Rated by National Geographic traveller as one of the world’s 50 must-see destinations, Kerala is a rich tropical landscape of palm-fringed beaches backed by emerald paddy fields, languorous backwaters, cardamom-scented hills and the lush green forests of the Western Ghats. Combined with fascinating port cities, quaint hill stations and a backwater cruise, it makes for an unforgettable journey and real insight into Kerala and its people.
Our journey begins in the elegant old trading port of Cochin, with its handsome colonial architecture and laid-back charm, before heading inland to the cool mountains of Munnar, a hill station set high in the Ghats, and surrounded by tea plantation. For the next five days, we trek at a gentle pace past spectacular hillside views, ascending towards Meesapulimala peak (2,440m). Crossing into Tamil Nadu, we drive to Madurai visiting the vast and ancient Sri Meenakshi temple, famous for its history, magnificent architecture, prayer halls and gopurams. Then back to Periyar in Kerala for a sighting of wild elephants and other wild life. Finally, we go on a backwater cruise featuring spellbinding emerald scapes before hitting the white-sandy beaches of Kovalam for a spot of Relaxation.