Kerala - "God's own country"
The Coconut Holidays package brings you the beauty, culture and natural bounties of Kerala, rolled into one delightful week. Experience the varied pleasures of the beaches, backwaters and spice mountains, sample an array of home style organic food and open yourself up to the magic of God's own country.
Day 1 – Arrive at Cochin
Arrive at Cochin airport and later drive 30 kms to city and reach your home away from home – Brunton Boatyard. Overnight at hotel. Cochin (Kochi) is spread across in a stunning location between the Arabian Sea and the Backwaters. The city was founded in 1341 when a flood created a natural safe port, which became the principal harbour for Malabar Coast’s spice trade. Cochin was on the main trade route between Europe and China.
Day 2 - Explore The Town
When you are in the mood to explore the town. Hop into a cab and in a span of a few kilometers you will see the towering Chinese fishing nets on the harbor and the houses dotted with colonial architecture. After breakfast Must-see places are the old spice market at Mattancherry, the antique shops on Jew’s street, the Synagogue, the Dutch palace and of course St. Francis Church and David Hall (CGH Earth Art Gallery). The evenings are best spent on the harbour cruise.
Day 3 - Drive to Thekkady
After breakfast we drive 185 kms up to the hills in Thekkady, known for its dense evergreen forests and spice plantations. Spice Village, is a charming combination of perennial flora and wildlife. Thekkady - Periyar is South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary, encompassing an area of 777 sq km. Set on the attractive man-made Periyar Lake; it attracts over 300,000 visitors a year. Though the sanctuary was made a part of Project Tiger in 1973, it is better known for its elephants.
Day 4 - Periyar Lake
Morning spice plantation Visit with a naturalist. Afternoon Boat ride in Lake Periyar, and see the wildlife around the lake as you cruise along its banks. Apart from elephants, bison, sambar, wild boar, langur, otter and flying squirrel are common. There are also 246 species of birds and 112 species of butterfly. In the afternoon indulge yourself in an Ayurvedic massage or just sit out in your verandah and watch the day go by. In the evening cultural programs will keep you entertained.
Day 5 - Drive to Kumarakom
Breakfast at the resort and drive to Kumarakom(125 km). An unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields & coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with white lilies. Situated on the Vembanad Lake, in this small water world you'll come across plenty of traditional country crafts, boats and canoes which will take you into the heart of the scenic lake. Coconut Lagoon an authentic experience of Kerala and its fascinating backwaters.
Day 6 – An Ayurvedic Massage at Kumarakom
Day at leisure and you can enjoy the activity in the hotel. Curious about the birds you see flying around? A Naturalist will accompany you in the morning and help identify the birds. Before lunch, a visit to the nearby village, will give you a sneak-peak into the daily life of a villager. Cooking demonstration by the chef in the afternoon followed by an Ayurvedic massage will rejuvenate your senses. Leisurely sessions of yoga will take away the stress and let you relax.
Day 7 – Arrival at Alleppey
On arrival at Alleppey met and drive to Marari (15 km, 30 min). Everyone loves endless golden beaches. The allure of a beach is not just in the sand and the sea. It's in the living environment that surrounds it. In the trees and plants, the birds and fishes that call it home and most of all, in the culture, life and color of the people who belong there. A beach is just a beach, until you find its living heart.