DETAILED ITINERARY WITH CGH HOTELS
1: Walking tour of Fort Cochin with local expert
2: Meet a Kathakali Dance Maestro in his private studio
3: Stay at CGH Earth properties
4: 02 nights stay on houseboat
5: Ayurvedic rejuvenation programme at Kalari Rasayana a new Ayurveda Resort launched by CGH Earth group.
Day 01 :
ARRIVE KOCHI [by an International Flight]
You will arrive today at Cochin Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you would be transferred to your hotel.
More popular as the Queen of the Arabian sea, Cochin is a cluster of islands on the vast expanse of the Vembanad Lake. The Lake opens out into the Arabian sea here to form one of the finest natural harbours in the world. It is this natural advantage that has made Cochin a fascinating blend of the cultures and influences of explorers and traders. The Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, and the British have all left their mark here. The Jewish synagogue, the Dutch Palace, the Chinese fishing nets, and other remnants of European and Asian architecture merge smoothly into the traditional fabric of the seaport city.
Overnight at CGH Brunton Boatyard
Day 02 :
Morning proceed a Walking Tour of Kochi with an expert. A city can be best explored on foot as it gives you an opportunity to absorb the city, surrounding & culture slowly as it comes.
This tour is led by a specialist who takes pride in showcasing his beautiful city from his eye. This tour will pull you back to the 14th century era. Fort Cochin is said to have formed in the 1340's due to cataclysmic floods. Fort Cochin being the natural gateway to the Kochi harbour, grew in importance as travelers from far and wide came here. The Arabs, the Chinese, The Dutch & The Portuguese. The large rain trees, beautiful colonial buildings, streets lined with many shops, dining options, the Chinese fishing nets ,the beach area, different community in Mattancherry , local activities, fruit street to name a few make this a very attractive place to be at.
Chinese Fishing Nets / Vasco Da Gama Square, Cochin Club, St. Francis Church, David Hall, Parade Ground, Thakur House, Vasco House, Loafer's Corner / Princess Street, Jain Temple, Shantilal's Sweet Centre, Fruits & Vegetable Market, Meeting Balamani – Brahmin Family, Dutch Palace, Jew street and Ginger restaurant.
4 hrs/30 mins
In the evening Meet a Kathakali Dance Maestro in his private studio. You will get a real opportunity to interact with Maestro to know more about his own life - how they started, how many hours do they practice, how the make-up is done and also learn & try some of mudras (hand and eye gestures) under his guidance.
Kathakali not only a presentation of mythological stories through dance dram but its great way to keep one fit. Whilst he introduce you the world of Mudras or ritual hand gestures, you will learn that your health is literally in your hands. Kathakali dance form has about 1000 Mudras and you will learn about 10 of those when performed in our daily lives could result in immense benefit to our health. Best part being – you can do it anywhere, any place; in the bus, in your car while waiting for the red-light to go green, on the train, while on your flight, office or at home.
Return to hotel after the meeting
Overnight stay at CGH Brunton Boatyard
Day 03 :
KOCHI – PUTHANANGADI By Surface (50 km / 4h00 drive)
PUTHANANGADI – HOUSEBOAT Embark upon a Houseboat
Following breakfast morning is at leisure. Afternoon drive to Puthanangadi Boat Jetty to board traditional Houseboat to enjoy a unique experience of cruising through the famous backwaters of Kerala.
The best way to explore the backwaters of Kerala is by boat. The boat ride offers a close look at rustic Kerala village life- skiff-fishermen launching their cockleshell boats, large flocks of domesticated ducks waddling down to the water from thatched houses on the banks, or toddy maker climbing high on tree etc.
Spend the day cruising in the backwaters of the vast Vembanad Lake.
During the night the Houseboat will be anchored at one of the Boat Jetties on the banks of Vembanad Lake. (All Meals will be served on board the Houseboat)
Overnight on board Rainbow Cruises Houseboats
Day 04 :
ON BOARD THE HOUSEBOAT
This day while enjoying a cruise on board the houseboat, board a smaller boat for a ride into the narrow canals in the countryside.
Overnight on board Rainbow Cruises Houseboats
Day 05 :
HOUSEBOAT – KOLLAM By Surface (120 kms / 3h00 drive)
Disembark and drive to Kalari Rasayana Resort (CGH's new property) .
Spread over 08 acres of lakeside coconut Grove, Kalari Rasayana offers 22 well appointed suites and Ayurvedic Clinics with 11 treatment rooms. The authentic swathic vegetarian cuisine is tailored to the individual need. The health programmes are here require minimum stay of 14 nights to complete the yoga, meditation, Kalari practice, therapeutic yoga in the pool, lakeside walk and oil therapies as prescribed by the Vaidya.
14 days Manasanthi – Anti-Stress Programme
The 14-day anti-stress programme is designed to combat the symptoms of stress, insomnia, lack of concentration,fatigue and headaches that seems to partner today's hectic lifestyles. The Manasanthi treatment consists of classic ayurvedic treatments, such as uzhichil, sirodhara (pouring oil on the forehead) and nasyam (excess body humours are eliminated through the nose. These are supported by special Yoga therapies, herbal medicines and herbal teas.
Overnight stay at Kalari Rasayana, Kollam
Day 06 to Day 18 :
Ayurvedic treatments as per your 14 days programme or as prescribed by the resort doctor.
All overnights at Kalari Rasayana, Kollam
Day 19 :
KOLLAM – TRIVANDRUM AIRPORT By Surface (60 kms / 2h30 drive)
Today morning drive to Trivandrum International Airport to board your flight for onward journey.
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Destinations Covered: Cochin – Kerala - Kalari Rasayana– Kollam
Tour Duration: 18 Nights 19 Days