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INDIA & THE SUBCONTINENT Pepper County


A TASTE OF KERALA Bales Select


12 DAYS from £1425 (per person twin share with flights)


itinerary


Relax in Kochi, spice gardens, backwaters and on the beach


Ayurvedic treatment


DAY 1 to 3 – Fly to Kochi (Cochin) Emirates flight from Heathrow (other UK airports available) via Dubai to Kochi. 2 nights at the Brunton Boatyard. Visit to Mattancherry Palace, Church of St Francis and the Chinese fishing nets.


DAYS 4/5 – Thekaddy Travel to Thekaddy. Visit Periyar National Park for a jungle walk and a spice plantation. 2 nights at Spice Village.


DAYS 6/7 – Kumarakom Travel to Kumarakom for a relaxing 2 nights at the Coconut Lagoon amongst the backwaters.


DAY 8 – Cruise the backwaters Explore the backwaters and overnight on board your private houseboat.


DAYS 9 to 11 – Mararikulam Disembark and transfer to Mararikulam for 3 nights at Marari Beach Resort, on the shores of the Indian Ocean.


Chinese Fishing Nets, Kochi


DAY 12 – Fly to the UK Fly with Emirates via Dubai to Heathrow (or other UK airports available).


HOMESTAYS A great way to experience something of Kerala’s rich cultural heritage, a homestay offers the chance to stay in small family run guest houses, plantations and farms to have an authentic experience from that of staying in a hotel.


Working in partnership with Mahindra Homestays we have visited and can recommend the following homestays:


VEMBANAD HOUSE, ALLEPPEY – a four room house with Keralan backwaters on three sides with paddy field walks, night fishing and yoga all on offer


PEPPER COUNTY, THEKKADY – rural seclusion just outside the town of Kumily with access to a pepper, cardamom and spice plantation in a 4 room heritage home


AMBADY ESTATE, MUNNAR – lush rainforest surrounds the four cottages where the hosts are avid conservationists and renowned for their Keralan cuisine


Special Something DEPARTURES WEEKLY


HIDDEN GEMS OF KERALA NEW


15 DAYS from £2395 (per person twin share with flights)


itinerary


Ideal for repeat visitors looking to get off the beaten track in Kerala


DAYS 1 to 3 – Fly to Kochi (Cochin) Fly Emirates via Dubai to Kochi. Explore Fort Cochin. 2 nights at Malabar House.


DAYS 4/5 – Munnar Stay at a cardamom estate at Ambady Estate in the beautiful hill resort and tea growing region of Munnar.


DAYS 6/7 – Pollachi Farmhouse stay for 2 nights at Shenbaga Vilaasam.


DAYS 8 to 10 – Nilambur and Wayanad Rubber, teak, coffee and vanilla plantations at Maranat Mana homestay and Tranquil Plantation.


Marari Beach, Kerala


MARARI BEACH RESORT, MARARIKULAM Set in 25 acres of coconut palm groves leading down to an expansive beach, Marari is built in the style of a traditional fishing village and has 62 air-conditioned thatched cottages, some with private pools and all with verandas overlooking the gardens. This superb property is an idyllic beach getaway.


DAYS 11/12 – Coorg Deeper into the Western Ghats. 2 nights at Orange County, Coorg. Visit Dubare Elephant Camp and a Tibetan monastery.


DAYS 13/14 – Bekal 2 night beach and backwater stay at Vivanta by Taj – Bekal.


DAY 15 – Fly to the UK Fly Emirates via Dubai to the UK.


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