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SPICES, PLANTATIONS & HILL STATIONS

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Hillsides lush with the emerald green of tea plantations stretch out before you, touching the blue horizon.
  • Product Code 47260
  • Holiday Type Pioneer Holidays, Sightseeing And Walking Holidays
  • Grade Grade 5
  • Holiday Duration Nights

Hillsides lush with the emerald green of tea plantations stretch out before you, touching the blue horizon. Women, brilliant in jewelcoloured saris, chat happily as they nimbly pluck the leaves, and flash you shy smiles as you wander past. The delicious scent of spices wafts past as they take their lunch, and colourful birds flit around in search of crumbs. Breathe in – you’re in Southern India.

This is a fertile, verdant landscape, watered by the monsoon rains; beautiful coastlines, lakes, inland waterways, green plains and undulating hills are there for you to discover. Nature’s colours seem more vivid in the south; the pace of life is mellow, and the cuisine rich in exotic fruits, vegetables and spices.

Our journey begins in India’s garden city of Bangalore before we travel to the beautiful hill country of the Wayanad, nestled among the Western Ghats. Here, our walks lead us through grasslands and valleys, forests and plantations. At Guruvayur, we’ll see Kerala’s most important shrine.

Taking a breather at Kumarakom, on the eastern shore of Lake Vembanad, we’ll cruise along Kerala’s famous backwaters and enjoy a peaceful sunrise walk. From both Munnar, at the centre of Kerala’s tea growing region, and the Raj-era hill station of Kodaikanal, perched on top of the Palani range, our walks in the surrounding hill country offer us unparalleled vistas as we explore tea plantations, shola forests, tranquil villages and waterfalls.

Madurai, one of the oldest cities in south Asia, has the elaborately sculptured Meenakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, which we visit before we fly to Chennai for one night and connect with our flight home.


Holiday Highlights

  • Hill district of Wayanad, one of the most beautiful regions of Kerala.
  • The walled Mysore.
  • Raj-era hill station of Kodaikanal with breathtaking views of the Vaigai plain.
  • Walks from Munnar, taking in the highest tea plantations in the world.
  • Keralan backwater cruises.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Bangalore returning Chennai to Heathrow (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      Half board en suite accommodation
      All entrance fees
      Lunches on walking days
      All local walking and sightseeing excursions
      Knowledgeable local guides
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Bangalore returning Chennai to Heathrow (British Airways)
  • Arrival transfer by road c.50mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights; Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote
  • Visa is required

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Banasura Island Retreat

The Banasura Island Retreat covers 15 acres of lush greenery in the natural beauty of the Wayanad. Here you are close to nature and can experience complete relaxation. Accommodation is in comfortable cottages in the grounds with all being en suite. The main house holds the restaurant and meeting areas.


Hotel Abad Copper Castle

Another example of the type of property we stay in on this holiday is the Abad Copper Castle in the hill top resort of Munnar, which was once a summer retreat during Raj-era times. The hotel is situated approx. 1600m above sea level, admits sprawling tea plantations with picturesque mountains, valleys and stream views. You will find a restaurant on site, a spa with steam room and extensive lush gardens. All rooms are en suite with wifi, balcony, TV and minibar.


Hotel Whispering Palms

We expect to stay at the Whispering Palms resort, set beautifully on the shores of Lake Vebanadu and the heart of the Kerala backwaters. This luxurious resort really is a place to switch off and relax. Delicious Keralan and European cuisine is served in the restaurant and every morning a good buffet breakfast is available. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool with views out over the lake and the setting sun. We stay in chalets with landscaped gardens or private terraces, that include air conditioning, en-suite facilities, tea and coffee making facilities, a daily newspaper(on request), desk, hair dryer(on request), internet access and TV. Ayurveda is an Indian tradition, and the hotel embraces the culture with its Ayurveda centre, offering massages and reflexology (may be chargeable). Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout.


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