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Day 1: Arrive in Cochin
India - a country where hospitality is a way of life; to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance.
India cannot be easily described or summed up, it is a beautiful mix of people and places, a patchwork quilt of a thousand polarised traditions and cultures brought together into one colourful expression. From the high Himalaya to the backwaters of Kerala, India offers spectacular natural beauty in every shape and form. Its long history comes alive with the buildings that remain, from colonial or Mughal to the forts and palaces of Rajasthan. Every corner brings a new experience, a snapshot into the realisation that India is waiting to be explored and experienced time and time again.
You will be greeted at Cochin airport and driven to your hotel.
Have a memorable end to your journey with a farewell dinner at “The Rice Boat” at Taj Malabar – This seafood specialty restaurant offers a layout and décor inspired by traditional a ‘kettuvalam’ rice boat; the garden entrance takes the form of a full-scale prow with an authentic cane roof and lanterns adding to the ambience.
The menu offers cuisine from regions where the original Rice boats travelled. It also showcases three distinct seafood styles: Kerala backwater cuisine, featuring local sweet water fishes and seafood cooked in authentic Kerala curries and grills; exotic ocean catch with Lobsters, Scampi, Mussels, and more; and Internationally-renowned seafood including Norwegian Salmon, Octopus, Oysters, and Clams. The restaurant’s new, extended windows offer panoramic views over the water to the colonial warehouses of Fort Cochin, towards the open ocean and beyond – truly a unique experience among hotels of the region.
Day 2: Cochin
You have the opportunity to explore the city of Cochin with your private guide today.
Visit The Mattancherry Palace or “Dutch Palace”. Built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Kochi Veera Kerala Varma (1537-65) in 1555 AD, it took on its present popular name 'Dutch Palace' after 1663, when the Dutch carried out some extensions and renovations in the palace).
Another important site to see is the Jewish Synagogue – constructed in 1568, with hand-painted, willow-pattern floor tiles brought from Canton in the mid-18th century by a Rabbi, who had trading interest in that city. The numbers are so small today that they cannot form a minyan – a quorum of 10 men – without Jews from outside Cochin, but services are still held here, making it the oldest functioning synagogue in the commonwealth of former British colonies. Antiquities that you will see inside include the Scrolls of the Law, several gold crowns received as gifts, many Belgian glass chandeliers and a brass-railed pulpit (Remains closed on Friday, Saturday and during Jewish Holidays).
Take a walk through the mouth of the Cochin Harbour covering the Fort Area and The Chinese Fishing Net. NOTE: - You can try the ‘You Buy We Cook’ experience at Fort Cochin. Buy fishes (catch of the day) you would like to eat and there are people who will prepare the same at one of the nearby stalls (Nominal charges applicable / to be paid directly on the spot).
Day 3: Cochin - Thekkady
Your next destination is the Land of Spices – Thekkady.
On arrival, you will check – in at your hotel.
An experience not to be missed whilst in Thekkady is a performance of Kalaripayattu - The Orient's treasure trove, a gift to the modern world and the mother of all martial arts. Kalaripayattu originated in ancient South India. Kung- fu, popularized by the monks of the Shoaling Temple traces its ancestry to Bodhi Dharma - an Indian Buddhist monk and Kalaripayattu master.
Day 4: Thekkady (Full Day Jeep Safari)
Do a full day Jeep Safari in Periyaar to spot its wildlife. Take an early dawn Safari when the animals come out in the open in search of food and water. Gaurs, Barking deer, Sambar are commonly seen grazing on the open sites on roadsides.
This is the best way for sighting some rare animals in the Periyaar Jungle. Moreover, Jeeps are much faster and more comfortable means of Safari as compared to other means of safaris available and they easily provide the inside look of the forest and its topography (As they move to the cores of the Jungle).
You will spend the evening at leisure.
Day 5: Thekkady - Kumarakom
A leisurely breakfast will be followed by your check – out and your onward journey to Kumarakom – Kumarakom lies on the shores of the pleasant Vembanad Lake, which is a part of Kuttanad, 12 kms west of Kottayam town. Kuttanad, the 'Wonder Land' believed to have been lying below the sea level, sprang out into the marshes when the sea receeded later. As a testimony to this fact, one can see large deposits of shells in the lakes here that are usually found in the sea.
Activities in the local area include boat rides, exploring life on the backwaters, visits to the Kavanar bird sanctuary and farms, or learn to cook local specialties.
