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Colors of South India

5 days

A private tour just for your traveling party.

Our Distinctive A+R Style

+ Discover the architectural highlights of historic Cochin, where Vasco De Gama first landed in 1499 to establish a trading station that would become the first European settlement in India!
+ Spend an unforgettable day cruising the quiet backwaters of Kerala and witness timeless scenes of life as fishermen and women go about their daily work as they have for generations.
+ Tour the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, an important nature refuge for migratory birds including the Siberian stork, heron and egret.

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Check in to your choice of hotel: The superior first class Vivanta by Taj or the deluxe Brunton Boatyard.

After breakfast, your private car, driver and in-the-know guide will be waiting to show you the architectural highlights of historic Cochin, hailed by long-ago seafaring merchants as the Queen of the Arabian Sea! Traveling along the picturesque harbor of the first European settlement in India, you’ll have a chance to see fishermen at work with their traditional Chinese fishing nets. Continue to the area around Fort Kochi, founded nearly 500 years ago, and tour the Dutch Palace and 16h-century Jewish Synagogue. Then visit historic St. Francis Church, where the Portuguese explorer Vasco De Gamma died in 1524, before returning to your hotel. Meals B

Depart your hotel this morning and drive to Alleppey, a charming town of shady streets and canals that captures the magic and romance of South India! Here you’ll board your private houseboat for a delightful cruise along the tranquil waters of Kerala. As you make your way to Kumarakom on the shores of Lake Vembanad, you’ll enjoy lunch onboard and witness timeless scenes of daily life including fishermen in their cockleshell boats, cattle grazing quietly in lush pastures and women neck-deep in the water searching for fish! Disembark your houseboat and check in to your choice of hotel: The lovely Coconut Lagoon Resort or the deluxe Kumarakom Lake Resort.  Meals B,L

After breakfast, join your guide for a private tour of the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Spread across 14 verdant acres on the shores of Lake Vembanad, this bird-watcher’s paradise is an important sanctuary for migratory birds including the Siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy the lovely setting and fine amenities of your resort.  Meals B


Return transfer to Kochi

Transfer to the airport in Kochi for your onward journey. Meals B 

Note: Because this tour offers “Go Any Day” flexibility, please be aware of the following:
• The Dutch Palace (Day 2) is closed on Friday.
• The Jewish Synagogue (Day 2) is closed on Friday and Saturday

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Prices are per person, land only. We offer air on Emirates.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Take advantage of our Family & Friends offer and Save $100 per person anytime you book 4 or more people on the same A+R program.