erala, the narrow strip of enchantment, snuggles cosily between the blue waters of the Arabian Sea and the rich green heights of the Western Ghats. An enticing combination of nature and culture is beautifully arranged in between. Mist-clad hills, lush forests, exotic wildlife, emerald carpet of tea gardens, enchanting backwaters, palm-fringed beaches, architectural wonders, enthralling art forms, rejuvenating Ayurveda, and much more.
 
Day 01: MUMBAI: You are welcome in India. Met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.
   
Day 02: MUMBAI: Visit the highlights of Mumbai (Bombay) covering Prince Of Wales Museum, Hanging Gardens, Mani Bhavan, Dhobi Ghat, colourful bazaar of Crawford, and Afgan Church.
   
Day 03: MUMBAI: Morning visit the Gateway Of India. Followed by Half-day trip to Elephanta Caves Island for astonishing ancient sculptures. Rest of the day is at leisure.
   
Day 04: SOMATHEERAM: Fly to Trivandrum. On arrival drive to the beach resort at Somatheeram. Day at leisure. You can also take a walk along the rustic countryside.

Ayurvedic Massage at Samatheeram Ayurvedic Beach Resort

 
Day 05: SOMATHEERAM: Day is reserved for-

Option I:
the excursion to Kanyakumari to visit Gandhi Memorial, and Vivekanand Memorial- built in the memory of Indian philosopher, Swami Vivekanand. Also visit wooden palace of Padnabhapuram, and Suchindram temple en route.

Option II:
the sightseeing trip of Trivandrum, including a trip to Chalai Market- a typical market of Kerala.
   
Day 06: SOMATHEERAM: Day free to relax at the immaculate tropical beach. Set out for fishing with local fishermen on traditional Catamaran OR join the Yoga class for transcendental meditation OR rejuvenate yourself with the much acclaimed Ayurveda treatment.
   
Day 07: ALAPPUZHA: Drive through green coastal belt & cashew plantations to Alappuzha to stay in a traditional Kerala house opening right over the Vembanad lake. Day at leisure with the option of a herbal oil massage. Also relish the wonderful Kerala cuisine in ethnic way.
   
 
Day 08: BACK WATERS: Morning visit coir-making factory and bathe the elephants at elephant rearing centre. Later commence an overnight houseboat cruise to Kumarakom. This most enchanting journey enables you to watch backwaters lifestyle from very close.

Houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala

 
Day 09: KUMARAKOM: Arrive Kumarakom and check in your hotel Coconut Lagoon, on the banks of Vembanad
  Lake. Afternoon cruise along the lake to watch migratory birds like Siberian stork, egrets, darter, heron, and teal.
   
Day 10: PERIYAR: Drive through rubber and spice plantations to the wildlife reserve at Periyar. Late afternoon enjoy a boat ride on the lake to see the herds of wild elephants that come to the lake to frolic in its waters.
   
Day 11: MUNNAR: Drive to Munnar, popularly known as the tea country, offers a breathtaking view of the hills draped in folds of green carpet of tea gardens. Reach Munnar and check in your hotel. Visit tea estate & factory after some leisure.
   
DAY 12: MUNNAR: Morning leave for Eravikulam National Park to watch rare mountain goat, Nilgiri Thar. Later visit highly specialized dairy farm- Indo Swiss Livestock Project and enjoy boating at Mattupetty Lake.
   
Day 13: GURUVAYUR: Drive to Guruvayur, visiting the Archaeological Museum at Thrissur en route. Upon arrival check in your hotel. Later visit the Guruvayur temple (from outside, as non Hindus are not allowed inside the temple) and the Elephant Camp, which has 55 elephants.
   
 
Day 14: COCHIN: Proceed to Cochin visiting the Kerala Kalamandalam- renowned the world over for its Kathakali training center, and Museum of Kerala History en route. At Cochin, sunset cruise to see Chinese Fishing Nets. Evening is reserved for a spectacular Kathakali dance performance.

Kathakali Dance Performance- Cochin

 
Day 15: COCHIN: Sightseeing tour of Cochin. Afternoon is free for shopping. Evening, enjoy live performance of
  Kalaripayattu- the traditional martial art of Kerala (Optional).
   
Day 16: MUMBAI: Fly to Mumbai. Met on arrival & transferred directly to International airport.
   
Day 17: MUMBAI: Fly to onward destination.

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