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Kerala Historic Sites, Backwaters & Houseboat - 7 Nights | 8 Days

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Inclusions:

  • Assistance
  • Breakfast
  • Hotel Stay
  • Local Transportation
  • Sightseeing

In a Nutshell

  • Arrival - Cochin
  • Cochin                  (02 Nights) 
  • Kumarakom          (02 Nights)
  • Houseboat            (01 Night)
  • Marari                   (02 Nights)
  • Departure - Cochin 

 

Book this 7- night holiday package tour 'Kerala Historic Sites, Backwaters & Houseboat' to explore the best of 'God's Own Country' and places like Cochin, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Mararikulam or Marari. Explore historic site, backwaters, sunkissed beaches and fishing villages besides enjoying an overnight stay in a houseboat.

 

  

Package Itinerary:

1
DAY

Arrival Cochin

A truly great holiday should start from your arrival to departure, so for your arrival in Cochin, you will be met by our La Vacanza Travel representative to assist you with your hotel transfer in this beautiful cosmopolitan city of Kerala. 

 

When the evening comes, you will be given the chance to witness the world-famous Kathakali dance at a local theatre. After the show, you will then head back to your hotel to spend the rest of the night. Overnight in Cochin.

 

2
DAY

Cochin

After having a leisurely breakfast, you will then be taken to a sightseeing tour of the city that covers some of the most interesting places here, including the Dutch Palace at Mattancherry, which is renowned for its wall murals of which themes have been borrowed from the great Indian epics of the Ramayana and the Mahabharatha, as well as the legends and myths about the Hindu gods, particularly Guruvayurappan. 

 

Some of the murals also depict scenarios from Kumarasambhavam and other works of Kalidasa, the great Sanskrit poet. 

 

Other attractions included in the tour are the Jewish Synagogue at the center of the Jew Town; the St. Francis Church, which is the oldest European church in the country; the Santa Cruz Basilica, which dates back to 1557 and built by the Portuguese; and the giant Chinese fishing nets that are spectacular to see especially during sunsets. 

 

After this tour, you can also visit the busy markets of the city for a great shopping experience, finding spices, curios, textiles and other souvenir items that you can bring home. 

 

You will then head back to your hotel for an overnight stay.

 

3
DAY

Cochin - Kumarakom (80 Kms)

Wake up to a leisurely breakfast and then travel to the Land of Lakes and Lagoons—Kumarakom. 

 

After you check in to your lakeside resort, you will be allowed some time to relax and then given some optional tours. 

 

One of the options will be a visit to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which is a favorite haunt for migratory birds, such as Siberian storks, darters, egrets, teals and herons. Your visit to this place will take you to lush acres of woodland where you can spot the migratory birds flocking in thousands.

 

Aside from migratory birds, you will also be able to get a glimpse of the native kingfishers ablazing in psychedelic colors and watch in delight the acrobatics of the paradise fly-catchers. 

 

Other options that will be offered to you include a sunset cruise or Ayurveda massages. You will then spend the rest of the night at your resort in Kumarakom.

 

4
DAY

Kumarakom

This day will be fully spent at Kumarakom, relaxing and enjoying the magical world of its lakes and lagoons. 

 

You will have the option to visit the nearby town of Kottayam, which is about 18 kilometers from the village, to see the famous churches of Valiya Palli and Cheriya Palli. 

 

The Valiya Palli is a principal church in a diocese (bhadrasanam) by the Syrian orthodox patriarch of Malankara, while the Cheriya Palli is one of the oldest and most well-preserved churches in the state, which was constructed in 1579 with the European architectural style using galleries, cornices, pillars and pediments.

 

After your excursion, you will return to the resort for an overnight stay.

 

5
DAY

Kumarakom - Alleppey - Houseboat

After a leisurely breakfast at Kumarakom, you will spend some free time at the resort, and by noontime, you will get aboard a backwater houseboat, locally known as kettuvallam, to go on an unforgettable overnight cruise to Alleppey through the splendid backwaters of Kerala, which include lunch, snacks, evening tea and dinner, all of which served on board. 

