Journey across the globe and explore the rich traditions, culture, food and natural hotspots while staying in ideally set handpicked, boutique hotels and guests houses. Complimenting your journey is also an overnight stay within your own private house boat, experiencing life in Kerala’s backwaters.
Enjoy a cooking lesson, learn about the history of culturally rich part of the world, learn about the prolific wildlife of this region, visit tea plantations close to southern India’s highest mountain peak.
Arrivals into India will require the following.
Tuesday, November 1, 2022: Arrive in Kochi International Airport (COK). You are met shortly after clearing immigrations and customs and chauffeured to the historic Burton Boatyard Hotel. A former shipyard that enjoys an ideal setting that caters to some of the best amenities in this historic part of Kochi.
Wednesday, November 2, 2022: Enjoy a tour of the city after a leisurely breakfast before a lesson in cooking local cuisine that is followed by lunch. Return to the Burton Boatyard Hotel for a relaxing afternoon and witness a Kathakali dance performance this evening.
Thursday, November 3, 2022: Journey to Munnar (4 hrs. drive) after breakfast. Located in the forest foothills formerly known as the western Ghats, Munnar, is at 5,000 ft. above sea-level that is home to prolific wildlife, lakes, tea plantations and close to southern India’s highest mountain peak, The Anaimudi that is a little under 9,000 ft. above sea-level.
Stay the night at the Spice Tree. Set in the scenic heartland between the evergreen Kannan Devan Hills and Bison Valley Hills. Munnar’s SpiceTree is a mountain retreat that is an ideal place to stay while exploring the area.
Friday, November 4, 2022: After breakfast take a tour of the tea plantations, visit a museum, and part-take in some tea-tasting before returning to your hotel. There is also an add on option of visiting the Eravikulam National Park to try and spot the endangered Nilgiri Tahr and other endemic species of wildlife and birds if you are interested.
Saturday, November 5, 2022: Journey to a tribal village set in a spice garden in the cool highlands of Periyar in Thekkady. Spice Village is modeled on the dwellings of the native Mannan tribe.
Sunday, November 6, 2022: Explore the Periyar Tiger Reserve that boasts a variety of forest marshes and aquatic habitat that is home to tigers , the asiatic elephant, elephant population, leopards, the Indian bison as well as the rare lion-tailed macaques to name a few.
Monday, November 7, 2022: Drive for 4 hrs. to Alleppey to board your private houseboat and overnight backwater cruise.
Wednesday – Friday, November 9-11, 2022: Enjoy three nights relaxing and unwinding before your journey back home. Local sightseeing on day 9 is sure to give you a flavor of the town so you can venture out
Saturday, November 12, 2022 (Noon): You will be chauffeured back to the airport after breakfast. Fly out of Goa International Airport (GOI).
Your journey includes 2 nights at the historic Burton Boatyard Hotel . 2 nights at the ideally set SpiceTree Munnar that is a mountain retreat. 2 nights at the Spice Village that is set close to a tribal village and the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary. Spend a night on a house boat exploring the backwaters of Kerala. Finally, spend 4 nights exploring Goa while staying in a truly special 200 year old property with your host family.
This journey takes you through the heart of both the fascinating, culturally rich and historic towns of Kerala. Your days lend themselves to guided explorations venturing out on guided cultural explorations. Viewing wildlife in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary; home to elephants, bison, deer, and occasional tiger. From here make your way to Kerala’s infamous backwaters to inhabit your very own houseboat, equipped with your own private chef that specializes in local delicacies. Finally, take off to spend 4 relaxing nights in the history-rich, sought-after beach destination of Goa.
Please note that all booking are subject to availably during the time of deposit.