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6 Day Kerala Tour (NK-73)

Private Travel | Tour Code: NK-73 | 5 Nights

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PRIVATE TRAVEL: Cochin → Backwaters cruise → Kumarakom.

Unique experiences on this tour:
♦ Cruise Kerala’s tranquil backwater canals on a traditional houseboat (barge)
♦ View the incredible birdlife of Vembanad Lake in the early morning
♦ Witness Kathakali dance performance in Cochin

Day 1 - Cochin

Arrive Cochin in the afternoon or evening, depending on flight schedules. You're greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 - Cochin

Morning: An ancient harbor town, Cochin reflects the influence of the many foreign traders who visited the city. The Jewish synagogue (closed on Fridays and Saturdays), one of the oldest in India, is set in the heart of the area known as “Jew Town” surrounded by an aromatic spice market, and interesting shops selling antiques. The synagogue is decorated with blue ceramic Chinese tiles, each distinct in their design. The pictures on the tiles relate the tale of the romance between a wealthy mandarin. If synagogue is closed on this day, then your driver can be arranged (no extra charge) to take you there on one of the other days that you are in Cochin. You spend time in the surrounding markets and walk to the Mattancherry Palace, which was commissioned by the Portuguese for the raja of Kochi in exchange for trading rights. The palace is two storeys high and is built in the traditional Kerala style known as nalukattu (four buildings). The palace exhibits memorabilia from the raja of Kochi’ collection, but it is best known for its outstanding murals painted on the wooden walls. The royal bedroom has ceilings and walls covered with forty-five 16th century paintings illustrating the Ramayana. From here visit the St. Francis Church, established by the Portuguese Franciscan friars in 1503. Vasco Da Gama was buried in the courtyard of this European church, one of the first built in India. Also visit the Chinese fishing nets (they are a great part of this tour), which is a more than a century old traditional form of catching fish and still in use.

Late Afternoon: Witness Kathakali dance performance in a theatre. Kathakali is a classical dance form that has its origins in Theyyam a ritual tribal dance of north Kerala and Kalaripayyattu the martial arts which goes back 1000 years. The dancers use dramatic costumes and exaggerated facial make up, and to accompaniment of drums and cymbals, use stylized movements to relate episodes from the Mahabharat and Ramayan. You will arrive early at the theatre to watch the dancers prepare for their performance.

Day 3 - Cochin / Backwaters

Morning: Check out from your hotel after breakfast and drive to Alleppey to board your houseboat for an overnight cruise.

A visit to Kerala is incomplete without a visit to the backwaters. A series of canals, which thread their way through the state to the sea, it allows you a glimpse of life in Kerala impossible to get from road transport. Along the way you will pass rice fields, tiny villages, boats transporting children to school and farmers transporting their produce to the market, and women completing household tasks such as laundry and washing utensils. You will disembark from the boat to wander in the villages and talk to the people. At night the boat will anchor mid stream, and your meals will be specially prepared by the crew from freshly bought produce.

Day 4 - Backwaters / Kumarakom

After breakfast, disembark from your houseboat around 9 am at Alleppey and proceed on the drive to Kumarakom.

Standard check-in time at the hotel is 2 pm and early check-in is subject to availability on arrival. If room is not available then enjoy common areas/restaurant etc.

You are at leisure on this day to enjoy Ayurvedic Spa facilities at your lakefront resort or explore the nearby villages (on your own) on the picturesque island of Kumarakom.

Day 5 - Kumarakom

Early Morning: Visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary to view the incredible birdlife of Vembanad Lake.

You are at leisure for rest of the day to enjoy Ayurvedic Spa facilities at your lakefront resort or explore the nearby villages (on your own) on the picturesque island of Kumarakom.

Day 6 - Kumarakom / Cochin

Early Morning: You have option (no extra charges) to visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary to view the incredible birdlife of Vembanad Lake.

Check out from your hotel by noon. After early lunch, drive to the Cochin airport to board your return flight to Mumbai or Delhi (Airfare for last flight TBD depending on travel to Mumbai or Delhi).

Our services end at Cochin airport.



Hotel Names
The Trident | Dream hotel
Standard Air-Conditioned Houseboat (AC in Night only)
Backwater Ripples | Abad Whispering Palms


Hotel Names
Vivanta by Taj Malabar | Le Meridien
Deluxe Air-Conditioned Houseboat (AC in Night only)
The Zuri Resort | The Park Vembanad Lake Resort

LUXURY HOTELS (Best Available):

Hotel Names
Brunton Boatyard | Trinity at Fort Cochin | Malabar House
Premium Air-Conditioned Houseboat (All day AC on demand)
Kumarakom Lake Resort | Coconut Lagoon

Note: Hotel check-in is at 2 pm and check-out is at 12 noon for almost all the hotels in India.


Hotel accommodation in a Double/Twin Standard Guest room
Daily Full Breakfast at the hotel
Private return airport transfers in a chauffeur driven car
All entrance/admission fees to monuments and sights
Kathakali Dance performance in Cochin
Guided walk in the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Bottled water during sightseeing, day excursions and long drives
Representative for assistance at airport/railway station in each city
Road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes
24/7 on-tour assistance in India


International or domestic flights (Internal airfare $100~$150 USD each flight)
Personal Expenses (Insurance, visa, tips, porterage, phone, beverages)
Video Camera charges or Professional Still camera with tripod
Goods and services tax (GST) of 5% shall apply on the total billing


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