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19.0759837, 72.87765590000004
10 nights from R12 785 pps

 

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Highlights

Periyar National Park
Kumarakom
Vembanad Lake
Gateway of India
Jain Temple and Hanging Gardens

Includes

Share twin accommodation in selected hotels
Daily breakfast
Two nights in Cochin
One night in Periyar
Three nights in Kumarakom
One night in Alleppey
Three nights in Mumbai
Return airport transfers
Sightseeing enroute

Excludes

Airfares, visa, insurance, tips, personal items, any items not mentioned

Accomodation Price per person
Tourist class R12 785
Superior class R14 987
Deluxe class R20 005

Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVE COCHIN

Meet and assist upon arrival and transfer to hotel.

DAY 02: COCHIN

Morning sightseeing of Cochin, a city till today influenced by medieval Portugal, Holland and England. You 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 Lisvon. His tombstone still stands. Nearby is the Mattancherry Palace or “Dutch Palace”. The central hall on the 1st floor was the coronation hall of the rajas of Cochin. Other rooms depict scenes from the Ramayana and Puranic legends connected with Hindu gods. Amazing are the Chinese fishing nets. These cantilevered fishing nets line the entrance to the harbour mouth. They were introduced by traders from the courts of Kublai Khan. You also see the Jew City with the Jewish Synagogue, constructed in 1568, with hand-painted, willow-pattern floor tiles brought from Canton in the mid-18th century by a Rabbi, who had trading interest in that city. Overnight in Cochin.

DAY 03: COCHIN-PERIYAR (4.5 Hrs)

After breakfast drive to Periyar National Park. This unique wildlife sanctuary is about 780 sq. km centered around an artificial lake fed by the Periyar River. In the morning enjoy a short Trek in the forest with a naturalist. Different nature trails traversing diverse habitats form the trekking routes, generally 4 to 5 km. in length. This is an interpretive programe 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 trek lasts for about 3 hours per trek. The Nature walk is the right programe to feel nature, hear her whispers and smell her flowers. Overnight in hotel.

DAY 04: PERIYAR-KUMARAKOM (4.5 Hrs)

After the breakfast leave for Kumarakom by surface. On arrival check-in at hotel.

The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist’s paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that live there in flocks are a fascination for visitors. The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a boat trip round the islands. In the evening enjoy the sunset boat cruise on the Vembanad Lake provided by the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 05: KUMARAKOM

Day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 06: KUMARAKOM

Day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 07: KUMARAKOM – ALLEPPEY

Morning check-out from the hotel and board a houseboat. Cruise towards Alleppey, the backwaters cruise takes off through a network of canals with a back drop of villages and coconut trees on the shores. Overnight on board the houseboat.

DAY 08: ALLEPPEY – COCHIN (1.5 Hrs)Fly Cochin – Mumbai

Transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 09: MUMBAI

Morning half day visit to Gateway of India, Mumbai’s principle landmark. This arch of yellow basalt was erected on the waterfront in 1924 to commemorate King George V’s visit to this colony in 1911. Drive past the Afghan Church. Secretariat of Maharashtra Government and along the Marine Drive which is fondly known as the ‘Queen’s Necklace’. Visit Jain temple and Hanging Gardens which offer a splendid view of the city, Chowpatty, Kamala Nehru Park and also Mani Bhavan where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Mumbai. Drive past Haji Ali Mosque, a shrine in honour of a Muslim Saint on an island 500 metres out at sea and is linked by a causeway to the mainland. Stop at the ‘Dhobi Ghat’ where Mumbai’s ‘dirties’ are scrubbed, bashed, dyed and hung out to dry. Watch the local train passing close by on which the city commuters ‘hang out like laundry’ – a nice photography stop. Continue to the colorful Crawford market and to the Flora fountain in the large bustling square, in the heart of the city. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 10: MUMBAI

Day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 11: DEPART MUMBAI

Transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.

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    Fireplace in lobby
    Free breakfast
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    Indoor Pool
    Newspapers in lobby
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