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Journey along the Arabian Sea Coast

Destinations

Mumbai - Goa - Cochin - Alleppey - Kovalam - Trivandrum - Mumbai

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Special Experiences:

  • Experience a rejuvenating Ayurvedic couple's Spa
  • An exclusive candle light dinner
  • Spend a romantic evening in the serenity of the backwaters in your private house boat
  • Opt for a private harbour cruise at sunset
  • You can also opt for a private picnic on an island in Goa
  • Choose to surprise your partner with champagne on a Luxury yacht Cruise in Goa

Day 01: Arrival at Mumbai and day at leisure.

On your arrival at Mumbai airport, you will be welcomed by Alluring India Tour's representative who will help you with your transfer to the hotel.

Mumbai

Mumbai, earlier known as 'Bombay' is still referred by many with its old name. Some say that the name 'Bombay' originated from the Portuguese word 'Bombaim' that means 'Old Little Bay' or 'Good Bay'. Later, the name of the city was based on it most famous temple called 'Mumba Devi Temple' belonging to Goddess 'Mumba'. She is the deity worshiped by the oldest inhabitants of this island who are called the 'Koli' fishermen. It is believed that any immigrant coming to Mumbai must seek her blessings as she is the main Goddess protecting this island city.  

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Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Mumbai visiting Mumbai Fort, Marine Drive, Gateway of India, Flora Fountain/ Hutama Chowk & Hanging Gardens.

Have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and proceed for a sightseeing tour of Mumbai.

Mumbai Fort

The famous site of Mumbai fort is often mistook to be an area enclosing a fort structure, similar to the mistaken fort in Kochi Fort area. However, the Mumbai Fort today is just a location comprising of old buildings and the popular Flora Fountain. There used to be an old British fort during the British time though. 

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Marine Drive Marine Drive

Marine Drive

Though there are several Marine Drives across India, undoubtedly the most popular is the Mumbai Marine Drive that extends for 3 kms. from Nariman Point upto the Malabar Hills. Its actual name is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road, but it is always referred to as Marine Drive. Another interesting name for Marine Drive is the 'Queen's Necklace'. It so got its name because when viewed from a higher ground at night, the curve of the road besides the sea glitters with lights giving an impression of a necklace.

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Gateway Of India Gateway of India

Gateway Of India

Mumbai's 'Taj Mahal', the Gateway of India is a 85 ft. high archway at Apollo Bunder. In olden days, this was the point from where visitors mostly traders would enter India. Hence, the name 'Gateway of India'. Unlike the war memorial gateway of Delhi, this tall decorated arch was built to welcome King George V and Queen Mary in Mumbai. On one hand it was built to welcome the British rulers, and on the contrary, it is also said to be the symbol signifying the British exiting from India after India gained independence in 1947. 

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Flora Fountain

The Flora fountain is a heritage monument that comprises of a sculpted fountain at the centre of 'Hutatma Chowk'. It was named as 'Flora Fountain' symbolizing the Roman Goddess of flowers. It is said to have been made in honor of a British Governor in Bombay. It stands at a junction of five streets known as the 'Picadilly Circus' of Mumbai. The fountain sculptor contains statues of mythological characters with the statue of the Roman Goddess on top.

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Hanging Gardens

Unlike its name, the Hanging Gardens are not Hanging but firmly grounded on a terraced hill slope in the busy south Mumbai area. In a city where space is often a constraint and open places difficult to find, this garden is sure a relief to the both the locals and tourists alike. Its actual name if Pherozeshah Mehta gardens but everyone knows it by the name of Hanging Gardens. It is said that these gardens were made to cover the water in the reservoirs here from the contaminating activities of the adjoining Towers of Silence. The towers of silence are basically the cremation ground of the Parsi or Zoarastrian community. This community believes that one of the most eco-friendly ways of disposing off human dead bodies is to feed them to the Vultures and eagles and hence they bring the dead bodies to the towers of silence to be fed to such birds.

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Return back to the hotel and overnight.

Day 03: Have your breakfast, and you will be transferred to the airport to board flight to Goa.

Goa

Palm fringed shoreline, blue waters, white sand and the entertaining shacks are reasons enough to make Goa the most sought beach destination in India. Popular amongst foreigners and Indians alike, Goa offers some exciting beach clubs, night life and is a heaven for sea-food lovers. The words 'Chill out' are most synonymous to Goa where the numerous sun loungers on the sands and the shacks serving beer and mouth watering cuisine offer the most relaxing moments. But Goa has more than beaches; one must not miss out exploring the fabulous Portuguese architecture buildings in old Goa including many beautiful churches.

