Kochi (Cochin), overlooking the Arabian Sea and once a strategic port on the spice route, is an enchanting blend of east meets west...Read more >
Arrive and transfer to the Eighth Bastion (or similar) for 2 nights. Remainder of the day is at leisure. (N)Day 3: Kochi
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 active 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)Day 4: Munnar
Travel to Munnar and stay 2 nights at the Windermere Estate in the hill country. (B,D)Day 5: Munnar
Guided walk through Windermere Estate, allowing you to experience the impressive mountain scenery and the extraordinary flora and faunathat this region has to offer. The walk is 4-km long and the average duration is around two hours. (B,D)Day 6: Thekkady
Morning drive through the Western Ghats to Thekkady. The region is home to moist deciduous forests and marshy grasslands, offering excellent opportunities to spot birds and other wildlife as well tropical plant life. Stay 2 nights in the Spice Village (or similar). (B)Day 7: Thekkady • Periyar
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 head to the Periyar National Park and take a walk with a forest guide to discover the flora and fauna of this verdant region. (B)Day 8: The backwaters
Drive to the backwater region of Kerala this morning. The backwaters are home to a variety of species of fauna and flora. Stay 2 nights at the Coconut Lagoon (or similar). (B)Day 9: The backwaters
Morning at leisure. Afternoon backwaters cruise in a traditionalshikara boat through narrow canals. This cruise explores these picturesque waterways, passing boats carrying loads of coir, copra and cashews and, along the water’s edge, numerous churches and marketplaces. (B)Day 10: Overnight on a houseboat
Board a private kettuvallam, a traditional Keralan houseboat.The network of canals, lakes and estuaries that make up the backwaters is formed by the 40-odd rivers that flow down to the Arabian Sea from the Cardamom Hills. A traditional lunch will be prepared on board by one of the boatmen. In the afternoon, relax on board as the boat meanders through the canals and waterways of Kerala’s backwaters. At around 5pm, the boat will be anchored for the night. Boats cannot cruise after this time as this is when the fishermen take their nets to the water to begin their night’s fishing. In the evening, authentic Keralan cuisine will be served on board the boat. (B,L,D)Days 11-13: Mararikulam
Located between Kochi and Alleppey, Mararikulamis 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. Stay 3 nights at the Marari Beach Resort, which offers comfortable accommodation in 62 individual cottages and deluxe pool villas. Marari Beach Resort is around 1.5 hours from Kochi airport and the backwaters. (B)Day 14: Fly to home (B) Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.Important information Superior tour
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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 hotel.
Set amidst spice plantations, Thekkady is known for its spices and the Periyar Wildlife Reserve. Spice Village is close to the game reserve and comprises individual cottages set amid a landscaped spice garden. The resort has a swimming pool, games facilities and an excellent restaurant. Ayurvedic treatment is also available on site. Each cottage has en suite facilities and activities can include visits to the game reserve, treks in the nearby spice and tea plantations and forest walks.
The Marari Beach Resort is situated on golden sands in a sleepy fishing village between the port city of Kochi (Cochin) and Alleppey. This relatively new, village-style hotel provides comfortable accommodation in 51 individual cottages and deluxe pool villas. The resort also has an excellent restaurant and a large swimming pool.
Coconut Lagoon is situated on the shores of Lake Vembanad, in the heart of the Keralan backwaters. This peaceful resort, originally a coconut grove, is only accessible by boat, through a narrow network of canals. Accommodation is provided in traditional cottages and some original Keralan houses. Modern bathrooms and air conditioning complement the old style. The state of Kerala is famous for its cuisine and the Coconut Lagoon provides fine examples of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes as well as international dishes. Boat trips through the backwaters are highly recommended and there is also a swimming pool, and Ayurvedic and yoga facilities.
Low season from £2375 per person
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