Day 1: Cochin
On arrival at Cochin International Airport, you are greeted and whisked away to Willingdon Island. In Cochin, you may explore the ancient harbour, with its rich colonial past, the old spice market at Mattancherry, the antique shops on Jew’s street, the Synagogue, the Dutch palace and of course, the famous Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church and David Hall (CGH Earth Art Gallery). Harbour Cruise in the evening. Overnight in Casino Hotel.
Day 2: Cochin-Thekkady
After breakfast, drive from Cochin to Thekkady. Lunch at Spice Village. Engage in activities like cooking demonstration and cultural programme followed by dinner. Overnight at Spice Village.
Day 3: Thekkady
After breakfast, Elephant ride through the Spice Plantations. Lunch at Spice Village. Evening watch running slide shows on flaura and fauna of Periyar at the Tiger Club inside the resort. Dinner and Overnight at Spice Village.
Day 4: Thekkady – Kumarakom
After breakfast, you will drive back down to the coast and this melodically named town of Kumarakom on the banks of Lake Vembanad. Here, you hop on to a boat to Coconut Lagoon, an eco-friendly resort created frm restored heritage homes, set in a web of canals on the banks of the Kavanar river. Lunch at Coconut Lagoon. Evening finds you on a sun-set cruise on the lake, in a converted rice boat adrift to a flute accompaniment. After cruise it is learning time. Learn to cook some authentic Keralan dishes in the cooking demonstration class organized by the Chef. The resort gives an opportunity to see some traditional Art Forms of Kerala which is followed by dinner. Overnight at Coconut Lagoon.
Day 5: Kumarakom
Wake-up call by the birds from the nearby bird sanctuary and get ready to experience yoga for your body and mind. After breakfast, bird watching accompanied by a Naturalist who will identify the birds which wakes you up in the morning. Before lunch there is enough time to visit the Village nearby. Back in the resort for lunch. Afternoon at leisure. Evening engage in yet another session of Cooking demonstration and Cultural show. Dinner and Overnight at Coconut Lagoon.
Day 6 : Kumarakom - Mararikulam
Another session of Yoga followed by breakfast. After breakfast, transfer by boat and then by road to Marari Beach. Check-in to an independent villa at the Marari Beach Resort. Marari Beach resort is not just the sand and the sea. It’s the living environment that surrounds it. The Marari Beach, let us be clear, is not the place for a raucous Beach holiday. There are no real parties here. No noisy water scooter but for those seeking to undue the stress of the city life and experience a completely new place, it is the perfect spot. After lunch in the restaurant, it’s time to relax in the Coconut grove. Evening will be engaged in good music, Cooking classes followed by dinner. Overnight at Marari Beach Resort.
Day 7: Mararikulam
Now you are an expert on Yoga. You don’t need a wakeup call anymore for the daily Yoga class. After breakfast, explore the area and it’s fishing villages nearby on a bicycle or take a dip in the sea. The beach usually being nearly empty except for a few other guests and the odd local fishermen. After lunch at leisure. It will be a great idea to walk across the road to our organic farm, which ensures that the vegetables and fruits we serve are the freshest you can get. You don’t want to leave. Do you? This is the last chance where you can approach the Chef for any assistance/clarifications regarding the recipes you would have collected over the past three/four days. After dinner, walk back to your cottage already making plans for your next visit.
Day 8: Mararikulam – Airport
After breakfast, drive back to Cochin International Airport.