Onam Festival Kerala’s, most important festival celebration..
15 Sept:Arrive Cochin
On late arrival in Cochin your tour guide will transfer you to your hotel for a two-night stay.
16 Sept: In Cochin
Morning half day sightseeing tour of Cochin city including visit to Mattancherry, was built in 1555 and its coronation hall and murals at Ramayana are noteworthy features. You will visit the oldest Jewish Synagogue in India [closed on Friday and Saturday built by a thriving Jewish community in 1568 A.D. Now the community has dwindled in numbers, however the synagogue is beautifully preserved. Continue visit Chinese fishing nets. The cantilevered fishing nets line the entrance to the harbour mouth. The long rows of Chinese Nets silhouetted against the sunset present a spectacular sight of Cochin’s waterfront. These are large nets, which hang from bamboo or teak posts, still used by the local fishermen of Fort Cochin. Also visit to the St. Francis Church, originally named after Santo Antonio and dedicated to him as the Patron Saint of Portugal. Five Portuguese priests who arrived with Albuquerque built St. Francis church in 1510.
Today being Onam you will have authentic Malyayali Onam Lunch in a Hotel on Banana leaf.
Afternoon at leisure for independent activities
Evening proceed for Harbour Cruise
17 Sept: Munnar tour ( 155 kms / 3 hrs )
Drive through the picturesque countryside to Munnar. A popular summer retreat during the Raj, Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams and boasts of exotic flora and fauna. On arrival transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay. Later enjoy a city tour visiting the Christ Church, Mattupetty Lake and Tata tea museum. (B)
18 Sept: To Thekkady (110 kms / 2 hrs)
Today your journey continues from the land of tea plantations to the spice lands of Thekkady -the heart of God’s own country! On arrival check into your hotel for a two-night stay. (B)
19 Sept: To Kumarakom (130 kms / 3 hrs)
After a morning plantation tour drive from the heart of the spice hills to the
idyllic backwaters of Kumarakom. Enter into this tranquil world of pure magic set amidst marvellous mangrove forests, coconut canopies, swaying palms and green paddy fields interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals. On arrival transfer to your hotel for two-nights. Evening sunset cruise on Lake Vembanad. (B)
20 Sept: In Kumarakom
Enjoy the day at leisure. You have the option of visiting the nearby Bird Sanctuary, enjoying a backwater cruise on a country boat sailing through narrow canals, rejuvenate yourself at the Ayurvedic centre in your resort or simply laze around at the beach! (B)
21 Sept: Backwaters Cruise (Kumarakom – Alleppey)
Morning at leisure. That afternoon you will be transferred to the jetty to embark on a leisurely exploration of the Kerala backwaters. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the beautiful backwaters in a Kettuvallom (house boat) as you float through the placid waters passing palm fringed canals, lakes and villages. Overnight on board the houseboat. (B, D)
22 Sept: To Kovalam (160 kms / 4 hrs)
Following breakfast on board the houseboat you will disembark at Alleppey and drive to the coastal resort of Kovalam for a two-night stay. In the afternoon relax and unwind in the picturesque environs or enjoy a rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage at your resort. (B)
23 Sept: In Kovalam
Today you will enjoy a short excursion to the famous Old Palace of the Rajas of Travancore at Padmanabhapuram. Visit the beautiful palace displaying its’ fine craftsmanship, especially in woodwork, characteristic of Kerala’s art and architecture. Rest of the day is at leisure to indulge in beach activities and explore the town on your own. (B)
24 Sept: Depart Kovalam
Today bid farewell to Kovalam as you transfer to the Trivandrum airport for your international flight back home. (B)
Price: €1428 p.p twin sharing basis
Depart From:DUB / ORK
Departure Date: 15 Sep 2013 – 17 Sep 2013
Duration:09 nights / 10 days
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* India’s finest 4 star deluxe hotel accommodations on a bed and breakfast basis.
*Assistance by friendly, knowledgeable English speaking ground representatives from the moment you arrive in India until the time you leave.
*All transfers to and from the airport, hotels and sightseeing tours.
*All transportation by private chauffeur driven air-conditioned car.
*For all tours and monument visits a local English speaking guide will accompany you.
*The majority of entrance fees to all monuments are included as per your itinerary.
*All service taxes included.
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