Contrasting vastly from the north, southern India is an intensely tropical and wonderfully laid back region to explore. The emerald jewel in India’s crown, Kerala boasts a rich heritage and mystical backwaters, flanked by rice paddies and coconut groves, and plied by rustic kettuvallam.
Combining the best India has to offer - from the deserts of Rajasthan in the north, to the tranquil backwaters of Kerala in the south, the Bollywood city of Mumbai and the historic caves at Ajanta and Ellora. This tour will leave you with a strong sense of the history, culture, and geography of this diverse country.
Take a tranquil two-night cruise through the beauty of Kerala’s backwaters onboard a traditional houseboat before finding utter relaxation on the beaches of the Malabar Coast
Kerala Backwater cruise
Aboard a slow-moving traditional barge, or kettuvallum, is the very best way to explore this maze of lakes, canals, lagoons and rivers – you’ll be able to spend a comfortable night on one too, complete with a traditional dinner.
Draped across islands and peninsulas, Kochi is one of India’s most charming cities. With a strong colonial past (it was founded by the Portuguese), the city is also perfect positioned between the Malabar coast and the backwaters.
Periyar Wildlife Reserve
This wonderful wildlife sanctuary, set amongst the mountains and jungle of Kerala’s interior, is home to elephants, a small population of tigers, bison, wild boar, wild dogs and barking deer.
Kerala’s top beach resort, the golden sandy beaches of Kovalum is the perfect place to relax after exploring Kerala, or India as a whole. It is also one of the best places to indulge in some Ayurvedic treatments.
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