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, via Abu Dhabi with
Etihad Airways. (N)
Morning arrival in Kochi. Transfer to the Crowne
Plaza (or similar) for 2 nights. Rest of the day is
at leisure. (N)
Today you will visit some of the highlights of
this captivating 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 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
region (subject to weather conditions). (B)
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. (B)
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, enjoy a
backwater cruise by shikara boat through narrow
In the afternoon, drive to Kochi. Evening flight to
London, via Abu Dhabi, with Etihad Airways. (B)
Early morning arrival in London. (N)
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 may
be taken on a private basis with a private driver
and guided excursions, the guideline prices for
which are shown in the price table. Alternatively,
the itinerary can be tailored to suit your specific
requirements. For a price quote, please call 020
7808 6788 or email email@example.com.
Superior tour departures are
based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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.
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...
The tranquil Elephant Court lies amid lush surroundings in Thekkady, blending culture, nature and modernity. Located close to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, the resort features 65 rooms and suites. The dominant colour theme is earthy hues of brown and pale green, together with wood furnishings that emphasize the resort's connection with nature. A variety of activities can be organised from the hotel including nature walks, jeep safaris, trekking, elephant rides and visits to Periyar National Park.
Features: 65 rooms, swimming pool, children's pool, spa, gym, library lounge, multi-cuisine restaurant, coffee shop.
Room amenities: En suite bathroom with bathtub, safe, television,...
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.
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.
This tour variation has the same duration as the
Leave the group and board a traditional rice
barge. Full-day cruise through the backwaters
and stay overnight on board. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, disembark and drive to Kochi
with the rest of the group. Stay overnight at the
Crowne Plaza (or similar). (B)
Morning transfer to Kochi airport and fly to
London, via Abu Dhabi, with Etihad Airlines. (B)
(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals
Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.
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 (or similar). (B, L, D)
Morning guided walk through a working coffee
estate. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D)
Drive to Kasargod and stay 2 nights at the
Vivanta by Taj – Bekal Resort (or similar). (B)
At leisure. (B)
Afternoon drive to Kozhikode and fly
overnight to London, via Abu Dhabi, with
Etihad Airways. (B)
Morning 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 tropical interior, 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.
Afternoon tour of 11th-century Polonnaruwa. (B)
Full-day visit to Anuradhapura. Afternoon at
Morning visit to Dambulla. Continue to Kandy
hill station. Stay 2 nights at the Earl’s Regency
Morning visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage,
Temple of the Tooth and Royal Botanical
Drive to the hill station of Nuwara Eliya, visiting
a tea plantation en route. Stay at the Tea
Factory Hotel. (B)
Drive to Wadduwa. Overnight at the Blue Water
hotel with superb views of the Indian Ocean. (B)
Transfer to Colombo and fly to London with Sri
Lankan Airlines. (B)
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
SLK2016: 6 Nights
Kochi (Cochin), overlooking the Arabian Sea and once a strategic port on the spice route...
Thekkady is set among the endless green slopes of the Cardamom Hills in the spice-growin...