Spice Trails of Kerala

Set amidst the immeasurable beauty of Kerala and the fertile lands of Tamil Nadu, this is the ultimate South India experience. With a tantalising mix of scenic hikes, rich history, fiery cuisine and tranquil escapes, Spice Trails of Kerala dares you to leave uninspired. Explore wild grasslands and plateaus, come face to face with weird and wonderful plant and wildlife and mix with spirited locals. Whether you're floating on a houseboat down the Kerala backwaters or meandering through the laidback streets of Kochi - you won't want to miss a second of this exotic South India experience.

Itinerary

Day 1 Kochi

With an easygoing vibe and rich history, Kochi is the ideal launching pad to discover beautiful Kerala.

Days 2-3 Munnar

Relax in peaceful Munnar, characterised by sprawling tea and spice plantations. Hike into the hills and see rows of pepper, cardamom and rhododendron.

Days 4-5 Mallai

Discover KeralaÂ’s wild side in grasslands, pine woods and the Silent Valley plateau, where native ibex roam. Take in stunning views from atop Meesapulimala and spend nights camping by a stream.

Day 6 Top Station

Cross the Western Ghats plateau, spotting exotic flora and fauna.

Day 7 Mundan

Hike through the fertile Tamil Nadu, where dense forests, coffee and cotton plantations make a change from KeralaÂ’s open grasslands. Arrive at Kotakuddi, punctuated by paddy fields and mango plantations.

Day 8 Madurai

Journey to Madurai, one of South IndiaÂ’s most fascinating cities, and explore Sri Meenakshi Temple.

Days 9-10 Thekkady

Spot wildlife in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and join a local guide on a spice gardens tour. Listen to the chatter of tropical birds on a morning jungle walk and spy elephants on a lake cruise.

Day 11 Vembanad Lake

Kick back on a houseboat through the canals of the Kerala backwaters.

Day 12 Thrikkunnappuzha

Enjoy a relaxing stay at Coir Village Lake Resort. Watch locals making coir ropes, explore ancient temples, or go island-hopping.

Days 13-14 Kochi

Wander through Kochi and perhaps sample a local curry or enjoy a final spot of shopping as this Indian adventure concludes.

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