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Exotic Kerala Tour
Covered Destination : Delhi - Thiruvananthapuram - Kovalam - Quilon - Alleppey - Periyar - Munnar - Cochin - Mumbai - Home
Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days

Day 1 : Welcome to India (New Delhi)
A land of rich heritage that's ancient. The mystique of India, its history of 5000 years, philosophy, religions, fabulous history monuments all add to its bewildering diversity to create a unique and colorful mosaic. This is the wonder that is India, come, enjoy and experience it. Later stay in the 5 star deluxe hotels & leisure.

New Delhi begins with the drive past Safdarjang's Tomb (1753 AD) on the way to Qutab Minar (1193 AD) this striking medieval tower of victory of Persian World is 73 m high. Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of Quwat-ul-Islam mosque, stands the Iron pillar which has stood the vagaries of weather and has not rusted over 1500 years. Then drive through New Delhi includes the Embassy area (Diplomatic enclave), Government buildings, India Gate, Sikh Temple (Bangla Sahib Gurudwara), Birla Temple and Connaught Place, New Delhi's main shopping area. Visit Humayun's Tomb - considered to be the fore runner of Taj Mahal.

Day 02 : Delhi
After a leisurely breakfast at hotel, the tour guide escorts you to Jama Mosque built in 1650 AD, followed by a drive past the breathtaking Red Fort (1639-1648), and built by Shah Jahan, creator of the Taj Mahal. Then we proceed on to Raj Ghat, which is the memorial of Mahatma Gandh.

In the afternoon, your tour of New Delhi begins with the drive past Safdarjang's Tomb (1753 AD) on the way to Qutab Minar (1193 AD) this striking medieval tower of victory of Persion World is 73 m high. Within the Qutab complex, amidst the ruins of Quwat-ul-Islam mosque, stands the Iron pillar which has stood the vagaries of weather and has not rusted over 1500 years. Then drive through New Delhi includes the Embassy area (Diplomatic enclave), Government buildings, India Gate, Sikh Temple (Bangla Sahib Gurudwara), Birla Temple and Connaught Place, New Delhi's main shopping area. Visit Humayun's Tomb - considered to be the fore runner of Taj Mahal.

Day 03 : Delhi - Thiruvananthapuram
In morning, after a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to airport for flight to Tiruvanthapuram. From the airport you will be driven straight to Kovalam which has one of the most beautiful beaches of the world. The surf here is ideal for surf riding and the water invites the visitor to ride the "Catamaran" or log with the fisherman, or to take a cool swim. Nearby is the Beach centre of aquatic sports. Upon arrive, check-in Deluxe / Luxury hotel. Rest of the day will be free to relax & exploring the beach. Overnight will be at hotel.

Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of "God's Own Country" - Kerala is also popularly known by its anglicised name Trivandrum.
Thiruvananthapuram , the southern most district of Kerala state is situated to the extreme south of India. To the north of Trivandrum is Kollam district and Thirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts of Tamilnadu are on the east and south respectively. The district can be divided into three geographical regions - highlands, midlands and lowlands. The major tourist attractions of Thiruvananthapuram are its famous beaches, which are the best bet to relax after a tiring trip.

Day 04 : Kovalam
In morning, take a leisurely breakfast. After lunch excursion to Kanya Kumari to visit the stunning Padmanabhapuram palace and to enjoy the unique experience of Sunset & Moon rise over the ocean simultaneously. Return to Kovalam in the evening. Overnight will be at Kovalam.

Kovalam beach is known as the "Paradise of the South". Kovalam is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum, Kerala's capital city. Kovalam is an evergreen and pleasant climatic beach resort. Kovalam is a dreamland for tourists all over the world. With high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. Over the past three decades, the place has been well developed, and now figures prominently on the world tourism map. The warm and clean atmosphere by the coconut trees and the white sand bed are perfect for relaxing holidays, as the sea breeze gently plays with the waves.

Day 05 : Kovalam
In morning, after a leisurely breakfast you will take the half-day visit Shree Padmanabha Swami Temple, Napier Museum, Chitralayam Art Gallery, Zoological Gardens, Reptile House Observatory and Kanakakannu Palace at Trivandrum. . Rest of the will be day at leisure. Overnight will be in Deluxe / Luxury hotel at Kovalam.

Day 06 : Kovalam - Quilon
In morning, after a leisurely breakfast you will be driven to Quilon, one of the oldest ports of the Malabar Coast and were once the centre of international spice trade. Quilon is famous for its delicious Cashew and Seafood. After checking in hotel we set out to see some historic remains and the temples built in ornate style. We also visit the village to know the life style and culture of locals. Overnight will be at Quilon.

Day 07& 08 : Quilon - Alleppey
In morning, after a leisurely breakfast from Quilon, we take Kerala's traditional houseboat for Alleppy, which is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters. We reach Alleppy by next day morning. Use the rest of the day in exploring and in shopping. Overnight will be at Houseboat.

