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Secret Kerala

11 Nights

Small group holiday – Christmas special

Verdant hills and winding backwaters, with authentic hospitality

For the ideal Christmas break, join a small group in this is a slow and gentle discovery of rural Kerala. Stay in the Wayanad hills for a joyful discovery of upland Kerala, with truly welcoming hosts, before relaxing onboard a very special village-owned houseboat, and finally celebrate Christmas day with stay in the vibrant port-city of Cochin.

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Itinerary | Day by Day

This is a fixed-date departure, starting on 16th December

DAY 1 (16th Dec '23) | Welcome at Bangalore

A road transfer( 6 Hrs) takes you into the Wayanad region of the Western Ghats, the charming hillside village of Mothakkara in Wayanad for a 4 night stay.

Night 1 - Night 4 (16 - 19th Dec) | In the Wayanad Hills

Enjoy four nights with the community of Mothakkara in the special community-run guesthouse. Explore the coffee and pepper plantations and enjoy forest walks and spectacular views across the sprawling hills of the Western Ghats towards Banaura Mountain. You may discover local pottery, enjoy a concert from the women’s drumming group, and visit nearby Thrikkaipatta to meet the women weaving beautiful bamboo handicrafts.  There is a strong sense of tradition and your hosts welcome you with genuine warmth. Our guests agree that Mothakkara is one of the most relaxing places to stay, and is a firm favourite. Why not add on an extra trip to nearby Tholpetty for a jeep safari through the Sanctuary, abundant with wildlife – including wild elephant.

Day 5 (20th Dec)

Return by road to Kozhikode and take the train to Ernakulam. Meet at Ernakulam station and short transfer to Vayalar village to board the Kayal Kettuvallam houseboat.

Night 5 - Night 7 (20th - 22nd Dec) | Exploring the Backwaters

Spend three nights onboard the Goodearth Kayal Kettuvallam, visiting four of the five communites; Vayalar, Chenganda, Perumbalam, Chemmanagri and Kodamthuruthu. Your mornings and evenings are spent in the villages, getting to know the communities and discovering the customs and traditions, or exploring deeper into the backwaters in the houseboat’s own canoe/tender.

During the hotter, central part of the day the boat progresses gently through the backwaters to the next village. You navigate dense, narrow canals and open waterways, while on the banks busy village life takes place. You may pass duck herders on a punt, buffalo grazing at the water’s edge, fishermen in dugout canoes, coir weavers and coconut harvesters. If you wish to take a cooking class from some of the local ladies, your guide can arrange this.

Day 8 (23rd Dec) | Transfer to Kochi

fter breakfast, a short transfer takes you to Kochi to stay in a traditional heritage homestay for 3 nights.

Night 8 - Night 10 (23rd - 25th Dec) | Christmas in Fort Cochin 

With three nights here you have time to explore this exciting port city and the wonderful old fort district of Fort Cochin. Enjoy a warm and restful Christmas.

Day 11 (26th Dec)

Transfer from the hotel to Kochi Airport for your homeward flight.

Secret Kerala

Small Group Trip, 11 Nights
£ 850 per person
  • All meals and stay at villages
  • B&B in hotels
  • Guide and Porter services
  • Inclusive of all taxes as applicable
Per person

17/12/2023- 26/12/2023

from £850


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