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    Places visited:

  • Cochin
  • Munnar
  • Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Alleppey
  • Male
  • Maldive Island
  • Fort Cochin's colonial atmosphere and architecture.

  • Tea tasting in the high hills of Munnar.

  • Boat safari in Periyar National Park.

  • Stay overnight on a traditional rice barge.

  • Snorkel, scuba and swim in the Maldives.

Audley Travel specialist Alexandra

What our specialists say...

This itinerary allows you to combine exploring India's southern state of Kerala with relaxing on one of the Maldives' beautiful island resorts. Spend a week visiting colonial highlights, rolling tea hills, looking for wildlife in Periyar and enjoying Kerala's backwaters and traditional houseboats. Ending your trip with four days' in the Maldives where your days can be spent snorkeling, swimming or simply relaxing.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Cochin
  • Munnar
  • Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Alleppey
  • Cochin
  • Male
  • Maldive Island

Itinerary idea in detail

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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

Cochin

Arrive in Cochin and transfer to your hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure or explore the local area. Your hotel is a short walk from some interesting local restaurants and shops.

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Day 3 Cochin

Cochin

Explore Cochin today with your local guide. Fort Cochin is the home to some of the oldest European architecture in India and has been a significant settlement ever since Cochin Harbour was discovered. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. If you'd like, we can arrange a traditional dance show for this evening.

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Day 4 Munnar

Cochin , Munnar

Drive onwards to Munnar through changing landscapes as you leave the coastal area and head up to the hill plantations, passing on route rubber, pineapple and coconut plantations. Check in to your hotel - you might have time to wander through the hotel's gardens.

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Day 5 Munnar

Munnar

The walk through the tea plantations is very flexible and can be tailor-made to suit your fitness level and plans for the day. Taste some tea this afternoon at a local factory where you can learn about the tea picking process.

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Day 6 Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Munnar , Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Continue south to Periyar National Park today. After the drive, you'll be able to relax before an early start tomorrow.

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Day 7 Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

This morning will be an early start as you head in to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary for your early morning walk. If you are lucky, you may spot some illusive wildlife which can sometimes be seen here. Later today you will visit a spice plantation which is an interesting educational experience.

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Day 8 Alleppey

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary , Alleppey

Head back towards the coast and spend your afternoon and evening cruising along the backwaters on a traditional rice barge. A private chef on-board will provide you with a freshly cooked dinner made from local ingredients.

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Day 9 Maldive Island

Alleppey , Cochin , Male , Maldive Island

After breakfast on-board your houseboat, your driver will be waiting to transfer you on to Cochin airport for your flight to Male. On arrival you will be transferred to Velassaru for the next four nights at your leisure.

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Day 10 Maldive Island

Maldive Island

Day free to enjoy the Maldives. You might like to try the resort's spa which offers a huge range of treatments as well as private yoga tuition. Treatments can also be arranged in your bungalow.

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Day 11 Maldive Island

Maldive Island

You may like to book a boat trip today to visit some nearby reefs. Bring your snorkeling equipment and enjoy the opportunity to spot a variety of vibrant fish and hopefully a few manta rays.

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Day 12 Maldive Island

Maldive Island

Make your last day in the Maldives special by booking a private dining experience. You can enjoy a picnic on a nearby private sandbar, or a candle-lit dinner on the beach.

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Day 13 International return flight

Maldive Island , International return flight

You will be transferred by speedboat back to Male in time for your flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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