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KERALA - WONDERFUL LAND - GOD'S OWN COUNTRY





"God's own country' Kerala offers a shoreline with soft sand beaches, quiet stretches of unspoilt backwaters, lush hill stations and exotic wildlife, tea plantations and paddy fields , ayurvedic spa holidays, ancient art forms, impressive monuments, delicious cuisine... and much more ..."





Tour Lenght: 15 Nights - 16 Days
Destination tour: Mumbai-Trivandrum-Kovalam-Ponmudi-Pandmanabhapuram- Kanyakumari-Trivandrum-Alleppey-Thekkady-Periyar-Vandanmedu-Munnar-Kochi-Mumbai



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Day 1 : Departure flight Arrive Mumbai


Arriving Mumbai, you will clear customs and immigration. Leaving the airport, you will be met by our representative, holding a play card with your name on it in the arrival lounge. We meet and greet you at International Airport to accompany you on your drive to your hotel. Assistance is provided for the check-in. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 : Mumbai


After breakfast you will be taken for a short trip to Elephanta Caves - 9kms by sea by Motor Boat. These 7th century rock - cut temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Take a Boat Ride to Elephanta Caves. In the afternoon half day city sightseeing of Mumbai, as it was formerly known - remains India's city of dreams. Built largely by the British around one of the best-protected natural harbors in the world, Mumbai is India's business center and one of the most important commercial hubs between Singapore and Europe. It generates more than a third of the country's GNP, and half of India's foreign trade moves through this busy seaport on the Arabian Sea. Mumbai also is home to the country's prolific Bollywood film industry, which cranks out more feature films than any place in the world. Covering The Gateway of India which is Mumbai's most famous landmark, The Gateway of India, is situated at Apollo Bunder. It was designed by George Wikket. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911. Through this magnificent monument, numerous viceroys and governors were welcomed to India as they disembarked from their steamers, hence the name. After that visit The Prince of Wales Museum - This museum stands not too far from the Gateway of India. It has a priceless collection of art, sculpture, china and other antics. Carefully preserved, this mid-Victorian Gothic style building built in 1904 with beautiful gardens surrounding it, is worth visiting in Mumbai.

Day 3 : Mumbai flight Trivandrum Kovalam


After breakfast transfer to airport to catch flight to Trivandrum - the capital city of Kerala. On arrival drive to Kovalam which is 12 km from the airport and is one of the loveliest beaches in the world. After arrival you will check in at one of the best deluxe resort hotels on the side of the beach. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Kovalam beach on your own. You can also take a walk along the rustic countryside. Photograph your group with the back ground of beach and waves. Watch sun set in the Arabian sea. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4 : Kovalam


After breakfast you are free to go swimming and the more adventurous for surfing. Afterwards, you can attend yoga classes which will be a regenerating experience for those with a spiritual frame of mind. The afternoon session is kept aside for an Ayurvedic massage. You will experience the effect of herbal applications on your body in traditional style which tends to make you younger. The evening is reserved for a Kathakali performance by artists. This song and dance sequence is very colourful and is based on ancient epics . Overnight at hotel.

Day 5 : Kovalam Ponmudi Pandmanabhapuram Kanyakumari Kovalam


Early morning we take you to full day excursions to nearby places. First of all drive to Aruvikkara waterfalls . You will then drive to Ponmudi a beautiful Hill Station decked with stone cottage. You will be struck with natural scenery and the cool climate. Those who are interested in hiking can attempt the high trails. Later on continue drive to Pandmanabhapuram to see the beautiful Palace of the erstwhile kings of Travancore . From here you will reach Kanyakumari, India's lands end which is a confluence of three oceans, well in time to see the sun setting into the sea. Leave Kanyakumari by dusk and back to Kovalam. Overnight at resort.

Day 6 : Trivandrum


After a breakfast, enjoy a panoramic city tour of Trivandrum. You will see the Padmanabhaswamy temple built in 1733, Napier Museum of Art and the Zoo. The zoo is India's second oldest and you can come face to face with Giraffes, Zebras and many other animals and birds living together. Also visit the Akkulam Lake and go for boating in the cool lake. Later on drive to Veli Lagoon. You can make full use of the aqua sports facilities here. Evening is free for you to explore Trivandrum on you own. Overnight at hotel.

