: 17 Nights / 18 Days
: Delhi - Goa - Bombay -
Cochin - Lakshadweep - Kumarakom - Periyar - Munnar - Cochin - Bombay
- Arrival in Delhi
Transfer to Hotel.
Day - 2
- Delhi - Goa
Relax in the morning; afterneoon fly to Goa 9W 707 (dep 1250, Ar 1520)-the
picturesque land full of scenic charm and many attractions such as historic
forts, elaborately ornate churches and temples, evergreen hills and
mountains, winding rivers, creeks and fields and particularly, the
palm-fringed pearly white beaches. Rest of the day relax on the beach. Taj
Day - 3
Morning visit to Old Goa driving by the seashore. Here the ensemble of
monasteries, convents and chapels will take you back to the days when the
Apostle of the Indies, St. Francis Xavier, preached the Gospel of Christ.
Visit the Basilica of Bombay where mortal remains of the Saint lie preserved
in a silver ornate casket. Also visit St. Thomas Cathedral and the Church of
St. Cajetan-- modeled on the original.
Day - 4
Explore the activities at Goa's colorful Christmas festival.
Day - 5
- Goa - Bombay
Morning visit the St. Francis Church where Vasco-da-Gama was originally
buried. Fouteen years later his mortal remains were taken to Portugal. This
Protestant church was built originally by Portuguese in 1510 AD and is
believed to be the first church built by the Europeans in India. Visit Santa
Cruz Cathedral - Roman Catholic church, situated close to St. Francis
Church, built by the Portuguese in 16th century. Afternoon fly back to
Bombay, IC 164 dep 1415, arr 1515.
Day - 6
Morning city tour will take you to all of BombayÕs best known
landmarks: impressive Gateway of India built in 1911; the Prince of Wales
Museum, famous for it's collection of miniature paintings; Marine Drive,
Bombay's sweeping shoreline; the unique Hanging Gardens and Main Bhawan, a
memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
Day - 7
- Bombay - Cocin
Fly to Cochin, IC 165 Dep 1040, Arr1225. Cochin is a natural harbor created
by the famed underwater Malabar mudbanks whose unique quality ensures that
the rougher the seas are outside, the calmer the waters are within the
harbor. Here at dusk, the dim silhouettes of the huge merchant ships can be
seen patiently awaiting their turn for a berth in the docks. Centuries ago,
tales of this exotic coastal strip crossed the vast ocean & attracted
famed sailor Vasco da Gama of Portugal, who arrived in Cochin & placed
it on the World Map. Stroll around the lanes of old Portuguese, Dutch &
British merchant houses. Take a peek at Vasco da GamaÕs church.
Glimpse the Chinese fishing nets silhouetted against an amber sunset.
Evening Kathakali dance performance. Hotel Malabar.
Day - 8
Early morning boat cruise on the enchanting backwaters through the coconut
groves and quiet lagoons. Watching the sunrise in a symphony of colours is
an unforgettable experience. A few minutes after you move out of the old
fashioned dock, you will find yourself surrounded by lush palmgroves and
lovely stretches of paddy fields. The swaying coconut palms almost dip into
the waters, and on chunks of land that nudge backwaters are little children
playing in the sun. You might see housewives cleaning rice for the dayÕs
meal, or pounding coconut husk for coir fibre or sweeping the Muttom (front
yard), completely oblivious of the regular ferry & cargo boat traffic
that ply to & fro across these waters from dawn to dusk. Independent day
to attend Cochin Festival activities.
Day - 9
- Cochin - Agatti - Lakshadweep
Fly to Agatti. IC 502 dep 0800; arr 0955. On arrival you will embark on a
magical two hour journey by boat to Lakshadweep or Laccadive Islands, as
they were formerly called, are a string of little known islands Lying
approx. 200 miles off the south West coast of India. The Islands present a
breathtaking spectacle of sparkling coral reefs, turquoise blue lagoons,
silvery beaches and lush green coconut palms. Transfer to Bangaram Island
Day - 10-11
Spend the day at the beach or go scuba diving and explore the Marine life;
dive to the remains of a 200 years old galleon; go snorkeling,; deep-sea
sports fishing on a country canoe; boat trips within the lagoon.
