Fascinating Backwaters of Kerala

Duration: 7 Nights | 8 Days

Destination Covered: Kochi – Kumarakom -  Alappuzha (Houseboat Cruise) - Kochi

Day 01     (Kochi)

Kochi AirportArrival Kochi Airport from New Delhi. You are picked up from the Airport or from any location in Cochin by the representative of Halo Backwaters for your journey in Kerala. Till recently, Kochi was Cochin, and only half as frenetic. It was a lagoon that made Kochi as cherished destination as far back as the early 16th century and it is the same lagoon that makes Kochi one of the nation's busiest port now.

Transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at Kochi.

Day 02     (Kochi)

After breakfast in the hotel proceed for the sightseeing in and around Kochi. The most important heritage sightseeing is in Fort Kochi and Mattancherry. You will need a couple of hours of leisurely walks to take in this heritage quarter. The heritage quarter are includes Santa Cruz Basilica, Princess Street, St.Francis, Dutch Cemetery, Jew Street, Pardesi Synagogue and Chinese Fishing net.

After lunch proceeds to visit the Tripunithra Hill Palace and Museum, the summer retreat of the Kochi Rajas, Bisque and granite floors segue into teak ones and the whole place is redolent of bygone opulence.

Later in the evening enjoy Kathakali dance presentation. Kathakali (literally, story play), the spectacular classical dance drama of Kerala based on the guidelines laid by Saga Bharatha's Natya Sastra,the ancient treatise on dance and drama, is over 500 years old.Overnight stay at Kochi.

Day 03     (Kochi)

Pokkali TourismAfter breakfast drive to Pokkali Tourism Farm is an eco-friendly (no harmful to environment) tourism Farm scattered in the west part Pizhala Island ( one of the ten islands of Kadamakudy Panchayath) .Periyar River (250 kms long) forms four branches here runs along the border of these Islands and finally joins in the Vypin backwater.

Other amenities provided for the tourist are fish hunting, crab hunting, country boat rowing with paddles, fresh and saline water swimming, country boat making, kite playing, fish net making, photography and video vision of ancient fishermens’ fishing equipments.

By evening proceed to visit the Kalarippayattu,a physical disciple that was followed irrespective of gender.Overnight stay at Kochi.

Day 04     (Kochi - Kumarakom)

KumarakomDrive to Kumarakom and check into the hotel.Kumarakom is a sleepy little village tucked away from the din and bustle of city life. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is an Ornithologist's paradise and a favorite haunt of migrating birds like Siberian stork,darter,heron and teal to name a few.

The Vembanad backwaters have to be experienced slowly,leisurely and languidly.Kumarakom,one of the most enchanting backwater village of God's Own Country.Where you can give in yourself to the unforgettable delights of a world - renowned paradise.Tourists throng Kumarakom to experience its gentle pace of life and stunning views of nature. The only places to visit are the nearby Bird Sanctuary, the Driftwood Museum.

After the relaxation proceeds to visit the Driftwood Museum. This museum was the brainchild of Raji Punnose, a teacher who worked in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for 25 years.The museum has a stunning array of elegant driftwood sculpture.

By evening proceed to visit the Bird Sanctuary, spread across 14 acres in a former rubber plantation that was previously known as Baker’s Estater,the Englishman who developed this area into a bird sanctuary would be glad to see the large number of delighted bird waters who gather here today. Overnight stay at Kumarakom.

Day 05     (Kumarakom - Alappuzha (Houseboat Cruise))

After breakfast drive to Alappuzha & check into the houseboat at 12 noon for 2 Night / 3 Days riding in the backwaters & small canals.

Houseboat CruiseA glide in a houseboat through the enchanting backwaters is sure to rob your heart. Palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expense of panoramic sight one can never forgetting less than 15 minutes, the low hum of the motor and the dazzling afternoon light have tuned out the noises in your head, the deadlines, the telephone, the unfinished chapters. Watch the white tire-tread clouds turn into wisps of animal fur and then disappear. The isolation on a luxury houseboat is total. Overnight stay in a houseboat.

Pick up from Alleppey Finishing Point Jetty at 1200 hours. Pick up from Alleppey Finishing Point Jetty at 1200 hours. Cruise through Pallathuruthy River, Pookaitha River, Pullangady and reach Champakulam. Visit Champakulam Church, which is more than 200 years old, the famous snake boat, Champakulam Chundan and Kottaram temple. Proceed to Munnattumugham for night stay. Enroute, stop at Nedumudy to visit the local market. Overnight stay at Kuttanad.

Day 06     (Alappuzha (Houseboat Cruise))

Cruise through Mancompu have a walk through the village and visit Bhagavathy temple. Back to houseboat and proceed to Pulinkunnu and enter Puthenthodu which is a long stretch of narrow canal and reach Kavalam. Further cruise will be through big rivers with paddy fields on both sides viz. Mangalam, E-Block.Overnight stay at Kuttanad.

