Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012: A Southern Culture Trip. Part Two.

After visiting Kabini, Wayanad, The Biennale in Kochi and Munnar it’s time to get up close and personal with nature, drift along the backwaters in style and relax in one of India’s best beach resorts.

16th December 2012 – Thekaddy

Thekkady – “Wild Life Sanctuary”, one of the most famous Wildlife Sanctuaries in India, spread across 777 Sq. Kms out of which 360 Sq. Kms is thick forest, is one of the best places for viewing wild elephants. There is a 26 Sq. Km. artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River. A boat cruise on the lake is a great way to watch the wildlife.  Stay at Spice Village, another luxury eco-resort nestled perfectly amongst the trees. There is a regular cookery class most evenings, meaning you can also learn to cook and enjoy Kerala cuisine for when you return home. Dining Suggestion: Spice Village restaurant.

Spice Village, Thekaddy

17th December 2012 – Thekaddy

After breakfast, enjoy a guided spice plantation tour. Later you can opt for an Elephant ride which will take you closer to Thekaddy’s wildlife and an evening boat cruise around Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is available where it is possible to see wild Elephants, Bison, Antelopes, Sambar, Wild Boar, Monkeys and many varieties of birds. If you’re really lucky you might possibly even spot a Tiger (Periyar was declared a tiger reserve in 1978). Dining Suggestion: Spice village restaurant

Watch Wild Elephants in Thekaddy

18th December 2012 – Alleppey

Transfer to Alleppey (3.5 hrs) and enjoy a memorable trip on a fantastic private houseboat with Spice Coast Cruises. Travel through the coconut fringed canals on your own personal boat whilst your crew show you various tourist spots along the way. The cruise usually lasts from mid-afternoon until dusk. Your houseboat will then moor on the lake for the night. After dark you can enjoy a delicious candlelit dinner to the sound of water lapping at the sides of the boat as you stare at the twinkling lights on the distant shore. Dining Suggestion: On the houseboat

Your very own private houseboat provided by Spice Coast cruises

Complete with your own private crew

19th December 2012 – Kovalam

After a delicious breakfast on board disembark at the jetty and transfer by road to your resort  in Kovalam. The Leela Kempinski awaits you, Kerala’s largest beachside resort cradled between two sweeping beaches. Perched on a rock-face, this 5 star deluxe resort offers the most panoramic views of the famed Kovalam shoreline. Take the day as an opportunity to relax on one of Kovalam’s beautiful beaches, or have a cocktail or two by the hotel’s stunning pool.  Dining Suggestion: The Sky Bar, The Leela. The aptly named Sky Bar is perched on the cliff top, making it one the great locations along the coast to watch the sun set. International Tapas is the main food fare.

The Leela’s stunning infinity pool.

20th December 2012 – Kovalam

After tasting the pure bliss of Kovalam’s sandy beaches, it’s unlikely you will want to tear yourself away quite yet. But if you want to explore further, your local guide can be arranged to meet you at the hotel for  your convenience .Sightseeing and excursions like a visit to Kanya Kumari ( a two hour drive from Kovalam) can be organized as well as a plethora of other activities within Kovalam. Dining Suggestion: The Tides,  The Leela. The open air, a thatched roof and a fresh seafood grill make eating by the beach a breeze. The food is pan-Asian and the setting is unique.

21st December 2012 – Kovalam

Your last day in Kovalam and the morning presents the ideal opportunity to catch up on any last minute shopping. Your local guide will be happy to take you to the market for any items you require, or just for a general shopping. Reluctantly take an evening flight from Trivandum back to your home.  Dining Suggestion: The Terrace, The Leela, serving buffet style food all day long.

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