Backwaters to the Spice Coast

| India | Cochin | Kumarakom | Kerala |
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Summary

This tour takes you from the colonial heritage of Cochin, known as the ‘Gateway to Kerala’ and one of the world’s most stunning natural harbours, to the banks of Lake Vembanad with the beautiful backwaters and cluster of little islands of Kumarakom. Experience cruising in an authentic houseboat along the palm fringed waterways, followed by the beaches in Marari, for a rejuvenating stay by the shores of the Arabian Sea. Covering striking scenery, heritage and culture, as well as charming hotels and resorts, this gently paced tour takes you to some of India’s most enchanting areas.


Prices fromThe itinerary includes
8 nights / 9 days from £1,925 - Low Season
8 nights / 9 days from £2,150 - High Season

Prices are per person based on 2 people sharing a room, including economy flights from London.
Itinerary starts and ends in Cochin
Private transfers throughout
Hotel accommodation as detailed below
Daily breakfast and all meals on the houseboat
Private guided touring as specified

Itinerary

Day 1 - 2

London to Cochin (via Dubai)

You will be met on arrival and transferred to Vivanta by Taj -€“ Malabar for a 2 night stay. In the afternoon you will experience a traditional Kathakali dance performance.

Day 2 - 3

In Cochin

Following breakfast at the hotel you will venture out to explore the city of Cochin. Known as the Spice Island, here you will see the iconic fishing nets, Jewish Synagogue and spend the afternoon wandering around Fort Cochin at your own pace.

Day 3 - 4

Cochin to Kumarakom

Today you will be collected from your hotel and transferred by road to Kumarakom where you will spend 2 nights at Kumarakom Lake Resort. The remainder of the day is free for you to spend as you wish.

Day 4 - 5

In Kumarakom

Enjoy a day at leisure, partaking in a variety of optional activities, including a cookery demonstration, Yoga and meditation classes or a visit to the local village.

Day 5 - 6

Kumarakom to Backwaters

Today you will board an authentic houseboat and spend the day sailing on the backwaters, dining on local cuisine and enjoying an overnight stay onboard the boat

Day 6 - 7

Backwaters to Marari

After breakfast on the houseboat you will disembark at Alleppey where you will have the chance to wander around Alleppey Market. From here you will be driven to Marari where you will spend a 3 night stay at Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort.

Day 7 - 9

In Marari

Spend these days at leisure, relaxing by the pool, on the beach or enjoying all that the resort has to offer. Take long walks or bike rides, explore the village or simply relax in the resort spa.

Day 9 -

Marari to London (via Cochin and Dubai)

Today you will be collected from the hotel and transferred by road to Cochin Airport for your flight to Dubai and onwards to London.

- This is a guide itinerary and can be modified to suit. It is subject to availability and price at the time of booking. Other conditions may apply -

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