Colonial Kerala

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BEST SEASON

October to March – Possible Year Round

Grade

Gentle

Duration

12 Days/11 nights

04 -06 Persons

Highlights: Rest & Relaxation, Culinary delights, Organic Farming, Spice gardens, Chinese Fishing Nets, Elephant Rides, Luxury accommodation throughout
 

OVERVIEW

The other name for this island of bliss & serendipity is Gods Own country. Exotic beaches & backwaters, swinging of the coconut & palms, spices gardens & lush green parks, colorful markets & very warm people make Kerala an enviable destination of the world.  At Banjaaray we have clustered this all into one beautiful package that draws you so close to nature & its beautiful givings that you would never have enough of it. A must visit region that leaves you spellbound, refreshed & recharged.

Mobile: +91 9899238167

Mail: info@banjaaray.com

MAJOR INCLUSIONS

  • TRANSPORTATION INCLUDED YES
  • BREAKFAST INCLUDED YES
  • ALL MONUMENTS TICKETS YES
  • HOTELS 4 / 5 STAR INCLUDED YES
  • GUIDE / ESCORT INCLUDED YES

DAY WISE ITINERARY

DAYS 01 & 02 ARRIVE IN MUMBAI (SIGHTSEEING & SPECTACLES)

Day 01 Activities

You arrive in the commercial capital of India on your own. Exchange greetings with your company representative/travel host at the airport, Leave for your hotel. Check in & relax. Later you go on a panoramic tour of city covering in it the majestic Gateway of India & a ferry trip to the Elephanta caves.

The Gateway of India is one of India’s most unique landmarks that overlook the Mumbai harbor. Bordered by the Arabian Sea, it recorded the ‘First Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry’ parade as the first main event on February 28, 1948, when the last set of British troops and divisions left India, post-independence.

The Elephanta Caves are a complex of ancient cave temples on Elephanta Island, an hour-long ferry ride from Gateway of India. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, Elephanta Island is not only a worthy destination in itself, it also provides a great view of Mumbai’s skyline and an escape from the chaos of the city.

Day 02 Activities

Take a deep breath & imagine an ocean of men, women, children, young & old very assiduously going about their lives in the largest slum of this world. You are in Dharavi, ladies & gentlemen.

Next is Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat: Massive open-air laundry where thousands of Dhobi-Walla’s (washer-people) clean dirty clothes and linen. You can hear trains whizz past in the background.

The other spots that we recommend to see are Haji Ali Dargah, Chow patty Beach, Marine Drive, Victoria terminus, Prince of Wales Museum (now Chhatrapati Shivaji Sangralaya), Hanging gardens etc

Hotel: TBA
Meals provided today: Breakfast & Dinner

DAYS 03 & 04 MUMBAI – COCHIN (2 hrs flight)

This morning after breakfast you’ll be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Cochin. Upon arrival, meet your driver and transfer to your hotel in Cochin, Rest and relax a while before you leave around sunset and enjoy a cruise on Cochin Harbor, passing Wellington Island, the Bolgatty Islands and more fishing boats than you can count.

Cochin

The commercial hub of Kerala and a town of great historical importance Cochin is a wonderful, natural harbor and is India’s biggest shipping port. The town was shaped by the Portuguese, the Dutch and later, the British. The result of these cultural influences is seen in the many examples of Indo European architecture that still exist here.

Hotel: TBA

Meals provided today: Breakfast

Day 04 Activities

After breakfast at the hotel, you shall enjoy a full-day exploration of the city starting with Fort Cochin and the synagogue in Jewish town, built in 1568 and rebuilt in 1664. Its interior is a hodge-podge of styles, with hand painted blue and white floor tiles from Canton, 19th-century Belgian chandeliers, and an elaborately carved Ark housing four scrolls from the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament).

Afterwards, visit St. Francis Church, built originally by the Portuguese in 1510, believed to be the oldest church in India. The building was originally constructed out of timber and later reconstructed in stone masonry during the 16th century. Vasco da Gama, who died in Cochin in 1524, was buried here before his remains were returned to Portugal 14 years later.

Hotel: TBA
Meals provided today: Breakfast

DAYS 05 & 06 COCHIN – MUNNAR (120 kms, 3 hrs drive)

You leave after breakfast to Munnar today. The highway drive to Munnar from Cochin is a beautiful experience with winding roads and serene landscape all through its length. En-route you can stop at Adimali, a town at the foot of the hills and take a short break over coffee. Continuing with the drive you shall come across small waterfalls and countless simians waiting for the foodstuff thrown at them, overall a pleasing experience, before reaching the scenic town. Here you check in your hotel. Rest of the evening is at leisure.

