01 / Bombay
Arrive Mumbai, meet assist at the airport and transfer
to hotel. Night stay in Bombay.
Day 02 / Bombay
Morning, one hour boat ride across Mumbai Harbour brings
you to the lush green Elephanta Island. Here, visit
some of the huge and intricately carved Elephanta Caves
that date back to the 8th century. For rows of massive
columns cut into solid rock from three magnificent avenues,
lead to the outstanding three-headed sculpture representing
Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the
Destroyer. Dedicated to Shiva, the beauty and power
of these phenomenal sculptures depicting the various
manifestations of Shiva is overpowering.
Afternoon, City tour
of Bombay - the great port city with its Victorian Gothic
buildings from the British Raj Era mingling with the
modern. The tour includes ‘Gateway of India’
overlooking the Harbour, the ‘Towers of Silence’,
‘Marine Drive’, the ‘Colaba Causeway’
- the commercial heart of Bombay and the Dhobi Ghat,
the unique and colourful outdoor 'laundry'. Also visit
Mani Bhawan, a small museum dedicated to the life and
works of Mahatma Gandhi, and the bustling Crawford Market.
Night stay in Bombay.
Day 03 / Bombay
– Cochin – Periyar
Morning transfer to the airport to board the flight
Leave: Bombay at: 0900
hrs by: 9W 401
Arrive: Cochin at: 1045 hrs.
On arrival, meet assist & transfer to the hotel
Thereafter drive to Periyar (180 kms. / 4 hrs.)
On arrival at Periyar
,transfer to hotel.
Periyar- Sprawling across 777 sq. kms. of the Cardamom
Hills of the Western Ghats, Thekkady is the home to
one of the largest wildlife reserves in India. Alive
with exotic flora and vibrant wildlife, it is the perfect
getaway tucked away among hills. Night stay in Periyar.
04 / Periyar – Varkala
After breakfast early morning boatcruise on the Lake
of the famous Periyar wildlife sanctuary to see wild
life. Periyar an artificial lake or reservoir created
by a dam on Periyar River is the heart of the Wildlife
Sanctuary wild elephants, Asiatic Deer, Black Buck and
even Tigers come to shores of the lake for a drink.
Return to hotel for breakfast.Thereafter drive through
the winding "Ghats" lined with prosperous
tea plantations & then arrive the fascinating seaside
resort of Varkala.
Varkala is a small seaside
town in Kerala, has been a Hindu pilgrimage site since
the 12th Century. To this day, the eight-hundred year
old Janardhana Temple remains a popular pilgrimage spot.
Varkala is also blessed with an unspoilt, golden beach,
lapped by the waters of the Indian Ocean.
Visit the Portugese
church of Anjengo dated to the time of occupation, which
maybe the Elanchoros of the geography of Ptomempee (2nd
century A.D.). Also visit the English Fort constructed
in 1695 A.D. by the English 'East India Company', which
play an important role in the war of Mysore in 18th
century. Night stay in Periyar.
Day 05 / Varkala
Late morning drive to the island resort of Poovar. (140
kms. / 4 hrs. )
Poovar Island is an unspoilt resort enveloped by the
most serene backwaters, and opening out to the sea and
a dream golden sand beach. Poovar is truly a window
into paradise. The tranquility is punctuated by the
sound of waves and the birds. The acreage is abundant
in well preserved local flora, with hundreds of spices,
exotic flowers, complete with banana and coconut groves.
Night stay in Poovar.
Day 06 / Poovar
Day is free to relax and to walk around. Poovar Island
Resort is the only resort in the area with backwater
on one side and beach on the another. Poovar is approachable
by the mainland by a short boatride from the town of
Day 07 / Poovar
After breakfast drive to the beautiful hill station
of Munnar (110 kms. / 4 hrs. )
Munnar was the world’s highest tea-growing estates.
Beyond these estates are rich tropical forests that
houses an assortment of wildlife such as Nilgiri Langur,
Sambhar, Gaur, Elephant and Lion-tailed Macaques.
On arrival, transfer to hotel. Night stay in Munnar.
Day 08 / Munnar
Day is free to relax and to walk around. Munnar is situated
near the Anaimudi Peak, the highest peak in the Western
Ghats.Night stay in Munnar.
09 / Munnar - Kumarakom
After breakfast drive to Kumarakom (120 kms. / 4 hrs.)
Morning drive through the winding "Ghats"
lined with prosperous tea plantations & then arrive
the fascinating countryside of low-lying palms and paddy
fields to Kumarakom enroute visit the tea estates.
Kumarakom - a beautiful
backwater village on the shores of the enchanting Vembanad
Lake, criss crossed with meandering waterways and ancient
On arrival, transfer to hotel. Night stay in Kumarakom.
Day 10 / Kumarakom
Morning at leisure.
Afternoon board the traditional rice boats - “Ketuvallam”
and begin your journey through the picturesque backwaters
and small lakes relaxing in the tranquillity of Kerala's
beautiful scenery. Experience the way of life and activity
of the local people, the one bedroom house with a lounge
is exclusively for you, meals will be served with freshly
bought produce from the local markets and cooked on
board. Night stay in Kumarakom.
Day 11 / Houseboat
Breakfast on board. Sail to Alleppey & disembark
at Puthenagady Jetty. On arrival proceed directly to
Mararikulam (30 kms./ 30 mins.)
Mararikulam- is one
of the picturesque fishing villages that dot the lovely
coast line of Kerala. This private, shallow beach is
fringed with unending lines of coconut palms. Upon arrival,
check-in at hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure for own activities and enjoy
the facilities of the Resort. Night stay at hotel.
Day 12 / Marari
Full day at leisure for own activities and enjoy the
facilities of the Resort. Night stay at hotel.
Day 13 / Marari
Early morning, drive to Cochin (60 kms. / 11/2 hrs.)
Arrive Cochin &
transfer to hotel. Late morning tour of Cochin or "Kochi"
the palm green, commercial captial of Kerala is known
as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea". From time
immemorial, Arabs, Chinese, Dutch, British & Portuguese
seafarers followed the sea route to Kochi & left
their impression on the town. Modern Kochi is thus a
splendid mosaic of these myriad influences. Visit the
Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, the Church of St.
Francis, the Bolghatty Palace & the famous Chinese
Evening witness the Kathakali dance performance + make
up demonstration - Kathkali 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. Night stay in Cochin.
Day 14 / Cochin
Morning transfer to the airport to connect flight to
Leave: Cochin at: 1120 hrs. by: 9W 402
Arrive: Bombay at: 1305 hrs.
Arrive Cochin, meet assist and transfer to hotel. Night
stay in Bombay.
Day 15 / Departure
Transfer to airport to board the onward flight.