 

Basically, you will cruise until sunset when the boat anchors for the night at Alleppey. 

 

Originally used to carry rice in the past, these uniquely designed backwater houseboats have become among the most important attractions in Kerala, offering a fascinating way to enjoy the beautiful backwaters in this part of India, with their design and languid grace adding to the beauty of your cruise. 

 

They have fully equipped kitchens with experienced cooks to prepare authentic Kerala cuisine for you and even give you some fabulous cooking tips. 

 

They also have private balconies with chairs for comfortable sightseeing and well-furnished, air-conditioned rooms with attached bathrooms to ensure a good night sleep throughout the night on board.

 

During the cruise, you will see the significance of the backwaters to the state, linking remote islands and villages to the mainland, and will have a uniquely wonderful experience of cruising that you will not find anywhere else in the world.

 

Overnight in the Houseboat

 

6
DAY

Houseboat - Alleppey - Mararikulam or Marari (50 Kms)

After you have a traditional Kerala breakfast on board, while enjoying the sounds of nature surrounding you, you will then disembark to end the cruise and then driven to Mararikulam, or Marari Beach, which is known for its serene and calm atmosphere, located in the district of Alleppey. 

 

This beautiful place will give you the opportunity to engage with the locals and learn the culture, considering that there is a fishing village nearby. 

 

Once you arrive, you will then check in to your resort, before exploring the wonders of nature here. 

 

You will also have the option to try out the traditional Ayurveda massage, which will keep you rejuvenated to continue with your itinerary. 

 

As you can see, this relaxing and refreshing treatment is performed by professional therapists in a synchronized manner using medicated herbal oils to improve your bodily functions and provide relief to fatigue, anxiety and even aches that you will experience while traveling. 

 

In essence, this treatment can be important to get your body energized to ensure your tours will be enjoyable and worthwhile. 

 

After a day of activities, you will spend the rest of the night at the resort in Marari.

 

7
DAY

Mararikulam

This day will give you the freedom to relax at the resort or venture into the nearby village to know more about the place and its inhabitants. 

 

This is a great chance to try the local sea food specialties here that come fresh from the nets. The day will then end with an overnight stay at Marari.

 

8
DAY

Mararikulam - Cochin - Departure

You will depart for the Cochin Airport, which will take 1.5 hours of drive, and assisted by our La Vacanza Travel representative.

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Picture Gallery

  • Performer getting ready for Show
  • Fishing nets in Cochin
  • Dance Show in Cochin
  • Dance Show in Cochin
  • Process of Tea manufacturing.
  • Tea plantations
  • Green tea health benefits.
  • Driver, navigator of our houseboat in Kerala
  • View of backwaters from our houseboat

Customer's Questions & Answers

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Q.

What kind of transportation is provided in Kerala Tour?

A.

There is a comfortable air conditioned vehicle at disposal for you to take you everywhere with a professional local driver. Driver meets you at the airport or train station on your arrival and remains with you till the time of your departure at the end of your Kerala Tour. You are given an option to choose between a budget friendly, business or first class vehicles.

Q.

I prefer meals included in our Kerala Holiday Package. Is it possible?

A.

Usually options of tour packages are given on "room with breakfast" basis. (Houseboat - all meals are include) to give you a freedom to eat out and try local cuisine of your choice. However if you wish to pre plan everything ,we will be happy to suggest Kerala holiday package on half board basis i.e included with Breakfast and Dinner.

Q.

How many categories of House boats are there?

A.

Same like hotels, house boats also have categories; depending on the quality of service you require we can suggest a suitable houseboat. You also have options of 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, 3 or 4 bedroom houseboats to choose depending on how many of you are travelling together on a Kerala vacation.

Q.

Can you also book flights?

A.

Yes, we will be happy to book flight for you. Convenient flight connections are available from Delhi, From Kolkata, From Mumbai, From Ahmedabad, From Chennai, From Bangalore or Hyderabad to Cochin or Trivandrum.

Q.

Is vegetarian food available in Kerala?

A.

There are as many vegetarian dishes as there are non vegetarian in cuisine of Kerala. You will easily find pure vegetarian food in all of Kerala.

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