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Mumbai – Cochin – Munnar – Periyar – Alleppey – Kumarakom –
Kovalam – Kanyakumari – Trivandrum
12 Nights / 13 Days


01 Day: Arrival Mumbai:
Meeting and assistance on arrival at the Mumbai International airport, our representative assist and escort you by a private car and transfer to the pre-booked hotel. After your check in, you will be given all the required documents related to your tour plan; he will explain all your queries and feedback about the entire tour plan. If you are arriving by morning flight, after relaxation you can take a short tour of the sightseeing visiting local areas; otherwise take the rest and overnight at the hotel in Mumbai.

02 Day: Mumbai:
After breakfast takes a sightseeing tour of Bombay, drive to Gateway of India and from here cruise by motorboats to Elephanta Caves. A flight of 100 steps takes you to the top of the hill where it is set. The caves houses large pillars that seem to hold the ceiling which is made of cross beams. The picturesque presentations of the 9 marvelous sculptured panels, set on the walls are awe-inspiring. The most famous of the panels is the Trimurthi, or triple-headed Shiva, where the God is depicted as the destroyer, the preserver and the creator. Later in the afternoon cruise back to Gateway of India, one can have lunch (of your own) at the Taj Hotel or other several good Restaurants like Leopold & Mondegar serving continental cuisines. Later visit Prince of Wales Museum, Parliament House, Marine Drive, Mahalaxmi, Siddhi Vinayak temple, and Hanging Garden. In the evening, if time permits visit Crawford Market and then later Fashion Street or Colaba market for shopping. Return back to the hotel for overnight., Return back to the hotel for overnight.

Note: Elephanta Caves and Prince of Wales museums are closed on every Monday.

03 Day: Mumbai – Cochin (By Air):
Early morning after breakfast check out the hotel and transfer to the airport to board the flight for Cochin. Assistance on arrival and check in to the hotel, after relaxation take a sightseeing tour this evening a memorable experience in any journey in Kerala is a Boat Trip along the Palm Fringed Lakes & Backwaters of the Area; we enjoy this extraordinary excursion today. As we sail along the shady canals we see cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, Bolghatty palace, From the launch, we enjoy use of narrow produced - Laden dugouts & the everyday life of families living on narrow spits of land between the waters, cruise till the mouth of the sea and enjoy sun set. Overnight at the hotel.

04 Day: Cochin:
After breakfast take a city tour of Cochin, Oasis state of Kerala & on to the Malabar Coasts & Kochi (formerly Cochin), one of the India's most colourful cities. This inter, connected series of Islands & shoreline presents a vivacious blend of Cultures & Religions; visiting Fort Cochin. A few interesting sites included Vasco Da Gama Square, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, VOC Gate, Bastion Bungalow, Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace, etc. Learn the operation of the interesting Chinese fishing nets erected on teak wood and bamboo poles which work on the principle of balance. Records say they were first set up here between AD 1350 and 1450. Vasco Da Gama Square, the narrow promenade that parallels the beach, is the best place to watch the nets being lowered and pulled out of the sea. In the evening enjoy the Kathakali, one of India's most famous Classical dances. Lavish Costumes & Exotic makeup & Masks intensify the beauty of the dancers, intricate moments. Overnight at Cochin.

05 Day: Cochin – Munnar (200 kms: 4 hrs):
After an early breakfast drive to Munnar, on arrival transfer to the hotel, Munnar is located at the Idukki district of Kerala State in India. The word "Munnar" means three rivers. 3 mountain streams (Madurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala) are joining together here. During the British rule in India, Munnar was the summer resort of the Government officials. The natural beauty, calmness and mild cold climate throughout the year make it the favorite tourist places. There are about 30 tea plantations in and around Munnar. The tea estates, hills, lakes and forests inside Munnar range exposes it's beauty. The Munnar hills are covered by tea plants, which make Periyar the feeling of seeing a wide green carpet. Later take visit at Rajmalai Wild Life sanctuary – this is the only sanctuary in India where Indian Ibex’s are found, followed by visit at Kannan Devan Hills from here you can have a panoramic view of Munnar Tea Estates & the Lake of Munnar. Overnight at the hotel.

