India Religious Group Sample Itinerary
India Religious Group
Kochi - Kumarakom
8 Days / 7 Nights
01 March 2020 - 08 March 2020
Accommodation Destination Basis Duration
Vivanta By Taj Malabar Kochi B&B 3 Nights
Vivanta By Taj Kumarakom Kumarakom B&B 2 Nights
Vivanta By Taj Malabar Kochi B&B 1 Night
Overnight Travel 1 Night
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
Day 1: Vivanta By Taj Malabar, Kochi (Sun, 1 March)
Depart Melbourne today for your flights to India. On your arrival in Cochin, you will be received at the airport by our representative who will then escort you to the hotel and help you with the check in formalities. (standard check in time at the hotel is 1400 hrs)
Day 2: Vivanta By Taj Malabar, Kochi (Mon, 2 March)
Today's sightseeing includes visits to the following locations:
St. Francis Church - St. Francis church was constructed by the Europeans in 1503. The Portuguese trader, Vasco da Gama died in Kochi, during his third visit to Kerala. Initially, his body was buried in this church, but after a few years his remains were moved to Portugal. In spite of all this the place where he was buried has been marked out inside
Santa Cruz basilica in Fort Cochin - Santa Cruz Basilica, a Roman Catholic Cathedral located at K.B Jacob road in Fort Kochi, is one of the finest and impressive churches in Kerala. It is a place of devotion as well as a center of historic significance, endowed with architectural and artistic grandeur and colours of the gothic style. Located close to St. Francis Church it is the 'capital church' of the diocese of Cochin.
Day 3: Vivanta By Taj Malabar, Kochi (Tue, 3 March)
Take an excursion to visit a Hilltop Church followed by a stop at St. Thomas Church (Malayattoor). Malayattoor is a village in the North Eastern corner of the Ernakulam District in the state of Kerala in South India. The name ‘Malayattoor’ is an amalgamation of three small words. Mala (Mountain) Arr (River) Oore (Place). This is to say, Malayattoor is a meeting place of mountain, river, and land.
St. Thomas is believed to have landed in KERALA at Kodungallur (Cranganore) in AD 50. AD 62. St Thomas returns to Malankara coast via Malayatur, where he established ‘the half Church’ (a small Christian community dependant on the Church of Maliamkara).
Oral tradition says that while travelling through Malayattor, faced with hostile natives, he fled to the hilltop where he said to have remained in prayer and that he left his footprint on one of the rocks. According to beliefs, during prayer, he touched a rock, upon which blood poured from it. The remainder of the day will be yours to spend at leisure.
Day 4: Vivanta By Taj Kumarakom, Kumarakom (Wed, 4 March)
After breakfast, drive to Kumarakom. Upon arrival check in at your hotel.
Later, visit St. Alphonsa Church. Bharananganam, where Blessed Alphonsa lived and died, is a quiet village some 33 k.m. to the east of Kottayam, in south central Kerala. Bharananganam has a distinctive rural charm about it and has a people who have for generations remained rooted to the soil.
Overnight: Vivanta By Taj Kumarakom
Day 5: Vivanta By Taj Kumarakom, Kumarakom (Thu, 5 March)
Today you will visit:
Champakulam Church, one of the oldest churches in Kerala. Located at Champakulam near Alappuzha, the official name of the church is St. Mary’s Church. This pilgrim center is believed to be one of the seven churches established by St. Thomas, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ. Situated on the banks of River Pamba, visiting this holy site shall be an outstanding spiritual experience. This church is considered as the mother of almost all Catholic Syrian churches in the Alappuzha district. Situated in a remote village in Kerala, this church has a special place in the history of
Christianity in the state.
Niranam St. Mary's Orthodox Syrian Church, locally known as Niranam church is an ancient church in Kerala located almost 7 kilometers away from Thiruvalla. It is another one of the churches established by St. Thomas. Many pilgrims visit this holy site as it is a well known center of worship for the Christians. One of the great features of this church is
its influence of ancient temple architecture. Niranam is also the birth place of some social reformers and poets popular in the name of Karnassa Kavikal.
Day 6: Vivanta By Taj Malabar, Kochi (Fri, 6 March)
After breakfast, drive back to Cochin. Upon arrival check in at the hotel.
Make an evening visit to St. Thomas Church - Established by the apostle, the St. Thomas Church in Kodungalloor is
one of the oldest churches of Kerala with eye-catching architecture. This church follows the model of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and is believed to be built in 52 AD. It is considered as the first church in the state. This is one of the seven-and-a-half churches established by St. Thomas, an apostle of Jesus Christ. This pilgrim center houses holy relics from the olden days. Situated on the lovely banks of River Periyar, this holy site is a historic and prominent pilgrim center for the Christians in India.
Overnight: Vivanta By Taj Malabar
Day 7: Overnight Travel (Sat, 7 March)
After a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by our representative and assisted with the checkout formalities. You will then be transferred to Cochin's International Airport in time for your flights back home. (standard check out time at the hotel is 1200 hrs)
Day 8: End of Itinerary (Sun, 8 March)
On arrival back into Melbourne Airport, your journey comes to an end.
International flights with SQ including taxes
Accommodation on Twin sharing bed and breakfast basis as per your itinerary
Arrival/departure transfers and land transportation using an Aircon 26 Seater Coach
Sightseeing tours along with an Accompanying English Speaking Guide and including entrance fees as per your itinerary
Items of a personal nature