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Coconut Holidays-A Casino Group of Hotels (CGH) Earth Experience

Duration: 07 Nights / 08 Days

Destinations Covered: Cochin-Periyar- Kumarakom- Alleppey- Mararikulam-Cochin.

Days Tour Program
Day 01 Arrival Cochin

On arrival at Cochin airport or Ernakulam railway station our representative having a placard displaying your name will meet you to pick you up and transfer to your hotel. In the evening enthrall yourself with a special presentation of the colorfully costumed Kathakali Dance Drama at a local theatre; thereafter return to hotel. Overnight at Hotel Brunton Boatyard Cochin.

Day 02 Cochin City Tour

This morning after breakfast take a full day city tour of Kochi. Your sightseeing will include Fort Kochi beach, Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace or 'Dutch Palace' & the Chinese Fishing Nets. The Chinese fishing nets found here are the only ones of its kind in India. Dutch Palace: The Dutch Palace was originally built by the Portugese. Later, in 17th century, the Dutch modified it and presented to the Raja (King) of Kochi. Coronation of many Kings of Kochi was held here. The place has a fine collection of mural paintings depicting the scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana. Fort Kochi beach: A stroll along the beach, particularly at sunset with the Chinese fishing nets and sailing ships in the background, is a fine experience. Many European style bungalows can be seen along the shoreline. Jewish Synagogue: The synagogue, magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers, was built in 1568. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here. It is located near the Dutch Palace. In the evening enjoy Motor Boat Ride at Cochin Harbour and thereafter evening free to walk around the beach. Overnight at Hotel Brunton Boatyard Cochin.

Day 03 Cochin to Periyar (Thekkady) (190 Km, Travel time 5 Hrs)

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Periyar. On the way to Periyar you will witness the vast plantations of Pepper, Cardamom, Coffee, Tea and some spectacular views of mist-laden valleys. The Periyar Wildlife sanctuary is spread across 780 sq km, of which 360 sq km is thick evergreen forest; this sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors all over the world and is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife. Further, 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 the play in the lake. This afternoon enjoy boat ride and experience a unique wild life experience. Overnight at hotel Spice Village.

Day 04 Periyar (Thekkady)

This morning after breakfast explore the nature at its best in Periyar. You can go on a boat safari in Lake Periyar-a great way to make a quick tour of the vast reserve and sanctuary, or try a half- or full-day trek, with our naturalist pointing out some spectacular flora and fauna. Visit a spice or rubber plantation, to see how pepper is harvested, or how your eraser started life.

Day 05 Periyar to Kumarakom (30 minutes by boat)

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Kumarakom. Kumarakom is one of the 10 best preferred destinations in India for tourism. The village comprises of cluster of small islands on the famous lake called Vembanad Lake. Kumarakom is an enchanting backwater destination to visit. In Kumarakom you can explore life on the backwaters, visit the Kavanar bird sanctuary and farms, experience organic farming and fish cultivation. At the fourteen-acre bird sanctuary one can glimpse many a rare bird some of which, sadly, may not be around forever. On arrival at Kumarakom you will be transferred to Coconut lagoon by boat as the coconut Lagoon is not accessible by road. Evening enjoy the sun set cruise thereafter return to hotel. Overnight at hotel Coconut Lagoon Kumarakom.

Day 06 Kumarakom to Alleppey (12 Km, Travel time 20 Minutes)

This morning after breakfast transfer to Spice Coast Cruise a luxury houseboat from the Casino Group to enjoy the backwaters of Kumarakom & Alleppey. Alleppey popularly referred to as 'Venice of the East'. Cruising in Spice Coast will be a unique experience in your life. No tourist can go away from Alappuzha without taking a cruise along the backwaters in a traditional houseboat. The houseboats complete with a well furnished bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. There are drivers and a cook on board. On the houseboat you can observe the everyday life of locals, pick up toddy (a mild alcoholic drink made from coconut sap), dig into grilled prawns and indulge in bird watching. Enjoy dinner on board. Overnight in Spice Coast Cruise from Casino Group of Hotels.

Day 07

Alleppey to Mararikulam

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Marari beach resort a brand New Hotel built in the style of a traditional fishing village. Marari originates from " Mararikulam ", one of the local fishing villages, where life still goes on much 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. Marari offers endless miles of superb sand beaches backed by swaying palms, virgin territory where you can experience the local charm and traditional Kerala Hospitality at its best. In Marari do nothing on the beach, take long walks or bicycle rides. Marari wasn't designed for doing but just the opposite. But you should definitely take time out to stroll down to the village and explore. Further, there are regular cookery classes most evenings, so you can learn and enjoy Kerala cuisine even when you go back home. There's a full size pool, beach volleyball and tennis for the more active. Lots of books and stuff in the clubhouse too. The Ayurvedic massages and Yoga classes will get you into a deeper state of relaxation then you thought possible. Overnight at Marari beach resort.

Day 08 Mararikulam to Cochin (85 Km, Travel time 1 Hrs 30 Minutes)

Mararikulam to Cochin (85 Km, Travel time 1 Hrs 30 Minutes)

Your Tour Includes:

  • 06 Nights accommodation in Casino Group of Hotels on twin sharing.
  • 01 Night accommodation in Luxury traditional houseboat Spice Coast Cruise from Casino Group of Hotels with all meals.
  • Daily buffet breakfast.
  • All arrival, departure, sightseeing's as per above itinerary by air conditioned car with English speaking driver. (Including fuel, parking, road tax, toll tax, state taxes, vehicles insurance and driver's expenses.)
  • Motor Boat Ride at Cochin Harbour.
  • Boat ride in Periyar.
  • Kathakali dance show tickets.
  • All applicable hotel & transport taxes.
  • Government services tax of 3.09%.

Your Tour Does Not Includes:

  • Any meals other than those specified.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.
  • Entrance fees during sightseeing.
  • Any other item not specified.
  • International airfare.

Terms & conditions:

  • The hotels and services mentioned in the itinerary are subject to confirmation.
  • The rates give below may change in case of change in hotels, transport rates or Government taxes.

Hotels to be provided:

City No. of Nights Casino Group of Hotels
Cochin 2 Hotel Brunton Boatyard
Thekkady 2 Hotel Spice Village
Kumarakom 1 Coconut Lagoon Resort
Alleppey 1 Deluxe Houseboat-Spice Coast Cruise
Mararikulam 1 Marari Beach Resort
Price of the Tour Valid from 1st April 2009 to 30th September 2009
Price Per Person on twin Sharing US$ 875
Price for a single Person Traveling Alone US$ 1625


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