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Beaches And Backwaters
Beaches and Backwaters
Visit: Goa - Kumarakom
Duration: 6 Nights / 7 Days
Goa - the land of hectic activity and soporific calm, the land of warm blazing days and cool soothing nights, the land of wild rave parties and long lazy afternoon siestas. A land also of endless stretches of soft sand, friendly people and excited busy bazaars. The enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom is located on the picturesque Vembanad Lake. The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands that have been converted into a number of tourist resorts, and is part of the Kuttanad region. Kumarakom is an unbelievable beautiful paradise.
 


Tour Duration : 6 Nights / 7 Days

Destinations Covered: Goa - Kumarakom

Package Highlights:
• Exclusive airport assistance by our professionally trained airport staff
• Welcome dinner at a spectacular location
• Enjoy water sports at the hotel beach
• Unwind yourself with Spa/Ayurvedic treatments
• Plan your day! Choose from different activities available
• Backwaters of Kerala
• Exotic meals
• Gala farewell dinner
• Excellent and enormous photo opportunities


Package Inclusions:
• Stay at Opulent hotels
• Meals as mentioned in the program
• Transport using services of air conditioned deluxe Volvo bus
• Entrances to the monuments as mentioned in the itinerary (one visit)
• Services of accompanying French speaking tour escort/guide for the whole tour
• Services of accompanying professional tour director
• Assistance by the professional staff in each city
• All applicable taxes


Package Exclusions:
• Activities which are mentioned as 'Optional'
• Meals which are mentioned as 'Optional'
• Any expenses of personal nature/insurance airfare etc


Day 01: Arrive in Mumbai by: flight TBA at: TBA hours
Mumbai - Goa by: flight TBA at: TBA hours
Arrive this morning at Mumbai International airport. A Hi-Tours representative would meet you outside the customs gate along with your Four French speaking tour escorts. You will be escorted to domestic airport for your connecting flight to Goa.

Leave: Mumbai at: 12:00 hrs by: Jet airways flight 9W 475
Arrive: Goa at: 13:00 hrs

Please note the tentative flight schedule for other domestic airlines flying nearer to the above timings-

Leave: Mumbai at: 12:50 hrs by: Kingfisher airlines flight IT 512
Arrive: Goa at: 13:50 hrs

Leave: Mumbai at: 12:55 hrs by: Air India flight IC 865
Arrive: Goa at: 14:00 hrs

Leave: Mumbai at: 13:00 hrs by: Jet Lite flight S2 107

Arrive: Goa at: 14:05 hrs
Please note:

1/. In case the guests arrive early in the morning or late night, we can arrange overnight accommodation at a hotel near International airport. Recommended hotel - The Leela Kempinski (5 star deluxe). Accordingly the program will be customized.

2/. The guests can avoid Mumbai arrival either by a taking a private International charter plane to Goa or taking a direct international flight to Goa. Few international carriers have started operating regular flight to Goa.

Arrive at Goa’s Dabolim International Airport. Meet & greet on arrival, a Hi-Tours representative will escort you to your hotel - Leela Kempinski Goa (approx 35 min drive) in a convoy of four Indian made deluxe air-conditioned buses (30 guests per bus).

Upon arrival at the hotel a traditional Indian welcome would be accorded. Girls dressed in Indian costumes would shower rose petals and a red-powdered dot would be anoin ted on the forehead as a mark of respect. Soft drinks / juices will be served.

Hotel check-in time is 14:00 noon. Room will be reserved and equipped with all VIP amenities. Later check in to your rooms.

Remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure for relaxation/independent activities.

5:00pm: an exclusive information briefing and an orientation meeting will be organized for our group. The hotel staff along with your French speaking tour escorts will brief you about the hotel, various activities available, dining options and time slots which will be exclusively booked for the group.

A hospitality desk will be at disposal for the guests where the staff will be placed to assist the guests with any of the information about the hotel and the group.

8:00pm: welcome dinner at the hotel on exclusive basis.

Optional: welcome theme dinner - Barbecue under the stars

Décor and Ambience
As the sun goes down on Mobor Beach in a glorious burst of colour that paints the Goan sky, a band begins to serenade guests, setting the scene for an evening beach barbecue with an Indian twist. The drama and magic of the night is enhanced with flaming torches or mashaals that form a boundary around the barbecue area, heightening the sense of excitement and anticipation as the evening’s activities commence.

