India • Kerala • Colours and culture tour
Kerala – colours & culture of the South
Kerala is a very large region of contrasting landscapes, religions and cultures. Inevitably it is not possible to visit everywhere in a fortnight. However, we believe we have struck the right balance between visiting different regions and having sufficient time to explore and relax in each region.
Our colours and culture tour takes us to the dreamy Backwaters, or the Venice of the east, via the lands of spices and on to the high peaks of The Western Ghats. We complete the tour with a couple of restful days in the old colonial settlement of Fort Cochin.
Our shorter Backwaters tour is based solely on the backwaters and hence in addition to a night on a luxury houseboat, we only stay at the Coco Bay hotel and Fort House hotel.
Throughout the trip our drivers will be with us. We can therefore ensure that our locations are not only the best, but that we are able to respond to events around us and ensure we make the most of the regions in which we stay.
Where we stay
We stay in four different hotels in the four different regions. Not all the hotels are of exactly the same standard and inevitably those at the coast are of a higher standard than those inland. We make great efforts to choose hotels that offer authenticity, quality, service, and proximity to our locations. However, we would ask guests to recognise that these holidays are magical because of the places we visit and occasionally, on such adventures, the accommodation will not come up to the standards of Northern Europe.
Cocobay Hotel, Kumarakom - The Backwaters
Cocobay hotel sits right on the edge of the lagoon. It is accessed only by water and provides a wonderful sense of calm. The rooms are large, the food is good; there is a lovely swimming pool and the staff all very kind. Behind the hotel lies a labyrinth of canals and the exciting village and busy temple of Kumarakom. You can sit on the water's edge in an evening and watch the canoes come home with their catch. A delightful and peaceful start to this singing holiday in Kerala, India.
Cardomon County, Periyar
Cardamom County, a Nature retreat is set in beautifully landscaped gardens against the green mountains of the Periyar Forests. The cottages are built on various levels , following the natural contours of the hills within the resort. Each cottage with its spacious bedroom and private verandah is simple and stylish with all mod cons necessary. There is a luxurious swimming pool and spa on site.
The Silvertips Hotel, Western Ghats
The Silvertips Hotel is a harmonious and serene retreat in the Western Ghats, a much sought-after hill station in Kerala.
Nestled in these Hills is a unique, one-of-a-kind, movie-theme based hotel. Silvertips is a sixty room, uniquely designed and conceptualised hotel celebrating the world of pictures, cinemas, movies, its directors and actors. It’s a little bit different, and the perfect place to rest on your painting holiday journey through Kerala.
No. 18 Hotel, Fort Cochin
No. 18 is located in the heart of Fort Cochin, a modern and comfortable hotel with twenty eight rooms over three floors. A stone’s throw away from the winding, cobbled streets of colonial Cochin, famous fishing nets, and nearby white sandy beaches. The hotel offers a library lounge, seafood market, café, Rain Tree restaurant, Wi-Fi, and tea and coffee maker in every room.
Longest transfer time: 4 ½ hours
Rich flora and fauna
Very comfortable hotels
Very warm welcome
A visual & culinary feast
Trek or 4 x 4 in Periyar Tiger Reserve
Swimming in the pools
Visiting the spice gardens
Shopping for textiles, teas and spices
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