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Beaches and butterflies, spice plantations and sea cruises, uncover unexpected treasures of Kerala on this most romantic journey. Walk on a path strewn with wildflowers to a beach lined with whispering coconut palms, savour being alone, together
Step off the plane and into our care with a swift transfer to the Brunton Boatyard Hotel from the airport. Plan your adventures for the days ahead over a breakfast briefing. From the Dutch to the Portuguese and Chinese, walk in the footsteps of past explorers on a half-day tour.
Take a relaxing soak in your tub and watch from the window dolphins swimming in the glittering waters beyond. Visit the gravestone of Vasco de Gama, the explorer who discovered the sea route from Europe to India. Sway to the irresistible rhythm of an Indian classical dance performance. Visit synagogues, temples and churches, experience the cultural melting pot of this ancient port city.
After breakfast, leave the city behind and head to the interior to the Idukki wildlife sanctuary, home to a wide variety of animals and birds including monkeys, antelope and elephants. Relax in the sanctuary of the Shalimar Spice Garden hotel, surrounded by coffee and cardomom pods growing wild. Feel close to nature, in the lap of modern luxury.
Take an interpretive nature walk with park guides, learn nature’s secrets, breathe in the perfume of her tropical flowers. Swim a few lengths in the refreshing pool. Lie back and enjoy the shade of the palms. Listen to the cries of the Macaque monkeys and see how many kinds of butterfly you can spot. Sip fragrant tea made from the spices you see hanging in abundance in the plantation.
Head back towards the coast on a scenic drive to the Kumarakom Lake Resort, acclaimed as the finest luxury heritage resort in India. Nestled on the banks of the tranquil Lake Vembanad, romance and relaxation await. Savour a memorable meal in Ettukettu, the princely eight-sided mansion restaurant. Perhaps catch of the day simmered in rich coconut and fresh-ground spices?
Luxuriate in your pool-side villa with its own private bathing cove. Book a sunset cruise on the shimmering emerald-green waters of lake Vembanad. Indulge with an Ayurvedic massage, let talented therapists soothe your spirit with ancient knowledge. Enjoy the simple pleasures when the grandeur of the past meets the ease of modern life
Time to shift into a deeper level of relaxation, after breakfast enjoy a drive to Alleppey for a day cruise. Your home for the next four nights is the Marari Beach Resort, an oasis of calm where you can unwind completely, enjoying secluded beaches and stunning sunsets.
Cruise along enchanting rivers and canals on a picturesque houseboat. Tuck into traditional Kerala cuisine for lunch. Awaken your senses with a hot shower in your private courtyard open to the sky. Stroll the beach and watch the fishermen take their boats out in the morning, later feast on ocean-fresh fish in the shade of the coconut palms. Feel the sun on your skin and a gentle, cooling breeze as you rest in a hammock, lulled by the sound of the crashing waves
Take time over a leisurely breakfast with a late check-out. Transfer to Cochin and we’ll assist you with your departure to the International Airport.