Guests enjoy the festive atmosphere created by the exclusive beach setting with its gently swaying palms. Fresh seafood specialties, expertly prepared and cooked in a traditional Tandoor oven evoke the typical flavors of Goa, as the entertainment continues with breathtaking performances that display the centuries-old art of limbo-dancing and fire-eating.

Entertainment - One of Goa’s top most band (5 members) on stage, DJ with power sound system , Stage, Dance Floor and Lights, Guitar Player, Bonfire and Fire eater.

Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at The Leela Kempinski Goa
  
Day 02 : Goa
06:00-07:00: yoga session for early starters.

08:00 - 09:30am: buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Day will be at leisure for relaxation/beach activities. Enjoy the water sport facilities at the hotel or just relax at the beach with a good book or plan your day yourself by choosing from different activities/excursions available at the hotel (details given below) - Optional

1/. Tour of Old Goa (minimum 4 guests)

Old Goa was founded in the 15th century as a port for the Vijayanagar and Bahamni kings. It was the second capital of Bijapur under the rule of Adil Shah (Shah of Persia). The city was surrounded by a moat and contained the Shah's palace, and his mosques and temples. Old Goa contains churches affiliated to various congregations, including St Cathedral (the seat of the Archbishop of Goa), the church of St Francis of Assisi, the church of St Caetano, and notably, the Basilica of Bom Jesus which contains the incorruptible body of Saint Francis Xavier.

Begin on a historical journey discovering the famous sights of Old Goa. Soak yourself in the tranquil atmosphere as you explore the St. Francis of Assisi Church, built in 1661, it contains gilded and carved woodwork, old murals, depicting scenes from the life of St. Francis. You will also visit Asia’s first exclusive Museum of Christian Art displaying sacred art objects of Christian traditions prepared by local Hindu artists (closed on Monday); the world heritage site of the Basilica of Bom Jesus with its Iberian exterior and its lavish interiors that enshrine the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier; the starkly beautiful Convent of Saint Monica, the construction of which began in 1594 while the church was competed in 1605; the Se Cathedral, the largest of the Churches of Old Goa, also known for its numerous altars, built during the reign of King Dom Sabastiao and the Viceroy's Arch built at the end of the 16th century to commemorate the centennial of Vasco da Gama's discovery of the sea route to India.

Conclude your tour with a walk that takes you on a journey through Panjim’s historic past. The walk gives you a spectacular overview of Panaji, Fontainhas, Patto Bridge and the river Mandovi.

2. Tuk-Tuk Destination (minimum 2 guests)

Enjoy this distinctive tour from the hotel by our taxis and drive down to the local Church which is over 300years old, from here the clients seek out and take an Auto rickshaw drive to the closest seminary – Rachol Raia Seminary, it is a secluded Church in the South Goa, and has a larger complex dedicated to the seminary, an institute for people aspiring to become Priests. This route is mostly through the lush Goan villages which have rice and paddy fields dotted with typical rural farm houses and village cottages

3. Spice Route by Bay (minimum 2 guests)

The guests drive to Cortalim Jetty on the Zuari River (midway between Panjim and Margao). From here we take canoes (having a capacity of around 7 to 15pax) and row inland from the backwaters to a very distinct Spice Plantation, it is a very vast area where all varieties of herbs, spices and trees are grown, and in the middle of the plantations there is an area where specimens of various exotic spices are cultivated and hybrids developed together.

The tour takes people for an informative walk in the plantation where they get to interact and actually see the traditional methods & process of cultivating, harvesting & plant breeding. Guests are explained about the various medicinal qualities, local uses and home applications of the herbs and spices, the base theme of the tour is how our everyday lives are influenced by the these aspects of nature This is a very interesting and adventurous trip since the clients also get to see elephants in the plantation, they can ride the elephants and also give the elephant a bath... this is especially exciting for the tourists.

There are some local villagers too staying in the same compound, there are also the local breweries of the very famous Goan Drink FENNY, people can actually see the drink being distilled in the old traditional method of Goans.

