Relaxed Kerala & undiscovered Maldives
Bespoke Holiday Itinerary / Experience Tour

Info : Relaxed Kerala & undiscovered Maldives

Discover the ancient cultures of South India and The Maldives on a holiday that will let you experience the classic sights whilst getting you away from the usual tourist route.  It's perfect for travellers wanting to delve deeper into South Indian and Maldivian culture and get away from the clichéd mass-market conception of the two countries. Experience the people, landscapes, food, history, architecture and heritage authentically whilst indulging in some true luxury.

Highlights include –

  • Ride a tuk tuk with an expert local guide through the colourful, bustling, colonial Cochin Fort
  • Cruise the idyllic waterways of Kerala on a wonderfully relaxing refurbished houseboat
  • Spot beautiful tropical birds in the mysterious lush forests of Thattekad, northern Kerala
  • Eat traditional Maldivian food, including mouth-watering fresh fish curries with grated coconut mas huni and hedikaa
  • Explore the small and friendly local islands of The Maldives where few tourists ever go and learn about everyday life 
  • Relax on a luxury island in The Maldives to experience the other side of the Maldives, well known for its top-notch service and idyllic setting

As with all of our suggested itineraries, we can tailor-make your holiday to suit your budget, style and expectations. Find out about our exclusive 'Journey Planner' here. 

Pricing & Inclusions

An indicative price for this holiday is £3078pp inclusive of flights from the UK. Prices may be less in the low season and higher in the peak season. 

Call our India and The Maldives experts on 020 3468 3029 for an inclusive, personalised, quotation for your preferred dates. 

Inclusions
  • International Flights
  • Accommodation as described
  • Privately guided tours and transfers
  • Original Experience Travel Group "Signature" experiences
  • Full financial protection (full ABTA and ATOL bonding)
  • Meals as described
  • 24 hour in-country backup whilst away
  • Your own dedicated travel expert in the UK

For more information on our pricing policy read here.

Day-to-Day Itinerary : Relaxed Kerala & undiscovered Maldives

Day 1 Depart UK

Fly to India.

day 2 – 4 Cochin explore the colonial city

Discover colonial Cochin, the oldest European settlement in India. After settling into your hotel, enjoy a evening sunset cruise around Cochin's harbour with beautiful views over the famous Marine Drive, Bolgatty Island and Willington Island. Finish at the famous Chinese fishing nets and enjoy a sundowner before going to a converted boatyard with stunning views over the harbour.

The following day, explore with your local expert guide the various quarters of the city. With Portuguese, Hindu, Jewish and Chinese influences, it's a cultural smorgasbord and architectural delight. Finish the day with a visit to the city's cultural centre for a classical Indian dance performance.

 Finally explore the city like a local, by tuk tuk with an expert guide. Visit colourful markets and explore beautiful jewelery and textile shops. 

day 5 & 6 Thattekad Relax in the rural countryside

Spot wildlife in Thattekad countryside. Enjoy a village walk, go bird watching or hire a kayak and explore the waterways at your leisure. 

Day 6 & 7 Kerala's backwaters away from the crowds

Cruise Kerala's waterways on a houseboat day cruise. Staying in a superb resort in the peaceful backwaters, the swimming pools are idyllic and the rooms traditional in style. 

Day 8 – 11 Maldives guesthouse local island stay

Arrival in the Maldivian capital Male and enjoy a tour of the city's highlights. 

Transfer by speeadboat to Guraidhoo island where you can get a sense of everyday Maldivian life. Take some time to settle into your guesthouse and swim in the warm turquoise waters before having dinner with a local family. 

After breakfast, go coral reef swimming and a spot of snorkelling. With expert swimmers joining you, they'll be able to spot special marine life and let you know interesting facts about it. 

After lunch, enjoy a relaxed island tour. Visit the local mosque and boatyard where locals make the iconic curved fronted Dhoni boats. Stop by a cafe to sample traditional hedikaa served with black tea or non alcoholic beer. 

As the sunsets, enjoy a performance of Boduberu drumming and join in if you're feeling brave. 

day 11 – 13 luxury maldives The classic experience

Relax at your own leisure at your luxury resort. There are various activities on offer, snorkel over the house reef surrounding the island, indulge in a spa treatment or tow, swim in the luxury swimming pool, dine at one of the various island restaurants and enjoy a sundowner at one of the beautiful bars. 

For diving enthusiasts, enjoy excursions to find whale sharks or manta rays. There are also tennis and badminton courts available and water sports instruction. 

Day 14 return to the uk

Return home to the UK. 

Relaxed Kerala & undiscovered Maldives Experiences

You can book this holiday tour on its own, with flights or it can be tailored for you.

Here are the experiences & activities within this holiday as standard...


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