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MV VRINDA In Kerala

 
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MV VRINDA IN KERALA

Duration : 06 Nights / 07 Days
Destinations Covered : Cochin-Alleppey Backwaters-Marari Beach-Cochin


Day 01 : Arrive Cochin
Assistance and transfer to the hotel.
Check-in time is 12 Noon.

Afternoon sightseeing tour.
Cochin (Kochi) referred to as gateway to Kerala is commercial centre of the state. From time immemorial, travelers and traders from Arab, Portugal, China, United Kingdom and The Netherlands have visited this soil. A seaside city, it has a fine natural harbour. Cochin is most famous for Mattanchery Palace, St. Francis Church, Wellington Island, Bolghatty Island, Chinese Fishing nets and Jewish Synagogue. 

Day 02 : Cochin to Jetty to embark
Transfer from your hotel in Cochin to Jetty.
1300 hours :  Vrinda sets sail along the main waterway on Vembanad Lake and enters the Alleppey canal.

Lunch will be served on board.
The cruiser sails along the scenic waterways for four hours and returns to the Vembanad Lake in time to watch the sunset.
Later in the evening, enjoy a performance of the “Kathakali” dance which narrates stories from the ancient Hindu epics - Ramayana and Mahabarata. Performances begin with the application of elaborate makeup which is based in traditional Ayurvedic principles.
The vessel will anchor for the night at the Vembanad Lake jetty.
Dinner on board.

Day 03 : On board Vrinda, with a rice boat excursion
0700 hours: Motor Vessel Vrinda will sail from the Vembanad Lake jetty and head South, towards Alleppey. Breakfast will be served on board.
The vessel will enter the waterways of the Pamba river through the Alleppey canal.
Sailing through scenic backwaters, guests can observe life along these “water highways” while passing through one of the few areas in the world where farming is done below sea level.
The vessel will anchor near Kanjippadam and transfer to a traditional rice boat to navigate through the narrower sections of the backwaters.
For the next few hours, guests will observe and experience a way of life unique to this region, accompanied by a guide. This section of the cruise includes a visit to the half-statue of Lord Buddha at Karumadi and a traditional Kerala tharavad (family residence).
Return to Motor Vessel Vrinda where lunch will be served as the boat passes through picturesque stretches of the backwaters on the way back to Alleppey, known as the “Venice of the East”.
Motor Vessel Vrinda will anchor for the night at the Vembanad Lake jetty.
Dinner on board.

Day 04 : On board Vrinda, with a rice boat excursion
0700 hours: Motor Vessel Vrinda will sail from the Vembanad Lake jetty and head South, past Kanjippadam.
Vrinda will anchor near Chambakulam. Transfer onto the rice boat once again for a pre-lunch sightseeing excursion.
Visit St. Mary’s Church, established by St. Thomas in 1721 and Sree Bhagavathy Kshetram – a 100-year old Hindu temple to Mother Goddess - at Nedumudy.
Witness and explore the Chambakulam snake boat yard, which displays one of the traditional long snake boats used in races held on special occasions.
After cruising through the backwaters in the afternoon, Motor Vessel Vrinda will return to Vembanad Lake. Watch fascinating performance of “Mohiniattam” recital on board. This classical dance form, distinctive to Kerala, is also called the 'Dance of the Enchantress'. Dancers attired in beautiful traditional costumes perform with slow, graceful movements and highly emotive expressions.
Dinner on board.

Day 05 : Arrive Jetty, transfer to Marari
0800 hours: Motor Vessel Vrinda will sail North along the main waterway channel on the Vembanad Lake.
Breakfast will be served on board following which the vessel will return to the Vembanad Lake jetty. 
Check out at 10.00 hours and will be transported to Marari Beach Resort.
Rest of the day free.

Day 06 : Marari
Day at leisure.
Overnight at beach resort.

Day 07 : Marari-Cochin airport
Transfer to airport for onward flight.

 

 

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