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Kerala's tropical landscapes range from golden beaches and mellow backwaters to jungle-clad hills and lush paddies. A long history of trade has made it culturally rich and diverse, full of colourful ritual and exuberant arts - all of which you'll explore on this 13-day tour.
Learn to cook like a local
Cruise Kerala’s backwaters
Bamboo rafting in Periyar
Explore tea and spice plantations
Hike the Letchmi Hills
Discover traditional fortune telling
- All meals (11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners)
- International flights and current taxes
- Domestic transportation
- Touring with guides and entrance fees
- Visa fees for UK and EU passport holders
Days 1-2: Fly to Kochi
Fly overnight to Kochi, a cosmopolitan port city.
Days 3: Explore Kochi
Enjoy a full day tour of Kochi. Start at the Dutch Palace and the synagogue at the heart of the Jewish Quarter. Drive along the coast to the mouth of the harbour to view the picturesque old Chinese fishing nets. Finish the day at Fort Kochi where you can stroll amongst historical Dutch and Portuguese buildings. This evening, relax with a traditional Ayurvedic massage at your hotel.
Day 4: Cooking Demo & Home Stay
Travel to Muhamma, a town nestled amongst lush paddy fields in the "rice bowl" of Kerala. Enjoy a cooking demonstration where you'll see local Keralan cuisine being prepared. Tonight, you'll be staying in a traditional homestay where you'll get the chance to witness the local cooking culture first hand and normal family life here.
Day 5: Kerala's Backwaters
Transfer to the jetty at Alleppey and board your traditional houseboat. Sit back and relax as your boat cruises the beautiful jade water; through canals, rivers and lakes, passing tiny villages, lush paddy fields and people going about their lives on the riverbanks. Dine on food cooked fresh onboard before retiring to your cabin for a night on the water.
Day 6: Kathakali
Disembark and proceed to Thekkady, one of Kerala's most nature rich areas. This evening, enjoy an exuberant and colourful Kathakali dance performance.
Day 7: Bamboo Rafting
Ride a bamboo raft on a lake at the heart of Periyar Tiger Reserve. From the water, you'll get beautiful views of the forested hills and may spot some wildlife, such as elephants, guar and sambar on the bank of the lake. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
Day 8: Teas and Spices
Journey into the Western Ghats to the hill station of Munnar, stopping en route at spice plantations and organic spice gardens. Later, visit a tea plantation and museum where you can get involved in the processes of running the plantation.
Day 9: Munnar Hiking
Travel just out of town to the Letchmi hills, where your hike will begin, absorbing spectacular views as you go. After a picnic lunch, wander through a Nature Zone, spotting exotic plants and birds. Return to Munnar where the rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 10: Explore Palakkad
Journey to the city of Palakkad. Visit Kandath Tharavad, a 200-year-old Keralan architectural gem build from mud and teak, before exploring the city itself.
Day 11: Traditional Fortune Telling
Start the day with an invigorating yoga class, a walk through the rice paddies and a tumbler of tea with local villagers. Climb aboard a bullock-drawn cart to travel through winding country lanes to visit some of the area's cottage industries. This afternoon, learn about various methods of fortune telling that are popular in the Palakkad area and have your own fortune read.
Day 12: Kodungalloor
Travel from Palakkad back to Kochi, stopping en route at the old port town of Kodungalloor. Visits included the 52 AD Kottakavu Church, Cheraman Masjid, India first mosque and Chenamangalam Synagogue. Arrive in Kochi where there is an option to take a sunset cruise along the beautiful Malabar Coast.
Day 13: Fly Kochi to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home later or the following day.
Designed for those who wish to be further immersed in the authentic charm of Asia; ‘Immerse Yourself’ tours include more cultural and active experiences. You will be accompanied by our dedicated and professional National Escorts or Local Guides, whose unparalleled knowledge will turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience. ‘Immerse Yourself’ tours include:
- Walking through classic sites
- Unique cultural experiences and encounters
- Off the beaten track destinations
Your accommodation has been selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range from a business hotel in one city to a family-run guesthouse in a smaller town or a heritage-type hotel. In remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have western amenities.
Coaches: Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city sightseeing, short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers where necessary.
Planes: Internal flights are based on economy class, with reputable airlines.
Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more and will be accompanied by a National Escort. There will usually be no more than 18 travellers in each group although you may encounter other Wendy Wu tour groups while you are travelling.
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