Lunch is included in the tour, it comprises 2/3 vegetarian dishes along with fish, chicken, meat, and a Prawns and a local dessert fruits, cold beverages etc, followed by a small cultural program, songs / dances etc. all presented by the village boys and girls in their traditional style. After the Spice Plantation visit, we bring the guests back by the same canoes to the Jetty, This cruise time gives pax a unique experience since the river shores have some very nice Churches and distinct houses having rich Goan architecture, lots of fields and rural areas these present a very different and interesting combination of sites while cruising to-&-fro between the spice and Jetty.

4. Water sports at the hotel

The sea is as much a part of Goa as the sun and the sand... and The Leela Kempinski Goa is no exception to this rule. The hotel offers various cruises and fishing trips, details as below, that would add to the charm of Goa-

a/. Dolphin Cruise (Duration 45 minutes) - minimum 4 persons

Take a leisurely cruise to view the beautiful dolphins of Goa. The early morning trips are best and don’t forget to take your camera.

b/. Discovery of Beaches (Duration 4 Hours) - minimum 4 persons

Discover the Dolphins & Palolem Beaches

c/. Sunset Cruise (Duration 45 minutes) - minimum 4 persons

View Goa’s magnificent sunset whilst cruising on the Indian Ocean. Drinks and snacks are available at additional cost.

d/. Fishing Trips - Angling (Duration 2 hours)

Rock fishing in the coastal waters. Trip includes tackle and bait. Our Susegado Chefs will be pleased to cook your catch for lunch.

e/. Grand Island Trip (Duration 4 Hours) - minimum 5 persons

Dolphins, Snorkeling & Fishing)

f/. River Cruise (Duration 45 minutes) - minimum 4 persons

gently cruise on River Sal, see the mangroves and varied bird life.

g/. Crab Catching & Fishing Trip (Duration 3 Hours) - minimum 4 Persons

Please note - More water sport activities are available on Mobor beach run by local operators

5. Tee off for a round of Golf at the hotel

The 12 hole, par3 golf course at The Leela Kempinski Goa is one of the best amateur courses in Goa. This pitch and putt course is set among beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking the beach. Here golf enthusiasts are encouraged to sharpen their ‘short game’. Along with golfing lessons, equipment and caddies are available for the guests.

Golf course operation will be subject to the status of water level in the Leela lawns during monsoon.

6. Rejuvenation at The Leela Kempinski Goa

The Leela Kempinski Goa’s Spa is renowned for its extensive selection of professional Ayurvedic therapies and services. An in-house Ayurveda doctor and an expert team of therapists ensure guests have a genuine and rejuvenating Goa spa resort experience.

An Ayurvedic full body traditional massage Abhyanga, Indian Magic and the hot Stone Massage are signature therapies of our Spa and are highly recommended for the ultimate in stress-relief and relaxation.

Reflecting Goa’s unique mix of Eastern and Western traditions, The Spa also offers massages and treatments from around the world, as well as daily yoga and wellness sessions, steam rooms, saunas and a fully equipped gym. “

7. Beach Olympics

We can organize a series of beach games and fun activities like beach football, volleyball, softball cricket, sand castle competition, and several other sports activities which can eventually culminate in individual and team events to be played and won.

12:30 - 2:00pm: lunch at the hotel.

8:00pm: dinner at the hotel.

Optional: carnival theme dinner at the hotel

Décor Setup

Entrance - Large entrance arches will be decorated with moss entwined with colorful foil sheets. Each arch will have a lantern hanging from the middle. Colorful wooden Carnival cutouts will be placed around the arches.

Venue - Colorful paper streamers will be hung above the function area at a height of about 10 ft. Cutouts of various Carnival designs will be placed around the Bar, Buffet and Function Area. Large arches will be distributed around the Function Area. Colorful balloons will be tied to the arches and trees within the function area. Helium balloons will be hung around the stage. Large cutouts will be artistically hung as the backdrop to the stage. Cutouts of musicians and dancers will decorate the front of the stage.

Ambient Lighting - Large lanterns on metal stands to be placed around the Bar and Buffet counters. Serial Lights will light up the entire function area. 500 watts halogens will be used to highlight the décor.

