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per person based on a family of two adults and two children sharing two rooms.
Wonderful family adventure which both adults and children will find totally engaging
Brilliant itinerary providing a great mix of culture, wildlife and time on the beach, sure to keep the whole family happy
Full of some fantastic experiences including a night on your own private houseboat in the Keralan Backwaters.
Learn about the spices that make up one of the worlds favorite cuisines at the spice village
Enjoy a tea safari, a must when visiting Munnar
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.
This brilliant family vacation is full of excitement and adventure and is especially ideal for teenagers. Leading you from the backwaters and jungles of Kerala to the sun-drenched beaches and coastal coves it is the perfect introduction to the exotic delights of the subcontinent.
You will start your adventure in Cochin, once the thriving hub of the spice trade and steeped in colonial history. There are plenty of colorful markets that the whole family will enjoy exploring and here we have included a handpicked local guide for you who will help discover what makes this city so unique.
From Cochin you will drive over to Munnar, which is a journey of just over four hours. This area is well-known for its verdant tea plantations and over the two nights that you have here, you’ll 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 such as Ibex, elephants wild boar and sambar deer to name a few.
Your next stop is Thekkady, heading into the hills known as the Western Ghats towards Periyar National Park. To reach Thekkady you’ll again take a private car transfer which will be just over three hours. Home to a wide variety of wildlife, and here over your two night stay you’ll enjoy walks through the jungle and visits to local tribal villages for an experience of the unique Mannan people. Here you can also explore the interesting spice plantations, with your private guide explaining and showing you the plants and trees that produce the spices that eventually end up gracing the kitchen shelves.
From Thekkady the adventure continues, with one night on a traditional houseboat floating along the Backwaters. To board the houseboat your private chauffeur will drive you just over four hours to your embarkation point. This is an absolute must for any trip to Kerala and it is a brilliant experience for the whole family to enjoy as you spend your time watching 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, to end your epic family adventure once you have made your way back to shore, and disembarked your floating home, you’ll drive the short distance to Marari Beach where you’ll have three fantastic nights on the beach. Surrounded by small fishing villages and plenty of water activities on offer its an idea location family, allowing you to be as active or relaxed as you like!
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.
Perfect after an afternoon of tea tasting you will enjoy an evening walk with the Windermere’s staff and learn about the importance of this spice in Indian cuisine as well as its health benefits.
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Cochin, Kerala and Karnataka, India
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Backwaters, Kerala and Karnataka, India
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