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Beyond The Backwaters

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 15 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 555 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2095 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Make your way through the unseen reaches of northern Kerala to the enchanting backwaters of the south. Kick back on the sun-kissed beaches of Bekal, experience the rich art form of Theyyam dancing in Tellicherry and explore the tropical mountain forests of the Wayanad, whilst staying at the largest Earth resort in Asia. Head on to the blissful backwaters of Alleppey, where you will take a houseboat ride on Lake Vembanad, enjoy a relaxing Ayurvedic massage and do lobster fishing at night in dug-out canoes. Finally, discover the rich colonial history of Fort Cochin, and watch the sun set on its harbour. Welcome to `God`s Own Country`.

Day 1: Arrive into Mangalore airport. You will be greeted by our representative. Transfer to the stunning Neeleshwar Hermitage property, close to the secluded beach town of Bekal. Check into your cottage. Evening free to relax. Meal plan: N/A.

Day 2: After breakfast, head into Bekal and visit the impressive Bekal Fort, Kerala's largest fort. Perched on the Arabian coastline, watch the waves lap against this ancient citadel. Later visit the nearby Hanuman temple and Bekal mosque. After lunch, spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing by the beach. Dinner and overnight in Neeleshwar. Meal plan: B.

Day 3: Relaxing morning. After breakfast, wander around the Hermitage estate, spot local bird life or walk along the stretch of secluded beach and look out for the endangered Olive Ridley turtle. After lunch set off for the colonial town of Tellicherry. Check in to the Ayesha Manzil homestay, Witness a local Theyyam dance performance, a unique colourful dance. Enjoy superb cuisine at your homestay. Meal plan: B.

Day 4: After breakfast, leave for your half-day of sightseeing. Visit the striking St. Angelo's Fort, built by the Portuguese in 1505, situated on the Keralan coast. Later visit Arakkal Palace, the only Muslim royal residence in Kerala, which changed hands with the British. Enjoy the evening at Muzhappilangad beach. Overnight in Tellicherry. Meal plan: B.

Day 5: After breakfast, head across to the unseen tropical mountains of the Wayanad district. Check-in at the Banasura Resort, Asia's largest Earth resort. After lunch, drive to the Edakkal Caves and see the 4th century BC petroglyphs and visit the local tribal settlement. Evening free. Overnight in Wayanad. Meal plan: B

Day 6: Free day in Wayanad. Use of driver the whole day. Optional activities include: morning walk to nearby waterfall, local treks, tea plantation walk, visit to Banasura Dam and more. Overnight in Wayanad. Meal plan: B.

Day 7: Set off after early breakfast for Calicut. Early lunch at Kayadu resort. Catch train (13:35) for train to Alleppey. Arrive just after 6pm. Transfer to Vembanad House (homestay). Lobster fishing at night on the lake. Meal plan: B.

Day 8: Enjoy breakfast against the backdrop of stunning Lake Vembanad. Take a trip to the nearby sleepy fishing village of Marari with its sandy beaches and swaying palms. Visit the local market to shop for food for Keralan cooking class by the lake. Enjoy lunch. Afternoon and evening free. Enjoy excellent Keralan seafood (vegetarian options also available). Overnight in Alleppey. Meal plan: B, L, D.

Day 9: Take short boat ride across the lake to Kumarakom. Spoil yourself with an Ayurvedic massage. Other treatments also available. Afterwards board your houseboat for a relaxing cruise along the backwaters of Lake Vembanad (4 hours). Brunch served onboard. Return to homestay. Rest of day at leisure. Evening watch a Kathakali performance under moonlight by the lake. Overnight in Alleppey. Meal plan: B.

Day 10: After breakfast set off for the port city of Cochin. Check-in to hotel. Refresh and then set off on walking tour of Cochin (2 hours) wandering its narrow lanes encountering echoes of its colonial past. Dutch, Portuguese, Arabs and the British have all left their mark. Also visit one of India's few synagogues in Jew Street. Afternoon free. Sunset cruise on the harbor. Evening free. Overnight in Cochin. Meal plan: B.

Day 11: Breakfast. Transfer to airport for flight to Mumbai and then onwards to final destination. Meal plan: B.

Supplemental Tour Information:
Tour Highlights:
- Chill out on Bekal`s beaches
- Experience Theyyam in Tellicherry
- Stay in Asia`s largest Earth resort
- Houseboat on the backwaters
- Discover Cochin`s colonial past.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Single supplement: £555
- £1,545 (minimum group of 4 people unless run as private trip)
- Including flight: £2,095 (minimum group of 4 people unless run as private trip).

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