Day 6: Kumarakom (Day Cruise on Backwaters)
After a leisurely breakfast, you will proceed on a day cruise of the Backwaters of Kerala – The backwaters of Kerala are a fascinating and integral part of this tropical state and one of the best ways to discover this expansive area is on a converted rice barge. Life in the backwaters is very relaxed and slow paced, like a vast rural Venice. The boat is the main form of transport on the backwaters and they vary from beautiful old rice barges, slowly punted along the waterways to small one man canoes that nip around the islands, like the scooters of Bombay. The backwaters are fantastically picturesque and enjoyable to visit.
Private houseboats accommodate two – eight people plus a crew of three, including a captain and cook. The bedroom is private and the bathroom modern, with showers, flush toilets and hot water.
You will spend the day gently exploring the backwaters and this is best seen from the deck of your houseboat as you watch the world go by.
Later in the afternoon, you will sail back to your resort. Spend time free at leisure till your dinner.
Day 7: Kumarakom - Mararikulam
You will reach your final destination Mararikulam for a 3 night stay at your quite beach resort.
Do nothing on the beach, take walks or bicycle rides or do Ayurveda & Spa. Ideal for longer holidays, Mararikulam has not been designed for doing but just the opposite. The real beauty whilst at Marari is simply to spend lazy moments.
Day 8 – Day 9: Mararikulam
Spend your days free on your own. You may choose to spend time next to the pool, read your favorite books, book a soothing Ayurvedic massage, relax on the beach or avail the other in – house facilities on direct payment.
Day 10: Mararikulam – Cochin – Colombo
You will bid farewell to God’s own country and move to Cochin for your international flight to Colombo.
On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Sri Lanka has it all: tropical beaches, cooler mountainous terrain punctuated with waterfalls, incredible wildlife, tea plantations, fabulous food and diverse culture. The coasts are tropical with many palm-lined sandy beaches and charming towns. The centre is largely mountainous, has a cooler climate and is dotted with tea plantations and architectural reminders of the British colonial era. Sri Lanka has some spectacular ruins in the north of the country and its many national parks contain abundant wildlife, including monkeys, deer, buffaloes, elephants and even leopards. An adventurous destination, Sri Lanka is great for families, couples and single travellers alike.
Day 11: Colombo - Pinnawela – Thirappane/Habarana
Post breakfast, you will be met by our driver and driven to Thirappane/Habarana via Pinnawala.
PINNAWELA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE
- Pinnewala is both an orphanage and breeding ground for wild elephants which has one of the largest herd of captive elephants in the world.
- Established in 1975, originally founded in order to afford care and provide protection to the many orphaned elephants stranded in the jungles.
- Each grown animal is given around 76 Kgs (170 Lb) of green manure a day and around 2 Kg from a food bag containing rice bran and maize.
- Baby Elephants feeding times are 09:15 am, 13:15 pm and 17:15 pm.
- Duration of the visit at the site approximately 2 Hrs and 30 Mints.
Later on proceed to Thirappane/Habarana. (Approximate Duration - 3 Hrs).
Check in to the hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
Day 12: Thirappane/Habarana – Sigriya – Polonnaruwa - Thirappane/Habarana
After an early breakfast you will proceed to Sigiriya to climb the famous Rock Fortress. (Approximate Duration -1 Hr & 30 Mints).
SIGRIYA ROCK FORTRESS
- A UNESCO World Heritage site, Sigiriya is a large colossal rock boulder, which is about 200 meters high.
- The rock fortress was built by King Kassyapa I in the 5th Century AD and was a royal citadel for more than 18 years.
- It is a complex of buildings, part royal palace and part self-contained town with the famous Lion Gate, water gardens, boulder gardens walls and moats on par with the best in the ancient world, amount to a sophisticated architectural feat of the ancient Sinhalese.
- In a sheltered pocket approached by a spiral stairway are the famous Sigiriya frescoes, 21 figures of females depicted as rising from the clouds, some of the earliest surviving pictorial art in Sri Lanka.
- The poems inscribed on the rock by admirers of the frescoes, and known as the 'Sigiri graffiti,' are among the most ancient texts in the Sinhalese language.
- The Summit of the rock boulder with an area of one hectare was the fortified palace of King Kassyapa I, which was reputed to be invincible.
- Minimum duration for the ascent is about 1 Hrs at a moderate climbing pace.
Later on proceed to Polonnaruwa ancient capital (Approximate Duration 1 Hrs & 30 Mints –Distance - 75 Km).
POLONNARUWA ANCIENT CAPITAL
- A UNESCO World Heritage site, Polonnaruwa is the 2nd ancient kingdom of Sri Lanka that remains today an interesting blend of archeological monuments.
