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LESSER KNOWN GEMS OF KERELA
Welcome to a land whose sheer size and diversity will stun you. Enjoy her mountains that stretch out into the mists as far as the eye can see. Her innumerous forts that stand proud and strong. Her scores of temples, sculpted into and out of basalt rock.
Her diverse and colourful cultures, woven into one gigantic quilt. Her festivals that galvanise the sleepy thousands into fervent motion. And her miles of silver, white beaches, stretched taut and inviting over the entire coast. Welcome aboard a travel package that gives you a glimpse into this vibrant and beautiful land.
Day 01 Welcome to Bombay
Welcome to the city that never sleeps! Pulsating, Alive, On the Move, Vibrant, Fun -- this is Mumbai or as it is still frequently referred to -- Bombay. The most modern city in India, it captures the spirit of the changing pace set by liberalization and modernization.
On arrival you will be welcomed with garlands at the airport and transferred to the hotel in Bombay. Overnight hotel.
Day 02 Bombay
After breakfast in the hotel proceed for half day city sightseeing tour.
Bombay, once a cluster of seven islands, Mumbai was presented to King Charles II in 1661 as part of the dowry when he married Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal. Over the years, as colonialism gave way to independence, Mumbai has transformed itself into an entity with thriving markets, business houses and many different communities reflecting a cosmopolitan and trendy atmosphere rarely seen elsewhere. On the surface, it represents the ever-changing face of today's India -- the old coupled with the dynamic new, and yet at its very core, the heart of the city is steeped in Indian customs and values.
In the morning visit to “Gateway of India”, designed by George Wittet. It has an imposing gateway arch in the Indo-Saracenic style with Gujarati and Islamic elements such as wooden carvings. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911. Later proceed to Mani Bhawan, simple and charming museum was where Mahatma Gandhi lived on his visits to Mumbai between 1917 and 1934. Gandhi's room and belongings including his books are on display. The Prince of Wales - is one of Mumbai's finest example of Victorian architecture. Built to commemorate King George V's visit to Mumbai (while still Prince of Wales), it was designed by George Wittet and completed in 1923. It is undoubtedly one of India's finest museums and houses treasures, artefacts, paintings and sculpture from the many periods covering India's history, including the Indus Valley Civilization.
Afternoon , you are free for individual activities. Overnight at hotel
Day 03 Bombay – Calicut
Calicut (also known as Kozhikode) is a busy coastal city. Located to the north of Kerala and 225 km from Kochi holds an important position in the legend and history of Kerala. Vasco Da Gama landed at Kappad, 16km north of Kozhikode as the leader of a trade mission from Portugal & was received by the Zamorin himself.
Today Kozhikode has lush green forests, rivers, wildlife, hills, a unique culture and a warm friendly ambience make Kozhikode a much sought after destination.
Day 04 Calicut – Wynad
The name Wayanad derived from ‘Wayalnadu’ means land of paddy fields. The picturesque plateau, having the largest concentration of tribal population in the state, was once known as Africa in Kerala.
Afternoon proceed for city sightseeing tour - The natural scenic beauty of Wayanad and its rich natural resources offer several opportunities. In many fronts, the hilly-district stands unique. Colonial presence in the district in the second half of the 19 the century has transformed the district, then a vast reserve forest, into plantations of coffee and tea. Even then, the district is credited with 78787 hector reserve forest, the largest forest tract in a Kerala district.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 Wynad – Cochin
Kochi (Cochin), the Queen of the Arabian Sea and the Queen of the Adriatic, is situated on the west coast of India is also referred to as the Gateway of South India. It is a cluster of islands dotting on the magnificent emerald lakes which in turn open to the sea, making the city one of the finest natural harbors in the world. Due to its advantageous location, Cochin has experience the affluence from the seaborne trade, and at the same time enjoyed various cultural influences brought in by different traders and visitors since the ancient times.
