Arrive in Mumbai, the
Commercial capital of India. After completing
formalities with customs and immigration, you will be
received by our representative with Traditional Indian
Welcome (with garlands).
Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra State and the
gateway to this beguiling subcontinent. Of the four
great cities in India, Mumbai is the most cosmopolitan,
spear heading India's move in to the 21st Century.
Afterwards transfer to your
hotel for the overnight stay.
Mumbai – Cochin (Flight)
Breakfast at hotel. This
morning assisted in the transfer to the airport to board
the flight for Cochin. Arrive at Kochi (Cochin) meet and
assist at the airport by our representative and transfer
to your hotel.
Upon arrival check in to the hotel.
Afternoon : Embark upon the sightseeing of the city
which would include the visit to the following places:
A few interesting sites included in the tour are the
Chinese fishing nets along the Vasco Da Gama Square,
Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, VOC Gate,
Bastion Bungalow etc. The Chinese fishing nets erected
on teak wood and bamboo poles work on the principle of
balance. Records say they were first set up here between
AD 1350 and 1450. Vasco Da Gama Square, the narrow
promenade that parallels the beach, is the best place to
watch the nets being lowered and pulled out of the sea.
Enjoy SUNSET while on the boat.
Over night stay at Cochin.
Breakfast will be at the
In the morning, enjoy a city tour. Visit the
Mattancheery Dutch Palace where the superb series of
murals painted on the wooden walls are its main
attraction. Also visit the 16th century Jewish Synagogue
and the Church of St. Francis. Vasco da Gama was
originally buried in the Church''s cemetery. Walk around
the Fort Cochin area and admire the Chinese Fishing Nets
(this time from the land). Chinese traders are believed
to have introduced them in the late 14th century.
The afternoon would be spent at leisure.
In the evening proceed for KATHAKALI DANCE PRESENTATION.
Over night stay at Kochi.
Cochin – Kumarakom By Surface Approx (90 Kms – 02 Hours)
Proceed for Kumarakom after
breakfast. This journey will also be a beautiful one
passing through rolling tea gardens and rubber
plantations. Stop at a tea factory and watch the tea
making process (interesting for children and elders).
There is a beautiful solitary church you pass by and it
is a nice place to stop for photography.
Reach KUMARAKOM and visit the Bird Sanctuary. Proceed to
the Vembanand Lake.
The backwaters of Kerala are a unique product of Kerala
and are found nowhere else in the world. Backwaters are
a network of lakes, canals and estuaries and deltas of
forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. The
backwaters of Kerala are a self supporting Eco-system
teeming with aquatic life. The canals connect the
villages together and are still used for local
transport. Over 900 km of this labyrinthine water world
Check into a traditional houseboat of Kerala Style and
go on a leisurely backwater cruise along the lake on a
thatched houseboat. The houseboat with all modern
comforts lets you discover the countryside at your own
pace. You will have lunch, dinner and breakfast in the
Houseboat. A ride on the
houseboat is a fabulous way
to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.
Cruise through the backwaters towards Alleppey. Lunch
will be served on the boat. The menu is simple and
traditional. The cook (chef) of the boat prepares the
lunch from fresh materials and even you can have a peek
at the recipe.
Tea and snacks would be served in the evening. The boat
will be anchored in the backwaters along a paddy field
and you can go for a stroll into the village or relax at
the deck of the boat.
Dinner will be on the boat. Overnight will be at
Alleppey – Marari By Surface
After breakfast start for
Aleppey. Cruise through the backwaters watching the
children going to school and the village markets
Alappuzha is famous for its boat races, houseboats, coir
products, fish and lakes. Alappuzha remains prominent on
the tourist trial of Kerala as one of the major centres
for backwater boat trips. "Kuttanad" in Alappuzha is one
of few places in the world where farming is done below
sea level. Kuttanad is a land of lush paddy fields and
is called the 'Rice Bowl' of Kerala. Kuttanad stretches
for 75 Km sandwiched between the sea and the hills.
Disembark the boat at the reception of the backwater
resort at Alleppey. Proceed to the beautiful MARARI
BEACH RESORTS and rest of the day will be relaxation on
the beach. Overnight will be at Marari.
Day 07 Marari –
Cochin By Road (Approx 60 Kms / 02 Hours) Cochin -
After breakfast proceed to
Kochi. On arrival transfer to the Airport to connect the
flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival check in to the hotel.
Rest of the day free at leisure.
Overnight will be in Mumbai.
Day 08 Mumbai –
After breakfast you embark
on the sightseeing trip of World famous Elephanta Caves
and Mumbai city.
Elephanta Caves: A must for any visitor to India.
Mute testimony of the Golden Age in Indian history
during the Gupta period and built to honour Lord Shiva.
Elephanta is a 3 kms long elongated island, consisting
of two hills separated by a valley. The caves with
rock-cut figures and carvings are believed to be carved
by the sculptors of Ajanta or Udayagiri. In the
afternoon the guest enjoy the sightseeing tour of the
Mumbai City : includes a visit the Gateway of
India-erected to commemorate the landing of King George
V and Queen Mary in 1911; Prince of Wales Museum,
Jehangir Art Gallery, Marine Drive, Chowpatty beach,
Hanging Gardens and the Crawford Market.
After completing the sightseeing assisted in the
transfer to the international airport to board the
flight back home.