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Reach and check in at the hotel and evening will be free at your own leisure. Overnight will be at Goa.                         

Day 04: Have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, later proceed for the sightseeing tour of Goa visiting Miramar Beach, Dona Paula, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Mangueshi Temple & Colva Beach.

Miramar Beach

Earlier known as 'Gasper Dias', the Miramar beach is one of the two beaches of Panjim, the capital city of Goa. It is situated at the confluence of Arabian sea and the Mandovi river flowing through Goa. Zuari river as such is the largest river in Goa though. Miramar beach is known for its golden sand that sparkle in moonlight. The palm trees on the shore with gentle breeze and soothing sounds of the waves truly makes it an ideal relaxation spot for visitors.

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Dona Paula Beach Dona Paula Beach

Dona Paula Beach

The beach of Dona Paula got its name from a lady named Dona Paula who was the daughter of a Portuguese viceroy. She rose to the status of a historical figure due to her kind nature and charity activities in the village. She is said to have contributed a great deal for the upliftment of the villagers and hence after her death the villagers decided to rename their village of 'Oddavell' to 'Dona Paula'. 

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Basilica of Bom Jesus Basilica of Bom Jesus

Basilica of Bom Jesus

The famous World Heritage Site of 'Basilica of Bom Jesus' holds the sacred relics of the saint St. Francis Xavier. The basilica is situated in old Goa and is also one of the seven heritage monuments of Goa. It is a renowned pilgrimage and visitors from across the globe come to Goa to visit this Basilica. The body of St. Francis Xavier is brought down from its high altar once every ten years for viewing by the public.

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Shri Mangueshi temple

The Mangueshi temple is dedicated to Lord Mangesh who is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Besides Lord Shiva, the temple complex also houses shrines of Goddess Parvati - the wife of Lord Shiva and his son Lord Ganesha. The temple is said to be more than 400 years old and has lamp tower that is multi-storied. Lord Mangesh is the Kul Devta or family deity of many Hindus residing in the state, specifically worshipped by Saraswat Brahmins. 

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Colva Beach

The entire stretch of Colva beach once belonged to a Portuguese named D. Diogo Rodrigues, who was the landlord of Colva village. Until the end of twentieth century, the shore and beach property belonged to descendants of this Portuguese gentleman and a part of it was handed over the Government of Goa around 1974. This beach is regarded as one of the longest and most popular of Goan beaches.

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Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05: Have your breakfast, later you shall be transferred to the airport to board flight for Cochin.

Kochi

Alluring India Tour takes you to the southern part of the country with as much excitement as for the Northern parts of India. We are particularly fascinated by Kochi, that was earlier known as ‘Cochin’ and even today many people use the name Cochin instead of Kochi. It has earned its reputation as one of the most important cities in the state of Kerala, so much so that it is regarded as the commercial capital of Kerala, even though the capital city is Trivandrum. Kochi’s significance on one hand is primarily because of the presence of a major port, container trans-shipment terminal, harbor terminal and an international air terminal, while on the other it is famous for its Portuguese architecture, colonial buildings, beautiful views of Arabian sea and the Chinese fishing nets.

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Reach and check in at the hotel and spend time at your own leisure. Overnight at Cochin. 

Day 06: Have a leisurely breakfast, and proceed for the sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting Chinese Fishing Nets, Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue & St. Francis Church.

Chinese Fishing Nets

The Chinese Fishing Nets have gained popularity as one of the major tourist attractions of not only Kochi but in the entire state of Kerala. Alluring India Tour inculcates it in their sightseeing particularly due to it being an ancient preserved technique of fishing from the 14th century. While the Fort Kochi area may not be as pleasant a sight on the shores of the sea as it would resemble more of a fish market area, the attraction lies mainly in the interesting mechanism of the instrument and how the locals still have put it in use after centuries. The best place to watch the nets being lowered and pulled out of the sea is the Vasco Da Gama Square. The fishing nets are erected on teak wood and bamboo poles that function primarily on the principle of balance.

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Dutch Palace Dutch Palace

Dutch Palace

Unlike the grand palaces of Northern India, this humble Dutch Palace in the Fort Kochi area has a very distinct style of architecture. Alluring India Tour often mentions to their guests not to expect anything similar to the grand palatial structures of Rajasthan. Also known as the ‘Mattancherry Palace’, it was built by the Portuguese and presented to the then Rajah of Kochi, Veera Kerala Varma. Thereafter the kings of Kerala made several renovations in the palace, giving it a Hindu texture and gradually it became a good testimony of the Hindu Temple Art. The Palace is built around a central courtyard and this traditional style of architecture in Kerala is known as 'Nalukettus'. However, the rounded doors and windows and the masonry walls gives it a European look.

