Our route this morning takes us past rubber plantations and varied spice gardens to Periyar wildlife sanctuary, close to the border with Tamil Nadu.
One of 16 tiger reserves in India, Periyar is it is perhaps better known for its elephants.
Kerala has been renowned for its spices for at least 2000 years, the coast had been known by the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs and Chinese for its sandalwood and spices.
There was also a flourishing trade in 'black gold' - pepper - which, along with the spices, was sent to Europe by the Jewish and Arab traders.
Along the way we discover colonial Kochi and spend a night in a family run homestay.
Our standard, mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service, often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool.
Typically you’ll be active and busy for part of the day but then also have time to rest and recharge your batteries.
Maximum group size ranges from between 6 to 20 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included.Generally rooms will be comfortable with en suite facilities.Moderate pace tours are ideal if you want a holiday which combines exciting activities and experiences with plenty of time to relax and unwind.The dances usually portray events from the Ramayana and Mahabharata, great Indian epics.This morning we have a drive to Munnar of around 5 hours through an area of spice and tea plantations.The Park itself is made up of a variety of habitats, open grasslands, deciduous, semi-evergreen and tropical forests all of which have different animal species.