Alleppey: Alappuzha, formerly named as Alleppey, in Kerala is one of the major backwater destinations. The thrilling boat race awaits you at Alleppey or Alappuzha. Imagine to just lazing on a houseboat or enjoying fishing in Alleppey Kerala. Kuttanad is also known as the 'rice bowl' of the state, Kerala India. Alleppey is a captivating destination in Kerala India that provides backwaters, traditional Kettuvallooms (house boats), beaches, boat race, swaying palms, gourmet delight and many more.

Day 09 : Alleppey - Periyar
In morning, after a leisurely breakfast you will reach Periyar by noon. After lunch we take safari to a nearby Coffee Plantations & villages.
Periyar: One of the well known wildlife sanctuaries in the south, Periyar sanctuary attracts a large number of nature lovers every year. Also called the Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary, this place is ideal for watching the animals in their natural habitat.
The forest here, slopes into the manmade lake at the bottom of the hill. This lake serves as the waterhole for the animals and they come here to drink or take a dip. Elephants, Gaur, Sambhar and even tigers can be spotted here.
There are boat services which takes the visitor around the lake. The best season to visit the park is between October and June. Spread over 777 sq.km of the Cardamom Hills of Western Ghats, the Periyar sanctuary is located 137 km from Madurai.
Although an excursion on the splendid artificial lake is the standard way to experience the sanctuary, you can also walk around with the local guide in a small group. Wild Elephant herds come to the lake to frolic in the water.
Other attractions of the sanctuary are the Sambhar, Bison, Spotted Deer, Tigers, Leopards, Malabar Flying Squirrels, Stripe necked Mongooses, etc. There are over 260 species of birds here, including Nilgiri Wood Pigeons, blue-winged Parakeets, White bellied Tree Pies, laughing Thrushes and Fly Catchers.

Day 10: Periyar
Early morning we will take boat ride over the Lake Periyar to watch animals in their natural habitat on the water's edge. While cruising on Lake Periyar, you are likely to see animals like Wild Boars, Sambars, Wild Dogs, Langur Monkeys and Wild Elephants. For the lunch we return back to hotel. Late After noon we again visit the park by cruise, as once is not enough to explore it fully.

Day 11 : Periyar - Munnar
From Periyar will continue your drive to Munnar set amid Southern India's most dramatic mountain scenery and the combination of craggy Peaks, Manicured Tea Estates. Crisp mountain air makes Munnar a delightful alternative to the better known hill stations of Tamil Nadu. It is a perennial favorite of 'Honeymooners' and offer magnificent scenery and wonderful walks. At Munnar you will be free to explore its beauty of nature.

Day 12 : Munnar
Take a leisurely breakfast at hotel. Today your full day will be at your leisure.
Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams namely Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala.
This hill station, located at an altitude of 1600 m above sea level, was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands is the 'Neelakurinji'.
This flower which bathes the hills in blue every twelve years will bloom next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in south India, Anamudi, which towers over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.

Day 13 : Munnar - Cochin
In morning, after a leisurely breakfast we will proceed for Kochi and reach by noon and keep the day for the shopping and personal activities. On arrival, you will check-in in to Deluxe / Luxury Hotel. At the time of sunset we take Boat Cruise on the backwater which gives an opportunity to behold the great charm of this city.
Cochin set on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas, the port city of Cochin (Kochi) (Queen of Arabia) reflects the eclecticism of Kerala perfectly. With a rich past and a bustling present, it has been the business hub of the region from the very early days after Alleppey (Alappuzha).
Cochin consists of mainland Ernakulam, the islands of Willington, Bolgatty and Gundu in the harbor, Fort Cochin and Mattancherry on the southern peninsula, and Vypeen Island north of Fort Cochin, all was linked by ferry but now some islands have bridges. The influence of Chinese, Jews, Arabs and Europeans is evident in Cochin and its people. The oldest church in India, 500-year-old Portugese houses, old tiled houses built in the Chinese pagoda style, the famous Chinese fishing nets, a Jewish community whose roots go back to the Diaspora, synagogues and mosques all tell the fascinating story of this harbor town. The harbor is still at the heart of the city and pepper, sea food, rubber and coir mats and matting are exported from here. Despite this, Cochin is an attractive city with serene creak & lagoons overhung with feathery coconut palms and picturesque islands. The older parts of Fort Cochin and Mattanchery are an unlikely blend of medieval Portugal, Holland and an English country village grafted onto the troppical Malabar coast. Cochin is one of India's largest ports and a major naval base.

Day 14 : Cochin - Mumbai -Home
In morning, after a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to airport for flight to Mumbai and then connecting flight home.

The tour includes :
a) Accommodation in the prescribed category of hotels on twin sharing basis with breakfast on regular basis.
b) A/c Transport of high standards with soft beverages and mineral water served during drives with compliments.
c) Entrances at all the monuments and services of an excellent personal guide at all the destinations.
d) Assistance upon arrival and departure by our skilled representatives at all destinations.
e) Meals as prescribed.
f) All internal flights and Train (1st Ac).

Exclusions :
a) International Flight From Your Country to India and Back.
b) Any tips for the porters, drivers or the tour guides.
c) Any drinks and beverages during the paid meals, if not specified




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