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A Family Adventure to Kerala

Cochin, Munnar, Thekkady, Backwaters, Marari Beach

This magical family vacation to Kerala is the perfect introduction to the exotic delights of the subcontinent. From backwaters and jungles to beaches, Kerala offers the perfect location for a family adventure.

At a Glance

  • Explore Cochin on a private Harbour Cruise - a fun experience for children

  • Wonderful family adventure which both adults and children will find totally engaging

  • Enjoy a tea safari, a must when visiting Munnar

  • Learn about the spices that make up one of the worlds favorite cuisines at the spice village

  • Drift through the backwaters on your own houseboat tour

  • Relax at Marari Beach Resort and soak up the sun before heading home

Family, Adventure, Culture, Road trip

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.

Description

Begin your journey in Cochin, once the thriving hub of the spice trade and steeped in colonial history. You are based in a small boutique hotel in the heart of the city. From here all the family can wander out and explore the local markets. Spend a day with a handpicked guide who will help you discover the more unique side to the city.

Next, drive to Munnar. This area is well-known for its verdant tea plantations and it is here you can discover the art and process of tea making. Kids will love the interactive tea safari experience and everyone will love the rolling hills and opportunities to spot some fascinating wildlife here staying at Windermere Estate.

Your next stop is Thekkady, heading into the hills known as the Western Ghats towards Periyar National Park. Home to a wide variety of wildlife, you can enjoy walks through the jungle before visiting a local tribal village for an experience of the unique Mannan people. Finish your day by stopping at a spice plantation and showing the children where all those exotic spices come from which end up in little jars in the kitchen.

A night on a traditional houseboat is a must for all visitors to Kerala; you spend the day drifting down the backwaters seeing local Keralan life as you pass by before docking in a quiet location for the night. Your crew will prepare delicious Keralan dishes as you escape the hustle and bustle.

Finally, drive down to Kovalam for three or more nights on the beach. Marari Beach Resort is an excellent hotel to let the peaceful atmosphere of Kerala come to the fore before you fly home. Alternatively, some families like to hop over to the Maldives for a beach stay, and some choose to break the journey home in the Middle East. This is of course only a taster of what is possible, and we can tailor the itinerary to suit your family’s individual tastes and interests.

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

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1 night Fly to Cochin
2 nights

Cochin, Kerala, India

Brunton Boatyard
2 nights

Munnar, Kerala, India

Windermere Estate
2 nights

Thekkady, India

Spice Village
1 night

Backwaters, India

Houseboat
3 nights

Mararikulam, India

Marari Beach Resort
1 night Fly home

Location & Directions

Cochin, Munnar, Thekkady, Backwaters, Marari Beach

Start in Cochin at Brunton Boatyard for two nights. From Cochin to Windermere Estate in Munnar, at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathani and Kundala in the Western Ghats. Next, to Spice Village in Kumily, a small settlement three kilometers from Thekkady, the main entrance to the Periyar Tiger Reserve. From there you will spend a night on a Houseboat and journey round Kerala's backwaters which consist of a complex network of brackish lagoons, lovely lakes and canals. Your final stop is at Marari Beach Resort in nearby Mararikulam.

When to go

Isolated from much of India by the Western Ghats, the climate of Kerala & Karnataka is tropical and as a result of the mountain ranges the area isn’t as dry as much of India. The best time to visit is from January through to April. While there can be the occasional light showers these are just a prelude of the wet weather to come. The weather is generally hot and humid during this early summer. The monsoon season arrives in early June and thus can wash out July and August. September is much more humid as a result of the rainy season, and the fall can be dry but with the humidity this makes it feel quite the warm. There can be a little rain in the night in October and November. The temperatures cool down and the humidity lets up as winter comes in around December, with this season lasting until February when the dry spring returns. Winter can be a pleasant time to visit, especially if you’re looking to head off the beach and explore this Indian land of mystery.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.

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