Sensory experiences of South India

Welcome to the state of Kerala, affectionately known in India as “Gods own country”. And truly so. The uniqueness of this placed will mersmerise you - the cuisine, the landscape, the spices, the tea and coffee estates, the nature and the people!

This itinerary is designed to let you experience staying in a tree house, a home stay, overnight on a house boat and in an award winning Dutch themed boutique hotel. This is not an escorted tour... you can travel independently anytime that suits.

The tour starts in Cochin. The day of arrival is just to acclamatise yourself - just chill out in the hotel or stroll to the local markets to feel the vibe of the place. Then head to Munnar for couple of days stay in a tree house. Yes, a real tree house! Visit a tea plantation at 8,000 feet above sea level - the highest in the world. Learn the nuances of tea and tea making.

The next stop is Periyar, famous for its wild life reserve and spice plantations. Perhaps the most amazing experience of this itinerary is the next 2 days on a farm by the banks of a small river. Disconnect from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the birdsong and the sustainable, organic produce of the farm. This home stay is the only place in Kerala which offers the true essence of ‘farm to fork’ fresh food. You can also enjoy the informal cooking lessons with the professional chefs.

After the home stay the next adventure is overnight in a houseboat. Cruise the calm backwaters in an air conditioned, luxury houseboat with all meals on board. The final night is in Cochin, a port since 1341 and also a bustling city with Synagogues, beaches and museums. And one last cooking session and delicious South Indian cuisine before you head home.

Price does not include international flights, but typical return flights to India on a reputable airline is approximately $1250.

 

Tour highlights

Visit: Cochin, Munnar, Periyar, Kodikulam, Alleppey​

Duration: 8 nights/ 9 days

Tour type: Independent

Best time to travel: September to April

Cost

NZ$ 2,480 per person (twin share)

Solo traveler: NZ$ 1,200

This includes 8 night accommodation, daily breakfast, all meals, all internal travel, cooking classes, visits to local attractions, English speaking guide, airport transfers. 

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