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6nts Goa & 9 day Spice lands of Kerala
Prices From £1599
prices are per person based on twin share, including flights


Immerse yourself in the culture of India with an enthralling multi-centre holiday that incorporates the 9 Day Spice Lands of Kerala tour with an unforgettable retreat to glorious Goa. Begin your adventure with a stay on the golden sands of Goa, where its Portuguese colonial themes and epic natural beauty make it a tropical haven. From Goa take a short flight into Cochin and embark on a 9 day adventure across Kerala, where colonial towns, lush tea plantations and beautiful beaches await you.


9 Day Spice Lands of Kerala
Explore the spice lands of Kerala on this nine day tour exploring the historical towns, lush tea plantations and long sandy beaches, learning more about the wildlife found in the area and the traditional way of life.
Departure Dates Daily
Includes
  • Accommodation and meals as stated: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner
  • All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking local guide during sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Assistance of a Cox & Kings representative during arrival & departure transfers at airports
Excludes
  • Accommodation and meals as stated: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner
  • All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking local guide during sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Assistance of a Cox & Kings representative during arrival & departure transfers at airports
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Day 1: Arrive Cochin
Fly into Cochin Airport where you will be met before transfer to your hotel in the most cosmopolitan city in the Kerala region.
  • Standard: The Avenue Regent, or similar
  • Superior: Trident / Crown Plaza, or similar
  • Deluxe: Vivanta by Taj, or similar

Standard: Avenue Regent, Cochin
Superior: Taj Malabar, Cochin or similar
Deluxe: Brunton Boatyard
Day 2: Cochin
Following breakfast at your hotel, head out on a sight-seeing tour of Cochin, including a visit to the Matancherry Dutch Palace which, despite the name, was built by the Portuguese. You’ll also have the opportunity to see the Jewish Synagogue and St Francis Church as you explore the port city. In the evening, you’ll have chance to enjoy a traditional dance show known as a Kathakali at a local theatre, where you’ll be wowed by the impressive make-up and costumes.
  • Standard: The Avenue Regent, or similar (B)
  • Superior: Trident/Crown Plaza, or similar (B)
  • Deluxe: Vivanta by Taj, or similar (B)

(B)
Day 3: Cochin – Thekkady
Leave the cosmopolitan city behind and head into the countryside to Thekkady, located in the ‘heart of God’s own country’ close to spice and coffee plantations as well as the Periyar forests; which are home to one of India’s main wildlife reserves. Having checked into your hotel, you’ll watch a Kalaripayatu Performance, which is one of the most ancient forms of martial art there is.
  • Standard: Cardamom County, or similar (B)
  • Superior: Shalimar Spice Garden, or similar (B)
  • Deluxe: Spice Village, or similar (B)

(B)
Standard: Cardamon County, Thekkady
Superior & Deluxe: Spice Village, Thekkady or similar
Day 4: Thekkady – Kumarakom
Leave Thekkady for the drive to Kumarakom, taking in a spice plantation tour en-route to see how produce like cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg is grown and harvested before being processed for sale. Arriving in the beautiful surroundings of Kumarakom, with its luscious green forests sitting alongside channels and waterways that run between the cluster of small islands that make up the village. The afternoon will be yours at leisure to explore the surrounding area, which could include a boat trip on Vembanad Lake, which is one of the largest lakes to be found in India.
  • Standard: Backwater Ripples/Eastend Lake Song, or similar (B)
  • Superior: The Zuri, or similar (B)
  • Deluxe: Coconut Lagoon, or similar (B)

(B)
Standard: Backwater Ripples, Kumarakom
Superior: Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom
Deluxe: Kumarakom Lake Resort
Day 5: Kumarakom – Alleppey
Enjoy a day of relaxation as you head for a houseboat to take a scenic cruise through the backwaters. Watch the world go by and see how the local people live on the shores of the canals, while marvelling at the natural beauty of your surroundings. One of the highlights of the trip, you’ll have the chance to sample a range of different local cuisine onboard and will stay overnight on the boat itself.
  • Standard: Houseboat (A/C) (B,L,D)
  • Superior: Houseboat (A/C) (B,L,D)
  • Deluxe: Houseboat (A/C) (B,L,D)

(BLD)
Standard: Houseboat (private cabin with air-con)
Superior & Deluxe: Houseboat (1 bedroom cabin with air-con)
Day 6: Alleppey – Kovalam
Having departed your boat, you’ll drive to the resort of Kovalam, featuring three beaches that make up one of the most popular coastal retreats in India. With time at leisure following your arrival, you can take a dip in the sea, spend time relaxing on the beach or explore one of the local villages to sample coconut beer – created from the many coconut trees to be found in the area.
  • Standard: Travancore Heritage/Uday Samudra, or similar (B)
  • Superior: Vivanta by Taj, or similar (B)
  • Deluxe: The Leela, or similar (B)