Live Acts - Potter, Basket Weaver, Flower Maker, Feni Maker

Entertainment - Brass Band with King Momo and the dancers, Limbo Dancer, Master of Ceremonies, One of Goa’s best bands in attendance. Group of Dancers

Flow of Events

M.C. dressed in his Carnival outfit will welcome the guests and introduce the evening. Band will start the evening with some soft music. Carnival Troupe members will hand out Carnival Caps and Whistles to all the guests. After the initial one hour of music by the Band the Grand Carnival Parade begins. Brass Band leads the Parade followed by King Momo and his entourage of clowns and merrymakers. All the guests are invited to join the Parade which ends on the Dance Floor.

King Momo then declares the Carnival open to a fanfare of music.The Band then takes over for a one hour non stop session of pulsating dancing music.The duration of the Carnival Parade is approximately one hour. Total duration of the entire Carnival Theme is approximately three and a half hours. A complete three way Sound System as well as the Dance Lights for the stage ad Dance floor will be provided.

OR

Optional: military theme dinner

Décor set up

Entrance - A plywood roof on metal framework masked with army fatigue fabric on three sides covered with army style nets to represent military bunkers. Sand bags will be placed on either side of the entrance to give it a natural army / soldier feel. Two army sergeants dressed in fatigues will welcome the guests with a salute. Standing at the entrance will be two army buglers playing the army welcome tune
Venue - The upper deck will be decorated with the following décor elements normally used as camouflage by the army:

Vines / shrubs / leaves / army nets / army fatigue fabric / cut outs of guns and bayonets / barbed wire and sand bags. These elements will be decorate the Bar and buffet areas as well.

Large flex prints of size 10ft x 4ft and 8ft x 4ft depicting various army scenes during war shall be placed on the upper and lower deck.

Stage - The stage area will also be masked on three sides with army fatigues. The top of the stage area will have a water proof structure to protect the sound equipment as well as the DJ / Band in the event of rain. Two cut outs of soldiers holding guns will be placed on either side of the stage. The front of the stage will be decorated with 20 sand bags to create a bunker effect.

Bar/Buffet - The front of the bar and the buffet will also be masked with same army fabric to give continuity to the theme.

Lighting - We shall provide lights for the décor as well as the stage and dance floor.

We shall provide a professional MC who will be dressed in army fatigues to coordinate the entire event.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at The Leela Kempinski Goa
  
Day 03 : Goa
06:00-07:00: yoga session for early starters.

08:00 - 09:30am: buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Day will be at leisure for relaxation/beach activities. Enjoy the water sport facilities at the hotel or just relax at the beach with a good book or plan your day yourself by choosing from different activities/excursions available at the hotel (details given below) - Optional

1/. Tour of Old Goa (minimum 4 guests)

Old Goa was founded in the 15th century as a port for the Vijayanagar and Bahamni kings. It was the second capital of Bijapur under the rule of Adil Shah (Shah of Persia). The city was surrounded by a moat and contained the Shah's palace, and his mosques and temples. Old Goa contains churches affiliated to various congregations, including St Cathedral (the seat of the Archbishop of Goa), the church of St Francis of Assisi, the church of St Caetano, and notably, the Basilica of Bom Jesus which contains the incorruptible body of Saint Francis Xavier.

Begin on a historical journey discovering the famous sights of Old Goa. Soak yourself in the tranquil atmosphere as you explore the St. Francis of Assisi Church, built in 1661, it contains gilded and carved woodwork, old murals, depicting scenes from the life of St. Francis. You will also visit Asia’s first exclusive Museum of Christian Art displaying sacred art objects of Christian traditions prepared by local Hindu artists (closed on Monday); the world heritage site of the Basilica of Bom Jesus with its Iberian exterior and its lavish interiors that enshrine the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier; the starkly beautiful Convent of Saint Monica, the construction of which began in 1594 while the church was competed in 1605; the Se Cathedral, the largest of the Churches of Old Goa, also known for its numerous altars, built during the reign of King Dom Sabastiao and the Viceroy's Arch built at the end of the 16th century to commemorate the centennial of Vasco da Gama's discovery of the sea route to India.

Conclude your tour with a walk that takes you on a journey through Panjim’s historic past. The walk gives you a spectacular overview of Panaji, Fontainhas, Patto Bridge and the river Mandovi.

