ASIA
Sublime Kerala & Mumbai - 7 Nights

Tour Cities : Mumbai - Cochin - Kumarakom - Mumbai
           
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From R 24 412.76 pps
Flights inclusive

Total : R 24 412.76


Valid. 01-Oct to 31-Mar-2019
 

Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE MUMBAI

MUMBAI TO COCHIN BY DOMESTIC FLIGHT

Upon arrival at Mumbai International Airport, you will be met & greeted by our representative at the arrival hall of the airport after custom & immigration formality. Thereafter he will further assist you to your car & transfer to Mumbai domestic Airport to board the connecting flight for Cochin. Upon arrival at Cochin, you will be transfer to you hotel.

More popular as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Cochin is a cluster of islands on the vast expanse of the Vembanad Lake. The Lake opens out into the Arabian Sea here to form one of the finest natural harbors in the world. It is this natural advantage that has made Cochin a fascinating blend of the cultures and influences of explorers and traders. The Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, and the British have all left their mark here. The Jewish synagogue, the Dutch Palace, the Chinese fishing nets, and other remnants of European and Asian architecture merge smoothly into the traditional fabric of the seaport city.

Rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 2

COCHIN

Today morning proceed for sightseeing tour of Cochin visit Dutch Palace (Closed on Fridays and Jewish Holidays) is also known as Mattancherry Palace built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Cochin in 1555 AD. It acquired the present name after 1663 when the Dutch carried out extensions and repairs in the palace. At no time did the Portuguese or Dutch stay here. Its interiors are decorated with murals from the Ramayana and there are some lively displays of royal costumes and palanquins. Continue to visit Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Fridays, Saturdays and Jewish Holidays) was built in 1568 AD. The Great Scrolls of the Old Testament, the copper plates in which the grants of privilege made by the Cochin rulers were recorded and the exquisite Chinese hand-painted tiles are of interest

Chinese Fishing Nets - The Chinese Fishing net that line the sea-front and exhibit a mechanical method of catching fish by local fishermen in Fort Kochi. Said to have been brought from China by traders of Kubalai Khan's Court, they are used at high tide. Also visit ST. Francis Church - the Protestant church was originally built by the Portuguese in 1510 AD and is believed to be the oldest church built by the Europeans in India. It is here the remains of the inveterate traveller, Vasco da Gamma were initially buried and 14 years later, his mortal remains were taken to Portugal.

Return to your hotel after sightseeing tour.

In the evening, you will be taken to a Kathakali dance center where you will witness the most elaborate of the dance forms in southern India. Here you will witness the artists readying themselves up with the make up for the final performance.   Kerala owes its transnational fame to this nearly 300 years old classical dance form, which combines facets of ballet, opera, masque and the pantomime. It is said to have evolved from other performing arts like Kootiyattam, Krishnanattam and Kalarippayattu. Kathakali explicates ideas and stories from the Indian epics and Puranas. Presented in the temple precincts after dusk falls Kathakali is heralded by the Kelikottu or the beating of drums in accompaniment of the Chengila (gong).

Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 3

COCHIN TO KUMARAKOM

After lavish breakfast, check out from the hotel & drive for Kumarakom.

Arrive Kumarakom & check in at the hotel.

In the lush backwaters of Kottayam in Kerala, lies a veritable paradise, which is called Kumarakom, or the 'Venice of the East'. Palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields, and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals are panoramic sights one can never forget. Kumarakom is Kerala’s heartland of lagoons, palm fringed lakes, and paddy fields, inter-linked with hundreds of winding canals, with the typical low slung country boats that carry everything from people to fish, rice and coconuts to the milkman and newspaper boy, local politicians and priests to wedding parties.

Remaining day is free for relaxation. Lie in a hammock on this lakeshore, and allow your senses to possess you. 

Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

 

Day 4

KUMARAKOM

Today spend the half day cruising slowly on the backwaters enjoying some breathtaking views of the lake.  The waterways of Kerala play a major role in the economy of the state as they link remote villages and islands with the mainland. It is an incredibly different experience to cruise in the backwaters in country boats, absorbing the beauty of Kerala's villages.

Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 5

KUMARAKOM

Located on the Southern coast of India enjoys a well-balanced tropical climate the day is kept at the leisure to enjoy the Ayurveda Message (at your own arrangements with hotel directly) with the aroma of the backwater of Kerala.

Overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 6

KUMARAKOM TO COCHIN

COCHIN TO MUMBAI BY DOMESTIC FLIGHT

After buffet breakfast, in time you will be transfer to Cochin Airport to board the flight for Mumbai.

Meeting & assistance upon arrival at Mumbai domestic airport & transfer to the hotel.

Bombay, or Mumbai, is the capital of Maharashtra and the economic powerhouse of India. It’s the fastest moving, most affluent and the most industrialized city in India. Yet, once upon a time, Bombay was nothing more than a group of low-lying, swampy and malarial mud flats presented to the British by its Portuguese occupiers as a wedding gift in 1661.

Rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight stay will at the hotel.

Day 7

MUMBAI                                   

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning proceed for half day city tour of Mumbai - visiting Mani Bhavan, the house where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay during his visits to Bombay which is now a Museum displaying photographs, letters, and personal items used by him.  Visit the Prince of Wales Museum and the Jain Temple.  Drive past the “Towers of Silence”, Kamla Nehru Park and Hanging Gardens situated on the slope of Malabar Hill offering a panoramic view of Marine Drive and Chowpatty Beach.  Drive through Crawford market,  Marine Drive and commemorate the visit of King George V.

Afternoon is at your leisrue.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8

MUMBAI – DEPARTS

In time a Travel Vision representative will meet, assist and transfer to Mumbai International Airport to board the flight for onward destination.

Inclusion

  • Return airfare and taxes ex Johannesburg.
  • Return flights & taxes in economy class between Mumbai & Cochin.
  • 7 Nights accommodation in 4* hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and full board in Kumarakom.
  • Half day houseboat cruise with lunch.
  • Entrance fees to sightseeing and tours.
  • English speaking guide for tours in Mumbai & Cochin.
  • All transfers, taxes and porterage.

Exclusions

  • Expenses of a personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone / fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses etc.

Terms and Conditions

Prices are subject to Travel Vision’s standard terms , conditions and rate of exchange fluctuations. Availability and prices are correct at the time of publication.


From R 24 412.76 pps
Flights inclusive

Total : R

24 412.76


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