(B)
Standard: Travancore Heritage Resort or similar
Superior: Vivanta by Taj
Deluxe: The Leela Kempinski
Days 7 & 8: Kovalam
Two days in Kovalam start with an excursion to the Padmanabhapuram Palace, an ancient wooden complex found within a granite fortress which is now regarded as one of the best examples of traditional Kerala architecture. The tour will see you journey through a maze of rooms to admire the many carvings, sculptures and engravings that can be found inside. Following the half day excursion, the remainder of your time is free to spend relaxing at leisure.
  • Standard: Travancore Heritage/Uday Samudra, or similar (B)
  • Superior: Vivanta by Taj, or similar (B)
  • Deluxe: The Leela, or similar (B)

(B)
Accommodation: Houseboat (private cabin incl air-con)
Day 9: Depart Kovalam
Following breakfast, you’ll head for Trivandrum International Airport to leave for the journey home.
  • Standard, Superior & Deluxe: (B)

(B)
Disclaimer
All content and services, including overnight hotels and number of nights, are subject to change and may vary from the inclusions as shown in the itinerary. Specified hotels/content/services are therefore not guaranteed, however we and our suppliers undertake to ensure that any alternatives provided will always be of a similar standard or content/service type.
Alila Diwa Goa

Surrounded by lush paddy fields and beautifully manicured gardens, a stay at the traditional Alila Diwa Goa offers guests the chance to indulge in uncompromising standards of quality and tranquillity.

Set amongst verdant rice plantations rolling towards the Arabian Sea, Alila Diwa Goa blends Balinese themes with traditional Goan design, with contemporary design flourishes seamlessly interwoven into more authentic high ceilings and steeply pitched roofs.

Comprising of 153 guestrooms and suites, Alila Diwa Goa is ideal as an intimate couple’s getaway or a fun-filled family holiday with its generous amenities, which include an infinity-edge swimming pool, the sumptuous Alila Spa and the choice of four exceptional restaurants and bars.

In addition, guests staying in the exclusive Diwa Club can take advantage of a private wing with its own lap pool, plus an open-air Jacuzzi and hot tub.

Alila Diwa Goa is located 20 minutes from Goa Dabolim International Airport.

Facilities
  • Spa Alila
  • The Diwa Club
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness Centre
  • Alila Living Boutique
  • Kids’ Club
  • Teen Zone
  • Cinema
  • Wi-Fi Internet
Rooms

Terrace Room

The Terrace Room at Alila Diwa Goa offers 44sqm of accommodation space with pleasant views to be enjoyed towards the infinity-edge pool, the paddy fields or the manicured gardens. Distinguished by its contemporary design, features include a private terrace, Wi-Fi Internet access and a satellite television.

Family Terrace Room

The Family Terrace Room at Alila Diwa Goa offers 44sqm of accommodation space and is located on the ground floor for access to the resort gardens from the standard patio. Ideal for a small family, the room also allows access to the kids’ pool and club.

Loft Room

The Loft Room at Alila Diwa Goa offers 44sqm of accommodation space and is housed on the second level in a contemporary loft-style apartment. A private balcony opens up to pleasant views across the infinity-edge pool, the paddy fields or the manicured gardens.

Family Suite

The Family Suite at Alila Diwa Goa offers 88sqm of accommodation space and is ideal for groups of 2 adults and 2 children. Overlooking the paddy fields and the courtyard, the Suite features a separate living room and a private balcony.

Alila Suite

The Alila Suite at Alila Diwa Goa offers 88sqm of accommodation space and is the ideal retreat for couples seeking a romantic Goa holiday. Features include a private balcony overlooking the infinity-edge pool and the paddy fields, a bathtub-for-two and a host of special Goan touches for your pleasure.

Diwa Club Room

The Diwa Club Room at Alila Diwa Goa offers 66sqm of accommodation space and is located in the special Diwa Wing of the resort, granting guests exclusive privileges. The room overlooks the Diwa pool and gardens from the private balcony, while features include a king-size bed and a bar.

Diwa Club Suite

The Diwa Club Suite at Alila Diwa Goa offers 85sqm of accommodation space and is located in the special Diwa Wing of the resort, granting guests exclusive privileges.  The Suite features a separate bedroom and living room, plus a private balcony or terrace overlooking the Diwa pool or gardens.

Diwa Club Two Bedroom Suite

The Diwa Club Two Bedroom Suite at Alila Diwa Goa offers 66sqm of accommodation space and is located in the special Diwa Wing of the resort, granting guests exclusive privileges. The Suite features two large bedrooms, a spacious living room, two bathrooms and a private balcony overlooking the Diwa pool and gardens.

All accommodation at Alila Diwa Goa offers the following standard amenities;

  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite television
  • Mini-bar
  • Safe
  • Wi-Fi Internet
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