Colors and Flavours of Kerala
Arrive in Kochi (Cochin) today to be transferred to Kumarakom (65 km/2 hours), where accommodation is held from 12 noon. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Take a private rice boat cruise through the backwaters in the morning, disembarking three hours later at Alleppey for lunch and a tour of the town’s old buildings, markets and canals. Return to Kumarakom for an afternoon at leisure.
In the morning, drive up the Thekkday (117/km/3.5 hours), situated amidst the cool tea, coffee
and spice growing highlands of the Western Ghats, an ancient mountain range that is one of India’s
defining physical features. In the afternoon, a private guided walk through some of the area’s spice
A half or full day guided walk is arranged through the buffer zone forests abutting Periyar National Park.
Depart early this morning for Cochin (182 km/5 hours). Late this afternoon, a private motor launch
cruise through the city’s historic harbour.
Full day at Fort Kochi Island visiting St Francis Church and the Tomb of Vasco da Gama, the Indo-Portuguese Museum of Christian Art (closed Thursdays/holidays), the Dutch Palace Museum (closed Fridays/holidays), the Pardesi Synagogue (closed Fridays/Saturdays). Stroll through the old quarter with lanes, homes and antique stores that are a source of immense fascination.
Early morning train to Calicut, arriving there around midday, then a drive up north to Tellicherry (97 km/3 hours), pausing at the erstwhile French enclave of Mahe. The small, atmospheric fishing port of Tellicherry reveals its own wonders.
Once a spice trading port, among the first posts of the British East India Company, the sights and experiences range from the Tellicherry Cricket Club (1860), the Royal Biscuit Factory (1880), the fish and produce market, the jewellery stores, Kalaripayattu training schools and a late night performance of the spectacular Theyyam dance.
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, drive along the northern Malabar coast to the fishing village of Neeleshwar (95 km/2 hours), a haven for quiet relaxation.
Two days at leisure by the beach and at the spa, with optional excursions to the nearby villages and backwaters.
Depart Neeleshwar this morning for your onward destination.
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