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Kerala Backwaters Cruise

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 581

After a tour of historic Cochin, board a private deluxe houseboat and explore the canals, rivers and lakes that make up this area. See typical rural life as you sail through the countryside.


Kerala Backwaters CruiseCochin (also known as Kochi) has been an important trading port since ancient times. Today, the land of spices that attracted the European traders, is a quaint blend of the old and the new, the Indian and the Western. Popularly referred to as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Cochin is today the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala. It has a rich heritage of forts, churches and temples.

You will enjoy two nights at the elegant and charming Travancore Hotel in Cohin. Some of the places visited during your stay are the Dutch Palace at Mattancherry, renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana; Fort Kochi, though now in ruins and which contains many remains of Indo-European architecture; the Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town and which is a fascinating mixture of shops, warehouses and spice auction rooms; the St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, which stands as the pride of Fort Cochin and the Chinese fishing nets, seen on the coast, which are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have been brought to Kochi by Chinese traders. The first evening, enjoy a performance of a classical Indian Kathaki dance performance.  Kathakali recitals are emotive and narrative, and combine dance with dialogue to bring myth and legend to life in the temple courtyards of Kerala.

Last stop is the Backwaters of Kerala.  A network of meandering rivers, brackish lagoons, picturesque lakes and palm fringed canals. It is also a unique ecosystem where freshwater meets seawater. Start your cruise on a private deluxe houseboat owned and operated by the luxury hotel chain, Taj Hotels and sail on to Vembanad Lake, one of the largest lakes in India. Traditionally house boats were called Kettuvallam and used for carrying rice and spices. Today Kettuvallams have been converted into huge house boats used for cruising though scenic waterways and have become excellent accommodation floating over water. The houseboats are manned by a crew consisting of a captain, oarsman and a cook. As you cruise through the Backwaters and enter the Alleppey Canals, you will travel through beautiful scenery consisting of sleepy villages, rice paddies and lush vegetation. Alleppey backwaters is known as the Venice of the east and one of the most romantic experiences. This is a good opportunity to view local rural life. Anchored in the middle of nowhere, with only a cool silence in the air, you will enjoy one evening on board the house boat before returning to Cochin.

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Accommodation in Cochin

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    Malabar House


    Malabar House is located in the heart of historical Fort Cochin, opposite St. Francis Church and a 3 minute walk to the Chinese fishing nets. This location is ideally suited for sightseeing, shopping and backwater cruises. The hotel has 17 unique rooms and suites.

    Malabar House is located in the heart of historical Fort Cochin, opposite St. Francis Church and a 3 minute walk to the Chinese fishing nets. This location is ideally suited for sightseeing, shopping and backwater cruises. The hotel has 17 unique rooms and suites.

    Facilities

    • Bicycles
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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    Vivanta by Taj Malabar



    Situated on Willingdon Island with a magnificent view of Cochin harbour. Modern architecture marks cosmopolitan rooms. Relax in leisure where today meets tomorrow. And business meets pleasure.

    Situated on Willingdon Island with a magnificent view of Cochin harbour. Modern architecture marks cosmopolitan rooms. Relax in leisure where today meets tomorrow. And business meets pleasure.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Medical Services
    • Pool (s)
    • Spa

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    Trident Cochin



    The Trident Cochin is located on Willingdon Island 20 minutes from the city's business district and within easy distance from well-known tourist attractions. With well-appointed rooms built around a picturesque central courtyard, a swimming pool and beautiful landscaped gardens, the hotel offers contemporary facilities in ...

    The Trident Cochin is located on Willingdon Island 20 minutes from the city's business district and within easy distance from well-known tourist attractions. With well-appointed rooms built around a picturesque central courtyard, a swimming pool and beautiful landscaped gardens, the hotel offers contemporary facilities in a relaxed and serene ambience for both business and leisure travellers.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 581

Itinerary

Day 1

Cochin Airport to Cochin City Hotel

Duration60 Minutes

Travancore Court

Travancore Court is a hotel with a difference. Created to make your stay comfortable, the standards set are as high as your aspirations. The architecture of the hotel is a unique synthesis of the traditional & the modern. The ethnic interiors reminds us of the exotic and royal style of living, equipped with modern facilities for the convenience of guests. Behind the lavishness is a crisp efficiency and a deep understanding of the needs of every guests and providing personalized services for them, in conformity with tradition of India. The 49 well-appointed rooms at the Travancore Court reflect an ambience of classic elegance and charm.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Travancore Court

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    Travancore Court


    Travancore Court is a hotel with a difference. Created to make your stay comfortable, the standards set are as high as your aspirations. The architecture of the hotel is a unique synthesis of the traditional & the modern. The ethnic interiors reminds us of the ...

    Travancore Court is a hotel with a difference. Created to make your stay comfortable, the standards set are as high as your aspirations. The architecture of the hotel is a unique synthesis of the traditional & the modern. The ethnic interiors reminds us of the exotic and royal style of living, equipped with modern facilities for the convenience of guests. Behind the lavishness is a crisp efficiency and a deep understanding of the needs of every guests and providing personalized services for them, in conformity with tradition of India. The 49 well-appointed rooms at the Travancore Court reflect an ambience of classic elegance and charm.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Pool (s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 2

Half Day Cochin City Tour

Most of Cochin's historic buildings are in Fort Cochin, constructed by Portugal's Alfonzo de Albuquerque in 1500. Visit Santa Cruz Cathedral and the Pardesi Synagogue. Then continue to the Dutch Palace which houses a remarkable series of murals rich in colour. Spend time exploring a fascinating mix of antique shops, warehouses and spice auctions.

Duration4 Hours

Evening Kathakali Dance Performance

This evening, head to a local theatre and where you will witness this traditional dance performance. Kathakali is one of the oldest theatre forms in the world and it originated in the area of south-western India now known as the state of Kerala. It is a well-developed dance-drama, where the actors depict characters from the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. The Kathakali dance performance is very dramatic and is enacted with elaborate masks and costumes. Kathakali recitals are emotive and narrative, and combine dance with dialogue to bring myth and legend to life in the temple courtyards of Kerala.

A traditional Kathakali performance begins in the evening and continues throughout the night, culminating at the auspicious hour of dawn, when Good finally conquers Evil. Today, however, this dance performance has been modified for the stage and the audience can enjoy this ritualistic theatre experience in the comfort of a plush auditorium, within the span of a couple of hours.

Duration2 Hours
Day 3

Cochin City Hotel to Alleppey

Duration2 Hours

Cochin to Kerala Backwaters

Board your private deluxe houseboat. Cast off and cruise across Vembanad Lake to enter the Alleppey canals. The canals are bordered by sleepy villages, rice paddies and palms. Cruise along lazily enjoying the beautiful scenery passing by and witnessing local rural life along the riverside. Watch fisherman drying nets as you pass traditional rice barges. If you wish, stop and visit a small village along the way, and there is also a chance to take a canoe ride. The evening will be spent alongside quiet rice paddies, onboard overnight.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 4

Backwaters to Cochin

Rejoin the larger canals, and proceed to the Boat Jetty. Here you will disembark.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Alleppey to Cochin Airport

Duration2 Hours

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DEPARTURES:

Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

2 nights hotel accommodation, 1 night on board private houseboat, private airport transfers to/from Cochin, half day tour in Cochin, evening Kathakali dance performance, and meals as indicated.

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24 Sep 2017
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