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Luxury Journeys, Alternative Kerala, Purity Hotel
Luxury Journeys, Alternative Kerala, Colourful interiors
Luxury Journeys, Alternative Kerala, Purity Lake

Alternative Kerala

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Day 1 - Cochin
Arrive in Cochin and transfer to your hotel. Cochin has a rich trading past with Jewish, Portuguese, British and Dutch influences which combine and reflect one of the most interesting facets of Indian life: cultural plurality.

Overnight: Brunton Boatyard.

Day 2 - Cochin
Take a fascinating heritage walk of Cochin, to include the ubiquitous Chinese fishing nets, the Mattancherry Dutch Palace, Jew Street, the beautiful Cochin Synagogue and the St Francis Church, where Vasco da Gama is buried. This evening, witness the spectacular Kathakali Dance Drama, a classical dance with themes centring on Indian epics. 

Overnight: Brunton Boatyard.

Day 3 - Vembanad Lake
Transfer to the 'backwaters' and your charming hotel perched on the shores of the Vembanad Lake.

Overnight: Purity.

Day 4 - Rice Barge
Join your rice barge at the pleasant market town of Alleppey, known as the Venice of the East. Cruise through the canals of the backwaters, past paddy fields and water bound villages.

Overnight: Purity.

Day 5 - Jan Shatabdi Express - Kozhikode - Sultan Bathery
Board the Jan Shatabdi Express for your rail journey to Kozhikode and continue to Sultan Bathery. Your accommodation is a renovated planter's bungalow situated in a working coffee plantation, formerly known as the Kuppumundy Estate.  Integral to the homestay experience is dining at acommunal table enjoying traditional Keralan cuisine and 'Grandmother's secret formulas'. 

Overnight: Tranquil Plantation.

Day 6 - Kuppumundy Estate
Enjoy walks through the estate, go bird watching or take an ayurvedic treatment. Alternatively venture further afield to the Edakkal Caves, the Muthunga Wildlife Sanctuary and the towns of Sultan Bathery.

Overnight: Tranquil Plantation.

Days 7 - 8 - Northern Kerala & Coast
Transfer by private car to Neeleshwar, located on the coast in northern Kerala. Explore this tranquil enclave. Go cycling through the local villages, try your hand at Keralan cuisine, do some yoga, visit the local turtle hatchery or spend an evening learning about Indian culture with a noted academic.

Overnight: Neeleshwar Hermitage.

Day 9 - Depart

Depart Neeleshwar for your flight home. Should you require it, a day room can be organised in Mumbai between connecting flights.

 

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PRICING

From £1,521 / $2,488 per person for land arrangements only, based on two people sharing a room.

All of our itineraries are tailor-made according to the interests of our clients and the above itinerary is an example only. Please contact our India specialist, Rachel Cooper, for your own tailor-made holiday to India on +44 (0)1242 787814.

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