Having presented luxurious comforts set in the brilliance of heritage on
the very lap of nature, Kumarakom Lake Resort would now like to present the
many and most scenic destinations of Kerala to every discerning traveler.
Understanding the expectations of the astute vacationer we have put
together exclusive tailor- made packages that take you through the most
beautiful that Kerala has to offer, giving to you the most lush and premium
hideaways at each of these exotic destinations, ensuring that your entire
holiday is filled with memorable experiences of sights seen and
Day 1 : Cochin
On arrival at Cochin International Airport, you are greeted and whisked
away to Hotel Forte Kochi at the quaint beach town of Kerala, Cochin.
Choose to spend the rest of the day at leisure at the hotel or set off on
an exploration spree and take a walking tour of the ancient harbor of
Cochin, with its rich majestic past. Also known as Kochi, Cochin has one of
the finest natural harbors in the world and its 'Chinese fishing nets',
introduced by early traders from the court of Kublai Khan, are a landmark
of the Malabar Coast. The St. Francis church the oldest European-built
church in India and where Vasco da Gama, the famous explorer and discoverer
of India had once been buried until his remains were taken back to Portugal
and the Santa Cruz Basilica, the second oldest basilica in India, are just
around the corner from your hotel as well. Or choose to take a guided tour*
to the Mattancherry Palace or Dutch Palace built in 1653. Stroll down the
old spice market at Mattancherry, shop at the famed antique stores on Jew
Street, and visit the ancient Jew Synagogue, one of the few remnants of a
community that had once thrived greatly in this small town. In the evening
choose to relax and experience the rare laidback charm of Cochin on a lazy
harbor cruise* or enjoy a traditional Kathakali performance*.
Overnight at the Hotel Forte Kochi.
Day 2 : Cochin - Thekkady (Approx 190Kms / 4Hrs Drive
After breakfast, depart from the coastal plain, traveling winding hill
roads consistently wrapped on either side with lush plantations of rubber,
spice and tea. Eventually arrive at Thekkady, the entrance to the Periyar
National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Check in at the hotel and take an
early evening cruise on Lake Periyar and look out for a glimpse of
innumerable, even rare species of wild animals that inhabit this wildlife
sanctuary, out for a drink at the lake.
This amazingly beautiful national park owes its existence to a dam
constructed on the river Periyar in 1895. The resulting reservoir measures
55 square kilometers and the Park itself measures 777 square kilometers. It
is one of 18 Parks in India that make up Project Tiger and whilst it boasts
a healthy population of these big cats, due to its topography, the chances
of a sighting are quite rare. However, you are sure to see wild elephants,
monkeys, wild boar, antelopes, darters, cormorants, ospreys, kingfishers,
drongos, fish owls, kites, hornbills, hill mynahs, herons, white egrets and
Optional: Spend the rest of day in leisure and enjoy various in-house
activities of the hotel including exclusive cooking demonstrations.
Optional: You can also enjoy the Kerala Cultural Show at Thekkady.
Overnight at Thekkady. (B)
Day 3 : Thekkady
After breakfast, spend the day in the company of elephants amidst the
aromatic spice gardens of Kerala. Enjoy a two-hour elephant ride, partake
in the rare experience of bathing the elephants and be a part of the
elephants lives as they perform their daily activities including timber
dragging. Enjoy feeding these gentle giants and learn to communicate with
them using the commands they follow. Click photos with them during the
Take a study tour through the plantations and spice gardens and visit the
cardamom and tea processing factory. Do some hiking, take a jeep safari
through these quiet hills and visit the famed waterfall nearby.
Adorn yourself with the traditional attire of Kerala.
Lunch and authentic Kerala snacks will be served.
Return to the resort by late evening. Overnight at Thekkady. (B & L)
Day 4 : Thekkady - Kumarakom (Approx 110Kms / 3Hrs Drive
After breakfast check out from hotel, with choice to do so after lunch
(optional) and then descend once more to sea level and head to Kerala's
famous 'backwaters', a complex network of lakes, canals and rivers that
support a beautiful, fragile eco-system, all at Kumarakom, a quiet village
tucked away on the banks of the picturesque Vembanad Lake.
Evening finds you on a sunset cruise on the lake, in a converted rice boat
adrift to a flute accompaniment. Return to the resort and settle down to
enjoy a rare cultural performance of authentic Kerala arts.
Overnight at Kumarakom Lake Resort. (B)
Day 5 : Kumarakom
Awaken to the call of birdsong and take an early morning guided visit to
the bird sanctuary where a Naturalist will assist in helping you sight
several rare species of birds including various migratory birds.
Choose an afternoon walk or cycle down to the quaint village of Kumarakom
for a firsthand experience of Indian village life or opt to relax at the
resort trying out some of the various in-house activities including clay
pottery making, weaving, fishing etc.
Relax to the strains of the flute while the sun sets around you once more,
as you enjoy the sunset cruise. Complete the day with another rare cultural
performance of Kerala.
Overnight stay on Kumarakom Lake Resort.
Day 6 : Houseboat
After breakfast, check-in on the traditionally styled luxury houseboat,
where you are cared for by an immaculate crew and a personal chef. Settle
down to enjoy the serene charm of the famous Vembanad Lake with a breezy
cruise from Kumarakom to Alleppey on a Houseboat (Kettuvallam), a popular
and unique attribute of Kerala. Enjoy a romantic candle-lit dinner on the
houseboat right in the middle of the lake and experience the thrills of
mooring for the night right on the glistening lake!
The backwaters are the finest jewels in Kerala's crown. An intricate system
of lakes, rivers and small canals that supports an incredible variety of
wildlife, particularly birds, and where you will see traditional village
life as it has been lived for centuries. A holiday in Kerala is incomplete
without a houseboat cruise!
Overnight stay on Luxury Houseboat. (L, D & B)
Day 7 : Kumarakom - Cochin (Approx 65Kms / 1.5Hrs Drive
Return to disembark at Kumarakom Lake Resort, check out and drive back to
Cochin International Airport for your onward flight. (B)
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