- Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Marari Beach
Marvel at cantilevered Chinese fishing nets.
Take a cruise on a traditional rice barge.
Walk through tea plantations.
Explore a spice plantation.
Relax on a palm-fringed beach.
What our specialists say...
This tour is a great introduction to Kerala, including a number of the state’s highlights and a variety of experiences. Take a guided tour of the old colonial port town of Cochin, a fascinating introduction to south Indian culture. Walk through the hills of Munnar, with opportunities for birdwatching or tea tasting. A few days in the Backwaters gives you the chance to experience the laid back way of life in this unique area and take a cruise on a traditional rice barge before having some time on the beach to relax.
We recommend this trip for:
- Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Marari Beach
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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Cochin.
Day 2 Cochin
On arrival in Cochin Airport, you're met by an Audley representative and introduced to your private driver who will stay with you for the rest of your stay. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, depending on the arrival time of your flight. Stroll along the waterfront to see fishermen working the Chinese fishing nets, or just relax at your hotel.
Day 3 Cochin
Enjoy a private tour of colonial Cochin today with your local guide. It usually lasts for around half a day and includes St Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica. Your guide can tailor the tour to suit your interests. The rest of the day is yours to explore this colonial fort on foot, or enjoy your hotel.
Day 4 Kodikulam
Cochin , Kodikulam
This morning drive for around three hours into rural Kerala to stay at a traditional homestay. The property is warm and welcoming, surrounded by beautiful spice gardens and a wonderful flowing river at the bottom of the garden, where you can even have a swim.
Day 5 Kodikulam
Spend today at your leisure. There are plenty of activities to choose from, just have a chat with Jose and Sinta, your hosts. Enjoy a spice plantation walk, cycling around the nearby village, visit a local school or temple, learn about honey extraction and even try milking a cow.
Day 6 Munnar
Kodikulam , Munnar
This morning head up to the Western Ghats; a three hour drive to the town of Munnar. Look out for some wonderful waterfalls on your way up to the tea country. Relax on arrival and take in the beautiful views, go birdwatching or on a butterfly walk. Your hotel can arrange activities if you wish.
Day 7 Munnar
Day 9 Alleppey
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary , Alleppey
Get up early this morning for a jungle walk with a local ranger in a small group tour with fellow guests from your hotel. As the jungle wakes, you have the opportunity to potentially see black monkeys, sambar deer, giant squirrels and even wild boar. The birdlife is impressive too. Your walk lasts around three hours - don't forget comfy shoes, your camera and insect repellent. After brunch, travel for around three to four hours to the Keralan Backwaters. Board your traditional private rice barge and spend your afternoon and evening relaxing as you float around the waterways.
Day 10 Backwaters
Alleppey , Backwaters
Wake up on your houseboat and enjoy breakfast before disembarking. Your driver is on hand to meet you and take you the short distance to the homestay to spend this evening. Your welcoming hosts will encourage you to either explore locally with them, or perhaps partake in a cookery experience.
Day 11 Marari Beach
Day 12 Marari Beach
Day 13 International return flight
Marari Beach , International return flight
Your driver will take you back to Cochin for your onwards flight. The drive takes around 90 minutes so will be arranged depending on your flight time. Your return flight will arrive the same day.
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