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					     Highlights of Kerala including Yoga and Cooking classes
                        7 Nights / 8 Days

          Cochin – Thekkaday – Kumarakom – Marai Beach - Cochin

                                Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: London - Cochin

On arrival at Cochin International Airport/Railway Station, you are greeted and
whisked away to historic Willingdon Island and our flagship hotel, Casino. In Cochin,
explore this ancient harbour, with its rich colonial past. Explore the old spice market
at Mattancherry, the antique shop on Jew’s street, the Synagogue, the Dutch palace
and of course, the famous Chinese fishing nets followed by harbour cruise. Overnight
at Casino Hotel.

Day 2: Cochin – Periyar

You leave the coastal plain, traveling winding hill roads with plantations of rubber,
spice and tea. Enroute stopover for lunch at the Plantation House. After checking in
at Spice Village the afternoon is reserved for a boat safari in the Periyar Sanctuary.
Engage in activities like Cooking demonstration and cultural programme followed by
dinner. Overnight at Spice Village.

Day 3: Periyar.

Early mornings are the best time for sightings and you can expect to spot herds of
elephants, bison, deer and spectacular bird life. Not to mention some of the 140
species of orchid that thrive here. A trip to Periyar is not complete without visiting
the spice plantations. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Spice Village.

Day 4: Periyar – Kumarakom

You’ll just after breakfast, driving back down to the coast and this melodically named
town of Kumarakom on the banks of lake Vembanad. Here, you hop on to a boat to
Coconut Lagoon, an eco-friendly resort created from restored heritage homes, set in
a web of canals on the banks of the Kavanar river. Evening finds you on a sun-set
cruise on the lake, in a converted rice boat adrift to a flute accompaniment. After
cruise it is learning time. Learn to cook some authentic Keralan dishes in the cooking
demonstration class organized by the Chef. The resort gives an opportunity to see
some traditional Art Forms of Kerala which is followed by dinner. Overnight at
Coconut Lagoon.

Day 5: Kumarakom

Wake-up call by the birds from the nearby bird sanctuary and get ready to
experience yoga for your body and mind.
After breakfast, soft trek to the bird sanctuary accompanied by a Naturalist who will
identify the birds which wakes you up in the morning.
Before lunch there is enough time to visit the Village nearby.
Back in the resort for lunch.
     Highlights of Kerala including Yoga and Cooking classes
                        7 Nights / 8 Days

          Cochin – Thekkaday – Kumarakom – Marai Beach - Cochin

Afternoon at leisure.
Evening engage in yet another session of Cooking demonstration and Cultural show.
Dinner and Overnight at Coconut Lagoon.

Day 6: Kumarakom – Marari

After breakfast another session of Yoga, transfer by boat and then by road to Marari
Check-in to an independent villa at the Marari Beach.
Marari Beach resort is not just the sand and the sea. It’s the living environment that
surrounds it. The Marari Beach, let us be clear, is not the place for a raucous Beach
holiday. There are no real parties here. No noisy water scooter but for those seeking
to undue the stress of the city life and experience a completely new place, it is the
perfect spot.
After lunch in the restaurant, it’s time to relax in the Coconut grove.
Evening will be engaged in good music, Cooking classes followed by dinner.
Overnight at the Marari Beach.

Day 7: Marari

Now you are an expert on Yoga. You don’t need a wake up call anymore for the daily
Yoga class.
After breakfast, explore the area and it’s fishing villages nearby on a bicycle or take
a dip in the sea. The beach usually being nearly empty except for a few other guests
and the old local fishermen.
After lunch at leisure.
It will be a great idea to walk across the road to our organic farm, which ensures
that the vegetables and fruits we serve are the freshest you can get.
You don’t want to leave. Do you? This is the last chance where you can approach the
Chef for any assistance/clarifications regarding the recipes you would have collected
over the past three/four days.
After dinner, walk back to your cottage already making plans for your next visit.

Day 8: Marari – Cochin – London

After breakfast, emotional drive back to Cochin International Airport for your flight
home or to Lakshadweep Extension.

                                      End Tour


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