Step back in time on this 10-day tour through India’s southern state of Kerala. The wealth of spices has created an exceptional history unlike anywhere in the world. From the European neighborhoods of Cochin to the tea plantations of Munnar, you will witness the diverse landscapes and captivating culture. Dip your toes in the sand on Kovalam Beach and indulge in a moonlit dinner as you drift down the serene canals around Alleppey. The depths of history and local magnetism are endless in Kerala.
Kochi – The Cultural South
Welcome to Kochi (or Cochin), the gateway to Kerala and a city filled with layers of history. The Portuguese built their first stronghold along the northern tip of the peninsula. The scent of spices is still enticing and prevalent. You are met at the airport by a private transfer and escorted to your hotel. The antique Chinese fishing nets create a skyline above the Arabian Sea. The nets are around 60 feet wide suspended on wooden supports that are around 30 feet tall. You can see them dip down into the water, counterbalanced by large stones and guided by agile fishermen.
The depth of the city’s past spans over 600 years and continues to allure both visitors and locals, including Salman Rushdie, whose novel The Moor’s Last Sigh, centers around Kochi’s historic neighborhoods. In the evening you will indulge in a Kathakali performance. The classical Indian dance-drama is filled with elaborate costumes and intricate movement with traditions that date back to the 17th century. You can hear the precision in the drumbeats. The singing is harmonic. The costumes are vibrant and almost tell the story on their own.
Munnar – Southern Insight
Munnar – The Mountains of Munnar
Thekkady – The Wildlife Continues at Periyar Lake
Thekkady – Periyar National Park Wildlife Experience
Kumarakom – The Calls of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Alleppey – Water Bound Alleppey
Kovalam – Tender Sands
Kovalam – A Day at the Shore
Trivandrum – A Beachside Departure
- Experience the exceptional history of Kochi (Cochin) that dates back over 600 years
- Enjoy the traditional costumes and music of a Kathakali performance
- Witness the tremendous tea plantations in the magnificent Munnar Hills
- Discover the exquisite wildlife at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, from wild bison to elephants
- Traverse the charming backwater canals around Alleppey in the private comforts of a houseboat
- Feel the soothing warm sand and rejuvenating waters on the shores of the Arabian Sea at Kovalam
India is a country of rich culture, majestic landscape, and unique history. On this custom tailored tour you will find the charm and wonder of forests filled with elephants, meandering canals lined with lush palm groves, and the quiet Arabian Sea as it paints the horizon with sapphire water. Rare birds perch on the marshlands. The scent of coconut plantations gives sweetness to the air. From tremendous hillsides to magnificent Dutch palaces, you will discover the distinct splendor of the south and the exquisite allure of Kerala.
Your vacation begins with your arrival in Cochin. The city is known as the gateway to Kerala because of its expansive trading history that dates back 600 years, from the Portuguese to the Chinese. In the evening you will enjoy a traditional Kathakali performance that offers insight into cultural mythologies through dance and song. After a morning tour of the city you will visit the Mundackal Plantation en route to Munnar. The plantation offers understanding into the real lives of Kerala, from the farming to the food. Spend the day in the Munnar Hills and traversing the mountain of Rajamal, home to the protected Nilgiri Tahr, a rare mountain goat.
Once in Thekkady you will step aboard a boat and enjoy a cruise on Periyar Lake in search of the surrounding wildlife. In the morning you be able to traverse both the lake and the forest of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in search of Gaur bison, macaque monkey, and Asian elephants. Make your way to Kumarakom and enjoy the secluded wonder of the nearby lake and the natural marshlands of the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Transfer to Alleppey where you will spend time on a luxurious houseboat exploring the famous southern canals. Find yourself on Kovalam Beach and enjoy two days on the fabulous sand. The water is crisp and clear. The atmosphere is jovial and celebratory. On your final day you will have a private transfer to the Trivandrum Airport to make your flight home.
$11,695 per person (excluding international flights)
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