Itinerary Highlights
    • For a heavenly honeymoon, this trip combines the magic of India and the Maldives, transporting you from colonial Cochin to serene backwaters, dreamy beaches and idyllic islands
    • Discover India's fascinating ambience, filling your days with cultural enlightenment, mouth-watering food and stunning scenery
    • Enjoy a sublime finale in the barefoot luxury of the Maldives where you'll spend three nights on a remote coral atoll

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This dreamy 11-day trip will introduce you to the serene side of India. Surrounded by water, captivating Kerala is a world apart, a floating piece of paradise on Earth which captures the hearts of visitors, slowly seducing them with its gentle magic. This trip, specially designed for lovers, invites you to discover the region’s highlights: Cochin with its patchwork of alleys filled with fragrant flavours and fascinating stories; Periyar’s lush green hills; and the stunning shores of Vembanad Lake in Alleppey, where life moves to the rhythm of the water. To continue the charm, we have chosen peaceful hotels set amid spice gardens and on waterfronts which offer picture-perfect romanticism. Having been suitably lulled by India’s lush nature, it’s time to fly to one of the dreamiest islands in the Maldives.
Perched atop dazzling sand and overlooking an azure lagoon, Velassaru's contemporary beach villas and over-water bungalows conjure a trendy yet understated vibe. Enjoy touches of luxury, like comfortable cabanas set beside the infinity pool and a thatched Chill Bar with top-notch sunset views. Here you can indulge in all manner of island activities including swimming, snorkelling, spa treatments, and candlelit dinners for two in the balmy evening breeze.

Route

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DAY 1

FLIGHT TO COCHIN

After being whisked through check-in and security, relax in the airport lounge before boarding your ten-hour overnight flight to Cochin.

DAY 2

COLONIAL COCHIN

When you arrive, your private chauffeur will be waiting to drive you to your first night’s accommodation in Fort Cochin. This charming boutique hotel has a pretty, white façade, pleasant rooms, a swimming pool to help you transition to holiday mode, and babysitting services for those travelling with little ones. Once you feel suitably settled, meet your private driver who will accompany you for the next four days as you explore Kerala at your leisure. To help you get your bearings, start with a private tour of Cochin, a coastal town with a rich colonial history. Perfect for newlyweds, Cochin seduces visitors with its intimate atmosphere and fascinating mix of influences including Portuguese, English, Dutch and French. Explore the town’s highlights such as St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, and the Dutch Palace, which houses an impressive collection of murals and artifacts. Then wander the cobbled streets of the Jewish Quarter, home to the oldest synagogue in the country, as well as a host of bustling markets and bazaars bursting with souvenirs and local handicrafts. There’s also the option to discover the area’s vibrant café culture, or to tour Fort Cochin in a classic car.

DAY 3

PEACEFUL PERIYAR

Prepare for a dramatic change of scenery, as a long and winding road transports you to the beautiful green landscapes of the Periyar region. Allowing for traffic, the journey takes around four hours, after which you’ll check in to another charming accommodation. Set amid lush nature, your hotel has a terrific spa and a lovely swimming pool. Enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep in this romantic hillside spot.

DAY 4

FARM VISIT IN CUMBUM VALLEY

Nestled in the leafy Cumbum Valley, a scenic 15-minute drive from Thekkady, you’ll find an organic fruit, poultry and livestock farm. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a friendly face and hop aboard an oxcart for a private tour of the estate, learning about different organic farming techniques en route. You can also participate in activities such as planting, harvesting and cooking. Enjoy a romantic picnic lunch or a traditional Indian dinner prepared using farm-fresh ingredients and take in the breathtaking views of the lush valley flanked by green mountains. In addition, you have the option of a night visit to stunning Periyar National Park, to spot its incredible flora and fauna by the light of the moon.

DAY 5

THE SCENIC BACKWATERS OF ALLEPPEY

Get set for a three-and-a-half-hour scenic drive through mountainous landscapes, tea farms and rubber plantations. Your destination is Vembanad Lake in the heart of the backwaters, where a pretty, colonial house surrounded by palm trees awaits you. The atmosphere is intimate and arty and there’s a superb swimming pool overlooking the lake, as well as a fantastic spa offering a range of blissful treatments.

DAY 6

VENICE IN INDIA

After a restful night, it’s time to explore your stunning surroundings. Dubbed the ‘Venice of the East’, Alleppey (now Alappuzha) is a true paradise. Adorned with picture-perfect scenery, sparkling rivers, lush greenery and freshwater lakes, it’s home to immense natural beauty and the perfect destination for happy honeymooners. The surrounding paddy fields, coconut groves, authentic villages and temples provide an enchanting backdrop for romantic strolls and picturesque boat rides. Spend time at your leisure or choose a two-night private cruise aboard a traditional houseboat, drifting peacefully through the beautiful backwaters.

