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Best of Backwaters

Fishing Nets, Fort Cochin

Destinations Covered: Cochin - Periyar - Kumarakom
Duration: 6 Nights/7 Days

Day 1 Cochin
Welcome to Cochin.
Transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2 Cochin
Morning sightseeing tour of Cochin including St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Chinese fishing nets and Jewish Synagogue.

Cochin - The port city of Cochin is also known as 'Queen of the Arabian Sea'. There is Dutch Palace at Mattancherry and the very famous Fort Cochin, which is renowned for its Portuguese heritage and has early 16th century St. Francis' Church. Spice is at its best in area surrounding Jewish Synagogue while there are carved wooden panels and pulpit at Santa Cruz Basilica. Chinese fishing nets are popular among the tourists as a rare old-world trade form while Parishath Thampuram Museum houses 19th-century paintings, old coins, sculptures and temple models.

Cruise at sunset.
Overnight stay at Cochin.

Day 3 Periyar
After breakfast drive to Periyar.
Transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Afternoon boat cruise on Lake Periyar to explore wildlife sanctuary featuring Indian elephants, Barking Deers, Indian Wild Dogs, Pythons and King Cobras.

Periyar - Moist deciduous fauna, flat and hilly terrain, a delightful lake and rich wildlife makes Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary a hot favorite amongst the nature livers. A protected tiger reserve and a national park, Periyar is basically an elephant's paradise. Leopards, Wild Dogs, Barking Deers, Nilgiri Langurs (a primate), Bonnet Macaquea, Tigers, Nilgiri Tahrs and Flying Lizard and Flying Snake steal the limelight.

Day 4 Kumarakom
After breakfast drive to Kumarakom.
Transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 5 Kumarakom
Day free to relax and explore the city.
Overnight stay at Kumarakom.

Day 6 Alleppey
Cruise in Kettuvallams or old rice-barges through Azhikkal Canal passing through Kuppapuram, Pallathuruthy, Swamy Canal, Meenappally Kayal, Muttael Canal, Kainakary Church Canal, Vatta Kayal, Venattukadu Canal, Aakkathara Canal and paddy fields.

Overnight stay at Chithira Kayal.

Day 7 Cochin
After breakfast, disembark houseboat around 1000 hrs at Alleppey.
Transfer to Cochin airport for flight to onward destination.

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