Spice Lands of Kerala
Day 1- Arrive Cochin
Arrive in Cochin and transfer to your hotel where the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Day 2- Cochin
Embark on a sightseeing tour. Visit Portuguese-built Mattancherry Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue and Fort Cochin area. Later visit, St Francis Church, which holds the palm-leafed title deed that the Raja handed to the occupying Portuguese in 1503. In the evening witness a Kathakali classical dance performance at a local theatre. Kathakali is a special dance form of Kerala, with its origins in the ‘Theyyam’, a ritual tribal dance of North Kerala.
Day 3- Cochin & Thekkady
Journey on to Thekkady one of the finest wildlife reserves in India with picturesque plantations and hill towns. In the evening attend a Kalaripayatu performance which is believed to be the most ancient martial art form encompassing seven abilities namely force, patience, commanding power, animal posture, training, the wild expressions of a Goddess (Kali) and, finally, the sound of animals.
Day 4- Thekkady & Kumarakom
This morning you will visit a spice plantation and learn how spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg are grown, harvested and processed. Following the tour continue on to Kumarakom, a cluster of little islands that have been transformed into a number of tourist resorts.
Day 5- Kumarakom & Alleppey
On arrival in Alleppey you will embark on a houseboat for a one night stay. As
your houseboat drifts along the shady canals, appreciate the scenic beauty,
enjoy authentic local food, watch the villagers go about their local daily
chores and marvel at the beauty of the backwaters.
Day 6- Alleppey & Kovalam
Disembark the houseboat at Alleppey Jetty and you will be driven to the beach
town of Kovalam for a three night stay. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Day 7- Kovalam
Enjoy an excursion to the Padmanabhapuram Palace. A magnificent wooden palace of the Rajas of the erstwhile Travancore, this is a fine specimen of Kerala’s indigenous style of architecture. A guided tour through the maze of 108 rooms leaves one breathless at the artistic expression and sheer opulence of these magnificent rooms. The antique interiors are replete with intricate rosewood carvings and sculptured décor. The ancient relics include royal seats with Chinese engravings, musical bow in mahogany, coloured windows as well as 17th and 18th century murals.
Day 8- Kovalam
Enjoy a full day at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer in Kovalam.
Day 9- Depart Kovalam
Depart Kovalam for your onward flight.