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Visit historic Fort Kochi, the picturesque hill station of Munnar with its verdant tea plantations and spend a night aboard a houseboat, gliding along the tranquil, palm fringed backwaters.
Some of the highlights included are:
- Kochi - Fort Kochi, Dutch Palace, St Francis’ Church and Chinese fishing net
- Munnar Hill Station and tea plantations
- Visit a spice plantation
- Kumarakom - A picturesque cluster of islands
- Lake Vembanad - one of Asia’s largest freshwater lakes
- Cruising the palm-fringed backwaters on a houseboat
- Kathakali dance performance
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- International flights
- 5 nights 3-4* hotels and heritage hotels, 1 night deluxe houseboat
- 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
- Airport transfers
- All transport
- Houseboat cruise along the Keralan backwaters
- Traditional Kathakali dance show
- Tour leader throughout
- English speaking specialist guides
Need to know
- Please allow $15-25 USD for entrance fees
- Speak to your travel consultant about extending your trip pre or post tour
Welcome to India. You'll be met at Kochi airport and transferred to your hotel. Long famed in the history books, Kochi (formerly known as Cochin) offered refuge to Jews more than 2,500 years ago. The Portuguese founded the first European colony in Kochi in the 16th century, then the Dutch quickly followed and eventually, the British. The cosmopolitan mix of cultures makes the city truly fascinating. This evening we watch a Kathakali performance. Kathakali is the fascinating traditional dance form of Kerala.
On the morning of day two, enjoy a guided tour of historic Fort Kochi. See the elegant Chinese fishing nets and explore the winding streets of the old town, visiting St Francis’ Church, Parsi Synagogue (exterior only) and a Dutch palace. After sightseeing in Kochi, drive east to Munnar - a picturesque hill station nestled on the verdant slopes of tea plantations. Located at a lofty height of 1600m, Munnar in South India offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills carpeted with tea plantations. From many locations in Munnar, one can view Anamudi (2695m), South India’s highest peak. The rest of the afternoon is free to relax or explore the area. On day three, take a stroll through one of the many tea plantations with your guide, who will give you a brief explanation about the different varieties of tea and how they are processed. Then you'll visit a local market before heading back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your own leisure.
Upon arrival, board a simply furnished private rice-boat for a journey through the lush backwaters. Your rice-boat takes you sedately along the enchanting palmfringed backwaters, covering a distance of some 20 kms, during which time the boat glides past local villages and fascinating scenes of everyday rural life. Watch a beautiful sunset over the backwaters and enjoy tasty meals (starting with lunch) prepared by the on board chef using fresh local produce.
Perched sleepily amongst a tangle of lush tropical waterways known as the Keralan backwaters, Kumarakom is technically a cluster of islands on Lake Vembanad - one of Asia’s largest freshwater lakes. This is an ideal place to relax for the next two days and enjoy the beautiful scenery. There is also a wonderful bird sanctuary spread across 14 acres, which is a favoured haunt of migratory birds and certainly worthy of a visit.
After breakfast, travel back to Kochi and transfer to the airport.