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Set in the slums of Mumbai, Danny Boyle's 'Slumdog Millionaire' swept the 2009 academy awards with 8 Oscars, and showcased to millions across the globe- the amazing world of Mumbai's slums and its dwellers. But if you thought that slums were all there was to Mumbai.. Think again!

Popularly known by its erstwhile name, Bombay, this vibrant port city overlooking the sparkling Arabian sea is home to more than 16 million people and is also popular for being the business capital of India, for its multi million dollar film industry, its burgeoning fashion scene, vibrant culture, rich history, effervescent nightlife, shopping avenues and a plethora of other delights. This is a city that has no parallels anywhere in the world… a city of so many contrasts and highlights that it will leave you enchanted.

Consider this for starters... the city that is home to Asia's largest slum also has the seventh largest population of billionaires in the world. (In fact, with an average net worth of 7.6 billion dollars, in terms of wealth, Mumbai's billionaires overtake those of Moscow's, rated as the city with the highest number of billionaires in the world).

Mumbai has several such amazing facts to its credit:

Mumbai's suburban railway system, which is an offshoot of the first railway to be built in India by the British in 1853, is also the oldest railway system in Asia. Carrying more than 6.9 million commuters on a daily basis, it has one of the highest passenger densities of any urban railway system in the world.

Then there is Mumbai's Hindi film industry, 'Bollywood', which produces more than 1000 films each year and caters to an audience of 3.5 billion people worldwide (half the world's population). This makes it the largest producer of movies in the world. (Yes, that's right- more movies than Hollywood produces each year).

Mumbai's 'Dabbawaalahs' (literally meaning 'tiffin carriers') - an army of 4500 semi literate workers- deliver around 200,000 tiffins within the city each day. Awarded a Six Sigma rating for efficiency by Forbes and featuring in the Guinness book of world records for 'best time management', this 120 year old organisation continues to offer uninterrupted services every single day of the year and has admirers in the likes of Sir Richard Branson and Prince Charles. Though most of its members are semi literate, they are called upon by leading premium management schools to lecture on management.

Besides these amazing facts, there are several prominent landmarks which make for interesting excursions. These include the historic 20th century Taj Mahal Hotel, the Chhatrapati Shivaji (formerly Victoria) Terminus - one of the world's most spectacular railway stations, the Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Crawford Market and Chor Bazaar (Thieves Market) and the famous Marine Drive, also known as the 'Queens necklace' for the way it looks from the sky at night.

Come on a journey with us to experience the 'real' spirit of Mumbai, with our exclusive tour put together by experts who know the city like no one else does.

Take a step back from all the fast paced excitement of Mumbai after your tour of the city when you travel to Kovalam in breathtaking Kerala for a few days of total relaxation. With endless stretches of golden sand hemmed by swaying coconut palms, and the vast expanse of turquoise blue waters lovingly lapping the shoreline, Kovalam is an ideal destination to go swimming or to laze about in the sun and watch the breathtaking sunset.

Also included on the tour is a day houseboat cruise on the tranquil and sensuous backwaters of Kerala. This exclusive package is brought to you by the India Travel Centre in association with the Leela Group of Hotels – one of the finest five star luxury hotel chains in India. Known for its world class hospitality and service, the Leela offers you some of the finest accommodations anywhere in India. It is no wonder therefore that Chairman Capt. C.P.Krishnan Nair received the prestigious 'Hotelier of the Century' Award from International Hotels and Restaurant Association, Geneva in January 2010, for creating a new benchmark for luxury hospitality – the second time in 140 years that this unique award has been presented to an international hotelier. Your accommodation in Mumbai and Kovalam will be at Leela properties, and to say you'll be pampered will be a gross understatement.

DAY 02: Mumbai
This morning head for breakfast at the Madras Cafe – the most authentic South Indian eatery in town where the food is truly delectable, as is the service.Since it's for its slums that Mumbai has been in the news lately after the release of the Oscar winning movie 'Slumdog Millionaire', we will visit one of Mumbai's slums this morning to get a fascinating insight into how people in these parts of the city survive and thrive, and to understand the reality behind the film. On the way back into the city we will visit Dhobi Ghat (laundrette Mumbai style!) where almost two hundred dhobis and their families work together in what has always been a hereditary occupation.Mumbai has also acquired a big name in the contemporary art world and many Indian and International artists are based here. On the way to lunch, we will visit a couple of art galleries such as Chemould or Bodhi where the latest exhibitions are showcased. We will have a late lunch at Moshe's near the Gateway of India, one of the most chic places in town for a contemporary style lunch in truly wonderful surroundings. Spend the remaining afternoon on Battery Street, famous for it silver shops and curios before heading back to the hotel.Spend the rest of the evening at leisure.Overnight at the Leela Hotel. (Vehicle for transfer and sightseeing)

