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Malabar Escape - Discover Kerala's life

Description

A week full of magic awaits you in South India. Discover the life of Kerala in the stylish Boutique Hotels of Malabar Escapes, from where you can easily visit the wonders of the city and forget about your everyday stress.

Highlights

  • Travel 8 days through the ** Kerala ** region
  • Experience Kochi's multicultural diversity
  • Spend a day with the Laxmi, the elephant
  • Stay in three selected Boutique Hotels of the Malabar Escapes
  • Stay on the traditional Discovery houseboat in the Backwaters

Destinations

Day 1: Kochi - Arrival in colorful India

Welcome to colorful India! Upon arrival in Kochi you will be greeted at the airport by a member of our partner agency and taken to your transfer vehicle. Known as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea", Kochi was called Cochin until 1996 and is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in India. The island state is part of the center of the global spice trade and pulsates above all through its cultural diversity. Arabs and Chinese settled in Kochi as of the 15th century, as well as the Jews, Portuguese and Dutch. Numerous monuments of various architectural styles and interesting bazaar streets characterize Kochi's picturesque cityscape. 2 nights at The Malabar House**** in the Deluxe Room.

Day 2: Kochi - Multicultural Diversity

Today you can visit Kochi's beautiful old town, also known as "Fort Kochi". Stroll through the picturesque alleys and feel a touch of history. Pass by Dutch gabled houses, see India's oldest church, St. Francis, built by Europeans, and marvel at the once Chinese owned fishing nets on the shores of the peninsula - Kochi's famous landmark. Learn about the wonders of Fort Kochi on a guided half-day tour and let yourself be enchanted by the unique atmosphere. Visit the Mattancherry Palace, also known as the "Dutch Palace", built by the Portuguese in 1557 and both restored and enlarged by the Dutch several decades later. The Jewish synagogue from the 16th century is an absolute must and part of Kochi's most important sights. Tiles with Chinese landscapes and paper scrolls of the Old Testament transform this landmark into a special experience. The area around the Jewish synagogue, also called "Jewtown", is one of India's centers of spice trade and an aromatic experience: colorful spices as far as the eye can see, from cinnamon to vanilla to first-class black pepper, at the spice market and in the old spice warehouses. After the exciting exploration of the old town, the day's itinerary is yours to design. Relax in your hotel and get to the bottom of Kochi's eventful architectural history. Have a wine tasting of Indian wines in the Wine Lounge at Malabar House and pamper yourself with a soothing Ayurvedic massage.

Day 3: Kanam Estate - pure tranquility

You will leave the beautiful port city of Kochi and be brought to your new accommodation, the Serenity at Kanam Estate. Passing lush green tropical landscapes and secluded rice fields, you will reach your current destination in about 2.5 hours. Explore the colorful plantations and spice gardens nearby after refreshing in your room. Stroll along aromatic fields or borrow a bike from the hotel to discover the various facets of the tropical world. 2 nights at Serenity at Kanam Estate*** in the Plantation Bungalow.

Day 4: Kanam Estate - A day with the elephant lady Laxhmi

Today you will have an unforgettable experience and lots of fun: you will spend the day with Laxmi the Elephant. Ride her on the river and wash the elephant lady after you arrive back at the Serenity at Kanam Estate. Don`t forget to pack your camera, for the day will be indescribable.

Day 5 - Day 6: Lake Vembanad - Just take a break from everyday life

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by a member of our partner agency who will take you to your hotel today. You will pass Alleppey, a bustling city in the backwaters center, and after about 2 hours you will reach Purity, an oasis of relaxation. Relieve your stress at the spacious infinity pool and watch life on the water from the deck. A morning yoga session and soothing massages await you at Purity. But also in the evening you can go on fishing canoe trips on the lake, from where you can enjoy a great view of the picturesque and quiet landscape. 2 nights in Purity****** in the Deluxe Room.

Day 7: Backwaters - Experience India by boat

Your itinerary will take you to the Backwaters today, a branched waterway network that lies below sea level. You can check in at your eco-friendly houseboat and take in the tropical lagoon landscape from the deck. Watch the hustle and bustle on the backwaters and get a glimpse of the typical Indian village life along the shores. 1 night in the Discovery houseboat.

Day 8: Goodbye

Today your journey through the Kerala region will end and you will be taken by your driver to the airport of Kochi for your return flight.

Your accommodations:

The Malabar House****, Kochi, India The Malabar House is located in Kochi's beautiful Old City, also called Fort Kochi, just opposite India's oldest church, St. Francis. It offers individually decorated rooms, all decorated in neutral colors. All 17 rooms have a private balcony, a private bathroom and a minibar. In just three minutes you can reach India's famous Chinese fishing nets and the Jewish Quarter. Indulge in a variety of massages and beauty treatments at the on-site spa, and indulge in India's cultural history at The Malabar House. 2 nights

Serenity at Kanam Estate***, Manimala, India The modern Villa Hotel was built amidst the pristine tropical landscape, close to rubber plantations and spice fields, and is the ideal place to let the soul rest, away from the hustle and bustle. All 5 Boutique Villa rooms are stylishly decorated with artwork and feature a private verandah. Enjoy a varied relaxation program, including yoga, spa, badminton and relaxing afternoons by the swimming pool. 2 nights

Purity****, Lake Vembanad, India The Purity Hotel offers a spectacular view of Lake Vembanad. The 14 rooms are modern and comfortably furnished. All rooms have a private bathroom and private terrace or balcony overlooking the lake. The Purity also features numerous artworks by artist Abdul Kalam, reflecting Kerala's eclectic culture. In addition, morning yoga classes are held daily. A spa area as well as free internet and a swimming pool are available at the Purity. 2 nights

Discovery Houseboat, Backwaters, India The Discovery houseboat offers a unique and authentic Backwaters experience, with eco-friendly, traditional wooden rice bark in tropical style, which offers ample space for air-conditioned rooms with panoramic windows. Enjoy local delicacies on the deck of the boat and watch the tropical lagoon landscape and typical Indian village life on the shore of the backwaters. 1 night

Services and Infos

Travel duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Services included

  • All transfers from / to Kochi Airport and between the hotels
  • 6 nights incl. Half board at Malabar House, Serenity at Kanam Estate and Purity
  • 1 night incl. Full board on the Discovery houseboat
  • Welcome drink and wine tasting at Malabar House
  • Half day tour in Kochi
  • "Elephant Day" at Serenity at Kanam Estate
  • Evening canoe ride on the lakeshore at Purity
  • Free bike use, internet, honeymoon specials on request, all taxes

Not included

  • Flights
  • Meals and drinks not included in the package
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Early Check In or Late Check Out
  • Insurance
  • Fees for visa

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