Classic Kerala

13 days - from £1,400 per person

0This trip includes all the best bits that Kerala has to offer; with history in its capital Fort Cochin, to walks in tea plantations, experiencing wildlife, relaxing on the beach and of course sailing along the beautiful backwaters on a rice barge, this trip really does give you a chance to get a real feel for this part of the world.

DAY 1 - YOUR ADVENTURE TO KERALA BEGINS

Start your fantastic journey to India today with your international flight to Cochin, situated on the south-west coast of India and the gateway to Kerala.

DAY 2 - WELCOME TO FORT COCHIN

Arriving at Cochin airport you will be met by your driver who will transfer you to the historic Fort Cochin around an hour from the airport. You may like to just relax at your property today or perhaps stroll along the waterfront seeing the fishermen at work. In Fort Cochin, large Chinese fishing nets are still used and they dot the coastline here.

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DAY 3 - DISCOVERING HISTORY

Explore the historic sights of Fort Cochin with your guide this morning where each corner holds an example of a bygone era that still stands proud. As you travel through the colonial streets you will pass sights such as the oldest church in India, St Francis, the Dutch Palace and the Santa Cruz Basilica.

The rest of the day is at your leisure. If you would like to attend a Kathakali performance tonight, which originates from Kerala, please let us know or ask at your hotel on arrival.

DAY 4 - INTO RURAL KERALA

You will be driven from Fort Cochin with your driver this morning and head into the luscious countryside of Kerala. Arriving at Dewalokam, around 3 hours from Cochin, your hosts will give you a truly warm welcome. A homestay experience is so fantastic in Kerala and Dewalokam really is perfect for this. The house is surrounded by a flowing river, which you can cool off in, and gardens which grow the fruit and vegetables used in your food. A peaceful paradise for the next two nights!

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DAY 5 - AN AMAZING HOMESTAY EXPERIENCE

Today has been left at your leisure as there are many activities to choose from at Dewalokam. You may like to start the day with the complimentary yoga session run each day, then cycle to the nearby village before your host takes you around the garden and spice plantation learning about Dewalokam as an organic farm.

DAY 6 - UP TO THE WESTERN GHATS OF MUNNAR

Today your morning will be spent driving through the beautiful countryside up to the tea and spice plantations of Munnar in the Western Ghats. With stunning views surrounding you, you might just like to relax this afternoon or perhaps enjoy one of the many activities the hotel can arrange for you such as bird watching or cycling.

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DAY 7 - TREKKING THROUGH TEA PLANTATIONS

You will have the chance to trek with a local guide through the stunning hills surrounding Munnar today. As this will be a private walk it can be completely tailored to your own pace. If you are keen walkers and would like a full day walk please just let us know.

DAY 8 - SCENIC DRIVE TO PERIYAR NATIONAL PARK

After a leisurely morning where you might like to enjoy another activity in Munnar your driver will pick you up for your journey to the Periyar National Park. This drive is particularly beautiful and your driver will be happy for you to make stops to take some stunning photographs. When you have arrived you will have the evening to relax at your leisure.

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DAY 9 - FROM WILDLIFE TO THE BACKWATERS

An early start today as you head out with a local ranger on a jungle walk of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Keep your eye out for sambar deer, giant squirrels, monkeys and wild boar amongst impressive bird life. Your walk should last for around three hours so make sure you have suitable footwear. Following this you will be transferred over to the backwaters for a night cruising along the beautiful waterways.

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DAY 10 - LIFE ON WATER

Breakfast on your houseboat is one of the most serene moments you will have on your trip to India, hearing the local birds morning call as you watch Keralan life on the water go past. From here your driver will meet you to take you to a nearby property for another night on the water. Watching the sun go down from your terrace seeing the life go by will sure to be a lasting memory of your visit.

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DAY 11 - HEAD TO THE BEACH OF MARARI

After a leisurely breakfast your driver will take you to the stunning Marari beach, your final destination in Kerala and on your Indian holiday. Beautiful and relaxing you will feel fully rested by the time you return home. Perhaps enjoy an Ayurvedic massage tonight.

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DAY 12 - TIME TO RELAX

A final day at leisure in Kerala and what better way to spend it than enjoying its beautiful coast.

DAY 13 - FAREWELL KERALA

Your driver will take you back to Cochin in plenty of time for your departure flight home today.

DETAILS:

This itinerary costs from £1,300 per person B&B and is based on two people sharing during the high season (Oct-Mar) excluding the Christmas and New Year period. The price includes all private transfers and domestic travel but not international flights.

International flights tend to cost about £600pp for a return – do ask us for advice. Alternatively we can book the flights for you but a booking fee may apply.

INCLUDED:

  • Prices start from £1,400 per person
  • Accommodation on B&B basis
  • Private transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local taxes
  • All excursions and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered