Kerala - A land blessed by Nature Renowned the world over as "Good's own country", the southern Indian state of Kerala is truly a tropical paradise. It's a land of coconut palms swaying gently in the breeze and an even gentler people. A land where country boats slip past as unhurriedly as time it does here. For those who seek refuge from the stress and pollution of modern civilization, Kerala is a haven. Serene, UN spoilt. Eternal, despite having been discovered by the world as the place for the perfect vacation. Alleppey and Kumarakom, the magnificent backwater region of Kerala is among the ten most favored global tourist destinations. Geographically, unique. Kumarakom is a magical mix of land and water with a lacework of canals in "A Tapestry of green tropical luxuriance".
Day 01 Arrive in Cochin
Arrive at Cochin airport - meet & greet by presentable representatives of Scats Travel's with Indian traditional welcome. Cochin - Capital oasis state of Kerala & on to the Malabar Coats & Kochi, one of the India's most colorful cities. This inter, connected series of Islands & shoreline presents a vivacious blend of Cultures & Religions; Kochi is the only place in the country where you can see Portuguese Churches, a Jewish Synagogue, Hindu Temples, Dutch Architecture & Mosque nearly side by side.
This evening a memorable experience in any journey in Kerala is a Boat Trip along the Palm Fringed Lakes & Backwaters of the Area; we enjoy this extraordinary excursion today. As we sail along the shady canals we see cantilevered Chinese fishing nets. From our launch, we enjoy use of narrow produced - Laden dugouts & the everyday life of families living on narrow spits of land between the waters. Later we attend the performance of the Kathakali, one of India's most famous Classical dances. Lavish Costumes & Exotic makeup & Masks intensify the beauty of the dancers, intricate moments. Overnight stay.
Day 02 Kochi - Periyar (Thekkady) 190 kms
We leave Cochin & Drive to a tranquil hill retreat, the Spicy Village. Along the way we pass through Tea, Cinnamon, Clove & Cardamom plantations -beautiful to see & smell! Our hotel is set in a Spicy Garden & has been molded after the Tribal dwellings of the area; each Cottage has thatched roof & a deep, Airy Verandah. This evening we visit the nearby Periyar Game Sanctuary; Game viewing here is like no other Safari experience. We simply relax in a Motor Launch & sail along as heards of Elephant & Bison come into view. During the dry season Tigers & Panthers come down to the Lake shore for a drink - be sure to have plenty of film on hand. Overnight stay.
Day 03 Periyar - Kumarakom (124 kms)
After leisure morning drive to Kumarakom. If you have ever wondered how time stands still, you have come to the right place. The Kumarakom is the land of unique characteristic, panoramic backwater stretches. Lush paddy fields, highlands. Enjoy the beauty of back water resort and surrounding on the banks of Vembanad in more than Stroll through its verdant landscape and you'll be transported to an era gone by. Where the mystique of the past and the richness of the timeless heritage lives on to this day.
Day 04 House Boat (life time experience)
After breakfast transfer to Jetty to meet your way own floating hotel in the famous backwaters. Ketuvallam (An Authentic Kerala Houseboat) - the moving master piece, have been plying the inland waterways of southwest India for untold centuries and originally used as cargo rice boats. The fully furnished and palm covered boats (single & double) bedrooms with attached bath, sit out, kitchen and living room made of traditional wood. In each houseboat, there are 3 men staff (crew), comprising a cook and two well trained punters throughout the cruise. Punters stand on each end of the boat for punting and directing the boat. Kerosene-lit lamps along will be available for light and mosquito nets will be provided. Traditional vegetarian and non-vegetarian Kerala cuisines are served. A journey through the backwaters of Kerala which offer one of the world's truly unforgettable experiences, myriad network of silent lagoons, freshwater river, and hyacinth covered canals that wind their way through colorful corridors of forests, palms and fruit trees. A canoe expedition via an intricate network of canals, through backwater villages where daily continues unaltered, as it has for centuries. You will see lush palm groves and stretches of rice fields. Overnight in House Boat.
Day 05 Alleppey - Kovalam (175 kms) 4 hrs
House Boat arrives at Alleppey finishing point jetty. On arrival checkout from house boat after breakfast and transfer to Kovalam. Kovalam - an uncluttered beach of silvery sands fringed with rows of tall palms, a sheltered bay, and a wide choice of water sports. Kovalam is the perfect place for a seaside holiday. Stroll through the beach side and enjoy the facilities of the resort. Here your stay will be 2 nights. Overnight stay.
Day 07 Kovalam
After breakfast proceed for half day city of Trivandrum. It is bounded by the Arabian Sea in the west and Tamilnadu in the east. Visit: the Napier Museum, kutiramalika Museum. Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple. Afternoon Rest & Relax on Beach Resort hotel. Overnight stay.
Day 08 Departure Onward Destination
Say Goodbye to newly become friends of this fascinating land and transfer to Trivandrum / Cochin Airport to board the flight for onward destination.
Inclusion & Highlights
06 Nights stay in air conditioned hotels with private bath and shower
* Inclusive of all Hotel Taxes and service charges
Daily full Buffet Breakfast at hotel restaurant.
* During stay in Hose boat Bed & Eve Tea, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
* Inclusive of Taxes.
All transfers, Sightseeing and excursions by First class Air conditioned Vehicle
Services of English Speaking local Guides.
All State taxes, toll taxes & Parking Charges.
All monument entry fees wherever applicable.
Traditional Indian Welcome ceremony upon arrival in Chennai
Experience a Safari Cruise in Periyar Game Sanctuary.
Boat ride to see the rural life of canal side villages in Cochin.
Attend a performance of the Kathakali Classical Dance.
Take a lifetime memorable backwater cruise of Kerala.
Life time experience to stay in backwater resort in Alleppey
Video & Still Camera, Laundry, Insurance, Tips, Hard drinks, Beer, Telephone Calls and Expenses like Personal Nature