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Spice Lands of Kerala - Guide Price £1097pp

Enjoy the warmth and colors of exotic Kerala, one of India’s most preferred regions. Backwaters, wildlife, Ayuvedic treatments and Spice plantations – Kerala has been blessed with it all! Explore a tranquil world set amidst marvellous mangroves forest, coconut trees and green paddy field culture.

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ItineraryCommencing, Year Round

UK to Kochi

Day 1

Depart the UK for your flight to Kochi, arriving the following day.

Kochi

Day 2

Arrive in the queen of Malabar– Kochi. On arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

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Kochi

Day 3

Today you will visit some of the highlights of this captivating port, taking taking in the myriad styles that attest to Arab, Jewish and European influences. View the remarkable cantilevered Chinese Fishing Nets, and help fisherman pull catch of the day: explore the 16th century Portuguese built Mattancherry Palace, Church of St Francis and the oldest living Jewish Synagogue in the world. Enjoy a walk through Fort Kochi region – the area still retains its old world charm with European style quarters.

Later visit the Kathakali dance studio for a traditional dance performance. The striking features of this dance form is the elaborate face up and costumes.

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Kochi to Periyar (Thekkady)

Day 4

This morning drive to the green forest of Periyar in the Thekkady region. The very sound of the name conjures up images unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. Stay 2 nights at the hotel

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Periyar (Thekkady)

Day 5

For centuries, Kerala has grown and exported spices around the world and a walking tour of a plantation will allow you to gain a firsthand experience of the cultivation, growth and processing of spices. To witness the region’s pivotal role int he global spice market, one must get a glimpse of the Kumili spice market of Thekkady. Afternoon enjoy a Green walk (Subject to weather conditions) with a forest guide exploring the flora and fauna of this region. With many species of bird spotted here, the region is also an ornithologist’s favourite.

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Periyar to Backwaters Region

Day 6

Drive to the placid backwater region of Kerala. The backwaters houses a variety of species of both flora and fauna. Rightly called the “Venice of the East”, this verdant area surrounded by Coconut plantation is famous for its narrow maze of cannals and backwaters. Stay for 2 nights.

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Backwaters Region

Day 7

 Morning at leisure. Go interiors and experience the lifestyle, traditions, art and culture of the fisherman village, Afternoon, enjoy a backwater cruise by shikara boat sailing through narrow canals. Float through the Placid waters passing palms fringed canals and villages.

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Backwaters to Kochi/Fly to UK

Day 8

Drive to Kochi International airport for your onward flight to the UK

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UK

Day 9

Arrive back into the UK