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Jewish Synagogue

The Jewish Synagogue at Kochi has proclaimed its significance being the oldest existing Synagogue among all the commonwealth countries. The Synagogue is primarily the Jewish place of worship but it is also used to study or even as a community centre. The history of the Jewish Synagogue of Kochi can be traced to nearly 2000 years ago. The synagogue has rolls of Old Testament, records of the privileges bestowed upon the Kings of Kochi, ancient relics and old copper plates that have souvenirs. These souvenirs include beautifully carved silver and golden crowns that were gifted to the Jews. Though it was built in 1568, it had to be reconstructed after a Portuguese bombardment in the war in 1962. Alluring India Tour includes a visit to the synagogue as an optional sightseeing and one may choose to visit it while on their sightseeing of Fort Kochi area.

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St. Francis Church

The St. Francis Church of Kochi has enormous historical significance. It is the first European church that was built in India. It is also believed that the great Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama breathed his last here on his third visit to India and his remains were kept in this church for a few years before being shifted to Portugal. After 14 years of his death, the remains were taken away to Lisbon in Portugal. In the year 1663, the Dutch captured Kochi and converted St. Francis Church into a protestant church from a Catholic Church, which was under their rule till 1795. In 1804, the Dutch voluntarily handed over the church to the Anglican Communion of the British. They demolished all the churches except this which they and converted into a government church. Today, the St. Francis Church is a part of the Protestant Church of South India.

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Return back to the hotel and relax. Overnight at Cochin.

Day 07: Have your breakfast, and drive to Alleppey (95 kms / 2 hrs )

Alleppey

Whenever there is a mention of backwaters of Kerala, 'Alleppey' and 'Kumarakom' are the two names that come up. Infact Kerala itself has been most known for its backwaters. The actual name is 'Allapuzha' but it is commonly referred to as Alleppey. With mention of backwaters, the next mention comes about 'Houseboats' which are one of the most popular and preferred means of experiencing the backwaters for tourists.

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Check into a traditional houseboat of Kerala Style and go on a leisurely backwater cruise along the lake on a thatched houseboat. The houseboat with all modern comforts lets you discover the countryside at your own pace. A ride on the houseboat is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters. Cruise through the backwaters and pass the villages on the shores.

Overnight will be at Houseboat.

Day 08: Breakfast at the houseboat. Later start your drive for Kovalam (185 kms / 4 hrs)

Breakfast will be on board. Disembark the houseboat at Alleppey where our driver will be waiting for you to proceed for Kovalam. Arrive Kovalam and check-in at hotel to relax for the evening.

Kovalam Kovalam

Kovalam

Kovalam beach is located at a distance of around 16 kms. away from Trivandrum which is Kerala's capital city. It is considered one of the best beaches in Kerala and offers quite panoramic views of the sunset over its light house. Visitors prefer to stay at one of the beach hotels in Kovalam and visit the nearby city of Trivandrum now called as Thiruvananthapuram. It  has several sites to explore like the Napier Museum, the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, the Padmanabhaswamy Temple etc. Alluring India often recommends an excursion to Kanyakumari from Kovalam, if guests have atleast three days in hand.

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Overnight will be at Kovalam.

Day 09: Have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and be at leisure.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the resort. Rest of the day will be at your own leisure to enjoy the fascinating beaches of Kovalam. Overnight will be in Kovalam.

Day 10: Have your breakfast and proceed for Trivandrum airport to board flight for Mumbai.

 


Best Months for this tour: November, December, January, February

Inclusions

TOUR LAND PRICE INCLUDES:

  1. Economy class airfare for Mumbai–Goa, Goa-Kochi & Trivandrum-Mumbai
  2. Double / twin room accommodation 
  3. Breakfast in Hotel as per the Itinerary
  4. Meet and Greet at the airport at all applicable places
  5. All airport transfers by Private Air Conditioned Car
  6. All sightseeing by Private Air Conditioned Car
  7. All Monument Entrances
  8. Inter-city transfers by Private Air Conditioned Car (except where flights are applicable)
  9. Services of English Speaking Guide
  10. Hand phone with Indian Number for 24 x 7 customer support
  11. All Transport Taxes, Inter State Vehicle Permit, Driver Allowance
  12. All hotel and Govt. Taxes
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