SINGING IN KERALA
14 Days / 13 Nights
01 OCT - 14 OCT 2018
Kochi - Kumarakom - Periyar - Munnar - Fort Kochi
TUTOR : LIZ
An inspirational tour of Kerala's four distinct regions. As ever, our days will be spent singing in the morning with optional guided walking excursions in the afternoon. There will often be a sing before dinner and wherever possible we will share time with local singers - on our previous Keralan singing adventure in 2010, we sang with three choirs of differing religions leaving our guests with fabulous memories.
TUTOR - LIZ
Liz’s enthusiasm for singing is deep-rooted, passionate and highly infectious. She has lived in France, Spain and Italy where she sang in bands, choirs and madrigal groups. For the last 20 years she has shared her love of singing by teaching singing and today runs four big community choirs, collectively known as The Loud Crowd. She loves sharing different kinds of songs: world, folk, jazz, classical, gospel, pop, sacred – or in fact, anything in harmony.
4 Nights @ Kumarakom
3 Nights @ Periayr
3 Nights @ Munnar
3 Nights @ Fort Kochi
- 13 nights' full board, en suite, in charming, high-quality hotels
- Air conditioned vehicles throughout the tour
- Singing on most days
- Meet local choirs
- Full-time support of local tour manager
- Local sightseeing walks
- Half-day boat tour
- Visit to tea and coir producers
- Longest transfer 7 hours
DAY 1 - 29 Oct 2017
Welcome at Cochin.
A four-night stay with three days spent on the very edge of the lagoon with time to discover the canal systems on foot and by boat. Juice/cookies/mineral water will be provided during the bus travel and Lunch will be served in the Hotel.
Rest of the afternoon free to relax/enjoy swimming pool. (Optional Ayurveda massage possible in the hotel).
DAY 2 - 30 Oct 2017
Morning 3 hours boat cruise from 09:30 to 12:30 hrs. After the boat cruise a traditional Kerala Lunch at Boatman’s house will be served. Then transfer back to hotel to relax & enjoy the swimming pool.
Late afternoon 4.30pm to 7pm singing with local singing group.
DAY 3 - 31 Oct 2017
Morning 09:30 hrs walk from the hotel for a village walking tour.
Walk around canal system/paddy field. Approximate walking distance is 5 kms. This is a wonderful experience and gives you an opportunity to get to know the Kerala village life closely. Lunch at a local restaurant. After the lunch transfer back to the hotel.
Afternoon own programme of the group for the singing with Faith.
DAY 4 - 1 Nov 2017
Morning own programme of the group for singing with Faith. Lunch at Hotel.
Afternoon 15:30 hrs, transfer to Alleppey for beach / fisherman village walk of approx 4 kms.
Those who do not wish to join in can relax in the hotel or take an optional Ayurveda Massage.
DAY 5 - 2 Nov 2017
Morning 09:30 hrs, transfer to Periyar by Bus, lunch enroute.
A three-night stay with time to discover the town of Thekaddy and the surrounding spice gardens filled with cardamom, pepper, fenugreek and cinnamon. A free day is included with options of a trip into the Periyar Tiger Reserve or a trip into Tamil Nadu for a chance to see a very different culture.
Evening Village walk & Kalaripayattu-Kerala Martial Arts show at 18:00 to 19:00 Hrs.
DAY 6 - 3 Nov 2017
Morning 09:30 hrs spice plantation visit with optional elephant ride in the plantation. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon singing programme with the local singing group.
DAY 7 - 4 Nov 2017
Morning own group singing with Faith.
Afternoon free for optional tour, for example boat ride or jungle walk.
DAY 8 - 5 Nov 2017
Periyar-Munnar transfer. Lunch en route half way at a restaurant.
A three-night stay in the hill-station of Munnar. At 1,500 metres, this vibrant small town is set amidst the lush, green tea gardens that contour the landscape.
Evening free to walk around in the town.
DAY 9 - 6 Nov 2017
Morning visit Mattupetty Dam, Echo Point, Tea Plantations with guide. Lunch at a restaurant in Munnar town. Afternoon singing programme with local singing group.
DAY 10 - 7 Nov 2017
Morning visit to Tea Museum and watch different activities of tea making & visit to Rajamalai National park. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon own group singing with Faith.
DAY 11 - 8 Nov 2017
Morning transfer to Cochin. Lunch en route, half way at a restaurant.
A three-night stay on the ancient headland that separates The Backwaters from the Indian Ocean. This old European settlement and the many wonderful buildings remind us of its rich colonial past. A wonderful old synagogue, spectacular Chinese fishing nets and the burial place of Vasco de Gama are a few of the fascinating features. Good shopping.
Evening (optional) Kathakali Dance show.
DAY 12 - 9 Nov 2017
Morning visit to Dutch Palace, St. Francis Church and Chinese Fishing Net. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon programme with local Christian Choir.
DAY 13 - 10 Nov 2017
Morning from the hotel, boat ride to Vallarpadam. Bus will pick up from Vallarpadam Church. Transfer to Marine drive for a walk. Then transfer to Bharat for lunch (traditional Kerala vegetarian lunch served on banana leaf). Return to the hotel with afternoon free for own programme.
DAY 14 - 11 Nov 2017
Like all good things, your painting holiday experience comes to an end but you will always carry with you memories of this unique and unforgettable experience. Today you will be assisted and transferred to Cochin International Airport.
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