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Welcome to India. You'll be met at Kochi airport and transferred to your hotel. Kochi (formerly known as Cochin) is long famed in the history books and offered refuge to Jews more than 2,500 years ago. The Portuguese founded the first European colony here in the 16th century. The Dutch quickly followed and eventually, the British. The cosmopolitan mix of cultures makes the city fascinating. This evening we watch a performance of Kathakali, the traditional dance of Kerala.
This morning enjoy a guided tour of historic Fort Kochi. See the elegant Chinese fishing nets and explore the winding streets of the old town, visiting St Francis’ Church, Parsi Synagogue (exterior only) and a Dutch palace. After our morning's sightseeing we drive east to Munnar - a picturesque hill station nestled on the verdant slopes of tea plantations. Located at a lofty height of 1600m, Munnar in South India offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills carpeted with tea plantations. From many locations in Munnar, one can view Anamudi (2695m), South India’s highest peak. The rest of the afternoon is free to relax or explore the area.
First thing today we visit one of the many tea plantations where our guide will give us a brief explanation about the different varieties of tea and how they are processed. After this we make our way to a local market to see the wares on offer before heading back to our hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your own leisure.
Setting off early it's a scenic 4-5 hour drive to Alleppey. Upon arrival board a simply furnished private rice-boat for a journey through the lush backwaters. Your private rice-boat takes us sedately along the enchanting palm-fringed backwaters, covering a distance of some 20km, during which time the boat glides past local villages and interesting scenes of everyday rural life. Watch a beautiful sunset over the backwaters and enjoy tasty meals (starting with lunch) prepared by the onboard chef using fresh local produce.
After breakfast disembark the houseboat at Kumarakom. Perched sleepily amongst a tangle of verdant tropical waterways, the area is known as the Keralan backwaters, Kumarakom is technically a cluster of islands on Lake Vembanad - one of Asia’s largest freshwater lakes. This is an ideal place to relax for the next two days, enjoy the beautiful scenery and laid back pace. There is also a wonderful bird sanctuary spread across 14 acres, which is a favoured haunt of migratory birds and certainly worthy of a visit.
Today marks the end of your memorable journey. After breakfast we travel back to Kochi and transfer to the airport. Please note: flights from Kochi should depart after 2pm.
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