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Kerala Backwater Holidays

Duration : 4 Nights / 5 Days
Destination covered : Cochin - M.V.Vrinda(Boat)

Kerala Backwaters - Luxury CruiseDay - 1 - The Trident, Cochin
Cochin is an ideal base to discover the rich heritage of Kerala. Once the centre of the spice trade and now the principal port on the Malabar coast, Cochin's rich and varied history bears testimony to Portuguese, Dutch and British influences over the centuries. Vasco de Gama reached its shores in 1502.

After lunch at The Trident, you can take an evening boat cruise around the Bolghatty Palace. You can view the picturesque Chinese fishing nets silhouetted against the horizon at sunset.

Day - 2 - The Trident, Cochin
Discover the historic town of Cochin on a sightseeing tour. The Mattacncherry Palace*, built by the Portuguese in 1557. St.Francis Church, the oldest in the region. The Jewish Synagogue**, built in 1568, preserves scrolls of the Old Testament in Hebrew. The Spice Market and the old Jewish Quarter are worth a visit.

Return to The Trident for lunch.

Afternoon at leisure.
*Closed on Friday and on national holidays.
*Closed on Saturday and on Jewish holidays.

Day - 3 - On Board M.V.Vrinda
After breakfast at 10:30 hours, guests will be transported from The Trident, Cochin, to the Vembanad Lake jetty by an air-conditioned coach. This 55 km journey will take about an hour and fifteen minutes.

12:30 hours - From the Vembanad Lake jetty, Vrinda will sail across the Vembanad Lake and enter the backwaters. Lunch will be served on board. The vessel will sail along these scenic waterways for four and a half hours. Vrinda will return to the Vembanad Lake in time for you to watch the sunset.

Later in the evening, you can watch a Mohiniattam recital. This classical dance form, distinctive to Kerala, is also called the 'Dance of the Enchantress'. Dancers attired in beautiful traditional costumes will perform with slow, graceful movements and highly emotive expressions.

Vrinda will anchor for the night just off Pathiramanal Island.
Enjoy dinner on board.

Day - 4 - On Board M.V.Vrinda
Vrinda will sail to the middle of the lake at sunrise. After breakfast, it will sail through scenic backwaters, passing through one of the few areas in the world where farming is done below sea level. The vessel will anchor at Chambakulam by mid-morning and guests will be transfered to a traditional rice boat. You will explore the boat yard which displays the traditional long snake boats used in races. Visit St.Mary's Church, established by St.Thomas in 1721. Return to Vrinda for lunch.

Afternoon at leisure.

In the evening, catch a glimpse of village life along the backwaters as you sail in a traditional rice boat and experience a way of life unique to this region. Visit some of the ancient temples enroute. The boat will pass through picturesque stretches of the backwaters to Alleppey, known as the "Venice of the East". At Alleppey you will board Vrinda to return to the Vembanad Lake.

Vrinda will achor for the night. Dinner on board.

Day - 5 - Return to Cochin
Vrinda will sail to the middle of the lake at sunrise. Breakfast will be served on board. The vessel will return to the Vembanad Lake jetty. Guests will check out at 10:00 hours and will be transported by air-conditioned coach to The Trident, Cochin.

Validity : 1st November, 2003 to 30th April, 2004
  Single Double
Rates US$ 1,093 1,188
Special rates for children between 4 and 12 years of age:
Rates US$ 690 750

The Trident, CochinAbove rates are for 4 nights and 5 days and include:
- Accommodation at The Trident, Cochin for two nights in an Executive Room.
- Accommodation on board M.V.Vrinda for 2 nights including excursions.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Transportation from The Trident, Cochin to the Vembanad Lake jetty and back.
- All applicable taxes.

For an additional charge, we can provide the following:
- Transportation between Cochin Airport and The Trident, Cochin.
- Tour guide and local transportation for sightseeing in Cochin.
- Ayurvedic massage at The Trident, Cochin.

Additional nights at The Trident, Cochin including taxes:
  Single Double
Rates US$ 75 per night 85 per night

Sailing Dates of M.V.Vrinda
Months Dates for which Vrinda will sail for the 2-night cruise
November 2003 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29
December 2003 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
January 2004 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
February 2004 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29
March 2004 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
April 2004 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29
Route of M.V.VrindaRoute of M.V.Vrinda
Terms & Conditions
- A maximum of two persons can be accommodated in a cabin on board Vrinda.
   One child up to 3 years of age can be accommodated in the same cabin without an extra bed. No additional charge.
- Extra beds or childrens' cots cannot be accommodated in the cabins. Separate cabins will be required for accompanying children above 3 years of age.
   Special rates are available for children between 4 and 12 years of age.
- Due to unavoidable circumstances, if any part of the itinerary has to be omitted or any change in the route is required, this will not entitle guests to any claim or refund.
- The itinerary, schedule and timings of the cruise are subject to change without prior notice.
- Accommodation is subject to availablility.

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