MUMBAI | CALICUT | VYTHIRI | KOCHI | MANKOTA | MURINJAPUZA | MARARI | KOCHI
GREEN,VERDANT KERALA, lush with paddy fields, coconut groves and spice plantations; mile upon mile of pristine beaches, the dazzling white of fine sand washed every now and then with frothy lace by the ocean: Step just a little bit away from the well-trodden path for an experience that will stay with you forever. From cosmopolitan Mumbai, where fishing boats are pulled upon beaches overlooked by relics of the Raj, which are themselves dwarfed by towering, futuristic high-rises, travel to the sweeping tranquility of spice plantations – cardamom, nutmeg, pepper – a rich harvest of nature’s bounty. Villages linked by a network of backwaters, canals and lagoons that weave in, out and around the groves of swaying coconut palms, traversed by boats of all shapes and sizes. Ancient churches dot the countryside as you glide softly by. This is also the homeland of the Syrian Christians, reached by St Thomas himself in the first century AD. In the interior the Nilgiri loom, their dense wooded slopes hiding a teeming wealth of wildlife ranging from the tiger and elephant to the spectacular and endangered lion-tailed macaque. The Periyar Tiger Reserve is one of the many forests that were protected under Project Tiger as ranges of that magnificent beast. Today its abundant grasslands support a thriving elephant population as well as the deer, antelope and lesser herbivours that the tiger stalks. This is the ideal itinerary for those looking to leave the urban behind in order to breathe the clean, fresh air that blows in over the ocean.
ITINERARY - 12 NIGHTS/13 DAYS
DAY 01 ARRIVAL
Reception and welcome at Mumbai airport followed by transfer to your hotel.
DAY 02 MUMBAI
Get a introduction to the diverse heritage, bustling markets, business houses and many different communities that represent in this city the ever-changing face of modern India.
DAY 03 MUMBAI ~ CALICUT ~ VYTHIRI
Fly to the coastal town of Calicut where Vasco Da Gama of Portugal, the first European to arrive in India by sea, landed in 1498. Drive to the picturesque resort at Vythiri.
DAY 04 VYTHIRI
Appreciate nature in all her colours and indulge yourself with the variety of holistic healing options offered.
DAY 05 VYTHIRI ~ KOCHI
Drive to Kochi (Cochin), the gateway to South India since the ancient times.
DAY 06 KOCHI
Explore this conglomoration of islandswith its fine natural habour that has been at the heart of the spice trade from South India for ages. Then take a comfortable cruise through magnificent backwaters.
DAY 07 KOCHI ~ MANKOTA
Experience the relaxed lifestyle of Mankota at home stay in this small town near the famous Vembanad Lake.
DAY 08 MANKOTA ~ MURINJAPUZA
Trek through the beautiful spice and tea plantations that Murinjapuzha is renowned for.
DAY 09 MURINJAPUZA
Based at Murinjapuza, visit Periyar Wildlife Reserve to see tiger, elephants and other wiildlife.
DAY 10 MURINJAPUZA ~ MARARI
Completely new to the holiday experience is Marari one of the local fishing villages where life still goes on much as it did a hundred
DAY 11 & 12 MARARI BEACH
Endless miles of superb sand beaches backed by swaying palms - until now one of India’s best kept secrets.
DAY 13 MARARI ~ KOCHI ~ DEPARTURE
Drive leisurely back to Kochi. Relax or spend the time shopping for souvenirs and gifts, before being transfered to the airport in time
for your flight out.