Enchanting Kerala tour with a houseboat stay

Cochin, Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey & Kumarakom

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Alleppey houseboat

Tea Plantations, Munnar

Cochin

Fragrant Nature Kochi

Fragrant Nature Kochi

Fragrant Nature Kochi

Fragrant Nature Kochi

Fragrant Nature Kochi

Cochin

St. Francis Church, Cochin

Munnar

The Tall Trees Munnar

The Tall Trees Munnar

The Tall Trees Munnar

The Tall Trees Munnar

The Tall Trees Munnar

The Tall Trees Munnar

Spice Village elephant sanctuary, Thekkady

Spice Village, Thekkady

Spice Village, Thekkady

Spice Village, Thekkady

Alleppey backwaters

Alleppey backwaters

Alleppey houseboat

Alleppey houseboat

Alleppey houseboat

Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom

Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom

Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom

Indian spices

Periyar Forest

Kerala's tea lands, calm coast, a houseboat stay and more

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Up to 42% supplier's online rate ?
You will start your holiday with a two-night stay in a Duke chamber at Fragrant Nature Kochi, in Cochin, including breakfast.

Next, you will spend two nights in a Cinnamon cottage at The Tall Trees Munnar, including breakfast.

Then, you will spend two nights in a Standard villa at Spice Village, in Thekkady, including breakfast.

Next, you will spend one night on a Houseboat from Rainbow Cruises, in Alleppey, on a full-board basis.

Finally, you will spend two nights in a Heritage bungalow at Coconut Lagoon, in Kumarakom, including breakfast.

This offer is available for departures between May and November (excluding July, August and September) and is based on two adults only.

Flights are included from your selected departure airport to Cochin, India, with Emirates (via Dubai). A 5kg hand luggage and a 20kg hold luggage allowance per person is included, as well as private airport transfers.

The discount:

We advertise this offer at up to 41% off. We calculate this discount percentage based on the rates we offer compared to the supplier's online rate. An example of our top discount is:

On 17/05/2018, leaving from London Heathrow, two people may book this holiday (inclusions as noted above) and will pay £1,339 per person, per stay, compared to the supplier's online rate of £2,259 per person, per stay. Based on this calculation, by booking with Secret Escapes, you will save 41%.

The discounts, price and availability stated above were checked on 05/01/2018.

The offer is 100% non-refundable and date changes are not possible once the booking has been made.

Secret Escapes is acting as an agent for Emerald Global with ATOL number 3676 and your contract is with that company. You'll find contact details for Emerald Global in your booking received email.

Discover India's quiet side with a mesmerising trip through beautiful Kerala - includes tours, a houseboat stay and all travel

If you've ever thought of visiting India, Kerala is a great place to start. This tranquil area, nestled between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, is known for its easy pace and laid-back vibe. Meander by boat through the region's extensive backwaters and simply laze on one of Kerala's beautiful beaches - this trip incorporates the region’s many aspects.

You’ll kick off with two nights at Fragrant Nature Kochi, in Cochin. This five-star boutique palatial pad sings with zesty yellow and marine blue right by the water in the ancient port of Cochin. Here, you're staying in what was once the East India Company's office, so you're already immersed in key harbour history before even stepping out of your grand waterside digs. After a walking tour of Mattancherry and a fun tuk-tuk ride on your first day, you'll be treated to a half-day sightseeing tour of Cochin the next.

Followed by an evening spent at a classical Indian dance show, you'll move onto Munnar - a verdant expanse nestled among the Kannan Devan Hills. Your hotel here is set on a hillside amidst the lush greenery and misty mountains, on 66 acres of verdant forest land. While here, you'll visit the Tata Tea Museum to learn about the area's agricultural staple, before moving onto Thekkady.

Thekkady's forest of Periyar is well known for its wildlife and, while here, you'll get to experience it in all its glory. Amongst the evergreen forests and lush grasslands you'll find elephants, Sambar deer and tigers. During your time here, you'll take a guided walk through a spice plantation and visit the residents of an elephant sanctuary, where you’ll get the chance to feed, and bathe these gentle giants.

Next, you'll take to the waters and spend a night on Kerala's backwaters in a houseboat that's been re-purposed from a traditional kettuvallam (rice boat). Cruise through the narrow canals to discover lush paddy fields, typical villages and hidden islets before heading on to Kumarakom for your final two nights. At your hotel here, you can treat yourself to an Ayurvedic massage and tuck into Keralan cuisine before catching your flight home.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cochin and transfer to Fragrant Nature Kochi. Take a walking tour of Mattancherry, followed by a tuk-tuk ride. Overnight at Fragrant Nature.
Day 2: Take a half-day sightseeing tour of Cochin, taking in the Jewish Synagogue, the Chinese fishing nets, St Francis Church and The Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays) before settling down to a Kathakali dance show.
Day 3: Transfer to Munnar and check into The Tall Trees to stay overnight.
Day 4: Take a half-day sightseeing tour of Munnar, visiting The Tata Tea Museum (closed on Mondays) before spending the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at The Tall Trees.
Day 5: Transfer to Thekkady and check into Spice Village. In the evening, sit down to a Kalaripayattu show. Overnight at Spice Village.
Day 6: Take a guided walk through a spice plantation and visit the elephants of Periyar National Park. Feed these humble creatures, take a walk with them and give them a bath. In the afternoon, take a boat ride on Lake Periyar. Overnight at Spice Village.
Day 7: Transfer to Alleppey and board a Ketuvallam (rice boat). Cruise the backwaters of Kerala and enjoy lunch and dinner on board. Overnight on the Ketuvallam.
Day 8: Transfer to Kumarakom and check into Coconut Lagoon to spend some time at leisure. Stay overnight here.
Day 9: Day at leisure, with the option to visit Kumbalangi village or Phillipkutty’s Farm. Overnight at Coconut Lagoon.
Day 10: Transfer to Cochin to catch your flight home.

