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Classic Kerala

*International flight included
10 days/8 nights in India in India and The Subcontinent

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Tour Summary

One of India’s prized jewels, Kerala’s network of tropical waterways, lagoons and hidden riverside villages offer some of the country’s most enchanting experiences. From a mix of colonial and Asian charm around the busy historic port of Kochi (Cochin) to the gentle pace of life on the backwaters and the beautiful hill country, this region is of outstanding natural and cultural diversity.

Kerala backwaters, India
Kerala backwaters, India
Chinese fishing nets
Chinese fishing nets
Houseboat, Spice Cruise
Houseboat, Spice Cruise
Asian Elephant, India
Asian Elephant, India
Tea plantation, India
Tea plantation, India

Day 1: London – Kochi

Depart Heathrow on Emirates overnight flight via Dubai to Kochi.

Day 2: Kochi

Arrive Kochi in the morning, India’s oldest European settlement, which grew on the wealth generated from the spice trade; Kochi has an eclectic mix of influences making it a delight to explore. Spend the evening experiencing the Kaleidoscope dance show, demonstrating the authentic performing arts of the region – an integral part of Kerala life. Stay 2 nights at the Trident Cochin Hotel.

Day 3: Kochi

Morning tour of Kochi including a visit to the Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace), a quaint and charming palace actually built by the Portuguese but refurbished by the Dutch afterwards in 1663. The highlights are intricately carved ceilings and murals. Visit the synagogue of Kochi: paying homage to India’s Jewish community, constructed in 1568, it is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth. Finish the morning at the famous Chinese fishing nets, ingeniously designed for this intriguing method of fishing. Spend the afternoon in a local village. Experience the extraordinary local life, including Kerala’s tropical backwaters, sure to rejuvenate your mind and described by National Geographic as one of the 50 must see places on the globe. (B)

Day 4: Kochi – Munnar

Drive up into the hills to Munnar and visit the Tea Museum, the ideal place to showcase the genesis of tea in Kerala’s high ranges, and the process of tea making will be explained to you. Overnight at the Blackberry Resort. (B)

Day 5: Munnar – Thekkady

Depart by road to Thekkady, along the spine of the Western Ghats, through countryside, rich plantations and thick jungles. The afternoon is spent at leisure with the chance to see some of the diverse wildlife in Periyar National Park, with over 60 species of mammal and 320 species of bird many of which are endemic to the region. Stay 2 nights at the Cardamon County. (B)

Day 6: Thekkady

In the morning enjoy a botanical walk followed by a visit to Tusker Trail where you can get the opportunity to feed, bath and ride the elephants. Afternoon at leisure before the early evening cooking demonstration followed by dinner. (B, D)

Day 7: Thekkady – Alleppey House Boat

After breakfast transfer down to Alleppey to board your houseboat, the most traditional and relaxing way to traverse the mirror-still lagoons and palm-fringed canals, bustling with glimpses of everyday life in the countryside. Overnight under the stars on the calm waters. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Thekkady – Kumarakom

Drive to Kumarakom where you will have the afternoon at leisure in one of the most relaxing places to unwind in Kerala. Stay for 2 nights at the Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere. (B)

Day 9: Kumarakom

Spend the day at leisure with options such as authentic Ayuverdic treatments or visit Kumarakom’s renowned bird sanctuary. (B)

Day 10: Kochi – Dubai –London

Transfer to the airport for your return day flight with Emirates via Dubai to Heathrow, arriving this evening. (B)

  • Flights as shown in the itinerary including all taxes & fuel surcharge
  • Full programme of sightseeing included with Private guide and entrance fees
  • Private air-conditioned transfers throughout
  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners included
  • Experience extraordinary local life at a Kumbalangi village
  • Overnight at a homestay, a truly authentic experience
  • Opportunity to feed and ride elephants at Elephant Junction
  • Overnight cruise along the beautiful backwaters of Kerala
  • Local Primary School visit
  • Guaranteed to operate with 2 passengers

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Marari Beach Extension

Why not extend your tour with 3 nights at the Marari Beach Resort situated on the idyllic Marari beach surrounded by vistas of unspoiled sand and exotic lush greenery?

Please ask for prices at the time of booking.

Prices are per person and based on 3 nights at the Marari Beach Resort, sharing a twin room, on a Breakfast Included basis and includes airport transfers.

 

Dubai Extension

Stop en-route at Dubai and spend 3 nights at the Grand Hyatt Hotel located close to the city centre with stunning views of Dubai Creek.

Please ask for prices at the time of booking.

Prices are per person and based on 3 nights at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, sharing a twin room, on a Breakfast Included basis and includes airport transfers.