Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Cochin.
Day 2 Cochin
Arrive in Cochin and transfer to your hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure or explore the local area. Your hotel is a short walk from some interesting local restaurants and shops.
Day 3 Cochin
Explore Cochin today with your local guide. Fort Cochin is the home to some of the oldest European architecture in India and has been a significant settlement ever since Cochin Harbour was discovered. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. If you'd like, we can arrange a traditional dance show for this evening.
Day 4 Munnar
Drive onwards to Munnar through changing landscapes as you leave the coastal area and head up to the hill plantations, passing on route rubber, pineapple and coconut plantations. Check in to your hotel - you might have time to wander through the hotel's gardens.
Day 5 Munnar
The walk through the tea plantations is very flexible and can be tailor-made to suit your fitness level and plans for the day. Taste some tea this afternoon at a local factory where you can learn about the tea picking process.
Day 6 Periyar
Continue south to Periyar National Park today. After the drive, you'll be able to relax before an early start tomorrow.
Day 7 Periyar
This morning will be an early start as you head in to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary for your early morning walk. If you are lucky, you may spot some illusive wildlife which can sometimes be seen here. Later today you will visit a spice plantation which is an interesting educational experience.
Day 8 Alleppey
Head back towards the coast and spend your afternoon and evening cruising along the backwaters on a traditional rice barge. A private chef on-board will provide you with a freshly cooked dinner made from local ingredients.
Day 9 Maldive
After breakfast on-board your houseboat, your driver will be waiting to transfer you on to Cochin airport for your flight to Male. On arrival you will be transferred to Velassaru for the next four nights at your leisure.
Day 10 Maldive
Day free to enjoy the Maldives. You might like to try the resort's spa which offers a huge range of treatments as well as private yoga tuition. Treatments can also be arranged in your bungalow.
Day 11 Maldive
You may like to book a boat trip today to visit some nearby reefs. Bring your snorkeling equipment and enjoy the opportunity to spot a variety of vibrant fish and hopefully a few manta rays.
Day 12 Maldive
Make your last day in the Maldives special by booking a private dining experience. You can enjoy a picnic on a nearby private sandbar, or a candle-lit dinner on the beach.
Day 13 Departure
You will be transferred by speedboat back to Male in time for your flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.