Discover the best loved sights and sounds of Kerala and Dubai. Begin your journey in buzzing Dubai, where tall skyscrapers vie for attention alongside centuries old traditions and Emirate culture. Often described as ‘God’s own country’, in charming Kerala, discover the colonial charm of Cochin. The erstwhile Portuguese settlement and trading port boasts vibrant markets, heritage buildings and a unique culture. Retreat to the rolling valleys and verdant hills of Munnar and travel on to Thekkady for unspoilt nature and fragrant plantations. In Alleppey, unwind by tranquil lagoons and cruise the famous backwaters of Kerala, before you return to Cochin.
The global city of Dubai acts as a link between East and West. Historically used as a stopover on the trading route between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley, Dubai still flourishes as a commercial hub in the United Arab Emirates.
Dinner in the Dunes Experience the magnificence of the desert on this fascinating safari through the dunes. Drive across towering sand dunes, and arrive at a delightful camel farm. Watch the sun go down in a brilliant blaze over the golden sand, before profound tranquillity surrounds you. Prepare to enjoy a fun-filled evening ahead, as part of a typical Arabian night. Take another exhilarating ride across the desert to reach your Arabian camp, where a scrumptious BBQ dinner awaits you amid a torch-lit ambiance. Make yourself comfortable in traditional Bedouin-style and enjoy the bewitching performance of an expert belly dancer under the stars. Allow a local artist to paint your hands with intricate henna designs or opt for a short camel ride. You could also enjoy aromatic puffs of shisha as well.
(Half Day; Private Activity, Private Transfer; Meals: Dinner; Fitness Level: Easy. Maximum 6 people in a Jeep).
Kochi, formerly Cochin, is considered the Queen of the Arabian Sea as it was one of the first European settlements in India, due its ideal positioning for trading.
Highlights of Cochin (Half Day) Cochin is an engaging city to explore, from the absorbing views of Fort Kochi harbor with its huge Chinese fishing nets, to ancient mosques, Portuguese architecture, and the crumbling remnants of the British Raj. Explore Mattancherry, where you can observe murals and antiquities at the Dutch Palace and Cemetery. Indulge your senses browsing traditional spice and antique markets. Encounter the fascinating 400 year old, fully-functioning Parsi Synagogue in the Jewish quarter. Visit the original grave of Vasco da Gama in St. Francis Church, used before his remains were returned to Portugal. Discover Hill Palace, the state’s largest archaeological museum, which is located in the regal and artistic suburbs of Tripunithura.
(Half Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time)
Munnar offers a haven of peace and tranquility within the verdant hills of Kerala.
Highlights of Munnar Explore this beautiful panoramic town with its sprawling tea plantations! Begin with a drive to Mattupetty Dam where, at Top Station and Echo Point, views of lush mountainsides await and your voice will echo back. Head onwards to Kundala Dam, where you can go boating. The following day, after a dinner in the town and a good night’s sleep, enjoy a drive through winding lanes as you witness the exotic forest and grassland flora. Enjoy a 20 minute trek on a paved path before returning to the city. Discover the Kannan Devan Tea Museum, where you will learn about the town’s former flourishing tea industry through photos and old machinery. Visit the Antiques museum and enjoy a 30 minute documentary of Munnar. Before the sun sets, experience a local tea tour and tea production demonstration.
Thekkady is a thrilling delight for nature lovers.
Highlights of Thekkady Discover the ‘spice capital’! Enjoy a half day tour of Thekkady to learn more about the spices that dominate life in Kerala. Wander through charming plantations and see how various plants are cultivated. Experience relaxing boat rides on the scenic Periyar lake within the lush Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Accompanied by a trained naturalist, your boat ride allows exciting glimpses of elephants frolicking, gaurs and bisons bathing in the lake and busy River Otters, from a safe distance. Don’t forget to take your camera along!
Cruise Kerala’s backwaters and stay overnight in a traditional kettuvallom, a boat made from coconut rope and wooden blanks.
Overnight Houseboat Experience in Alleppey Cruise Kerala’s backwaters and stay overnight in a traditional kettuvallom, a boat made from coconut rope and wooden planks. This unique and exotic barge experience provides all the comforts of a hotel, with furnished bedrooms, a modern shower and toilet room, a living area and a shaded balcony for relaxing on as you enjoy uninterrupted views of rural Kerala. There is also a kitchen where the boat’s crew will rustle you up deliciously fresh meals and snacks, served traditionally on banana leaves. The skipper (captain), might moor up and take you to visit a backwater village, where you can meet local people and observe ancestral homes and places of worship. After a relaxing day, drop anchor and rest your head to the gentle sounds of the swishing lake waters.