Highlights of Rajasthan
Think of pristine beaches, serene backwaters, luxurious Houseboats, fragrance of Spices and misty mountains and put this all in one word. The result is – KERALA. Guarded by Arabian Sea on one side and mountains of Wesrern Ghats on the other side this Southern India State is truly a God’s own Country as its natural beauty can only be created by God’s own hands.
After breakfast enjoy full day city sightseeing of Mumbai, as it was formerly known - remains India's city of dreams. Covering The Gateway of India which is Mumbai's most famous landmark, The Prince of Wales Museum - This museum stands not too far from the Gateway of India. It has a priceless collection of art, sculpture, china and other antics. Crawford market is also known as Jyotiba Phule Market and more than just a wholesale market dealing with food items.
Also visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic railway station which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways in Mumbai. Later on visit Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum (formerly the Victoria and Albert Museum) which is the oldest museum in Mumbai. Situated in Byculla East, it was originally established in 1855 as a treasure house of the decorative and industrial arts. Later on Marine Drive which is possibly the best way to discover Mumbai. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)
Mumbai - Trivandrum - Kovalam
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and in time transfer to airport to catch flight to Trivendrum - the capital city of Kerala.Arrive Trivandrum and you will be met by our representative, holding a placard with your name on it in the arrival lounge. Then, drive to Kovalam which is one of the loveliest beaches in the world.
On arrival check-in into Resort. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Kovalam beach on your own. You can also take a walk along the rustic countryside. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)
Kovalam - Padmanabhapuram - Kanyakumari - Kovalam
After breakfast we take you to full day excursions to nearby places. Visit Padmanabhapuram Palace which was once the seat of the rulers of Travancore, a princely state for more than 400 years which included a large part of present day Kerala and the Western coast of Tamil Nadu.
visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial which is dedicated to Swami Vivekananda, a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the founder of Ramakrishna Mission. Vivekananda Rock Memorial was built between 1963 and 1970 in red and blue granite.
Also visit Kumari Amman Temple whichis dedicated to virgin Goddess Parvathi & is located on the shore. The Diamond nose-ring of this deity is famous for its sparkling splendor, which is supposed to be visible even from the sea. Later on visit Mahatma Gandhi Memorial which is one among the frequented tourist attractions in Kanyakumari. The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial was built to honour Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation.The Memorial was built in 1956, in the Orissa temple architectural style. In the evening watch the most beautiful Sunset of Kanyakumari. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)
After breakfast full day at leisure at beach side area. Kovalam is one of the loveliest beaches in the world. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)
Kovalam - Trivandrum - Kovalam
After a breakfast, enjoy a panoramic city tour of Trivandrum. You will see the Padmanabhaswamy temple built in 1733, Napier Museum of Art and the Zoo. The zoo is India's second oldest and you can come face to face with Giraffes, Zebras and many other animals and birds living together. Also visit the Akkulam lake and go for boating in the cool lake. Later on drive to Veli lagoon. You can make full use of the aqua sports facilities here. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)
Kovalam - Alleppey (Kerala Houseboat)
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Alleppey which is famous for its boat races, houseboats, coir products, fish and lakes.
On arrival board a houseboat for a cruise through the backwaters of Kerala. On the boat ride, enjoy magnificent scenery of these palm-shaded backwaters. Spend the evening on board the house boat enjoying the exciting night life in the lake, the outstanding food and royal service. Enjoy a good night sleep under star and moon light in the house boat. Overnight on the houseboat. (Breakfast/Lunch/dinner)
Alleppey – Kumarakom
After breakfast disembark and drive to Kumarakom a little picturesque town. The little village of Kumarakom consists of cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region. On arrival check-in into Hotel.
Rest of the day free to explore Kumarakom which is now a leisure haunt, very popular with domestic as well as foreign tourists. An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options like - boating and fishing, very popular with the visitors. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)
Kumarakom - Thekkady
Thekkady - Munnar
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Munnar popularly known as the queen of the hills. The place abounds in green forests and tea estates. On arrival check-in into hotel. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)
After breakfast visit to a tea plantation and factory. See how Assam tea is grown, hand-picked and processed and taste some of the best Assam tea there is.