Day 06 Activities

We recommend the following places to see:

Mattupetty Dam, Anamudi Peak, Echo Point, Tata Tea Museum, Forest Rose garden and a couple of falls though you may require to drive to these spots for 40 odd minutes.

Munnar

Munnar is the epitome of breathtaking scenery amidst the thriving green tea plantations with the combination of valleys, streams, cliffs, bubbling brooks, exotic wildlife and clear trout streams making it an irresistible place. The first plantations on the land of Munnar were that of Cardamom, Coffee and Zinchona. It was A.H. Sharp, who planted the first tea sapling at Munnar in the early 19th century. He planted the sapling at Parvathi, which now form a part of the Sevenmullay estate. The city of Munnar was declared as the summer capital of the British and Duke of Wellington is said to have visited the city. The largest tea estate of the world Tata tea estate is a part of the historical legacy of Munnar.

Hotel: TBA

Meals provided today: Breakfast

DAYS 07 & 08 MUNNAR – PERIYAR (Thekaddy) (100 kms 3 hrs approx) Elephant & Boat Safari special

You drive to one of the most popular Game reserves in Thekaddy today. From the hills of Munnar, you travel to another fascinating destination, Thekaddy. Upon reaching, you check in your forest lodge/resort. Later you head inland to the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary here. Periyar is home to bison, antelope, Sambar, wild boar, monkeys, a wide variety of birds, and some 750 elephants. The sanctuary is located on Periyar Lake in the hills of the Western Ghats. You view the game at Periyar Lake by private motorboat, as they come to the lake side for water. You also take an excursion on elephant back into the park!

Hotel: TBA
Meals provided today: Breakfast

DAYS 09, 10 & 11 PERIYAR - ALLEPPEY - KUMARAKOM (140 kms, 3-4 hrs by road)

Backwaters & Organic Farm/Culinary Special After breakfast you check out from the hotel and drive to Alleppey, another heavenly location in God’s own country. Check into your houseboat. Alleppey is a quaint town flanked by the Arabian Sea in the west and has a vast network of lakes, lagoons and freshwater rivers crisscrossing it. Alleppey is an important backwater destination attracting several thousand foreign tourists every year and is also famous for its boat races, beaches, marine products and coir industry.

You’ll cruise around backwater villages of Alleppey. The cozy double bedroom, the sit – out, the sundeck, the well stocked kitchen and the modern toilette give you a feeling of being at home in the lovely waters. You’ll move through small narrow canals, lakes and lagoons & see traditional fishing, and framings, which will help you to catch a brief memorable picture of Kerala backwaters.
In Kumarakom

Once you have reached Kumarakom from Alleppey, you shall board a kettuvallam, the splendid traditional boat used for transport in Kerala, and glide through the backwaters of Kerala. This labyrinth of shimmering waterways is comprised of innumerable lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries and the deltas of 44 rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. Cruise past temples, churches (Christianity is well represented), and schools where uniformed children wave and shout as you float past.

Culinary Special

On the 2nd & 3rd day of your stay in the region, you Cruise to lovely Philipkutty’s Farm for a delicious lunch.

Surrounded by canals that are a habitat for fish and fresh water jumbo prawns, the grounds grow coconut, nutmeg, cocoa, banana, pepper and many other fruits, vegetables and spices. Cows, geese, ducks and hens roam through the lush foliage. It is a bio -waste using organic farm which has been endeavoring to develop a role model for economically viable eco-farming. This is simply a return to traditional farming system called ‘The Thodi’ (tropical home garden, which was the backbone of the Kerala agriculture. Here you get to appreciate delicate Kerala Cuisine & its taste. You will closely watch how the food is made and some recipes you do with your own hands.

Hotel: TBA

Meals provided today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 12 KUMARAKOM – COCHIN – MUMBAI (2 hrs drive + 2 hrs flight)

You pack up in time for checking out of your hotel. Drive for a couple of hours or so to reach the Cochin airport. Board your flight to Mumbai. Transfer to the international airport for your departure flight home. Alternatively stay at a hotel close by for the night. Leave next day (depending on your flight schedule & timing).

Your tour ends here. We wish you a safe flight. Hope you enjoyed travelling with us.
Good Bye till next time.

Hotel: TBA
Meals provided today: Breakfast

EXTENSION TOURS AVAILABLE:

Tour 1: 3 nights covering the Wonder city of Taj Mahal, Agra (1 night) & The Pink City Jaipur (2 nights)

Tour 2: 4 nights covering Delhi (1 night), Agra (1 night) & Jaipur (2 nights)

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