Day 01: Arrival / Cochin
Mid morning arrival. Meeting and assistance upon arrival in
Bangalore & transfer to the airport to connect your flight to
Whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our
representative would introduce the tour to you and hand over the
documents to you.
Welcome to India, or as we say
'atithi devo bhava' (the guest is an incarnation of God). Thank you
for giving us the opportunity to serve you!
at Brunton Boatyard
Day 02: Cochin
After a leisurely breakfast, we proceed on a guided tour of the
City. The true character of the city is to be found in the older
parts of the Fort Cochin area. It more or less exists as it used to
be a 1000 years back, when it was first built. The roads have not
been widened because the old haggard buildings, through patchwork
repairs over the centuries, still stand on the edges. This part of
the city reflects an unusual blend of medieval Portugal, Dutch and
English country life grafted on to the tropical Malabar Coast. The
fishing community of Cochin is also very interesting. They ancient
cantilevered fishing nets called Chinese Fishing Nets. The net is
fixed to a pole on the shore. While fishing, the entire net is
lowered by a primitive fulcrum mechanism using long bamboo poles. By
the same mechanism the pole is lifted along with the catch. We will
explore the sights of Photographic as well as cultural interest. We
would also visit the 16th century Mattancherry Palace, also known as
the Dutch Palace since the Dutch substantially renovated the palace
in the 17th century. The double storied quadrangular building
surrounds a courtyard containing a Hindu temple. The Central Hall on
the first floor was the coronation hall of the Rajas of Cochin; on
display are their dresses, turbans and palanquins. The most
important feature of this palace, however, is the astonishing murals
in the bedchambers and other rooms, which depict scenes from the
Ramayana and other religious legends. These murals are undoubtedly
some of the most beautiful and extensive anywhere to be seen in
India. The unique feature here is the unexpected and isolated Jewish
community, whose origins date back to AD 52. They are self-contained
and have there own Synagogue.
The area around the
Synagogue, known, as 'Jew Town' is one of the main centres of spice
trade. Scores of small firms huddle together in old dilapidated
buildings and the air is filled with the aroma of ginger, cardamom,
cumin, turmeric and cloves. The area is very busy. The potters are
loading gunny bags of spices on to carts, which keep running up and
down the narrow lanes. We would visit Jew Town, in the Mattancherry
section and a short walk from the ferry, is one street long. Jews
used to occupy virtually all the houses on Jew Town Road, where they
sold fruits, vegetables and spices or worked as oil pressers or
carpenters. The spice markets are still located on the narrow
A special treat
awaits us this evening as we proceed to witness the strength and
vigor of Kathakali dance drama, as it enacts episodes from great
Indian epics. The extremely stylized gestures, the elaborate
make-up, the masks and the splendid costumes of these all-male
dancers, recreates an incomparable sense of pageantry.
Overnight at Brunton Boatyard
03: Cochin / Alleppey / Houseboat
After breakfast we ride to Alleppey for a houseboat experience
through the narrow canals and channels of the backwaters of Kerala.
The materials that go into the making of houseboat are
all local and Eco-friendly; bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes,
bamboo mats carpets etc. The main wood used is "Anjali ".
The Houseboat provides all comforts - Beds, a kitchen, western
toilets and an upper deck. Traditional lanterns are used as lights.
The cuisine is of traditional Kerala flavour along with the local
Specialities - delicious fish and prawns.
We spend the
day Cruising on our boat through remote tribal villages along the
tranquil backwaters of Kerala is a superb experience. Sensational in
its own silent way, the cruise takes you along snake boat docks,
friendly cheering villagers, coir (Jute) making communities, toddy
(local spirit) shops, fishing nets pitched for the day's catch,
bunded paddy fields and manual canoes of different sizes
criss-crossing each other. The experience enables you to reach
beautiful untouched areas.
Overnight aboard Deluxe
Houseboat / Kumarakom
Following a leisurely breakfast, the
houseboat traverses through narrow channels and canals and reaches
Coconut Lagoon, this has rightly carved its place among the top 10
heritage resorts of the world. The resort is on a small island and
can be reached only by boat. The accommodation consists of
individual cottages built in the traditional Kerala style, relying
heavily on wood and some with private pools.
Overnight at Coconut Lagoon
Day is free for independent activities. You can
also enjoy the optional ayurvedic body massage at the resort. You
could also choose to explore the surrounding tribal villages, visit
the nearby water bird sanctuary or ride through the narrow backwater
channels through back of beyond Kerala.
Day 06: Kumarakom /
Purnagram - The Holistic Health Village
Following breakfast, a short ride brings us to Purunagram, Holistic
Village, where we check into a River Facing Cottage. Situated on the
banks of Kerala's most sacred river Purna (Periyar), Purnagram
provides an Ashram atmosphere, which is enhanced by a natural
healing enviornment. Purnagram is a Complete Holistic Health Village
where authentic and tradional Ayurveda and Yoga are offered.
While Ayurveda remains it's prime speciality, Purnagram also offers
Complementary Therapies like Yoga & Meditation, Reiki and Pranic
Yoga and Meditation are fundamental to the Indian
System of Holistic Healing. The activities at Purnagram have been
conceived as a way of life and extend far beyond the conventional
concepts of Yoga and Meditation.
In Purnagram, there are
learned and experienced instructors offering Yoga and Spiritual
classes in an Asram atmosphere. There is exclusive facility for
practicing Yoga in eco - friendly Classes. The rooms and Cottages
incorporate traditional Kerala Architecture that blend with nature.
The presence of Lord Dhanwanthary Temple in the campus of
Purnagram is yet another attraction to all visiting Purnagram.
Apart from the Yoga Lessons, the guests can also expect classes on
Meditation, Healing etc... during their stay in Purnagram. The place
has received a GREEN LEAF CERTIFICATE from Govt of Kerala for
providing high quality Ayurvedic Treatments and accommodation.
Overnight At Purnagram
Day 07 -
11: Purnagram - The Holistic Health Village
leisure to undertake Ayurvedic treatment, Yoga & Meditation
Overnight At Purnagram
Purnagram / Cochin / Departure
Transfer to the Cochin
airport to connect your onward flight back home.