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South India Family Adventure

Tailor Made Itinerary

16 Days From £2,830

Overview

Sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the fertile hills of the Western Ghats, Kerala has with good reason been christened Gods Own Country. A land of beaches and backwaters, lush tea plantations and spices, it enjoys a cultural heritage that can trace its influences back to Chinese, Arab and European traders.

The journey begins in historic Cochin, The Queen of the Arabian Sea, where you’ll have a chance to enjoy its rich mix of Indian and European traditions including Kathakali ...

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Embark on a private cruise through the Kerala Backwaters and enjoy the tranquil beaches of Goa
  • Learn to cook delicious traditional Keralan dishes in Nemma’s kitchen with her family
  • Visit the tea plantations and hills of the Western Ghats in Munnar & Eravikulam National Park
  • Kayak in the mangroves and cycle in the jungles of Goa searching for birds and wildlife
  • Bamboo raft through the natural beauty of Periyar National Park, searching for wildlife and bird species
  • See a live classical Kathakali dance performance and go hiking in the Palani hills

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE COCHIN

DAY 1: ARRIVE COCHIN

On arrival in Cochin you will be met by a Wild Frontiers representative and transferred to your hotel to freshen up. This evening you will then get the chance to enjoy a remarkable performance of Kerala's famous Kathakali dancing. With origins in the 17th century, Kathakali is a highly stylised classical dance characterised by its bright costumes and the heavily painted faces of the performers, giving an insight into the ancient stories and heritage of South India.

Old Harbour

DAY 2: COCHIN

DAY 2: COCHIN

This morning you will be taken to a local chef’s home where you will learn how to cook a traditional Keralan meal before enjoying the meal with your host in her dining room. Explore the local market and learn about the different ingredients and enjoy a true culinary adventure with one of Cochin’s top experts. After your delicious lunch, you can enjoy a tour of the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’. The oldest European settlement in India, Cochin is a vibrant mix of Arab, Chinese, European and Indian influences and home to the oldest church and the oldest synagogue in the country. Make sure to also visit Mattancherry Palace, also known as the Dutch Palace, a fine example of Keralan architecture fused with colonial influences.

Old Harbour
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3: COCHIN - BACKWATERS

DAY 3: COCHIN - BACKWATERS

Cycling along the backwaters of Kerala is the quintessential Keralan experience. Ride along the Kochi coast with views of unevenly spread backwaters accompanying you all the way. Cycling through small fishing villages and past lush coconut trees, you will reach a serene part of the backwaters. Hop on to a canoe and immerse yourself in the beautiful backwater scenery as you float through a small stretch of the backwaters. Enjoy a short break in a village before the tour comes to an end and you transfer a short way by car to the jetty, here you will board your private houseboat for an exploration of the remarkable Keralan backwaters, the ideal way to observe life amongst the channels and waterways of the west coast.

Xandari Houseboat
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: BACKWATERS - MUNNAR

DAY 4: BACKWATERS - MUNNAR

Today you leave the backwaters of Kerala behind and head into the lush hills of the Western Ghats and the hill-town resort of Munnar. Strategically located at the confluence of three rivers, the town sits high amongst the cool highlands, surrounded by tea plantations and the mist shrouded hills of the Western Ghats.

Windemere Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 5: MUNNAR

DAY 5: MUNNAR

Today explore Munnar and its surroundings, starting with a visit to the Tea Museum and some of the tea plantations which the town is famous for. Here you will learn about the different varieties of the most consumed beverage in the world and the different stages of processing it, finishing with a tea tasting session. Then proceed to the nearby Eravikulam National Park which, with an area of 97 sq. km, is home to the largest population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr, an endemic species of ungulates in the south-western Ghats and is the state animal of Tamil Nadu. Other species you may be lucky to spot include the Nilgiri marten, small clawed otter, ruddy mongoose, dusky striped squirrel, several endemic species of birds and rare butterflies. Later in the day return to your hotel and in the evening enjoy a short cycle ride around the hill plantations.

Windemere Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 6: MUNNAR - THEKKADY

DAY 6: MUNNAR - THEKKADY

Today you will be collected from your hotel in Munnar and transferred to Thekkady. The journey will take you past the lush forests of the Western Ghats and beautiful spice plantations. En route, stop at a spice plantation, before continuing to Thekkady and the Periyar Nature Reserve, home to numerous species of mammals and birds.

