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SPICES, PLANTATIONS & HILL STATIONS

A Journey through lesser known India...

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.




WALKING GRADES


Grade 5 walks will be full days, of up to 6 hours, and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent, paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Some walks will be less demanding but equally rewarding. Departures with a sightseeing element will be accompanied by a local guide for a minimum of half a day. The Pioneer grade indicates that the local conditions, facilities, and transport could be basic and holiday itineraries may change at short notice - but the experience will be well worth it!




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    Spices, Plantations & Hill Stations (Grade 5/SS/P)
    Date
    01 Feb 2018
    Nights
    16
    Grades
    Grade 5/SS/P
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    London (Heathrow)
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    Spices, Plantations & Hill Stations (Grade 5/SS/P)
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    22 Feb 2018
    Nights
    16
    Grades
    Grade 5/SS/P
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    London (Heathrow)
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    £3,099
  • Accommodation

    Accommodation will be in twin and single bedded rooms with ?en suite facilities in comfortable, tourist class hotels. A good level of service can be expected throughout.

    Sole Occupancy Supplement £675


    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. 

     

  • What's Included
    • 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.

  • 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.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Return flights from Heathrow to Bangalore returning Chennai to Heathrow (British Airways)
    • Arrival transfer by road c.50mins
    • Visa is required

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    Planning a holiday for a group? For a quote or to simply enquire about the possibility of booking this holiday for your Walking Group please fill out the enquiry form below and our dedicated Private Group Department will get in touch with you shortly to discuss your options.

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