Kerala and the Magic of India's Malabar Coast

Tour Dates
Tuesday 11th January – Tuesday 25 January 2022
Tuesday 6th December – Tuesday 20th December 2022

Explore fragrant-scented forests, lush green tea plantations, palm lined beaches and soothing waterways. Enjoy the finest of sustainable luxury at award winning eco resorts.

A coastal strip on India's tropical Malabar Coast, Kerala is a place of palm-lined beaches, languid backwaters dotted with magnificent houseboats, mountains carpeted with richly- scented coffee, tea and spice plantations, national parks home to elephants, langur monkeys and tigers, historic cities and vivid traditions.

Discover the magic on this 15 day/13 night tour.


You will be visiting and staying in Kochi (Cochin), Munnar, Periyar, Kumarakom and Marari

Lotus Flower National Flower of India - Amazing Kerala

 

Kerala is a nature-lover’s paradise. Come with us to Kochi, one of the finest natural harbours in the world; the quiet resort of Munnar nestled in the green and serene Kannan Devan Hills; Periyar, South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary and famous for its elephants and the Eravikulam National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr (mountain goat), as well as leopards, Indian Bison, 120 beautiful bird species and the beautiful Palni Fourwing butterfly.

Munnar Southern India Tea Plantation

Kerala has a rich and fascinating history. Discover the stories of the spice trade in Kochi, visit the ancient harbour of Muzuris, home to the first Jewish, Christian and Islamic settlements in India and take a heritage walk through Old Kottayam to learn about its time as a flourishing Royal capital.

Kathakai Dancing Cochin, Kerala

Learning more about the culture of the places you visit is a key part of any holiday with us. From the elaborate dance form Kathakali and the intricate hand looms of Chendamangalam, to the spice farmers of Periyar and fishing community of Village Rubble in Maraikulam, Kerala offers a wealth of opportunities to feed curious minds. Even the fabulous CHG Earth hotels you will stay in put local ethos centre stage. 

Elephant in National Park in Southern India

 

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What we love

Experiences you will treasure

What people say

God’s own country or heaven on earth. Place full of mountains, greenery and streams. Oh Kerala! God created you with utmost care.

Rekha Menon, Indian film actor

How much is it?

From £3,775pp
With British Airways from London Heathrow
Let us know if you wish to upgrade your economy ticket
Make your own way & meet in Kochi: £3,060pp
We are happy to assist with booking for exra nights, should you wish
Single Room Supplement £975
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What's included in your holiday

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Itinerary - what you will do when

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Where you will be staying

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Flights and Transport

A Deeper Dive

There are four main centres for weaving the traditional handlooms of Kerala – Balaramapuram, Chendamangalam, Kuthampully, Kannur and Kasaragod. The array of handloom fabrics woven in Chendamangalam are similar to what one finds in Balaramapuram, but with less emphasis on kasavu patterns. Instead, the typical Chendamangalam mundu or settu mundu has coloured borders with a matching colour stripe, and only small amounts of kasavu for ornamentation.

Weaving threads Kochin

Like in other parts of Kerala, weavers in Chendamangalam were under the official patronage of the feudal family of Paliam, who served as chief ministers for the Rajas of Cochin. In terms of the actual process, Chendamangalam textiles are woven on frame looms, and their texture is slightly heavier than similar fabrics from Balaramapuram

Traditonal weaving in Chendamangalam Weaving Kerala

Snuggling in the green and serene Kannan Devan Hills lays the quiet and restful resort of Munnar. 

Panoramic views of low-flying clouds and mist-filled valleys make it a little heaven with a cool bracing climate. It was opened up out of virgin forests a century ago by pioneering planters. Beyond lays Anaimudi, South India's highest peak

Trekking in Munnar Southern India

Munnar is known to have one of the most beautiful tea plantations in the world. It all started with Lt Benjamin Swayne Ward, who in the early 1800s, is believed to have surveyed the terrain and figured out its richness. This led planter John Daniel Munro, to think of setting up tea plantations as part of revenue – earning projects. Slowly, the hill station of Munnar became the popular summer resort for the British who enjoyed the pleasant weather, away from home. Interestingly, they even established a freemason group, traces on which can be found even now. 

Munnar Trekking in Moutains Tea Plantation

 

All this can be seen in the houses that back to the British Era, in the machineries that are still in use, the dams and bungalows which were left behind to trace back the history of this beautiful land. On this tour, we get to explore and see these places which show that Munnar had a history of her own. We end this special tour with a High tea, the way it was done, centuries ago

Munnar Tea Plantation in Kerala in Southern India

 
 

Regarded as one of India's best National Parks, Periyar covers over 350square miles and is a natural habitat to many endangered species of floral and fauna. 

The forests contain deciduous and semi-evergreen trees like teak, rosewoods, terminalias, sandalwoods, jacarandas, mangoes, jamun, tamarind, banyans, sacred fig, plumerias, royal poinciana, kino tree, bamboos and the only south Indian conifer, nageian wallichiana. 

Tamarind Tree

Over 265 bird species have been identified in Periyar, those you may see include black kites, blue-winged parakeets, hornbill, white-bellied treepies, laughing thrushes, flycatchers. darters, cormorants, barbets, junglefowl, and plover.

Bird of Southern India Bird Nesting in Periyar National Park

There are 35 species of mammals in the park, including many that are threatened.  Periyar is an important tiger and elephant reserve, with a total of  40 Bengal tigers and a small population of Asian elephants, however, it is difficult spotting the elephants and tigers as they keep deeply hidden in the forest jungle, away from the nature paths. Animals you are most likely to see are the gaur, sambar, wild pig, Indian giant squirrel, Travancore flying squirrel Nilgiri tahr, lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur

Lion tailed Macaque Monkey in  Periyar National Park

On this tour, you will have a guided tour with a local Naturalist.

As an optional supplement, you can choose to go birdwatching with an expert guide or take a field photograph excursion with a local photographer.

Rosewood Tree

 

Houseboat Cochin Kerala

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