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Day 1: Arrive at Cochin. Our services begin here. You are greeted at the airport by our travel facilitator and then ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are then driven to your hotel where you are assisted with your check in. Our travel facilitator hands over travel documents such as your air tickets and hotel vouchers to you.

One of the least acclaimed tourist destinations in India, Kochi has something to delight every explorer. It is know as "The Queen of the Arabian Sea", among other names, and is a scenic and lush collection of islands, capes, and mainland; connected by an elaborate yet intricate system of ferries and bridges.

Europeans controlled Kochi, and it's thriving trade, from the early 16th century. Their influence can be seen all over the picturesque city and the surrounding area. There are many monuments, architecture, and other reminders of the Dutch, Portuguese and British. The old world charm of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin has not changed much in the last couple of centuries. There are also many events in surrounding Kerala, such as the "Great Boat Races".

Visit Mattancherry Palace and its exquisite murals. St. Francis Church (early 16th century) is the oldest European church in India, and The Pardesi Synagogue was founded around the same time (history records Jewish settlers in this area as early as the 6th century, the guides will tell you that roots can be traced to over two thousand years ago). Fort Cochin is distinctly British Indian (with a little bit of Dutch thrown in) in it's architecture, and the Chinese fishing nets that dot it's northern end add to it's languid charm. The modern section called Ernakulam is pleasant and offers one of India's best opportunities to view classical Indian dance.




Day 2: Cochin. You are at leisure on these days. The only services provided by ETI are hotel room (including breakfast and taxes).

ETI can provide various services upon request, such as chauffeur driven vehicles, guides, escorted sightseeing and recommendations / reservations for dining and entertainment.


Day 3: Cochin. You are at leisure on these days. The only services provided by ETI are hotel room (including breakfast and taxes).

ETI can provide various services upon request, such as chauffeur driven vehicles, guides, escorted sightseeing and recommendations / reservations for dining and entertainment.




Day 4: Cochin – Backwaters cruise. Check out of your hotel in the morning, and then driven to the backwaters.

The backwaters of Kerala - meandering inland lakes networked by canals - stretch to over 900 km. Boat trips across these tranquil stretches are an experience unique to Kerala. Large kettuvalloms (traditional country crafts over 60 ft. in length) have been converted into luxury houseboats for these cruises.




Day 5: Backwaters – Kovalam. Disembark from your houseboat and you proceed on the picturesque journey to Kovalam.

Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favorite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse-sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs, Catamaran cruising etc. The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night. The beach complex includes a string of budget cottages, Ayurvedic health resorts, convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centers etc. Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, is just 16 km away from Kovalam and getting there is no hassle. But if you are on holiday it is better to stay in Kovalam and visit the city. Thiruvananthapuram has interesting places to see like the Napier Museum, the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, the Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Ponmudi hill station etc.




Day 6: Kovalam. You are at leisure on these days. The only services provided by ETI are hotel room (including breakfast and taxes).

ETI can provide various services upon request, such as chauffeur driven vehicles, guides, escorted sightseeing and recommendations / reservations for dining and entertainment.



Day 7: Kovalam. You are at leisure on these days. The only services provided by ETI are hotel room (including breakfast and taxes).

ETI can provide various services upon request, such as chauffeur driven vehicles, guides, escorted sightseeing and recommendations / reservations for dining and entertainment.




Day 8: Kovalam – Depart on your International Flight.





 


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Brendan McGuire
September 2014
It was a really incredible trip and "Easy Tours of India" helped make it so great. Thank you!



Allison Seward and Dan Gendron
August 2014
Our honeymoon trip to India, organized by Easy Tours was absolutely incredibly. My husband and I are both experienced travelers, but knowing this was our honeymoon, we did not want to have to think and simply enjoy the people and the site and the culture. And thats exactly what Easy Tours offered -- we literally did not have to think about any planning! We were always greeted at the airport with a representative, quickly taken to our car and hotel. Since he chose to put a lot in a short time, we had the flexibility with each tour guide to tweak the day, some days we were more tired so opted to enjoy the hotels for longer portions. The hotels were STUNNING. True luxury at its finest. We are very grateful for this opportunity and would be happy to recommend Easy Tours to anyone -- because it is Easy!!!



Thomas Day
July 2014
We had a great time on this tour of India. We especially liked talking with the guides and learning about Indian culture from many different views as each guide had a different perspective. Easy Tours made everything work efficiently and reduced our concerns. When British Airways misplaced our luggage (and that of thousands of others) the Easy Tours representative in Mumbai was particularly instrumental in leading us through the back areas of the airports luggage logistics to retrieve our bags which had been sent on from Delhi to our stop in Mumbai five days later.



Jordan Diemert
May 2014
Our trip to India was amazing! All of our guides were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. One of the best trips I have ever taken!



Liza Larsen / Brad Larsen
May 2014
Sites were remarkable and memorable. Transiting was lengthy and always exciting. Our drivers were excellent and we felt quite safe. Mr. shyam our driver for 6 days was very attentive and I hope you use him for many of your other clients. He did know quite a bit about great shopping opportunities and did save us $$. All guides were well informed. Our guide in Agra was quite passionate and we enjoyed him most of all. Hotels were exceptional, and we were treated like royalty!



 




 

 
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