Mumbai - Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady - Alleppey
9 Nights / 10 Days
01 Sep 19- 15 Dec 2019 £1050.00
Exploring Kerala is, in itself, a never ending journey. Because, 'God's Own Country' has plenty to offer to a tourist. Beautiful backwaters dotted with coconut palms, breath-taking hill stations, sandy and pristine beaches, delicious cuisine, captivating cultural art forms and historical monuments....you name it and Kerala has it!
Kerala contains tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters, exotic wildlife, sprawling plantations, paddy fields. Ayurveda health holidays, enchanting art forms, magical festivals, historic and cultural monuments and exotic cuisines. All of which offer you a unique experience and what’s more each of these charming destinations is only a two-three hour drive from each other - a singular advantage no other destination offers.
This tour features backwaters, dense forest, cultural activities and covering three of the most popular destinations in Kerala.
In this tour you are visiting:
Cochin: Cochin also known as Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as ’God’s Own Country’. Cochin is proud of its world class port and international airport that links it to many major cities worldwide.
Thekkady: During 1899 under British rule, the core area of today’s Periyar Sanctuary was declared as a reserved forest in order to protect the catchment area of the Periyar River. The total area of the present Sanctuary is 777 square kilometres and it is located in the southernmost part of Western Ghats. 70% of it includes tropical evergreen and semi-evergreen forests.
Alleppey: Entire district is endowed with immense natural beauty. The sandy strip of land with the Arabian Sea to its west is woven by lagoons and an array of rivers, canals and lakes ideal for boat cruises.
Arrive Mumbai. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. Mumbai - or Bombay, as it was formerly known - remains India’s city of dreams. Despite extreme poverty and eye-watering pollution, it is so dynamic that paupers still flock there in the hope of becoming successful entrepreneurs. Built largely by the British around one of the best-protected natural harbors in the world, Mumbai is India’s strategic economic center. The city is also home to the country’s prolific bollywood film industry, which cranks out more feature films than any place in the world and of course the setting for the hit film ‘slum dog millionaire’. The main draw of Mumbai, like much of India, remains its contradictions. Within minutes (or a few miles) you can be awestruck by the palatial houses on Malabar hill and then depressed by the makeshift shacks and the bedraggled children in the city’s poverty-stricken neighborhoods. Overnight stay at hotel.
Enjoy a cruise to the Elephanta caves in the morning. The island of Elephanta is about 10 kms from Mumbai. The 4 rock-cut temples are believed to have been cut between 450-750ad. After an hour’s boat trip to the island, walk the steps up the hillside to the caves. Shiva is the most depicted form. This afternoon city tour leads us to the gateway of India – a former colonial monument and now a popular emblem of the city and a hubbub of life. The gate was built 1924-1927 to commemorate king George v’s visit in 1911. The biggest museum in India is next door - the prince of wales museum. Sample bhelpuri (Mumbai’s favorite snack) at Chowpatty beach along what is known as marine drive. It’s one of the city’s most popular promenades. No visit to Mumbai is complete without a visit to the bazaars of Kalbadevi and Bluleshwar, north of Crawford market. Crawford market is also worth a look. Overnight stay at hotel.
Today is a free day for you to explore independently. There’s plenty to see and do in Mumbai - maybe go in search of wildlife at the Sanjay Gandhi national park - home to leopards, cobras and more, or feed the holy cows at Bombay Panjrapole trust. You can also take a scenic horse and buggy ride along marine drive towards Chowpatty beach. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning is at leisure. Later transfer to Mumbai airport for Cochin flight. On your arrival, our representative will meet you and transfer to you at hotel. Check inn into the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast transfer for the sightseen of Cochin. Take the opportunity to explore some of the local historic attractions at fort Cochin & mattanchery. The reminder of your day is at leisure. Overnight stay at Cochin.
After breakfast will proceed for Munnar, explore the glits and glamour of Munnar the confluence of three mountain streams, 1600 m above sea level. Sprawling tea plantations, picture- book towns, winding lanes and waterfalls, makes a unique sight for sore eyes and cure for sore minds. Enjoy the fabulous scenery. Overnight stay at Munnar.
This morning, enjoy vistas of Munnar at mattupatty, Echo point, Suicide point, Rajamala. You may get a wonderful shopping experience at spice garden in the evening. Overnight stay at Munnar.
After breakfast will proceed for Thekkady the tropical evergreen forest. Periar wildlife sanctuary amidst the rich jungles of Periyar, is one of the world’s most fascinating natural wildlife reserves. Optional activities include elephant safari, night shows kalaripayettu (martial arts) & kathakali plantation tours, spice tours, boat cruises at periyar lake, bird watching and spices shopping. Overnight stay at Thekkady.
After breakfast will proceed for Alleppey, the place of immense natural beauty, with its labyrinth of waterways, was extolled by travelers as the venice of east. Discover the exotic land caressed by the arabian sea in the west and the vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers criss-crossing it. Stay in a fully furnished exotic houseboat, which takes you in the serene and stunning beauty across sun- dappled back waters. While your eyes explore the rustic life that floats by; treat your plate to backwater delicacies prepared by your own personal chef. Overnight stay at houseboat.
Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning. Transfer is provided to the airport/ railway station.