Breathtaking private Kerala tour & luxury Maldives escape

Cochin, Munnar, Alleppey backwaters, Kumarakom & Kandima Island

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Kandima Maldives

Alleppey Houseboat

Munnar

Le Méridien Kochi, Cochin

Le Méridien Kochi, Cochin

Le Méridien Kochi, Cochin

Le Méridien Kochi, Cochin

Le Méridien Kochi, Cochin

Chinese fishing nets, Cochin

Cochin

Tea Harvester, Munnar

Tea Harvester, Munnar

Munnar

Tea Harvester, Munnar

Tea Harvester, Munnar

Munnar

Mattupetty Dam

Alleppey backwaters

Alleppey Houseboat

Alleppey Houseboat

Alleppey backwaters

Backwater Ripples, Kumarakom

Backwater Ripples, Kumarakom

Kumarakom

Backwater Ripples, Kumarakom

Backwater Ripples, Kumarakom

Backwater Ripples, Kumarakom

Kandima Maldives

Kandima Maldives

Kandima Maldives

Beach villa with Jacuzzi, Kandima Maldives

Beach villa with Jacuzzi, Kandima Maldives

Beach villa with Jacuzzi, Kandima Maldives

Kandima Maldives

Kandima Maldives

Kandima Maldives

Kandima Maldives

Kandima Maldives

Kandima Maldives

Kandima Maldives

Kandima Maldives

Kandima Maldives

Take a private tour of India’s serene south and relax in a Maldives paradise

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Up to -26% supplier's online rate ?
Your holiday starts with a two-night stay in a Deluxe room at Le Méridien Kochi (or similar), Cochin, including breakfast.

Then, you'll spend two nights in a Superior Tea View room at Tea Harvester (or similar), Munar, including breakfast.

Next, you'll spend one night on board a Standard Houseboat, Alleppey (or similar), on a full-board basis.

Then, you'll spend one night in a Garden View room at Backwater Ripples (or similar), Kumarakom, including breakfast.

Finally, you'll spend five nights in a Beach villa with Jacuzzi at Kandima Maldives, on a half-board basis.

This offer also includes a range of tours and excursions with a local English-speaking guide and entrance fees at all monuments as per the itinerary:

- A show of Kerala classical dance at a local theatre
- Visit to a local residence for a cooking demonstration with lunch; 
- Mattancherry Dutch Palace (closed on Friday and National holiday)
- Jew Town and the Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Friday Afternoon, Saturdays and all Jewish Holidays)
- St. Francis Church
- Chinese Fishing Nets
- Tea Museum (closed on Mondays) 
- Mattupetty Dam

Flights are included from London Heathrow, and Manchester to Cochin, India (via Abu Dhabi), returning from Maldives (via Abu Dhabi). A 5kg hand luggage and 20kg hold luggage allowance per person is included, as well as internal flights, private transfers during the Kerala tour and shared domestic flight and speedboat transfers in the Maldives.

The discount:

We advertise this offer at up to 26% off. We calculate this discount percentage based on the rates we offer compared to the supplier's online rate. An example of our top discount is:

The discounts, price and availability stated above were checked on 31/07/2019.

The offer is 100% non-refundable and date changes are not possible once the booking has been made.

This holiday is supplied to us by THG Holidays and is ATOL Protected (ATOL 9528).

Explore enchanting southern India on a private tour from historic Cochin to tea country and the serene backwaters of Alleppey, followed by a beach-villa break at a luxury Maldives resort

Days 1-2: Cochin

Your private tour of Kerala begins in Cochin, a vibrant trading post where spices, coffee and wood have historically changed hands. After a restful first day, you’ll head out in the morning for a cooking demo with lunch at a local residence. In the afternoon, visit Mattancherry Dutch Palace, Jew Town and the Jewish Synagogue, St Francis Church (the oldest European church in India) and the Chinese fishing nets that are unique to this city. In the evening, relax with a traditional Keralan dance performance.

Day 3: Cochin - Munnar

Today you’ll travel to Munnar, a sublimely scenic hill station where cooler climes await. The region is a tapestry of tea plantations with colonial bungalows, tea factories, wildlife sanctuaries and lakes.

Day 4: Munnar

Visit India’s original tea museum, where you can learn about the journey from the manual tea roller to modern-day methods of harvesting. Afterwards, venture out of Munnar to visit the Mattupetty Dam, which sits at an altitude of 1,700 metres on the way up to Top Station - so expect glorious panoramic views of the green hills.

Day 5: Munnar - Alleppey backwaters


After breakfast, you’ll travel to the backwaters of Alleppey for a traditional houseboat - or ‘kettuvallom’ experience. You’ll spend the night on board, cruising around the tranquil Venice of the East in true Keralan style.

Day 6: Alleppey backwaters - Kumarakom

Enjoy a morning on the water before disembarking and transferring to your next hotel in Kumarakom, where you can relax and enjoy activities including cycling and lake watersports.

Day 7: Kumarakom - Cochin - Maldives

Check out and transfer to Cochin International airport for your onward flight to the Maldives.

