Start and end in Kochi (Cochin)! With the in-depth cultural tour South India: Explore Kerala National Geographic Journeys, you have a 7 day tour package taking you through Kochi (Cochin), India and 3 other destinations in India. South India: Explore Kerala National Geographic Journeys includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
There are no planned activities until this evenings welcome meeting, so check in and enjoy the city. Accommodation: - Hotel No 18 (or similar). Transport: - Private Vehicle: Cochin International Airport to Kochi Included Activities: - Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Set out to explore Kochi, an enchanting port city on the Malabar Coast and the site of the first European settlement in India. Visit Mattancherry Palace?built in the mid-16th century by Portuguese colonists and expanded later on by the Dutch?and venture to the colourful streets of the Jewish Quarter, where antique shops and caf?s abound. Then travel to Thekkady, the spice capital of India, and tour a spice and tea plantation with a local expert to understand the medicinal value of the region?s signature spices?from cardamom and nutmeg to vanilla and turmeric?as well as the process of producing black tea, India?s favorite drink. Accommodation: - Hotel Peppervine (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast Transport: - Private Vehicle 03:30 - 04:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Orientation Walk - Spice Experience
Thekkady is also home to Periyar National Park, one of India?s most celebrated elephant reserves. This morning, enjoy a boat ride on the stunning Periyar Lake, looking out for elephants, deer, monkeys, and a variety of rare birds. Afterward, visit the home of a local family for a cooking demonstration and a delicious, spice-filled lunch. Relax this afternoon, or opt to take a nature walk before heading to a local theatre for a performance of a kalaripayattu, an ancient Kerala martial art. Accommodation: - Hotel Peppervine (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast - Lunch Included Activities: - Periyar Lake Boat Ride - Family Cooking Demonstration - Kalaripayatt Performance
In and around KumarakomContinue to the lush village of Kumarakom on Vembanad Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala. Explore the rural, palm-lined backwaters of this renowned bird sanctuary and hop on a boat to Manjira village, where we?ll meet local villagers and learn about coconut farming and rural customs. Witness a fascinating toddy tapping demonstration and enjoy a refreshing swig of coconut water, straight from the tree. Accommodation: - Heritage Kumarakom (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast - Dinner Transport: - Private Vehicle 03:30 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Kerala Backwaters Tour
This morning, meet with a representative of the Vembanad Wetlands Conservation Program to learn about the ongoing work by local communities to conserve the lake and surrounding wetlands. This project was created by the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), an organization that National Geographic has collaborated with in the past. Continue by boat to a fish sanctuary established by local fishermen with support from the program, and see firsthand how their traditional ways of collecting and processing clams have become models for the sustainable management of the lake?s resources. Then venture on a private houseboat to enchanting Alleppey, a golden streak of land surrounded by rivers, lakes, lagoons, and canals. Relax on the deck and enjoy the scenery, watching daily life unfold along the water. Accommodation: - Heritage Kumarakom (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast - Lunch Included Activities: - Visit Vembanad Wetlands Conservation Program - Kerala Backwaters Houseboat Excursion
Drive back to Kochi and take a walk in Fort Kochi, a delightful seaside district with vestiges of Portugese, Dutch, and British colonial architecture. Visit a local fish market and explore a maze of stalls selling fresh seafood. This evening, attend a performance of kathakali, the classical dance-drama of Kerala which combines storytelling with acting, dance, and martial arts. Accommodation: - Hotel No 18 (or similar). Meals Included: - Breakfast - Lunch Transport: - Private Vehicle 01:30 - 02:00 Hr(s) Included Activities: - Orientation Walk - Kathakali Dance - Lunch at Theuvoram Women Empowerment Project
Hotel checkout is at 12:00pm. It is very easy to arrange a transfer from the resort to the Cochin airport - your CEO will be happy to assist. Meals Included: - Breakfast Included Activities: - Departure Day