Arrive Cochin in the morning. Afternoon at leisure. Sunset harbour cruise, if the tide is right watch the intriguing Chinese fishing nets at work. Two nights at either the Old Harbour Hotel or Grande Residencia.
Morning sightseeing of this beautiful port city includes the Mattancherry Palace and Jewish Synagogue. Afternoon at leisure. Spectacular Kathakali dance performance in the evening — arrive early to watch the actors put on their intricate makeup.
Wonderful scenic drive to the breathtakingly beautiful Hill Station of Munnar. Endless expanse of tea plantations, pristine valleys and forest clad mountains make this the perfect escape. Two nights at either the Windamere or Ambaday Estates.
Morning excursion to the Eravikulam National Park in the Western Ghats, home to the largest population of the endangered Nilgiri tahr. Afternoon visit a Tea museum, to learn about the history of the traditional 'cuppa'.
Drive to the peaceful and secluded Kanam Estate. Swim in the delightful pool, take an optional guided walk through the rubber plantations, relax with an Ayurvedic massage or simply loose yourself in a good book. Two nights stay at Kanam.
Spend your day with the hotel's elephant, helping the Mahout to feed, bathe and scrub his charge. Being so close to such a magnificent animal is a truly unique experience.
Morning drive through gorgeous lush green countryside to Kumarakom. Remainder of day at leisure. Overnight at the Coconut Lagoon.
Spend the day cruising the Backwaters on a traditional rice boat, converted into a Houseboat, locally known as a Kettuvallam. The waterways are the lifeblood of the area, local commerce revolves around it with boats laden with everything from fish to today's papers, gliding by! The Backwaters are an ornithologist's paradise — look out for glorious multicoloured kingfishers. Overnight on an air-conditioned Houseboat.
After breakfast disembark and drive to Cochin. Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight at Le Meridien.
Early morning departure for your onward destination.
Suggested extensions: Beach Extensions to Marari & Kovalam and Lakshadweep Island. Various other extensions are available on request.