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Immersive Journey through South India

9 days from £2,900 per person

This tailor-made tour starts in the rural idyll of Munnar where one can truly switch off and withdraw from the fervour of modern day life. Windermere Estate is the perfect place to unwind with a good book or spend an afternoon exploring its expansive 55 acre estate. Next, travel on to the aptly named Serenity in Kanam where you can explore the local countryside by ox-cart or even on their resident elephant! Then continue on to “Gods own country”, Kerala’s Backwaters, where you can be as active or relaxed as you like, but certainly never short of things to do. Indulge yourself with a choice of Ayurvedic treatments or take a yoga class at your hotel.

Having immersed yourselves in the paradise of rural southern India, continue to the harbour city of Cochin where you will have plenty of opportunities to learn about the history and culture of this fascinating metropolis. From here catch a train to Neeleshwar which, for anyone wanting to experience “real” India, will prove to be a fascinating experience: from the families travelling in their droves, to witnessing the on-board chai and street food sellers. Upon arrival in Neeleshwar you can embark upon all number of activities like boat trips to rural villages, or with its huge pool, you might find yourself unable to leave the Neeleshwar Hermitage eco-lodge. Enjoy a couple of nights here before spending your final night on board a houseboat for an authentic and unforgettable ending to your South Indian experience.

This tour allows you to appreciate just what a feast for the senses India can be. As it is purely a suggested itinerary, it can be booked as it is or alternatively used as a starting point for creating your own perfect holiday. If you'd like to see similar trips, take a look at our Family Holiday and Honeymoon collections, as well as our favourite Active and Boating itineraries.

Itinerary details

9 days from £2,900 per person

  • Day 1 - In Transit
    Overnight flight to Cochin.
  • Day 2 - Windermere Estate - Munnar
    Arrive in Cochin and transfer to Munnar by car. Spend the evening at your leisure.
  • Day 3 - Windermere Estate - Munnar
    Spend the day at your leisure with your choice of local activities.
  • Day 4 - Serenity - Vazhoor
    Journey to Vazhoor by car and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.
  • Day 5 - Malabar House Residency - Cochin
    Journey on to Cochin and spend the rest of they day exploring it's sights.
  • Day 6 -
    Catch a train from Cochin to Neeleshwar. This will provide a wonderful opportunity to witness everyday rural life.
  • Day 7 -
    Spend the day at your leisure with your choice of sightseeing and excursions.
  • Day 8 - The Lotus - Neeleshwar
    Transfer to the jetty and spend your day and night cruising along Kerala's Backwaters.
  • Day 9 - In Transit
    Transfer to Calicut for you return flight home.
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