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Spice Trails of Kerala

From £1599 for 15 days
Trip Overview
Traversing the Western Ghats from the colonial hill station of Munnar to the colourful temple town of Madurai, we discover the two southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Kerala is a true tropical paradise with idyllic beaches, fertile forests and plantations of spice and tea, and it is here where we reach our highest point, Meesapulimala Peak (2630m). We then cross into the barren landscape of Tamil Nadu and marvel at the intricately carved Sri Meenakshi Temple at Madurai. A trip to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary boasts an array of wildlife and an abundance of colourful birdlife, and a cruise on a traditional houseboat offers the chance to relax on the tranquil backwaters of Kerala. Our journey ends in historical Cochin, a port which has been luring traders and explorers for over 600 years.
Essential Info
Starts: Start Cochin
Ends: End Cochin
Ages: Min 16
Theme: Discovery, Walking
Trip Code: ETGK
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: India
What's Included

Meals

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners included

Transport

8 nights hotels, 4 nights camping, 1 night homestay, 1 night houseboat 5 days point-to-point trekking with full porterage; plus 2 shorter walks

Accommodation

Trip Highlights

•    The beautiful hill station of Munnar

•    Trekking through the historic tea plantations of Kerala

•    The colourful Sri Meenakshi temple at Madurai

•    A night on the traditional houseboats of Kerala

Dates & Availability
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Departing: 27th Oct 2019
Returning: 10th Nov 2019
£1,599pp
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Limited Availability
1 space
Departing: 3rd Nov 2019
Returning: 17th Nov 2019
£1,549pp
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Limited Availability
2 spaces
Departing: 17th Nov 2019
Returning: 1st Dec 2019
£1,499pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 15th Dec 2019
Returning: 29th Dec 2019
£1,599pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 29th Dec 2019
Returning: 12th Jan 2020
£1,599pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 12th Jan 2020
Returning: 26th Jan 2020
£1,579pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 2nd Feb 2020
Returning: 16th Feb 2020
£1,579pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 16th Feb 2020
Returning: 1st Mar 2020
£1,579pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 15th Mar 2020
Returning: 29th Mar 2020
£1,579pp
Availability: Good
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Itinerary & Notes
The group flight arrives in Cochin in the afternoon and we transfer to our hotel. Those clients not travelling on the group flight will make their own way to the hotel and will join us there. The evening is free for dinner and for you to relax after your journey. *Comfortable Hotel*
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Reviews
       
All the positives about this mix of walking and touring in beautiful South India that others cite are true. It's a feast for the eye and the mind. To add that the group, the guides, and Exodus responded really well when I had the misfortune to fracture my wrist on day 2. Practical help was at hand and I was able to complete the tour apart from two nights of camping and the tougher walks. Week two - seeing Madurai and the Periyar forest - was fascinating.
       
Loved the trip with the mixture of walking and sightseeing. Would highly recommend.
       
This is a fantastic trip with a lot of variety. From trekking in the mountains to relaxing on a houseboat; from bird- and animal-spotting to touring a magnificent Hindu temple; from seeing tea and spices growing to tasting the most wonderful Keralan cooking; and generally seeing, hearing, and learning about the rich variety of South Indian life and culture. This was my first trip to India but it certainly won't be my last.
       
A good mix of hiking in the Western Ghat mountains was followed by visits to interesting historical sites, a trip on a houseboat and a swim in the Indian Ocean. The trip had a change of itinerary from the original planned version due to damage from the earlier monsoon. However, Sam, our leader took us along some different trails, which with the special interaction needed with the local people probably made the holiday even better.
       
A truly comphrehensive tour of Kerala with just the right amount of contrast throughout the 2 weeks.
       
First trip to India, and would travel there again. And recommend to others Excellent mix of sightseeing, culture, trekking and wildlife. A sensory overload of sight, sound and aroma. Hadn't anticipated the distances to travel between destinations
       
This was a superb and varied trip with so many experiences and all in two weeks! A lovely group and with an excellent leader.
       
I had the most amazing and extraordinary holiday and most of that was down to the lovely people in the group and our wonderful guide Sam Benjamin. From start to finish it was out of this world. The holiday proper started at our hotel in Cochin and ended there two weeks later when I actually felt very emotional - it was all over! The trek and camping were just incredible- our cook should be on Masterchef. Food was out of this world.
       
Our trip was the first visit I'd made to India and so having a guided tour was brilliant. Our tour leader was really good at his job and in addition was willing & able to discuss India and Indian life & society. This made our experience so much more than just a series of visits to tourist spots. I felt that the very best part of the trip was the trekking in the hills, which was hard work but well within my capability. We did experience unusual weather during this, with rain when it was totally unexpected. This meant a change to our schedule as one camp site became inaccessible. Our tour leader had this under control very quickly, and we had a night in a local hotel and a revised trek next day. This got us back on track by the end of that day.
       
A great all round trip with lots of variety.
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