2. Tuk-Tuk Destination (minimum 2 guests)

Enjoy this distinctive tour from the hotel by our taxis and drive down to the local Church which is over 300years old, from here the clients seek out and take an Auto rickshaw drive to the closest seminary – Rachol Raia Seminary, it is a secluded Church in the South Goa, and has a larger complex dedicated to the seminary, an institute for people aspiring to become Priests. This route is mostly through the lush Goan villages which have rice and paddy fields dotted with typical rural farm houses and village cottages

3. Spice Route by Bay (minimum 2 guests)

The guests drive to Cortalim Jetty on the Zuari River (midway between Panjim and Margao). From here we take canoes (having a capacity of around 7 to 15pax) and row inland from the backwaters to a very distinct Spice Plantation, it is a very vast area where all varieties of herbs, spices and trees are grown, and in the middle of the plantations there is an area where specimens of various exotic spices are cultivated and hybrids developed together.

The tour takes people for an informative walk in the plantation where they get to interact and actually see the traditional methods & process of cultivating, harvesting & plant breeding. Guests are explained about the various medicinal qualities, local uses and home applications of the herbs and spices, the base theme of the tour is how our everyday lives are influenced by the these aspects of nature This is a very interesting and adventurous trip since the clients also get to see elephants in the plantation, they can ride the elephants and also give the elephant a bath... this is especially exciting for the tourists.

There are some local villagers too staying in the same compound, there are also the local breweries of the very famous Goan Drink FENNY, people can actually see the drink being distilled in the old traditional method of Goans.

Lunch is included in the tour, it comprises 2/3 vegetarian dishes along with fish, chicken, meat, and a Prawns and a local dessert fruits, cold beverages etc, followed by a small cultural program, songs / dances etc. all presented by the village boys and girls in their traditional style. After the Spice Plantation visit, we bring the guests back by the same canoes to the Jetty, This cruise time gives pax a unique experience since the river shores have some very nice Churches and distinct houses having rich Goan architecture, lots of fields and rural areas these present a very different and interesting combination of sites while cruising to-&-fro between the spice and Jetty.

4. Water sports at the hotel

The sea is as much a part of Goa as the sun and the sand... and The Leela Kempinski Goa is no exception to this rule. The hotel offers various cruises and fishing trips, details as below, that would add to the charm of Goa-

a/. Dolphin Cruise (Duration 45 minutes) - minimum 4 persons

Take a leisurely cruise to view the beautiful dolphins of Goa. The early morning trips are best and don’t forget to take your camera.

b/. Discovery of Beaches (Duration 4 Hours) - minimum 4 persons

Discover the Dolphins & Palolem Beaches

c/. Sunset Cruise (Duration 45 minutes) - minimum 4 persons

View Goa’s magnificent sunset whilst cruising on the Indian Ocean. Drinks and snacks are available at additional cost.

d/. Fishing Trips - Angling (Duration 2 hours)

Rock fishing in the coastal waters. Trip includes tackle and bait. Our Susegado Chefs will be pleased to cook your catch for lunch.

e/. Grand Island Trip (Duration 4 Hours) - minimum 5 persons

Dolphins, Snorkeling & Fishing)

f/. River Cruise (Duration 45 minutes) - minimum 4 persons

gently cruise on River Sal, see the mangroves and varied bird life.

g/. Crab Catching & Fishing Trip (Duration 3 Hours) - minimum 4 Persons

Please note - More water sport activities are available on Mobor beach run by local operators

5. Tee off for a round of Golf at the hotel

The 12 hole, par3 golf course at The Leela Kempinski Goa is one of the best amateur courses in Goa. This pitch and putt course is set among beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking the beach. Here golf enthusiasts are encouraged to sharpen their ‘short game’. Along with golfing lessons, equipment and caddies are available for the guests.

Golf course operation will be subject to the status of water level in the Leela lawns during monsoon.

6. Rejuvenation at The Leela Kempinski Goa

The Leela Kempinski Goa’s Spa is renowned for its extensive selection of professional Ayurvedic therapies and services. An in-house Ayurveda doctor and an expert team of therapists ensure guests have a genuine and rejuvenating Goa spa resort experience.

An Ayurvedic full body traditional massage Abhyanga, Indian Magic and the hot Stone Massage are signature therapies of our Spa and are highly recommended for the ultimate in stress-relief and relaxation.

