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Kerala Symphony Tour

Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Route: Cochin - Periyar - Kumarakom - Marari - Cochin

Tour Description:

This tour covers areas of Kerala like Cochin, Kumarakom, Periyar and Marari. Kerala is a beautiful state and provide opportunities to experience the backwater and Ayurveda.

Kumarakom is home to beautiful lakes which enhance the amazing palaces there. There is Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary which provides lush green environment for bird watching for the tourists. You will go to a romantic harbour cruise in the Arabian Sea which is a beautiful experience. Sightseeing tour of Cochin include The Hill Palace Museum, a fully-fledged archaeological museum. The picturesque fishermen’s village of Mararikulam is one of the main attractions. Cruise along the Periyar Lake soothes the tourists.

Itinerary

Day 01-- Arrival Cochin - Periyar (170 km/5 hours)

Arrive Cochin, meet at airport & drive to Periyar. Arrive & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Periyar.

Day 02-- Periyar

After breakfast game-viewing cruise along the serene Periyar Lake & witness the amusing wildlife from close quarters. Enjoy watching elephants, monkeys, deer, wild boar and a number of rare species of birds. Return to the hotel and relax for a while. Later visit the lush spice plantations. Night stay in Thekkedy.

Day 03-- Thekkady - Kumarakom (130 km/4 hours)

After an early breakfast drive to Kumarakom, Arrive & transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Evening sunset cruise. Night stay in Kumarakom.

Day 04-- Kumarakom

Early morning bird watching tour at the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Later proceed for a visit to the farmhouse. Rest of the day at leisure. Night stay in Kumarakom.

Day 05-- Kumarakom - Marari (30 km/1 hour)

After breakfast drive to the picturesque fishermen's village of Mararikulam and check into your resort. Tucked away inside quiet and lush coconut groves, the resort is set on a pristine white sand beach and offers you astoundingly beautiful settings. Spend the day at leisure on the beach. Night stay in Marari.

Day 06-- Marari

Day at leisure on the beach. Night stay in Marari.

Day 07-- Marari - Cochin (80 km/2 hours)

After breakfast drive to Cochin. Arrive & transfer to hotel. Cochin, a port town since early centuries, Cochin attracted traders and invaders from the world over. It is also known as the spice coast of India. Later sightseeing tour of Cochin including The Hill Palace Museum, a fully-fledged archaeological museum and Kerala’s first ever Heritage Museum are the main attractions (closed on Mondays). Chinese Fishing Nets, this unique style of huge cantilevered fishing nets were erected between 1350 and 1450 AD by traders from the Court of Kubla Khan, a Chinese King. Santa Cruz Basilica, this historic church was built by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Church a Basilica in 1984. The Jewish Synagogue, constructed in 1568, this is the oldest Synagogue in the Commonwealth (closed on Saturdays & Jewish Holidays). The area around the Synagogue, called Jew Town, is the centre for Spice & Handicraft shops.Mattanchery Palace (Dutch Palace), built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to the Regent of Kochi (closed on Fridays). Return to hotel rest of the day free-- shopping at Ernakulam. Evening witnesses Kathakali, the famous dance drama of kerala. This dance is characterised by some great story telling, amazing costumes and extensive make-up. Start early to see the artist preparing themselves for the show (5 PM). Watch in detail the ritual worth seeing hour long process of make-up as part of our daily KATHAKALI performance. After the Performance, you will have a unique opportunity to take photographs along with the artists in colourful costumes as a souvenir. Entire performance will be supported with commentary in English. Night stay in Cochin.

Day 08-- Cochin - Departure

Transfer to airport for onward journey.

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