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The Magic of Kerala, India Photography Tour

14th - 25th Sep, 2020 - AVAILABLE

Tutored by Charlie Waite - Founder and

£4999.00 pp / Deposit -£500.00

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It will be five years since Charlie Waite last ran a tour to Kerala in southwestern India, and ever since he has been so looking forward to returning.

In September 2020, Charlie’s wish will be granted. Our tour begins with arrival in Kochi (new name for Cochin) where our Magic of Kerala photography tour will start.

We will begin with photographing some of the unique Chinese fishing nets from our dedicated motorboat, allowing photography opportunities that would not be possible from the shore. Our stay in Kochi will take us into the older parts of the Fort Kochi area looking much the same as it did 1000 years ago. The spice markets will not be overlooked, nor will interaction with the highest of the Hindu casts, the famous Brahmin.

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At a Glance

  • Exertion
    Easy
  • Included
    • Accommodation on Single Occupancy Basis
    • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and one dinner
    • Transfers from recommended flights
    • Anayirangal Dam - Munnar
    • Dolmens – Munnar
    • Cooking – Munnar
    • Tea Museum - Munnar
    • Tea Tasting – Munnar
    • Kolukkumalai Excursion in Munnar
    • Canoe ride at Coconut Lagoon , Kumarakom (Motorized / mechanized)
    • Tribal dance in Periyar
    • Spice Plantation & Elephant Junction in Periyar
    • Gavi excursion in Periyar
    • Kumbalangi Village Tour
    • All journeys in a fine air conditioned 12 seater
    • Guide on 24/7 basis
    • Entrance fee to the monuments
    • Tuition from Charlie Waite
  • Excluded
    • Flights
    • Insurance
    • Camera & Video fee to monuments
    • Meals not mentioned
    • Personal expenses like drinks, laundry, tips
  • Duration 7+ Night Tours
  • Tour Code KER06
The Magic of Kerala, India Photography Tour

Kerala India Photography Tour - Kerala India Landscape Photography

It will be five years since Charlie Waite last ran a tour to Kerala in southwestern India, and ever since he has been so looking forward to returning.

In September 2020, Charlie’s wish will be granted. Our tour begins with arrival in Kochi (new name for Cochin) where our Magic of Kerala photography tour will start.

We will begin with photographing some of the unique Chinese fishing nets from our dedicated motorboat, allowing photography opportunities that would not be possible from the shore. Our stay in Kochi will take us into the older parts of the Fort Kochi area looking much the same as it did 1000 years ago. The spice markets will not be overlooked, nor will interaction with the highest of the Hindu casts, the famous Brahmin.  

Then onward to the marvellous Kofiland eco-lodge in Thekkady within the Periyar National Park, set in hundreds of acres of greenery and imaginatively created from rock stones and mud, with the lake as the focal point. From here we will relish our photography of the some of Kerala’s most famous elephants and wonder at the manner in which they are lovingly bathed. We may even be invited to assist! The early evening offers a wonderfully informative walk through the multitude of great spices of Kerala, followed by an un-forgettable tribal art performance where photography is encouraged and where Charlie will propose some creative approaches that may hold some surprises. 

From here we move onward to the island of Gavi deep inside the Ranni reserve forest. There will be some gentle walking to enjoy and photograph the natural beauty of this glorious area followed by a serene boat ride on the crystal-clear water of Klochupamba Lake.

Just before sunset we will find ourselves witnessing the wonderful panoramic landscape of the Sabarimala hills, before returning to our accommodation at Kofiland.

From here we will venture to the great Western Ghats where we will reside at the wonderful Cardamon House, owned and managed by Dr Chris Lucas, the delightful retired English physician.

Cardamon House overlooks the stunning 400-acre lake, which promises images of waterfowl skimming along the water surface in the early morning.

Our first day will take us into Athoor village, which has truly remained frozen in time. Charlie has very fond memories of this remarkable village through which we can stroll and photograph at our leisure.

On our 7th morning, we say farewell to Chris and his wonderful Cardamon House and depart for Munnar for nights seven and eight. Munnar is a splendid hill station on the Western Ghats described by many as a nature lover’s paradise. Munnar is beautifully situated at the confluence of three rivers and our residence at the exquisite Spice Tree Resort will provide our gateway to some of the greatest tea plantations in the world.

During the time we will spend here, we will visit the magnificent Anywayirangal dam surrounded by numerous tea plantations and evergreen forests. We will have the option to take a boat trip here for some superb vantage points for our photography. Toward the end of the day, we will travel the short distance to photograph the remnants of the Stone Age dolmens and from here we will be able photography of Munnar’s fabulous tea plantations, complete with the classic tea pickers who we can work with to suit our creative requirements.

On the morning of Day nine, we will bid farewell to the fine tea plantations and head to Allepy. From here, we enter what some call the ‘Venice of India’ and board our luxury houseboat where we will enjoy single occupancy accommodation as we drift along some of the most beautiful canal waterways in the world. 

Photographing from our boat for an entire day will bring a wonderful variety of opportunities, followed by sleeping on the water, which is such a special experience.

Our final two nights will be spent in the truly exotic, top heritage resort of Coconut Lagoon. From here we will enjoy more boating excursions along narrow streams and broader waterways.

The following morning, we will enjoy a remarkable day within the Kumbalanghi where we will photograph some of the oldest traditions within this age-old cultural heritage.

On the morning of our 12th day, we make our way back to Kochi for our departure flights.

Our 2020 tour to Kerala promises to be a most photographically exciting journey through what still remains a relatively unknown part of India.

  • Hotel Secret Garden

    14th, 15th September 2020

    Breakfast included

  • Kofiland Resort (Planters Villa)

    16th,17th September 2020

    Breakfast included

  • Cardamon House

    18th, 19th September 2020

    Breakfast is included

  • Spice Tree Resort

    20th, 21st September 2020

    (Classic room with Jacuzzi)

    Breakfast included

  • Coconut Lagoon (Heritage Mansion)

    23rd, 24th  September 2020

    Breakfast included

For tours outside of the UK, we will select a recommended flight which will depart from a London airport to the destination. In most cases (unless stated otherwise), the tour leaders will greet you at the destination airport from this flight and return you to the airport at the end of the tour.

Please DO NOT book your flights until advised to do so by the office. Tours have to become viable before we select the recommended flight.

Once a tour has enough bookings to make it viable, you will receive an email to alert you that the recommended flights have been uploaded to your client area on the website.

You are welcome to make alternative travel arrangements. If doing so, please ensure you are at the destination airport for the arrival time of the recommended flight to ensure you can take the transfer to the hotel. Alternatively you can arrange your own transfers and meet the group at the hotel on the first night.

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