Reflecting Goa’s unique mix of Eastern and Western traditions, The Spa also offers massages and treatments from around the world, as well as daily yoga and wellness sessions, steam rooms, saunas and a fully equipped gym. “

7. Beach Olympics

We can organize a series of beach games and fun activities like beach football, volleyball, softball cricket, sand castle competition, and several other sports activities which can eventually culminate in individual and team events to be played and won.

12:30 - 2:00pm: lunch at the hotel.

8:00pm: dinner at the hotel.

Optional: carnival theme dinner at the hotel

Décor Setup

Entrance - Large entrance arches will be decorated with moss entwined with colorful foil sheets. Each arch will have a lantern hanging from the middle. Colorful wooden Carnival cutouts will be placed around the arches.

Venue - Colorful paper streamers will be hung above the function area at a height of about 10 ft. Cutouts of various Carnival designs will be placed around the Bar, Buffet and Function Area. Large arches will be distributed around the Function Area. Colorful balloons will be tied to the arches and trees within the function area. Helium balloons will be hung around the stage. Large cutouts will be artistically hung as the backdrop to the stage. Cutouts of musicians and dancers will decorate the front of the stage.

Ambient Lighting - Large lanterns on metal stands to be placed around the Bar and Buffet counters. Serial Lights will light up the entire function area. 500 watts halogens will be used to highlight the décor.

Live Acts - Potter, Basket Weaver, Flower Maker, Feni Maker

Entertainment - Brass Band with King Momo and the dancers, Limbo Dancer, Master of Ceremonies, One of Goa’s best bands in attendance. Group of Dancers

Flow of Events

M.C. dressed in his Carnival outfit will welcome the guests and introduce the evening. Band will start the evening with some soft music. Carnival Troupe members will hand out Carnival Caps and Whistles to all the guests. After the initial one hour of music by the Band the Grand Carnival Parade begins. Brass Band leads the Parade followed by King Momo and his entourage of clowns and merrymakers. All the guests are invited to join the Parade which ends on the Dance Floor.

King Momo then declares the Carnival open to a fanfare of music.The Band then takes over for a one hour non stop session of pulsating dancing music.The duration of the Carnival Parade is approximately one hour. Total duration of the entire Carnival Theme is approximately three and a half hours. A complete three way Sound System as well as the Dance Lights for the stage ad Dance floor will be provided.

OR

Optional: military theme dinner

Décor set up

Entrance - A plywood roof on metal framework masked with army fatigue fabric on three sides covered with army style nets to represent military bunkers. Sand bags will be placed on either side of the entrance to give it a natural army / soldier feel. Two army sergeants dressed in fatigues will welcome the guests with a salute. Standing at the entrance will be two army buglers playing the army welcome tune
Venue - The upper deck will be decorated with the following décor elements normally used as camouflage by the army:

Vines / shrubs / leaves / army nets / army fatigue fabric / cut outs of guns and bayonets / barbed wire and sand bags. These elements will be decorate the Bar and buffet areas as well.

Large flex prints of size 10ft x 4ft and 8ft x 4ft depicting various army scenes during war shall be placed on the upper and lower deck.

Stage - The stage area will also be masked on three sides with army fatigues. The top of the stage area will have a water proof structure to protect the sound equipment as well as the DJ / Band in the event of rain. Two cut outs of soldiers holding guns will be placed on either side of the stage. The front of the stage will be decorated with 20 sand bags to create a bunker effect.

Bar/Buffet - The front of the bar and the buffet will also be masked with same army fabric to give continuity to the theme.

Lighting - We shall provide lights for the décor as well as the stage and dance floor.

We shall provide a professional MC who will be dressed in army fatigues to coordinate the entire event.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at The Leela Kempinski Goa
  
Day 04 : Goa - Mumbai - Kochi - Kumarakom
05:30 - 06:15am: tea/coffee at the hotel with cookies and sandwiches.

