India, since time immemorial, has been a
destination for traders and shepherds, teachers and disciples, kings and
saints. Many returned with India in their hearts and many became part of it
and made India their house. It is the land where every visitor is considered
a God and treated like one. Come travel back in time, staying not at run of
the' mill hotels, but stay with the locals in their homes.
Far away from the hustle and bustle of the cities these homes are the
essence of Kerala where you will experience firsthand the way of life,
interact with the local people and share traditional home cooked meals with
Day 01 : Cochin
Cochin Airport. Transfer by road to Thani Illam ( ½ hrs ). Thani Illam
(short form of Thannikkatt illam family name) means the original home of a
Kerala Malayali Brahmin family. The Hosts are Mr. T.S Parameswaran &
Mrs. S. Saradammal who are religious persons. You will be served only the
Kerala vegetarian cuisine and no liquor is allowed inside the house. In the
afternoon visit elephant Kraal (training center).
Day 02 : Cochin
Full day city tour of Cochin. Cochin is the natural harbour created by the
famed underwater Malabar mud-banks whose quality ensures that the rougher
the seas are outside the calmer the waters are within the Harbour.
Vasco-de-Gama placed it on the world map. It has a Jewish synagogue,
Portuguese churches, Mosques & Hindu temples, Mattancherry Palace etc.
Watch the Chinese Fishing Nets.
Day 03 : Cochin / Vagamon
Drive by Car to Vagamon (3.5 hrs drive). Arrive at Vanilla County Estate -a
55 years old bungalow set amidst 150 acres of rubber and other spices
gardens. A variety of Keralan delicacies and other Indian dishes are served.
The spices and vegetables used are grown within the grounds of the estate
and organically grown. The fresh filter coffee and tea served are the
offerings of the estate's own plantations. This is also a great opportunity
to stay with a Keralan family Baby & Rani and enjoy home cooked food,
opportunities to see organic spice, fruit and vegetable farms, swim in a
series of natural pools, trekking, elephant rides and plantation visits.
Day 04 : Vagamon
Day to visit Plantation, Trekking, Farming activities etc.
Day 05 : Vagamon / Alleppey
Drive to Alleppey (3.5 hrs drive). Installation at Emerald Isle. In the
beautiful waterways and backwaters of the Kuttanad region of Central Kerala
lies Emerald Isle, an exotic haven of tranquility, seemingly remote from
city life, yet barely 10 kilometers from Alleppey Town. Emerald Isle -
Heritage Home is situated in an island resplendent with exotic flora,
breathtaking flowers, myriad birds and butterflies to make for a memorable
holiday. A truly wonderful way to spend your time on the banks of the
backwaters of Kerala !
Day 06 : Alleppey
You have a variety of options to spend the day-Witness traditional paddy
harvesting. Marvel at the process of tapping toddy, a local alcoholic drink
taken from the coconut trees or take country boat through the small ,
village canals watching the life of village pass by you.
Day 07 : Alleppey / Cochin
Drive to Cochin (1 hrs) and you will be welcomed at the beautiful home of
Byju and lyma -Gramam, located on the banks of the backwaters, in Kumbalangi
village 10 Kms away from Cochin. The house is well connected to the heritage
zone of fort Kochi and Mattancherry. The house is tiled and constructed in
the Keralan style. The small garden slopes gently away into the backwaters.
The farmland around the house has coconuts, areca nuts, mangoes in profusion
-12 varieties in all -pepper, pineapple and mangroves, besides various
medicinal plants. But the most prized possession is a 200 year -old mango
tree called "Chandanakaran" locally, which incidentally is the
biggest tree in the village. The rustic charm of this village ambience is
sure to leave an indelible impression as you say goodbye to Kochi -the queen
of the Arabian Sea. Later walk around to see the village life and educate
yourself on Prawn Fishing and Coir making or take an optional tour of Cochin
Day 08 : Depart Cochin
Transfer to Cochin international Airport for your flight to onward
destination (Hotel check out 12: 00 hrs)