Recommended Itinerary (This is an indicative itinerary, Sequence of
the activities may vary and depend on prevailing weather condition and guest
Day 1: Arrival You arrive at Cochin international, to be whisked away to
historic Willingdon island and hotel Casino.
Sunset brings with it a boat cruise of the Cochin Harbour.
: In Cochin You explore this ancient harbour, with its rich colonial past. Hop
into an autorickshaw and explore the old spice market at Matancherry, the antique
shop on Jew's street, the Synagogue, the Dutch palace and of course, the famous
Chinese fishing nets.
Day 3: Cochin-Periyar You leave the coastal
plain, travelling winding hill roads with plantations of rubber, spice and tea.
After checking in at Spice Village,
the afternoon's reserved for a boat safari in the Periyar sanctuary.
Day 04 : At Periyar Early mornings are the best time for sightings, and
you can expect to spot herds of elephants, bison, deer and spectacular bird life.
Not to mention some of the 140 species of orchid that thrive here!
Day 05 : Periyar - Kumarakom You'll leave just after breakfast, driving back down
to the coast and the melodically named town of Kumarakom on the banks of lake
Vembanad. Here, you hop on to a boat to
Coconut Lagoon, an eco-friendly resort created from restored heritage homes,
set in a web of canals on the banks of the Kavanar river. Evening finds you on
a sun-set cruise on the lake, in a converted rice boat, adrift to a flute accompaniment.
Day 06 : Kumarakom A short boat ride takes you to
'Philip Kutty's Farm' to see an extraordinary way of life and farming. Remaining day at leisure.
Day 07 - 10 : Kumarakom - Marari After breakfast, the boat takes you
back across lake Vembanad to Puthenangadi, from where a car/coach takes you to
Marari Beach. You have 4 nights at the Marari
beach, a paradise of sun, sea, sand and surf. Modelled on the fishing villages
of the coast, this is a beach resort that offers total peace and natural beauty.
Day 11 : Marari - Airport.
- Oct - March is the best time to visit the Backwaters and Beach circuits.
June-Sept is the monsoon season when though its humid its still very green
and pleasing. Plantation highlands can be visited all through the year even
though it rains a bit more in monsoon than the rest of the year.
Cochin is best and most popular arrival point into Kerala. Cochin
International Airport gets flights from all over India and select
International destinations. Ernakulam Railway Station is linked to Southern
and Coastal rail route and connected to all major cities of South India and
some major cities in India.