World Oral Cancer Congress of the International Academy of Oral Oncology

DATE : 17th - 20th May 2017

venue : Hotel Shangri-La, Bengaluru | India

theme : Frontiers in Oral Oncology

Gods Own Country

Gods Own Country
05 Nights / 06 Days

  • Pre Conference Tour Date – 11th May 2017 (Entry point to India can be Bangalore or even Kochi
  • Post Conference Tour Date – 21st May 2017 (Exit point from India can be Bangalore or even Kochi)

Day 1 : Bangalore - Kochi

  • Morning transfer to the Airport.
  • Board flight to Kochi.
  • Check in on arrival.
  • In the evening, watch Kathakali dance performance.
  • Overnight at the hotel.

Morning you will be chauffeured to the airport to board your flight to Kochi. Meet and greet at the airport. This evening learn about Kerala's fascinating art from, Kathakali. The Kathakali performers begin to train for their art at a young age, and their study continues for a lifetime. Return to hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 : In Kochi

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • City tour of Kochi.
  • Overnight at hotel.
  • Breakfast at hotel.

Kochi is also known as 'Queen of the Arabian Sea' due to its natural harbor being one of the finest. Cochin is a city made of islands connected to Ernakulam on the mainland by bridges and ferries. The interesting city of Cochin perfectly reflect the eclecticism of Kerala.. This quaint town has seen historic visits from sea faring traders in the past from Portugal, China etc., bringing to it different cultures that make up its fabric.

Today visit the Jewish Synagogue (of 1568) which is the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth. It is an interesting little place with hand painted willow pattern floor tiles brought from Canton in China in the mid 18th century. The synagogue is located in an area called Jew Town which also is one of the centers of the spice trade in the region.

Also visit the ancient Mattancherry (Dutch) Palace built by the Portuguese in 1557. This palace was presented to the ruler of Cochin as a gesture of goodwill. The Palace's alternative name "Dutch Palace" resulted from substantial renovations by the Dutch after 1663.. The most important feature of the palace is the astonishing murals that adorn some of the palace rooms, depicting scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharta and Puranic legends connected with Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Kumara and Durga.

Another stop is made at the St. Francis Church, the oldest European built church in India. Constructed in 1503 by the Portuguese Franciscan Friars who accompanied the expedition led by Pedro Alvarez Cabral. He famed Vasco de Gama, the first European to reach India by sailing around Africa, died in Cochin in 1524 and was buried here for 14 years before his remains were transferred to Lisbon. His tombstone can be seen inside the church.

Also pay a visit to the amazing Chinese fishing nets operating on principles of physics advanced for their times. Cochin's Chinese fishing nets found here are the only ones of its kind in India. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 : Kochi / Allepey / Houseboat

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Drive to Alleppey.
  • Embark houseboat.
  • Drive to Alleppey.

Overnight on board.
After breakfast, morning is free for independent activities. Later in the afternoon, embark houseboat. The backwaters in Kerala is a network of 1500 kms of canals both manmade and natural, 38 rivers and 5 big lakes extending from one end of Kerala to the other. Before trucks became popular, the main cargo transportation was through backwaters by 'Kettuvalloms'. Kettuvallom means, 'stitched boat'. Kettuvalloms or Houseboats (Riceboats) are country boats that were used in the early days for the transport of goods from the isolated interior villages to the towns. With the advent of roads, bridges and ferry services, gradually the Kettuvalloms went off the scene. Now these kettuvalloms are back again as a major tourist attraction. A ride on a Kettuvallom is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters

Today things are a bit more modern, although a lot of effort has been made to keep the tradition touch there. Today's houseboats are converted 'kettuvalloms'. They are designed for comfortable cruise and overnight stay. The boat is constructed by Eco-friendly materials like bamboo mat, Arecanut trees and coir. A distinctive feature of the kettuvallom is the design suggesting the possible Chinese influence. The canopy's sides can be lifted.

Dining onboard is an experience in its self. Though based on the tradition of fish and vegetables, in keeping with the demands of a cosmopolitan clientele, the cuisine served aboard our houseboats features a far more sophisticated menu than a kettuvallom. The ethnic meals are prepared on board by a personal cook and fish delicacies like white prawns, pearl spotted fish, crabs and mussels are the specialties. The meals include lunch, evening coffee or tea with snacks, dinner and breakfast.

Once on the boat, you will cruise along the backwaters for a couple of hours. Pass small villages and see how the local people live. The lushness of coconut trees will astound you en-route visiting villages to see coir making, tea shops, paddy fields, temples, beaches etc till sunset.

At night the boat is anchored at a beautiful and quiet part of the lake.

Early morning you’re off to a dramatic start with an exhilarating early morning mountain flight. Soaring over hills and mountains until the snow peaks come into view. Flying for 45 minutes over mountains broken by deep gorges, glacial valleys and lakes until you see the unmistakable Mt. Everest, not just the world’s highest peak, but the mountain revered by the Nepalese people as ‘Sagarmatha’, the Mother of the Universe.

Dining onboard is an experience in its self. Though based on the tradition of fish and vegetables, in keeping with the demands of a cosmopolitan clientele, the cuisine served aboard our houseboats features a far more sophisticated menu than a kettuvallom. The ethnic meals are prepared on board by a personal cook and fish delicacies like white prawns, pearl spotted fish, crabs and mussels are the specialties. The meals include lunch, evening coffee or tea with snacks, dinner and breakfast. Once on the boat, you will cruise along the backwaters for a couple of hours. Pass small villages and see how the local people live. The lushness of coconut trees will astound you en-route visiting villages to see coir making, tea shops, paddy fields, temples, beaches etc till sunset. At night the boat is anchored at a beautiful and quiet part of the lake.

Day 4 : Allepey / Kumarakom

  • Breakfast on board.
  • Disembark houseboat.
  • Check in at the hotel in Kumarakom.
  • Rest of the day at leisure.
  • Overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast on board. Disembark the houseboat and check in at the hotel in Kumarakom. Rest of the day is free for independent activities.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 : In Kumarakom

  • Early morning Bird Watching Tour.
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at Leisure.
  • Overnight at the hotel.

Enjoy early morning Bird Watching Tour in Kumarakom.

Return to hotel for breakfast. Rest of the day is free for independent activities or you can enjoy no. of Ayurvedic treatments at your resort.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 : Kumarakom – Kochi (85 Kms : 2 Hrs Approx Drive)

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Morning is free.
  • Overnight at hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning is free for independent activities. Later, transfer to Kochi airport to board your flight for onward destination.

TOUR ENDS

Total Tour Cost

USD 1550 per person on Single Room Basis
USD 975 per person on Twin Sharing Basis

The above tour includes

  • Accommodation on single / twin sharing basis with daily buffet breakfast in in 5 Star Hotels
  • All Monument entrance fees
  • English speaking local guide
  • 01 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day
  • All transfers, sightseeing’s and excursions using an air - conditioned vehicle.
  • Medicated wet tissues during the tour
  • All government taxes at the hotels as on dates ( subject to change)

The above Tour Does not Include

  • Any flight tickets
  • Any expenses of personal nature like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
  • Any insurance
  • Any camera or video fee at the monuments ( guest can pay directly for this at the monuments)
  • Any meals other than specified
  • Service tax @ 4.5%
  • Any other services not mentioned above

Special note

Prices are subject to change due to increase in Fuel charges / Govt. Tax. / State Road Tax if any in the near future. Rates include only those items as specified in the above Itinerary.

For tour booking / customized tour please write to Mr Sumeet Ghai |
sumeet@conferencesinternational.in

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