A beautiful part of India – rich in culture, amazing scenery and lots of wildlife.
Known as the Land of Coconuts which is reflected in the food.
Staying at CGH Earth Hotels, which are eco friendly – for example in the Spice Village, the soaps are hand made using herbs and spices from the gardens, and ingredients for the food from the organic farm and the pool is fresh mineral spa water!
We have given an example of a tour, but we can extend, change hotels and tailor make to your exact requirements.
This is a private tour.
Arrive in Cochin. Stay at the Brunton Boatyard for 1 night – easy walking distance to town and the Chinese Fishing Nets.
The Brunton Boatyard is a heritage hotel in Kerala on the shores of Cochin Harbour. It is re-built from the wonderfully restored remnants of the 19th century Victorian shipyard. The hotel enjoys a picturesque location. Revel in the soothing ambiance of the resort. Modern amenities have been carefully developed without destroying its colonial charm. Ayurvedic massages and treatments are a norm here. The delicious gastronomy of Kerala is lovingly presented to guests. Re-freshen your spirits in the charming heritage of the Brunton Boatyard hotel.
The Chinese Fishing Nets at Fort Kochi is a must visit attraction in Kerala. These are fixed land installations, used for fishing in a unique method. These nets are fixed on bamboo and teak poles holding it horizontally by huge mechanisms so as to pull them down into the sea. These nets are weighed by large stones tied to ropes.
Operated by a team of six fishermen, the height of the Chinese fishing nets is around 10 me-ters, each sprawling to 20 meters over the water body.
A Kathkali Dance show in the evening
Famous around the world, Kathakali’s magnificence has won great admiration for the state of Kerala. This renowned art form originated, from Kerala’s shores over 300 years ago. It combines devotion, drama, dance, music, costumes and make up into a divine experience for all who get to view it. It retells the great stories of the past, mostly from Indian epics, and leaves one spellbound at the various intricacies involved in the performance.
Drive through the rice fields, rubber plantations, coffee, cardamom, pepper and tea estates to Periyar and stay at the Spice Village for 2 nights.
Visit the Spice Garden, have a cooking demonstration, see a cultural performance
Periyar National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Thekkady is the perfect example of nature’s bounty with great scenic beauty and rich biodiversity. In this astounding location of Kerala, the Periyar National Park is considered as the most protected area for the elephants and the tigers. One of the most renowned national parks in South India, the Periyar National Park is set high at the Western Ghat ranges. The protected area is widespread along the ar-ea of 925 sq km (357 sq mi). The rest of 350 sq km (140 sq mi) of the core zone was de-clared as the Periyar National Park in the year 1982.
The park is being adorned with a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary which is an artificial 100 years old lake at Thekkady and is basically known for its wild elephants and thickly established Western Ghats forests. Many of the intense valleys of Periyar contain tropical evergreen forest with extremely thick tree cover with hardly any sun-rays to get penetrated. These trees are fully grown at the amazing heights of up to 130-140 feet. Some of the areas in the park contain marshy grasslands near the edges of the lake and other wa-ter bodies. Spread out across the park are also patches of semi-evergreen forest used as important cover by many of the animal species.
THE SPICE VILLAGE
Set amidst spice plantations of Thekkady – Periyar, The Spice Village is one of the properties of the well known CGH Earth Group. This resort is just a stone’s throw away from the famous Periyar Wildlife Reserve. This is a resort which is a world in itself. It takes its guests back to nature and completely away from the life outside. Here you’ll find no air conditioning, no televisions, no nightclubs. What you’ll find on the other hand is nature and old culture.
