India’s ‘Hilltops and Hideaways’

Posted on 18 January 2012
Departure date: Valid until December 2013 Number of nights: 14 Package price: From R18 000

Kerala – Tranquil, Cochin, Munnar, Periyar & Backwaters

A 14-night holiday discovering the delights of Kerala, ranging from tree houses in the western Ghats to elephants in Periyar’s wildlife sanctuary. Visit the historic harbour city of Cochin, the Cardamom and Tea plantations of Munnar and the emerald green Backwaters, discovering a rich and varied local history and culture along the way. Complete the perfect luxury holiday in a five-star hotel on the shores of Lake Vembanad.

Highlights : Staying in a Tree House in the Rain Forests of the Western Ghats; Fort Cochin’s Spice Markets and Jewish Quarter; Tea Plantations of Munnar with spectacular mountain views, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary; Floating on a Houseboat on the Backwaters of Kerala; Keralan cuisine.

Cost of ‘Hilltops and Hideaways’

  • From R18 000 a person sharing
  • * subject to availability and hotel choice.

Package includes

  • All hotel accommodation on a Bed and Breakfast Basis
  • All transfers in a chauffeured, air-conditioned car
  • All Sightseeing, entrance fees to monuments and personal guides
  • Domestic flights where appropriate

Package excludes

  • International flights
  • Drinks, laundry, tips and items of a personal nature.
  • Visas to India

‘Hilltops and Hideaways’ itinerary

Day 1 Depart London for Calicut. Overnight Flight

Day 2 Arrive in Calicut. You will be met on arrival and transferred up into the Western Ghats.

Day 3 A day to explore the surrounding area or simply relax in beautiful surroundings.

Day 4 You will be met at your hotel and transferred back to Calicut, in time to check in for your flight to Cochin. Here you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 5 Your guide will meet you and escort you on a private tour of Cochin and the surrounding area.

Day 6 You will be transferred by road up to Munnar. This is a very scenic drive, as the mountains are dramatic and the roads windy.

Day 7 A day of leisure. Here, you can spend the day relaxing in the sleepy atmosphere wandering through the picture book town and sprawling tea gardens.

Day 8 You will be met at your hotel and transferred by road up to Thekkady. This is another very scenic drive through the Western Ghats of Kerala.

Day 9 An early morning start as you will be taken into Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. This is a full day programme which includes both trekking in the forest and bamboo rafting on the lake. Lunch will be provided.

Day 10 You will be met and transferred down to the Backwaters of Kerala.

Day 11 A day to explore the area at your own pace.

Day 12 Your houseboat and her crew will meet you at your homestay and take you on a tour of the Backwaters.

Day 13 The houseboat will drop you at your next destination on the banks of Lake Vembanad, Kumarakom.

Day 14 Rest and relaxation.

Day 15 Transfer to the airport in time to check in for your flight home.

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