Kerala is a beautiful coastal state located on Southwest coast of India and known as The God" s Own Country. Famous for its lovely backwater, lagoons, lakes, canals and coconut palm trees, Kerala is one of the most sought tourist destinations in India. Cochin (Kochi) is a commercial capital of Kerala and one of the finest backwaters destination in Kerala.You will be well received on your arrival at the Cochin airport and transfer to hotel.In the afternoon, proceed for city tour of Cochin, visiting historic Jewish Synagogue (remains closed on Fridays and Saturdays), Portuguese built " The Mattanchery Palace" or Dutch Palace (remains closed on Fridays)- an amazing museum, the Church of St Francis- within which is the Tomb of Vasco da Gama and other attractions of Fort Cochin.In the later afternoon, proceed for a Sunset boat cruise around Cochin harbour and visit Chinese fishing nets of Cochin, which are fixed land installations for an unusual form of fishing.In the evening, proceed to witness the famous Kathakali Dance performance, which is about 400 years old dance drama of Kerala that narrates the events of India' s religious epic- The Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The main aspect of Kathakali is its elaborate make-up and unusual costumes.Overnight in Cochin.
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Kumarakom.Kumarakom is a small village on the Vembanad Lake, popular for its bird sanctuary, which is a favorite haunt of migratory birds. One can see Egrets, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck, darters, herons, teal and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that live here in flocks. Kumarakom is centre of Ayurveda in Kerala. Arrive Kumarakom and check in to your hotel.Overnight in Kumarakom.
After breakfast at hotel, proceed to visit Kottayam.
Kottayam is an old Christian village that has been preserved by its large Syrian Christian population. It is one of the oldest villages in Kerala. The best known churches are Syrian Orthodox churches i.e. Valia Palli and Cheria Palli. Later, climb aboard the traditional RICE BOAT (kettuvallam) converted into houseboats with bedrooms and attached toilets.Originally these boats were used as ferries to carry rice etc. Cruise through the backwaters of Kerala. This fascinating "backwaters" in traditional houseboats takes you through narrow canals, past paddy fields and villages, allowing you to enjoy the silence of the backwaters and have a glimpse of the lifestyle of the people living along the canals. All Meals (Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast) will be served on board, prepared by the houseboat crew.
Day 04: House Boat Alleppey - Marari (10Kms and 15minutes drive)
Disembark at Alleppey and transfer to Marari.Marari originates from "Mararikulam", one of the local fishing villages near Alleppey, where life still goes as it did a hundred years ago, with the men going out to sea each day to earn a living bringing in the daily catch. It is an incredibly beautiful beach destination on Arabian Sea and a perfect place to explore the Kerala backwaters as well as the lovely beaches. It is lovely place for relaxation at the end of your holidays.Arrive Marari and check- into your hotel.Rest of the day at leisure.Overnight in Marari.