Greaves India

Malabar Days

Malabar on a luxury holiday A picture of fishing nets in Kerala taken on a Greaves India holiday the backwaters of Kerala

[ 14 days / 13 nights ]

Guide Price

£2,400pp

Price is based on double occupancy, and is subject to change based on hotels and dates of travel. Price includes international flights on British Airways travelling in World Traveller (economy), accommodation in a double/ twin room, breakfast, sightseeing, transfers, domestic flights and train, private guides and chauffeur driven car.

Guide Price

$2,982pp

Price is based on double occupancy, and is subject to change based on hotels and dates of travel. Price includes accommodation in a double/ twin room, breakfast, sightseeing, transfers, domestic flights and train, private guides and chauffeur driven car.

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Find the best of India

Kerala hugs the Malabar Coast of South India. Warm and tropical throughout the year, it presents a breathtaking vista of silent valleys clothed in the richest green. High in the backdrop of the western ghats are tea plantations, whilst down on the coast nestle palm-fringed beaches. This short, introductory tour encompasses all the highlights, travelling first to the fascinating port city of Kochi ('the Venice of the East'), then into the hills and spice growing areas to search for elephant in Periyar National Park. Journeying back towards the coast, there is plenty of time to unwind and explore the myriad network of canals and waterways that cover much of the coastal plains of the state. Finally, enjoy the unique experience of a night on a converted riceboat and cruise peacefully, slowly and often unnoticed, around the lake watching village life on the riverbanks going on all around you.

Itinerary Map

Malabar Days

 

DAY 1: ARRIVE MUMBAI

On arrival transfer to The Taj Lands End Hotel.

 

DAY 2: MUMBAI - KOCHI

Morning flight to Kochi on the Malabar Coast. Stay 2 nights at the superb Vivanta by Taj - MalabarHotel with its lakeside location. Afternoon at leisure.

 

DAY 3: KOCHI

Morning explore the city, seeing the beautiful Synagogue and the wonderful churches and buildings on Fort Cochin. Afternoon at leisure. Evening attend a dance performance of the ancient art of Kathakali.

 

DAY 4: KOCHI - MUNNAR

Morning drive to Munnar and stay 1 night at Windermere Estate. Car and driver at disposal to explore the hill station (No guide).

 

DAY 5: MUNNAR - PERIYAR

Morning drive into the hills, to Thekkady on the Tamil Nadu border. Stay 2 nights at the Spice Village. Afternoon at leisure with car and driver at disposal.

 

DAY 6: PERIYAR NATIONAL PARK

Early morning visit to nearby Periyar National Park for game viewing by boat on the lake. The area teems with elephants. Afternoon at leisure or optional excursion.

 

DAY 7: PERIYAR - KUMARAKOM

Morning drive to Kanam for lunch at Serenity, a private rubber estate. Continue to Kumarakom in the backwaters and stay 2 nights at Coconut Lagoon Hotel.

 

DAY 8: KUMARAKOM

Day at leisure.

 

DAY 9: KUMARAKOM - RICEBARGE

Short drive to Alleppey to board your rice barge and stay on board overnight. These unique, converted rice barges offer a peaceful, unhurried way to explore the backwaters, watching village life unfold around you.

 

DAY 10: RICEBARGE - ALLEPPEY -MARARIKULAM

Morning disembark at Alleppey and drive to Mararikulam Beach. Stay 3 nights at Marari Beach Resort.

 

DAY 11: MARARIKULAM

Day at leisure.

 

DAY 12: MARARIKULAM

Day at leisure.

 

DAY 13: MARARIKULAM - KOCHI -MUMBAI

Drive to Kochi airport for afternoon flight to Mumbai. On arrival transfer to the ITC Maratha Hotel.

 

DAY 14: DEPART MUMBAI

Early morning departure for onward destination.

 

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