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Enchanting Kerala (14 N/15 D)

Mumbai - Kochi - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Allepey - Kovalam - Trivandrum – Mumbai

DAY 01 : ARRIVE MUMBAI
On arrival meet and assist at the airport and transfer to prebooked hotel.

DAY 02 : MUMBAI
After breakfast, excursion to Elephanta caves. Afternoon, half day city tour of Mumbai.

DAY 03 : MUMBAI-KOCHI (FLIGHT, 9W 401, 1035-1220 HRS)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board flight for Kochi. Arrive Kochi and transfer to prebooked hotel. In the evening, witness Kathakali Dance Show.

DAY 04 : KOCHI - MUNNAR (140 KMS, 03 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, half day sightseeing of Cochin including Asia's best preserved Synagouge, the Dutch Palace and the oldest European Church in India - the St. Francis Church where Vasco De Gama was originally buried. A leisurely walk through the Fort Cochin area which gives you a close look at the operation of the huge catileavered Chinese fishing nets introduced by Chinese traders which is still used in Kerala backwaters as a traditional way of fishing.

Afternoon, leave for Munnar. Arrive Munnar and checkin at prebooked hotel.

DAY 05 : MUNNAR
After breakfast, sightseeing of Munnar. Visit the tea plantations, a tea factory (subject to permission being granted), the Eravikulam National Park - home of the endangered Nilgiri Thar (Ibex), followed by visit to the Mattupetty dam, the Indo Swiss Dairy farm, the Kundala Lake and other scenic spots. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 06 : MUNNAR - PERIYAR (100 KMS, 03 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, leave for Periyar. Periyar has one of the world's most fascinating Natural wildlife reserves noted for its geography, diverse wildlife and scenic beauty. Arrive at Periyar and check in at Prebooked Hotel.

Later, boat ride on the Lake Periyar where one can have a unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar, however are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.

DAY 07 : PERIYAR - KUMARAKOM (140 KMS, 03-04 HRS DRIVE) - OVERNIGHT BACKWATER TRIP TILL ALLEPEY
After breakfast, leave for Kumarakom in time to board houseboat for overnight backwater trip till Allepey.

On arrival in Kumarakom, commence an overnight houseboat cruise to Allepey, which gives one a fascinating insight into the life of a Keralan Backwater Village. As the boat glides along the backwaters one can see the daily life in the backwater villages. On the narrow strips of land, fisherman fishing, children swimming and playing in the water, women doing their daily chores, mobile shops in tiny canoes, the cultivation of paddy and it's harvesting (during harvest season), huge country barges ferrying the coconuts, rice, coir etc.
Note : The cruise commences at 1300 hrs with lunch served onboard and continues till dusk. At dusk the boat will anchor in a wide waterway or lake for the night. (The backwaters close to boat traffic at dusk as the fisherman lay their nets in the backwaters. Other boats are not allowed to ply in the backwaters after dusk.) On the following day the cruise commences again after breakfast and you will be dropped at Allepey by 1000 hrs.

DAY 08 : ALLEPEY-KOVALAM (174 KMS, 04-05 HRS DRIVE)
Checkout from the houseboat and proceed to Kovalam. Arrive Kovalam and check in at prebooked hotel.

DAY 09 : KOVALAM
Day free to relax on the beach.

DAY 10 : KOVALAM
Day free to relax on the beach.

DAY 11 : KOVALAM
Day free to relax on the beach.

DAY 12 : KOVALAM
Day free to relax on the beach.

DAY 13 : KOVALAM
Day free to relax on the beach.

DAY 14 : TRIVANDRUM-MUMBAI (FLIGHT, 9W 337, 1335-1535 HRS)
After breakfast, free. Afternoon, transfer to Trivandrum airport to board flight for Mumbai. Arrive Mumbai and transfer to prebooked hotel.

DAY 15 : DEPART MUMBAI
Transfer to the airport to board flight back home.
 

 

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