Itinerary (This is an indicative itinerary, Sequence of the activities
may vary and depend on prevailing weather condition and guest preferences)
Day 1: Arrival You arrive at Cochin international, to be whisked away to
historic Willingdon island and our flagship hotel, Casino.
Sunset brings with it a boat cruise of the Cochin Harbour.
In Cochin With Breakfast behind you, take a stroll through the local spice and
fish markets. Join us mid afternoon for an introduction to Indian and Keralan
cuisine, followed by a hands-on cooking demonstration with an emphasis on seafood.
Day 3: Cochin - Periyar After breakfast we whisk you away to the
Spice Village resort. Lying in the lap of the fabled Cardamom hills, Spice
Village is surrounded by lush forests, and the Periyar Wilderness is but an hour
away. Enjoy a late afternoon boat safari on the Periyar lake. Take in the herds
of wild elephants, bison, deer, and the spectacular bird-life. Return to Spice
Village for a live cooking demonstration using fresh spices from the surrounding
Day 4: Periyar The hotel staff introduces you to the
various spices that flourish in the region, in their natural habitat, while taking
you on walking tour of Spice Village. Our chef takes over, mid-afternoon, with
a hands-on lesson in cooking with spices. So you can take home a few Keralan tips
Day 5: Periyar - Kumarakom You'll leave just after
breakfast, driving back down to the coast and the 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. Enjoy a presentation
we call 'Conquering the Coconut'. Here, you'll witness the coconut being plucked,
de-husked, broken, grated and cooked. Evening finds you on a sun-set cruise on
the lake, in a converted rice boat, adrift to a flute accompaniment.
Day 6: Kumarakom A short boat cruise takes you to 'Philip Kutty's Farm'
to see an extraordinary way of life, farming and fishing. Spend the afternoon
learning the intricacies of Keralan seafood dishes.
Day 07 -
10 : Kumarakom - Marari After breakfast, the boat takes you back across lake
Vembanad to Puthenangadi, from where a car/coach to
Marari Beach. Spend the day at leisure on the beach.
: Cochin - Airport It's time to bid farewell. Drive to Airport and assist you
with check-in formalities.
- Oct - March is the best time to visit the Backwaters and Beach circuits.
June-Sept is the monsoon season when though its humid its still very green
and pleasing. Plantation highlands can be visited all through the year even
though it rains a bit more in monsoon than the rest of the year.
Cochin is best and most popular arrival point into Kerala. Cochin
International Airport gets flights from all over India and select
International destinations. Ernakulam Railway Station is linked to Southern
and Coastal rail route and connected to all major cities of South India and
some major cities in India.