Upon arrival at Chhattrapati Shivaji International airport, meet & greet by our Representative & you will be transferred to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Mumbai, which was previously known as Bombay is a major metropolitan city of India. It is the state capital of Maharashtra. Mumbai city is known as the business capital of India, it being the country's principal financial and communications centre. The city has the largest and the busiest port handling India's foreign trade and a major International airport. India's largest Stock Exchange which ranks as the third largest in the world is situated in Mumbai. Here, trading of stocks is carried out in billions of rupees everyday. Description about Mumbai can not be complete without the mention of Bollywood, the biggest Indian film industry which churns out hundreds of Hindi block-busters every year.
After breakfast at hotel proceed to visit Elephant caves.
The Elephanta Caves is located on island hills about 11 km north-east of the Apollo Bandar, Mumbai and 7 km from the shore of the mainland, approximately covering an area of 7 km in circumference. The island is named after a colossal elephant found in the island, which is popularly known as ‘Gharapuri’. At present, the statue of elephant is housed at Jijamata Garden in Mumbai.
There are seven cave excavations in the Elephanta group and these are datable from circa 6th – 7th centuries A.D. Among the cave excavations, the Cave 1 is the most impressive which represents the evolved Brahmanical rock-cut architecture. The cave is also famous for the exquisite and vibrant sculptures.
Afternoon visit Gateway of India (Mumbai’s most famous Monument), Dhobi Ghats, Hanging Gardens. Back to the hotel after sightseeing.Overnight at hotel.
Morning transfer to the airport to connect flight to Cochin.Upon arrival, at Cochin - meet & transfer to the hotel for lunch. After lunch drive to Periyar (190 kms).
Upon arrival at Periyar - check into hotel.
Early morning boat cruise on the lake of the famous Periyar Sanctuary to view wildlife.
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.
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
Morning at leisure at Coconut Lagoon, take 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.Afternoon board the traditional Houseboat
Overnight on board.
Breakfast on houseboat. Thereafter sail to Alleppey & disembark at Puthenagady Jetty. On arrival proceed directly to Mararikulam (30 kms) reach & check in to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for own activities and enjoy the facilities of the Resort.
Overnight at hotel.
Full day at leisure for own activities and enjoy the facilities of the Resort. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Cochin (60 kms). Arrive Cochin & check into hotel.
Tour of Cochin or "Kochi", 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 - Kathakali 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. Overnight at hotel.
Morning transfer from hotel to the airport for flight to Mumbai.
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.
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