Arrive Kochi and transfer to your hotel. A magnificent natural harbour, Kochi has been at the centre of the spice trade for centuries. On day 2 enjoy a morning city tour visiting the Jewish area in Mattancherry, the synagogue (closed Sat) and the Dutch Palace with its famous Kerala murals (closed Fri). See the Chinese fishing nets and St Francis Church. Evening Kathakali performance. B
After breakfast drive to Alleppey (2 hrs) and board your houseboat to begin a cruise through the sleepy backwaters. Overnight on board. BLD
Disembark your houseboat and transfer by train to Calicut. Arrive and drive through hills cloaked in tea and spice plantations to Wayanad. Day 5 at leisure to take a private estate tour or trek to the famous Edakkal Caves. BLD
Pass lush tea plantations en route to Nagarhole National Park (2 hrs) with its abundant birdlife and wildlife including elephant, antelope and tiger. Game viewing is done by boat, vehicle, or on foot. BLD
Enjoy wonderful scenery as you travel to the orange groves and tea plantations of Coorg, which you explore by guided tour. Next morning visit the Dubare Elephant Camp. Afternoon is free for optional activities. BLD
Drive to Bekal on the Arabian Sea. On Day 11 visit the magnificent Bekal Fort and Thaikadappuram Beach, renowned for rare Olive Ridley turtles that nest during the rainy season (Sep-Jan). B
Tour ends Mangalore
This morning transfer to Mangalore airport (1.5 hrs). Tour ends. B.