Kerala and the Cardamom Hills

India, Trek & Walk, 13 days - from $1,860 (land only)

Trek & WalkWildlife & SafariDiscovery
Kerala and the Cardamom Hills - Exploring tropical South IndiaKerala and the Cardamom Hills - Exploring tropical South India

Feast for the Senses

Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of South India on this delicious mix of easy walking and sightseeing in exotic Kerala.

  • Walking and discovery holiday in India`s tropical south
  • Enjoy five days of trekking in the lush Cardamom Hills
  • Take a houseboat cruise on the Kerala `Backwaters`
  • Fantastic wildlife viewing at Periyar Nature Reserve
  • Chill out on the beaches of the Indian Ocean at Kovalam

At the southern tip of India, the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu offer a range of experiences unlike anything else on the Subcontinent. After a day's exploration in the picturesque old Portuguese port of Kochi, we drive up to former British Raj hill-station of Munnar in the Western Ghats. Here, 5 days of trekking through the Cardamom Hills takes us through rich forest and plantations of tea, coffee and spices, with a high point at the summit of Meesapulimala (2600m), Kerala's second highest peak. We then visit the unmissable Sri Meenakshi temple complex at Madurai, one of the most colourful examples of Indian religious architecture. At the Periyar Wildlife Reserve, home to wild elephant, deer, giant squirrel and the elusive tiger, we have a day-hike with a forest ranger, before recrossing the Western Ghats range to Alleppey, where we meet our houseboat for an unforgettable sunset cruise and overnight stay on the Keralan backwaters. A free day at Kovalam, beside the Indian Ocean, is a relaxing way to end this memorable holiday. Combining a great travel experience and 5 days of trekking, this is a deservedly popular South Indian adventure holiday.

Is this holiday for you?

This holiday involves a mix of sightseeing and walking. The 5-day trek through the Cardamom Hills begins with a short introductory walk around the tea estates at Munnar and then involves 4 days where we will be walking for an average of 6 hours each day. The altitudes attained are never sufficiently high to cause problems with acclimatisation and the underfoot conditions are generally good, on tracks and trails through tea plantations and forest and between villages. There are 4 nights camping during the trek. We may encounter some slippery conditions on forest trails. The trip also includes several relatively short (up to 4-hour) vehicle transfers on generally good roads.

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