Exceptionally beautiful and tranquil,
the south Indian state of Kerala is
characterised by meandering rivers, rice
fields, spice plantations, verdant hills and
palm-fringed beaches. This gently paced tour takes in the
most captivating areas, including the
charming port city of Kochi (Cochin) and
the backwaters, which can be explored by
boat for a wonderful glimpse into rural
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Fly from London to Kochi (Cochin), via Dubai with
Emirates (regional connections available). (N)
Morning arrival in Kochi. Transfer to the Crowne
Plaza (or similar) for 2 nights. Remainder of the
day is at leisure. (N)
Today you will visit some of the highlights of
this enchanting port, taking in the architectural
styles that reveal Arab, Jewish and European
influences. View the remarkable, cantilevered
Chinese fishing nets, explore the 16th-century
Portuguese-built Mattancherry Palace, the
Church of St Francis and the oldest living Jewish
Synagogue in the world. Later, visit the Kathakali
dance studio. The striking feature of this dance
is the elaborate face make up and costumes. (B)
Morning drive through the Western Ghats to
Thekkady. The region is home to moist deciduous
forests and marshy grasslands, offering excellent
opportunities to watch birds and spot tropical plant life and other wildlife. Stay 2 nights in the
Cardamom County hotel (or similar). (B)
For centuries, Kerala has grown and exported
spices around the world. In the morning, take a
walking tour of a plantation to learn about the
cultivation, growth and processing of spices.
This afternoon, take a walk with a forest guide
discovering the flora and fauna of this verdant
Drive to the backwater region of Kerala this
morning. The backwaters are home to a variety
of species of fauna and flora. Stay for 2 nights
at the Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake Resort (or
Morning at leisure. Afternoon backwater cruise
by shikara boat through narrow canals. This cruise explores these picturesque waterways, revealing boats carrying loads of coir, copra and cashews and, along the water's edge, numerous churches and marketplaces. (B)
Fly to London, via Dubai, with Emirates. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
This tour is based in 4- and
Due to changes to seasonal
schedules and opening times, there are minor
itinerary variations for certain departure
dates. Please check with your Cox & Kings tour
consultant for details.
This itinerary can
be taken privately on a date that suits you, for
which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively,
it can be tailored to your exact requirements.
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Cardamom County holiday village is set on a hillside against amidst lush greenery with a touch of local flavour and traditional Keralan hospitality. The hotel provides all the facilities for a comfortable stay; thirty beautifully landscaped cottages built using traditional materials, an elegant lobby, swimming pool, multi-cuisine restaurant, Ayurveda health centre and health...
Situated in close proximity to an emerging business district, Crowne Plaza Kochi provides convenient access and is about 45 minutes away from the many tourist attractions around Fort Kochi. The hotel has 269 comfortably furnished rooms and suites overlooking either the city or the backwaters. Crowne Plaza Kochi offers a variety of dining options including a specialty restaurant with an interactive show kitchen serving signature dishes from the three distinctive culinary regions of the state of Kerala. Leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, health club and a spa offering traditional Ayurvedic, western and oriental therapies. The hotel has licence to serve wine and beer...
Set on the on the banks of Lake Vembanad and 15km from Marari Beach, the Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake Resort, lies in manicured gardens and is built in a plantation style. It features spacious rooms and suites, with traditional wooden décor and lake views. The Indian spa offers a vast list of therapeutic treatments while the infinity pool overlooks the tranquil lake. The hotel can arrange activities from bicycle rides to water sports and fishing trips.
Features: 27 rooms, multi-cuisine restaurant, bar, fitness centre, Ayurveda spa, outdoor infinity pool, garden, sun terrace, currency exchange and free parking.
Room amenities: high speed internet access, satellite television, minibar, safe, tea and coffee maker and bathroom with...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
This extension combines peaceful Madikeri, set
amid forests and spice plantations, with the
bustling city of Mysore. Madikeri is known as
the ‘Scotland of India’, all misty hills, undulating
streets and breathtaking views, while Mysore is
known as the cultural capital of Karnataka.
Morning flight to Bengaluru (Bangalore) and
continue by road to Mysore. Stay 2 nights at the
Radisson Blu, Mysore. (B)
Morning exploration of the Maharaja’s Palace
and local markets. Afternoon visit to Chamundi
Hills and the Nandi Bull. (B)
Morning transfer to Madikeri via
Srirangapatnam. Stay 2 nights at the Orange
County Resort. (B, L, D)
Morning guided walk through a working coffee
estate. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D)
Drive to Bekal and stay 2 nights at the Vivanta
by Taj – Bekal Resort. (B)
At leisure. (B)
Afternoon drive to Kozhikode and fly overnight
to London via Abu Dhabi. (B)
Morning arrival in London. (N)
Extension starts on Day 8 of tour
Located between Kochi (Cochin) and Alleppey,
Mararikulam is a beautiful stretch of beach.
One of the picturesque fishing villages that dot
the coastline, the main attractions are the local
culture, the warm waters of the Indian Ocean
and the extensive sandy beaches. Extend your
stay in tropical Kerala by staying 3 nights at the
Marari Beach Resort, a village-style hotel that
provides comfortable accommodation in 62
individual cottages and deluxe pool villas. Marari
Beach Resort is around 1.5 hours from Kochi
airport and the backwaters.
Extension starts on Day 8 of tour
Four degrees north of the equator, the Maldivian
archipelago of 1,190 islands stretches ribbonlike
across the deep blue seas of the Indian
Ocean. Here, the tropical sandy hideaways offer
visitors pure relaxation in exquisitely beautiful
surroundings. Fly from Kochi (Cochin) to Malé
and take a seaplane to the charming Cocoa
Island, which offers 33 rooms and suites, each
with a private terrace and direct access to the
sea. Stay 4 nights, with all meals included.
The Maldives extension price is based
on travel in the low season and is intended
as a guideline. There are often special offers
available for off-peak travel and longer stays.
Please contact Cox & Kings for details.
In a variation to the main tour, instead of taking
a motorboat, explore the Keralan backwaters
in a traditional wooden rice barge. Once used
to ferry rice and other goods across Kerala and
provide accommodation for the boatmen, the
barges have been sensitively converted into
floating homes for tourists, with a few tweaks
and essential modern conveniences added.
Stay overnight on board and split your 2-night
stay in Kumarakom between a traditional rice
barge and the main tour’s hotel.
Leave the group and board a traditional rice
barge. Full-day cruise through the backwaters
and stay overnight on board. (B, L, D)
In the afternoon drive to Kochi. Evening flight to
Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways. (B)
Arrival in London (N)
Experience a taste of Sri Lanka by exploring the
cultural and scenic highlights of the island. Take
in the ancient sites of the Cultural Triangle, the
hill stations and picturesque tea country.
Morning flight to Colombo. Drive to Sigiriya and
stay 3 nights at the Cinnamon Lodge. (B)
Morning visit to the rock fortress of Sigiriya. (B)
Morning tour of 11th-century Polonnaruwa.
Afternoon visit to Minneriya to see the
Morning visit to the Dambulla caves. Continue
to Kandy for 2 nights at the Earl’s Regency
Morning visit to the Temple of the Tooth and
Royal Botanical Gardens. Afternoon at leisure to
explore the local markets. (B)
Drive to the hill station of Nuwara Eliya, visiting
a tea plantation en route. Stay at the Heritance
Tea Factory. (B)
Drive to Wadduwa. Overnight at Blue Water
Transfer to Colombo and fly to London with
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SLK2017: 6 Nights
Thekkady is set among the endless green slopes of the Cardamom Hills in the spice-growin...