Kerala in Depth

Mysore, Wayanad, Cochin, Munnar, Backwaters & Marari

From $4400 per person in low season
From $5400 per person in high season

based on 13 nights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Selected experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

per person based on two people sharing.

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At a Glance

  • A complete tour of Kerala from north to south with private drivers and guides throughout, to get the most out of this in depth and interesting adventure

  • See the amazing tea fields of Munnar, the quiet backwaters and the markets of Cochin

  • See a little of Mysore, a former princely state with many colorful tales to uncover about its eventful past

  • Experience some of India's best food throughout your trip

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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.

Itinerary

Get under the skin of Kerala with this in-depth itinerary which combines the less visited areas of Karnataka and Northern Kerala, Cochin, the tea country of Munnar and finishing in the backwaters and the golden sands of Marari. This itinerary is brilliant for those that are interested in getting off the beaten track to uncover the true heartbeat of this intriguing region.

  1. Days 1-3: Kerala and Karnataka

    Your first stop on the itinerary is Mysore where you’ll spend two nights. The easiest way to access this region is to arrive into Bangalore and drive just under three and a half hours. This drive will give you the opportunity to visit Sriangapatnam, the summer palace of Tipu Sultan and the site of the siege by the then young Wellington in 1799. The markets in Mysore are notorious for their colors, sandlewood and spices, while the Maharajah’s Palace is beautifully furnished with antiques, intricate doors and frescoes. We have included a private guide for your first full day in Mysore to get the most out of your visit here.

    Accommodation: Royal Orchid Metropole (2 nights)

  2. Days 3-6: Kerala and Karnataka

    Next drive from Mysore into northern Kerala to Sultan’s Battery in the hills of Wayanad. The central plateau gives way to the rolling hills and plantations of the Western Ghats and this area is home to incredible mountain scenery, spice plantations and verdant rice paddy fields. We have not included a guide here, as you may like to the take the time to relax and enjoy some walks with the chance of viewing wild elephants.

    Accommodation: Tranquil Resort (3 nights)

  3. Days 6-8: Kerala and Karnataka

    From Sultan’s Battery you’ll head to the interesting town of Cochin, which you will reach by a seven-hour drive. It is a long trip but along the way you’ll be treated to the beautiful coastal scenery of Kerala. Cochin has been a bustling trading port for centuries, and still a walk through the shops and markets of Fort Cochin will show that the art is still alive. Portuguese, Dutch and British influences combine to bring a colonial twist to a city that is cosmopolitan and absorbing. Your private guide will be on hand here to bring the intriguing history of this city to life.

    Accommodation: Old Harbour Hotel (2 nights)

  4. Days 8-10: Kerala and Karnataka

    You then dip back into the mountains for a stay in Munnar, famous for being home to some of the highest tea estates in the world and offering spectacular views. Again, reachable by car, you’ll have two nights here and one full day to explore a traditional tea factory and take a walk in the countryside all at a lovely leisurely pace.

    Accommodation: Windermere Estate (2 nights)

  5. Days 10-11: Kerala and Karnataka

    No trip to Kerala is complete without a visit to the Backwaters, an area that has remained unchanged for centuries. From Munnar you will drive just over four hours to reach the starting point of your one-night adventure, staying on a traditional and private riceboat for gentle exploration along the backwaters. Eat fresh curries whilst you watch the world go by, in this tranquil and enchanting setting.  

    Accommodation: Houseboat Lakes and Lagoons (1 night)

  6. Days 11-14: Kerala and Karnataka

    After your night on the Backwaters, you’ll reach your final destination, with three nights on the beach where you can put your feet up before flying home from Cochin.  

    Accommodation: A Beach Symphony (3 nights)

Experiences

  • Backwaters - A day on a Houseboat

    Enjoy this half day cruise along the backwaters. Spend the afternoon on a traditional houseboat, a must for any visitor to Kerala.

  • Backwaters - Experience Kumarakom

    Kumarakom is a village based on the edge of Lake Vembanadu. The village is beautifully laid out over a number of different picturesque islands and is a wonderful example of how people live in the backwaters.

  • Cochin - Guided Tour of Fort Cochin & Mattancherry

    Cochin doesn't seem like an Indian city; in many ways it is far quieter and 'boutique' than most. Simply walking out in the evening along the harbor is something you won't forget.

  • India by Train

    A train journey in India can be an exceptionally rewarding experience. You see the life and soul of India in its many stations, as well as fantastic views of India's countryside.

  • Mysore - Explore Mysore

    Mysore is rich in palatial architecture and temple culture as well as natural landscapes. From The Mysore Palace and Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, to the Chamundeswari Temple and giant Nandi Bull statue atop Chamundi Hills.

  • Mysore - Half Day Silk and Artisan Tour

    Learn the processes of thousand year old professions including a visit to a silk factory and stone carvers workshop.

  • Periyar - Spice Plantation

    Visit a spice plantation and discover where many of the spices you have in your kitchen at home are grown naturally. This is a lovely experience for couples or families of all ages to enjoy.

Location

Mysore, Wayanad, Cochin, Munnar, Backwaters & Marari

 

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