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Houseboat on Kerala's backwaters

Kerala & the Maldives

12 days from $4,600pp

Houseboat on Kerala's backwaters
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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:

  • Private driver throughout your trip
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • Arrive in Cochin and transfer to your hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure or exploring 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. We can arrange a traditional dance show for this evening if you'd like.

  • Drive onward 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 into Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary for your early morning walk. If you are lucky, you may spot some elusive wildlife which can sometimes be seen here. Later today you will visit a spice plantation, which is an interesting educational experience.

  • Head back toward 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 to Cochin Airport for your flight to Malé. 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 candlelit dinner on the beach.

  • You will be transferred by speedboat back to Malé in time for your flight.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodations, 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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Thekkady & Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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