- Polonnaruwa rose to prominence between the 11th and 13th centuries and peaked during the reign of the famous monarch, King Parakramabahu I who proceeded to endow it with monuments making it history's most astonishing urban creations.
- The huge water reservoir which was ideally named as Parakrama “Samudra” or “the sea” of Parakrama was one of his greatest achievements.
- Look out for the famous Gal Viharaya or the “Stone Temple” where four colossal statues of the Buddha cut in stone reflecting peace, serenity and strength. Resemble the glory of Polonnaruwa and the peak of its artistic achievements.
- Other interesting places worthy of mention are Thiwanka Image House, Atadage, Hetadage, Watadage, Shiva Dewala, Lotus Pond, Alahana Pirivena, Rankoth Dageba, Kumara Pokuna, Stone Book, Royal Palace and Nissanka Latha Mandapaya.
Later in the evening, return to your hotel for dinner and a peaceful night’s sleep.
Day 13: Thirappane/Habarana – Dambulla - Kandy
After Breakfast Transfer to Kandy via Dambulla Cave Rock Temple and Matale Spice Garden. (Approximate Duration- 3 Hrs - Distance 120 Km).
DAMBULLA ROCK TEMPLE
- Dating back to the 1st Century BC Dambulla is a vast caved rock mass which was later converted to a rock temple.
- The rock of Dambulla is the center of a Buddhist cave-temple complex established in the 3rd century BC as one of the largest and most important Buddhist monasteries occupied continuously until today.
- By the end of the 12th century, with the introduction of sculpture to the caves on the upper terrace, the caves assumed their present general forms and layout.
- The rock ceiling is one large sweep of colorful painting, which is the largest collection of paintings in Sri Lanka within a cave temple and the most number of Buddha statues found in a single place.
As you proceed to Kandy you will have a short visit to a Spice Gardens in Matale. A land mark destination in the ancient Spice Trails, Sri Lanka has been ever so famous for its aromatic cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and pepper which lured many ancient traders to the Island.Even at present, Sri Lanka produces some of the best quality cinnamon in the world. At the spice garden you will get the opportunity to receive a relaxing shoulder massage by an experienced staff member.
On arrival in Kandy, you will check – in to your hotel for dinner and a peaceful night’s sleep.
Day 14: Kandy
After Breakfast you will proceed to do a city tour in Kandy.
- The city of Kandy is considered as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site as it is home to the Sacred Temple of the Tooth, most revered by Buddhists.
- Kandy was the last Kingdom of Sri Lanka.
- The city is located about 1600 ft above sea level and this topographic location has given it cooler temperatures in contrast to the tropical climate prevailing in the rest of the Island.
- Some of the other highlights in the city are the historic Kandy Lake, the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya and the scenic Udawatta Forest reserve.
- The ancient Embekka Temple, the Gadaladeniya Temple and Lankathilake Temples have gained international fame for their intricate wooden and stone craftsmanship.
- The city of Kandy is where the arts and crafts of the Sinhalese best kept alive from the art of mat weaving, silver crafts, and lacquer ware to wood carving. The Kandyan craftsmen produce the most exquisite items and consequently entire traditional craft villages are set up in the area.
Evening proceed to the Sacred Temple of the Tooth followed by viewing a traditional dance performance.
TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH
- The Sacred Temple of Tooth is considered as one the most revered Temples by the Buddhists as it abodes the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.
- The present temple is built during the 17th Century BC and located in the city center, overlooking the picturesque Kandy Lake.
- Kandy was nominated as a UNESCO world heritage site mainly as it abodes the Sacred Temple of the Tooth.
- The Relic of the Tooth is kept in a two-story inner shrine fronted by two large elephant tusks. Although visitors are not often permitted to enter this inner shrine you could offer flowers at the outer shrine area.
- The Paththirippuwa or the ‘Octagon’ which is a highlight was originally built as the part of the Royal Palace premises by the last King of Sri Lanka Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe (1797 - 1814) to address fellow countrymen.
- The Theravada or auspicious offering to the Sacred Tooth Relic takes place thrice a day at 5:30 am, 09:30 amand 18:30 pm during which you could witness the large offering of flowers and sweet meats and curries in honor of the Tooth Relic.
Return to your hotel and relax for the rest of the day.
Day 15: Kandy – Colombo - Male
Post breakfast you will be driven back to Colombo (Approximate Duration – 3 Hrs & 30 Mints- Distance 120 Km) for your flight to Male.
On arrival, you will be transferred to your island resort for dinner and a peaceful night’s sleep.
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Day 16 - Day 17: In Maldives
You will spend the days at leisure.
Day 18: Maldives – Onward Destination
Post breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.
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