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  Houseboat In Kerala India

Duration : 7 Nuits 8 Jours

Destinations Covered: Chochin, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Houseboat, Kovalam, Trinandrum

Travel itinerary:

Day 1 : Arrive at Cochin On arrival at Cochin Airport, meet and transfer to hotel for 02 nights' stay. Cochin, the 'Queen of Arabian Sea' has one of the finest natural harbors in the world. The ancient churches, palaces and synagogue in this city are sought after by archaeologists and historians. Evening, go for motorboat cruise to watch the sunset and the Chinese fishing nets. Overnight stay at Cochin.

Day 2 : Cochin
After breakfast, go for half-day sightseeing tour of Cochin covering the Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays), which was built by the Portuguese in 1555 and was presented to the Raja of Cochin as a gesture of goodwill. The Jewish Synagogue (closed on Fridays & Saturdays) was originally constructed in 1568, but was destroyed by Portuguese in 1662. This was rebuilt two years later when the Dutch took over Cochin. The St. Francis Church, said to be India's oldest European-built church was constructed in 1503. Having died in Cochin in 1524, Vasco da Gama was buried here for 14 years before his remains were taken to Lisbon. Afternoon at leisure. Evening, drive to the Cultural Centre where you can enjoy the Kathakali dance show. Overnight stay at Cochin.

Day 3 : Cochin - Thekkady
After breakfast, drive to Thekkady, the land of unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. It has the famous wildlife sanctuary in South India, which is also a Tiger Reserve. On arrival, check into the hotel for 02 nights stay. Afternoon, visit the spice plantations and Kumily town. Overnight stay at Thekkady.

Day 4 : Thekkady
Morning at leisure and free for own activities. You can opt for a soft trek through the forest or for an elephant ride. Evening, enjoy boating through Lake Periyar and watch the wild life. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters, from the safety of a boat. Overnight stay at Thekkady.

Day 5 : Thekkady - Kumarakom
After breakfast, drive to Kumarakom where you will check into a backwater resort for 01 night stay. Rest of the day at leisure for own activities. You can opt for an Ayurvedic Full Body Massage at the resort. Overnight stay at Kumarakom.

Day 6 : Kumarakom - Alleppey (Backwaters)
Morning, you can opt to visit the nearby Bird Sanctuary. Around 1230 hrs, check into a Houseboat for a night cruise towards Alleppey. Alleppey has large networks of canals and is the centre for backwater cruises in the state. During the cruise, you can stop for a short walk through the nearby villages and enjoy local life. Meals will be served on board. Overnight stay in Houseboat.

Day 7 : Alleppey - Kovalam
Arrive at Alleppey around 0930 hrs after a relaxing breakfast on board and proceed to Kovalam. En route, visit the attractions in Trivandrum city. Trivandrum is built over seven hills and is known as the 'City of the Sacred Serpent'. The Padmanabha Swamy Temple is the landmark of the city The main other attractions of this city are the Puthen Maliga Museum (Horse Palace), Napier Museum, and Sree Chitra Art Gallery (all monuments closed on Mondays). Later, proceed to Kovalam and check into a beach hotelfor0l night. Overnight stay at Kovalam.

Day 8 : Depart from Trinandrum
Morning at leisure. Later, transfer to Trivandrum Airport for your flight back home.

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