06 Day: Munnar:
After breakfast visit to Pothamedu which offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenery here is ideal for trekking and Long Mountain walks. Visit the tea factory and the museum here. Later visit at Devikulam (7 km from Munnar). This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience. The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing. Also take a sightseeing towards Mattupetty Side, where you can visit the Photo point, Mattupetty Dam - 15 Minutes Boat Drive in this Dam, Echo point (The natural Echo phenomenon is always happening here), Shooting point and the Kundale Lake. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

07 Day: Munnar – Periyar (110 kms – 2 ½ hrs):
After breakfast check outthe hotel and drive to Thekkady / Periyar, on arrival transfer to the hotel, later visit at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - a Tiger Reserve. discover the park, animals found here include elephant, sambar, gaur and wild boars and birds like ibis and grey heron. The visit is done in a boat to view animals with a bit of extra luck we may be able to see the rare tiger as well. Later in the evening take a spice plantation tour to see crops of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. on your way back to the hotel, you could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices. Overnight at Periyar.

08 Day: Periyar – Alleppey (114 kms – 2 ½ hrs) Backwaters tours through sailing boat to Kumarakom:
After breakfast checkout and drive for Alleppey, on arrival embark at the houseboat. The day for the journey of backwaters in the boat, through the tropical countryside enchanting backwaters of Alleppey by regattas (snake boats) for which Kerala is very famous, while sailing enjoy palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals are panoramic sights one can never forget. The Chinese fishing nets, the reminiscent of our past trade links, are also found on the way. Flocks of duck swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky remains as enduring pictures reflecting the charm of this tourist land, you also enjoy fishing from the houseboats, evening enjoy sunset from the sun-deck of the houseboats, moving towards Kumarakom. The Houseboats have generated electricity; sitting cum dinning area, separate bedroom with attached English toilets, sun deck and fully loaded kitchen with a Chef, and Srank (Driver). Overnight at the houseboat.

09 Day: Kumarakom:
After breakfast disembark from the houseboat. And drive backwater resort, Kumarakom - for the nature-lover. Here in this backwater town, you can laze in a canoe amidst sylvan surroundings where the only presence is yours and the egrets. Later visit at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, to see bird viewing where numerous species of birds, including Darters, Bitterns, Brahminy kites, Marsh Harries, Teals and several varieties of Herons roost are found. For an inquisitive bird watcher, it is always advisable to carry their binoculars at all times. Return to hotel, Make sure you do not miss out on Karimeen and fresh toddy the favorite fresh water food and the local wine. Overnight stay at hotel.

10 Day: Kumarakom – Kovalam (140 kms – 2 ½ hrs):
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Kovalam. On arrival, transfer to the beach resort. You can indulge in Yoga rejuvenation, the beach resorts offers oil baths and Ayurvedic massages, and here you can enjoy skiing, surfing and also kayaking. Enjoy the sunbathing under the tropical sun. Overnight at the beach resort of Kovalam.

11 Day: Kovalam:
After breakfast enjoy watching the patches of coral reefs lining on the coast of the Kovalam beach, the world of fantasy with coconut groves and the palm trees surrounding you in the beautiful landscape. Enjoy Ayurveda massage and treatment, for which Kovalam is most popular beach in Kerala. Rest of the day is free for beach activities. Overnight at the beach resort.

