: 9 Nights / 10 Days
: Mumbai(Bombay) - Cochin - Periyar -
Kumarakom - Houseboat - Marari - Cochin
- Abroad Mumbai(Bombay)
Arrive Mumbai International airport. On arrival, the guest will be met by
our representative and transferred to hotel. Upon arrival at hotel the
guests will be provided with the traditional Indian welcome. Indian welcome
consists of Aarti-Tikka and garlands. Overnight at hotel.
Day - 2
Bombay Morning, one hour boat ride across Mumbai Harbour brings you to the
lush green Elephanta Island. Here, visit some of the huge and intricately
carved Elephanta Caves that date back to the 8th century. For rows of
massive columns cut into solid rock from three magnificent avenues, lead to
the outstanding three-headed sculpture representing Brahma the Creator,
Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer. Dedicated to Shiva, the beauty
and power of these phenomenal sculptures depicting the various
manifestations of Shiva is overpowering. Afternoon, City tour of Bombay -
the great port city with its Victorian Gothic buildings from the British Raj
Era mingling with the modern. The tour includes 'Gateway of India'
overlooking the Harbour, the 'Towers of Silence', 'Marine Drive', the
'Colaba Causeway' - the commercial heart of Bombay and the Dhobi Ghat, the
unique and colourful outdoor 'laundry'. Drive upto the Malabar Hill to the
lovely 'Hanging Gardens' and the Kamla Nehru Park from where you will get a
wonderful view of Mumbai and the Arabian Sea, spread out before you. Also
visit Mani Bhawan, a small museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma
Gandhi, and the bustling Crawford Market. Overnight at hotel.
Day - 3
- Mumbai(Bombay) - Cochin -
Morning transfer to the airport to connect flight to Cochin(0840 hrs / 1025
hrs) Upon arrival, meet & transfer to the hotel for lunch. Thereafter
drive to Periyar (190 kms) Upon arrival at Periyar - check into hotel
Periyar - Sprawling across 777 sq. kms. of the Cardamom Hills of the Western
Ghats, Thekkady is the home to one of the largest wildlife reserves in
India. Alive with exotic flora and vibrant wildlife, it is the perfect
getaway tucked away among hills. Spice Village Resort is situated just
outside the famous Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. This unique and deluxe
village resort is set in a spice garden - with 37 cottages of thatched roofs
which blend well with the surrounding greenery. Overnight at hotel.
Day - 4
- Periyar - Kumarakom
Early morning boatcruise on the Lake of the famous Periyar wildlife
sanctuary to see wild life. Periyar - an artificial lake or reservoir
created by a dam on Periyar River is the heart of the Wildlife Sanctuary
wild elephants, Asiatic Deer, Black Buck and even Tigers come to shores of
the lake for a drink. Return to hotel for breakfast After breakfast a guided
walk around the Spice Village to see the various spices grown in the resort
garden. Thereafter drive through the winding "Ghats" lined with
prosperous tea plantations & then arrive the fascinating countryside of
low-lying palms and paddy fields to Kumarakom (190 kms) enroute visit the
tea estates. Kumarakom - is a beautiful backwater village on the shores of
the enchanting Vembanad Lake, criss crossed with meandering waterways and
ancient cottages. A holiday in Coconut Lagoon promises to be different from
any other. Every "tarawad" or cottage you stay in is at least a
century old, reconstructed piece by piece in accordance with ancient rites
of carpentry. Relax at the waterfront, with the occasional native row boat
gliding silently by, and the air so calm, you can reach out and touch the
sky with your finger tips. Overnight at hotel.
- Kumarakom - Houseboat
Morning at leisure at Coconut Lagoon, taking a cruise on the backwaters in
traditional country canoes called "vanjis" to see the agricultural
activities of the local people living on the back waters. Visit also the
beautiful bird sanctuary. Lunch at the hotel Afternoon board the traditional
rice boats - "Ketuvallam" and begin your journey through the
picturesque backwaters and small lakes relaxing in the tranquillity of
Kerala's beautiful scenery. Experience the way of life and activity of the
local people, the one bedroom house with a lounge is exclusively for you,
meals will be served with freshly bought produce from the local markets and
cooked on board. Overnight on board.
Day - 6
Marari: Breakfast on board. Sail to Alleppey & disembark at Puthenagady
Jetty. On arrival proceed directly to Mararikulam (30 kms) Mararikulam - is
one of the picturesque fishing villages that dot the lovely coast line of
Kerala. This private, shallow beach is fringed with unending lines of
coconut palms. Rest of the day at leisure for own activities and enjoy the
facilities of the Resort. Overnight at hotel.
Day - 7
Full day at leisure for own activities and enjoy the facilities of the
Resort. Overnight at hotel.
Day - 8
- Marari - Cochin
COCHIN - Popularly known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Cochin is the
oldest European settlement in India. Frilled with backwaters and rich with
old world charm, this city has lured many a great voyager to its shores.
Arrive Cochin & check into hotel Tour of Cochin or "Kochi"-
the palm green, commercial captial 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.
Evening witness the Kathakali dance performance + make up demonstration -
Kathkali is a unique dance which has a 2000 year old history with more than
100 different 'mudras' or gesture depicting deities, demons, heroes,
heroines and kings - each based on episodes from the Mahabharata and
Ramayana, the two epic Indian myths. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day - 9
- Cochin - Mumbai(Bombay)
Morning transfer from hotel to the airport for flight to Bombay.(1055 hrs /
1240 hrs) Upon arrival - met & transferred to the hotel where rooms will
be provided for wash and change. Rest of the day at leisure for own
activities and to enjoy the facilities of the hotel. Later transfer to the
International airport for onward flight.
Day - 10
- Abroad - Mumbai(Bombay)
Leave Bombay Tour Ends.