Accommodation in a Deluxe Houseboat for one night.
Transportation from Cochin to Alleppey and to Fort Cochin Sightseeing spots, and back to the departure point - The vehicle would be a Air conditioned Indica car ( 330 Km blocked from Garage to Garage).
All meals in the houseboat. The Houseboat has a living room, A small kitchen, deck area and bedroom with attached bathroom
All Taxes included
Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, telephone, and laundry bills etc.
Tips and porter charges
Any boating charges (motor boat / pedal boat).
Any additional expenses incurred due to any flight delay or cancellation, weather conditions, political closures, technical faults etc
Any other service/s not specified above
Package cost: Rs 11,500 (Per Couple)
Package cost: Rs 5,750 (per person)
Day 1 Check inn at the Houseboat
Since this is a weekend package - this package is best applicable for guests from Kerala/ Karnataka / Tamil Nadu.
Arrive from Bangalore/ Chennai. Optional - if you arrive early in the morning, best option is to get into local hotel and get freshen up. After a late breakfast, start your travel to Alleppey, on the way you could stop inn at the marari beach, or head to Alleppey town. There is a beach at the town, you could see an old bridge built to the sea. The bridge was built during the British era to transport the goods to the sea. By 12 noon check inn at the houseboat.
The boat will start moving on into the backwaters through small canals, it would be a great experience to see the backwater lifestyle. For the natives, the water canals are like roads, and most houses have small boats for conveyance. From the little child to the old grandpa, everyone would know how to row the boats.
By lunch time boat prepares for a small halt - a lunch break. Fresh hot kerala dishes would be served, both vegetarian and non veg are available. It would be great if you could give us the food preferences, before in hand. The menu would be a fixed menu.
You could see a lot of green paddy fields. Kuttanad, Alleppey is the only place in the world where agriculture is done below the sea level. You could see this and know about it more when you are on the trip.
The cruise resumes and by evening 5:30, the boat halts on a private area close to the backwater banks. During this time - depending on the availability, you could try out a country boat ride. It would be a local guy and you could pay him directly. Please keep to the advice of the boat captain.
Time moves on very fast, there would be television, DVD player and satellite channels available on the TV. Dinner is served by 8 and the air conditioning will be on by 9 Pm. Go back to bed enjoy the sleep.
Next day morning the cruise starts by 7:30 and the breakfast would be served. The food in the houseboat would be prominent Kerala dishes and is locally prepared by the houseboat crew in the houseboat kitchen. If you would want to use the kitchen, then that is always possible.
The check out time would be 9 AM.
Facilities in the Houseboat:
one bedroom with attached bath room with a water heater for hot water.
Televisions with DVD player and a multiple channels.
A kitchen at the back of the boat.
Air conditioning available in the night. The logic is that the rooms is smaller in size compared to a hotel room and generally you use the room only to sleep as there is no much view from the room.
Meals served - Lunch, evening snacks, dinner, morning tea/ coffee, Breakfast.
Activities - Country boat ride, could buy fish from the local backwater market and let the chef prepare it the way you want - this service would be charged and the price for the fish has to be paid directly.
Day 2 Fort Cochin Sightseeing - Marine drive visit
St. Francis CSI Church in Kochi was originally built in 1503, is the oldest church in India and has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent. The Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, died in Kochi in 1524 when he was on his third visit to India. His body was originally buried in this church, but after fourteen years his remains were removed to Lisbon.
The Paradesi Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations, located in Kochi. It was built in 1568 by the Malabar Yehuden people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin. The synagogue is located in the quarter of Old Cochin known as Jew Town, and is the only one of the seven synagogues in the area still in use. The Mattancherry Palace temple and the Mattancherry synagogue share a common wall. Antique and handicrafts shops are common here.
The Mattancherry Palace, also known as the Dutch Palace features Kerala murals depicting Hindu temple art, portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi. It has a pond in front of the palace and a temple within the compound. The palace is under the procession of The Archaeology survey of India.
Marine drive is within the city of Ernakulam and is a popular evening spot for the city. There are malls nearby for shopping. Then after that you will be dropped to Ernakulam bus/ Train station.
* Option available in Premium houseboats- Price on request
One bedroom deluxe houseboat with deluxe AC room.