Jewels of Southern India

Summary

This fascinating tour explores the fusion of old and new that is found in the vibrant city of Mumbai, Cochin’s rich history and culture and Kerala’s verdant landscape of sprawling tea plantations, lakes and canals. Highlights include a revealing Mumbai at Dawn tour, a cycle tour exploring Cochin’s diverse communities, a trek in Kerala’s tea country and an overnight houseboat cruise on the beautiful and tranquil backwaters.

  Duration

   12 Days

  Early Bird Offer

   Book by 31 March for Business Class lounge access in Mumbai & option of £195pp Premium Economy upgrade. Subject to availability

  Tour Includes

  • Economy class international and domestic flights
  • Accommodation & breakfast throughout
  • Service of an English-speaking tour guide
  • Overnight stay on a houseboat
  • Guided tours as prescribed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees, transfers and transportation and airline departure taxes

  Single Supplement

    £995.00

Price

From $3,575.64 per person based on based on 2 people sharing

Best time to go

This tour is available in the month of February.

Departure Date

21 February 2019

Tour Highlights

  • Guided tours of Elephanta Caves, Mumbai and Cochin
  • Mumbai at Dawn tour
  • Cultural Cochin cycle tour
  • Kathakali dance performance
  • Trek in Kerala tea country
  • Backwater houseboat cruise
  • Cooking demonstration & lunch at Philipkutty’s Farm

Day 1 - Departure

Depart London Heathrow on your direct overnight British Airways flight to Mumbai.

Day 2 - Mumbai

On arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel, the Trident Nariman Point, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the hotel’s facilities, or perhaps take a stroll along Marine Drive.

Accommodation: Trident Nariman Point

Day 3 - Mumbai

After breakfast, we will take a tour of the UNESCO Heritage site of Elephanta Caves. These cave temples are famous for their magnificently sculpted panels dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. On returning to Mumbai we’ll take a city tour, visiting the Prince of Wales Museum, Kamala Nehru Park and Hanging Gardens, the Crawford Market and Dhobi Ghat, the city’s famous openair laundry.

Accommodation: Trident Nariman Point

Day 4 - Mumbai - Cochin

An early start for a fascinating tour of Mumbai at dawn. We will see the newspaper vendor distribution network, customers bargaining with wholesale vendors for the day’s produce, and catches of fish arriving at Sassoon docks. After breakfast, we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Cochin. Set on a cluster of islands and a peninsula, Cochin (now Kochi) is home to the oldest church in India. The rest of the day is at leisure. 

Accommodation: The Eighth Bastion, a boutique hotel in Fort Kochi. 

Day 5 - Cochin

We will spend the morning on a cycle tour of Cochin, and discover the historic importance of Fort Cochin and the variety of different ethnic and religious groups who have lived here for centuries. After lunch, we will explore the city further, visiting the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue and see St Francis Church. In the evening you’ll enjoy a traditional Kathakali Dance Performance.

Accommodation: The Eighth Bastion.

Day 6 - Cochin - Munnar

After breakfast, we will leave Cochin for the road journey to Munnar. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: The Blackberry Hills Retreat and Spa 

Day 7 - Munnar

After breakfast we will set off on a Top Valley Trek, passing sightseeing spots Mattupetty Dam, Echo Point and Kundala Dam on the way to a tea estate village. The trek will guide us through beautiful forests and grasslands. After being driven back to Munnar, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: The Blackberry Hills Retreat and Spa.

Day 8 - Munnar - Allepey

After breakfast, we will transfer by road to Alleppey to board a houseboat for an overnight stay. Climb aboard the traditional kettuvallams (originally used as ferries to carry rice) and cruise the backwaters of Kerala. Lunch and dinner will be served on board.

Accommodation: A converted houseboat with comfortable bedrooms. 

Day 9: Alleppey to Mararikulam

After breakfast on board, we will disembark for a transfer to Philipkutty’s Farm for a cooking demonstration followed by lunch. The farm produces coconuts, bananas, spices and vegetables. After lunch, proceed by road to Mararikulam and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: Abad Turtle

Day 10 -11: - Mararikulam

Days at leisure to relax on the beach or by the pool or unwind with an Ayurveda spa treatment.

Accommodation: Abad Turtle

Day 12: Departure

Check out this morning. Rest of the day at leisure until your transfer to Cochin airport for an evening flight to Mumbai, connecting to your overnight British Airways flight to London Heathrow.

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Tour Excludes

  • Indian visa
  • Other meals where not mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks
  • Overweight luggage
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips & gratuities

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