A timeless experience in ecological living, recreated for the modern traveller. A village, produced whole, using mountain spirit and tribal wisdom as building material. Your cottage is brick and log, the roof thatched with the same elephant grass used in tribal huts, woven in the same traditional techniques. Of course, the comforts of a modern hotel exist, but they never intrude. Modern plumbing, comfortable beds and hot showers find their place, but in a setting stripped down to its natural essence. Sewn stone replaces shag carpets. Birdsong takes the place of television. Air-conditioning? Unnecessary anyway in the fine mountain climate, and what would it do but mask the heady scents of spice forests. At Spice Village, Thekkady – Periyar, Kerala its easy to think that you’re in the middle of wild nature
Trek through the Periyar Wilderness, tour a spice garden with a naturalist, go to a cultural show
Drive to Kumarakom, board a boat on the shores of Lake Vembanad to the Coconut Lagoon and stay for 2 nights. Experience a cooking demonstration and a cultural show, and relax in a hammock by the lake.
Coconut Lagoon is a heritage backwater destination on the lakeside, a 10-minute boat ride from Kavanatinkara boat landing. Facing Vembanad Lake, it features an outdoor pool. Its villas come with private pools.
The property features old Kerala homes made in the centuries-old ‘tharavadu’ style. Bunga-lows and villas are fitted with a minibar and tea/coffee-making facilities.
Guests can enjoy the catch of the day at Vembanad Grill, and enjoy open-air dining at Ay-manam Restaurant. Ettukettu is a multi-cuisine restaurant and features rustic ambience of the ancient architectural style of Kerala.
A games room, TV room, and children’s playground are available. Car rental and currency exchange services are offered in the resort.
Guests can opt for personalized treatments at the Ayurveda centre, and learn more about Kerala’s culture by witnessing breathtaking performances of local art forms such as the dance ‘Mohiniyattam’ and martial art ‘Kalaripayattu’.
Bird-watching on the Vembanad lake and visiting the butterfly garden are just some of the activities guests can indulge in. A canoe ride or a sunset cruise through the canals of the backwaters can also be arranged.
Morning Yoga session. A birdwatching and village walk with a naturalist and an evening sunset cruise
Board a traditional Kettuvallam (rice Boat) and explore the backwaters and stay overnight on board
The beautiful houseboats of Kerala, called kettuvallams, were once used to transport rice, spices, and other goods to the port of Cochin. Today these delightful 80-foot barges make fantastic overnight accommodations for a journey along the lagoons of Kerala. The private, air-conditioned houseboats come in a variety of shapes and sizes but all are still constructed using the traditional method of tying boards together with rope (not a single nail is used!). Each houseboat has an open-air sitting area and deck, double sleeping cabins with private bathroom and showers, and a crew of four including a chef who prepares Keralan specialties. Floating along the scenic waterways aboard a beautiful private kettuvallam is the quintessential experience of tropical South India.
Day 7 and Day 8
Go to Marikulam and stay 2 nights at the Marari Beach Resort. You can visit an organic farm for ingredients for their gourmet dishes
The Marari Beach is an eco-friendly hotel that occupies an enviable location near the local fishing village of Mararikulam. The lush garden setting, adjacent beach and traditional thatched roof buildings all combine to create the perfect backdrop for a truly relaxing holiday.
The location is ideal if you want everything on hand, but still want a sense of privacy and some choices on surroundings. The site is lush and green, with lots of cute little thatched cottages dotted about.
The elegant simplicity of the accommodation at the Marari Beach is well worth a mention. All of the prettily named Garden Villas have their own private terrace and wonderfully unique bathrooms which are partly open to the sky, so you can really be at one with nature. An outdoor shower is a holiday experience that’s hard to beat!
The villas are simply furnished and enhanced with fresh local hibiscus flowers picked from the gardens and arranged for your pleasure. In line with their eco-friendly policy the rooms do not have a TV however one can be found in the recreational room if you need it. Garden Pool Villas and Deluxe Pool Villas are also available at a supplement.
As well as an excellent activities programme, the Marari Beach also offers an Ayurveda Treatment Centre plus yoga and meditation to keep you occupied and relaxed. The village walk and butterfly and bird watching activities are also worth doing. And if you’re feeling energetic, bikes are available (at a fee) for you to go out exploring.
Tour Price from £1520 per person
• The above experience can be customised to suit your requirements
• We offer Hotels from 3 stars to 5 stars as well as self catering where possible
• Number of nights are flexible
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