06:30am: transfer to domestic airport for flight to Kochi via Bangalore-

Leave: Goa at: 08:15 hrs by: Kingfisher airlines flight IT 4612
Arrive: Bangalore at: 09:45 hrs

Arrive in Bangalore and remain in transit for your connecting flight to Kochi-

Leave: Bangalore at: 11:00 hrs by: Kingfisher airlines flight IT 2453
Arrive: Kochi at: 12:20 hrs

Please note the tentative flight schedule for other domestic airlines flying to Kochi-

Leave: Goa at: 08:10 hrs by: Jet airways flight 9W 480
Arrive: Mumbai at: 09:10 hrs

Arrive in Mumbai and remain in transit for your connecting flight to Kochi-

Leave: Mumbai at: 10:35 hrs by: Jet airways flight 9W 2101
Arrive: Kochi at: 12:20 hrs

Optional - private charter flight from Goa to Kochi - approx 1 hour 15 min flight

12:45 - 3:00pm: arrive in Kochi. Meet & greet on arrival by Hi-Tours representative who will escort you to hotel Taj Malabar in a convoy of deluxe air-conditioned large buses for your lunch (approx 45 min drive).

Kochi - with its wealth of historical associations and its beautiful setting on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas, the fascinating city of Cochin perfectly reflects the eclecticism of Kerala. Cochin, now renamed Kochi, boasts of one of the finest natural harbours on the Arabian Sea coast and has been a port of call for foreign traders from very early times. Its cosmopolitan character is reflected in the many buildings and structures, which bear testimony to the different influences that the city has acquired from the world over. Cochin is a fascinating synthesis of old and new. At the entrance of Kochi harbour, the Chinese fishing nets add a wistful aura to the surroundings. These nets are the only remaining evidence of the Chinese contacts of ancient times.

3:15pm: enjoy an orientation tour of the city.

Begin with a visit to the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Friday & Saturday) built in 1568. Scrolls of the Old Testament and a number of copper plates inscribed in Hebrew script are preserved here. The building was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1662 and rebuilt by the Dutch two years later. Continue you visit to St. Francis Church, the oldest church constructed by the Europeans in India. Built by the Portuguese in 1510, it housed the remains of Vasco da Gama for 14 years before it was transferred to Lisbon. His tombstone can be seen inside the church. Also visit the Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1555. The Palace was presented to the Raja of Cochin as a gesture of goodwill. This was also known as the Dutch Palace (closed on Friday), resulting from substantial renovation by the Dutch after 1663. The central hall was the Coronation Hall of the Rajas. Their dresses, turbans and palanquins and murals from Hindu mythology are all beautiful and worth seeing.

Culminate the tour at Fort Kochi, which is said to be the oldest European settlement in India. Enjoy a heritage walk in the historical Fort Cochin area.

5:30pm: leave for Kumarakom - covering a distance of 65 kms in approx 1 hour 30 min.

Kumarakom - the enchanting backwater destination slumbers on the bank of the famous Vembanad Lake, which is a part of Kuttanad ('granary' of Kerala). The Vembanad Lake with its majestic canals, streams and distributaries along its banks weave an intricate and enchantingly beautiful web. Kumarakom is an unbelievable beautiful paradise. The blue backwaters and the surface of Vembanad Lake reflect the azure sky. The amazing shades of green of the vegetation that include mangroves, coconut palms, and paddy fields cover the verdant countryside. The gorgeous green of the fringed palms ripple in the blue waters and blend into wavelets.

7:00pm: arrive in Kumarakom and check in to your hotel - The Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala Resort & Spa.

Enjoy a traditional Kerala Welcome - Temple Drummers and girls in traditional Kerala saree perform the “Thalipoli Ceremony” with oil lamp and flowers. A welcome drink of coconut water would be served while our hospitality desk ensures immediate and smooth check-in formalities.

8:00pm: dinner at the hotel on an exclusive venue.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala Resort & Spa
  
Day 5, Kumarakom
06:00 - 07:00am: early riser program (subject to weather conditions) -
• Yoga (beginner & intermediary)
• Meditation
• Stretching
07:30 - 08:30am: buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Day will be at leisure for relaxation/independent activities. Enjoy the in-house facilities at the hotel or relax with a good book or indulge yourself in a soothing ayurvedic treatment at the hotel. Plan your day by choosing from different activities/excursions available at the hotel (details given below) - Optional