Day 07     (Alappuzha - Kochi)

Lulu MallCruise through C- Block, Kuppapuram and Azhikkal canal and after breakfast, reach Alleppey Finishing Point Jetty at 9000 hours. After breakfast, you will be check-out in Alappuzha from the house boat and transferred to Kochi. Alappuzha is a unique backwater destination situated on the banks of the Vembanad Lake is considered as gateway to the backwater of Kuttanad, the granary of Kerala.

After the visit of Coir Museum at Alappuzha,proceed to Kochi.Rest of the time for own activities and shopping in Ernakulam and Lulu Mall. Overnight stay at Kochi.

Day 08     (Kochi)

Early morning, you will be transferred to Kochi airport/railway station to catch the flight/train to home. On departure the tour concludes with happy memories. Tour Concludes.

Suggested Hotels (Product ID : KTP - 08)

Destination

No: of Nights

Economy Hotels

3 Star Hotels

4 Star Hotels

Kochi

3

Hotel Aiswaraya

Harbour View Residency/Abad Plaza

Avenue  Regent /Renai Cochin

Kumarakom

1

Lake Palace

Kumarakom Lagoon/Manor Resort

Edassery Lake Song/Backwater Ripples

Alappuzha

2

A/c Deluxe Houseboat

A/c Deluxe Houseboat

A/c Premium Houseboat

Kochi

1

Saas Tower

Woods Manor

Gokulam Park Inn

Cost of Tour Package Per Person

INR 23,000/-

INR 27,000/-

INR 43,000/-

Tour Includes :

- Hotel Accommodation in the above star hotels/resorts on twin sharing basis.

- All transfers to or from hotels, city tours, excursions, drives by A/c car.

- Exclusive Air-conditioned car for Sightseeing and excursions as per our itinerary.

- All toll, driver’s allowance and taxes.

- Daily Buffet / Fixed Menu breakfast in all hotels.

- Meet and Assist services.

- These rates are valid till 15th of December 2016 and 15th of January 2017 onwards.

- All prevailing taxes like Luxury tax in all hotels and Expenditure tax wherever applicable.

Tour do not includes

- Any Air/train fares other than those specified in 'Cost Includes'.

- Any meals other then those specified in 'Cost Includes'.

- Any other item not specified in 'cost includes'.

- Guide, Inter State Entry ticket, Inter State permits fees, boat/ferry ticket, camera and entry tickets at various places of sight seeing.

- Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, vehicle mal-functions, political disturbances, taxes etc.

- Any Expenses of personal nature such as portage at airports and hotels, tips, insurance, wine, mineral water, telephone charges, laundry, guide charges, boating charges, entrance fees and all items of personal nature.

Terms & Conditions

- The above cost is for 01 people on twin sharing basis.

- A minimum of 02 persons are required.

- For the package with transportation a minimum of 2 people is mandatory

- Children above the age of 12 years will be charged the applicable adult rates.

- Children above the age of 05 years will be charged the applicable extra bed rates.

- In case of an extra person, the third bed is a rollaway bed or cot.

- Base category rooms are allotted for the stay, Any requirement / availability of higher category of room would incur extra cost.

- The above Rates applicable for today and subject to change at later dates.

- All Rates & bookings subject to availability.

- Accommodation in A/c rooms in all places except in Munnar and Thekkady where rooms are Non a/c.

- All reservations are depending upon the availability of rooms at the time of your final confirmation.

- The company is not responsible for the  event of any of the above mentioned sightseeing are  not becoming available at a particular date caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, vehicle mal-functions, political disturbances, holidays and maintenance work in the park or museum.

- The company will not be held responsible for any damages or sabotage caused to the property of the customer due to riots, armed dacoities, terrorist activity or any other incidents, events, occurrences etc., if for any reason whatsoever his employee or representative is present at the customer's premises during such happening provided that they have no role in such happenings.

- The company is not liable to  provide the vehicle(s) contracted for in case he is unable to do so on account of mob violence, riots, communal violence, strike, agitation, natural calamities, flooding, inundation, water logging, typhoon, cyclone or other obstructions/disturbances etc. adversely affecting, threatening or obstructing safe passage for the vehicle. In such event the contractor will try to provide transport to the maximum extent possible & the may customer may not insist, pressure or coerce the contractor or his driver on such occasions & reluctance, disinclination or refusal on the part of the driver will not be construed to be misconduct, dereliction, disrespect or deficiency in service on the part of the contractor. The driver's judgement is such cases to be accepted by all parties.

- Reserve the rooms at an equivalent hotel, if the room is not available at hotels/resorts mentioned.

Reservation Policy

 - Confirmation of Tour Package is subject to the remittance of 25% of the total tour cost in advance and balance to be paid prior to the commencing of the tour so as to protect all arrangements on definite arrival basis.

Availability : Available

Cancellation & Refunds

- 30 days before the commencement of the tour: 25% of the tour cost will be levied.

- 15 days before the commencement of the tour: 50% of the tour cost will be levied.

- Less than 15 days before the commencement of the tour: 75% of the tour cost will be levied.

- Less than 07 days before the commencement of the tour: 100% of the tour cost will be levied.

- No refund is entitled “for no shows”. BOOK THE TOUR

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