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The Gods Own Country Kerala with Mumbai

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The Gods Own Country Kerala with Mumbai

  48000 per person
  13 days tour
Day wise Itinerary
Day 1 : Mumbai (By flight)

Today as per the time schedule arrive at Mumbai airport. Our representative will assist you in getting transferred to your pre booked hotel. Check in at your hotel. Relax, and rest of the leisure activities. Stay overnight at the hotel. Mumbai: Formerly Bombay, is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra. With an estimated population of thirteen million, it is the second most populous city in the world. Along with the neighboring suburbs of Navi Mumbai and Thane, it forms, at nineteen million, the world's fifth most populous metropolitan area. Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour.

The name Mumbai is an eponym, etymologically derived from Mumba or Maha-Amba the name of the Hindu goddess Mumbadevi, and Aai mother in Marathi. The former name Bombay had its origins in the 16th century when the Portuguese arrived in the area and called it by various names, which finally took the written form Bombaim, still common in current Portuguese use. After the British gained possession in the 17th century, it was anglicised to Bombay, although it was known as Mumbai or Mambai to Marathi and Gujarati-speakers, and as Bambai in Hindi, Urdu. The name was officially changed to its Marathi pronunciation of Mumbai in 1995.

Mumbai is located on seven now-merged islands (see seven islands of Bombay) which are Isle of Bombay, Mazagaon, Colaba, Old Woman's Island, Parel, Worli, and Salsette Island. Mumbai lies at the mouth of Ulhas River off the western coast of India, in the coastal region known as the Konkan. Much of Mumbai is just above sea level, and the average elevation ranges from 10 m (33 ft) to 15 m (49 ft).

Day 2 : Mumbai

After breakfast at the hotel, get ready for a tour to Elephanta Caves. Get a boat ride to Elephanta Caves and admire the ancient sculptures and architecture in the caves. Come back and go for local sightseeing of Mumbai, Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, Malabar Hills, Hanging gardens, Crawford market, Kalbadevi, Jehangir Art Gallery etc.

In the evening enjoy shopping. Return to the hotel for overnight stay. Elephanta Caves: The Elephanta Caves are a great tourist attraction in the vicinity of the large Mumbai metropolis. The Elephanta Island is located 10 km away from the Gateway of India at Mumbai. These caves house rock cut temples dating back to the 5th century CE. The Elephanta Island was so named by the Portuguese, after the statue of an elephant near the landing area of the island. These rock cut temples dedicated to Shiva Mahadeva are rich in sculptural content. Motorboats take passengers from Appollo Bunder near the Gateway of India.

How they were constructed: This rock cut temples were created by carving out rock, and creating the columns, the internal spaces and the images. The entire temple is akin to a huge sculpture, through whose corridors and chambers one can walk. The entire complex was created through a process of rock removal. Some of the rock surfaces are highly finished while some are untreated bare rock.

The entire cave temple complex covers an area of about 60000 square feet and it has a main chamber and two lateral ones, courtyards and several subsidiary shrines. Above the temple is the mass of natural rock. There are three entrances to this temple. The ones on the east and the west marking the axis of the temple. A 20 pillared hall lines the axis, and on its western end is the cella in shich is enshrined a Shivalingam. The pillars consist of fluted columns standing on square bases, and are crowned with fluted cushion capitals.

The enigmatic image of Trimurthi Sadasiva: The Sadasiva manifestation of Shiva is carved in relief at the end of the north south axis. This collossal 20 feet high image of the three headed Shiva, Trimurthy is a magnificient one, considered to be a masterpiece of Indian art. This colossal image represe nts Panchamukha Shiva, only three faces of whom are carved into the wall and it demands immediate attention upon entering the temple through the northern entrance. See All About Shiva for more information on Panchamukha Shiva. Also on the southern wall are grand sculptured images of Kalyanasundara, Gangadhara, Ardhanariswara and Uma Maheswara. To the west of the northern entrance are sculptured images of Nataraja and Andhakaasuravadamoorthy, and to its east are images of Yogiswara and Ravanaanugrahamurthy. Thus in the Elephanta caves, Shiva is portrayed in the non anthropomorphic Shivalingam form, as well as in his quintessential being emanating from the Shivalingam in the colossal image, and in 8 manifest forms.

