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Day 1: UK to Cochin
Fly overnight from the UK to Cochin (via Dubai).
Day 2: Cochin
On arrival you will be met by your driver/guide and transferred in your private vehicle to Fort Cochin where you will spend 2 nights at Hotel Arches, a small friendly small offering great value in the heart of Fort Cochin.
Days 3: Cochin
This morning you will be collected by your specialist Cochin guide for a private tour of Fort Cochin, including St Francis Church, the Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace and the Chinese fishing nets. Our guides are extremely knowledgeable. Call us to find out more. After a relaxing afternoon wandering the streets of Fort Cochin you will be taken to enjoy a traditional Kathakali Dance performance.
Day 4: Cochin to Plantation Country
Today will drive into the plantation country, heading to the Mundackal Plantation Homestay to spend 2 nights on this huge rubber, pepper and coconut plantation. Owner run by a lovely couple called Jose and Daisy, this welcoming retreat offers warm hospitality, some great food and an authentic slice of rural Kerala.
Day 5: Plantation Country
Full day to explore the plantation and enjoy the activities on offer – plantation tours, hikes, cycling, cooking classes, rubber tapping and visits to the nearby Thattekad Bird Sanctuary.
Day 6: Plantation Country to the Backwaters
This morning you will drive south to the tranquil Keralan backwaters to board your private houseboat and after meeting your crew you will begin your 1 night cruise. A wonderful way to explore the backwaters – you can just sit back on your private deck and soak up local life in Kerala. Don’t forget your Sundowner moment as the golden sun sets amidst coconut trees and shimmering rivers!
Day 7: Backwaters
After enjoying sunrise and a relaxing breakfast you will head back to dry land to continue your backwaters adventure with 2 nights at Riverdale Villa, a charming 3 bedroom guesthouse run by a lovely Keralan family. Riverdale is all about warm hospitality, great food and experiencing authentic Kerala. The only risk is you may never want to leave!
Day 8: Backwaters
Full day in the heart of the Keralan Backwaters. At Riverdale the owners, Binoy, Sheena and their son Kevin will be able to help with a variety of activities, including village walks, boat cruises, canoeing, ancient temple excursions and cycling trips. Or talk to us about the different options today.
Day 9: Backwaters to Marari Beach
Today you will drive to the stunning Kerala coast to end your adventure at the sleepy fishing villages of Marari Beach, spending 3 nights at Palm Villa at the Marari Villas. A collection of 5 different boutique villas with a very relaxed atmosphere and incredibly friendly staff, managed by the owners Rupert and OIga – Marari Villas is a firm Sundowner favourite!
Day 10 & 11: Marari Beach
Two full days to relax on one of the best beaches in India. The main order of the day at Marari Villas is hammocks, swimming in the ocean, long beach walks and more hammocks.
Day 12: Cochin to UK
Early this morning you will be transferred north to Cochin Airport for your flight back to the UK (via Dubai).
Welcome home…(don’t worry, there are lots more India adventures!).
This Kerala holiday idea costs from £1,887pp and includes – International flights (price based on London), all accommodation on a sharing basis, 5 nights B&B, 5 nights full-board, a private Toyota Innova vehicle with driver/guide, a local specialist guide in Cochin, a private houseboat and all entrance fees (as outlined above).
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