Tour length 14 days•From Kochi (Cochin) to Kovalam
Christmas & New Year
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About this tour
The tropical south of India is a land of fertile forests, sweeping grasslands and tea plantations. We visit Kerala and Tamil Nadu, states with distinctive cultures and contrasting scenery. Kerala is a true tropical paradise with an idyllic coastline and lush mountains, which is evident as we travel between the old spice town of Cochin and the beautiful hill station of Munnar. A trip to the wildlife sanctuary at Periyar boasts an array of animals and an abundance of colourful birds, and dinner with a local family provides a unique insight into Keralan life. In Tamil Nadu, we explore Madurai, the most vibrant city in the state, and marvel at the intricately carved Sri Meenakshi Temple. The climax of the trip is a traditional houseboat cruise on the Kerala lagoons before we relax on the sweeping beaches of Kovalam and sample fresh seafood.
Age range16 - 99
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Day 1: Start Cochin; afternoon optional harbour cruise around Fort Cochin and explore historic spice port
Day 2: Sightseeing around Cochin (breakfast)
Day 3: To Munnar; afternoon visit to Srishi, a social service organisation for tea pickers (breakfast)
Day 4: Morning trek through tea plantations and the Munnar hills (breakfast)
Day 5: To Madurai; optional closing ceremony at the Sri Meenakshi Temple (breakfast)
Day 6: Dawn city walk with Meenakshi Temple visit. Afternoon Palace, Gandhi Memorial Museum, and Flower Market Tour (breakfast)
Day 7: To Thekkady; cooking demonstration in local family home (breakfast,dinner)
Day 8: Explore Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary; morning jungle walk followed by an optional boat trip on the lake (breakfast)
Day 9: To Erattupetta Planters Homestay (breakfast,dinner)
Day 10: To Kumarakom; Shikara boat ride and Village Walk (breakfast)
Day 11: Board houseboat for backwater cruise (breakfast,lunch,dinner)
Day 12: Leave houseboat and drive to Kovalam (breakfast)
Day 13: Free time to relax on the beach or join an optional trip to Kanyakumari (breakfast)