From the bustling port of Kochi and its colonial history, travel deep into the rolling hills of rural Kerala, amid spice and tea plantations. Finish in the luxury resort of Vivanta by Taj - Bekal for beach and backwaters relaxation.
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Arrive in Kochi and transfer to the Eighth Bastion for a 2-night stay. In the afternoon enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance. The performances are based on the three major Hindu epics, acted out with elaborate hand gestures, facial expressions and choreographed movements. (B)
Explore Fort Kochi and the Mattancherry Palace. A stroll through the port city will allow you to immediately observe the influence that Portuguese, Dutch and British colonisation has had on the architecture of the buildings. Mattancherry Palace features some of Kerala's finest paintings. (B)
Travel into the Cardamom Hills for a 2-night stay at Windermere Estate. (B)
Guided walk of the Windermere Estate. A guided walk through the estate allows you to experience the impressive mountains and the extraordinary flora and fauna it has to offer. The walk is 4 km long and the normal duration is around two hours. (B)
Transfer to Coco Lagoon for a 2-night stay. (B)
Excursions in the local area include following the Cotton Trail, visiting the Temple of Consciousness - centre of yoga practice inspired by the Yogic Vethathiri Maharishi, the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary or the rolling scenic hills of Valparai. (B)
Explore the rubber and teak plantations at Nilambur and learn about the importance of both for the region's economic stability. Nilambur is home to the oldest teak plantation in the world. Overnight stay at Maranat Mana - a traditional Brahmin household. (B, L, D)
Travel to Kerala's green paradise for 2 nights at Tranquil - A Plantation Hideaway. The property is set amongst 400 acres of picturesque coffee and vanilla plantation and complete with numerous walking. (B, D)
Day at leisure to enjoy the Hideaway's facilities. (B, L, D)
Delve deeper into the Western Ghats with 2 nights at Orange County, Coorg.
Kodagu is located in a beautiful hill region most of which is between 3,000 and 4,000 feet high. (B)
Visit Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement, which is the largest Tibetan settlement in south India, and the second largest outside Tibet. Enjoy a coracle ride on River Cauvery or take part in a variety of nature and village walks. (B)
Travel to Bekal for 3 nights at the Vivanta by Taj - Bekal. Inspired by the traditional Kettuvallams (house boats) Vivanta by Taj- Bekal enjoys a unique setting on the meandering backwaters of northern Kerala with direct beach access. (B)
Days at leisure. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is typically based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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Set in the heart of the countryside and surrounded by lush coconut groves and tropical gardens, the Coco Lagoon is the ultimate get away from it all. Rooms are elegantly furnished and have private balconies, whilst the spa retreat offers Ayurvedic treatments. Excursions in the local area include following the Cotton Trail, visiting the Temple of Consciousness, the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary or the rolling scenic hills of Valparai.
Facilities: 32 rooms including deluxe rooms, suites and garden and pool villas, Ayurveda spa, yoga, infinity pool, fitness centre, restaurant.
Room amenities: Safe, tea & coffee facilities, satellite television, writing desk,...
Set in the heart of Fort Kochi, Eighth Bastion is a small chic property that effortlessly combines contemporary and colonial styles. The hotel is built around a small courtyard, and features rooms that are elegantly decorated in minimalist style with many overlooking the Arabian Sea. No two rooms are of the same size with some featuring shower cubicles and others sunken bath tubs. None of the rooms feature a television. The Eighth Bastion hotel currently does not have a licence to serve alcoholic drinks.
Features: 19 rooms, restaurant serving Indian and continental cuisine, outdoor pool and garden.
Room amenities: complimentary internet access, air-conditioning, safe, and en suite bathroom with shower or...
Maranat Mana is a traditional Namboothiri Illam (Keralan Brahmin household) located in central Kerala at the foothills of the Western Ghats. Built in the traditional architectural style of Kerala, the property is set within 3 hectares of land filled with coconut, cashew, mango, nutmeg, vanilla and jackfruit plants.
Features: 14 rooms, restaurant, yoga classes, television room, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Ceiling fan, safety deposit...
Orange County Coorg is located in the hills of the Western Ghats and offers one of the best plantation experiences in India. Set amid 300 acres of coffee and spice plantations, this peaceful resort comprises thatched cottages, villas and bungalows each with living room, dressing room, bedroom and some with an outside area that features a private plunge...
Spread across 25 acres, Vivanta by Taj, inspired by the traditional Kettuvallams (house boats) enjoys a unique setting on the meandering backwaters of northern Kerala with direct beach access. Each of the 73 villas and rooms are spacious and comfortably furnished with some of them featuring private plunge pools. The resort offers guests a choice of dining venues including romantic private dining options. Other facilities include a swimming pool and a spa with dedicated Ayurvedic consultation and treatment...
Set among 400 acres of picturesque coffee and vanilla plantation, Tranquil - A Plantation Hideaway is a plantation bungalow that has been beautifully restored. The guest bungalow has 6 spacious, simply furnished bedrooms with ensuite facilities. This delightful homestay also has a sturdy tree house, entirely constructed from natural materials with bamboo woven walls, coffee roots for tables and shelves, and a branch growing inside. There is also a secluded terrace for fabulous forest views. The hosts Victor and Ranjini Dey ensure the combination of efficient hotel standards with a relaxed, personal homestay ambience. Guests can enjoy Indian and continental buffet dinners around the big table. There is a shady platform for hammocks and swing chairs, a swimming pool and a games...
The Windermere Estate is where the manicured tea garden merges with the lush green forests of Munnar. The property features 18 double rooms, a communal lounge and a dining room serving a table d'hote menu. The atmosphere is more that of a simple charming retreat rather than a hotel, and from here you can explore the 24 hectares of lush greenery, which comprises the Windermere Cardamom Estate. Alcohol is currently not available at this...
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XHD2018: 14 Nights
Kochi (Cochin), overlooking the Arabian Sea and once a strategic port on the spice route, is an enchanting blend of east meets west...
In ancient times, Kasargod was an important trade centre and was known to Arabs by the...
The hill town of Munnar is set amid dramatic mountain scenery and surrounded by mile upo...
The territory of Coorg is beautiful hill country most of which is between 3000 and 4000...