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Kerala Backwater Trip

Kerala was a relatively unknown state among tourist circles until the early 1960s.Travel with mission of tourism good travel agenices, The first initiative to popularize Kerala as a tourist destination was undertaken by Travancore's Prince Consort Col.Mission of tourism, Godavarma Raja (husband of the then Queen of Travancore) started Kerala Tours Limited to popularize key tourist locations in Travancore Kingdom. When Travancore merged with India, Kerala Tours Limited became a private entity under the Travancore royal family. For more than 20 years since Independence, Kerala trend to ignore tourism as a key industry, leaving KTL and other private players to lead the role. In the 1960s, KTL struck gold,Mission of tourism good travel and tour agents.,tour kerala,tour package. by collaborating with Thomas Cook and started popularizing Kovalam in western countries which started the advent of hippie culture in Kovalam Beach. The strong inflow of tourists into Kovalam, started Kerala government to consider tourism as a key industry. Though it tried to nationalize Kerala Tours Limited, it soon fell into legal issues. This resulted in the government to think starting a new entity known as Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) IN 1966.

Duration : 09 Night / 10 Days
Destination Covered : Cochin - Kumarakom - Marari - Poovar - Kovalam

DAY 01 : ARRIVE COCHIN
Upon arrival in Cochin traditional welcome and transfer to your pre booked Hotel .

Later transfer to the backwaters of Cochin, which run from the sea inland through lush tropical countryside. It could be compared to a cruise down the eAmazon with jungle foliage hanging from the banks. This relaxing boat trip is fascinating, as our guide discussed the history of the early explorers and traders who used this as a main artery to the sea. Even the locals board and disembark, coming and going from village. Return to Cochin and afternoon spent exploring the unexpected and isolated Jewish community. It was a main area for spice trading. Scores of small companies huddle together in old buildings, with the air filled of ginger, cardamom, cumin and clove scent. Local potters load carts of spices running up and down narrow lanes for transport. One street - long area is the Mattacncherry section, used to occupy virtually all Jewish homes, the oldest synagogue in the former British Empire. Cochin is one of the most fascinating cities of coastal south India. It is a city with indelible marks of Christian, Islamic, Hindu and Jewish traditions. The true character of the city us to be found in the older part of the Fort Cochin area which remains as it used to be a 1000 years ago. This part of the City reflects an unusual bled of medival Portuguese, Dutch and English life grafted on to the tropical Malabar coast. A unique feature here is isolated Jewish community, whose origins date back to AD 52. Evening we go to watch the famous Kathakali Dance Performance. Overnight at the hotel

DAY 02 : COCHIN - KUMARAKOM ( BY SURFACE)
After breakfast today we depart for Kumara. The rest of the day relaxing by the pool or taking a sunset cruise on a man - powered nice-boat. You may wish to visit the Ayurvedic centre for a herbal massage. In the Evening attend a demonstration of Kerala cuisine cooking. Overnight at Resort

DAY 03 : KUMARAKOM
Day at at leisure for relax and personal activities. Overnight at Resort

DAY 04 : KUMARAKOM - MARARI ( BY SURFACE)
After breakfast we leave for Marari . A beach is just a beach, until you find its living heart. For us, the search ended in the little village of Mararikulam.

Somewhere around the middle section of Kerala's coast, the Indian Ocean finally realises that it has now become the Arabian Sea. The result of this personality change is a splendid azure colour, quite distinctive, with frothy whitecaps and a translucent, pearl-like quality. The sands that fringe this coastline for endless miles are themselves distinctive, deep and rich and fine, in a shade closer to ocher than gold. Upon arrival check in at your Resort .

DAY 05 : MARARI
Day at at leisure for relax and personal activities. Overnight at resort.

DAY 06 : MARARI - POOVAR (BY SURFACE)
After breakfast we leave for Poovar - Unspoilt and miraculously unexplored, Poovar Island is a rare Adam and Eve find in Southern Kerala. Enveloped by the most serene backwaters, and opening out to the sea and a dream golden sand beach. Poovar is truly a window into paradise. Time stopped a few decades ago. The tranquility is punctuated by the sound of waves and the birds. The acreage is abundant in well preserved local flora, with hundreds of species of spices, exotic flowers, complete with banana and coconut groves. The sun God smiles generously on idyllic Poovar. There's lots to do in addition to soaking in nature, and the hammocks and the beach. Row to a neighbouring fishing village in 2 minutes. Alter course, and visit a centuries old martial arts village. Kerala is the birthplace of a unique martial art form. Upon arrival check in at your resort .

DAY 07 : POOVAR
Day at at leisure for relax and personal activities. Overnight at resort

DAY 08 : POOVAR - KOVALAM
After breakfast we leave for Kovalam . Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach of Kerala , with three adjacent crescent beaches. Kovalam has been a favorite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse - sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes, Catamaran cruising etc.

DAY 09 : KOVALAM
Day at at leisure for relax and personal activities. Overnight at resort

DAY 10 : LEAVE KOVALAM
Transfer to Trivandrum airport to board flight for onward Journey.

GOA EXTENSION
Goa Beaches Tour, India

Duration : 04 NIGHT / 05 DAYS
Destination Covered : Kovalam - Trivandrum - Goa

DAY 10 : KOVALAM - TRIVANDRUM ( BY FLIGHT )
Today we take a flight to Goa via Mumbai . Goa beaches are lavishly gifted by the nature and paradise for beach lovers, the magic of goa beaches make Goa one of India's major tourist destinations, attracting over a million visitors annually. Upon arrival check in at your prebooked Hotel .

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