Malabarscapes

12 days

Trade between India’s Malabar Coast and Roman Empire dates back to 2 BCE. Goods and people moved across land and sea setting up the ancient Spice Route. Pepper, precious stones, ivory and silk were exported from the West coast in return for gold coins, glass, wine and wheat from Rome. Soon Arab traders too learnt the secret of harnessing the monsoon winds to navigate to the Malabar coast. With time the Portuguese, Dutch and the British followed suit, all lured by spices and other tradable commodities.

The tour combines central and North Kerala, with a relaxed beginning at the backwaters. You visit Kochi, a trading port, and Idukki, an area for spice and tea plantations in Central Kerala. Travel north to Tellicherry where old spice markets and a unique cuisine, blending Keralan and Arab influences, bring out Kerala’s multicultural influences. End your holiday at the serene beach resort at Neeleshwaram.

DAY 1 | KOCHI / TO KUMARAKOM

Arrive in Kochi (Cochin) today to be transferred to Kumarakom (65 km/2 hours), where accommodation is held from 12 noon. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

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DAY 2 | KUMARAKOM

Take a private rice boat cruise through the backwaters in the morning, disembarking three hours later at Alleppey for lunch and a tour of the town’s old buildings, markets and canals. Return to Kumarakom for an afternoon at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 | KUMARAKOM/ IDUKKI

In the morning, drive up to Idukki (80 km/2.5 hours), set amidst the cool tea, coffee and spice growing highlands of the Western Ghats. Stay two nights at a private spice plantation.

Meals: Breakfast in Kumarakom

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DAY 4 | IDUKKI

Today’s activities include visits to an organic tea plantation and a famous Ayurvedic medicine making facility, with time at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 | IDUKKI/ KOCHI

After breakfast, drive down to Kochi (145 km/4 hours). Take a private harbour cruise this afternoon and view a performance of Kalaripayattu, a martial art of Kerala.

Meals: Breakfast in Idukki

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DAY 6 | KOCHI

Full day at Fort Kochi Island visiting St Francis Church and the Tomb of Vasco da Gama, the Indo-Portuguese Museum of Christian Art (closed Thursdays/holidays), the Dutch Palace Museum (closed Fridays/holidays), the Pardesi Synagogue (closed Fridays/Saturdays). Stroll through the old quarter with lanes, homes and antique stores that are a source of immense fascination.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 | KOCHI/ CALICUT/TELLICHERRY

Mid-morning flight to Calicut then a drive up north to Tellicherry (97 km/3 hours), pausing at the erstwhile French enclave of Mahe. The small, atmospheric fishing port of Tellicherry reveals its own wonders.

Meals: Breakfast in Kochi

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DAY 8 |TELLICHERRY

Once a spice trading port, among the first posts of the British East India Company, the sights and experiences range from the Tellicherry Cricket Club (1860), the Royal Biscuit Factory (1880), the fish and produce market, the jewellery stores, Kalaripayattu training schools and a late night performance of the spectacular Theyyam dance.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9| TELLICHERRY/ NEELESHWAR

Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, drive along the northern Malabar coast to the fishing village of Neeleshwar (95 km/2 hours), a haven for quiet relaxation.

Meals: Breakfast in Tellicherry

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DAY 10 & 11 | NEELESHWAR

Two days at leisure by the beach and at the spa, with optional excursions to the nearby villages and backwaters.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12 | DEPART NEELESHWAR

Depart Neeleshwar this morning for your onward destination.

Meals: Breakfast in Neeleshwar

Prices & inclusions:

From $ 3070 / person

From October 2018 – April 2019 [excluding peak season]

Prices are in USD and do not include international flights. This tour price may change depending on dates, availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. These prices are valid from October 2018 to April 2019. There will be a supplement for peak season (Xmas, New Year, Valentine’s day), please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences at mail@quovadis.in.

You may request a call back to discuss your tour or customize the itinerary according to your preference.

Price Includes:

Twelve nights in Hotels (& categories) as below:

Destination Hotel Room Category Nights
Kumarakom Philipkutty’s Farm Deluxe 2
Idukki Paradisa Deluxe Club 2
Kochi Brunton Boatyard Sea Facing Room 2
Tellicherry Ayisha Manzil Deluxe 2
Nileshwar Neeleshwar Hermitage Pool View Cottage 3

 

meals: Breakfast / as mentioned in the itinerary

 

economy flight:

-Cochin – Calicut

 

overland transportation – airport & hotel transfers / activities & sightseeing / drives – in a Toyota Innova (Air-conditioned) with a trusted chauffer along with soft drinks/bottled water

 

private sightseeing throughout, with expert local guides and entry/camera fees

 

a Quo Vadis welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary

 

your tour coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip

 

Terms & conditions

This price is not valid for peak season: 20 December to 5th January.

These prices are not valid for Valentine’s day – 14th February 2019

These prices do not include international airfare to India and VISA fees

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