Duration : 06 Night/ 07 Days
Destination : Kochi - Alappuzha - Allepey – Varkala
Discover india's tropical south with this week long introduction to the state of kerala. Explore the colonial town of kochi, drift along the famous backwaters on a houseboat and relax on the beautiful beach. This is an unforgettable trip to a stunning part of india.
Today we have a full days sightseeing in Kochi a city that has been on the map for over 600 years. We start the day by taking the local ferry to fort kochi. Here we will visit the Dutch palace, now a museum that houses a collection of intricate paintings of some of the Hindu gods. Next we go to the Pardesi synagogue which was originally built in 1568. The synagogue contains a number of interesting features including an ornate gold pulpit, hand painted floor tiles from China and Belgian made chandeliers. We visit St Francis church which is believed to be the oldest European built church in India. The current building dates from the 16th century and was the original burial place of the Portuguese Vasco-de-Gama whose body was moved to Lisbon after 14 years. We will also see the giant Chinese fishing nets first introduced by Chinese traders in 1400 AD.
Today we drive to Alappuzha for the coir village backwater resort and our first taste of Keralan backwater scenery. On the way here we visit a local village where we can see people making ropes from coir which is produced from coconut palm trees. There is an optional trip to explore the surrounding backwaters by canoe allowing us a peaceful way to discover the wildlife and villages here. We also visit the black sand beach with its beautiful view out to sea offering the perfect spot to watch the sunset.
This morning we drive to Allepey where we will board our houseboat and set sail along the backwater network that Kerala is famous for. Spend the afternoon relaxing on board and watching as the beautiful scenery and scenes of village life pass you by. We spend the night on board where we can marvel at the stars above and enjoy the tranquility of this part of India.
This morning we further enjoy the backwater scenery before heading back to Allepey where we leave the houseboat and drive to Varkala, one of Keralas beautiful beach resorts. The resort town sits atop a high russet coloured cliff with the beach and warm waters below. Here you are free to relax and explore the resort. Kerala is famous for Ayurvedic treatments so why not try a relaxing massage or take part in a yoga class. Varkala also has many restaurants along the cliff offering a perfect place to gaze dreamily out to sea and to watch the sunset on the horizon.
Enjoy Varkala as above.
Enjoy Varkala as above., In the evening we will have a final group dinner to mark the end of the trip.
Today we drive to Keralas capital city Trivandrum for your onward travel arrangements.
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