Call free on 0800 707 6229 for huge extra savings on Cox & Kings Spice Lands of Kerala
The south Indian state of Kerala is not only exceptionally beautiful but is steeped in a rich history and colonial heritage that makes for a truly unique tour. Envisage yourself touring the rice fields, shimmering rivers, spice plantations and glorious beaches; you will visit the delightful city of Kochi, wander the backwaters and take a look at what rural life is like for many villagers in the region.
- International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
- 4- & 5-star accommodation
- UK departure and overseas airport taxes
- Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
- Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
- Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
- Small group size - up to 26 people
- Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
- Explore the old-world charm of Kochi
- Relax in beautiful natural surroundings in Thekaddy and Lake Vembanad
- Enjoy a shikara boat cruise through the serene backwaters
- Extend your tour with 3 nights at Marari Beach from £335pp
- Guaranteed to depart with 2 people
- Small group size - up to 26 people
Day 1: Fly to Kochi, via Dubai
Fly from London to Kochi (Cochin), via Dubai with Emirates (regional connections available).
Day 2: Kochi
Morning arrival in Kochi. Transfer to the Crowne Plaza (or similar) for 2 nights. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 3: Kochi
Today you will visit some of the highlights of this enchanting port, taking in the architectural styles that reveal Arab, Jewish and European influences. View the remarkable, cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, explore the 16th-century Portuguese-built Mattancherry Palace, the Church of St Francis and the oldest living Jewish Synagogue in the world. Later, visit the Kathakali dance studio. The striking feature of this dance is the elaborate face make up and costumes.
Day 4: Thekkady
Morning drive through the Western Ghats to Thekkady. The region is home to moist deciduous forests and marshy grasslands, offering excellent opportunities to watch birds and spot tropical plant life and other wildlife. Stay 2 nights in the Poetree Resort (or similar).
Day 5: Thekkady • Periyar
For centuries, Kerala has grown and exported spices around the world. In the morning, take a walking tour of a plantation to learn about the cultivation, growth and processing of spices. This afternoon, take a walk with a forest guide discovering the flora and fauna of this verdant region.
Day 6: The backwaters
Drive to the backwater region of Kerala this morning. The backwaters are home to a variety of species of fauna and flora. Stay for 2 nights at the Vasundhara Sarovar Premier (or similar).
Day 7: The backwaters
Morning at leisure. Afternoon backwater cruise by shikara boat through narrow canals. This cruise explores these picturesque waterways, revealing boats carrying loads of coir, copra and cashews and, along the water's edge, numerous churches and marketplaces.
Day 8: Fly to London via Dubai
Fly to London, via Dubai, with Emirates.
Crowne Plaza Kochi, Kochi (Cochin)
Situated in close proximity to an emerging business district, Crowne Plaza Kochi provides convenient access and is about 45 minutes away from the many tourist attractions around Fort Kochi. The hotel has 269 comfortably furnished rooms and suites overlooking either the city or the backwaters. Crowne Plaza Kochi offers a variety of dining options including a specialty restaurant with an interactive show kitchen serving signature dishes from the three distinctive culinary regions of the state of Kerala. Leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, health club and a spa offering traditional Ayurvedic, western and oriental therapies.
Poetree Resort, Thekkady
Strategically situated on the top of a hill, surrounded by acres of untouched land and forest, Poetree was built with strong principles of nature conservation and sustainability. Rooms are designed with relaxed tones and textures, elegant furnishings and modern-day amenities. Indian and international cuisines are crafted at the restaurant by the resort's expert team of chefs. Features: 51 rooms, restaurant, fitness centre, swimming pool, games room, Wi-Fi.
Vasundhara Sarovar Premier, Alleppey
Located on the serene backwaters of Vayalar near Kumarakom, Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere features modern rooms with stunning lake views. The hotel offers an idyllic location for relaxation either by the infinity pool or in the spa. For the more energetic, a range of activities are available, from cycle rides to watersports. Features: Infinity pool, water sports, jogging trail , bicycle hire, children's activity centre, spa, health and fitness centre, yoga and meditation deck, restaurant serving local and international cuisine, poolside cafe and bar, Madira bar and seafood restaurant.
There is a single supplement available £330 - £360.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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