Kerala’s Hidden Hearts

14 days from £2,645pp

This honeymoon in southern India takes you through the laid-back state of Kerala, adding a dash of spice to a world of luxury and serenity.

Enjoy an early morning cycle around Fort Cochin, an overnight houseboat cruise that gives you a rare opportunity to head to local Indian villages by canoe, a trek through vivid green tea estates and a secluded stay on the banks of Lake Vembanad, where candlelit dinners await.

This trip has the ‘Wow!’ factor, striking the perfect balance between adventure and leisure on your first trip away as a married couple. Relaxation is never far away, so whether lazing on a private beach, swimming in an infinity pool or having an Ayurvedic massage, the choice is yours. A cliffside candlelit dinner on Kovalam beach is the perfect ending to a glorious trip, and you will have a spectacular story to tell upon your return home from this exotic corner of the world.

Highlights

  • Cruise through Kochi’s harbour and watch the sunsetting over the Chinese fishing nets

  • Explore colonial Fort Cochin by bike and take in the cultural contrasts between its different communities

  • Trek through local villages and rolling estates in Munnar

  • Explore Kerala’s backwaters by traditional rice barge

  • Treat yourself to a Keralan ayurvedic massage

  • Lounge on a private beach in chilled-out Kovalam

  • Enjoy a cliffside candlelit meal on your final night

Sally
Senior Travel Designer
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I spent almost a year living in India, volunteering and exploring, and this vibrant corner of the world always draws me back. I was once caught up in a local paint-throwing festival in Udaipur. We came away covered head to toe in red paint, but the experience was well worth it!

Kerala’s Hidden Hearts

14 days from £2,645pp

Itinerary

This honeymoon adventure to India includes international flights, private transfers, selected excursions and accommodation.

From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip. All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.

Day

Location

Type

1-3

Kochi

City

Your honeymoon adventure is here and tonight you’ll be catching an overnight flight to Kochi in Kerala. The following morning you’ll arrive into Kochi and be met by your private driver and a friendly local representative.

After champagne upon arrival at your hotel, spend time exploring beautiful Fort Cochin, with its colonial influences and extensive restaurants and cafes. The evening sets the theme for the trip, with a relaxing harbour cruise to watch the sunsetting over the Chinese fishing nets.

The following morning starts bright and early with a guided cycle tour of the different cultural areas of the ancient city to understand how the varied religious and ethnic communities live in harmony. You will return to your boutique hotel for a freshly-made breakfast and a day of leisure.

Things to do

4-5

Munnar

Activity & Adventure

Day 4 starts with a drive up into the clouds, as the lush, green tea plantations of Munnar beckon. Be at one with nature, as you marvel at the truly exquisite views across the valley from your property. Spend the afternoon exploring the stunning scenery or relaxing in the infinity pool or jacuzzi.

Your second day in Munnar will be unforgettable as it's time to don your walking shoes and head into the countryside for a trek. You’ll pass through quaint local villages and tea plantations before you end up at the highest tea factory in the world! In the afternoon, enjoy some much-deserved relaxation after the trek with a luxury spa treatment at your hotel.

 

Things to do

6-7

The Backwaters

Relaxation

All that excitement calls for a rest and we know the perfect place. Purity, on the edge of Vembanad Lake, is a hidden heaven. You will love its airy modern design set in lush Keralan gardens, complete with infinity pool and spa. Here you can while away the hours by the pool, before you spend time together with a candlelit evening dinner overlooking the lake.

8-9

The Backwaters

Cruise

Day 8 and the adventures keep coming. You will board a houseboat for the next two days and meander through the winding backwaters, exploring its rivers and lakes. A small team of staff will serve you fresh, local cuisine to keep you in the lifestyle that you are becoming accustomed to!

Explore the surrounding villages and watch Keralan life float by from the vantage point of the boat’s open deck. Whether fishermen checking their nets on the riverbank, or children travelling to school by boat, there is always something to see. Disembark to explore further into the backwaters by narrow canoe or cycle along the bank on bicycles. Watch the sun setting over palm-fringed waterways and look forward to the next part of your spectacular Indian journey.

 

10-14

Kovalam

Beach

You’ll leave your houseboat this morning and as you bid farewell to your friendly crew you’ll be picked up and taken down to the coconut palms of sun-soaked Kovalam, your last stop on this Indian adventure. Watch the sunrise over breakfast, indulge in some yoga, or bliss out and have a massage. Relax on the private beach, in the spa, or explore the local villages. The choice is yours. Enjoy four days of luxurious living that will refresh mind, body and soul.

Your magical experience closes with a spectacular private meal on clifftops overlooking the Arabian sea. With countless fresh Keralan courses and a wine paired with each one this will be a memorable final chapter in your honeymoon story.

On the final morning you’ll be driven the short distance to Trivandrum airport from where you’ll be catching your flight back home, sun-kissed and rejuvenated and with many memories to cherish forever.

 

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