A journey along Karen's
coast takes one through sheets of tender green paddy fields, cardamom groves and sloping
plantations of tea and tapioca. Though this land of rivers and backwaters, busy raising
valuable cash crops like tea, rubber, cardamom coffee, and cashewnut, it still lives at
the leisurely pace of ageless craft plying in canals and backwaters. Indiatravelite offers
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DAY ONE : Cochin
On arrival at Cochin International Airport, you are greeted and
whisked away to historic Willingdon Island. In Cochin, you may
explore the ancient harbour, with its rich colonial past, the old
spice market at Mattancherry, the antique shops on Jewís
street, the Synagogue, the Dutch palace and of course, the famous
Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church and David Hall (CGH Earth
Art Gallery). Harbour Cruise in the evening. Overnight in Casino
DAY TWO : Cochin-Thekkady
After breakfast, drive from Cochin to Thekkady. Lunch at Spice
Village. Engage in activities like cooking demonstration and
cultural programme followed by dinner. Overnight at Spice Village.
DAY THREE : Thekkady
After breakfast, Elephant ride through the Spice Plantations. Lunch
at Spice Village. After noon farm visit accompanied by naturalist.
Dinner and Overnight at Spice Village.
DAY FOUR : Thekkady Ė Kumarakom
After breakfast, you will drive 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. Lunch at
Coconut Lagoon. 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 FIVE : 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,
bird watching on a boat 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. Afternoon at leisure. Evening engage in yet another
session of Cooking demonstration and Cultural show. Dinner and
Overnight at Coconut Lagoon.
DAY SIX : Kumarakom - Mararikulam
Another session of Yoga followed by breakfast. After breakfast,
transfer by boat and then by road to Marari Beach.Check-in to an
independent villa at the Marari Beach Resort. Marari Beach resort is
not just the sand and the sea.Itís 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, itís time to relax in the Coconut
grove.Evening will be engaged in good music, Cooking classes
followed by dinner. Overnight at Marari Beach Resort.
DAY SEVEN : Mararikulam
Now you are an expert on Yoga. You donít need a wake up call anymore
for the daily Yoga class. After breakfast, explore the area and itís
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 odd 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 donít 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 EIGHT : Mararikulam Ė
After breakfast, drive back to Cochin International Airport.