Classic Kerala
10 NIGHTS GUIDE PRICE £2,700

Take in the natural beauty of tropical Kerala with some wildlife spotting in the Cardamom Hills and a night spend exploring the backwaters on a traditional houseboat, before a few days relaxing on one of this stunning regions’ tranquil beaches.

Overview

Guide Price & Inclusions

2 night Cochin, 2 nights Periyar National Park, 2 nights Kumarakom and 4 nights Mararikulam £2,700 per adult and £1,050 per child under 12 sharing including flights, transfers and accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis.

Rates subject to travel dates and hotel selection

Suggested Extensions

A trip to Kerala can easily be combined with the sights of Northern India, or you could continue your journey across the South to discover the temples of Tamil Nadu.

Best Time to Travel

The best time to travel to Kerala is between November and April, after the monsoon has ended and before the rains begin to pick up again, the perfect antidote to a cold and dark Winter in Europe!  However August is also a month when many festivals are held, but expect some rain.

Tips for Families

Most local people in Kerala love children and they’ll be the centre of attention where you stay!  If your children are tired of curry, do ask for European dishes even if they aren’t on the menu as chefs will often be happy to oblige.

Highlights

  • Witness the famous Chinese fishing nets in action
  • Take a sunset cruise on Cochin Harbour
  • Head out wildlife spotting in Periyar National Park
  • Spend a night on a traditional rice barge on the backwaters
  • Relax on a palm-fringed beach to end your adventure

Itinerary

Day 1 | Fly to Cochin

Depart overnight for your flight to Cochin, via the Middle East or Delhi / Mumbai.

Day 2 | Rest and Sunset Cruise

On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps take a stroll around the old town of Fort Cochin or head to the waterfront to see the famous Chinese fishing nets in action. This evening take a sunset cruise on Cochin harbour, a great way to gain a sense of place.

Day 3 | Explore Cochin

Enjoy a tour of Fort Cochin today with its charming mix of Portuguese, Dutch and British architecture. You’ll take in St Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Mattancherry Palace, also know as the Dutch Palace, and the Jewish Synagogue. This evening there is the option to attend a Kathakali dance performance, the  classical dance form of Kerala. Arrive early and you can witness the dancers applying their makeup – an art form in itself.

Day 4 | Travel to Periyar

Set off this morning for a scenic drive through the Western Ghats to Thekkady just outside Periyar National Park. The journey will take about 5 hours with stops en route.

Day 5 | Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

This morning head into Periyar in search of some of its’ resident wildlife including elephants which can sometimes be spotted when aboard a boat on the lake.  Alternatively a trip on a bamboo raft can be a fun activity or take a walk with a local guide who will teach you all about the flora and fauna of this lush hilly region.  Other inhabitants include many species of deer including sambar, barking and mouse alongside monkeys such as langurs and macaques.  If you’re really lucky you may also sot a sloth bear or even tiger (there are thought to be approximately 40 that make their home here).

In the afternoon visit a spice plantation to learn about the spices that Kerala is so famous for.  Did you know that approximately 80% of the spices used in the world are exported by India?  Alternatively you could hire bikes and head out on a ride through the picturesque hills and plantations.

Day 6 | Travel to the Backwaters

There is the opportunity for an early morning jungle walk before travelling back down to sea level and to Kerala’s famous backwaters. On arrival, board a traditional rice boat for an overnight cruise on Lake Vembanad. Relax on deck whilst you cruise through the waterways, and to explore further take a canoe trip down some of the smaller channels. You will moor up overnight where your onboard chef will whip up a delicious meal.

Day 7 | Explore the Backwaters

After breakfast your rice boat will transport you to your hotel on the backwaters for an overnight stay. Spend the day relaxing by the pool or you could take a cycle or walking tour around the local villages.

Day 8 - 11 | The Keralan Coast

For those interested in birdlife, early morning is the best time to visit Kumarakom bird sanctuary, and there time to visit before you head to the coast. Transfer the short distance for a 4 night stay of relaxation on the Keralan coast.

Day 12 | Depart

Transfer back to Cochin Airport for your flight to the UK via the Middle East, Mumbai or Delhi.

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In our Client's Words...

We had a wonderful time. The Itinerary you put together was excellent and well thought out considering the heat, we always had time to return to our hotel for a welcome swim! The hotels were all lovely but the standout was the Samode Haveli, we really felt like we were staying in a Palace! In Ranthambore and saw tigers, an Indian sloth bear and many beautiful birds. Our guides were top class and Johnson our driver was exceptional. Thank you again to your team for making our trip so memorable.

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Regions You Will Be Visiting

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Cochin, Kerala, India

Periyar National Park, Kerala, India

Kumarakom, Kerala, India

Mararikulam, Kerala, India

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