DAY 01: Arrival Mumbai
Welcomed by an Kerala Travel Centre representative at the airport and transferred to the Leela Kempinski hotel. Relax and unwind in the plush and relaxing settings provided by the hotel.Later, proceed to the Swati Snacks restaurant for an early lunch. This place is more than a mere restaurant. It's a local institution that serves authentic Mumbai street food like khichdi (lentil and rice stew) and sev puri (canapés with chutneys and potatoes) in hygienic surroundings.Swati Snacks is never quiet and is an ideal joint to savour true regional cuisine - Mumbai style! Close by at the Opera House is 'Neemrana',the best place for chiffon tunics to throw over your beachwear, and worth a visit if you intend heading for the beach. We will move on to 'Mani Bhavan', a quaint Gujarati-style house in Mumbai that's also known as Gandhi Sangrahalaya (Gandhi Museum). It's here that Mahatma Gandhi lived from 1917 to 1934. This three-story home is now a museum that preserves the spirit of the man who put his nation before himself. Time now to rest your feet, and what better place than the recently opened 'Tea at Sea lounge' at the landmark Taj Hotel. For those who can't wait to shop, just around the corner is Bombay Electric where you can choose from what the city's best designers have to offer. Enjoy a horse carriage (tonga) ride along Mumbai's famous 'Marine drive', also called the Queens necklace for the way it looks from the sky at night. Head back to the hotel to freshen up and enjoy dinner. Post dinner, those who fancy a party can head for cocktails at the one and only 'Tote' near the race course, run by the celebrity chef of Indigo, one of Mumbai's finest restaurants) Overnight at the Leela Hotel. (Vehicle for transfer and sightseeing)

DAY 03: Mumbai
This morning has been saved for the more 'typical' tourist sights, which became popular because they are really worth a visit! Start the day with 'Crawford Market', one of India's largest wholesale fruit and vegetable markets. At this time of the day it will be at its peak and will look like something out of Victorian London, where mountains of fruit and fresh vegetables are sold every day. Later, proceed to the 'Chhatrapati Shivaji'(formerly Victoria Terminus), one of the world's most spectacular railway stations – also shown in the movie- where you will get to witness first hand the fascinating world of Mumbai's suburban railways which carries over 6.9 million commuters daily.We'll stop for a leisurely lunch at the Indigo, one of India's premier restaurants which is situated in a restored turn of the century bungalow. Post lunch we will head to the famous 'Chor Bazaar' (Thieves Market) where one can get lost in the vast array of little antique shops that look like musty attics and sell just about anything from old ship parts, grandfather clocks and gramophones to crystal chandeliers and old English tea sets and authentic Victorian furniture. It is a wonderful place to browse and hunt for bargains, and it is a favourite haunt for antiquarians and restorers. At sunset, we'll take a leisurely stroll by the Gateway of India, built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, and ironically, when the era of British Raj ended in 1947, this was the place from where the last British ship set sail for England. No visit to Mumbai could be complete without a mention of Bollywood, the Hindi film industry based in Mumbai which produces the largest number of movies in the world and entertains more than 3.6 billion people worldwide each year. This evening, we will take you to a cinema to watch one of Bollywood's latest flicks.Overnight at the Leela Hotel. (Vehicle for transfer and sightseeing)

DAY 04: Mumbai - Trivandrum - Kovalam (by flight)
After breakfast we'll drive you to the Mumbai airport where you will board a flight to Trivandrum in Kerala. On arrival, you will be welcomed by a Kerala Travel Centre representative and driven to the Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach Hotel, a beautiful resort built on a rocky promontory and offering a spectacular view of the Arabian Sea. Kovalam is one of the most popular beach destinations in India and consists of three adjacent crescent beaches separated by rocky headlands, of which the southernmost Lighthouse beach is the most famous. The azure waters and the favourable climate make Kovalam a favourite year-round destination for beach lovers. Enjoy the rejuvenating power of Ayurveda,the 5000 year old natural medical science that originated in Kerala with a soothing full-body massage at the hotel. Spend the evening at leisure. Overnight at the Leela. (Vehicle for transfer)

DAY 05: Kovalam
Spend the day at leisure on the beach. The beach here is good for those who fancy a swim in the sparkling Arabian sea. Overnight at the Leela. (No vehicle)

