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Tour Details: The Kerala tours are blessed with all the natural faculties which could besiege the heart and minds of travelers at a short glimpse…
Tour Highlights: National Geographic places Kerala in “One of the 50 greatest destinations list”. Travel & Leisure recommends Kerala as “One of the 100 great trips for the 21st century”. Once the object of frenzied international attempts to control its lucrative spice trade-ancient Greeks and Romans, medieval Arabs and Chinese and later the Portuguese, Dutch and British all left their mark on the Malabar Coast, its beaches, tranquil backwaters and the distant backdrop of the verdant Western Ghats now exert a magnetic appeal upon the traveler of today.
Departures & Pricing: The trip can be tailor made to suit your budget & interests. Hotels, length of stay at each destination, (English,
French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese or Spanish)and vehicles can be chosen to suit these requirements.
Day Wise Breakup
Day 1 Mumbai: Following your arrival in Mumbai, transfer to the hotel.
Day 2 Mumbai: Morning at leisure. In the afternoon a tour of Mumbai will introduce some of the great sights of this commercial centre.
Day 3 Kochi: Take the early morning flight to Cochin, arriving at your hotel there in mid-morning and spending the afternoon sightseeing. The Chinese cantilevered fishing nets, Jewish
synagogues, Portuguese churches, Hindu temples and Dutch fort all make the point that this is a very cosmopolitan city.
Day 4 Kochi – Munnar: This morning you drive to Munnar, in the Western Ghats. Munnar is located at the confluence of the mountain streams Muthirappuzha, Chanduvarai and undala. It is surrounded by wild jungles and is wet and cold for most of the year.
Day 5 Munnar: Visit Mattupetty Lake, situated at a distance of 15 km from Munnar, Rajamala is home to almost half the population of Nilgiri tahrs (a rare mountain goat). Overnight stay in Abad copper castle, Munnar.
Day 6 Periyar: The morning drive takes you south along the Ghats, past the tea plantations of Devikulam to Lake Periyar and its renowned wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary surrounds picturesque Periyar lake. In the afternoon you will take to the water, for game viewing.
Day 7 Kumarakom: In the morning you drive down through tea and then rubber plantations, interspersed with small cardamom, coffee, ginger and pepper-growing estates to tranquil Kumarakom, adjacent to the bird sanctuary on Lake Vembanad. The afternoon at leisure.
Day 8 Houseboat cruise: Enjoy a comfortable Kettuvallam houseboat for a day cruise. These simply furnished but comfortable houseboats are equipped with a living room and bedroom (en suite bathroom) and are powered by local oarsmen.
Day 9 Varkala: After disembarking at Quilon in the morning you drive the short distance south to the delightful seaside town of Varkala. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 10 Varkala – Kovalam: Proceed to Kovalam. This internationally renowned beach has been a favourite haunt for tourists. Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent beaches. The southern most, known as the Lighthouse Beach , is the most popular.
Day 11 Kovalam: Relaxed day at Kovalam. Enjoy the sun, golden sand and the beach.
Day 12 Trivandrum – Mumbai: Afternoon drive to Trivandrum for the flight to Mumbai, arriving late afternoon and transferring to the international airport for your late-night flight to home.
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