From the Gateway of India travel south to the wonders of Kerala - waterfalls, tropical jungles, pristine beaches, backwater houseboat cruise, scenic drives up to the Western Ghats and back down again...a wonderful taste of splendid Kerala.
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Duration: 15 Nights / 16 Days
Route: Mumbai -Nileshwar -Tellicherry -Wayanad -Athirapally-Cochin -Alleppey -Kovalam -Trivandrum
You will be greeted at the airport by a KeralaToursco Representative and escorted to your hotel where you'll spend the next two nights.
Enjoy a cruise to the Elephanta caves in the morning. The island of Elephanta is about 10 kms from Mumbai. The 4 rock-cut temples are believed to have been cut between 450-750AD. After an hour’s boat trip to the island, walk the steps up the hillside to the caves. Shiva is the most depicted form. This afternoon city tour leads us to the Gateway of India – a former colonial monument and now a popular emblem of the city and a hubbub of life. The gate was built 1924-1927 to commemorate King George V’s visit in 1911. The biggest museum in India is next door - the Prince of Wales Museum. Sample bhelpuri (Mumbai’s favourite snack) at Chowpatty Beach along what is known as Marine Drive. It’s one of the city’s most popular promenades.
Transfer back to the airport to catch the short flight to Mangalore. From Mangalore take the scenic drive to Nileshwar (95 km/2 hour drive). Check in to your hotel and spend the remainder of the day as you like amidst the coconut groves on the pristine and relatively undiscovered coast of northern Kerala.
Spend the day enjoying the beach, enjoy an Ayurvedic massage, practice yoga beneath the swaying palms, explore the area on a bicycle. Treat yourself to the catch of the day for dinner. Relax by the shore in the cool evening breeze.
Enjoy the coastal drive down to Tellicherry - a vibrant fishing town and the first British settlement. As a result of it's English influence, the town is famous for cakes and crickets.
Spend the day as you wish - beachcombing, visiting forts and the fishing colony, sampling the bakeries offerings.
Leave the beach and lowlands behind and drive up to 2,.000 meters into the cool hills of Wayanad. The scenic rides takes you through tropical rain forests, dense hills, rolling paddy fields, spice and tea plantations, and through unforgettable vistas.
Enjoy a double excursion to Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kabini River for a boat ride to Kuruva Island.
Another scenic drive awaits you - the trip to Athirapally and to the Vazhachal Waterfalls. Spend the night at the waterfalls.
A free day for relaxing and playing at the Vazhachal Waterfalls.
Descend the cool hills of Athirapally to the the harbor town of Cochin - the Spice Capital of the World whose origins of trading can be traced back to the time of the Pharoahs. In the evening treat yourself to a Kathakali performance by the Chinese Fishing Nets overlooking the harbor islands.
Spend the day seeing the sights which may include a visit to the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica or a boat tour of the harbor islands.
Enjoy the short drive down to the Alleppey backwaters and board your deluxe houseboat for an overnight cruise. All houseboats, regardless of category, have highly personalized service including an on-board chef who will no doubt create some of the best food you'll find on the entire tour. Meander around the boat, perch yourself on top and observe the peaceful way of backwaters life, pull up next to a fishing boat and buy a fresh catch, stop off for fresh coconut juice, relax in the back open-ended sitting room and drift away to the morning.
Continue your travels down the coast to the world famous beach resort town of Kovalam. Long an international draw, you'll find it a fascinating and enjoyable way to wind up this tour.
Spend the day as you wish. Spend the night.
Transfer to your point of departure after morning check-out.
Extend or Customize Your Tour
We would be happy to assist with additional travel and hotel arrangements. Changes to this tour can be added as an inclusive part of the package.
Twin Sharing Basis & Includes Daily Breakfast
|Mumbai||Hotel Supreme||Hotel Godwin||Gordon House|
|Nileshwar||Nalanda Resort||Nalanda Resort||Neeleswar Hermitage|
|Tellicherry||Pearl View Regency||Pearl View Regency||Ayisha Manzil|
|Wayanad||Green Gates||Garden of Eden||Windflower|
|Cochin||Gama Heritage Residency||NO 18||Tea bungalow|
|Alleppey||Deluxe AC Houseboat||Deluxe AC Houseboat||Luxury AC Houseboat|
|Kovalam||Soma palm shore||Travancore heritage||Turtle on the beach|