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Hervo Holidays

Kerala & Tamil Nadu

One of 50 “must see places in a lifetime” as per National Geographic Traveller, Kerala is rich in natural beauty.

Kerala & Tamil Nadu

The range of hills on the East and a long coastline on the West shelter a narrow piece of tropical land that is rich and green, with flowing rivers and canals and the unique ecosystem of the backwaters. Paddy in the fields, richly laden plantations of pepper, nutmeg, cardamom, rubber, arecanut and coconut on the hillside; animals in the wild; a rich bird life; the mesmerising temple music of Panchavadyam, and mouth watering sea-food … 
God’s Own Country is an apt name.

Recommended Itinerary




Fly to Kochi (all flights are indirect with a change of plane en route)


2 ,3 & 4

Arrive Cochin in the morning and transfer to the Fort House (or stay at Xandari Harbour/Brunton Boatyard) in the Dutch quarters of Fort Cochin; enjoy a Kathakali performance in the evening. During your stay you will visit the Pardesi Synagogue, the Dutch Place and St Francis Church. A tuk tuk ride of the spice markets is arranged and there is a day trip to a fishing village with a traditional lunch there. There is the option of a cooking demo with a family and a meal with them.

5 & 6


Take a four-hour drive up the hills to the tea country of Munnar, stay at Ambady Estate (or at Windermere/Spice Tree); visit the Eravikulam Sanctuary (if open), home to the rare Nilgiri Tahr; see the Tata Tea Museum. Enjoy a jeep excursion to Kolukkumalai, to see the highest tea factory in the world, in picturesque surroundings. You can enjoy a day hike here; a picnic lunch has been arranged.

7 & 8


To Madurai, descending the ghats, through the plains of Tamil Nadu with vineyards, paddy fields and busy market towns; stay at the Heritage, a charming hotel in ethnic style; visit the famous Meenakshi Temple – the original being 2000 years old – a grand spectacle of Dravidian architecture; see the going to bed ceremony of the goddess in the evening.

9 &10


Drive up the ghats again to reach the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, spread around a lake and home to wild elephants, Indian gaur (bison), dhole, spotted deer, the protected lion-tailed macaque and a rich birdlife. Stay a couple of nights at Cardamom County (or Spice Village). Take a boat ride on Lake Periyar to spot animals on the banks. An exciting day awaits you with a nature walk, spice gardens visit and bamboo rafting with lunch in the wilderness.

11 & 12


Spend the next two days staying with a family, with their home located in the midst of rich plantations. Your hosts will take you around the village, the local school, to get a glimpse of a society that is a hundred per cent literate with a social development index comparable to developed countries.



Board a private rice boat today for the night; cruise along the Vembanad Lake to admire the bird and village life along the banks, as fresh food is cooked on board. The backwaters of Kerala are a unique feature with their own ecosystem.

14 & 15

Drive to Mamallapuram; stay at the Ideal Beach Resort (or Radisson Temple Bay / Fisherman’s Cove) for two nights. Visit the 7th century Chola dynasty World Heritage Site including the Shore Temple and Arjuna’s There is the option of a canoe ride in the morning. Then transfer to your beach resort, Marari Sands (or upgrade to Beach Symphony/Marari Beach Resort); at leisure for a couple of days. All resorts have excellent Ayurveda facilities.


Transfer to Kochi airport for the return flight.