A 12-day journey of the senses, experiencing the life & history of Kerala & Goa, India. Indulge in southern India’s cultural and natural gems that illuminate two of India’s most sought-after coastal destinations.
This journey takes you through the heart of both the fascinating cultural history of these coastal towns, as well as the natural wonders found in the surrounding landscape. You’ll begin in Kochi, also known as “Queen of the Arabian Sea” for its natural harbor. Soak in the cultural history via tours and performances before journeying onward into lush tea and spice plantations found in Munnar.
Next venture to the wilds of south India to Periyar Wildlife sanctuary and try your luck in sighting 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 the history-rich, sought-after beach destination of Goa. Enjoy your stay in a truly special 200 year old property, with your host family, while exploring the sites and waves of Goa with a local guide.
Departure Dates: Nov 1-12 are currently scheduled. December through March is also a good time to visit this part of the world.
Day 1: Arrive in Kochi International Airport (COK). You are met shortly after clearing immigrations and customs and chauffeured to the historic Burton Boatyard Hotel. Made-up of islands the culturally rich, Kochi is a natural harbor that sits on the Arabian Sea. Unwind in your sea-facing room at the Burton Boatyard Hotel.
Day 2: Enjoy a tour of the city after a leisurely breakfast. Find yourself exploring the city with your private guide 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. Welcome to India!
Day 3: Journey to Munnar (4 hrs. drive) after breakfast. Located in the western Ghats Munnar is at 5,000 ft. above sea-level making it ideal for tea plantations. It’s forested foothills are also home to rare wildlife and lakes. You will be close to southern India’s highest mountain peak, 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 with a level of personal care and attention for a luxurious stay in Munnar.
Day 4: After breakfast take a tour of the tea plantations, visit a museum, and part-take in some tea-tasting before returning to your hotel. For nature lovers there are also some endemic species of wildlife and birds to be found here. There is also an add on option of visiting the Eravikulam National Park for the endangered Nilgiri Tahr.
Day 5: 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.
Day 6: Periyar Tiger Reserve boasts a variety of forests, marshes and aquatic habitats spread over 925 Kms. Together they constitute the abode of a great variety of wildlife that include 62 species of mammals, 320 species of birds, 27 species of amphibians, 45 species of reptiles and 38 species of fish.
Day 7: Drive for 4 hrs. to Alleppey to board your private houseboat and backwater cruise.
Day 8: Awaken on-board your backwater cruise in Kerala. Shortly after breakfast disembark begin your travels to Kochi in order to board your flight to Goa.
You will be met upon arrival and chauffeured to Arco Iris which is a magical homestay in Goa. It’s private location overlooks a seasonal lake. Located in Curtorim which is a quiet and peaceful part of Goa, far away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded, North Goa.
Owned by Ganesh and Bennita, this charming home-stay is a lovingly restored bungalow that reflects the heritage of one of India’s most popular coastal cities. Arco Iris is located in Curtorim, a quiet village in South Goa, about 7 kilometres to the east of Margao. The village is dotted with seasonal lakes and paddy fields and is often referred to as the “Granary of Goa”. Besides being popular with bird watchers and the attendant photo shoot opportunities that it affords, Curtorim and its adjoining villages house several places of historical interest.
Day 9: Full Day tour.
Day 10: Relax & at leisure.
Day 11: Relax & at leisure.
Day 12: You will be chauffeured back to the Goa International airport to board your flight back home.
Upon arrival into Kochi International Airport (COK) travelers are met and chauffeured to the architectural splendor of Fort Kochi. The Brunton Boatyard was a former shipyard that enjoys an ideal setting that caters to some of the best amenities in this historic part of Kochi.
After a total of 7-nights in Kerala our travelers fly to Goa from Kochi.
Spend a relaxing 4-nights in Goa enjoying local sightseeing and relaxing before flying back home from the Goa International Airpot (GOI).
Meal plans are based on bed and breakfast basis. All meals on board the over-night house boat are included.
Relaxed start are the order to most days. As days are split into activities and sightseeing. You’ll also be driving 4-5 scenic hours and stops in between hotels.