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Unplug from the everyday routine and head to the tea plantations, beaches, wildlife parks and backwaters of Southern India.
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8 nights’ accommodation, activities and entrances fees as per the itinerary, meals as per the itinerary, services of a private car and driver and local English speaking guides.
Experience an authentic taste of South India on this relaxing 9 day introduction to Kerala. See the sun set behind the giant Chinese fishing nets in Kochi, spot elephant, tiger and leopard in the Periyar National Park and relax on the beaches of Varkala and Kovalam. In Alleppey, cruise along palm-fringed waterways in a traditional houseboat, stopping to stretch out on white sandy beaches and explore sleepy villages.
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Visit South India's largest tea-growing region of Munnar where you explore the impressive tea plantations and visit the tea museum.
Cruise along the Kerala backwaters on your own comfortable converted houseboat and unwind on the pristine beaches along the way.
Explore the major sights of Fort Cochin,visiting the spice bazaars and the beautifully restored Mattancherry Palace in Kochi.
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You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel.
Explore the major sights of Fort Cochin and visit the spice bazaars, antique shops and the beautifully restored Mattancherry Palace. You’ll also visit the Dutch Palace and the Jewish synagogue. Tonight enjoy a Kathakali dance performance. This classical dance is a highly charged and powerful drama that combines devotion and physical virtuosity with symbolic storytelling to produce one of the most impressive and vibrant forms of theatre in the world. (B)
South India's largest tea-growing region, the rolling hills around Munnar are carpeted in emerald-green tea plantations, contoured, clipped and sculpted like ornamental hedges. The former British hill station, at 1,525m this area is generally much cooler than the lower altitudes and is home to some of the most impressive tea plantations in India. Drive to the nearby tea garden and visit the tea museum. Later in the day, head out to Mattupetti Dam, situated at an altitude of 1700m above sea level, approximately 13 km from Munnar, it's famous for the Indo-Swiss livestock project. (B, D)
South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary, Periyar encompasses 777 sq km and a 26-sq-km artificial lake created by the British in 1895. The vast region is home to bison, sambar, wild boar, langur, 900 to 1000 elephants and 35 to 40 tigers. Though it's a tiger reserve, tourists also come here to view the Indian elephants washing and playing by the lake. (B) (L) (D)
Enjoy another day in the acclaimed Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary with a morning guided tour in the hope of glimpsing sambar, bison, elephant, spotted deer, tiger and leopard. Spend the afternoon at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a tour around a local spice plantation and return to your lodge in Periyar. (B) (L) (D)
Alleppey's sleepy, palm-shaded backwaters are Kerala's hidden treasure. Once an important trading port and now famous for its August 'snake boat' races, Alleppey is the starting point for most journeys into the backwaters. On arrival, enjoy a walk through local villages, strolling under palm trees and weave in between the rice fields that cover the island. During your cruise along the backwaters on your own comfortable converted houseboat, you’ll stop off at sleepy tropical villages to unwind on the pristine beaches and observe the local coir mat making industry. Overnight on the houseboat. (B) (L) (D)
Varkala sits on India's Keralan coast and is home to some of the whitest and most pristine beaches in the whole country. It's a great place to just kick back and relax, but if you want to get active, there are plenty of water sports on offer. Sitting on the sand and watching the sun dip below the horizon is the perfect way to end a day here. (B)
30 years ago, Kovalam was a sleepy coastal village mainly producing coconuts and fresh fish, today it's one of the most sought after beaches in India. Visit the Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, one of the ancient temples of south India and popularly described as 'Sabarimala of the Women', as women form the major portion of devotees. Later, visit Anchuthengu Fort, constructed in the 17th century, it's a brilliant symbol of British architectural elegance. (B)
Transfer to the Trivandrum airport for your flight home. If you wish to extend your beach stay in Kovalam for 1 or 2 nights you can do at the time of booking. (B)
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