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The Kerala backwaters refers to a large region spanning some 558 miles (900 kilometers) consisting of an interconnected network of brackish lagoons, lakes, and canals. The best way to truly experience this beautiful area is aboard a traditional houseboat; journeys last anywhere from a few hours up to a few nights.

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Half Day Village Backwater Country Boat Cruise : Group Tour from Fort Cochin

Half Day Village Backwater Country Boat Cruise : Group Tour from Fort Cochin

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Cruise the fabled Keralan backwaters by traditional Non Mechanized Country boat on a 6-hour tour from Fort Cochin, and see the villages along the lush canals. Enjoy a vegetarian lunch in the countryside, and immerse yourself in the everyday lives of the locals.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.00
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$33.00
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Kochi Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise

Kochi Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Houseboat Day Cruise

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Discover the famous Alappuzha waterways during this seven-hour tour from Fort Kochi. Experience the beauty and tranquillity of one of Kerala's most-prized destinations as you float along the network of waterways aboard a traditional house boat. Enjoy an up close look at rural life and stunning nature during this memorable day on the water.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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$125.00
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From Cochin Port: Backwaters by Houseboat & Chinese Nets

From Cochin Port: Backwaters by Houseboat & Chinese Nets

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Explore the backwaters of Kerala by houseboat on a group tour specially designed for cruise ship passengers from Cochin Port. Enjoy lunch aboard the boat in Alappuzha, and then visit Fort Kochi to see the famous Chinese fishing nets.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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$90.00

Kerala Backwaters Houseboat Cruise with Lunch from Cochin - Private Tour

Kerala Backwaters Houseboat Cruise with Lunch from Cochin - Private Tour

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Cruise the backwaters of Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, on a 6 -7 hour tour from Fort Kochi and discover the famous inland waterways of Kerala by a traditional houseboat. See traditional villages and backwater boats and more. Alleppey is located between the Arabian Sea and a web of rivers flowing into it. In the early 20th century, the Viceroy of the Indian Empire, Lord Curzon, was so mesmerized by the scenic beauty that he declared that Alleppey was “The Venice of the East.”
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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$125.00
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3 Nights 4 Days Munnar Alleppey Private Tour with Exclusive Houseboat Stay

3 Nights 4 Days Munnar Alleppey Private Tour with Exclusive Houseboat Stay

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Cover some of Kerala’s best-known attractions on this multi-day cruise through “God’s Own Country” in a traditional thatched houseboat. Explore the misty, wildlife-packed hills of Munnar, see top colonial sites in historic Cochin, and float along Alleppey’s famous backwaters. Tasty onboard meals are included. Upgrade to include optional horse rides, Ayurvedic massages, or Kathakali dance shows.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$231.40
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$231.40
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5 Days Premium Kerala Tour Package - Private Tour with Exclusive Houseboat Stay

5 Days Premium Kerala Tour Package - Private Tour with Exclusive Houseboat Stay

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In this 5 days tour we will take you to - Munnar hill station, Periyar wildlife sanctuary (Thekkady), Alleppey Backwaters (Stay in a private Moving Houseboat) and Cochin City Tour
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  • 5 days
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$352.00
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$352.00

Kochi Shore Excursion- Private Day Tour of Heritage and Backwaters

Kochi Shore Excursion- Private Day Tour of Heritage and Backwaters

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This incredible tour showcases the best of Kerala and creates the perfect opportunity to enjoy rural South Indian life. Enjoy a rival cruise along the Alleppey backwaters in a traditional house boat. Savor the flavors of local Kerala cuisine cooked on board and tour Fort Cochin, see the famous Chinese fishing nets, check out St Francis Church and tour Dhobi Khana.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$212.50
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$212.50
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Kerala Package for 8 Days Includes All Transfer,Sightseeing and Accommodation

Kerala Package for 8 Days Includes All Transfer,Sightseeing and Accommodation

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Experience the best of Kerala without the hassle on this eight-day tour. Starting in Cochin and ending in Kovallam, you’ll enjoy the highlights of the small South Indian state, including beaches, a backwater cruise, tea estates, mountains, and wildlife. You’ll cover a lot of ground in just over a week, and see more than you could comfortably fit in if traveling alone. This is an ideal tour for families or groups who want to avoid complicated travel logistics and just relax and have a good time.
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  • 8 days
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$610.00
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$610.00
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Private Alleppey Houseboat Cruise with Overnight Stay from Kochi

Private Alleppey Houseboat Cruise with Overnight Stay from Kochi

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One of the most preferred ways to get close to the backwater life in Kerala is the houseboat stay. In this package we included a houseboat cruise with overnight stay at Alleppey backwaters. In the day time boat will cruise through the lake and experience the backwaters. Next day checkout from houseboat by 9 am, if interested visit Alleppey beach and then  come to Cochin (by car) do sight seeing  visit Santa Cruz Basilica, St Francis Church, Fort Kochi, Chinese fishing nets, Mattancherry Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Jew street etc and drop  at Hotel / Airport according to your requirement.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.22
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$120.22