Spice Village
Breakfast

DAY 7: THEKKADY: PERIYAR NATURE RESERVE

DAY 7: THEKKADY: PERIYAR NATURE RESERVE

The morning will be spent in Periyar Nature Reserve, hiking and bamboo rafting through some of the wilder forest of the reserve. Animals such as tigers, elephants, sambar, giant squirrels and Nilgiri langur may be spotted, as well as native tribes people fishing or swimming. Periyar Nature Reserve is a treat for wildlife enthusiasts and ornithologists alike, with its rich fauna and vast open land, a wonderful place to experience some of southern India’s wildlife. In the early evening you can also enjoy a birdwatching walk led by a specialist naturalist guide.

Spice Village
Breakfast

DAY 8: THEKKADY - MADURAI

DAY 8: THEKKADY - MADURAI

Today you will be collected from your hotel in Thekkady and transferred to the vibrant temple city of Madurai. Along the way, you will have the chance to stop for a cup of tea and to take photographs. Later this afternoon explore the backstreets and markets of Madurai, learning about its history which dates back some 2500 years, and visit a temple for the evening ceremony, involving music and chanting.

Heritage Madurai
Breakfast

DAY 9: MADURAI - DINDIGUL

DAY 9: MADURAI - DINDIGUL

This morning you will be transferred to Dindigul, where on arrival you can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the beautiful countryside or relaxing on the property.

Rajakkad Estate
Breakfast

DAY 10: DINDIGUL

DAY 10: DINDIGUL

Let the hillside views and smell of coffee and lemon growing on the estate lull you into a deep sense of serenity. This 18th century property has changed very little over the last century and so has the lifestyle. One thousand metres above sea level ensures a welcome escape from the South Indian tropical heat. Spend your free day visiting the farm and nearby village, looking for birdlife along an estate path or snoozing in the hammock under the shade of the trees. There are also guided excursions from the estate such as nature walks and visits to the hill station of Kodaikanal.

Rajakkad Estate
Breakfast

DAY 11: DINDIGUL - CHETTINAD

DAY 11: DINDIGUL - CHETTINAD

Today you will be collected from your hotel in Dindigul and transferred to Chettinad via the beautiful landscapes of the Palani Hills.

Visalam
Breakfast

DAY 12: CHETTINAD

DAY 12: CHETTINAD

After breakfast, your driver and guide will show you around the Chettinad region. The area is known for its art, culture and heritage, with grand mansions which were built by the Chettiar community, wealthy bankers and businessmen who emigrated in the late 19th and 20th centuries and sent back lavish furnishings and materials to their families in Tamil Nadu. The mansions feature impressive hand-made tiles, which you can observe being made at a local Athangudi tile factory. There may also be the chance to visit a nearby sweet factory and try making some treats yourself, as well as a cotton sari weaving centre to learn how to wear a sari. Spend some time learning about the strong religious beliefs of the Chettiars with visits to some of the temples.

Visalam
Breakfast

DAY 13: CHETTINAD - TRICHY - GOA

DAY 13: CHETTINAD - TRICHY - GOA

This morning you will be transferred to Trichy airport in time to catch your flight to Goa. On arrival, settle into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Alila Diwa Goa
Breakfast

DAY 14: GOA

DAY 14: GOA

Today you will set off in search of the elusive humpback dolphins of Goa. Led by a conservation expert, you will be given an introduction to not only the dolphins but also the diverse marine life in this area. For those looking for something a little more active, you may prefer to explore the backwaters by kayak as you take to the water and explore the mangrove forest.

Alila Diwa Goa
Breakfast

DAY 15: GOA

DAY 15: GOA

Spend the morning cycling along the forest trails of the Mapusa Plateau with an expert guide. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Mapusa city, this woodland is a living haven for birds, monkeys, butterflies and insects alike. The trail runs through a family-owned property spread across a verdant 33 acres of pristine forests, maintained and protected by the custodians of the land. They have very kindly allowed us exclusive access to explore hidden trails as well as helping us to understand the challenges of preserving forest land on the borders of a growing city. You will be transferred back to your hotel and the rest of the afternoon and evening are free to relax at leisure.

Alila Diwa Goa
Breakfast

DAY 16: DEPART GOA

DAY 16: DEPART GOA

This morning you will be transferred to the airport in time for your onward flight.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

SOUTH INDIA FAMILY ADVENTURE (16 DAYS) £2,830

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

If you book international flights through Wild Frontiers.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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Shalmali is our Indian Subcontinent expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

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