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India Classic - Kerala's Spices and Backwaters

  • Off the beaten track
Explore Kerala, the jewel of Southern India. Travel at your own pace on this 14-day tour, bringing together spice markets, yoga lessons, traditional handcrafts, visits to tea plantations and trips to wildlife-rich National Parks. There’s so much to see on this 2-week trip, it’s a true experience of India. 

Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival at Cochin

Your Keralan adventure begins here…

·         Arrive at Cochin International Airport.

·          Transfer to your hotel and spend an evening at leisure.

Visited:
Kochi
Accomodation
Night at Radisson Blu Kochi (Kochi)

Day 2: Getting to Know Cochin

Get into the rhythm of life in Cochin…

·         Tour Cochin Fort, Jewish Synagogue and Dutch Palace.

·         Travel to Fort Kochi, a small village outside the city.  

·         Enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance show. 

Visited:
Kochi
Accomodation
Night at Radisson Blu Kochi (Kochi)

Day 3: ​Make your Way to Munnar

Surround yourself with lush tea plantations…

·         Travel on to Munnar, a hill station town.

·         Learn about tea production at Nallathanni Estate.

·         Try a tea-tasting session and find your favourites. 

Visited:
Kochi Munnar
Accomodation
Black Berry Hills (Munnar)

Day 4: Trek to Letchmi Hills

Keep an eye out for endangered goats…

·         Trek to Letchmi Hills, at 1420 metres above sea level.

·         Visit beautiful Eravikulam National Park.

·         Spot Nilgiri Tahr, a local mountain goat breed. 

Visited:
Munnar
Accomodation
Black Berry Hills (Munnar)

Day 5: Discover the Beautiful Land of Periyar

Spend some time in stunning nature…

·         Head to Periyar, renowned for its wildlife.

·         Learn about regional spices at a plantation.

·         See tropical forests and unspoilt wildlife. 

Accomodation
Elephant Court Hotel (Periyar)

Day 6: Boat Safari in Periyar National Park

Get up close and personal with some wildlife…

·         Jump aboard boat safari in Periyar National Park.

·         See elephants, wild boar and sambar deer.

·         Take a nature walk through the forests and marshlands. 

Visited:
Periyār Lake
Accomodation
Elephant Court Hotel (Periyar)

Day 7: Travelling to Kollam 

Nestled on the banks of Ashtamundi Lake…

·         Transfer to Kollam by private car.

·         Walk the streets of this old sea port town.

·         Find your hotel and take a free day. 

Accomodation
Night at The Raviz (Kollam)

Day 8: Houseboat on the ​Ashtamudi Lake

Float gently across the placid lake waters…

·         Spend the day aboard a traditional houseboat on the lake.

·         Learn about the history of water-based living. 

Visited:
Kollam
Accomodation
Night at The Raviz (Kollam)

Day 9: A Day at the Beach in Kovalam

Three beautiful crescent beaches…

·         Head to Kovalam, internationally known beach.

·         Sunbathe, swim and relax on the sands.

Visited:
Kollam Kovalam
Accomodation
Night at Uday Samudra (Kovalam)

Day 10: Relax in Kovalam

Get into zen mode…

·         Wake early for a morning yoga session.

·         Head to Padmanabhapuram Palace.

·         Stop off at Kanyakumari to see a beautiful sunset. 

Visited:
Kovalam
Accomodation
Night at Uday Samudra (Kovalam)

Day 11: Summer Time on the Beach in Kovalam

One more day to chill…

·         Spend a final day on the sands.

·         Enjoy some of the many activities on offer. 

Visited:
Kovalam
Accomodation
Night at Uday Samudra (Kovalam)

Day 12: Transfer to Kumarakom

Palm lined waterways and tranquil villages…

·         Sail aboard another houseboat through the town.

·         Explore the intricacies of pristine backwaters.

·         Experience an Ayurveda session at your hotel. 

Visited:
Kovalam Kumarakom
Accomodation
Night at Lakesong Kumarakom (Kumarakom)

Day 13: Canoe Ride in Cochin

Flourishing paddy fields and coconut lagoons…

·         Take a canoe trip in a traditional wooden boat.

·         Visit Kumbalanghi Village and meet the locals.

·         Try a traditional activity – crab farming or weaving leaves. 

Visited:
Kumarakom Kochi
Accomodation
Night at Radisson Blu Kochi (Kochi)

Day 14: Goodbye for Now!

Time to head home…

·         Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

·         Fly home and come back soon. 

Visited:
Kochi

Kochi Munnar Periyār Lake Kollam Kovalam Kumarakom

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £1,370 / 14 days
Excluding international flights
2 Pax 4 Pax
Price per person in Low season £1,170 £1,040
Price per person in High season £1,370 £1,240

Included in price:

  • Accommodation in the mentioned hotels as per the itinerary in double or twin sharing room on bed and breakfast basis
  • Arrival or departure transfers as per the itinerary using AC Transports depending on the number of people traveling together
  • All drives and sightseeing as per the itinerary using AC Transports depending on the number of people traveling together
  • Assistance on arrival and departure transfers
  • All applicable government taxes

Not included in price:

  • Any international airfare and airport tax
  • Services of local guides for sightseeing and excursions
  • Any personal, medical and evacuation insurance
  • Personal expenses like table drinks, mineral water, tips, phone calls etc
  • Personal clothing including sleeping bags etc
  • Entrance fees to monuments and museums, national parks or activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any other item not specified under cost includes

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