- 05 Days / 04 Nights
- Kerala Packages
From the azure sky to the blue seas, Kerala is all magic. This itinerary takes you to the Misty Mountains, Meandering backwaters, the Swaying House boats. A splash of culture and renowned Kerala cuisine add to this usual magic.
Day 1 Trivandrum- Kumarakom (160 Kms / 04 hrs)
Pick up from Trivandrum Home and drive to Kumarakom, On arrival check in to a Backwater Resort Kumarakom is a sleepy little village on Vembanad Lake in Kerala. It offers wide variety of flora, exotic sightseeing, boating and fishing experience. The bird sanctuary spread across 14 acres is safe home for many migratory birds like Siberian stork, wild duck etc. They live with other birds in flocks such as darters, herons; egret, waterfowls and cuckoos are fascinating sight for the visitors. Day free for Ayurvedic General Massage (Direct payment basis).Overnight stay at Hotel in Kumarakom.
Day 2 Kumarakom - Cochin (80km/2 hrs )
After breakfast visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, later drive to Cochin It is located on the Vembanad Lake. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is home to different species of birds, including migratory birds from Siberia. This sanctuary is spread across 14 acres and was established by the Government of India for preserving coconut trees and mandrakes, which are the natural habitat of birds.Afternoon, proceed for Guided sightseeing tour of Cochin.Overnight stay at Hotel in Fort Cochin.
Day 3 Cochin - Muziris Heritage Tour : A confluence of Cultures
After breakfast proceed for Guided Muziris Heritage tour (6-8hrs depending on your interest) This tour offers an introduction to the many faiths and cultures of the Malabar Coast. Muziris is the name of an ancient port city on the Kerala coast, an hour’s drive north of Cochin. The city traded in spices, silk, and precious stones; with exports to Rome, Greece, Egypt, etc. Enriched by trade contacts, Muziris became a melting pot of world cultures. The earliest Jewish settlers in India landed on the Malabar Coast and flourished in Muziris. Muziris is where St. Thomas the Apostle is said to have first landed in 52AD, bringing Christianity to India. The first ever mosque in India was also built here. After nearly 1000 years of thriving trade, the port of Muziris was damaged in a major flood, and Cochin took its place as the most important trading port in Kerala. However, the Muziris area – covering Kodungallur and Paravoor – continues to be as multi-cultural as ever. Old churches, synagogues, mosques and temples attest to the great confluence of cultures that Muziris was. In a world full of strife, the monuments and bazaars of Muziris stand as beacons even today, a testament to the harmonious co-existence of multiple faiths on the Malabar Coast.
Tour Coverage: On this tour, we will visit the following:
ï‚· Kodungalloor Bhagavathi Temple: A Hindu temple to Goddess Bhadrakali in existence since ancient times and rebuilt over the years. Steeped in powerful myths and legends, the temple attracts many locals and pilgrims for its daily worship, rituals and festivals.
ï‚· Chennamangalam and Paravoor Synagogues: Old synagogues of the Malabar Jews, constructed using Keralan building traditions, but adapted to suit Jewish ritual and liturgical requirements. Near the Chennamangalam synagogue is also the first Christian Seminary and the first printing press in India.
ï‚· Kottakavu Church: A church of the Syrian Christian community of Kerala, believed to be the one of the seven original ones established by the Apostle St. Thomas
ï‚· Paliam Dutch Palace (Museum): The residence of the Paliath Achans, the prime ministers to the Rajas of the State of Kochi.
ï‚· Cheraman Juma Masjid: The first mosque in India, built after the Chera king of Kerala met the Prophet Muhammad. It has been renovated several times since then.
ï‚· Local bazaar: We will also walk through an interesting and colourful local bazaar, selling everything under the sun Later drive back to Hotel.
Evening watch the Kathakali dance show, a traditional dance drama of Kerala.Overnight stay at Hotel in Fort Cochin
Day 4 Cochin - Alleppey Houseboat Cruise ( 80km/2 hrs )
After breakfast, drive to Alleppey for Houseboat cruise at 12 noon Kettuvallom or (Rice boats) are country boats that were used in the early days for the transport of goods from the isolated interior villages to the towns. A ride on a Kettuvallom is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters which give a glimpse of paddy fields, toddy tapping. Also you can indulge in fishing. A house boat is about 67 feet in length and has a width of around 13 feet in the middle. The materials that go into the making are all local and Eco friendly bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, coir carpets etc. The house boats have fully furnished single and double rooms with sundeck, comfortable chairs, kitchen and toilet with WC. In addition there is also separate rest room for the crew. Traditional lanterns are used as lights. The crew includes a chef and two oarsmen. The houseboat takes you through the scenic backwaters of Kerala. The Traditional Kerala cuisine will be served on the board.Cruise through Vembanadu Lake.Overnight stay at houseboat.
Day 5 Alleppey - Trivandrum (140km/4 hrs )
After breakfast, disembark from Houseboat at 09 Am, later drive to Trivandrum and drop at home.