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
Poetree Resort (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 Vasundhara Sarovar Premier (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.
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. Please call 020 3930 5073 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk
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...
Strategically situated on the top of a hill, surrounded by acres of untouched land and forest, Poetree was built with strong principles of nature conservation and sustainability. Rooms are designed with relaxed tones and textures, elegant furnishings and modern-day amenities. Indian and international cuisines are crafted at the restaurant by the resort's expert team of chefs.
Features: 51 rooms, restaurant, fitness centre, swimming pool, games room, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, hairdryer, tea & coffee facilities, minibar,...
Located on the serene backwaters of Vayalar near Kumarakom, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere features modern rooms with stunning lake views. The hotel offers an idyllic location for relaxation either by the infinity pool or in the spa. For the more energetic, a range of activities are available, from cycle rides to watersports.
Features: Infinity pool, water sports, jogging trail , bicycle hire, children's activity centre, spa, health and fitness centre, yoga and meditation deck, restaurant serving local and international cuisine, poolside cafe and bar, Madira bar and seafood restaurant.
Room amenities: En suite bathroom, television, air conditioning, toiletries, safe, hairdryer, tea & coffee...
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
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.
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.
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.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
SLK2018: 6 Nights
Kochi (Cochin), overlooking the Arabian Sea and once a strategic port on the spice route, is an enchanting blend of east meets west...
Thekkady is set among the endless green slopes of the Cardamom Hills in the spice-growin...