Day - 12
- Lakshadweep - Agatti - Cochin -
Morning depart for Agatti to board flight for Cochin IC 501 (dep 1005, ar
1140) and drive to Kumarakom. Arrive and check in at HOTEL COCONUT LAGOON.
Located on the banks of the Vemband Lake adjacent to the Kumarakom Bird
Sanctuary. The resort is built on a 10 acre coconut garden. The rooms are
the old wooden houses of Kerala dating back 100 - 150 years which have been
transplanted from various locations. The public areas of the resort such as
the reception and restaurants are almost 400 years old. The menu is
international and ethnic with special emphasis on seafood and tropical fruit
and vegetables. The large free form swimming pool with the sunken bar has
been designed in traditional Kerala temple style. Evening sunset cruise on a
traditional Rice Boat.
- Kumarakom - Periyar
This morning depart for Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - Cradled in mist
shrouded mountains, Periyar nestles close to the dense rain forests of the
High Ranges. The luxuriant vegetation, sudden gushing waterfalls & an
exhilarating view of the velvet valleys below form a scenic background to
the journey up the Ghats. This tranquil hill retreat is accessible only by
road and the journey up is half the pleasure. Winding mountain roads
bordered by undulating tea plantations; flocks of tea-pickers calmly fill
their bags in the clear mountain air. The road winds on to Kumily, a tiny
village near the Periyar Sanctuary. Arrive and check in at hotel. Afternoon
Day - 14
Morning and evening wildlife viewing.
Day - 15
- Periyar - Munnar
Morning visit the nearby plantations and share a cup of morning tea with
the workers, or select your pick from the freshest of spices, straight from
the spice gardens. Periyar is the Garden of India. The crisp climate, the
gentle slopes of fertile grassland and bright sunlight combine to make
Periyar on ideal home for spice gardens, from pepper & cardamon to
cinnamon and cloves. Pepper plants grow wild on the hillsides, while the
surrounding tea plantations give off fragrances of fresh tea in the calm
crystalline air. Afternoon depart for Munnar - A hill station on the western
ghats & a nature loverÕs paradise. The drive takes us through
picturesque villages and up winding lanes filled with heady fragrances of
fresh tea. 1800 meters above sea level, Munnar has the highest peak in South
India - Anaimudi which towers over 2695 meters. An assortment of wildlife
such as the Nilgiri Thar, Nilgiri Langur, Sambar, Gaur and the Lion-tailed
Macaque are found in the rich tropical forests. Neelakurinji, the unique
plant that blooms only once in 12 years, paints the entire Munnar hillside
Day - 16
Morning visit the serene hill township Devikulam-1500 m above sea level, 16
kms southwest of Munnar. Activities here include trout fishing on the
Devikulam lake and hiking in the Eravikulam national park- the best place to
see Nilgiri Tahrs (Hemitragus hylocrious), the mountain goat of the South
India. With a total population of less than 2000 in the world, more than 60%
of Nilgiri Tahrs are found here. The Nilgiri Languar, the Lion - tailed
Macaque, Leopards and Tigers are other attractions.
Day - 17
- Munnar - Cochin
Morning depart for Cochin (3hr drive). On arrival check in at hotel.
Afternoon city tour. Cochin has a delightfully cosmopolitan look: a 400
year-old Jewish synagogue, Portuguese churches, mosques & hindu temples
co-exist amicably in a typical example of Indian secularism.
Day - 18
- Cochin - Bombay - Home
Fly to Bombay, IC 166 dep 1430, arr 1614. Transfer to hotel for wash/change
& dinner. Transfer to the International airport for flight home.
- All accommodations (dble occupancy)
- Daily breakfasts
- All meals at wildlife sanctuary
- Special Christmas dinner & entertainment
- All land transportation by ac van
- Professional Escort
- Professional Guides
- Transfers in Lakshwadweep by boat
- 3 wildlife viewings by boat in Periyar
- 1 backwater cruise
- 1 back water cruise on RICE boat.