Kerala Cultural Holiday
Day 1: Arrival at Cochin Airport- Cochin
Arrive at Cochin Airport. You will be met and transferred to Fort Cochin (90 Mins). Fort Cochin is the home to some of the oldest European architecture in India and has been a significant settlement ever since Cochin Harbour was discovered. Unlike the bustling Ernakulum, the twin cities of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry have preserved an extraordinary wealth of early colonial architecture spanning the Portuguese, Dutch and the British eras a crop unparalleled in India.
Stay at Hotel for 2 night.
Day 02: Cochin
After your breakfast you will enjoy sight-seeing tour of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry. You will visit St. Francis Church, the oldest church built by Europeans in India where the Vasco Da Gama was buried. The Dutch Palace, with its murals, the Synagogue with is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. The Dutch Palace was originally built by the Portuguese. Later, in 17th century, the Dutch modified it and presented it to the Raja of Kochi. Coronation of many Rajas of Kochi was held here.
Evening enjoy Kathakali dance performance, the traditional art form of Kerala. Kathakali dance is the ancient pantomime dance drama of Kerala. The performance is for about 2 and half hours, with an hour of make-up, a short introduction about the dance and an hour of dance performance.
Day 03: Cochin – Calicut
Calicut is a city in the Malabar Coast was once dubbed the "City of Spices" for its role as the major trading point of eastern spices. It recorded first connection with Europe when Vasco da Gama landed at Kappad north of Calicut.
Stay at Hotel for 1 nights.
Afternoon visit at Beypore Uru Making. The Uru, or "Fat Boat", is a generic name for large Dhow-type wooden ships made by vishwabrahmins in Beypore, a village south of Calicut. This type of boat has been used by the
Arabs since ancient times as trading vessels, and even now, urus are being manufactured and exported to Arab nations from Beypore. These boats used to be built of several types of wood, the main one being teak. A couple of boat-building yards can be found near the Beypore port.
Day 04: Calicut - Kannur
Morning after breakfast drive to Kannur (03 Hrs.). Kannur was once an ancient trading port. Enduring monuments such as 16th-century St. Angelo Fort, once occupied by European colonial forces, show the city’s significant role in the spice trade. Housed in a former palace, the Arakkal Museum highlights Kerala's one Muslim royal family. The palm-fringed sands of Payyambalam Beach run along Kannur’s western shore.
Stay at Hotel for 2 night.
Evening enjoy a sightseeing tour with your driver.
Day 05: Kannur
Morning after breakfast visits various temples Afternoon enjoy traditional dance form Theyyam. Theyyam is a sacred ritual that is performed to worship the Hindu Goddesses 'Kali'. The performance includes a mix of dance and mime over music with depiction of ancient folk tales that enshrine the rudiments of tribal culture. It is a way of reciting stories of the Gods and celestial spirits from Kerala.
Day 06: Kannur - Wayanad
Morning after breakfast you will transferred to Wayanad ( 5 Hrs). Wayanad is famous for its beautiful nature, mountains, dense forests, plantations, tribal population and destinations.it is a bio-diverse district with beautiful hill stations. It is located on the southern tip of the magnificent Deccan plateau in Kerala. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala is adjacent to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of
Karnataka on the Northeast and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu on the Southeast.
Stay at Hotel for 2 night.
Day 07: Wayanad
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wayanad with your driver or you can relax at the resort exploring the nature and bird life.
Day 08: Wayanad – Trichur
Morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the cultural capital Trichur (06 Hrs). Afternoon visit the famous Vadakkumnathan temple and the markets.
Stay at Hotel for 02 night.
Day 09: Trichur
Morning after breakfast you will be visiting Kerala Kalamandalam. Kerala Kalamandalam, deemed a University of Art and Culture by the Government of India, is a major center for learning Indian performing arts, especially those that developed in the Southern states of India, with the special emphasis on Kerala. It is situated in the small town of Cheruthuruthy in Thrissur, Thrissur District on the banks of the Bharathapuzha river.
Day 10: Trichur – Houseboat (Alleppey)
Morning drive to Alleppey (05 Hrs). By noon board your AC Deluxe Houseboat (All meals) from the Vembanad House boat jetty for an overnight cruise with on board lunch and snacks and dinner, covering the nearby villages and the ethnic life around these villages to Alleppey, through the famous Vembanad Lake. This
afternoon you’ll enjoy a relaxing cruise through the waterways which gives you an opportunity to observe rural Kerala up close. For the people living on the banks, the backwaters are a part of their day to day life. You stop to look at paddy cultivation, watch local fishing, and see historic churches and local temples. Your Houseboat will have one bedroom each with en-suite facilities and exterior space to sit and relax. Bedrooms will be air-conditioned from 9 PM to 7 AM.
Day 11: Houseboat - Homestay
Morning after breakfast you will be dropped at boat jetty. You will be met and transferred to Homestay (1 Hrs). Stay at Emerald Isle Homestay for the night. Emerald Isle is located amidst beautiful waterways and backwaters of the Kuttanad Region of Alappuzha in Central Kerala. It is an ancestral Country House set in 7 acres of secluded grounds. Evening enjoy a country boat cruise through the narrow canals around the homestay.
Day 12: Alleppey - Cochin Airport Departure
Like all good things, your tour in Kerala comes to an end but you will always carry memories of this unique and unforgettable holiday experience. Today you will be assisted and transferred (2.5 Hours) to Cochin International Airport to connect your flight home.
The Tour Ends!!