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The Kerala and Malabar Escape

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Icon Journeys : Indian Subcontinent : India : The Kerala and Malabar Escape
Days: 9 Days
Nights: 8 Nights
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
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Day 1: 

Kochi

Arrive at Kochi’s airport, where we will meet you and transfer you to your hotel where there will be a traditional welcome upon your arrival. Overnight: Kochi (L,D)

Day 2: 

Kochi

This morning we’ll escort you on a city tour of Fort Cochin, visiting the local markets and the churches, the Jewish Synagogue (closed Fridays and Saturdays) and then a stroll through the Jewish quarter past antique shops, warehouses and spice markets. Next you will visit the Portuguese built Dutch Palace (closed Fridays), an amazing museum displaying rare collections of murals and artifacts of the Rajahs of Cochin. Later you will see Saint Francis Church within which is the tomb of Vasco da Gama. Finally we will take you to the markets (closed Sundays) and the famous Chinese Fishing nets which are close by. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax at the hotel or explore the old city. In the evening we’ll escort you to witness a traditional Kathakali dance performance. Kathakali, literally meaning \\\"story play,\\\" was developed in the 17th century in Kerala as a courtly dance drama enacting mythic stories of the Hindu gods and goddesses.

Overnight: Kochi (B,L,D)

Day 3: 

Kochi – Kanam Estate

Today we will transfer you up to the beautiful Kanam Estate – a restored 1920’s plantation bungalow. Kanam Estate is situated in a very peaceful, solitary location in the heart of the plantation hills, midway between Cochin and Periyar. After lunch the day is at leisure to relax at the hotel, or you have an option to go cycling or take one of our suggested nature walks.

Overnight: Kanam Estate (B,L,D)

Day 4: 

Kanam Estate

This morning you will spend half a day with Kanam Estate’s resident elephant – feeding, washing and generally getting to know Lakshmi, whose gentleness and intelligence provide an experience you will never forget. After lunch you will visit nearby farms, which are teeming with rubber, banana, papaya, pepper, coffee, pineapple and cocoa.

The rest of the day is at leisure to relax at the hotel, or take a wander around the estate.

Overnight: Kanam Estate (B,L,D)

Day 5: 

House-Boat cruise – Kerala Back-waters

After breakfast and check-out, we will drive you down to Sanctuary Bay to embark on the Discovery houseboat cruise on Vembanad Lake – a unique way to discover and enjoy the famed backwaters of Kerala.

Overnight: Houseboat Discovery (B,L,D)

Day 6: 

Mannar

After breakfast, we cruise towards Mannar, Kerala\\\'s historic center of bronze casting, a surviving crafts tradition and then to the Krishnapuram Palace, famous for wood crafts and mural paintings. 

Overnight: Houseboat Discovery (B,L,D)

Day 7: 

Mannar – Pulinkunnu - Allepey

After breakfast we set sail and reach Pulinkunnu before noon. From here a country boat takes you through narrow canals to an old ancestral house where you will be served a traditional ‘thali’ - lunch served on a banana leaf with many different tastes and textures. After lunch you have a farm visit before you return in a tuk-tuk (3 wheel motor-rickshaw) through the rice fields to the boat. This evening the Discovery re-enters the lake and takes you to Purity Bungalow for the night. 

Overnight: Purity Bungalow (B,L,D)

Day 8: 

Alleppey

The full day is at leisure to relax at the hotel, swim in the pool, explore more of the lake (by arrangement), go bird-watching or maybe a combination of all.

Overnight: Purity Bungalow (B,L,D)

Day 9: 

Alleppey - Kochi

After breakfast we will transfer you to Kochi airport in time to connect with your flight for your onward journey.

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Accommodation

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Kochi      
Malabar House (Roof Garden Suite)
Kanam Estate      
Serenity Lodge (Standard Room)
Lake Vembanad      
Houseboat Discovery (Suite)
Alleppey      
Purity Bungalows (Suite)
     
     
     
     
     
     

Inclusions

  • Assistance on arrivals and departures, and private surface transportation using Air-conditioned Toyota Innova car for all services as per the itinerary.
  • Private transfers.
  • Accommodation on Full board basis at all place as per the itinerary.
  • Local English speaking guide for sightseeing tours in Kochi only.
  • Entrances fee at all monuments/temples (except camera fees) in Kochi.
  • All presently applicable taxes.

Exclusion

  • Any International or domestic airfare. 
  • Airport departure tax from India, if already not included in the ticket.
  • Any accompanying tour escort/guide.
  • All other items of purely personal nature.
  • Tipping.
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