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  • 9 Nights / 10 days

The Grand Snake Boat Race Tour: 09 Nights and 10 Days

Come August and Kerala's tranquil backwaters turn into an arena of sporting warfare. Yes, its mega boat race time in Kerala again - 70-meter long banana boats manned by more than 100 oarsmen each will compete in the world's largest team sports event. Kerala Travel Centre brings you a fantastic tour, including International flights, giving you the opportunity to witness this grand regatta. Besides the races, you will also get the opportunity to enjoy the port town of Cochin, the sensuous backwaters, the enchanting wildlife and the beaches of Kerala.
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Tour Highlights

  • Explore the Vibrant Port Town of Cochin
  • Stay in a Backwater Resort
  • Stay in a Wildlife Resort
  • Enjoy an Overnight Houseboat Cruise
  • Stay in a Beach Resort
  • Experience the Nehru Trophy Boat Race
Tour Route - Where you'll visit
1 Cochin

Cochin, or Kochi as it is now called, is divided into Old Cochin (comprising Fort Cochin and Mattanchery) and Ernakulam, which is a bustling metropolis and is considered the commercial capital of Kerala. It is the only district in Kerala where you can experience urban comforts on a par with other major cities in India and also the history of many centuries bygone.

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2 Kumarakom

Kumarakom is home to the backwaters,a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. An overnight cruise is the best way to naviage through the breathtaking canals of Kumarakom.

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3 Periyar

Periyar an area known for its undulating hills, spice plantations, and elephant sightings. One of the 27 tiger reserves in India, the Periyar valley in Thekkady is the oldest.

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4 Alleppey-House Boat
Alappuzha (or Alleppey) is a city on the Laccadive Sea in Kerala. It's best known for houseboat cruises along the rustic Kerala backwaters, a network of tranquil canals and lagoons.
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5 Mararikulam
The picturesque fishermen's village of Mararikulam is tucked away inside quiet and lush coconut groves and the resorts here are set by the pristine white sand beaches that offer you unparalleled quiet in astoundingly beautiful settings. Marari has been inhabited by fishermen for millennia and here you will find the authenticity and the breathtaking natural surroundings have been preserved carefully
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Detailed Itinerary

Day ONE +-
  • DAY 01 - Arrival Cochin
You will be greeted at the airport with a traditional welcome by the Kerala Travel Centre team and escorted to Cochin to check into the Brunton Boatyard hotel overlooking the sea. Cochin, also known as the Spice Coast of India, has been a port town since early centuries, attracting traders and invaders from all over the world. Needless to say, Cochin offers you some fascinating snippets of history and culture. The town is broadly divided into two areas - Ernakulam, the bustling cosmopolitan metropolis, and Fort Cochin, the cultural hub where the hotel is located. Step out of the hotel and you are within walking distance of the sea and other attractions like the Chinese fishing nets, said to have been left behind by Chinese traders in the 15th century. Relax and unwind at the hotel on your first day in India.
Overnight at the Koder House with a chauffeured vehicle at your disposal.
Day TWO +-
  • DAY 02 – Cochin

Go for a sightseeing tour to explore the many fascinating highlights of Cochin; including, the Jewish Synagogue; St. Francis Church, the oldest European Church in India; the Santa Cruz Basilica, which was built in 1557 by the Portuguese; the Dutch Palace; the Spice Market; and the 15th century Chinese fishing nets believed to have been brought by Chinese traders. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise, and in the evening attend a Kathakali dance performance. Kathakali, the traditional dance of Kerala, literally means a story play and is a highly dramatic dance form which depicts the moral values of god and man. The characters wear elaborate makeup and heavy ornaments and the performances are enthralling to watch.
Overnight at the Koder House with a chauffeured vehicle at your disposal.

