Day 1 : Overnight Travel

Overnight flight from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi:

LHR / Abu Dhabi EY020 14:05/01:20 (+1 day)

Day 2 : Alappuzha

Connecting flight to Kochi:

Abu Dhabi / Kochi EY246 03:05/08:35

Met on arrival at Kochi airport and drive to the boat jetty at Alleppey. Board your private Houseboat for a two nights cruise on the magical backwaters of Kerala. The houseboat will be exclusively for your private use, the only other people on board will be your crew. We are very particular about our houseboats and only use those that combine an authentic, traditional experience with comfort and western style bathrooms. Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and varied activities taking place along the river.

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Day 3 : Alappuzha

Full day cruising the idyllic backwaters, stopping at points of interest along the way. This is a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

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Day 4 : Alappuzha

Disembark from your houseboat after breakfast and transfer the short distance to Nedumudy near Alleppey. On arrival check in at your backwaters Homestay for two nights.

Located in the beautiful backwaters of the Kuttanad region of Central Kerala lies Emerald Isle, a haven of tranquillity, seemingly remote from city life, yet barely 10 kilometres from Alleppey Town. This is an ancestral home dating back 150 years - the Job family still live here and are on hand to ensure guests enjoy their stay. Rooms are set in 9 acres of secluded grounds with views over the paddy fields and rivers.

Emerald Isle Luxury Cottage

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Day 5 : Alappuzha

Free day to relax or take part in some of the activities available at Emerald Isle. These include exploring the narrow waterways by country boat, village walks, fishing and cookery demonstrations with the ladies of the house.

River View Fish Pond

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Day 6 : Thekkady

After breakfast leave for Thekkady, the spice capital of Kerala (165 kms, around 3:30 hours). The journey through the western ghat mountains is beautiful and there will be plenty of photo opportunities. Your driver will be happy to stop to allow you to admire the view and take photos.

On arrival, check in at your hotel for three nights. Aanavilasam is a luxury plantation house set within 7 acres of spice gardens and with only 6 rooms. The wonderful host, Pirkko will ensure you have a comfortable stay and enjoyable experience.

Thekkady is around 1000 meters above sea level and is rich in spices - 95% of pepper in India is produced from here.

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Day 7 : Thekkady

Morning guided Nature Walk in the Periyar National Park. Total walking 3-4 hrs.

This walk, led by a trained tribal guide, offers an excellent opportunity to sight elephants, wild boar, monkeys, birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The trails pass through evergreen and deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands and is a gentle trek. Please don't expect to see any tigers!

The afternoon is at leisure. You may like to go to the local market in Kumily and grab some of the exotic spices. Or alternatively, visit the local elephant centre where you can bathe, feed and take photos with the elephants.

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Breakfast

Dinner

Day 8 : Munnar

After breakfast, transfer by car through the scenic Western Ghat mountains to Munnar, the tea capital of Kerala (3 hrs drive). You will again pass through beautiful scenery dotted with tea gardens.

On arrival, check in at your hotel for two nights.

Rest of the day at leisure

Rooms Balcony Dining

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Day 9 : Munnar

Morning visit to a tea plantation and tea museum. Munnar, once a royal resort, is lazily nestled in the verdant slopes of tea country. A quaint little town that exudes a rare old world charm, it evokes memories of the days of the Raj with its elegant splendour, soothing sunshine and invigorating scent from the tea gardens.

Heavenly King Size Bed Common Pool

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Dinner

Day 10 : Kochi

After breakfast, transfer by car to Kochi (4:30 hours drive).

Rest of the day is at leisure.

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Day 11 : Kochi

In the morning you will be met at your hotel by an English speaking guide for a half day sight-seeing tour of Fort Kochi. Historic Fort Kochi is probably most famous for its Chinese Fishing Nets which line the harbour front – now a World Heritage site. Kochi or Cochin, is a city of cultural diversity – winding streets, shady trees, Kathakali dance, modern Indian art, 500 year old Portuguese houses, mosques, a tiny Jewish community with ancient roots – and ferry boats scuttling backwards and forwards.

Later in the afternoon, enjoy a sunset harbour cruise.

Activities and Services

Sunset Cruise

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Breakfast

Day 12 : Kochi

Today is free to relax or explore Fort Kochi further on your own. Or you may wish to take an excursion to Kumbalangi village (at additional cost). This is situated on the small Kallanchery Island, surrounded by Chinese fishing nets. Most of the 500 residence are engaged in fishing, clam meat processing, agriculture, crab & fish farming, coir making etc. It is a good opportunity to learn about traditional local life.

In the evening, visit the famous dance drama of Kerala – Kathakali. This dance is characterised by theatrical storytelling using a range of facial and hand movements, amazing costumes and extensive make-up. The stories are mostly taken from Hindu epics. Be sure to arrive early to see the artists being made up and transforming into character.

Activities and Services

Kumbalangi Village Tour

Kathakali Performance

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Breakfast

Day 13 : Wayanad

After an early breakfast, transfer to Ernakulam railway station to board the train to Calicut.

This is a beautiful journey up the Malabar Coast with gorgeous views along the way. On arrival in Calicut (Kozhikode), you will be met by our representative and transferred to the rainforest area of Wayanad (3 hrs drive).

Check into your rainforest resort for 3 nights. Situated beneath an enormous canopy of a lush tropical rainforest, Vythiri Resort offers accommodation in a selection of rustic themed cottages or authentic tree houses for the more adventurous!

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Day 14 : Wayanad

This morning go for a Rainforest Trek with the in-house naturalist. This is a soft trek within the resort grounds where guests get to see the rare plants, birds and butterflies. The Vythiri Resort has more than 55 varieties of birds and above 75 varieties of butterflies (throughout the year). You will also have the opportunity to see the video which has been compiled by the in-house naturalist about the birds and butterflies found in the region.

In the afternoon, go for tribal village / farmers house visit. This is a great experience to understand the local village life in Wayanad. This guided tour includes village visit, farmer’s house visit and interaction with locals.

Activities and Services

Rainforest Trek

Tribal Village Excursion

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Lunch

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Day 15 : Wayanad

Free day to explore the rainforest further or indulge in a relaxing treatment at the resort's spa.

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Day 16 : Nileshwaram

This morning, drive to the northern Malabar Coast and the wonderful boutique beach property of Neeleshwar Hermitage (5 hrs drive). This part of Kerala is relatively undeveloped and has the most stunning beaches. The rest of the day is free to relax.

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Day 17 : Nileshwaram

Free day to relax at the beach. You may also like to visit a local temple festival known as Theyyam, the dance of the gods, which is unique to this area. Elaborately made up dancers are possessed by the gods and bless the community. It is a surreal experience.

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Day 18 : Nileshwaram

Free day to relax or explore further at your leisure.

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Dinner

Day 19 : Nileshwaram

Free day to relax or explore further at your leisure.

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Dinner

Day 20 : End of Itinerary

Early morning departure to Mangalore (2 hrs drive) for your flight to Mumbai and on to London Heathrow:

Mangalore / Mumbai 9W434 10:35/12:00

Mumbai / LHR 9W118 13:15/ 17:40

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Breakfast

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