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Arrive Kochi, included transfer to hotel. In the evening enjoy a Kathakali dance performance, the traditional dance-form of Kerala.
Formerly a princely state, Kochi is also fondly referred to as “The Queen of the Arabian Sea”. This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town including the beautiful Parsi Synagogue built in 1568, the Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese in 1555 and St Francis’ Church. This evening enjoy a sunset cruise to see Chinese fishing nets at the entrance of Cochin Harbour.
Kochi - Thykattusserry. This morning drive to a small rural village called Thykattusserry being midway between Kochi and Alleppey. World's apart from the hustle and bustle of India's larger towns and cities, this charming village provides a fascinating insight into rural Indian life. The population comprises of people from different communities who live in harmony doing their daily chores like fishing and farming. At the homestay you'll be guaranteed a warm welcome, as you're showered with hospitality by the owners and made to feel like one of the family and in the kitchen you can learn about local cuisine.
This morning, board a simply furnished private rice-boat for a journey through the backwaters in and around Alleppey. Floating serenly along through palm fringed waters, watch fascinating scenes of everyday life, relax in the sunshine and absorb the picturesque scenery. The rice-boat is a simply furnished craft and consists of a thatched covered lounge and dining area, sleeping accommodation and a bathroom with a WC and washbasin. In the evening the boat is lit by hurricane lamps. There is a small service area at the rear of the craft where the cook prepares simple but tasty meals. OVERNIGHT: Deluxe AC Houseboat.
Disembark from the rice-boat at Alleppey then drive to Kottamangalam and transfer to a plantation homestay (approximately 2 hour drive). Relax, unwind and learn about spices like vanilla, pepper, nutmeg, cloves and more.
Relax in the cool ambience of the homestay or join us for an optional tour to visit the Kodanad elephant rescue centre.
Spend your day at leisure or there is also an optional tour to Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, one of the best in Asia. More than 80% of birds found in Kerala can be seen here.
Kottayam - Kochi. Drive back to Kochi and onward transfer to the airport for your international flight