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Spirit Of The South.

16 Nights

Explore the rubber, coffee and banana plantations in highland Kerala.

Holiday Highlights

Stay in the hills of Karnataka overflowing with spice plantations. Experience the life of fisher-folk from a village on shores the Arabian Sea. Explore the rubber, coffee and banana plantations in highland Kerala. Cruise gently from village to village in the backwaters south of Cochin. Experience all this on a holiday of discovery and unique insight, staying as guests of charming village communities. Zig-zag from hills to ocean, to hills, to lagoons. With delicious food and gentle days, lose yourself in the relaxed and timeless charms of southern India.


Itinerary | Day by Day

For this holiday we recommend an outward flight to Mumbai and a return flight from Kochi via Mumbai. Spicejet offer a flight from Kochi to Mumbai.

DAY 1 | Outward Journey

Welcome at Mumbai airport, transfer to guesthouse for a freshen up then onwards to the train station for overnight express to Kumta, 2nd class a/c sleeper berth.


Meet at Kumta station; road transfer to Hulgol (2-3 hours). Relax at the Spice House guesthouse; introduction to the area. Your guide will meet you to plan the days ahead and help you make the most of you stay.

Night 2 - Night 4 | In the Spice Gardens of Karnataka

Spend three nights in the Hulgol Spice House. Your stay will include visits to spice plantations and the auction market in Sirsi. Enjoy guided walks or borrow the guesthouse bicycle for further exploration through the forest. You stay in simple twin rooms in the Spice House with breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner.

Day 5 | On the Karnataka Coast

After breakfast, road transfer to the fishing village of Pavinakurva, nestled amid coconut palms.

Night 5 - Night 7

With three nights in Pavinakurva, you will have time to unwind on the secluded beach, explore the Tarabagli estuary and watch the fisherman land their catch. Stay in simple twin rooms with breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner. 

Please note, your stay in Hulgol and Pavinakurva can be done in either order and will be arranged according to availability at the guesthouses. You will be notified of this at the time of booking. 

Day 8 - Night 8 | South via the Western Ghats

After a final morning in Pavinakurva, a road transfer takes you to Karwar to catch the overnight train to Kozhikode.

Day 9

From Kozhikode, a road transfer takes you to Mothakkara, a charming village in the Wayanad region of the Western Ghats.

Night 9 - Night 11 

Spend three nights in the village of Mothakkara in Wayanad. Explore the coffee and pepper plantations, enjoy forest walks and get to know your welcoming village hosts.

Day 12  

Following your stay in Wayanad, you return to the coastal town of Kozhikode to catch the day train to Ernakulam, further south along the Kerala coast. You are met from the train and transferred directly to Vayalar, the first backwater village of your three night stay onboard the Goodearth houseboat. The Goodearth is owned and crewed by the village communities that you visit and was built by the village team in Valayar, from local materials. The houseboat has two pretty twin cabins with private facilities. If there are fewer than four in your party, you may wish to upgrade and have exclusive use of the houseboat.

Night 12 - Night 14 | In the Backwaters of Kerala

Spend three nights onboard the Kayal Kettuvallam, stopping at each of the four communites; Vayalar, Chenganda, Perumbalam and Kodamthuruthu. Your mornings and evenings will be 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. During the hotter, central part of the day the boat progresses gently through the backwaters to the next village. Local villagers prepare the fresh food, which they serve for guests on board. 

Day 15 | Fort Cochin

After breakfast, short transfer to Fort Cochin.

Night 15 - Night 16

Two nights in a hotel in Fort Cochin allows you time to explore the exciting port city of Kochi and the wonderful old fort district.

Day 17

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

Spirit Of The South

16 Nights
£ 1,160 per person
  • All meals at Khali Estate and in the villages
  • B&B in Delhi Guest house
  • Guide and Porter services
  • Picnic lunches
  • GST
 PARTY 4-6










01/05/22- 31/5/2022






"One of our personal highlights was meeting all the local people in the Binsar Sanctuary. Everyone at Khali estate, our guides and all the local villagers were extremely welcoming, generous, kind and informative. We felt extremely well looked after, with no shortage of amazing food and tea. Meeting all these people really made the trip an amazing experience for us."

Moderate walking

Mixed Terrain


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