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  • Very well organized trip. Our driver Ashok was excellent. - Laura Berick, US
  • Thank you for looking after us so well. All guides and representatives were outstanding - John Basil Petrof, Canada
  • Shall recommend your services to all my friends. All the best - John Cody, Australia
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  • Thank you for taking good care. All my group members were happy and pleased with your services.- Julien Brian, Australia

Ayurveda & Yoga (11Nights/12Days)

Places covered : Cochin-Thekkady-Kumarakom-Kovalam

Day 01 Arrive Cochin

Arrive Cochin during early morning.

Meeting and assistance on Arrival and transfer to the Hotel.

COCHIN: Queen of the Arabian Sea. Believed to be the finest natural harbour in the world. With ferry rides commanding its breath taking view. As you cruise around man-made islands with lush green lawns sloping down to the water's edge. Cochin is the oldest European settlement in India. Recording a history of visitors who came, saw and stayed for hundreds of years. Layered impressions - Chinese, Arab, Jewish, British, French and Portuguese are contained within its environment.

Morning free.

Afternoon: Half day tour of the satellite towns of Kochi (Cochin) and Ernakulam comprises visits to the Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays), the Jewish Synagogue - (which remains closed on Saturdays) St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica. While driving along the coastline, at the Harbour's mouth, one can also view the unique and still-in-use "Chinese Fishing Nets" which were introduced by the Chinese traders in the 14th Century. The tour ends in the Fort Kochi area where you can walk through the historical Dutch and Portuguese buildings. Some parts of this nearly 500-year-old Fort are still amazingly well preserved. Also visit Jew Street which is famous for the antiques.

Evening Optional: enjoy Kathakali Dance Performance. Kathakali is a ritualized dance form native to Kerala; elaborate costumes and makeup, as seen here, are the norm. Male dancers portray both male and female roles.

Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 02 Cochin-Periyar (160 kms)

Morning: leave for Periyar by surface.

PERIYAR: best known for its wildlife, is a must-see for all visitors to Kerala. The Periyar Lake lies at the heart of the sanctuary which is a veritable paradise for all wildlife lovers. Where else can one view the animals in their natural surroundings while cruising on the lake, or better still come within a few feet of a herd of wild elephants and still be at ease! The majestic gaur, deer, wild boar and the distinctive Nilgiri langur are often spotted along the lake as also water birds.

On arrival in Periyar, check-in at the Hotel.

Evening visit to a Spice Plantation.  Wear closed shoes - it feels like a jungle walk. Spices growing here include vanilla, black pepper, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg and mace, surrounded by coconut palms, bananas and jackfruit.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Periyar-Kumarakom (127 kms)

Morning: Two hours boat trip on the lake are the usual way of touring the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary is one of the most important and frequently visited in India. Trips along the large artificial lake surrounded by dense forests is by itself value for money besides offering the opportunity to view wild life specially elephants, wild boar, etc.

Afternoon: leave for Kumarakom by surface.

KUMARAKOM: On the shores of the enchanting Vembanad lake, 14 kms from Kottayam, lies Kumarakom in its small town hush. Redolent of restful peace. A boat ride in the countryside offers a close look into an engaging rustic life. Skiff-fishermen launching there cockeshell boats. Large flotillas of ducks waddling down to the water from thatched houses on the banks. Women, neck-deep in water, with there waist-length hair heaped in a crown, searching for fish with there feet. And aimless cattle grazing in lush pasture-land, where white lotuses lie here and there in small, low-lying pools.

On arrival in Kumarakom, check-in at the Hotel.

Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 04 : Kumarakom - Houseboat

Board House Boat from Kumarakom.

Full day cruise on the backwaters. The backwater cruise takes off through a network of canals with a backdrop of villages and coconut trees on the shores.

 Overnight at Hotel.

Arrive Alleppey- Kovalam (170 kms

Disembark at Alleppey and leave for Kovalam by surface.

KOVALAM: On the Malabar Coast along the Kerala shore line is a small village, called Kovalam. This sleepy town suddenly came on the tourist map when its fabulous beaches were discovered. Today Kovalam has become one of the most popular Ayurveda center and beach hangouts in India. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and truly the coconut trees along the beaches gives it a ravishing look.  The palm-fringed bays in secluded coconut groves, promise a relaxed stay. The boundless blue waters of the Arabian Sea and miles of white sands washed away by the surf at the feet of the stalwart palms and the rocky promontories, makes this beach paradise. This marvelous beach is a tourist's dream come true. Lots of Ayurveda Resorts located here provide treatments and experience of authentic Ayurveda.

On arrival in Kovalam check-in at the Hotel.

Rest of the day free.

Overnight at the Hotel.

DAY 06 to DAY 11 In Kovalam

Full day as per the package and treatment chosen. Minimum 7 nights package.

Overnight at the Hotel.

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Day 12: Kovalam-Trivandrum (18 kms) – New Delhi / Mumbai

In time pick up from hotel and transfer to Thiruvanthapuram to connect flight for New Delhi / Mumbai.

 


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