Kerala & Mumbai

10 Day Tour

Price from R11,900 pp

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Departure dates on request
NB: Holidays are valid from 1 April to 30 September 2016.
All rates are based on current (12.4.2016) rates of exchange.

OVERVIEW

Situated on the shores of the Indian Ocean and the spice growing Cardamon Hills to the east, Kerala is a beautiful and fertile paradise.

Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in Kerala. It is notable as an elephant reserve and a tiger reserve.

The park is often called the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or Thekkady. It is located high in the Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills of the southern Western Ghats along the border with Tamil Nadu. The sanctuary surrounds Periyar Lake, a reservoir which was formed when the Mullaperiyar Dam was erected in 1895. The reservoir and the Periyar River meander around the contours of the wooded hills, providing a permanent source of water for the local wildlife.

Between the hills and coast are the lush backwaters, a network of waterways providing a source of fish for food, water for farming and a communication route for villagers.

Highlights of your holiday

  • Explore Cochin a city influenced by medieval Portugal, Holland & England
  • Stroll through hill station tea plantations
  • Take an evening boat ride on Lake Periyar
  • Enjoy a cruise on a traditional rice-barge

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL COCHIN

Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.

DAY 2 - 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 Ist 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 3 - COCHIN - PERIYAR

After breakfast drive to Periyar National Park. Periyar has one of the world's most fascinating Natural wildlife Sanctuary noted for its Tiger Reserve, geography, diverse wildlife and scenic beauty.
Evening 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
Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 4 - PERIYAR-KUMARAKOM

After the breakfast leave for Kumarakom by car. 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 5 - KUMARAKOM

Day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 6 - KUMARAKOM

Day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 7 - 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 8 - ALLEPPEY - COCHIN - MUMBAI

Disembark the houseboat and transfer to Cochin airport to board flight for Mumbai. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 9 - MUMBAI

Morning breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast have 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 Mumbai in 1911. Drive pass the Secretariat of Maharashtra Government and along the Marine Drive which is fondly known as the 'Queen's Necklace'. Visit Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Mumbai. Drive past the Victoria Terminus, the principal railways station of Mumbai, a beautiful building that symbolise the ethos of the Edwardian architecture, well worth a photo stop. At the Church gate station see the Dabbawala’s- a unique tiffin delivery service run by over 5000 semiskilled workers of delivering lunch to corporate executives from their homes. Visit the 'Dhobi Ghat', an open laundry where Mumbai's 'dirties' are scrubbed, bashed, dyed and hung out to dry - a nice photography stop well worth a visit. Visit the ISKON Temple devoted to Lord Krishna in time for the noon aarti and then continue to the colourful Crawford market and Flora fountain a large bustling square, in the heart of the city. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 10 - MUMBAI

Day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 11 - LEAVE MUMBAI

In time transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.

PRICES FROM R11,900 PP UPWARDS (EXCLUDING INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS)

Prices will depend on travel date, hotel choice, room category and number of people travelling. Please note that all our itineraries are flexible and can be altered to suit your requirements.

From Typically Includes

  • R11,900 pp 10 nights holiday - Standard Hotels
  • R13,950 pp 10 nights holiday - Superior Hotels
  • R17,475 pp 10 nights holiday - Deluxe Hotels

NB: Holidays are valid from 1 April to 30 September 2016.
All rates are based on current (12.4.2016) rates of exchange.

Cochin

  • Standard Hotel Abad Plaza
  • Superior Hotel Holiday Inn
  • Deluxe Hotel Crowne Plaza

Periyar

  • Standard Hotel Hotel Tree Top
  • Superior Hotel Greenwood Resort
  • Deluxe Hotel Greenwood Resort Villa

Kumarakom

  • Lakesong Resort
  • Superior Hotel Lakesong Resort
  • Deluxe Hotel Zuri Resort

Alleppey

  • Standard Hotel Houseboat (AC)
  • Superior Hotel Houseboat Muthoot
  • Deluxe Hotel Houseboat Muthoot

Mumbai

  • Standard Hotel Emerald Hotel
  • Superior Hotel Shalimar
  • Deluxe Hotel Sun N Sand

Holiday Prices Include:

  • Accommodation at hotels listed above or similar including daily breakfast inclusive of prevailing government taxes
  • Meeting and assistance on arrival and departure
  • Transfers from airport to hotels & vice versa, together with the transfer of 1 suitcase per person
  • Sightseeing tours with local English speaking guides
  • Entrance fee at monuments
  • Overnight on a houseboat with all meals
  • Check-in & Check-out time is 12 noon

Holiday Prices Do Not Include:

  • International flights into & out of India
  • India domestic flights
  • Indian visa
  • Personal expenses, such as phone calls, laundry, mini-bar, room service, etc.
  • Gratuities to guides, drivers & porters
  • Personal insurance

Value for money
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Kerala & Mumbai - 11 Days
Explore South India’s Kerala region. (Code: GIJ)