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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.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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SLK2019: 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...