Tour Duration: 07 Days/ 06 Nights
Destinations Covered: Cochin- Periyar- Kumarakom- Cochin
Day 01: Arrive Cochin
On arrival at the Cochin airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Check in to the hotel and relax.
Day 02: Cochin
In the morning, enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Cochin. Cochin has a rich and interesting history of foreign influence dating back to 15 th century AD, when Jewish, Portuguese, Dutch and Arab settlers came here. See the Mattancherry Palace housing extraordinary collection of murals from the Great Indian Epics; the Jewish Synagogue built 1568 with its Cantonese tiles and glass chandeliers from Belgium; St Francis's Church , the first European church in India and original burial place of Vasco De Gama; and the gigantic Chinese Fishing Nets which it is said came from the court of Kublai Khan.
In the evening, enjoy a dazzling performance of the Kathakali , a dramatic ancient dance form involving dancers who enact stories form the great Indian Epics. The actors are heavily made-up and masked, and use elaborate hand gestures, facial expressions and skillfully choreographed movements all of which are accentuated by the roll of the drummers.
Day 03: Cochin - Periyar (By road - 5 hours drive)
In the morning, we'll drive to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary , known worldwide for its herds of Indian Elephant and a wide variety of other wildlife, along with over 260 species of birds, including a rich variety of migratory birds. Arrive and check in to a forest lodge/resort. In the afternoon, take an exciting boat ride on the beautiful Periyar Lake to observe the wildlife on the shores.
Day 04: Periyar - Kumarakom (By road - 5 hours drive)
Enjoy an early morning jeep safari in the Periyar National Park, as the sun rises over the jungle and the animals emerge from their slumber in search of food. It is possible to see a herd of elephant, bison and the lone sambar, among a number of colorful and exotic birds flitting in the trees. If you're lucky, you may well be rewarded with a rare sighting of a tiger or leopard. After breakfast we drive to Kumarakom , famous for its bird sanctuary. Arrive and take a boat-ride to a lovely resort on an island on the backwaters of Vembanad Lake , one of the largest salt-water lakes of India.
Day 05: Kumarakom
After breakfast at resort, spend your day at leisure in Kumarakom. Cruises into the backwaters are available. Enjoy the thrill of the speed-boat rides on the lush backwaters under sky-blue skies amid swaying palms, truly an experience straight out of a Jim Conrad novel.
Day 06: Kumarakom - Cochin (By road - 3 hours drive)
In the morning, we drive back to Cochin. Arrive and check in to hotel and relax. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 07: Cochin Departure
In the morning our representative will assist you transfer to international airport to board flight for your onward destination with sweet memories of Kerala India tour.
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