Kochi Private Tour: Overnight Alleppey Backwaters Luxury Houseboat Cruise

Kochi Private Tour: Overnight Alleppey Backwaters Luxury Houseboat Cruise

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Spend the night on one of Kerala's famous houseboats and experience the tranquil beauty of life in the backwaters. This two-day tour for you and your friends offers up plenty of rural landscapes. Navigate the waters of the "Venice of the East" and learn why this destination attracts tourists from across the globe. Sample local cuisine cooked fresh on board and relax in one of the nation's most peaceful settings. 
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  • 2 days
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$240.00
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$240.00
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Kochi Backwater Experience including transfer by Tuk Tuk

Kochi Backwater Experience including transfer by Tuk Tuk

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Travel from Fort Kochi to the backwaters with a professional rickshaw driver/guide by your side with this tour by tuk-tuk. You'll head out to a local jetty to take an hour-long boat ride, making it possible to see the backwaters even with just a limited amount of time. After your experience, your driver will be ready to take you back to Fort Kochi, with the option to extend your tour to add a bit of sightseeing.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.35
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$55.35

Private 7-Day Kerala Tour with Houseboat Cruise from Mumbai with 2-Way Flights

Private 7-Day Kerala Tour with Houseboat Cruise from Mumbai with 2-Way Flights

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Enjoy this private partially guided, 7-day best of Kerala tour that showcases the important places the area has to offer. Starting with Cochin heritage, see a Munnar tea plantation, the wildlife of Thekkady, Finally, enjoy an overnight backwater houseboat stay at Aleppey/Alappuzha along with a Private Car/Driver through out your tour
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  • 7 days
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$1,040.00
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$1,040.00
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6 Days Kerala Premium Tour Packages- Glimpses of Kerala with Sanguine

6 Days Kerala Premium Tour Packages- Glimpses of Kerala with Sanguine

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In this tour one can feel the aroma of spices, chillness of a hillstation, exciting wild life, bewitching backwaters and much more
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$437.34
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$437.34

7-Night Kerala Tour to Kochi, Munnar, Periyar, Allepey and Kovalam

7-Night Kerala Tour to Kochi, Munnar, Periyar, Allepey and Kovalam

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Hit the highlights of Kerala—India’s lush, beachside southern state on the Malabar Coast—during this multi-day guided tour. Cruise the backwaters of Alleppey on a traditional houseboat, check out a live Kathakali dance performance, and lounge on some of India’s most stunning beaches. Tours include all meals and overnights and airport or hotel pickup.
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  • 8 days
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$725.34
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$725.34

Private Houseboat Backwater Day Cruise tour with Lunch from Cochin

Private Houseboat Backwater Day Cruise tour with Lunch from Cochin

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Kerala backwaters offer a lifetime experience to explore the scenic and stunning backwaters of Alleppey and Kumarakom. A chain of brackish lagoons and canals linking five large lakes, Kerala Backwaters is a maze of water bodies stretching over 900 kilometers. One of the most important aspects of tourism in Kerala, the backwaters were used traditionally as waterways to ferry rice and spices from one place to another in kettuvallams, or the traditional rice barges, which now form the major tourist attraction and ferry tourists and visitors from one destination to another.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.00
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$115.00

From Cochin Port: Backwaters by Shikara (Covered Canoe Boat) & Chinese Nets

From Cochin Port: Backwaters by Shikara (Covered Canoe Boat) & Chinese Nets

Explore the backwaters of Kerala by Shikara (Covered Canoe Motorized Boat) on a group tour specially designed for cruise ship passengers from Cochin Port. Enjoy a Keralan lunch or Snacks in Alappuzha, and then visit Fort Kochi to see the famous Chinese fishing nets.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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$60.00

Kochi Private Tour : Backwater Cruise in Aleppey

Kochi Private Tour : Backwater Cruise in Aleppey

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Experience the charm of Kerala's backwaters with this tour from Fort Kochi. You’ll spend around three hours cruising the waters near Alappuzha, passing by local villages and untouched natural areas along the way. You'll also have your choice between a variety of vessels, from simple shikara canoes to fancier deluxe houseboats.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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$65.00
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Shore Excursions for