DAY 06: Kovalam - Kollam - Kovalam
This morning we will drive to Kollam, located 71 km to the north of Kovalam. Situated on the banks of the vast Ashtamudi Lake, Kollam is the gateway to the magnificent backwaters of Kerala – a complex network of palm-fringed lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals, nearly 500 miles of which is navigable. No trip to Kerala can be called complete without a cruise along these lazy, languid backwaters. And there's no better way to experience Kerala's backwaters than by sailing on a traditional houseboat or 'kettuvallam'.At Kollam you will check into your own private houseboat for a day cruise on the backwaters - a trip you'll remember fondly for years to come.HouseboatsorKettuvalloms' are converted rice barges with well appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm fringed landscape from your cabins. It's like being transported back in time. The sheer beauty of the sweeping vistas that open up before you as you skim this labyrinthine watery concourse is beyond words.As you punt along, you will see tiny hamlets, an occasional church or temple, lush paddy fields,Chinese fishing nets, the ubiquitous coconut groves and the simple life of Kerala's peasantry.Return to the Leela to spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight at the Leela. (Vehicle for Kollam visit)

DAY 07: Kovalam – Trivandrum – Mumbai (by flight)
After an early lunch we will drive you to Trivandrum airport to board your return flight to Mumbai. On arrival you will again be met by our representative and transferred to the Leela in Mumbai. Spend the rest of the day at leisure checking out what you've missed out in this bustling city. With bars, restaurants, shops, movie houses, nightclubs, parties and festivals everywhere,Mumbai is a city that never sleeps and you can take your pick from a selection of activities.Overnight at the Leela. (Vehicle for transfer)

DAY 08: Mumbai - Departure
Departure transfer to Mumbai International airport for your return flight. (Vehicle for transfer)

PlaceNtsResortRoom Type
Mumbai3The LeelaPremiere City-view room
Kovalam3The LeelaBeach View Superior
Mumbai1The LeelaPremiere City-view room
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Prices are per person based on 2 people occupying 1 double/twin room. For single supplements please contact Kerala Travel Centre. Price Includes: Bed &Breakfast basis at all, chauffeur driven AC car for transfers,Ayurveda massage, all excursions and entrance fees, guide charges, day houseboat cruise, assisted airport transfers.Price Excludes: International & Internal Flights - Please contact Kerala Travel Centre for booking flights.
Kerala Climate and Weather
Being a coastal state surrounded by the Arabian Sea and because of its proximity to the equator, Kerala has a more or less consistent temperature pattern in the summers and the monsoons alike. The temperature hovers around 29�32 degrees (Celsius) throughout the year with varying levels of humidity.



Best months for travel to Kerala:

The months of October through to March are considered to be the most favourable months to travel to Kerala when the weather is sunny and pleasant.
The months of April and May are also favourable for travel but the humidity tends to be comparatively higher.
August and September are also good months for travel.

Monsoon Months in Kerala:

June and July are monsoon months in Kerala, the showers being heavy at first and then easing off gradually. Whilst these are not the best months for tours, interestingly, this happens to the best time for travellers seeking the therapeutic Ayurveda treatment which is said to be most effective in these months.

Special Experiences

Kerala offers a myriad of delightful, lesser known experiences which one does not get to enjoy on a regular tour which is packed with standard excursions. At the Kerala Travel Centre we have always been keen to showcase these special, off-the-beaten-track experiences that will make your Kerala holiday a memorable experience like no other.

We have compiled a partial list experiences which you could choose to enjoy on this tour. When in doubt, just ask your Kerala Travel Centre driver and he will point you the right direction.

Mumbai

Set in the slums of Mumbai, Danny Boyle's 'Slumdog Millionaire' swept the 2009 academy awards with 8 Oscars, and showcased to millions across the globe- the amazing world of Mumbai's slums and its dwellers. But if you thought that slums were all there was to Mumbai.. Think again!

Popularly known by its erstwhile name, Bombay, this vibrant port city overlooking the sparkling Arabian sea is home to more than 16 million people and is also popular for being the business capital of India, for its multi million dollar film industry, its burgeoning fashion scene, vibrant culture, rich history, effervescent nightlife, shopping avenues and a plethora of other delights. This is a city that has no parallels anywhere in the world… a city of so many contrasts and highlights that it will leave you enchanted.

Consider this for starters... the city that is home to Asia's largest slum also has the seventh largest population of billionaires in the world. (In fact, with an average net worth of 7.6 billion dollars, in terms of wealth, Mumbai's billionaires overtake those of Moscow's, rated as the city with the highest number of billionaires in the world). Mumbai has several such amazing facts to its credit:

Kovalam

  • Travellers know Kovalam for being a great beach destination but few know that for those who love bikes, Kovalam has a few shops that hire out Enfield motorbikes.
  • There is a Swiss bakery in Kovalam which offers some fascinating cakes.
  • For veggie lovers, Kovalam has one of the best run vegetarian restaurants called 'Lonely Planet' (not the same as the guidebook).
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  • Complimentary Ayurveda Massage
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