12 Day: Kovalam – Cape Camorin – Trivandrum – Kovalam (80 kms: 2½ hrs one way):
Early morning check out from the hotel and drive to Cape Camorin also known as Kanya Kumari 85 kms, this place is at the tail tip end of India, one can see the 3 seas meet over here (Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean & Bay of Bengal) on arrival visit Kumari Amman Devi Temple, Vivekananda Rock & Ashram. After visit drive to Trivandrum. If time permits, take a sightseeing tour of Trivandrum city, (16 kms) the capital of the state of Kerala is a beautiful seaside city built on seven hills. The visit the famous Sri Padmanabhaswamy Swami Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is a landmark in the city. Also visit Horse Palace, Sree Chitra Art Gallery, and Padmatheertha Kulam (Temple Pond). If time permits, also visit The Zoo in Thiruvananthapuram which has many shady and delightful walks. Later return back to Kovalam for overnight stay.

13 Day: Kovalam – Trivandrum (16 kms: ½ hr) – Hometown:
Today morning after a healthy breakfast, your day is free for individual and beach activities. Later check out from the hotel and drive to Trivandrum airport to board the scheduled flight for hometown. Tour concludes here with happy memories.

Tour Packages in USD Per Person

Package
01 Pax
02 Pax
04 Pax
Extra Pax
Premium
3850
2190
1860
850
Superior
3090
1620
1350
690
Standard
2100
1250
990
565

Accommodation:

Sector
Premium ( 5 Star) 
Superior ( 4 Star)
Standard ( 3 Star)
Mumbai
Marine Plaza
Sun & Sand/ Fariyas
Transit/ Suba Palace
Cochin
Trident
Dream Cochin
Abad Plaza
Munnar
Tea County
Silver Tips
Copper Castle
Periyar
Wild Corridor/ Elephant Court
Wilderness
Green Forest/ Tree Top
Alleppey
A/C Luxury Houseboat
A/C Deluxe Houseboat
Deluxe Houseboat
Kumarakom
Manor Backwaters
East End Lake Song
Zuri Resort
Kovalam
Taj Kovalam
Uday Samudra
Kovalam Beach Retreat

Note:

  1. In case of non availability of the above hotels similar category of hotels will be provided.
  2. 5 Star Deluxe luxury hotels package can be worked out according to the date of travel and destinations. 

The above Tour Package is valid from 1st April 2016 to 30th September 2016.

Services Included:

  1. Hotel accommodation with breakfast and all luxury taxes.
  2. Extra Supplement staying in the double room with extra bed with breakfast and other services.
  3. A/C Car with English speaking driver throughout the tour for all transfers, sightseeing, intercity travel etc as per the above tour programme.
  4. The transportation services in inclusive of all toll taxes, fuel cost, vehicle insurance, driver allowance (Stay and food), parking charges.
  5. English Speaking Guide during city tours, historical places, ancient temples, monuments (Guides are not required/ available at places like religious temples, beaches, mosques, hill stations).
  6. 01 Kathakali Dance Show in Cochin
  7. Entrance of Tea Gardens during plantation tour in Munnar. 
  8. Alleppey Houseboat accommodation inclusive of all meals.
  9. Entry to Spice plantation in Periyar

Not Included:

  1. Any domestic Train/ Air fare
  2. 3.09% Government service tax on the total tour cost.
  3. Expenditure pertaining to personal nature: like mineral water,  portage, laundry, tips, phone calls etc.,
  4. Monuments charges/Entrance fees/Safari/Any event/ New Year Gala or any Festival Gala Dinner at actual directly payable by the guest.
  5. Camera fees, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages and starters
  6. Vehicle use for those places /excursions not included in the tour plan.
  7. Medical and travel insurance.
  8. Anything not specifically mentioned in the “included” section.

Note:

  1. In case of non-availability of the above hotels similar category of hotels will be provided.
  2. Child over 6 years with extra bed in parents room with breakfast (directly payable to the hotel on actual basis)
  3. Any additional visit to any sightseeing places, food, entry fees or any other services will be on extra cost.
  4. 5 Star Deluxe luxury hotels package can be worked out according to the date of travel and destinations. 
  5. Tour cost subject to change on ground of unexpected hike due to government taxes, fuel cost and other unseen reasons with prior information to the guest before commencement of the tour.