India: Visions of Kerala
Travel to the enchanting shores of southwestern India, with sights and scents that have seduced empires. Discover a magical land of spices and tea.
"Andrea did a wonderful job designing an itinerary to suit three generations of diverse interests, and was flexible and responsive to last minute changes and requests. He showed us many hidden treasures of this beautiful region that would have missed we're it not for him."
- Heather on her journey in Italy
A possible, beautiful itinerary for you
Arrival in Cochin
Also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, this magnificent port-city is one of the finest harbours in the world and it hosts the only marina in India. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, an old boatyard converted to a Victorian-era style resort.
Cochin and the Echoes of Empire
Enjoy a full-day tour of the city and, alongside your expert guides, discover the treasures that diverse cultures left in Cochin, long after they were gone. From the Dutch Palace ― which is actually Portuguese ― to the Paradesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church and the famous Chinese Fishing Nets. In the evening, enjoy a show of India’s finest and most dramatic performing arts: Kathakali dance. Read more
A Brew of Munnar
Drive to Munnar through a scenic route and discover a plantation estate that has been preserved and adapted for the most exquisite experiences. It is one of Kerala’s finest, and freshest, dining experiences. The chef picks everyday only from the finest produce grown in the estate's gardens.
A Relaxing Walk ― With a View
Enjoy the picturesque scenery and let scents of the plantation seduce you. What proper seduction would be complete without breathtaking views to feast your eyes? Obviously you are free to explore but I recommend that you hike to either Pothamedu or Devikulam, where you will get a picture perfect notion of why visions of Kerala stay with you for a lifetime.
Travel deeper into Kerala and discover a world of natural wonders. Surrounded by the lush environs, a myriad spice gardens and farms create an intoxicating paradise for the senses. See the marvelous spices put to good use as you join a cooking demonstration and enjoy a mesmerising dinner.
Spice Capital of the World
Enjoy a boat ride around Periyar lake. There is a good chance of spotting tigers! Walk through the terraced farms of Thekkady and enjoy a spice heaven: from coffee to pepper, clove to ginger, cinnamon to turmeric, and many whose name I don’t even know.
Alleppey and a Houseboat
The Kettuvallam are thatched boats, floating houses that traverse the lush waterways of Kerala. Today you will hop on one of these and spend the night floating pleasurably through the jungle.
After you dock, check in to a luxurious hotel by one of the most beautiful beaches in India. Enjoy the sand, the sun, the blue skies and the sea. The palm trees that line the beach created a secluded ambience. It’s just you and the beach, your own stretch of Paradise!
A Relaxed Departure
Enjoy a private yoga lesson in Marari before driving to Cochin to catch your flight back home. Kerala is one of those places you have to visit at least once in your life. With the benefit of experience, you now know that once is not enough.