On your arrival at the Cochin Airport/ Railway Station, our tour representative will greet you and assist you to reach your hotel. Once you complete the check-in formalities, freshen-up and energize yourself to enjoy the upcoming excitement. Thereafter, embark on a sightseeing tour.
Hailed as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea', Cochin is a mix of old-world and new-age charm. Some of the prime attractions of Cochin that you will visit today include Paradesi Synagogue in the Jew Town, Mattancherry Palace, Santa Cruz Basilica, Chinese Fishing Nets, Ernakulam Shiva Temple, St. Francis Church, etc. Before you move for the Alleppey Backwater Tour, a city tour of Cochin will truly delight you.
We will start our day tour by visiting Paradesi Synagogue, one of the oldest Synagogue where Jews are meeting since 1568. the year it was constructed. From here you will head to Mattancherry Palace. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed palace is famous for Kerala Murals, a kind of wall painting that depicts Hindu mythology and Rajas of Kochi. Our next destination is Santa Cruz Basilica. This church is one of the most elegant and remarkable churches in India and is reckoned as one of the heritage edifices of Kerala.
Next, you will visit Ernakulam Shiva Temple and St. Francis Church. Ernakulam Shiva Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is believed to be the protector of the city. From here, we will head to the St. Francis Church. Built-in 1503, St. Francis Church possesses great historical significance and is a silent witness of the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent. The last attraction of the day is the Chinese Fishing Nets. While in Kerala, Chinese Fishing Nets are a must-visit which is a permanent installation of fishing nets providing a unique method of fishing in the sea.
Explore this cultural symbol of Kerala and visit the popular markets for shopping before returning to your hotel for a night stay.
Today morning, after a hearty breakfast you will begin driving to one of the most popular backwater destinations of Kerala, Alleppey which was previously known as Alappuzha. You will arrive at Pallathuruthy Jetty by 12:00 PM and after completing the check-in formalities your Kerala Backwaters Houseboat tour will begin in the real sense. From here, you will sail across the stunning attractions of Vilakumaram Thodu and Kalitta in the best Houseboat in Alleppey. Soak-in the serenity spread all around and savor the delightful views. Your houseboat also includes a trained chef who will delight you with special lunch on-board.
The Alleppey Kerala Boat House cruises through SNDP Thodu, Kuppapuram, and Vembanad Kayal. In the evening the boat will reach Kainakary. Here you will get an opportunity for canoeing for an hour. So, get your own cute boat and start paddling through the coconut groves. This activity here is equally popular amid adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers and is the prime attraction of the Kerala Boat House Package for many.
Before the sun sets, come back to your houseboat and set off to Kuttamangalam, Chennengary via Nedumudi. Enjoy the vivid beauty created by the last rays of the sun falling on the pristine water. Spot colorful birds going back to their nest and the locals indulged in their daily work. The night will bring a different charm when you will see the vast starry sky over your head and endless water around you. In this dreamy environment, join a traditional dinner onboard your Alleppey Boat House and enjoy sumptuous delicacies.
Post dinner, enjoy an overnight stay aboard.
On day 3 of your 4-day Kerala Backwater Tour in Alleppey, wake up from sleep hearing the chirping of birds as your Alappuzha Boat House arrives in Kumarakom. After the farewell breakfast, complete the check-out formalities and de-board the houseboat. Thereafter, start your road journey to Kumarakom. As you reach, check- in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. So you can explore Kumarakom at your own pace.
Kumarakom is a lush pristine town nestled on the banks of Lake Vembanad. Some of the attractions of this place are its backwater cruises and exotic species of avifauna. The place has been blessed with peaceful environs and a Kumarakom Houseboat tour provides a heavenly joy. You can choose to visit the Bay Island Driftwood Museum that displays wooden sculptures.
Or else you can choose to head to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary which is home to cuckoos and many Siberian storks. After your day's venture exploring Kumarakom, you will board the houseboat to enjoy an amazing view of the sunset from the deck.
This is followed by a special dinner before returning to your hotel for the night stay.
After breakfast on the last day of the tour, check out and get transferred to the Cochin Airport to board the flight to the onward destination.