Day 3 : Mumbai Cochin (By air)

After breakfast, Check out the hotel and get driven to Mumbai airport to board your flight for Cochin. Arrive at Cochin airport. Our representative will assist you in getting transferred to your pre booked hotel. Check in at your hotel. Relax and ready to local city tour which includes Jew Synagogue, Santa Cruz Basilica, Dutch Palace at Mattancherry, St. Francis Church, Chinese fishing net etc. Spend your evening watching Kathakali Dance performances during Cochin Beach Tour with Holiday India, overnight stay at the hotel.

Cochin: Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. Over the years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India (after Mumbai/Bombay).

Cochin is proud of its world class port and international airport that link it to many major cities worldwide. This lovely seaside city is flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. Its proximity to the equator, the sea and the mountains provide a rich experience of a moderate equatorial climate. Strictly speaking, Cochin is a small town. But, Cochin has outgrown its original bounds and is now the general name given to much of the region adjoining the original town, which now includes Cochin, Fort Kochi, Mattanchery, Ernakulam and many other nearby towns and villages. Cochin is situated in Ernakulam district in the state of Kerala. Ernakulam is also the name of a town - the administrative capital of Ernakulam district - but, for all practical purposes Ernakulam and Cochin, generally, refer to the same place. Kathakali: Kathakali, literally meaning `story-play', is a dance-drama originated in the 17th century in Kerala, one of the smallest states in India lying on the west coast of the Indian peninsula. However, its roots could be tracked back even to the earlier times.

Koodiyattom, the only surviving form of Sanskrit theater in India has been preserved in Kerala for centuries, now, by a small community called Chakyar as a part of their hereditary temple service. Krishnanattom, another form of dance-drama considered fore runner to Kathakali in its origin, is performed even today at the famous Sree Krishna temple in Guruvayoor as an offering to the Lord. Besides these two forms, elements from martial, ritualistic, socio-religious arts have also influenced in the making of Kathakali. Though Kathakali is only 300 years old, a great deal of enrichment and refinement has taken place in every aspect of its technique during this short period. Scholars are of opinion that Kathakali is the result of a fusion between all Indian theater tradition represented by Koodiyattom and the indigenous tradition of folk dance forms. It was one of the Rajas (Chieftain) of Kottarakkara, who wrote the first play intended for Kathakali performance. They form a cycle of eight stories based on Ramayana. The performance for each story was designed to last for six to eight hours. The performed stories were then known as Ramanattom (play pertaining to Rama), which later came to be called as Kathakali. Stories based on other epics and puranas were added to its repertoire in later period. A vivid picture of the nature of performance of Kathakali in the past is not known. However, it is said that in the beginning the actors themselves used to sing the text while performing. Masks were elaborately used for some characters and percussion was limited to a Maddalam (two headed barrel shaped drum), a Chengila (metal gong) and Elathalam (a pair of cymbals). Among the better known Kathakali play writes are Kottarakara Thampuran, the author of the above mentioned Ramayana Stories; Kottayam Thampuran, who wrote four stories based on Mahabharatha; Irayamman Thampi, who was both a good poet and composer, accredited three stories; Unnayi Warrier, the author of Nalacharitham (Story of King Nala); and Vayaskara Moosad who wrote one of the popular stories -- Duryodhana Vadham. Santa Cruz Basilica: Santa Cruz Basilica, a 500-year-old church in Kochi, is famous all over the world. The British had partially destroyed it in 1795. Later, it was rebuilt, and is now the oldest church in the country. Celebrations for its 500th anniversary are on, and will go on throughout the year. The celebrations will be marked by religious and cultural program. The church is a sentinel of history. It is situated in Kochi, a city famous world over for its fascinating sights of huge cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, which were brought here by traders from the court of Kublai Khan. When the Dutch conquered Kochi in 1663 they turned every big building in the vicinity of what is now Fort Kochi into storehouses for goods and weapons. Later, British conquest of Kochi in 1795 saw the Cathedral being destroyed. It was rebuilt and consecrated on November 19, 1905. ""The church was destroyed and what we see today is the church that was rebuilt after destruction,"" said Mgsr. George Malat, Vicar of the Basilica. The remains of Indo-European architecture that still exists here can be seen on the streets of Fort Cochin. The Basilica, with its beautiful carved wooden panels and pulpit, was rebuilt in the early 20th century. The Italian paintings on the walls and most of the interiors remain the same. Dutch Palace: It was built by the Portuguese in the middle of the 16th century. This structure was taken over in 1663 by the Dutch, who added some improvements before presenting it to the Rajas of Cochin. The rajas also made more improvements. This palace is notable for some of the best mythological murals in India, particularly in the bed chambers. In that room one can see the entire story of Ramayana on the walls. The palace also contains rare examples of traditional Kerala flooring, which looks like polished black marble but is actually a mixture of burned coconut shells, charcoal, lime, plant juices and egg whites. It is situated at Palace Road, Mattancherry. St. Francis Church: St. Francis Church, Kochi has great historical significance. It stands as an evidence of the European colonial struggle in India. In 1503, the then Rajah of Kochi permitted Alphonso Alburquerque to build this fort. Within this fort, Alburquerque erected a wooden church and dedicated it to St. Bartholomew. Dedicating to St. Antony, the church was newly built in 1516. In 1663, the Dutch army invaded the place and destroyed all the churches and convents except St. Francis Church. But in 1804, they voluntarily surrendered it to the Anglicans. Much later, under the Protected Monuments Act of 1904, the church became a protected monument in 1923. St. Francis Church of Kochi was originally named as Santo Antonio, the patron Saint of Portugal. Though it has hardly any architectural merits, it has been the model of many churches in India. The church has gabled timber-framed roof covered with tiles. The doors and windows of the church have semi-circular arches. The facades are flanked on either side by a stepped pinnacle. The bell turret of St. Francis Church at Kochi is divided into three compartments. Inside the church, the gravestones of the Portuguese are on the northern wall and that of the Dutch is on the southern wall. The gravestone of Vasco-da-Gama at St. Francis Church in Kochi is a major attraction there. Incidentally, after 14 years of his death, the remains were taken away to Lisbon in Portugal. St. Francis Church, Kochi is accessible by bus or boat from Ernakulam, 13 km away.

