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South India Family Holidays

Tour Duration: 09 Nights / 10 Days
Destinations Covered: Cochin - Periyar National Park - Kumarakom - Goa - Mumbai

Day 01 – Arrive Cochin
Morning after breakfast at the hotel in Mumbai transfer to the airport to board flight for Cochin.  Meeting and greetings on arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel.  Rest of the time free to relax. Evening proceed to local theater to witness Kathakali Dance performance. Overnight at the hotel.

Cochin - Known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea it is the heart of God’s Own Country and also the center of business and commercial establishments.
 
Fort KochiDay 02 – At Cochin
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed for sightseeing tour of Cochin, During your sightseeing trip you will visit Fort Kochi - A leisurely walk through the city is the best way to discover historic for Kochi. An obscure fishing village that became the first European township In India, Kochi has an eventful and colourful history.

The town was shaped by the cultural influences, the dutch and later the british. The result of these cultural influences are seen in the many examples of indo european architecture that still exist here. Chinese Fishing Nets - These huge cantilevered fishing nets are the legacy of one of the first visitors to the Malabar coast. Erected here between 1350 and 1450 ad by Traders from the court of kublai khan, these nets are st up on teak wood and bamboo poles. The best place to watch the nets being lowered into the sea and catch being brought in is the vasco da gama square, a narrow promenade that runs along the beach.

St. Francis Church - Built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan Friars, this is India's oldest European Church. This was initially built of timber and later reconstructed in stone masonry. It was restored in 1779 by the protestant dutch, converted To an anglican church by the british in 1795 and is at present governed by the church of south india. Vasco da gama was buried here in 1524 before his Remains were moved to Lisbon, portugal. Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace) - Built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi, the palace was renovated in 1663 by the Dutch. On display here are beauriful murals depicting scenes from the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, and some of the Puranic Hindu legends. The palace also houses dutch maps of old kochi, royal palanquins, coronation robes of former maharajas of kochi.

Synagogue - Constructed in 1568, this is the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth. Destroyed in a shelling during the portuguese raid in 1662, it was rebuilt two years later by the dutch. Bolghatty Island - This island is famous for its palace of the same name. The bolghatty palace Was built in 1744 the dutch and later taken over by the british. Today it is a hotel run by the kerala tourism , with a small golf course and special honeymoon cottages. Willingdon Island - Named after Lord Willingdon, a former british viceroy of india, this man-made island is surrounded by beautiful backwaters. The island is the site of the city's best hotels and trading centres, the port trust and the headquarters of the southern naval command.

Rest of the afternoon free for independent activities or to relax. 
Overnight stay at the hotel.
 
Day 03 – Cochin to Periyar National Park
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to Periyar National Park by car. Arrive and check in at the jungle resort. Afternoon free to relax or visit spice plantaion. Overnight at the hotel.
 
The Periyar wildlife sanctuary is lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of periyar in thekkady is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves - the periyar wildlife sanctuary, spread across 777 sq km, of which 360 sq.km is thick evergreen forest, the periyar wildlife sanctuary was declared a tiger reserve in 1978.

The splendid artificial lake formed by the mullaperiyar dam across the periyar river adds to the charm of the park. This is the only sanctuary in india where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of periyar , however, are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. You can also see wild Elephant, gaur, sambar deer, tiger, jungle cat, sloth bear and wild boar which can be sighted from the boats also 265 species of birds including migrants the hornbill, stork, woodpecker, kingfisher, raptor, cormorant, grackle etc.
 
Day 04 – At Periyar
Morning and evening game viewing in the National Park by boat. Overnight at the hotel hotel / lodge.

Day 05 – Periyar to Kumarakom
Morning visit Periyar Wild life sanctuary by boat.  Later in the morning proceed to Alleppey (jetty) to board your waiting houseboat and sail through the back waters to Kumarakom. Lunch and diner will be served on board.  Overnight at the houseboat at Kumarakom.  The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. A picturesque, clean village, Kumarakom is a tiny hamlet on the banks of a lagoon formed by the Vembanad lake. Check in to your resort where calm, emerald backwaters reflect hundreds of thousands of gently swaying palms where the primary attraction however, is its lazy ambience.
 
Day 06 – At Kumarakom
Morning after breakfast disembark houseboat and check in at resort hotel.

Rest of the time free to explore the bird sanctuary of Kumarakom and explore a whole new world of feathered species. For an inquisitive bird watcher it is an ideal place that echoes with the chirping of birds including a variety of migratory birds. Take a walk around the sanctuary while experiencing the sights and sounds of these birds. Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. Either you are free at leisure, or enjoy the backwaters with paddleboats, canoe and Kayaks at the lagoon available at the resort.
 
Day 07 - Kumarakom to Cochin to Goa
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to Cochin airport to board flight for Goa.

Meeting on arrival at Goa Airport and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 08 – At Goa
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day free to relax and enjoy the beaches of Goa. Overnight at the Resort.

Day 09 – Goa
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day free to relax and enjoy the beaches of Goa. Overnight at the Resort.

Day 10 – Goa to Mumbai and fly home
Transfer to Goa airport in time to board flight for Mumbai and connect homebound flight.

End of your memorable Tour.

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