Simply Kerala

12 days
FROM £ 1980
Countries Visited: India

Simply Kerala

Explore Fort Cochin on foot;
Escape to the cooler climes of Munnar hill station;
Experience rural Keralan life at a homestay;
Witness a traditional Kalaripayattu performance;
Learn the secrets behind tea production;
Watch the backwaters drift by from aboard a private houseboat;
Relax on the golden sands of Marari beach.

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Holiday Itinerary

DAY 1 - 2

Cochin
Cochin (also called Kochi) is an intriguing fusion of cultures. Dutch, Portuguese and British Raj colonists all left their mark on the city’s architecture, in the form of ancient mosques, European churches, and a 400-year-old synagogue... and the harbour's famous giant fishing nets were introduced by Chinese explorers in the 14th century. Having checked into your hotel, you'll be at leisure until late afternoon, when you'll accompany your guide to Cochin harbour for a sunset boat cruise across Vembanad Lake, passing small islets and various seafaring vessels. Accompanied by your expert local guide, explore Cochin on foot and by tuk-tuk, stopping to admire the Chinese Fishing Nets, the Dutch Palace, synagogue and St Francis Church, breaking for chai or coffee at a local art cafe for a glimpse of Cochin's contemporary creative side.

DAY 3 - 4

Kodikulam
The Dewalokam Homestay sits in an organic farm in the rural region of Kodikulam, surrounded by jungle and plantations growing spices and rubber. The property produces fruit, vegetables, spices, honey, milk and eggs, and a stay here offers a fascinating insight into rural Keralan life. You can easily while away an hour strolling around the farm, and various activities are on offer, from cookery classes, village walks, cycling through the countryside and river rafting, to rubber tapping, and milking the resident cow. There will also be plenty of opportunities to find a peaceful spot in the gardens and relax with a book!

DAY 5 - 6

Munnar
The hill station of Munnar, in the Western Ghat mountain range, was established as a summer retreat by the British Raj, who sought a cooler climate to escape the summer heat. Surrounded by rolling hills, Munnar was introduced to tea cultivation in the late 1800s, and is now defined by miles of vivid green plantations. On arrival you can rest and relax. On the second day we suggest a hearty breakfast this morning to prepare you for your trek through the Letchmi Hills. You'll follow an undulating trail through tea plantations and woodland, enjoying scenic views as you go. Stop at a suitably scenic spot for a picnic lunch, before walking to meet your driver, who'll drop you in Munnar in time for this afternoon's jeep tour of the plantations. Finish your tour by tasting some of the freshest tea you're likely to ever experience!
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Includes

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • Any train journey listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation
Not Included: Flights to/from Asia, (we are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination), entry visas, international airport departure taxes, any meals not listed in the itinerary, drinks, other than water on activity days, personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...), travel insurance, all other services not listed in 'inclusive', PCR Covid testing and/or quarantine.

Price Guide

Price per person starts from £1,980 based on two people sharing. 

Price depends on the season of travel and availability at time of booking. Price per person reduces if there are more than two people travelling. We will provide a tailormade quote based on your dates and requirements - please complete an enquiry form below so that we can put you in touch directly with one of our Asia specialists.  

We provide private tailormade guided holidays - this means that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can start your holiday on the day you choose.

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