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Wildlife and Waterways of Kerala

Itinerary

  • Itinerary:
    Bangalore - Mysore - Wayanad - Tholpetty - Ooty - Coonoor - Cochin - Periyar National Park - Kerala Backwaters - Marari - Cochin
  • Duration:
    15 days / 14 nights (flexible)
  • Price:
    From £ 1,589.- per person (excluding flights)
Sleep aboard traditional rice barges, float through the palm-fringed canals of the Keralan backwaters and search for wild elephants in the tropical forest. This is a sun-kissed, relaxed adventure through sunny South India. From rolling tea plantations to glittering palaces and quirky colonial towns. Beginning in leafy, booming Bangalore, you’ll set off to the silk bazaars and scattered palaces of Mysore. Next, you’ll set off on safari, scouring the lush forest for wild elephants, monkeys and tigers. Then, you’ll see the unique Chinese fishing nets of Fort Cochin before heading for the beautiful backwaters. You’ll end your trip on the shores of the Indian Ocean, with soft sands and blazing sunsets.
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Days 1-3 – Time to explore Bangalore

Meet the modern face of India in Bangalore, the trendy gateway to the south. Packed with leafy parks, coffee shops and progressive technology, it’s an urban taste of the future. Bangalore is a business hub with a heart. Known as India’s ‘Garden City’, it’s peppered with green parks filled with hipster young professionals. Here, tradition nudges up against the New World, as hi-tech companies jostle with wandering cows and street stalls set up outside boutique restaurants.

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Days 3-7 – Through emerald valleys to Kerala

From Bangalore you’ll travel by private car to Mysore, which will take between 4 to 5 hours. Explore mystical temples, wander through tea plantations, go walking and cycling en route to tropical Kerala. Stay in traditional accommodation, breathe in heady spices and go explore the emerald green tea plantations. It’s a brilliant taste of the sizzling south. Beginning in booming Bangalore, you’ll travel to the dazzling city of Mysore, peppered with gorgeous palaces, spice markets and silk traders.

From there, you’ll head to Wayanad to cycle and hike through the spectacular scenery in this lush pocket of India. After that, you’ll set off through the emerald green tea hills to Ooty, a charming little hill station. From here you’ll board the toy train and take a scenic journey through the Nilgiri Hills to Coonoor. You’ll try your hand at tea-picking in the green hills before crossing into atmospheric Fort Cochin.

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Days 7-9 – Charming coastal Cochin

Cochin (or Kochi) is a colourful coastal town with Portuguese and Dutch influences. It’s a melting pot of cultures and religions, and still an important seaport for trade in gold, textiles, fish and spices. The spice market here is one of the best in Kerala. Down by the water, you can see the legendary Chinese fishing nets in action. We’ll arrange a guided tuk-tuk tour as a fun introduction to the town. As you buzz through the lanes, your knowledgeable guide will share tales of the city’s rich history, cultural heritage, and architectural wonders.

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Days 9-12 – Backwaters and wildlife

Sleep aboard a wooden houseboat as you drift through tropical backwaters and spot wild elephant in the untamed jungle of exotic Kerala. Trek into the forest to scout for sambar deer, wild boar and maybe even a mongoose or two. Kerala is India’s exotic, emerald heart, packed with lush scenery and a tangle over overgrown backwaters. During this trip, you’ll travel from Fort Cochin into Periyar National Park, where you’ll set off on a walking safari through the jungle. Next, you’ll spend a night aboard a classic Kerala houseboat, drifting through the tiny canals under starry skies.

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Days 12-15 – Relax on palm-fringed shores

Marari is the place for an authentic beach break in India. It’s a friendly fishing village, lined with palm trees and an idyllic and tranquil beach. It’s the perfect place to end your India trip, so kick back and take it easy. Spend your days relaxing in a hammock, taking a refreshing dip in the pool or just lazing on the beach.  Pure bliss! Your India trip comes to an end after your time in Marari, and you’ll be transferred to Cochin airport, about an hour away, to begin your journey home.

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Wildlife and Waterways of Kerala

Accommodation

For this bite-sized trip we offer the following options

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  • Price:
    from £ 2,199.- per person (excluding flights)
  • Included:
    In Style accommodation, excursions, transport and meals as described above

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