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9 Day Spice Lands of Kerala
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.
Tour highlights
  • Explore the sights around the historic port town of Cochin
  • See wildlife and admire the stunning scenery around Thekkady
  • Discover how spices are produced on a plantation tour
  • Cruise on the backwaters in a traditional houseboat with an overnight stay
  • Witness traditional Kathakali and Kalaripayatu performances
  • Relax on the golden beach or swim in the sea at the rest of Kovalam
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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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Day 9: Depart Kovalam
Following breakfast, you’ll head for Trivandrum International Airport to leave for the journey home.
  • Standard, Superior & Deluxe: (B)
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.
  • 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
  • International flights in Tour Only prices
  • Visa fees
  • Single room supplements

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