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Kerala houseboat tour...

Centuries old back waters in Kerala has become the new tourist attraction in India, after the tourist paradise Kashmir went into the threat of militant attacks. A glide in a "Kettuvallom" (Houseboat) is sure to rob your heart. Talking of a Kettuvallam ride, The National Geographic Traveler says, "It is astonishingly romantic to watch the sunset from one kettuvallam among several, while the three boatmen hang lanterns and a pearly glow fades behind the scrim of palms... Waking at dawn, we find ourselves surrounded by hundreds of fishermen skiffs on immense Vembanad Lake. It’s like time travel into a quiet morning of another century."  
  
** Name of Program : Kerla House Boat Tour-4 !!!    
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Places Visit:  Mumbai - Calicut -Vythiri- Guruvayur - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Mararikulam - Cochin   
** Duration : 13  Nights  
** Best Time : Oct-March.   
  
Day 1  Mumbai :   
Arrival Mumbai, Upon arrival meet to our staff drive to hotel. Overnight at hotel. Morning at leisure. Afternoon excursion to Elephanta caves.  
  
Day 2  Mumbai - Calicut (By flight) Calicut-Vythiri (By road, 3-4 hrs drive) :   
Morning transfer to airport to connect flight for Calicut (Kozhikode) and on arrival, a short orientation tour of the city. Later drive to Vythiri, which is quite like Ooty with its undulating hills and dales. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.  
  
Day 3  Vythiri:  
Full day at leisure to enjoy and explore the nature.   
  
Day 4  Vythiri - Guruvayur (By road, 4- 5 hrs):    
Morning drive to Guruvayur and on arrival, check in at the hotel. Afternoon visit Sri Krishna Temple (Guruvayurappan Temple) (Non Hindus not allowed in the sanctum sanctoram). Also visit the elephant camp at Punnathur kotta where over forty elephants are groomed /trained.  
  
Day 5  Guravayur - Munnar (By road, 4-5 hrs drive) :   
Morning drive to Munnar, a popular hill station of the South en route visit Kalamandalam dance school training in Kathakali dance drama and other indigenous performing arts of Kerala like Mohiniyattam, Panchavadyam and Thullal. On arrival in Munnar, check in at the hotel. Afternoon visit of Tea /Spice  Planatations.  
  
Day 6  Munnar - Periyar (By road, 3-4 hrs drive) :   

Morning drive to Periyar and on arrival, check in at the hotel. Late afternoon enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Periyar to view wildlife.  
  
Day 7  Periyar - Kumarakom (By road, 3-4 hrs drive) :  
Morning drive to Kumarakom, on the backwaters of Kerala and on arrival, check at hotel. Afternoon at leisure to relax or enjoy a rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage at the hotel.  
  
Day 8  Kumarakom - Houseboat :
Late morning board the Kettuvallam, your fascinating houseboat and spend the day crusing through the backwaters /canals of Kerala.  
  
Day 9  Houseboat-Alleppey-Mararikulam (By road, 3-4 hrs drive) :   
Morning disembark from the houseboat at Alleppey and drive to Mararikulam, with its endless miles of superb beaches. Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the beach.  
  
Day 10  Mararikulam : Full day at leisure.  
  
Day 11  Mararikulam : Full day at leisure.  
  
Day 12  Mararikulam - Cochin (By road, 3-4 hrs drive) :   
Morning drive to Cochin, one of the finest natural harbours on the Arabian Sea coast and on arrival, check in at the hotel. Afternoon city tour of Cochin.  Enjoy a Kathakali Dance performance in the evening.  
  
Day 13  Cochin - Mumbai (By flight) :   
Morning transfer to airport to connect flight for Mumbai and on arrival, proceed directly for a city tour of Mumbai. In time transfer to the airport to connect flight for onward destination or check in at the hotel for overnight stay to take your flight the next day.  
  
Day 14  Leave Mumbai :  
Board International flight for onward destination.
 
 

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