Day THREE +-
  • DAY 03 – 9th August 2016-Cochin – Kumarakom (72 km / 2 hrs)
Drive to Kumarakom from where you will board a boat to go to the Coconut Lagoon resort, located on a little island in the backwaters. Rated as one of the twenty-five best getaways in the world, the authenticity of the resort, along with the captivating beauty of its surroundings, will not fail to mesmerise you. Kerala's rainwater surges down its hills and mountains and runs into canals and streams where the rolling water tumbles in an effusive surge to join the forty rivers in the state. This labyrinth network of rivers, canals, streams and lagoons form the famed backwaters. The landmass along these waterways pulsate with a different tempo, possessing a lifestyle and ethos so unique that it has become one of the biggest highlights in Kerala. Spend the day relaxing.
Overnight at the Coconut Lagoon with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day FOUR +-
  • Day 04 - Kumarakom (Boat Race)
It's the big boat race day today. Perhaps the most prestigious boat race in Kerala, the Nehru Trophy Boat Race is also one of the largest team sports events in the world. 60 to 70-meter snake boats manned by over 100 oarsmen each compete for this coveted prize, and people come from far and wide to watch this spectacle. To get you a ringside view of the action, we organise a private motorboat from which you can enjoy the races. A small crew will be available to assist you. After the races, have the evening to relax and explore.
Overnight at the Coconut Lagoon.
Day FIVE +-
  • Day 05 - Kumarakom - Periyar (135 km/ 4 hrs)
Drive to Periyar, an area known for its undulating hills, spice plantations and elephant sightings. One of the 27 tiger reserves in India, the Periyar valley in Thekkady is the oldest. Check into the Spice Village hotel. Either have the rest of the day to relax or go on a spice plantation tour where you will be enticed by the aroma of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg and learn how they are grown, harvested and processed before they reach the supermarkets.
Overnight at the Spice Village hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day SIX +-
  • DAY 06 –  Periyar
Enjoy an escorted three-hour jungle trek through the Periyar Wildlife Reserve. Though it's rare to see tigers, you will have the opportunity to spot elephants, bisons, deer and several other animals on this trek. Enjoy the rest of the evening enjoying the ambience of the Spice Village.
Overnight at the Spice Village hotel with a vehicle at your disposal.
Day SEVEN +-
  • Day 07 - Houseboat (135 km/ 4 hrs)
Drive to the backwater region of Allepey to embark on your private houseboat and cruise on the backwaters, a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. Your houseboats, or Kettuvalloms, are converted rice barges with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. You can sunbathe in the well-appointed lounge or observe the palm-fringed landscape from your cabins. Apart from the mesmerizing surroundings, it is the life along the backwaters that adds a touch of exotica to this experience. The locals travel in canoes, and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods door-to-door in small, wooden boats. A small crew will be available at all times to assist you during the cruise. The crew includes the captain who mans the boat, a chef and a housekeeping staff member. The local food prepared by the chef is another delight not to be missed. As you cruise along the backwaters, you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places, en route where you can choose to go on a village walk. Whilst the houseboats can cruise along the fascinating backwater stretches, they cannot navigate some of the narrower canals, which are equally mesmerising. Take a canoe ride along the narrow canals to explore these channels on your own. In the evening, enjoy a specially-organised romantic, candlelit dinner on the houseboat. With your boat moored along the tranquil expanse of the Vembanad Lake under a starry night, this promises to be an experience like no other. Waking up the following morning on the houseboat is another memorable experience that will stay with you forever.
Overnight on board with full board and a vehicle for your transfer.
Day EIGHT +-
  • DAY 08 – Houseboat – Marari (20 km / .5 hr)
This morning you will be transferred to Mararikulam, a typical fishermen's village and check into the Marari Beach Resort. The Marari is an eco-friendly resort on the beach with accommodations built like traditional fishermen's huts. All that separates the resort from the sea are rows of coconut trees, letting the splendours of the beach be truly experienced all day. The simplicity and charm of village life that pervades the resort will make you feel one with nature.
Overnight at the Marari Beach Resort with a vehicle provided for your transfer.
Day NINE +-
  • DAY 09 – Marari
Day of leisure on the beach. Enjoy a rejuvenating, full-body Ayurveda massage today. The five-thousand-year-old ancient natural science of Ayurveda finds its origins in Kerala, and a massage is the best way to enjoy your last day in Kerala. Have the rest of the evening to relax.
Overnight at the Marari Beach Resort. 
Day TEN +-
  • DAY 10 – 16th August 2016- Marari – Cochin – Departure (75 km / 2 hrs)
Departure transfer to Cochin airport for your return flight with a vehicle provided for your transfer.

When Should I go?

Being a coastal state surrounded by the Arabian Sea and because of its proximity to the equator, Kerala has a more or less consistent temperature pattern in the summers and the monsoons alike. The temperature hovers around 29°C throughout the year with varying levels of humidity.
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Monsoon Months in Kerala

June and July are monsoon months in Kerala, the showers being heavy at first and then easing off gradually. Whilst these are not the best months for tours, interestingly, this happens to the best time for travellers seeking the therapeutic Ayurveda treatment which is said to be most effective in these months.

Best months for travel to Kerala

The months of October through to March are considered to be the most favourable months to travel to Kerala when the weather is sunny and pleasant. The months of April and May are also favourable for travel but the humidity tends to be comparatively higher. August and September are also good months for travel.

Price Guide

Prices are per person based on 2 people occupying 1 double/twin room and may vary based on local market fluctuations. For single supplements please get in touch.

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B&B at all hotels except where cited on the itinerary, chauffeur driven AC car, sunset cruise, Kathakali performance, Ayurveda massage, all entrance fees, guide charges, assisted airport transfers and international flights.

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Destination Nights Standard Superior Deluxe
Cochin 2 Koder House Koder House Koder House
Kumarakom 2 Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom
Periyar 2 Spice Village Spice Village Spice Village
Alleppey-House Boat 1 CGH Spice Coast Cruise CGH Spice Coast Cruise CGH Spice Coast Cruise
Mararikulam 2 Marari Beach Resort Marari Beach Resort Marari Beach Resort

Koder House

The Koder House is an exclusive boutique hotel situated in the heart of Cochin and combines centuries-old architecture with modern amenities. The ancestral home of the Koders, a prominent Cochin Jewish family, the property is a tribute to the rich, mixed culture of the area – a mélange of Portuguese, Dutch, Kerala and even Chinese influences. The house that once played host to ambassadors, celebrities and heads of states continues to attract visitors from far and wide.The feel is both contemporary and classic, the atmosphere, relaxed. Combining the best of western comforts with ambience and history, the Koder will give you the feeling of being in another era. The highlights of the property are its exclusive, regal, spacious suites which are on either side of the three-storey structure. Grand antique beds, including two original four-posters, polished teak floors, high ceilings and white stone archways on each floor bring the heritage of the place alive. Another highlight is the seafood served in the seafood specialty restaurant which is bought from the fresh catch sold along the sea, across from the property.

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