Fragrant Nature Kochi, Cochin (two nights)

This five-star Fragrant Nature resort holds a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and is located in Cochin, just over an hour's drive from the city's airport. You couldn't have dreamed of a more historically apt and impressively grand stay in this pivotal port city than the former office of the East India Company. When you're not soaking up the colonial architecture, gazing at the eye-catching Chinese fishing nets and hearing ancient spice route tales, swim in the resort's pool and catch open-air theatre on the rooftop terrace.

Pick your cuisine of choice at the all-day dining restaurant and feast on a speciality grill at The Flint House. Prana Wellness Spa is a soothing space dedicated to your relaxation. The wide range of Ayurvedic treatments on offer incorporate natural products, leaving you feeling rested and revitalised.

The Tall Trees Munnar (two nights)

Set on 66 acres of land, this hideaway resort is surrounded by the Western Ghat’s lush forests and overlooked by majestic mountains. There’s plenty of flora and fauna to enjoy here, from rare wild orchids to flame backed woodpeckers. Accommodations here comes in the form of stilted cottages, complete with balconies and interiors that reflect Keralan traditions. There are two restaurants on site - one a spacious, grass-roofed hall serving Kerala, Indian and continental cuisine; the other, a thatched roof affair set further into the jungle, with a barbecue and campfire. The Tall Trees scored a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Spice Village, Thekkady (two nights)

Packing a treasured TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Spice Village encapsulates the ambience of a tribal mountain village, clinging to a mist-laden ridge set high in the Periyar hills. Built with the natural landscape in mind, Spice Village looked to local, ancient building techniques when constructing this inviting set of lodgings. Here, you can enjoy all the modern-day conveniences and comforts of contemporary living alongside the pared-down simplicity of rural Indian life.

Dining takes the form of a local and international buffet, where chefs source their ingredients from within 50 miles of the resort. There’s an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, and a library with a billiard table and a Tiffin Room, where freshly brewed tea is served. Spice Village’s cottages have bare stone floors, elephant grass roofs and local woods for a truly authentic stay.

Rainbow Cruises Houseboat, Alleppey (one night)

Rainbow Cruises hold a Gold Star rating and is considered one of the finest houseboat experiences in the Alleppey. These 100-foot long vessels exude authentic Keralan charm and come complete with luxurious furnishings, breezy communal areas and light-filled bedrooms.

Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom (two nights)

Set within 30 acres of waterside terrain, Coconut Lagoon is beautifully positioned amidst lush rice paddies, picturesquely veined with the meandering water canals that feed the Vembanad lake. The resort takes inspiration for its design from the villages of Malabar and sits harmoniously against a backdrop of swaying palms and working paddy fields. Relax in the butterfly garden or indulge with a massage in the Ayurveda Centre, before experiencing authentic Keralan cuisine in Coconut Lagoon’s main restaurant. Guest rooms boast hand-picked furniture, so each has its own authentic charm. You're staing at another TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winner here.

Fragrant Nature Kochi, Cochin, Kerala, India (your first destination)

Travel is included in this offer - see below for details.

Details

Flights are included from London Heathrow, Manchester or Birmingham to Cochin, India, with Emirates (via Dubai).

A 5kg hand luggage and a 20kg hold luggage allowance per person is included, as well as private airport transfers.

From London Heathrow, with Emirates (via Dubai):
  • Outbound: departing London Heathrow at 13.40, arriving in Dubai at 00.40 (the following day), departing from Dubai at 02.45, arriving in Kochi at 08.05
  • Inbound: departing at 09.40, arriving in Dubai at 12.10, departing from Dubai at 16.05, arriving into London Heathrow at 20.00

From Manchester, with Emirates (via Dubai):
  • Outbound: departing Manchester at 13.10, arriving in Dubai at 00.25 (the following day), departing from Dubai at 02.45, arriving in Kochi at 08.05
  • Inbound: departing at 09.40, arriving in Dubai at 12.10, departing from Dubai at 14.40, arriving into Manchester at 18.40

From Birmingham, with Emirates (via Dubai):
  • Outbound: departing Birmingham at 13.30, arriving in Dubai at 00.25 (the following day), departing from Dubai at 02.45, arriving in Kochi at 08.05
  • Inbound: departing at 09.40, arriving in Dubai at 12.10, departing from Dubai at 14.35, arriving into Birmingham at 19.20

Within seven days of confirming your booking with us, you'll receive an email from our supplier, Emerald Global, with your final booking confirmation detailing the exact flight times confirmed for your specific reservation. The flight time will be within the time parameters and possible airlines detailed in this offer.

The flights inclusive offer shown on this page is ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Secret Escapes is acting as an agent for Emerald Global with ATOL number 3676 and your contract is with that company. Emerald Global booking conditions are available from http://www.peoples.travel/pages/terms

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We like

  • Discovering the pretty beaches on Kerala's 600 kilometres of shoreline
  • Floating along Kerala’s famous backwaters in a fully equipped kettuvallam
  • Comfortably capturing a rainbow of diverse Keralan landscapes in one trip

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