Day 07 Cochin
In the afternoon, while visiting the city, one can see from ancient palace, old Portuguese churches as well as Jew synagogue, indicating diverse cultural heritages left to the city.
Cochin is boasted for its extensively emerald backwaters lined with palm trees and local villages which represent the fascinating lifestyle of inhabitants who still used these course ways as their mode of transportation. Such cultural scenes in Cochin's backwaters can be appreciated by a comfortable cruise which will take visitors delving through magnificent waterways.
Day 08 Cochin – Kumarakom
Ever closed your eyes and wished for wings, to take you away to a land breathtakingly beautiful, peacefully serene and wholesomely pristine. Well, dreams have the uncanny ability of coming true. Especially when you arrive at the Kumarakom - slumbers on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake, which is a part of Kuttanad ('granary' of Kerala). The Vembanad Lake with its majestic canals, streams and distributaries along its banks weave an intricate and enchantingly beautiful web. The gorgeous green of the fringed palms ripple in the blue waters and blend into wavelets.
It is incredibly different experience to cruise in the backwaters in country boats, absorbing the beauty of Kerala villages. The scenery flashes up vivid contrasts of breath-taking greens and deep blues.
Day 09 Kumarakom – Murinjapuza
Murinjapuzha is renowned for its spice and tea plantations, is situated on the ascent to the Cardamom Hills. A trek through the plantation is an education. See the cultivation and harvesting of coffee, cardamom, cloves and pepper. The tea plantations, factory and the cardamom-processing unit are well worth a visit. The scenic countryside invites you to take long walks. The heady combination of raw nature and the clean air is a potent restorative.
The great Indian epic, the Mahabharatha, has the five Pandava princes as its protagonists. Legend has it that the Pandava princes and their wife Panchali camped at a breathtakingly beautiful site, half a kilometer from the Retreat, later called 'Panchalimedu'. The remnants of their stay still exist.
Day 10 Murinjapuza
Using the Murinjapuza as your base, you could visit Periyar Tiger Reserve which is only 37 kilometers away. It is an example of nature’s bounty, with great scenic charm, rich bio diversity and providing veritable visitor satisfaction. Sprawled over an area of 777 Sq .km., Periyar is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India.
Nature Walk - The guided day trek, This is an interpretive programme offering excellent opportunity to watch birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The trails often pass through evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands. The programme is offered between 7.00 am. and 10.30 am. and between 2.00 pm. and 3.00 pm. and lasts for about 3 hours. A maximum of 5 persons can go for trekking at a time along each nature trail, accompanied by a trained tribal guide. The Nature walk is the right programme to feel nature, hear her whispers and smell her flowers.
Day 11 Murinjapuza – Marari
Marari originates from "Mararikulam", one of the local fishing villages, where life still goes on much as it did a hundred years ago, with the men going out to sea each day to earn a living bringing in the daily catch. Completely new to the holiday maker.
Day 12 Marari Beach
Splendid azure beach, quite distinctive, with frothy whitecaps and a translucent, pearl-like quality welcomes you in the sleepy fishing village of Marari. The sands that fringe this coastline for endless miles are themselves distinctive, deep and rich and fine, in a shade closer to ocher than gold.
Tucked away behind a line of dense palms that rise like a sudden rampart of green out of the sands. Marari offers endless miles of superb sand beaches backed by swaying palms, virgin territory where you can experience the local charm/and traditional Keralan Hospitality at it's best.
Day 13 Marari Beach
Until now Marari has been one of India's best kept secrets but you can explore the marvelous backwaters, where the tranquility, the stunning scenery and the feeling of being transported back in time, make it a superbly relaxing and inspiring experience.
Day 14 Marari – Cochin
This morning after breakfast, you start backpacking and leisurely drive back to Cochin to board your flight back home.
Arrive Cochin and stay overnight at hotel.
Day 15 Leave Cochin
Morning you will be transferred to airport to board your International flight.