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Hills & backwaters of Southern India
Day 1: KOCHI
Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Kochi (or Cochin) is set on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas and has one of the best natural harbours in the world. Free afternoon to explore Fort Cochin on foot. Stay at The Old Harbour Hotel.
Day 2: KOZHIKODE
Drive up the coast to Kozhikode. The history of European involvement in India began here with the arrival of Vasco De Gama in 1498. An important port for the trade of spices, Kozhikode is now a modern prosperous city. Stay at Harivihar Heritage Homestead for two nights.
Day 3: KOZHIKODE
The day begins very simply at Harivihar. Wake up to the sound of chirping birds at your window, go in for a session of Yoga. Besides trips to the nearby Kappad beach (where Vasco Da Gama landed in 1498, Harivihar also organises trips to the handloom centre, the coconut bazaar and to the Kalaris nearby.
Day 4: MEPPADI
Tucked away in the Wayanad district of Kerala, is the quaint little hill station of Meppadi. Luxuriant plantations of coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber, stretch as far as the eye can see. Stay at My Garden of Eden for two nights.
Day 5: MEPPADI
Meppadi is an unexplored area with acres of verdant vegetation, gurgling streams, mist covered mountains and colourful birds. Fast-flowing rivers cut across the undulating panorama and lend a picture-postcard look to the whole region.
Day 6: MUDUMALAI
Explore the jungle reserves at Mudumulai, an ideal elephant habitat with thick forests of teak and eucalyptus, and dense groves of bamboo. Stay at The Jungle Retreat.
Day 7: COONOOR
From Mudumalai, you drive up the hills to Ooty, established as a hill resort by the British in the 19th century. It has a lingering touch of the Raj in the English cottages, clubs, boarding schools and churches. You stay at The Tryst in nearby Coonoor for two nights.
Day 8: COONOOR
Situated 1,858 metres above sea level, Coonoor is at a slightly lower altitude than nearby Ooty but with a similar `British' feel. You stay in a cosy home run by a charming couple, who can advise on walks in the unspoilt areas of the Nilgiri Hills.
Day 9: KODAIKANAL
You drive via Coimbatore to Kodaikanal, a journey that affords breathtaking views of the hills and valleys. You stay for two nights at Elephant Valley, located in the Palni hills of the Western Ghats, an area which is one of the 25 Biodiversity hotspots of the planet.
Day 10: KODAIKANAL
Elephant Valley is a 100 acre nature reserve and organic farm which welcomes ecologically minded tourists. The resort is run by a team of individuals from different corners of the planet who share the aim of living in harmony with nature.
Day 11: DINDIGUL
Your next stop is Cardamom House in Dindigul. Cardamom House is owned and managed by a retired British Physician. Here the atmosphere is completely informal and the daily activities of the house are tailored to accommodate the personal programs of the guests. Stay at Cardamom House for two nights.
Day 12: DINDIGUL
Use Cardamom House as a base for visiting the nearby city of Madurai. Full of colourful bazaars, street tailors, throngs of pilgrims and joyful religious processions, Madurai is a bustling city and the famous Meenakshi temple attracts thousands of visitors from outside each day.
Day 13: THEKKADY
A short drive takes you to the Periyar Wildlife Reserve near Thekkady where you'll take an afternoon jungle walk. There are plenty of elephants, sambhar, wild pig, flying squirrel and over 260 species of bird life. Stay at The Wildernest.
Day 14: ALLAPUZHA
One of the most tranquil and relaxing things you can do in Kerala is take a trip in a houseboat along the palm-fringed Kerala canals, known as the backwaters. The houseboats are very comfortable, and come complete with well furnished air-conditioned bedroom, bathroom, deck, driver, and personal chef.
Day 15: KOCHI
Tour ends. Transfer to Kochi airport for your onward flight.
Fact Finder for this Tour
- Enjoy the breath-taking scenery of Wayanad in northern Kerala
- Visit foremost wildlife reserves at Mudumalai and Periyar
- Stay at beautiful homes and eco lodges
- Visit the famous Meenaksi temple at Madurai
- Meander the peaceful tropical waterways of Kerala by houseboat
Daily from Kochi
It is better to avoid the monsoon months from June to September
From 1888 USD per person - based on 2 people sharing
- Accommodation on twin share basis at selected hotels
- Stay on bed & breakfast basis; half board at Connoor; full board at Tellicherry, Vythiri and on the houseboat
- English-speaking local guide for tour of Madurai
- Jeep safari at Mudumalai
- Jungle walk in Peryar National Park
- Park entrance fees in Periyar National Park
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle with private chauffeur
- All transfers as per the itinerary
Tour price excludes
- International flights
- Entrance fees to historical monuments