Day 4 : Cochin-Munnar (126 kms-3-4 Hrs)

After breakfast, get driven to Munnar. the place where the unfolded green carpet is waiting for you. Munnar is breathtakingly beautiful, a haven of peace and tranquility - the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country. Munnar is the gateway of Hills in South India. The drive takes you through the scenically vibrant valley of the Cardamom Hills of the Western Ghats. It's a journey through extensive tea and spice plantations and for most part of our journey; the air is rendered with the fragrance of tea and spices. On the way you can also watch the lovely waterfalls in Cheeyappara and colourful flowers in Blossom Garden, Reach there and check in at the pre booked hotel. Munnar, a hill station on the Western Ghats is beautifully situated at the confluence of three rivers - the Muthirappuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5 : Munnar After breakfast at the hotel you will be driven for sightseeing tour of Munnar. There are a number of tourist attractions in the hill station of Munnar. Visiting the Eravikulam National Park where you can see the very rare mountain goats locally called the Nilgiri Tahr, visit Mattupetty Dam which offers many fascinating sights to relish. The Shola forests around Mattupetty are ideal for trekking and bird watching, with the variety of birds found there. Kundala is a picturesque town located at the confluence of three mountain streams namely Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Enroute visit Echo Point, View Point & green carpet of Tea Gardens. Walking and hiking around the small town of Munnar offer an exhilarating experience. Travelers can also enjoy walking amongst the numerous tea estates of Munnar and view the entire process of making tea, right from plucking of tealeaves to their processing at the Kundale tea plantation. Anaimudi (2,695m), the highest peak in southern India, can be viewed from Munnar. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 : Munnar--Kumarakom Alleppey (by houseboat)

After breakfast at the hotel get driven to Kumarakom, Reach there and check in at the pre booked house boat. And enjoy this beautiful experience for rest of the day and relax. You will be transferred to Alleppey in the same houseboat floating on the beautiful backwaters of Kerala. Stay overnight at the house boat. Houseboat: The Houseboats of Kerala are a new addition to the travel and tourism of the state's backwaters. These crafts, measuring up to 120 feet in length, retrieved from the age old cargo vessels of the State. Once they ruled the backwaters, poled along by one or two men, heavily loaded with rice, coconut and other commodities. But in the recent times, these big vessels have been replaced by more and modern modes of transport, relegating them to neglect and decay. But like the phoenix it again raises to the attention of the modern world, with a difference this time the cargo is comfort and rippling relaxation. It takes great skill and meticulousness to construct these giant houseboats by tying huge planks of jack wood together. Curiously enough, not a single nail is used in their making of a houseboat. There used to be an entire clan of artisans who were involved in house boat construction. Today, an innovative holiday idea has restored these majestic representatives of a unique culture and with them their makers. The Kerala houseboats that cruise these emerald waterways are an improvisation on the large country barges, which were an essential part of the land's ethos in days gone by. Modified to meet a novel concept of holidaying, the Kettuvalloms (houseboats) are comfortably furnished with an open lounge, one or two bath attached bedrooms and a kitchenette, and are extremely eco friendly, merging smoothly into the panorama. Every houseboat is manned by a crew of 3 men, usually a cook, guide and oarsman. House boating can be the most relaxing experience for any age, size or type of people.

