Brunton Boatyard - CGH Earth
Kochi (also known as Cochin) is a city in southwest India's coastal Kerala state. It has been a port since 1341, when a flood carved out its harbor and opened it to Arab, Chinese and European merchants. Sites reflecting those influences include Fort Kochi, a settlement with tiled colonial bungalows and diverse houses of worship. Cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, typical of Kochi, have been in use for centuries.
Thekkady is the location of the Periyar National Park, which is an important tourist attraction in the Kerala state of India
Kumarakom is a village on Vembanad Lake in the backwaters of Kerala, southern India. It’s laced with canals, where houseboats ply the waters. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is home to many species including cuckoos and Siberian storks. Nearby, the Bay Island Driftwood Museum displays wooden sculptures. In the lake, Pathiramanal Island is a haven for rare migratory birds. Ancient Thazhathangady Mosque is east of Kumarakom.
On your arrival at the Cochin International Airport, drive to Fort Kochi. You will be welcomed traditionally at Brunton Boatyard - an elegant boutique hotel that is a mélange of Portuguese, Dutch and British influences, overlooking the historic harbour. Enjoy your time at leisure, by the pool or take a stroll through the green courtyards of Brunton Boatyard. Explore the destination with many stories, tour the old spice markets, Jew street and synagogue, the Dutch Palace, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, Chinese fishing nets and David Hall. Return to Brunton Boatyard for the night.
Wake up for your 5-hour drive to Thekkady. Drive through rice fields and rubber plantations. See coffee, cardamom, pepper and tea estates. Arrive 2000 ft. up at Spice Village, a reimagined tribal village very close to the Periyar forest. Get an authentic eco-living experience, complete with a spice garden, in your very own elephant grass thatched cottage. End the evening with a demonstration by the Chef on cooking with spices followed by a cultural performance. Retire for the night in Spice Village.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast to kick start the day with a trek through the Periyar wilderness, a protected elephant and tiger reserve with the park rangers. Join our resident naturalist on a tour of the spice garden. Learn about the abundant flora and fauna of Periyar in the evening, before settling down for dinner. Participate in a cooking demo with spices. Experience a tribal cultural performance. Retire for the night in the Village.
After breakfast, enjoy a morning drive to Kumarakom where you’ll switch to a boat and arrive on the banks of Lake Vembanad. Disembark straight onto the reception of Coconut Lagoon, a little piece of untouched Kerala - created from restored heritage homes, set in a web of canals on the banks of the Kavanar river. Learn to cook authentic Keralan cuisine organized by the Chef, so you can take more than memories home. Relax in the evening and watch a traditional cultural performance, before calling it a night.
Practice yoga and meditation in the morning, followed by breakfast. Go bird watching with our resident naturalist and learn about our conservation methods. Experience village life with a local, and learn all about a different world. Enjoy a lazy afternoon by the pool. In the evening, enjoy a sunset cruise on the lake in a converted rice boat, accompanied by a flute performance. Return to Coconut Lagoon for the night.
Begin your onward journey to Mararikulam, where you arrive to a traditional welcome at Marari Beach Resort - An eco-extension of a fisherman’s village, Marari Beach offers complete relaxation in natural settings. Unwind by the beach and retire for the night.
The community surrounding Marari Beach Resort teaches you the art of indulging in the moment. Explore the region on a bicycle or take a dip in the sea. Watch fishermen reel in the catch of the day, stroll through the nearby village and harvest organic produce at Marari Beach’s four-acre organic garden. As you accompany these unique experiences with Ayurveda treatments, feel yourself unwind holistically- body, mind and soul.
Begin your journey home with a drive to Cochin International Airport. As you take off, don’t forget to enjoy a bird’s-eye- view of the vast area you have just travelled and begin to plan your next holiday with us.