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Kerala & the Maldives

13 days from £2,905pp

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Tour highlights

  • 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.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Travel that's shaped around you

We know that travel has the most meaning when it's created individually for you. Our specialists will only start designing your trip once they understand exactly what you want it to be. So, consider this idea simply as inspiration for your own experience.

Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Cochin
 
Munnar
 
Thekkady & Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
 

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