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House Boat of Kerala
 
Kerala Snake Boat Race (10 Nights - 11 Days)
 
 
Bekal - Tellicherry - Wayanad - Alleppey - Cochin
Day 1 : Bekal
Arrive in Mangalore airport.

You will be greeted by our representative. Transfer to the spectacular Neeleshwar Hermitage property. This is around the secluded beach town of Bekal. Check into your cottage. Evening free to relax.
 
Day 2 : Bekal
After breakfast, head into Bekal and visit the remarkable Bekal Fort, Kerala's largest fort on the Arabian coastline, watch the waves lap against this ancient citadel. Later visit the nearby Hanuman temple and Bekal mosque. After lunch, spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing by the beach. Dinner and overnight in Neeleshwar.
 
Day 3 : Bekal - Tellicherry
Tranquil morning and after breakfast, wander around the Hermitage estate, spot local birdlife or walk along the stretch of secluded beach and look out for the endangered Olive Ridley turtle. After lunch set off for the colonial town of Tellicherry. Check in to the Ayesha Manzil homestay. Witness a local Theyyam dance performance, a unique colourful dance. Enjoy superb cuisine at your homestay.
 
Day 4 : Tellicherry
After breakfast, leave for your half-day of sightseeing. Visit the striking St Angelo's Fort, built by the Portuguese in 1505, situated on the Keralan coast. Later visit Arakkal Palace, the only Muslim royal residence in Kerala, which changed hands with the British. Enjoy the evening at Muzhappilangad beach. Overnight in Tellicherry.
 
Day 5 : Tellicherry - Wayanad
After breakfast, head across to the hidden tropical mountains of the Wayanad district. Check-in at the Banasura Resort, Asia's largest Earth resort. After lunch, drive to the Edakkal Caves and see the 4th century BC petroglyphs and visit the local tribal settlement. Evening free. Overnight in Wayanad.
 
Day 6 : Wayanad
Free day in Wayanad. Use of driver the whole day. Optional activities include: morning walk to nearby waterfall, local treks, tea plantation walk, visit to Banasura Dam and more. Overnight in Wayanad.
 
Day 7 : Wayanad - Homestay
Set off after breakfast for Calicut. Lunch at Kayadu resort. We than catch train around 13:35 to Alleppey. Arrive just after 6pm. Transfer to one of the homestay. We try to catch some fishes at night on the lake.
The temples at Khajuraho were built during the Chandela dynasty, which reached its apogee between 950 and 1050. Only about 20 temples remain; they fall into three distinct groups and belong to two different religions - Hinduism and Jainism. They strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture. The Temple of Kandhria is decorated with a profusion of sculptures that are among the greatest masterpieces of Indian art.
 
Day 8 : Allepey
After breakfast we take you onboard for houseboat for a peaceful & tranquil cruise along the backwaters of Lake Vembanad. Lunch is served onboard. Rest of day at leisure. on the houseboat with seeing people perform there daily chores. Overnight in Alleppey.
 
Day 9 : Allepey - Cochin
Day of the Snake Boat Race! You will be escorted to a good viewing point along the backwaters for the race.

The main event consists of stiff competition between the Chundanvallams (snake boats), with each boat stretching up to 100 feet in length, with a raised prow, resembling the raised hood of a snake. They are rowed manually by 100 rowers, vigorously to the accompaniment of the vanchipattu (traditional folksong) who lend vocal support to their physical efforts. The event commences with a ceremonial water procession comprising of floats and a variety of craft. Thousands of people crowd the water's edge to cheer the huge black crafts as they slice through the waters to a spectacular finish.

After an exhilarating day out, return to the homestay and overnight.
 
Day 10 : Cochin
After breakfast set off for the port city of Cochin. Check-in to hotel. Refresh and then set off on walking tour of Cochin (2 hours) wandering its narrow lanes encountering echoes of its colonial past. Dutch, Portuguese, Arabs and the British have all left their mark. Also visit one of India's few synagogues in Jew Street. Afternoon free. Sunset cruise on the harbour. Evening free. Overnight in Cochin.
 
Day 11 : Cochin – Mumbai
Breakfast. Transfer to airport for flight to Mumbai and then onwards to final destination.
 
End of Tour.
 
 
     
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