South Indian Treasures

Kerala & Goa

Spend 12 days exploring Kerala and Goa with guided activities, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, overnight backwater cruise and plenty of time to soak in this vibrant part of our planet. 

  • Duration: 11 nights, 12 days. 
  • Fly to: Kochi International Airport (COK) 
  • Fly home from: Goa International Airport (GOI)
  • Visa: Required
  • Travel Insurance: Recommended. 
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11 Nights, 12 Days

Itinerary

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. 

  • Accommodation: Burton Boatyard Hotel. Sea-facing room

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. 

    • Accommodation: Burton Boatyard Hotel . 
    • Meals Included: Breakfast. 

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. 

  • Accommodation: SpiceTree, Munnar 
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

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.  

  • Accommodation: SpiceTree Munnar 
  • Meals Included: Breakfast.

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.

  • Accommodation: Spice Village, Periyar. 
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

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. 

  • Accommodation: Spice Garden, Periyar. 
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Monday, November 7, 2022: Drive for 4 hrs. to Alleppey to board your private houseboat and overnight backwater cruise.

  • Accommodation: House Boat 
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner. 
Tuesday, November, 8, 2022: 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. Domestic carriers allow about 15 kgs (33 lbs) for check-in baggage.
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.
  • Accommodation: Acro Iris, Goa. 
  • Meals Included: Breakfast. 

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

  • Accommodation: Acro Iris, Goa.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast. 

Saturday, November 12, 2022 (Noon): You will be chauffeured back to the airport after breakfast. Fly out of Goa International Airport (GOI).

  • Accommodation: Not Included. 
  • Meals Included: Breakfast. 
Welcome to the Burton Boatyard Hotel, Kochil

Accommodations

11 nights

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.

The Place

Kerala & Goa

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.

About this journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is important to consider visa and travel policies during these unprecedented times. We also recommend purchasing a “cancel anytime” insurance policy so you can feel assured about your deposit. 

Package Inclusions

  • Arrival meet & greet at Cochi International Airport (COK). 
  • Domestic flight from Kochi to Goa. 
  • Escorted transfers, meals & accommodation as listed. 
  • No hassles with all logistics planned, special activities, reservations, and excursions as listed in your itinerary. 
  • Detailed packing checklist. 
  • Maps of destination. 
  • Quick access Google shared folder for your convenience, anywhere, anytime. 
  • Guidance on travel policies, do’s and don’ts. 
  • A consciously-designed itinerary intentionally made to manifest your greatest desires for your journey.
  • Our Process that includes:
    • Pre journey interview (1-hr). 
    • During journey practices & support. 
    • Post journey reflection (1-hr). 
  • Complimentary Travel with H.E.A.R.T. gift packages before departure (includes over $50 worth of travel goodies and printed essentials for your journey!)
  • Applicable taxes & credit card processing fee are included. 

Why this journey?

  • Explore coastal cities along with tea, spice plantations and the prolific forested foothills of Kerala.
  • Experience life in the backwaters with your very own houseboat and private chef onboard an overnight all-inclusive cruise.
  • Stay in a beautiful 200-year old property run by an amazing host family in Goa, India.
  • Explore the beaches & sights of Goa, India. Explore Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary via boat. (depending on water levels)
  • Enjoy a traditional Kathakali Dance show.
  • Gain traditional Indian cooking skills to carry back home.

PACKAGE PRICING

Please note that all booking are subject to availably during the time of deposit. 

November 2022

11 Nights 12 Days Starting At
$ 4,600
Per Person
  • Double Occupancy
  • Starts: Tue. Nov. 1
  • Ends: Sat. Nov. 12
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DETAILED ITINERARY

tuesday - thursday, november 9-11, 2021

goa

Day 9-11: 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

  • Accommodation: Acro Iris, Goa.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast. 

friday, november 12, 2021

DEPART INDIA

Day 12 (Noon) – You will be chauffeured back to the airport after breakfast. Fly out of Goa International Airport (GOI).

  • Accommodation: Not Included. 
  • Meals Included: Breakfast.