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Houseboats on backwaters, India
Review posted by Sylvia Wilson
***** Written

Tropical South

Day 1 - met by Leader Santo James At COCHIN airport - bus ride to Grand Hotel - Kathakali dance show followed by shared dinner - Day 2 - Harbour cruise - explored Fort Cochin, Saw Chinese fishing nets, Dutch cemetery, St Francis Church, Vasco de Gama tomb, Visited Laundry, Spice shop, Jewish synagogue, Mattancherry Palace, Day 3 - drive to MUNNAR - group walk into town through spice market - hotel buffet dinner & back to hotel in Tuk-tuk Day 4 - Trek up through tea plantation - To tea museum/factory, Day 5 - Long drive to MADURAI - Tuk-tuk to Gandhi Museum, swim in pool on hotel roof top Day 6 - Visit to Meenakshi Temple & Palace - wander through market - carpet shop - fantastic Rickshaw 3hr ride through town - children & people very friendly - rooftop dinner & fireworks Day 7 - drive PERYAR WILD LIFE SANCTUARY - Ayurvedic massage & fun cookery class in chefs home Day8 - Spice farm tour, boat cruise - saw bison & otters but no elephants or tigers - Day 9 - Drive to ALLEPPEY - Boat cruise, stopped enroute at big church - saw pineapple & rubber trees, stopped to eat stuffed banana & then curry lunch & supper on houseboat Day 10 - Houseboat sunny breakfast of pancakes, omelette & stuffed banana while cruising down canal seeing villagers washing & brushing teeth. Arrived COIR RESORT at THRiKUNPUZZHA & another boat ride down canals when boat boy lost his hook & had to dive into water to retrieve it. Walk with Our Leader to see Coir rope making. Day 11 - lunch in VARKALIA at Juice Shack - arrive KOVALAM - Sagara Hotel - walk on Beach - dinner on roof top. fireworks Day 12 - optional trip drive to KANYAKUMARI southern most tip of India where 3 oceans meet - The Arabian Sea, The Indian Ocean & The Bay of Bengal, Visit Wooden Palace at PADMANABHAPURAM where 2 of our group were blessed by a guru & are blessed. lunched on Banana leaf curry eaten with fingers, Visit to Hindu Temple on Island - dipped feet in Indian Ocean Day 13 - early morning optional boat trip to Mangrove Forest - saw several rare birds - walk on beach In afternoon finished shopping, swam in sea & 2 hotel swimming pools - dinner at restaurant, jasmine flowers decorating table. Day 14- drive to TRIVANDRUM for flight home at 4:30 am
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