New ‘Spice Trails of Kerala’ holiday embraces authentic India
Experience ‘authentic Southern India’ on this – new for 2013 – guided walking and touring Spice Trails of Kerala holiday which takes in the rich and colourful culture and heritage of the less-visited northern region of Kerala and its neighbouring state of Karnakata courtesy of HF Holidays, the UK’s largest walking holiday organisation.
Walks range from three to six miles and include sightseeing opportunities exploring white sand beaches, wildlife havens, historic cities and scenic spice trails.
Starting in the city of Bangalore, highlights of this new holiday include a walking tour of the historic and cultural city of Mysore, scenic safaris at Nagarhole sanctuary – once the Maharaja’s reserve and home to elephant, bison, antelope, monkey and tiger – and wildlife walks – led by local naturalists – on the Kuruva islands.
There are also walks through spice-scented cardamom plantations and tea gardens as well as the pristine wilderness of the Wayanad – the lush green paradise of the Western Ghats – including a visit to the prehistoric cave art at Edakkal.
Also included is a cruise on a luxury houseboat through the iconic backwaters – a labyrinth of lakes, lagoons and rivers meandering through the coastal areas of Kerala – and a walking tour of the old colonial city of Fort Kochi, followed by a traditional Kathakali performance.
Accommodation ranges from three to five-star and - in addition to the one night aboard the luxury houseboat - includes secluded rainforest lodges, colonial hotels and a night at the Bison – a magnificent, boutique safari tented camp.
Available with departures in January, November and December 2013, the cost is from £2255 per person, land-only or from £2995 inclusive of return Heathrow flights and transfers. These twin-share prices also include 11 nights’ full board, a full programme of guided walks led by an experienced local guide, sightseeing and entrance fees, plus train and coach travel.
Visit hfholidays.co.uk for more information.