Kochi – Periyar – Kumarakom – Kochi
04 Nights/05 Days/ 01 Round of Golf
04 Nights/05 Days/ 01 Round of Golf
Day 1 Arrive Kochi Upon arrival you will be met by our Representative who will assist with the transfer and check-in at your hotel. Cosmopolitan Kochi is a time capsule of multi-cultural history you would love to enter – from its ancient harbour which hosted maritime traders to historic palaces to atmospheric heritage zones to surprising island architecture, it really is the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’. Called the Gateway to Kerala, Kochi’s proximity to the equator, sea, and mountains give it its distinct geography – islands, backwaters, peninsulas, and a harbour – making it a destination of unique and unforgettable beauty. Day at leisure. Evening enjoy an enthralling performance ofKathakali, the ancient dance-drama form of Kerala, at a local theatre. Centuries old, Kathakali stands out for its colourful, elaborate costumes, head dresses, face masks, and vividly painted faces. It is one of the major classical dances of India. Overnight in Kochi.
Day 2 Kochi and Periyar Morning, proceed on a sightseeing tour of Kochi. The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry is renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Indian epic Ramayana. The Jewish Synagogue is at the heart of what is locally called Jew Town. The St Francis Church is the oldest European church in India. The Santa Cruz Basilica was originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. The Chinese fishing nets are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have been introduced to Kochi by the Chinese trade.Jew Street has colourful old lanes with houses once occupied by Jews. Today, the lanes are filled with curio shops and the fantastic spice markets. Later drive to Periyar, a beautiful region of tea gardens, rubber estates, and coffee and pepper plantations, located high in the Cardamom Hills. ThePeriyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the elephant, tiger, bison, sambar, wild boar, langur etc. and a declared Tiger Reserve. Explore local flavours and enjoy an authentic meal tonight with a professional chef as your guest. Overnight in Periyar.
Day 3 Periyar - Kumarakom After breakfast, board a kettuvallom(houseboat) from the jetty at Nedumundy and experience a backwaters cruise from Periyar to Kumaraom. Traditionally, the kettuvalloms were old barges used to ferry rice and spices. Today they are modified houseboats – mini resorts in the water that are equipped with every facility; giving guests the chance to explore the gorgeous backwaters. Their languid grace and quaint design only enhance your cruise experience in the shimmering blue waters. It is an incredibly different experience to cruise the backwaters on a kettuvallom as you witness the magnificence of Kerala’s countryside andabsorb the beauty of its villages. See lush paddy fields and narrow canals, get panoramic views of lakeside villages, and observe villagers as they go about traditional occupations such as fishing and agriculture. Once you reach Kumarakom, check in into yourhotel. Overnight in Kumarakom.
Day 4 Kumarakom Called “one of the ten paradises on earth” by National Geographic Traveller, Kumarakom is a stunningly beautiful cluster of backwaters fishing villages on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Kumarakom is part of the Kuttanad region and is about 13 km from Kottayam. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary here, spread across 14 acres, is a birder’s paradise. Spend the day rediscovering the joys of life lived at a beautifully languid pace on the intricate mesh of backwater trails or rejuvenate mind and body atany one of Kumarakom’s certified Ayurveda centres that offer a range of therapeutic traditional Ayurvedic treatments. Overnight in Kumarakom.
Day 5 Kumarakom - Kochi/ Depart Kochi After breakfast, return to Kochi. Enjoy an amazing tee time experience at the CIAL Golf Club in Kochi. With its rolling greens, and enchanting vistas of lakes and the Western Ghats mountain ranges, the CIAL Golf & Country Club (CGCC) is a world class facility created for tourists, weekend getaways, and business travellers. Developed as a major part of the Kochi Airport Project, the championship 18-hole course playing 7400 yards promises to deliver a wonderful golfing experience to beginners, regulars, and champions alike. The links design and the presence of heavy water hurdles are also key to testing the skills of all levels of golfers. CGCC offers a whole array of facilities to golfers and sports lovers. Apart from a well-stocked Pro Shop, the CGCC also has two outdoor facilities, Croquet and Lawn Bowling; as well as a swimming pool. After an exhilarating round of golf, you will be taken to the Kochi airportfrom where you board your flight for your onward destination. Namaste!
Not included is travel insurance, tips and any expense of personal nature Extensions Explore the spice gardens and backwaters Leisure at the beaches of Kerala.
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