Days 8- : Maldives

After a spellbinding tour of Kerala, enjoy complete rest and relaxation on Kandima Island in the remote Dhaalu Atoll. Here in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the impossibly clear waters are a major draw for aquatic ventures like diving and snorkelling. Tours led by the resort's experienced dive guides will get you up close to marine life like dolphins, sea turtles and reef sharks. If you total immersion isn’t for you, make a splash with activities including parasailing, kayaking, surfing and big game fishing, or simply unwind on Kandima’s soda-white sands.

Good to know

Tourist visas for India must be obtained from the Indian High Commission prior to travel; information on how to obtain a visa, and associated timescales and costs, can be found here.
Le Meridien (or similar), Kochi (two nights)

Situated on the calming Kochi backwaters, this hotel has a certain luxe feel, with soft linens, a spa full of therapy baths and Ayurveda and delicious North Indian food at its restaurant. This is yet another of your hotels to have been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Amenities: two restaurants, spa, fitness centre, swimming pool, whirlpool, room service, Wi-Fi

Tea Harvester 
(or similar), Munnar (two nights)

This inviting hotel is situated on verdant hills in Munnar, a county famed for its tea growing plantations. Exuding a charming, traditional vibe, Tea Harvester offers activities including chess, trekking and cycling.

Amenities: restaurant, barbecue, tea house, library, Wi-Fi


Alleppey Houseboat 
(or similar), Alleppey (one night)

Topped with an elaborate thatched roof and kitted out with a bathroom and air conditioning, a traditional Alleppey Houseboat has all you need for a graceful sail past paddy fields, coconut trees and secluded villages. This quintessential Keralan experience is at the height of peacefulness. Lunch and dinner are served on board, as well as breakfast the next day, so all you have to do is relax and admire the ever-changing view.

Backwater Ripples (or similar), Kumarakom (one night)

Set in 10 acres of lush greenery overlooking Vembanad Lake, this small and peaceful hideaway is a place to relax and enjoy nature. The resort holds a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Amenities: swimming pool, gym Ayurveda spa, watersports, restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi, air conditioning


Kandima Maldives (five or seven nights)


This decidedly modern resort ticks all the boxes for a laid-back tropical vacation with its shock-white shores. Staying in a Beach villa with Jacuzzi, you'll be just steps from the water. Each villa includes a spacious bedroom and living space along with an ocean-facing patio and a spacious outdoor bathroom with a freestanding tub and Jacuzzi.

Amenities: five restaurants, two cafes, three bars, spa, fitness pavilion, two swimming pools, watersports centre, snorkelling platform, art studio, photo studio, sports arena, medical clinic, Wi-Fi, air conditioning
Le Méridien Kochi, Maradu, Kochi, Kerala 682304, India (your first destination)

Travel is included in this offer - see below for details.

Details

Flights are included from London Heathrow, and Manchester to Cochin, India (via Abu Dhabi), returning from Maldvies (via Abu Dhabi).

A 5kg hand luggage and 20kg hold luggage allowance per person is included, as well as internal flights, private transfers during the Kerala your and shared domestic flight and speed boat transfers in the Maldives.

From London Heathrow with Ethiad Airways and IndiGo or SpiceJet:

  • Outbound from London Heathrow to Cochin, via Abu Dhabi:
  • Departing from London Heathrow at 15.00, arriving in Abu Dhabi 01.10 
  • Departing from Abu Dhabi at 02.55, arriving in Cochin at 08.30 (the following day)

  • Internal flight from Cochin to Maldives:
  • Departing between 04.45 and 12.35, arriving between 06.00 and 13.55

  • Inbound from Maldives to London Heathrow, via  Abu Dhabi:
  • Departing from Maldives at 20.35, arriving in Abu Dhabi at 23.50
  • Departing from Abu Dhabi at 02.50, arriving at London Heathrow at 07.30 (the following day)

From Manchester with Ethiad Airways and IndiGo or SpiceJet:

  • Outbound from Manchester to Cochin, via Abu Dhabi:
  • Departing from Manchester at 09.40, arriving in Abu Dhabi 20.00
  • Departing from Abu Dhabi at 21.30, arriving in Cochin at 03.10 (the following day)

  • Internal flight from Cochin to Maldives:
  • Departing between 04.45 and 12.35, arriving between 06.00 and 13.55

  • Inbound from Maldives to Manchester, via Abu Dhabi:
  • Departing from Maldives at 20.35, arriving in Abu Dhabi at 23.50
  • Departing from Abu Dhabi at 02.45, arriving at Manchester at 07.25 (the following day)

Please note that your outbound flights are overnight and your inbound flights may also be overnight, so please bear this in mind when planning the time you'll be away. The date you select as your check-in date will be the day you'll fly out from the UK, and you'll arrive in Cochin  the following day to commence your 11 or 13-night holiday. The check-out date will be the day that you'll board your inbound flight back to the UK. Since your inbound flight is also overnight, you'll be away for a total of 13 or 15 nights.

Within seven days of confirming your booking with us, you'll receive an email from our supplier, THG Holidays, with your final booking confirmation detailing the exact flight times confirmed for your specific reservation. The flight time will be within the time parameters and possible airlines detailed in this offer.

The flights inclusive offer shown on this page is ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Secret Escapes is acting as an agent for THG Holidays with ATOL number 9528 and your contract is with that company. THG Holidays booking conditions are available from http://www.thgholidays.co.uk/terms.phtml

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