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The Spice Trails of Kerala
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Kerala Backwaters, Rice Barge, India

The Spice Trails of Kerala

16 days | From £1,275 | Guided Group Departures

The definitive tropical south of India adventure. Trek in the Cardamom Hills and Western Ghats, enjoy a backwater cruise, visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and more!

16 days | From £1,275 | Guided Group Departures

  • Treks in the fragrant Cardamom Hills
  • Backwater lagoon cruising
  • Colourful temples of Madurai

It's no surprise that this varied and fascinating walking holiday to exotic Kerala and Tamil Nadu has become a firm favourite. Kerala is India's sunshine state and you can look forward to a travel experience quite unlike anywhere else in the entire Indian subcontinent. From the attractive port of Kochi where the locals still fish using traditional Chinese nets, it's easy to discover the many different cultural influences and architectural styles that a lifetime of foreign trading has brought to this "The Queen of the Arabian Seas". Moving to the magnificent mountains of the Western Ghats the cool, fragrant mountain air delights the senses with the scents of spices, coffee and tea. Here you explore the lush forests, tranquil plantation trails, tribal villages and former British Hill Stations to experience a very laid back pace of life creating a delightfully peaceful ambience.

Trekking across the Silent Valley plateau the high point of Meesapulimala is reached, before then heading to the colourful temple city of Madurai. A visit to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, home to elephant and tiger is a must before this exotic Kerala experience is completed with a relaxing trip to the meandering rivers and lush tropical lagoons of the backwaters, staying on a traditional houseboat. The perfect south India experience.



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Day 1
Depart UK.
Day 2
Arrive Kochi. Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kochi, the "Queen of the Arabian Seas".
Day 3
Overland transfer up through the Cardamom Hills to the hill station of Munnar.
Day 4
A walking exploration of the area around Munnar. On foot through tea-plantations and into the Maparrain hills and valleys fragrant with the aroma of spices.
Day 5
Transfer to the trailhead and head up through tea-plantations into the wild grasslands of the Silent Valley between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Camp at Mallai.
Day 6
Climb Meesapulimala for seeping views of this wild landscape and return to camp at Mallai.
Day 7
Across the plateau of the Western Ghats and into Tamil Nadu, camping at 'Top Station'.
Day 8
Descending initially and into plantations of coffee and cotton, then paddy fields and vast mango plantations to Mundane camp.
Day 9
Drive to Madurai and explore this amazing city of ornate, colourful temples.
Day 10
Leaving Madurai an overland transfer back into Kerala and the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and a walk through the Spice Gardens of Kumily.
Day 11
A jungle walk through Periyar, home to herds of Indian Elephant.
Day 12
Transfer to the Kumarakom and board a houseboat to enjoy a backwater cruise. Overnight on the houseboat.
Day 13
Transfer to Coir village to experience rural Keralan life.
Day 14
Return to Kochi.
Day 15
Depart Kochi
Day 16
Arrive UK (subject to flight schedule)

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  • Tour grade: B - Moderate.
    Maximum altitude 2600m
  • Tour code: TKER
  • GROUP SIZE : Min 4, max 12
  • OVERSEAS JOINING POINT : Kochi
  • IMPORTANT : Make sure your chosen holiday is guaranteed to run before you purchase your air tickets and make any other travel arrangements
  • What is included:
    Accommodation, overland transfers, some meals, camping equipment and porterage, local guide and entrance fees.
  • Accommodation:
    Hotels 8 nts, houseboat 1 nt, camping 4 nts.
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