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Upon arrival in Delhi, we will transfer to the domestic terminal for your flight; IC465 - Delhi / Kochi - 1730 / 2030. Welcome to Kochi and the start of your India holiday with us. After you have passed through customs and bagage collection we will be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel.
Formerly a princely state, Kochi is also fondly referred to as “The Queen of the Arabian Sea”. This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town including the beautiful Parsi Synagogue built in 1568, the Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese in 1555 and St Francis’ Church. Afternoon/evening free.
A drive east to to Munnar - a quaint hill station nestled on the verdant slopes of tea plantations, that exudes a rare old world charm and reminds one of the days of the Raj in its elegant splendour. At a height of 1525 metres, Munnar offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills.
A short drive south to Periyar, South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary and home to bison, antelopes, sambar, wild boar, birds and even the odd tiger! Kumli, close to the sanctuary and where you’ll stay, is a pretty little town dotted with small spice and handicraft shops. Enjoy an included boat ride on Lake Periyar and the remainder of the time at leisure.
Day at leisure in Periyar National Park.
A drive to Kumarakom, perched on the eastern banks of the mighty Lake Vembanad in the heartland of Kerala’s famed backwaters. Although right in the thick of a tangle of lush tropical waterways, Kumarakom is technically an island on Lake Vembanad. This is an ideal place to chill-out for a few days. There is also a wonderful bird sanctuary, winter home to many migratory birds which is worth a visit.
Day at leisure in Kumarakom.
This morning board a simply furnished private rice-boat for a journey through the backwaters in and around Alleppey. Crewed by a poler to push the rice boat through the water, a distance of some 20 kms will be covered, during which time the boat will glide past colourful local villages. As for dining, the on-board cook will prepare meals using fresh local produce.
Today we drive to Trivandrum... enjoy sightseeing of city.
Drive onwards to Kovalam...Stroll for miles along white palm fringed sandy beaches, try sampling the local seafood and sipping cocktails on your sun lounger, it's the perfect way to unwind, before heading to the North of India..
Day at leisure at Kovalam.
Day at leisure at Kovalam.
Today we will transfer you to Trivandrum airport for your flight to Delhi; IC466 - Trivandrum / Delhi (via Cochin) - 0615 / 1030 ...where we will be awaiting you for the beginning of the Shere Khan trip! The adventure continues...
A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘Golden ...