• Traditional houseboat

Classic Kerala Tour

Combine Kerala's historic fishing towns, charming tea plantations and the peaceful beauty of the backwaters with this tour. Enjoy a privately escorted tour and admire stunning scenery of the tea plantations in Munnar, take hike to spot wildlife and the exotic flora and fauna in Periyar, before relaxing and cruising the backwater labyrinths of Kerala. All the while experiencing the culture of southern India, and enjoy an exciting houseboat stay.

Daily Private Tours

Duration
8 days

Guide Price

£1,829 pp
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Traditional houseboat

Trip highlights

  • Experiencing Cochin's fort and harbour
  • Munnar's tea plantations
  • Superior selection of hotels
  • Hiking Periyar in search of wildlife, flora and fauna

Arrive into Cochin, and you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Have the rest of the day to explore your resort, relax and acclimatise to the time change, or alternatively venture out into Cochin to explore at your own pace.

On your second day, visit the magnificent Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays),  Jewish Synagogue (closed on Fridays and Saturdays), St Francis Church and Santa Cruz Basilica. While driving along the coastline, see the unique Chinese fishing nets, which were introduced by the Chinese traders in the 14th Century. The tour ends in the Fort Kochi area, where you can walk through the historic Dutch and Portuguese buildings - the 500-year-old fort is amazingly well preserved. In the evening, enjoy a spectacular dance show where elaborately made-up dancers with painted faces and masks, drummers and musicians dazzle you.

Overnight stay in Cochin.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Crown Plaza or similar

After breakfast, depart the hotel for Munnar (approx. 4 hours - 5 hours drive). On arrival check into hotel.

This royal resort is lazily nestled in the verdant slopes of the tea country, and promises health with its warming sunshine, salubrious climate, and invigorating scent of the air from the tea gardens. In the afternoon, tea enthusiasts will love the visit to the beautiful Tata Tea plantation, and its museum which houses curious photographs and machinery, each depicting a turning point that contributed to India's flourishing tea industry. The museum exudes a rare old world charm and is strangely reminiscent of the days of the Raj in its elegant splendour.

Overnight stay in Munnar.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Windermere Estate or similar

After breakfast travel to Periyar and to your hotel for an overnight stay. (Approx. 4 hours drive).

We recommend you pack sensible footwear, because in the afternoon you will embark on a three to four hour hike through dense forests of Periyar, a paradise for nature lovers - an opportunity to observe the animals and bird life roaming the jungle, including elephants and bison, who come to drink and bathe in the lake. This area of natural beauty is home to many species of plants, and you will be amazed by the rich bio-diversity of this region. 

Overnight stay in Periyar.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Spice Village or similar

In the morning, enjoy a drive to a spice plantation to witness different varieties of spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, cloves, vanilla, ginger tea and coffee growing in their natural environment.

Later, travel on to the backwater resort of Allepey (4.5 hours). On arrival, board your personal houseboat for an overnight journey. The houseboat cruise takes you through the intricate maze of backwaters, mesmerising and surprising at every turn, with its serene beauty and simple charm.

Overnight on a houseboat in Allepey.

Suggested Accommodation

  • AC Houseboat or similar

After breakfast, it's time disembark the houseboat in Allepey, on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake. Here, majestic canals, streams and distributes weave an enchantingly beautiful web. The gorgeous green of the fringed palms ripple in the blue waters and blend into intricate wavelets.

Overnight stay in Allepey.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Coconut Lagoon or similar

Today, relax by enjoying a nice leisurely breakfast in the serene atmosphere, take some time for yourself and indulge in an Ayurveda massage at the resort. Spend the rest of the day exploring and soaking up the relaxing atmosphere Allepey has to offer.

Overnight stay in Allepey.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Coconut Lagoon or similar

After breakfast, depart the hotel to Cochin airport for your onward flight or to Kovalam for a relaxing beach stay.

Included

  • Superior accommodation as detailed in twin or double bed with private facilities (alternative but similar hotels may be used at certain times of year)
  • Meals included as stated
  • Air-conditioned transport as listed
  • Services of a qualified English-speaking guide
  • Airport assistance and transfers
  • All site entrance fees while touring as appropriate
  • International flights

Not included

  • Visa fees
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Beverages during meals
  • Tips for the driver/guide
  • Optional excursions