Kumarakom Holidays

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Kathakali Dancer

Day 1: Kochi

Welcome to India! You will 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.

Chinese nets at sunset

Day 2: Kochi - Kothamangalam

This morning enjoy a guided tour of Kochi. We 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. Travel to Kothamangalam a beautiful town in the mountains of Kerala and one of the most important pilgrim centres of Kerala. This evening we visit a spice and rubber plantation. Tonight we stay at a homestay where we can experience the local culture and learn about agriculture in the region.

Rolling plantation

Day 3: Kothamangalam - Munnar

After breakfast we travel to Munnar, a hill station at a height of 1525 metres. Munnar offers a breathtaking view of the hills swathed in an impossibly green carpet of tea bushes. Today we visit a tea garden and tea museum.

Typical houseboat

Day 4: Munnar - Alleppey

Setting off early its a scenic 4 - 5 hour drive to Alleppey. Upon arrival we board a simply furnished private rice-boat for a journey through the lush backwaters. Our private rice-boat takes us sedately along the enchanting palm-fringed backwaters, covering a distance of some 20 kms, 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 dinner prepared by the onboard chef using fresh local produce.

Alleppey sunset

Day 5: Alleppey - Kumarakom

After breakfast we 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 day, 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.

Local house

Day 6: Kumarakom

Your tour with us comes to an end today, you will be transferred to Kochi airport in time for your onward flight.

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last updated - 26 Jan 2015 3:07 PM