Day 7 : Allepey--Cochin Goa (By Flight)

Today after getting your breakfast our representative will receive you from the hotel and drop you at the Domestic airport to catch the flight for Goa. Arrive at Goa airport. Our company executive will meet & assist in getting transferred to your pre booked beach resort. Check in and rest of the day will be at ease. Spend the evening at your interest. Stay overnight at the resort.

Day 8 : Goa After breakfast at the hotel, get ready for the city tour of Goa. Witness the old churches & monuments built by Portuguese. Enjoy the boat cruise at River Mandovi. In the evening come back to the resort and enjoy the beaches around. Feel the innermost peace and tranquility on the beaches of Goa and you will get rid off all the stress. Be a part of cultural programs there and shop around. Stay overnight at the hotel/Resort.

Day 9 & 10 : Goa These days after breakfast, spend day with leisure activities and shopping at Goa and time relaxing at the beaches of Goa, Overnight stay at the resort.

Day 11 : Goa Mumbai (By flight)

After morning breakfast check out of the hotel, and get driven to Domestic airport to catch the flight for Mumbai. Reach Mumbai and check in your pre book hotel. Then go for local sightseeing of Mumbai, Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, Malabar Hills, Hanging gardens, Crawford market, Kalbadevi, Jehangir Art Gallery etc. In the evening enjoy shopping.Return to the hotel for overnight stay. Juhu Beach: Like Chowpatty, its downtown counterpart, uptown Juhu Beach is also a bourgeois paradise, filled to the gills with screaming children, courting couples and rowdy adolescents. If you want a fancier excursion, however, retreat behind Juhu's many five star hotels, for a steaming cup of coffee and a splendid view of the coast. The most popular of these beachfront hotels are the Sun and Sand and Holiday Inn. The government run Juhu Centaur also has a 24 hour coffee shop with a view of the sea. Hanging Gardens: Perched at the top of Malabar Hill, on its western side, just opposite the Kamala Nehru Park, these terraced gardens, also known as Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens, provide lovely sunset views over the Arabian Sea. The park was laid out in the early 1880s over Bombay's main reservoir, some say to cover the water from the potentially contaminating activity of the nearby Towers of Silence. Gateway of India: Mumbai's most famous monument, this is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city. It was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. Ironically, when the Raj ended in 1947, this colonial symbol also became a sort of epitaph: the last of the British ships that set sail for England left from the Gateway. Today this symbol of colonialism has got Indianised, drawing droves of local tourists and citizens. Behind the arch, there are steps leading down to the water. Marine Drive: If you're feeling energetic, a stroll down Marine Drive is possibly the best way to discover Mumbai. This is a windswept promenade, flanked by the sea and a row of art deco buildings. Looped between the concrete jungle of Nariman Point, Mumbai's Manhattan, and the leafy green slopes of Malabar hill, Marine Drive was once called the queen's Necklace, strung with glittering street lights like an enormous strand of imperious jewels. It is also one of Mumbai's busiest roads, an important artery for the heavy suburban traffic heading downtown. Cars whiz continually past the two mile stretch, past huddled lovers, children and babies in perambulators. Malabar Hills: Perched at the top of Malabar Hill, on its western side, just opposite the Kamala Nehru Park, these terraced gardens, also known as Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens, provide lovely sunset views over the Arabian Sea. The park was laid out in the early 1880s over Bombay's main reservoir, some say to cover the water from the potentially contaminating activity of the nearby Towers of Silence.

Day 12 : Mumbai After having breakfast at the hotel, gets driven to full day tour of the city. Drive Banganga Tank and Malabar Hill to visit a Jain Temple the Jains have a unique theology and Way of life. Take a look at the Banganga Tank, where life still moves to a slower rhythm. On the way, you will pass the Hanging Gardens (make a brief stop for a panoramic view of Mumbai). In the evening enjoy some shopping with your family. come back to hotel for night stay.

Day 13 : Mumbai-Fly Out (by Air)

This day after breakfast, get driven to the airport for boarding your flight back to home with sweet memories of India.
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