At Home in Kerala

15 days

Indicative cost incl. flights:

£2,662pp

2-3 star & low season

£3,489p

3 star & high season

 

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Day 1
Today you will depart London for your evening flight to Mangalore via Mumbai.
Day 2
Today you will arrive into Mangalore where you will be met by your private driver. You will be driven along the coast south to Tellicherry, a typical fishing town in Kerala and your home for the next 2 days. This journey should take approximately four and a half hours. Stay in Ayesha Manzil, one of Kerala's most authentic homestays run by Moosa and his wife Faiza. The homestay is famed for its cuisine; it's some of the finest Keralan cuisine we've tried and there's the opportunity to learn how it's cooked. Spend the remainder of your day at leisure.
Day 3
Enjoy some of the activities on offer at Ayesha Manzil today. You might like to enjoy a typical Keralan cooking lesson, seeing Theyyam, a local and incredibly colourful dance ritual, as well as visiting a traditional fish market.
Day 4
You will continue south to Sultan's Battery today, an area of Wayanad in North Kerala, famed for its peaceful wilderness and coffee plantations. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.
Day 5
Today is free to explore the area. There's a wonderful pool to relax around, several walking trails and a plethora of bird species to enjoy in this idyllic location.
Day 6
Your driver will take you to Calicut this morning where you will catch your train south to Cochin. There are several options but we recommend getting the Janshatabi Express, departing at approximately 13:40 and arriving at 17:15. On arrival you will be met and driven to your hotel in this historic city.
Day 7
Today you will enjoy our half-day Fort Cochin Heritage Walk, a perfect introduction into this beautiful town influenced by years of colonial rule. In the evening you may want to watch a traditional Kathakali dance show.
Day 8
Your driver will take you in-land today, to Mundackal Estate Bungalow, a charming and authentic rural homestay in Kothamangalam. This rural journey should take around 1.5 hours.
Day 9
The day is free to relax and enjoy. Nearby is the famous Thettekad Bird Sanctuary, which you you may like to visit. Alternatively the home has become well known for its cookery lesson, which you might like to take part in. Take a look at our ideas of things to do.
Day 10
Continue east to Munnar today, a scenic and undulating journey covering 85km. This should take around 3 hours. Munnar and its surrounding are is carpeted in tea. The views here are staggering. Spend the remainder of your day at leisure.
Day 11
Visit a tea plantation and the tea museum today.
Day 12
Your driver will bring you back to the west coast today, to the Backwaters. This glorious journey should take you around 4-5 hours. The Backwaters are a fantastic collection of lakes, lagoons and waterways that are sandwiched between the sea and Kerala's hills. Spend the remainder of your day in this idyllic location, home to local villages, fishermen and a huge variety of bird life. Staying in a homestay offers you a great insight into local life life here on the water.
Day 13
Transfer half and hour to Allepey to board your houseboat for a day cruise. You will spend your afternoon cruising along the peaceful backwaters before returning back to your accommodation.
Day 14
Today is free to relax. Your hosts will happily show you around their farm and plantation or alternatively demonstrate how to cook local Keralan food.
Day 15
This morning your driver will take you to Cochin Airport for your morning flight home.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

The best way to get to know the true Kerala is to stay in one of its home stays; these are normally ancestral homes of local aristocracy that work a little like a British Bed and Breakfast.  This journey focuses on Kerala’s best home stays, or small boutique hotels, so that you can learn all about local life in Kerala. During your journey you will enjoy cookery lessons, visits to local markets, spice plantation walks, tea plantation visits and lots of time eating and chatting with your hosts. We really can think of a more memorable way to explore Kerala.

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