10 January 2002

20. - 10 JAN: flying home


Depart by Airfrance flight at 0105hrs

final considerations

09 January 2002

19. - 9 January: shopping in Cochin

Morning breakast at the hotel, rich Indian breakfast! One last walk through town, some shopping of local music and a final decision on Indian antiques. The list of acquisitions is long:

-- four bullheads, big white wood sculptures

-- three peacock lamps to be used with oil and wick, very typical of this part of India

-- two large bronze pots used for cooking, they weigh about 25kg each!


It’s time to start heading home :-( Off to the airport and uneventful flight to Delhi, with a stopover in Mumbai. Once in the capital


08 January 2002

18. - 8 January: Cochin tour


Morning breakfast at the hotel and day free for own activities with car at disposal full day

Return to hotel for overnight stay. Malabar Residency/Cochin

07 January 2002

17. - 7 January: Cochin


Morning after breakfast depart for city tour of Cochin,  visiting the jewish section,

jewish synagogue in Mattancherry,

Dutch Palace, 

st Francis Church and the

Chinese fishing nets.

Return to your hotel for overnight stay.

06 January 2002

16. - 6 January: drive to Cochin


Breakfast at the hotel and later transfer by boat to Puthenagadi Jetty from where continue on by car for Cochin.  On arrival in Cochin check into the Hotel Malabar House Residency.  Rest of the day at leisure.

Evening witness a spectacular kathakali Dance Performance.  Return to your hotel for overnight stay.

05 January 2002

15. - 5 January: backwaters cruises


Breakfast at the hotel  Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the stay at the Resort. 

Boat ride through the backwaters.

Later in the evening enjoy a sunset cruise on the Lake Vembanad  Overnight stay.

04 January 2002

14. - 4 January: Kumarakom


Early morning if you wish you can take boatride on the lake periyar to watch the wildlife or enjoy natural beauty and if lucky a group of wild elephants.

Later return to your hotel for breakfast and proceed by car on to Kumarakom (3hrs). 

On arrival check in at the Coconut Lagoon Resort Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay.

03 January 2002

13. - 3 January: drive to Periyar


Morning depart for Periyar Kerala (4/5hrs drive). The drive is through  the picturesque mountain ranges. 

Rest of the day at leisure or explore the lush spice plantations and the spice village market. 

Return to your hotel for ovenright stay. Spice Village

02 January 2002

12. - 2 January: Madurai


Morning depart for city sightseeing tour visiting the  Meenakshi Temple, Vishnu temple and Alargarkovil as well as the Tirumala Nayak Palace.  

Rest of the day at leisure and overnight stay.

01 January 2002

11. - 1 January 2002: drive to Madurai


Start of the new year.

Morning depart for Madurai, the famous temple town (3-4hrs).

Later in the evening visit the famed Meenakshi Temple to attend athe evening prayer ceremony.

Overnight stay. Taj Garden Retreat/Madurai