Rest of the day free to explore Munnar which is an important high-point on our Kerala photography tour. It's picture-book pretty, it's authentic Kerala; it has history (the British used to escape to these hills to get away from the heat of the Mysore plains just north-east of here) and it has tea - mile upon mile of dense, lush tea-bushes. Organically cultivated, too. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)
Munnar - Cochin
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Cochin - commercial capital of Kerala. On arrival check-in into hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Cochin on your own and go shopping for spices, handicrafts andantiques. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)
After breakfast full day city sightseeing of Cochin or "Kochi"- the palm green, commercial captial of Kerala is known as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea". Visit St. Francis Church built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan friars where Vasco da Gama was buried for 14 years before his remains were transferred to Lisbon. Further visit Chinese fishing nets. Nearby is the Mattancherry Palace or "Dutch Palace". The central hall on the 1st floor was the coronation hall of the Rajas of Kochi.
In the evening enthrall yourself with a special presentation of the colorfully costumed Kathakali Dance Drama. This mask dance form is originally from Kerala and 1500 years old. This classical dance has 24 mudras expressing the nine emotions of serenity, wonder, kindness, love, valour, fear, contempt, loathing and anger. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)
Cochin - Mumbai (Departure)
After breakfast rest of the morning free to relax at your hotel. In the afternoon check-out from the hotel and in time transfer to airport to catch flight to Mumbai. On arrival you will be met by our representative, holding a placard with your name on it in the arrival lounge. Departure transfer to International airport to catch flight back to home. (Breakfast)
All Trips Include:
- Economy Class domestic flightair fare for Mumbai – Trivandrum sector.
- Economy Class domestic flightair fare for Cochin – Mumbai sector.
- 12 Nights hotel accommodationon twin share basis.
- 1 Night in Kerala Houseboatwith all meals on twin share basis.
- Double bedded roomwith private bath or shower & hotel taxes.
- Daily breakfastin hotel as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Air-conditioned Private Large Car with an expert driver as per the itinerary.
- All transfersand sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Fuel, Insurance, Toll Taxes, All State Taxes, All transport related Expensesand Driver Services.
- Assistanceby our representatives at the airport on arrival as per the itinerary.
- Services of a local English speaking guide in Mumbai, Kovalam, Munnar & Cochin for city sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
- City sightseeingin as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Entrancesto the monuments & museums as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Evening Kathakali Dance showin Cochin as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Full day excursion to Kanyakumari& nearby places as mentioned in the itinerary.
- All other excursions as mentioned in the itinerary.
- All taxesand service charges.
– International/domestic Airfare. – Meals and beverages not listed in itinerary. -Movie/video camera fee at monuments. – Tips and gratuities. -Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, portage etc. – Any other service that has not been included into “cost inclusions”.
|City||Premium Package||Standard Package||Economy Package|
|Mumbai||The Taj Mahal Palace||ITC Grand Central||Residency Fort|
|Kovalam||Vivanta by Taj Kovalam||Turtle On The Beach Resort||Sagara Beach Resort|
|Alleppey||KERALA HOUSEBOAT||KERALA HOUSEBOAT||KERALA HOUSEBOAT|
|Kumarakom||The Zuri Resort & Spa||Eastend Lakesong Resort||Tharavadu Homestay|
|Thekkady||Wild Corridor||Aranya Niwas||Ambadi|
|Munnar||Windermere Estate||The Siena Village||Hill View|
|Cochin||The Gateway Hotel||Avenue Regent||Abad Plaza|
Also Available on request:
- This tour is ex-Mumbai. If you are arriving from a different destination, we can help you arrange the flight to and from Mumbai.
- An Ayurvedic Massage.
- Early morning Yoga lesson.
Both of us would like to thank you for making our trip so enjoyable. We are back safe and sound. Driver Kailash & Husmukh in Mumbai were particularly awesome. They made us feel so important.
Thank you again…
Mr. Salim Hirji & Mrs. Shamim Hirji