Day. 1 To Cochin
Fly to Cochin via Dubai with Emirates.
Day 2. Cochin
Arrive Cochin in the morning. Afternoon at leisure. Enjoy a sunset harbour cruise, if the tide is right watch the intriguing Chinese fishing nets at work. Two nights at the Old Harbour.
Day 3. Cochin
Morning sightseeing of this beautiful port city includes the Mattancherry Palace, Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica & Jewish Synagogue. Afternoon at leisure. Spectacular Kathakali dance performance in the evening– arrive early to watch the actors put on their intricate makeup.
Day 4. To Munnar
Wonderful scenic drive to the breathtakingly beautiful hill station of Munnar. Endless expanse of tea plantations, pristine valleys and forest-clad mountains make this the perfect escape. Two nights at either the Windamere or Ambaday Estates.
Day 5. Munnar
Morning excursion to the Eravikulam National Park in the Western Ghats, home to the largest population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Afternoon visit a Tea museum, to learn about the history of the traditional ‘cuppa’.
Day 6. To Kanam
Drive to the peaceful and secluded Kanam Estate. Swim in the delightful pool, take an optional guided walk through the rubber plantations, enjoy an Ayurvedic massage or simply lose yourself in a good book. Two nights at Serenity.
Day 7. Kanam
Spend your day with the hotel’s elephant, helping the Mahout to feed, bathe and scrub his charge. Being so close to such a magnificent animal is a truly unique experience.
Day 8. To Kumarakom
Morning drive through gorgeous lush green countryside to Kumarakom. Remainder of day at leisure. Overnight at the Coconut Lagoon.
Day 9. Houseboat
Spend the day cruising the backwaters in a traditional rice boat converted into a Houseboat, locally known as Kettuvallam. The waterways are the lifeblood of the area, local commerce revolves around it with boats laden with everything from fish to today’s papers, gliding by! The Backwaters are an ornithologist’s paradise – look out for glorious multicoloured kingfishers. Overnight on an air-conditioned houseboat.
Day 10. To Cochin
Cruise along the Backwaters until evening. Disembark and drive to Cochin. Overnight at Courtyard Marriott Airport Hotel.
Day 11. To London
Fly to London via Dubai on Emirates.
Suggested extensions: Beach Extensions to Marari & Kovalam
(Various other extensions are available on request)
Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis £1,645.00
International flights in economy class.
Accommodation with en-suite facilities.
Daily breakfast throughout. Houseboat on Full Board.
Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing
Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles.
Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.
Full ATOL Bonding.
Any optional Excursions.
Any expenses of a personal nature.
With love from India.... Ginger
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