Day 7 : Trivandrum Alleppey (Alappuzha)


After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Alleppey which is famous for its boat races, houseboats, coir products, fish and lakes. Alappuzha remains prominent on the tourist attractions of Kerala as one of the major centers for backwater cruises. An enchanting backwater destination, Alleppey offers visitors many other leisure options like - boating and fishing, very popular with the tourists. A picturesque world of backwaters, thatched houseboats, Cormorants, Chinese fishing nets and swaying palms - Alleppey is an ideal getaway. On arrival check-in into Punnamada Backwater Resort which is a true copy of Kerala's ancient architecture and ambience brewed with an array of international amenities. Only few yards from the starting point of Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race, awaiting you here is a wonderful luxurious resort, the abode of total relaxation for the mind, body and the soul. Overnight at Resort.

Day 8 : Houseboat


After breakfast enjoy the facilities at the Backwater resort. You can also relax your mind and body at the Ayurveda Centre. In the afternoon check-out from the hotel and board a houseboat for a cruise through the backwaters of Kerala. On the boat ride, enjoy magnificent scenery of these palm-shaded backwaters. Spend the evening on board the house boat enjoying the exciting night life in the lake, the outstanding food and royal service. Enjoy a good night sleep under star and moon light in the house boat. Overnight on the houseboat.

Day 9 : Alleppey Thekkady (Periyar)


After having an early breakfast, drive to one of the best game sancturaies in India - Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary. Your journey to Thekkady is through breathtaking, winding, dense rubber, tea and spices plantations . Do not forget your cameras. Afternoon, you will go for boating in the Periyar lake . From your motor boat, you can watch wild elephants, wild boars, bisons and dears . Enjoy their company till dusk. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10 : Thekkady Vandanmedu


After breakfast, you will be proceeding to Vandanmedu and will spend the rest of the day and night at Resorts. A delicious buffet lunch awaits you on your arrival at the Resort. Afternoon, you are free to roam around in the jungle and come face to face with tamed animals . You can understand jungle life and its strange laws. Choose from tree houses, jungle cottages or rope beds to spend the night. The less adventurous can always opt for the main building in the resort. Have a good night sleep amidst jungle life.

Day 11 : Vandanmedu - Munnar


After breakfast check-out from the hotel and depart to Munnar popularly known as the queen of the hills . Remember to carry a pair of warm clothing as weather is very chill in Munnar. The journey time of 5 hours from Cochin to Munnar take you through a number of cardamam, rubber and tea plantations. Munnar is at a height of 4420 feet above sea level and is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams. The place abounds in green forests and tea estates . You will check-in into hotel. Afternoon, you can go for local sightseeing and enjoy the solubrious climate among the misty mountains and green valleys . The weather will be very chill in the evening. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12 : Munnar


After breakfast rest of the day free to explore Munnar. Car and driver will be at your disposal. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13 : Munnar Cochin


After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to the commercial capital of Kerala - Cochin . You will check-in into hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Cochin on your own and go shopping for spices, handi- crafts and antiques. There is lot to see and do in Cochin. Among Kochi's best buy are metal ware, camel-bone carvings, wood carvings, articles made of coconut shels, baboo cane, embroidered screwpine mats, grass mats and several other types of handicrafts. Kochi also has several antique dealers. Jewellery, readymade garments, and ethnic hand- woven textiles follow closely. This evening enjoy the Kathakali Dance Show . Overnight at hotel.

Day 14 : Cochin


After breakfast full day city of Cochin or " Kochi "- the palm green, commercial capital of Kerala is known as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea". From time immemorial, Arabs, Chinese, Dutch, British & Portuguese seafarers followed the sea route to Kochi & left their impression on the town. Modern Kochi is thus a splendid mosaic of these myriad influences. Visit the Dutch Palace , the Jewish Synagogue , the Church of St. Francis , the Bolghatty Palace & the famous Chinese fishing nets. Afternoon, Harbour cruise - Cochin has one of the finest natural harbours. The backwaters extending to the east & south from the harbour are dotted with tiny islands, formed naturally by alluvial deposits from the rivers. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15 : Cochin flight Mumbai flight Departure your destination


After breakfast, transfer to airport to catch flight to Mumbai . On arrival, transfer in hotel (day use) and rest of the day is free for you to explore Mumbai on your own. In the evening transfer to International Airport for you flight back home.

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Day 16 : flight Leave


Depart by homebound flight ...



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