Kerala Highlights and the Maldives

A  classic itinerary combining the highlights of Kerala with a relaxing stay in the Maldives. Explore antique shops, churches, temples, tea plantations and enjoy a leisurely trip through the backwaters of Kerala. Extend your trip to the Maldives for a relaxing time in paradise.

Touring style: Professional English speaking guide and driver, private basis.

Best time to visit: from November to April.

Guide Price: £1870 per person (based on 2 adults sharing a room).

Air-conditioned private vehicle, English speaking driver/guide and additional local guides in each city. Standard hotel accommodation & 1 night on a houseboat. Entrance fees to monuments.

Not Included - International flights.

The guide price is subject to availability, choice of Maldivian resort, fluctuations in the exchange rate and travel dates. Please call us for an individual quote.

  • Kerala and the Maldives is a perfect combination of culture and beach
  • Spend a night on the houseboat through the the backwaters of Kerala
  • Explore Cochin's narrows street and Munnar's tea plantations
  • Snorkel and dive in the pristine waters of the Maldives
  • Perfect for honeymooners and families
Kerala Highlights and the Maldives at a glance
  • Day 1: Arrival in Cochin
  • Day 2: Cochin sightseeing
  • Day 3: Munnar tea plantations
  • Day 4: Head to Periyar National Park
  • Day 5: Boat safari in Periyar
  • Day 6: Cruise the backwaters of Kerala in a house boat
  • Day 7: Fly to the Maldives for a relaxing stay
  • Days 8 - 13: Enjoy the activities offered by the resort
  • Day 14: Departure
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Day 1: Cochin Arrival

You will be met on arrival for a private transfer to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a sunset cruise.

Overnight in Cochin

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Day 2: Cochin sightseeing

Proceed for a sightseeing tour to explore the many fascinating highlights of Cochin which include - The Jewish Synagogue in what is locally called the Jew Town, St. Francis Church which is the oldest European Church in India, the Santa Cruz Basilica built in 1557 by the Portuguese and the Dutch Palace. Later in the evening, enjoy a Kathakali performance.
Overnight in Cochin.

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Day 3: Cochin to Munnar

We recommend that a light anorak and walking shoes are taken, as Munnar is much cooler than the coastal area. After breakfast, leave with your private driver/guide on a scenic drive to Munnar at an altitude of nearly 1600 metres above sea level. Once the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in South India, Munnar still retains its colonial charm and is famous for its tea plantations, most of which are privately owned. With its sprawling estates, rolling hills, sparkling waterfalls, picture postcard hamlets and undulating valleys, Munnar is an ideal holiday destination. In the afternoon, enjoy a Cardamom walk.

Overnight in Munnar.

Distance and journey time: 150 km, 3 to 4 hrs

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Day 4: Head to Periyar National Park

After breakfast, drive to Periyar / Thekkady through the delightful Cardamom Hills. Thekkady is home to the Periyar wildlife sanctuary famous for its rare habitat of birds and animals and is one of the most popular destinations for nature lovers. Go on a spice plantation tour where you will be enticed by not only the aroma of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg but will also get to know how they are grown, harvested and processed. Indulge in an ayurvedic massage.

Overnight in Periyar.

Distance and journey time: 110 km, 3 to 4 hrs

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Day 5: Periyar National Park

Early a morning boat cruise around the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary for wildlife sightings. In the afternoon, experience an Ayurvedic Massage, Bamboo Rafting or a nature walk.

Overnight in Periyar.

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Day 6: A houseboat cruise on the backwaters

Morning, check-out and transfer to Kumarakom to embark on your private houseboat for a cruise on the Backwaters, a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. Your houseboats or 'Kettuvalloms' are luxurious boats with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm fringed landscape from your cabins. Apart from the mesmerising surroundings, its life along the coast adds a touch of exotica to this experience. The locals travel in canoes and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods, door to door in small wooden boats. A small crew will be available at all times to assist you during the cruise. The crew includes the captain who mans the boat, a chef and a housekeeping staff member. The local food prepared by the chef on the houseboat is another delight not to miss. As you cruise along the backwaters you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places, en route where you can choose to go on a village walk. Your houseboat will set anchor around 1800 hrs and dinner will be served. The following morning's departure will be around 0700 hrs. Overnight on board.

Distance and journey time: 158 km, 5 hrs

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Day 7: Fly to the Maldives

After breakfast, disembark at Alleppey and travel by road to Cochin Airport.

Distance and journey time: 83 km, 1.30 hrs

 

On arrival, check-in for your flight to Male.
Arrival in Paradise. Transfer by speedboat or seaplane to your chosen resort.

Stay 7 nights.

Days 8 to 13: Enjoy Paradise

Activities offered by resorts are:
Snorkel with turtles.
Dolphin cruise.
Sandbank Dining.
Snorkel with white whales.
Swim with manta rays.
Swim with sting rays.
Snorkelling and diving.
Big game fishing.

Day 14: Departure

Transfer by seaplane or speedboat to Male Airport for your departure flight.

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