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Kerala & the Maldives
13 days from £3,115pp
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.
- Thekkady & Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Maldive Island
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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
Day 3 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.
Day 4 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.
Day 5 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.
Day 6 Thekkady & Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Day 7 Thekkady & 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.
Day 8 Alleppey
Thekkady & 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.
Day 9 Maldive Island
Day 10 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.
Day 11 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.
Day 12 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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