On your journey you will discover a thousand shades of green as you share smiles with the friendly people in this lush, tropical part of India.
Sampling a corner of the ancient trade route that criss-crossed the deep south you’ll have the opportunity to experience and taste India through simple meals and elaborate feasts, haggle with market vendors in colourful and chaotic bazaars, boat through Kerala’s serene backwaters, learn the history of the heritage town of Fort Kochi and share everyday experiences with a cast of charming local hosts before signing off with sun and sand on the beaches of Mararikulam.
Along the way you’ll stay in a handpicked selection of exquisite boutique and heritage hotels that will deliver an authentic immersion without sacrificing too many of your creature comforts.
This journey will take you far beyond the travel guide and open your eyes and heart to the sensory feast that epitomises India. A lifetime of unforgettable experiences await.
You will love
- Lush green landscapes
- Best of the evocative South
- Famed backwaters of Kerala
- Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Adventure in style & comfort
9 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS
This itinerary provides the perfect framework for a week long soiree, however it can be designed to suit your preferred pace, price and pursuits. Contact us for a tailormade journey.
DAY 1 | COCHIN
On your arrival in Cochin you will be welcomed traditionally before spending the evening acclimatising and preparing for the upcoming week of adventure.
DAY 2 | COCHIN
Explore the port city of Kochi including visits to the Chinese fishing, Mattancherry Palace & Church of St. Francis & explore the area on a harbour cruise. Walk along the narrow cobbled streets among the handicraft shops of the Jewish town and the oldest living synagogue in the world. This evening enjoy a traditional Kathakali Dance show!
DAY 3 | PERIYAR
After breakfast drive to Thekkady (approx 5 hours) taking in the picturesque hills and plantations along the way. Afternoon at leisure upon arrival. A cultural experience awaits this evening with dinner and entrance to a martial arts show.
DAY 4 | PERIYAR
Enjoy a gentle, but attractive day today with a walk through the beautiful, protected Periyar Wilderness this morning and an afternoon touring a nearby Spice Plantation with a naturalist.
DAY 5 | KUMARAKOM
After breakfast drive towards Kumarakom (approx 1.5 hours), stopping at Kumbhalangi to experience local village activities – take a boat road, visit a crab farm & harvest coconuts. Afternoon at leisure on arrival at Coconut Lagoon – an opportunity to indulge in the spa, take a sunset cruise on the lake or simply sit by the waters edge and relax.
DAY 6 | KUMARAKOM
After a leisurely breakfast board a traditional houseboat and venture across the lake and along the palm fringed canals, passing local villages. A delicious luncs served onbaord and the evening is at leisure on return to the hotel.
DAY 7 | MARARIKULAM
Road transfer to the village of Mararikulam (approx 1 hour) and your seaside retreat on the Arabian Sea. The afternoon is yours to explore the serene beachfront.
DAY 8 | MARARIKULAM
The community of Mararikulam teaches you the art of indulging in the moment. Explore the region on a bicycle or take a dip in the sea. Watch fishermen reel in the catch of the day, stroll through the village or indulge in an Ayurveda treatment. Today is a treat for your body, mind and soul.
DAY 9 | END OF ITINERARY
Spend your final day in Southern India as you wish. A final swim, massage or wander along the beach to engage with the local fishermen. You will be collected and transferred to Cochin Airport in time to check in for outbound flight, or onward adventure!
A handpicked selection of recommended accommodation
Brunton Boatyard – Cochin, Kerala
Brunton Boatyard is a unique hotel with a fascinating heritage and undeniable charm. The interiors are a wonderful blend of English, Portuguese and Dutch influences. It offers a unique experience which celebrates the very best of centuries of cultural influence whilst also blending authenticity with stylish contemporary design. Read More
Spice Village – Thekkady, Southern India
Set amidst the landscaped spice gardens, the cottages at Spice Village are where you will rest your head at night are simple, yet luxuriously furnished and naturally elegant. Immerse yourself in nature, culture and the local way of life - look no further than Spice Village for a true wilderness experience. Read More
Coconut Lagoon – Kumarakom
Coconut Lagoon sits amongst rice paddies, tranquil waterways and lush gardens boasting authentic heritage, exquisite cuisine and a unique insight into this beautiful corner of Kerala. During your stay you are free to wander through the cool wildflower and butterfly garden, take a sunset cruise or explore the network of canals by canoe. Read More
Marari Beach Resort – Kerala
Set on 30 acres of land lies the Marari Beach Resort in Mararikulam, among lily ponds, coconut groves, fruit trees and a large organic farm. Cottages are thatched with coconut leaves and bathrooms echo nature's environment, with the experience of bathing under the open skies. Enjoy nature's raw beauty at Marari Beach Resort. Read More
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