1. Optional: a guest lecture on Ayurveda - minimum 4 persons

Enjoy a guest lecture on Ayurveda massage. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that means “the science of life.” It is an ancient art of healing that has been practiced continuously throughout Kerala for over 5,000 years. Ayurveda is probably the oldest authentically recorded healing science in existence today and includes yoga philosophy and integration of the body, mind and consciousness. The principles of many natural healing systems now familiar in the West, such as Homeopathy and Polarity Therapy, have their roots in Ayurveda. Ayurveda looks at every person as a unique individual. It seeks to understand and to correct imbalances and to restore the innate intelligence and harmony of the person. It gives us the insight to understand individual constitution and to create balance within and around us. A specialist would speak about the healing science of Ayurveda, and century’s old herbal remedies.

2. Optional: excursion to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary - minimum 4 persons

Those not wanting to experience an Ayurveda massage, can visit the nearby Bird sanctuary immediately opposite Coconut Lagoon, where numerous species of birds, including Darters, Bitterns, Brahminy kites, Marsh Harries, Teals and several varieties of Herons roost. An idle place for the bird lovers! 3. Ayurveda / spa therapies at the hotel Maya Spa

Ayurveda is the art of healthy living that enables you to create harmony in daily life by applying self-knowledge and self-care. The word comes from the Sanskrit language and literally means ‘Science of Life’. Inherent in Ayurvedic principles is the concept that you are capable of taking charge of your own life and healing.

1:00 - 3:00pm: today’s lunch would be organized with a local family at their spice farm. A 20-minute boat ride would get you to their farm. Enjoy a Syrian Christian Cuisine comprising of seafood, duck, etc. Your host would be happy to arrange a walk around the farm and would talk to you about the local spices.

Return to the hotel and rest of the afternoon at leisure for independent activities.

8:00pm: dinner at the hotel with live Kathakali & Kalaripayatu performance.

Kathakali is the classical dance drama of Kerala. The impressive mudras, graceful and rhythmic movements, pleasing choreography and delightful imagery makes kathakali one of the most intricate dance form. Themes are taken from Hindu Mythology often summed up with a lesson. Kathakali constitutes the three fine arts of acting dancing and singing. Not a single dialogue is spoken, but with the eloquence of expression the epic is narrated and a dream world of sheer fantasy is brought to life.

Kalaripayatu is a local traditional martial arts form. The performance will include various authentic forms of armed and unarmed combat.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala Resort & Spa
  
Day 6, Kumarakom
06:00 - 07:00am: early riser program (subject to weather conditions) -

• Yoga (beginner & intermediary)
• Meditation
• Stretching
08:00 - 09:30am: buffet breakfast at the hotel.

10:00am: embark on a “Kettuvallam”, the traditional trading vessel of this beautiful coastal region (6 guests to a Kettuvallam) and cruise on the backwater. The Kettuvallam is decorated beautifully with tender coconut palm and flowers and are specially converted for on-board living. Guests will enjoy an authentic local meal on board. You will be awed at the vast expanse of the paddy fields that surrounds these beautiful backwaters.

The boat will stop in villages for you to experience a glimpse of the village life in rural Kerala. The villagers will be too pleased to invite you to have a sip from the freshly picked raw coconut from their own fields.

3:00pm: disembark from houseboat and return to hotel.
Rest of the afternoon will be at leisure for Ayurveda/Spa activities.

8:00pm: enjoy gala farewell Kerala theme dinner.

Décor: the food buffets will be made of bamboo shacks earthen stoves (Chatty) in place of chaffing dishes and served with wooden ladles. The shacks can be well lit by oil lanterns.. Tatakada setups, Toddy shop dispensing light snacks/bar. The area can be covered with cut outs of tall coconut trees, human size picture of coconut plunger (taingavettukaram). Boats with fishing nets and fishermen.

Table décor: white tablecloth with small sized lamp (nillavilakku) on banana leave with flower surrounding it as centre appointment.

Uniforms: juba & mundu, Sandal

Entertainment: Mohiniattam Dance

Cuisine Concept: Traditional Kerala cuisine

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala Resort & Spa
  
Day 07, Kumarakom – Kochi Depart Kochi by: flight TBA at: TBA hours
Early morning after tea/coffee, a Hi-Tours representative will escort you to Kochi International airport (1 hour 30 min approx) for your flight to onward destination.
  


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