|City||Hotel Name/Room Category||No. of Nights|
|Mumbai||The Taj Mahal Palace (Lux-Grande-Sea-View)||2N|
|Cochin||Brunton Boatyard (Sea facing Suite)||2N|
|Munnar||Windermere Estate (Cottage)||2N|
|Periyar||Spice Village (Deluxe Villa)||1N|
|Kumarkom||Coconut Lagoon (Deluxe Pool Villa)||1N|
|Backwaters||Discovery House Boat (Deluxe)||1N|
|Mararikulam||Carnoustie Resort (Mallika Pool View)||4N|
|Mumbai||The Leela (Premier City View)||1N|
Day1: Arrive Mumbai
A warm welcome awaits you when you arrive at Mumbai International Airport. Transfer to your Hotel Taj Mahal (Palace Wing) where a Taj Facing room is pre-booked for your stay. This hotel in Mumbai combines gracious architecture, luxurious accommodation and fine dining experience. The hotel is situated on the waterfront adjacent to the Gateway of India. The rest of the day is free. Overnight at The Taj Mahal Palace.
Enjoy a healthy breakfast before going to the town with your private car to experience the well known tourist places of Mumbai, but also places that are rarely visited. Overnight at The Taj Mahal Palace.
Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner included.
Day3: Mumbai - Cochin (By Flight)
Transfer to the airport to catch your flight to Cochin. After arrival transfer to The Brunton Boatyard, a boutique hotel with a lot of history and an impressive Art collection. The rest of the day is free. Overnight at The Brunton Boatyard Hotel.
Breakfast & Dinner included.
After breakfast put on your most comfortable shoes for our CitySafari, because we are going to walk quite a lot today. We will bring you to the highlights of the city, but we also visit places not included in the regular tours. For lunch you are invited in the house of an Indian family for a Keralan dish. Overnight at The Brunton Boatyard Hotel.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day5: Cochin û Munnar (140Kms/4.5Hrs)
The morning starts relaxed with breakfast in bed. Then drive to Munnar, a village surrounded by tea plantations at 1600 meters above sea level. Check in at the Windermere Estate, a retreat surrounded by a Cardamom Estate. In the afternoon enjoy a Cardamom Walk (4 km/2 hours), a walk through the Windermere Estate, a cardamom plantation. This walk is a treat for a naturalist, with a vast variety of evergreen trees under the shade of which the cardamom is cultivated. When you come back at the retreat an Afternoon Tea is served in the garden. In the evening enjoy a BBQ dinner. Overnight at the Windermere Estate.
Breakfast, lunch, Afternoon Tea and dinner included.
After breakfast drive to Mattupetty, famous for its Indo-Swiss livestock project. Mattupetty is situated at a height of 1700 m and is just 13 km from Munnar. The Mattupetty Lake and Dam, just a short distance from the farm, is a very beautiful spot for a romantic picnic. The hotel will arrange a picnic basket filled with delicious food! On the way back to the retreat we will take you to a Tea Museum. In the evening enjoy a candlelit dinner at hotel. Overnight at the Windermere Estate.
Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner included.
Day7: Munnar û Thekkady (135Kms / 4 Hrs)
Drive to Periyar National Park, one of the 27 tiger reserves in India. Spending the day with the elephant and her Mahout, feed him a bunch of bananas, go for a ride on him and visit some of the surrounding plantations, watch him at work, pulling and carrying large logs of wood.
After lunch at your hotel, in the evening Spice VillageÆs Master Chefs share some of their skills with you at the evening cookery classes. Here you will learn the secrets of traditional Kerala and seafood cooking. And of course, you will enter the magical world of Indian spices. What they are, how to use them, combine them, and savor the special magic they bring to even the most commonplace foods. Overnight at Hotel The Spice Village.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day8: Thekkady û Kumarkom ( 145 Kms / 4 Hrs)
After breakfast head to Kerala's famous 'backwaters', a complex network of lakes, canals and rivers that support a beautiful eco-system, all at Kumarakom, a quiet village tucked away on the banks of the Vembanad Lake. Enroute you can visit the renowned Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Coconut Lagoon is a relaxed, charming resort surrounded by backwater, thick mangrove forests and green paddy fields and is only reachable over water. Check in at a Pool Villa, where peace and privacy are guaranteed with private pools and distinctive interiors and even your own little hammock, tied up front.
The afternoon is free to spend at the pool, read a book from the resorts Library or enjoy an Ayurvedic Spa Treatment. Later in the day, don't miss the sunset cruise in Kumarakom backwaters.Dinner will be served at Aymanam (formerly known as Fort Cochin), famous û Paul McCartney described the food as æperfectÆ - for its seafood. Overnight at Coconut Lagoon.
Breakfast and dinner included.
Day9: Kumarkom (Discovery Houseboat)
Check in at your private Houseboat for a Backwater Cruise.
Transfer to Kumarakom where you go on board in your own houseboat The Discovery. Originally these boats were created to transport rice and spices from one village to another and finally to the port from which the precious cargo was shipped to the Arab countries and Europe. They currently are erect the most important and interesting Keralan tourist attractions! At night, once your houseboat is anchored in the waters, dine under a starlit sky with the sound of crickets in the background. Overnight at Houseboat.
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Day10: Kumarkom û Marari ( 40 Kms / 1 Hr)
But.. our favourite part of the cruise is to wake up early and see young children brushing their teeth by the shore, women washing clothes, ducks floating by.
After breakfast disembark the boat at 0900 hrs. then transfer to Marari Beach, a pristine beach close to Mararikulam Village. Check in at the Carnoustie Beach Resort & Ayurvedic Spa. A luxury, boutique style and eco-friendly beach resort at the unspoilt beaches of Marari. All the luxury villas have gorgeous interiors, a perfect fusion of modern and traditional Kerala architecture. Your villa, the Mallika Pool Villa, is very comfortable with a private pool, walk-inn dresser and rain shower.
Enjoy sun, sea and sand at Marari Beach. Take a walk along the beach, join the daily yoga class, finally finish your book, enjoy the pool, book a Spa treatmentà.or just do nothing at all! It is the perfect place to unwind. There are two restaurants for lunch and dinner; Chimaera serves Seafood and Ida is a multi cuisine restaurant. If you want to leave the resort for a few hours, book our Churches & Temples Tour* to learn more about the main religions of Kerala. One of these days a Couples Massage in the Spa is included.
Day14: Marari û Cochin (55 Kms /1.5 Hr) Cochin û Mumbai ( By Flight)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. After arrival transfer to your hotel, The Leela. In the afternoon you can choose to stay at your hotel or you can go for shopping to buy some last souvenirs. End of tour.