Duration : 09 Nights / 10 Days
Destination Covered : Cochin - Kumarakom - Marari - Poovar - Kovalam
DAY 01 : ARRIVE COCHIN
Upon arrival in Cochin traditional welcome and transfer to your pre-booked Hotel . Later transfer to the backwaters of Cochin, which run from the sea inland through the lush tropical countryside. It could be compared to a cruise down the Amazon with jungle foliage hanging from the banks. This relaxing boat trip is fascinating, as our guide discussed the history of the early explorers and traders who used this as a main artery to the sea. Even the locals board and disembark, coming and going from the village. Return to Cochin and afternoon spent exploring the unexpected and isolated Jewish community. It was the main area for spice trading. Scores of small companies huddle together in old buildings, with the air-filled of ginger, cardamom, cumin and clove scent.
Local potters load carts of spices running up and down narrow lanes for transport. One street - the long area is the Mattancherry section, used to occupy virtually all Jewish homes, the oldest synagogue in the former British Empire. Cochin is one of the most fascinating cities in coastal south India. It is a city with indelible marks of Christian, Islamic, Hindu, and Jewish traditions. The true character of the city us to be found in the older part of the Fort Cochin area which remains as it used to be 1000 years ago. This part of the city reflects an unusual blend of medieval Portuguese, Dutch and English life grafted on to the tropical Malabar Coast. A unique feature here is an isolated Jewish community, whose origins date back to AD 52. Evening we go to watch the famous Kathakali Dance Performance.
Overnight at the hotel
DAY 02 : COCHIN - KUMARAKOM 80 KMS 2 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast today we depart for Kumarakom. The rest of the day relaxing by the pool or taking a sunset cruise on a man-powered nice - boat. You may wish to visit the Ayurvedic center for a herbal massage. In the Evening attend a demonstration of Kerala cuisine cooking. Overnight at Resort
DAY 03 : KUMARAKOM
Day free at leisure for relaxation and personal activities. Overnight at Resort
DAY 04 : KUMARAKOM - MARARI BY ROAD 30 KMS 1 HOUR DRIVE
After breakfast leave for Marari . A beach is just a beach until you find its living heart. The search ended in the little village of Mararikulam. Somewhere around the middle section of Kerala's coast, the Indian Ocean finally realizes that it has now become the Arabian Sea. The result of this personality change is a splendid azure color, quite distinctive, with frothy whitecaps and a translucent, pearl-like quality. The sands that fringe this coastline for endless miles are themselves distinctive, deep, and rich and fine, in a shade closer to ocher than gold. Upon arrival check-in at your Resort .
DAY 05 : MARARI
Day free at leisure for relaxation and personal activities. Overnight at resort.
DAY 06 : MARARI - POOVAR BY ROAD 200 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE
After breakfast leave for Poovar - Unspoilt and miraculously unexplored, Poovar Island is a rare Adam and Eve find in Southern Kerala. Enveloped by the most serene backwaters, and opening out to the sea and a dream golden sand beach. Poovar is truly a window into paradise. Time stopped a few decades ago. The tranquility is punctuated by the sound of waves and the birds.
The acreage is abundant in well preserved local flora, with hundreds of species of spices, exotic flowers, complete with banana and coconut groves. The sun God smiles generously on idyllic Poovar. There are lots to do in addition to soaking in nature, and the hammocks and the beach. Row to a neighboring fishing village in 2 minutes. Alter course, and visit a centuries-old martial arts village. Kerala is the birthplace of a unique martial art form. Upon arrival check-in at your resort.
DAY 07 : POOVAR
Day free at leisure for relax and personal activities. Overnight at Resort.
DAY 08 : POOVAR - KOVALAM
After breakfast leave for Kovalam . Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach of Kerala ,with three adjacent crescent beaches. Kovalam has been a favorite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse - sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes, Catamaran cruising etc.
DAY 09 : KOVALAM
Day free at leisure for relax and personal activities. Overnight at Resort
DAY 10 : LEAVE KOVALAM
Transfer to Trivandrum Airport to board flight for onward Journey.