Newmarket Holidays offers a wide range of interesting tours to India, one of which is the ‘India’s Exotic South and Kerala’ trip. This allows you to explore one of the most beautiful parts of the country; a place filled with ancient temples and churches, tropical forests, traditional villages and stunning beaches. Day one of this tour begins with an overnight flight to Kochi (or Cochin, as it is sometimes called). Upon arrival at the local airport, your Tour Manager will meet up with you and transfer you by coach to your hotel.
The next day, there will be a guided tour of Cochin, including a trip to its famous port and the Mattancherry Palace, as well as a beautiful Jewish synagogue. A short ferry ride will then take you to Enrakulam; this area is filled with department stores, cinemas and high rises, which serve as a refreshing contrast to the traditional buildings of Cochin. After the day of touring has finished, you’ll be treated to a classic Kathakali performance – a bright, colourful spectacle that combines dance, music and painting.
The fourth day will involve a short trip to Alleppey, considered to be the eastern version of Venice. Once you arrive, you’ll hop on board a houseboat, and take a gentle cruise along the Keralan canals, which are lined with temples, coconut groves and rice fields. As the sun begins to set, the houseboat chef will carry out a cooking demonstration and prepare a delicious, traditional meal for you to enjoy on board. Following this, there will be a guided walk through a nearby village.
Day five of the trip begins with a journey into the lush green countryside of Kerala. There will be a short stop in a traditional rubber plantation for lunch, after which you will continue travelling to Periyar, a district which is famed for its beautiful wildlife sanctuary. You and your travel companions will stay here for a couple of nights, during which time you’ll have the opportunity to explore the well-known Spice Plantation, as a tour guide teaches you all about the history of Indian spices and teas. On the sixth day, you can rest and relax in your hotel, or alternatively, take part in an optional excursion (arranged by Newmarket Holidays) to the above-mentioned wildlife sanctuary, where you’ll find elephants and exotic birds, as well as tigers and leopards.