(14 Nights / 15 Days) Arr: Cochin – Olavipe (02 nts) – Houseboat (01 nt) – Kanam (02 nts) – Munnar (02 nts) – Coonoor (02 nts) – Wayanad (02 nts) – Thalassery (01 nt) – Dep : Cochin (02 nts)
This curated tour through the hills and backwaters of Kerala will take your breath away. Whether you’re boarding the famous Nilgiri steam train or bathing with elephants, the action never stops. Sample various teas and breathe in the aromatic fragrances of the spice plantation. As you continue your journey, you will also become accustomed with the rubber plantation and sandalwood in the forests.
HOTELS USED OR SIMILAR
|ALLEPPEY||LAKE SONG||COCONUT LAGOON||COCONUT LAGOON|
|BACKWATERS||DELUXE HOUSEBOAT||PREMIUM HOUSEBOAT||SPICE COAST CRUISE|
|KANAM||THE SERENITY||THE SERENITY||THE SERENITY|
|MUNNAR||AMBADY ESTATE||WINDERMERE ESTATE||WINDERMERE ESTATE|
|COONOOR||ACRES WILD||WALLWOOD GARDEN||THE GATEWAY HOTEL COONOOR|
|TELLICHERRY||CHERA ROCKS||CHERA ROCKS||AYISHA MANZIL|
|COCHIN||FORT HERITAGE||MALABAR HOUSE RESIDENCY||BRUNTON BOATYARD|
+ Accommodation with Breakfast Basis in above mentioned hotels or similar
+ AC INDIGO/LOGAN for Standard Package
+ AC INNOVA for Deluxe & Exclusive Programme
+ All Meals in Houseboat
+ Local English Speaking Guide with Applicable Entrance Fees
+ ‘Day With Elephant’ Programme at Kanam
+ Toy Train Journey from Ooty to Coonoor
+ Kathakali Dance show in a Local theatre at Cochin
+ All Taxes
Cost Does Not Includes:
Airfare, Visa, Travel Insurance etc.
Meals other than mentioned
Tips, telephone calls, laundry, shopping etc
Any other items other than mentioned above
Upon arrival in Cochin you’ll be met and transferred to the lush and green area of Alleppey. Here stay two nights at Olavipe, a charming family home near the calm backwaters where authentic Keralan life can be experienced at close quarters.
– Enjoy a relaxed day exploring the surrounding villages, coir works, temples and life around the backwaters.
Board a private riceboat this morning for a cruise along the palm-fringed backwaters of Vembanad Lake. Traditional local dishes are served on board by your private crew.
Disembark after breakfast for a short drive to Kanam Estate. Stay in the midst of a rubber plantation at Serenity for two nights. Once the plantation manager’s residence, this property has been tastefully restored whilst retaining the local charm and character of the area.
Enjoy a leisurely day visiting the surrounding spice plantations which comprise pepper, areca nut, nutmeg and cardamom. There’s also the opportunity to spend some time bathing the resident elephant!
Drive to the picturesque tea growing country of Munnar and check-in to the colonial Talliar Estate Tea Bungalow.
Visit the Eravikulam Sanctuary, home to the endangered NilgiriTahr. There is also time for one of the following options, a visit to a nearby tea factory, a walk in the tea estate or a picnic by the waterfalls.
Morning drive through Marayur Sandalwood Forest and the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary to Mettupalayam (6 hours). Stay at the Kurumba Village for 2 nights.
Day at leisure to explore the area. You could go for a walk in the reserve forest with a naturalist or take a plantation tour.
Early morning transfer to Mettupalayam Railway Station where you’ll board the famous Nilgiri Steam Train to Ooty. From Ooty drive to Wayanad for a two night stay at the Tranquil Plantation.
A visit to the nearby Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary can be arranged (for a supplement). Tranquil has an attractive pool and a well stocked bar should you want to put your feet up and relax.
Setting off early, today’s scenic drive heads down through the lush hills to the coastal town of Tellicherry. Stay at AyisaMansil, a colonial home overlooking the Arabian Sea, for the night. Visit the local Mopilah homes and enjoy the celebrated North Keralan cuisine of your hostess. You could even join her for a cookery lesson.
A daytime classic Indian train journey to Cochin awaits this morning. Your stay in Fort Cochin is at the elegant Malabar House for two nights. Enjoy a sunset cruise this evening around the harbour.
The day is set aside for a relaxed wander through the streets of Fort Cochin (a car is on hand should this be necessary). You’ll visit the Jewish Synagogue, St Francis’ Church and the Dutch Palace, followed by an exciting auto-rickshaw ride through the spice bazaars of the old town. Round off the day viewing Kerala’s famous and colourfulKathakali dance performance.
Fly back in the morning via Dubai.