Shore Excursions for "Azamara" with Pick up and Drop at Ship

Hello! "Azamara " Passengers Kochi India..Skip the expensive shore excursions ! Book a Thrifty Group Tour ! You will be met by our staff by the side of the ship holding the pager board with your name.  Comfortable transportation, entertaining and enriching travel experience, and traveling sustainable. The tours are customized to suit the arrival and departure schedule of your ship to ensure you have a worry free Shore Excursion. We ensure your timely return after the tour. Tours. 1. Glimpses of Kochi. Fort Kochi and Jewish Town to visit Chinese Fishing Nets St. Francis Church, Synagogue. Ditch Palace and Shopping plus your wish. 2.. Kerala Backwater Excursion and Explore Heritage Cochin,  This tour gives you a morning drive to the backwater region of Kerala, a houseboat cruise in the backwaters. A buffet lunch is served in the houseboat while cruising. After the backwaters drive to Fort Kochi and Jewish Town for Chinese Fishing Nets and Dutch Place.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00
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Joyce's Shore Excursion for Vasco da Gama Passengers Picked & Dropped @ Ship.

Joyce's Shore Excursion for Vasco da Gama Passengers Picked & Dropped @ Ship.

Hello! Vasco da Gama cruise passengers to Kochi. Skip the line ! Book a thrifty group Tour! If you are cruise passenger you are met at side of the ship with "Viator"sign and pager board of Your Name. The tours are customized to suit the arrival and departure schedule of your ship to ensure you have a worry free Shore Excursion. We ensure your timely return after the tour. Comfortable transportation, entertaining and enriching travel experience. We have following tours in and neighborhood of Kochi. 1. Vasco da Gama 's Tomb and Glimpses of Cochin Tour. 2. Kerala Backwaters cruise in Houseboat Excursion. 3. Cochin and Fishing Villages Tour  
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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$30.00
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Kochi Shore Excursions to

Kochi Shore Excursions to "Seven Seas Mariner" Passengers Pick & Drop @ Ship

Hello! "Seven Seas Mariner" Passengers . Skip expensive Shore Excursions ! Book a Thrifty Group Tour ! You are met at side of the ship with pager board of Your Name.The tours are customized to suit the arrival and departure schedule of your ship to ensure you have a worry free Shore Excursion. Tour # 1 .Backwater & Houseboat Tour.. Tour for 7 hours takes you to backwaters of Kerala and cruise in houseboat for 3 hours. Later an orientation drive to Fort Kochi and Jewish Town with photo stops at Chinese Fishing Nets. Tour # 2 Backwater Ride in Water Taxi. Tour of 6 hours takes you to backwaters ( 2 hours in backwater ride.) Tour # 3. Glimpses of Cochin: Tour of 5 hours includes heritage area of Fort Kochi and Jewish Town in a comfortable slow pace covers Chinese Fishing nets, Church of St. Francis Tour # 4. Glimpses of Cochin and Fishing Village:  Tour of 6 hours is a combination of attractions of Fort & visit to a virgin fishing village near Kochi
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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$50.00
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Kochi Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Shikara (Shaded Canoe Boat) Day Cruise

Kochi Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Shikara (Shaded Canoe Boat) Day Cruise

With its palm-fringed waterways, Alleppey—Venice of the East—is one of South India’s most scenic spots. But the most stunning locations are only accessible to boats. During this exclusive backwater tour, you’ll hop a traditional Shikara, or Indian canoe, to cruise past coconut palms, picturesque villages, and lush rice paddies. Get a peek at rural life in Kerala while you relax and glide down Alleppey’s iconic canals.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
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$70.00
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Shore Excursions from Cochin Cruise Terminal

Shore Excursions from Cochin Cruise Terminal

If you have a Cruise ship coming up and are looking for a shore excursion, here are some options. Three different tours are offered depending on your dates. One will take you out into Kerala's famous backwaters by houseboat, complete with a local lunch. A second itinerary involves a houseboat cruise and a trip to Fort Kochin, known for its Chinese Fishing Nets. The third is land-based, with visits to the Dutch Palace and historic Fort Kochi.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.50
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$27.50

Excursion to Rice Farms of Kerala.

Excursion to Rice Farms of Kerala.

This tour of Kochi has been especially designed for Insignia cruise passengers with limited time on land. You'll be picked up directly from your ship, to save the hassle of navigating in a new city. Choose from two itineraries: a comprehensive overview of Kochi (including Jew Town, Fort Kochi, the Chinese Fishing Nets, and more), or an unforgettable, three-hour backwater cruise.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00
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2 Days in Cochin (Kochi) Private Tour

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2 Days in Cochin (Kochi) Private Tour

Enjoy this private , 2-days Cochin tour that showcases the important places the area has to offer. Starting with Morning guided Sightseeing of Fort cochin /Mattancherry and evening watch Kathakali dance show . Next day discover the famous Alappuzha backwater on a Houseboat
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  • 2 days
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$184.50
$225.00
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$40.50 savings
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