village life. The emerald Backwaters and green carpeted nature enhance the exquisiteness of the place. Visiting Vechoor offers great opportunities to learn about the culture and life of the people around the backwater.
The Philipkutty’s Farm is your home for 2 nights. The farm is 35 acres and the largest on the Island. The major crops on the farm are coconut, toddy tapping, nutmeg, cocoa, banana, pepper and many other fruits, vegetables and spices.
Evening enjoy a sunset cruise on a country boat on the open backwaters.
Overnight at hotel.

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Philipkutty’s Farm

Day 4 – Vechoor
The farm offers various activities including Bird Watching, Farm visit , Cooking Lessons, Fishing etc. Or spend the day by the Backwater watching the life going on. Also you may interact with the host family.
Overnight at hotel.

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Philipkutty’s Farm

Day 5 – Vechoor to Houseboat
Morning drive to jetty to board your Houseboat and cruise slowly through the beautiful palm fringed backwater channels witnessing the day to day life on the banks.
Overnight at hotel.

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CGH Spice Coast

Day 6 – Houseboat to Kollam
Morning drive to Kollam.
Kollam, an old seaport town on the Arabian coast, stands on the Ashtamudi lake. Kollam is also the centre of the country’s cashew trading and processing industry. Thangassery is a place of historical importance situated close to the town. The churches here are pretty old, having been established in the 18th century. The chief attraction of the place is the light house, built in 1902. The 144 ft. tall lighthouse stands as a sentinel, warning seamen of the treacherous reefs of Thangassery.
Rest of the day at leisure or take a boat trip to watch sunset over the lake.
Overnight at hotel.

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Fragrant Nature

Day 7 – Kollam
Morning visit include heritage Light House and local small-scale industries such as coconut processing, coir production, cashew processing and local hand weaving.
Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the resort.
Overnight at hotel.

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Fragrant Nature

Day 8 – Kollam to Chittar Lake
Morning drive to another beautiful destination Chittar Lake. It is one of the beautiful and hidden gem of the area. The lake is surrounded by beautiful hills enhancing the grace of this amazing beauty. The highlight of the lake is your resort to stay which is uniquely positioned to cater various activities while staying.
Afternoon experience a trip to local Kani tribal settlement.Kani people still maintain their heritage culture and traditional life style by choice.
Overnight at hotel.

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Anantya Resort Chittar

Day 9 – Chittar Lake
This morning explore and experience a Rubber Plantation walk.
Walk through a 1000 acre estate with a history of a hundred years at a leisurely pace, stopping to see and understand the many different species of plants and trees along with many colored insects and small medicinal plants and flowers in the undergrowth.
Rest of the day at leisure as the infinity pool is really inviting..
Overnight at hotel.

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Anantya Resort Chittar

Day 10 – Chittar Lake to Kovalam
Morning drive to another destination experience-A former fishing village, Kovalam was brought to the public eye by The Maharaja of Travancore. With high rock promontory, calm bay of blue waters, pleasant climatic, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights.This place is also popular for grilled seafood items such as lobster, king prawns and kalamari, which are fresh from the sea at Kovalam.
Check in at the one of the most luxurious stay in the area.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Would suggest to discuss with resort staff about the Ayurveda and Spa treatments they offer.
Overnight at hotel.

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Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra

Day 11 & 12 – Kovalam
Enjoy your relaxing days and Kerala delecacies.
Overnight at hotel.

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Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra

Day 13 – Kovalam – Trivandrum Airport
Transfer to airport in in time to board your flight back home.

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