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 village life.
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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. (B)
Fly to London, via Dubai, with Emirates. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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.
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.
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SLN2018: 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...