Idyllic Kerala tour with houseboat stay, wildlife experiences & 5* Maldives pool villa escape

Cochin, Periyar, Alleppey, Mararikulam & Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

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Xandari Riverscapes, Alleppey

Periyar National Park

Fishing nets, Cochin

Xandari Harbour, Cochin

Xandari Harbour, Cochin

Xandari Harbour, Cochin

Xandari Harbour, Cochin

Xandari Harbour, Cochin

Xandari Harbour, Cochin

St Francis Church, Cochin

Cochin

Lake Periyar

Periyar Tiger Reserve and National Park

Periyar Tiger Reserve and National Park

Cardamom County, Thekkady

Cardamom County, Thekkady

Cardamom County, Thekkady

Periyar

Periyar Tiger Reserve and National Park

Cardamom County, Thekkady

Cardamom County, Thekkady

Xandari Riverscapes, Alleppey

Xandari Riverscapes, Alleppey

Kerala backwaters

Xandari Riverscapes, Alleppey

Xandari Riverscapes, Alleppey

Xandari Riverscapes, Alleppey

Xandari Riverscapes, Alleppey

Xandari Riverscapes, Alleppey

Kerala backwaters

Xandari Pearl, Mararikulam

Xandari Pearl, Mararikulam

Xandari Pearl, Mararikulam

Xandari Pearl, Mararikulam

Xandari Pearl, Mararikulam

Mararikulam

Xandari Pearl, Mararikulam

Xandari Pearl, Mararikulam

Xandari Pearl, Mararikulam

Mararikulam

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Oceanview Pool villa, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Oceanview Pool villa, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Oceanview Pool villa, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Oceanview Pool villa, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

A breathtaking tour of Kerala’s picturesque landscapes and backwaters, with highlights including city sightseeing, wildlife tracking, a houseboat stay and beach retreat, followed by an ultra-luxurious Maldives pool villa break

Day 1: Cochin

Arrive in the merchants’ melting pot of Cochin - once a pivotal trading ground on the historic spice and silk routes of old. On your first evening, take a motor boat cruise around the city harbour to see the unique Chinese fishing nets.

Day 2: Cochin

Wake up at your stylish hotel on the waterfront and head out for half-day tour of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry, with highlights including the local fish market, Jewish Synagogue, the Dutch Palace and historic St Francis Church. In the evening, sit down to enjoy a mesmerising classical Keralan dance show of Kathakali.

Day 3: Cochin - Periyar


Travel overland to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, a habitat for several species of animals and birdlife. Visit a spice plantation with a local expert in all things pepper, cardamom, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and coffee.

Distance from Cochin: 170km


Day 4: Periyar

Start the day with an early-morning nature trek in Periyar Tiger Reserve, led by tribal trackers with unrivalled skills in spotting not only striped felines but a variety of wildlife. In the evening, continue your safari experience with a boat ride on Lake Periyar, looking out for wild elephants, sambar deer, Indian bisons and exotic birds.

Day 5: Periyar - Alleppey

Descend through the lush hills by car, visiting tea and rubber plantations en-route. Embark on a slow, peaceful cruise around tranquil backwaters, gliding across Lake Vembanad, along narrow canals and past low-lying rice fields, churches, temples, schools and villages, with an outstanding crew on board to look after you.

Distance from Periyar: 140km

Days 6-7: Alleppey - Mararikulam


From Alleppey, you’ll drive less than an hour to your final seaside stay in the unassuming fishermen's village of Mararikulam. Your serene Xandari Pearl villa sits steps from the soft sands of Marari Beach, where rest and relaxation is the order of the day. Tune into yoga, go peddle-boating or bike riding along beach roads, unwind with an Ayurvedic massage and revive yourself with superb organic cuisine.

Distance from Alleppey: 20km


Days 8-13/15: Maldives

After transferring back to Cochin airport, you’ll jet off to one of Earth's most astonishingly beautiful regions for pure relaxation. The Maldives is synonymous with paradise, and on the island of Vabbinfaru in the North Malé Atoll, you can experience the pristine ocean environment from the lap of luxury. Discover a dazzling marine world with snorkelling trips, guided dives, catamaran excursions and scenic sunset cruises on a traditional Maldivian dhoni. For many, a highlight is the daily stingray feeding session at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru's own marine lab.

Distance from Malé: 35 minutes by speedboat

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