DAY 7

GOODBYE INDIA, HELLO MALDIVES

Following the serenity of Alleppey, you’ll return to Cochin – a one-and-a-half-hour drive away – and spend the night in a comfortable contemporary hotel near the airport. It’s ideally located for a stopover before your morning flight to the honeymoon haven of the Maldives.

DAY 8

LUXURY IN VELASSARU

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport for the one-hour-and-40-minute flight to Malé. On arrival, hop aboard a speedboat for a 25-minute ride to your luxury accommodation. Home for the next three nights, the resort is intimate, secluded and utterly romantic, set beside glistening water and dazzling white sand. Choose between beach bungalows a few steps from the sea and over-water villas offering stunning views of the lagoon. All are built using natural materials such as teak, stone and thatch, and have minimalist, modern interiors. There are also several options for families, as well as babysitting available on request. In short, it’s honeymoon heaven.

DAYS 9 & 10

PARADISE DAYS

Enjoy two full days of pure escapism beside the turquoise lagoon and perfect the art of doing nothing. With a complimentary bottle of champagne, tapas tasting, a beauty box and credit to use at the spa, you can start your tropical stay as you mean to go on. Dip into a good book (if you can tear your eyes away from the view), indulge in a divine massage, discover the underwater world during a guided snorkelling trip, feel the wind in your hair aboard a catamaran, try kayaking on the tranquil water, take a nap in the shade of coconut trees, and sail into the sunset on an evening cruise. In addition, the resort offers a host of activities to enhance your stay such as underwater photography, a beach barbecue for two, or a bucket-list dolphin discovery experience.

DAY 11

HOMEWARD BOUND

A la carte

COCHIN AND ITS CAFES



A guided tour of the cafes of Fort Cochin is a delightful and romantic experience. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the charming streets, stepping into its best cafes, from classic boutique bakeries to modern and trendy eateries, each with its unique ambience and menu. Sit back and relax while enjoying the beautiful surroundings and a variety of local and international flavours. During the tour you’ll also learn about the history of Fort Cochin, which is a melting pot of different cultures and traditions, in between relaxed chats with your knowledgeable guide and the charming locals.



CLASSIC CAR TOUR OF FORT COCHIN



Step back in time with a private vintage car tour around Fort Cochin. Discover more about this fascinating former trading post and visit some of the iconic landmarks in the area, such as St. Francis Church and the Dutch Palace. Spend time in the atmospheric Jewish Quarter, home to the oldest synagogue in the country, and cobbled streets lined with period buildings and warehouses, then hop back into your classic car to feel the warm wind in your hair during the drive back to your charming hotel.



NIGHT WALK IN THE JUNGLE



Periyar National Park is home to protected tigers, as well as other incredible wildlife such as elephants, leopards and wild boars. For a thrilling after-dark adventure, take a guided night walk following in the footsteps of your naturalist guide who’ll point out interesting features of the flora and fauna. Listen to the sounds of the forest, which comes alive at night with the chirping of crickets, hooting of owls and the occasional roar of a tiger. Experience the park in a different light, away from the crowds and heat of the day and learn more about the reserve’s conservation efforts and how they work to preserve the natural habitat of the animals.



PRIVATE BACKWATERS CRUISE




A romantic backwaters cruise in Alleppey is the perfect way to spend quality time with your partner amid serene and picturesque surroundings. Enjoy two nights aboard a kettuvalam, a traditional houseboat which has been fully privatised for you. As you drift through the backwaters you can take in the lush greenery, coconut groves and paddy fields. You can also watch the fishermen at work and spot a variety of birds and animals including kingfishers, egrets and otters. Indulge in a romantic candlelit dinner, prepared by the on-board chef using fresh local ingredients. Enjoy beautiful sunsets over the backwaters and be lulled into peaceful sleep by the gentle lapping of the water.



UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY, PRIVATE BARBECUE OR DOLPHIN DISCOVERY



Enhance your stay at Velassaru with various activities designed for couples. Lovers of diving and photography can combine the two, capturing the wonders of the Indian Ocean during an underwater excursion. Accompanied by a marine biologist, dive into the clear sea equipped with a waterproof camera and enjoy the colourful spectacle of the tropical world. For keen foodies, there’s the option of a romantic barbecue on the beach. Sit under the stars in armchairs set in the sand while enjoying a four-course feast. Finally, animal lovers can hop aboard a dhoni – a traditional Maldivian ship – and cruise out to sea for a memorable encounters with dolphins.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip starts from £3,215 to £4,000 per person. The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote. The average starting price for this trip is £3,475 per person.
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