From serene backwaters to lush hill country, discover the sheer natural beauty of Kerala – God’s own country! Walk amid aromatic plantations and rolling valleys shrouded in a veil of mist. Engulfed by the mesmerizing Nilgiri Hills, discover the native wildlife. Veer off the beaten path, or take a houseboat tour in the hinterland criss-crossed by the famous backwaters. From cultural evenings to pure relaxation on a pristine beach, enjoy the best of Kerala!
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.
Half Day Plantations Cycle Ride Munnar offers several amazing and charming picnic spots. A biking tour is an incredible way to see nature at its best, enjoy timeless culture, and admire the rich flora. Munnar’s aromatic and beautiful tea plantation expanses make for ideal cycling tours via forests, tea gardens and spice plantations; pass through the scenic, green, flourishing Mattupetty tea estate. Beginners can cycle towards Letchmi Estate…while advanced, seasoned bikers can pedal a good 13kms from the city centre all the way up to Mattupetty Dam. Along the way, enjoy watching the process of manual tea plucking. One can either cycle back from Letchmi Estate/the Dam or choose to have a car fetch them for their return.
Complimentary Activities At Spice Tree With its myriad activities, Spice Tree caters to both the nature enthusiast and the incurable romantic. The day begins with yoga at 0730 hrs, a guided Bison Valley Plantation Village Walk at 0830 hrs, followed by an Ethnic Cooking Class. At 1600 hrs it is time for Tea Tasting with experts, followed by a trek to the Dolmen Houses – remnants from the Stone Age, at 1700 hrs. For guests who are more interested in botany, the resort also offers Nature Walks with a trained naturalist. Kids will love the Origami session or the Towel Art Session in the afternoon.
Kanam is a small place in Kerala’s Kottayam district.
Highlights Of Kanam Kanam, a scenic little hamlet in Kerala’s Kottayam district, offers verdant sights and fresh aromas of plantations along its rolling hills. On your travels between Kochi and Thekkady, Kanam makes for an ideal destination as an enroute break. Surrounded by rubber plantations, papaya orchards, aromatic spices, pepper and coffee plantations, this perfectly charming little stopover will let enjoy informative excursions to its many plantations, as well as visits to the local villages nearby. (Half Day; Duration: 3 hrs, Time of Day: Morning; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes).
Cruise Kerala’s backwaters and stay overnight in a traditional kettuvallom, a boat made from coconut rope and wooden blanks.
Overnight Houseboat Experience Cruise Kerala’s backwaters and stay two nights 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) will moor up and take you to visit backwater villages, 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.
Alleppey was once dubbed the Venice of the East by the visiting former Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon.
Complimentary Activities At Marari Beach Resort When staying at Marari Beach Resort you can begin your blissful day with a wonderful optional open air yoga class, and by enjoying a delicious and leisurely breakfast. Observe and learn about the varied and beautiful species of butterflies at the on-site Butterfly Garden, or take an environmental tour of the property and witness the biogas and sewage plant, and solar energy systems. Venture to the Kitchen Garden to see where the fresh, native ingredients for your meals are grown, and feast on a Keralan culinary demonstration by the chef in the Farm Kitchen. Visit the Ayurveda Center for some pampering. You can also enjoy an escorted stroll through nearby villages, or learn how to attire yourself in a fun hands-on traditional Indian sari/dhoti demonstration.
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 11 days / 10 nights