Introduction

This comprehensive tour of Kerala includes the main attractions of the historic capital of Kochi (Cochin), the unique backwaters region, a journey through the Western Ghats to the spice capital of Thekkady and tea capital of Munnar, before heading to the rainforest in Wayanad and the undeveloped beaches of northern Kerala.

The tour starts with a two night cruise on the idyllic backwaters on your very own houseboat, the perfect introduction to Kerala and a great way to relax after your flight. Continue your backwaters experience with a stay at a local Homestay, a unique opportunity to gain a closer understanding of local life and perhaps learn some Keralan cookery skills. Travel inland through the scenic Western Ghat mountains to experience the spice growing centre of India and sprawling tea gardens. You will also visit the beautiful Periyar lake and take a trek to spot wildlife with a local tribal guide. Return to the colonial capital of Kochi to experience the mix of Dutch, British, Jewish, Chinese and Indian architectural and culture whilst staying in one of the charming boutique hotels. The tour proceeds with a train journey (always an experience in India), along the beautiful Malabar Coast to Calicut (Kozhikode) and an unforgettable stay in the rain forest region of Wayanad where you can even stay in a treehouse deep within the forest canopy. End your tour with four nights at one of the fabulous boutique beach properties in the coastal region of Kasaragod. For the time being, this region of Kerala has remained largely undeveloped and is simply stunning. The local Theyyam festival, ‘the dance of the gods’ is unique to this area and should not be missed if you get the opportunity to visit.

PLEASE SELECT THE TABS ABOVE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ACCOMMODATION, DAILY INFORMATION ETC.

Day

Accommodation

Destination

Duration

Basis

Day 0

Overnight Travel

1 night

B&B

Day 1

Spice Coast Cruises Alappuzha

2 nights

FB

Day 3

The Emerald Isle Heritage Villa Alappuzha

2 nights

FB

Day 5

Aanavilasam Luxury Plantation House Thekkady

2 nights

HB

Day 7

Spice Tree Munnar Munnar

2 nights

HB

Day 9

Old Harbour Hotel Kochi

3 nights

B&B

Day 12

Vythiri Resort Wayanad

3 nights

FB

Day 15

Neeleshwar Hermitage Nileshwaram

4 nights

HB

Key

B&B: Bed & Breakfast

FB: Full Board

HB: Half Board

 

Alappuzha : Spice Coast Cruises

Alappuzha : The Emerald Isle Heritage Villa

Emerald Isle Luxury Cottage

Thekkady : Aanavilasam Luxury Plantation House

Munnar : Spice Tree Munnar

Rooms Balcony Dining

Kochi : Old Harbour Hotel

Wayanad : Vythiri Resort

Nileshwaram : Neeleshwar Hermitage

Fast Facts

20 Days / 19 Nights

Price

From £3,424 per person
based on 2 adults sharing one room in high season

Includes:

* International flights in economy class between the UK and India (please enquire about departures from other countries)
* 18 Breakfasts
* 6 Lunches
* 15 Dinners
* All guided excursions, activities & sightseeing as per itinerary
* Transport in private air conditioned Toyota Innova with English speaking driver
* Train from Kochi to Calicut in best available class
* All currently applicable taxes

Excludes:

* India Visa Fees
* Meals other than those specified
* Gratuities
* Travel Insurance
* Expenses of a personal nature

Alappuzha : Spice Coast Cruises

Alappuzha : The Emerald Isle Heritage Villa

Emerald Isle Luxury Cottage

Thekkady : Aanavilasam Luxury Plantation House

Munnar : Spice Tree Munnar

Rooms Balcony Dining

Kochi : Old Harbour Hotel

Wayanad : Vythiri Resort

Nileshwaram : Neeleshwar Hermitage

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