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Kerala Naturally !
An eco and culture journey through the stunning Keralan countryside
Kerala Naturally ! (KE - 05)
Region : South India
14
Days

Activity

Comfort

Cost per Person

US$ 1520

based on a minimum of 2 persons travelling

Tour Overview

Kerala lies at the west coast of India and is characterized by its tropical monsoon forests with an abundance of wildlife. The highest mountains of the mountain range Western Ghats are located between 1500 and 2000 meters above the sea level where tea and cardamom forests dominate the landscape. This is a tour from the coast up to the mountains, in which Kerala in all its greenery will greet you and you will get yourself immersed in the local culture & food. A stay at an organic spice villa, a lazy cruise on a rice boat down to the backwaters and a few days relaxing at a heritage villa on the backwaters with energising Ayurveda are the other highlights of this tour.

Kerala Naturally !

Day 1-2 : Kochi
The ancient seaport of Kochi is one of Kerala’s most delightful cities. Here you may either relax or stroll through the old town’s maze of small streets and experience Fort Kochi’s colonial flair. In the evening we would recommend you to go for a little walk along the coastal path where you can enjoy an amazing sunset by the famous Chinese fishing nets.
Day 3-5 : Munnar
A 4-hour drive will take you to the cool hill station of Munnar. On an easy walk of 1 to 2 hours we will walk through the lush tea plantations while watching the local tea leaf pickers doing their work. The area offers good chances of watching wildlife. Spotting different kinds of rare birds and animals, some of them being endemic to the region, will certainly be a very rewarding experience.  
Day 6-7 : Periyar
We leave the highlands of Munnar behind us and head to the Periyar Tiger Reserve. The closest you can get to the forest and its wildlife is exploring the area on foot. On our day-walks which are organised by the local communities, we will have very good chances of spotting different kinds of wildlife.
Day 8-10 : Organic Spice Farm
We will now make our way to the foothills of the mountains and will be greeted by the sprawling rubber estates, spice gardens, paddy fields and the greenery of the Keralan plains. Our destination is an organic spice plantation villa set upon the banks of the Kannadi river. Here in this organic farm, spices and ayurvedic herbs are grown besides fruit trees like papaya, mangoes, jackfruits and numerous other tropical delights.
Day 11 : Alleppey
Our next destination is Alleppey to embark on one of Kerala's most special forms of accommodation- the houseboat. Silently cruising through the enchanting canals and lagoons that make up the beautiful backwaters of Kerala and passing through remote villages, we can relax and take in the beauty of the backwaters which is so special to Kerala!
Day 12-13 : The Backwaters
Today we will disembark the houseboat and transfer the short distance to a villa set on the banks of the backwaters – a heritage villa replete with its own rich history of the place and people.
Day 14 : Depart
Fond farewells as you depart for your next destination.        

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in Boutique hotels, resorts, Forest Lodges & home stays
  • All transfers by aircon vehicle
  • English speaking driver
  • All visits, walks & safaris
     

Holiday Feedback

We are back from our amazing trip and pretty much back to normal. I wanted to let you know that we had the most memorable time in Kerala. All the places we stayed at were truly brilliant in their own ways. We were both fairly 'gobsmacked' when Geoff was given the flowers and the wine on the houseboat. The two homestays were just perfect. The Wildernest gave us a chance to mingle. We shopped, we ate with the locals and then chilled on our private balcony. We went on an early morning trek through the jungle with an excellent guide and decided that was probably the best time to do it. We both agreed that you saved the best till last. The Dewalokam Spice Plantation was definitely the best. The hosts and the staff were so friendly and helpful, it truly made it an amazing experience.Karen Dickinson 2016-12-03

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FAQs

Q. Do I Need A Visa To Travel To India?
Yes. Please see : https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html

Q. When Is The Best Time To Visit Kerala for this tour?
The best time to visit is from August to May.

Q. Should I take out Travel Insurance Before travelling for this tour?
Yes, it is highly recommended that you take out travel insurance before travelling to India, covering any medical situation, hospitalisation, cancellation and loss of your baggage. We cover your causality evacuation to the nearest hospital which is included in the cost. However, this does not cover the cost of medical treatment at the hospital.

Q. Do I have a guide for this tour?
You would have a driver cum guide who is proficient in spoken English. For sightseeing & special side tours, we provide specialist guides.

Q. What are the health risks ?

There are very minimal health risks if you follow our instructions on drinking only certified bottled water and food from safe sources identified by us.

Q. Is First Aid available?
Yes, the driver carries a comprehensive First Aid bag. For those suffering from allergies or require any special medication will need to bring those along. All our staff have undergone St John’s Ambulance First Aid Training course and are qualified. In case of serious injuries or emergencies, we have identified hospitals nearest to the tour routes to safely evacuate you to the nearest hospital.

Q. Are banking services easily available in areas visited?
Yes. Banking services and numerous ATMs available throughout South India

Q. Can I use my credit Card during this trip?
Yes, all the resorts & most shops in locations mentioned in this itinerary accept credit cards

Q. Is Kerala a good destination for a Beach Holiday?
Definitely yes & we can arrange extension tours for you.

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