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Kerala - A Taste of Southern India - Specially Created Holiday for Single Travellers

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10 Days from £2,249

Sep 2018 - Nov 2019 Departures

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Here are a few reasons why you'll be able to travel with confidence with Just You:

 You will be met at the airport by a dedicated Just You representative
A friendly Tour Manager will host your holiday and make sure it runs smoothly
 We'll show you the must-see sights and some of the hidden gems too
 You'll always stay in a room of your own with no single supplement to pay
 Many meals are included, allowing you to dine with your fellow travellers
 You can join in as much or as little as you like - the choice is always yours
 All of our holidays are protected by ATOL or our financial protection insurance
 We'll help you take care of all your holiday essentials: find out more >

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​Famed for its aromatic spices, peaceful backwaters and lush landscape, Kerala is an enchanting destination. Learn about the art of Kathakali dance, discover Kovalam's ancient Chinese fishing nets, search for the elusive tiger and relax on the country's best beaches.

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Your holiday at a glance

CLASSIC TOURING
ALL BREAKFASTS

What's included

  • ​Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from Heathrow with Jet Airways or Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 8 nights in 4 and 5-star hotels and a houseboat plus 1 night in flight
  • 19 meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners

PLUS

  • Specialist Local Guide
  • Welcome drink & farewell get-together
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports

Included excursions

  • ​Cochin tour
  • Cooking demonstration & lunch with local chef Nimmy Paul
  • Kathakali dance show
  • Traditional 'Sadya' dinner
  • Spice plantation visit
  • Game viewing by boat
  • Local village tour in Kumarokam

Optional excursions

  • Thekkady nature trek
  • Traditional dress during Sadya Dinner

Your itinerary

​Today you'll fly to Cochin via Mumbai or another international airport.​

​Kerala's cosmopolitan capital Cochin is known as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea' thanks to the beauty of its natural harbour. The city is made up of a series of picturesque islands and boasts unique houses built on stilts and tranquil backwaters.

After settling in at your hotel, get to know your travelling companions over dinner this evening.

​A day packed with wonderful experiences begins with our morning tour of Cochin. Located right in the centre of Jew Town, a bustling port area and centre of Cochin's spice trade, the Jewish Synagogue is the oldest in the commonwealth, dating back to 1568. Next stop is the Mattancherry Kerala Palace, renamed the Dutch Palace after the Dutch wrestled Cochin from the hands of the Portuguese. Step inside to admire the splendid murals that adorn some of the rooms, which are said to be amongst the best in India. We round off our tour with a visit to St Francis Church. It is here that Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama died and was buried. His remains were shipped to Lisbon some 14 years later, but his gravestone is interesting to view.

At lunchtime we are invited to a cooking demonstration in the home of Nimmy Paul, a well-known local chef and food journalist. Here you'll not only learn how to use Kerala's aromatic spices in your own cooking but you'll get to eat the dishes created.

Another speciality of Kerala is Kathakali dance – and we'll learn about this unique art form this evening before enjoying a 'Sadya' vegetarian feast with the group.

​A long but rewarding drive is on the cards today as we head to Thekkady. There's a treat for all the senses as we journey past rice paddies, tea and rubber tree plantations and aromatic gardens of coffee, cardamom and pepper plants, while the Western Ghats mountain range provide a beautiful backdrop to the surrounding rainforests and backwaters.

As the sun goes down we'll head to a spice plantation where we'll enjoy a tour. Superb peppers are grown here on the Malabar Coast and as such are referred to as 'black gold'.

​We're heading into Periyar Game Reserve today. A boat trip will give you the chance to look for elephants, bison and deer on the shoreline as well as all manner of exotic plants that, if you're very lucky, may be hiding the elusive tiger.​

​Our drive this morning takes us to Alleppey, where we'll board one of Kerala's famous houseboats for an overnight stay with a difference. Your 'kettuvallom' – modelled on the area's traditional rice boats – offers an unforgettable experience for you and your travelling companions. Head on deck for a cruise through the backwaters to see how the locals live, then enjoy a tranquil evening as our boat anchors in a quiet spot.

​Breakfast served on our houseboat is a great start to the day. We'll then take to the road and head to Kumarakom, cutting a route through coconut farms and fragrant spice gardens. A village tour and stop for lunch give us a chance to stretch our legs before arrival at our hotel.

​The final leg of our journey takes us to the Kovalam beach area today – a stunning location with magnificent beaches on which to relax and soak up the sun.

​The day is yours to do as you please. Be sure to head to the beach to see the fishermen pulling in the huge Chinese fishing nets for which this area is famous. Join your fellow travellers this evening for a farewell dinner.

​You'll transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.​

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Nature Trek in Thekkady

Nature Trek in Thekkady

from £46

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Enjoy a walk through the dense forests covering approximately 8kms. You will have the opportunity to try and spot lots of different birds, wild boar, Gaur bison, Sambar deer, Nilgiri langur, Macaque monkey, otter, and many other creatures. You will also be surrounded by lush green vegetation to spot these animals in their natural habitats.

Half day - Strenuous walking - Amazing Scenery

Traditional Dress during Sadya Dinner

Traditional Dress during Sadya Dinner

from £25

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Have the opportunity to wear traditional dress during your included Sadya dinner.

Please note wearing traditional dress is optional.

Evening - Traditional Dress

Accommodation

The Crowne Plaza Cochin is a 5-star property located in the heart of the city. It is located within close proximity to many of the cities attractions including Fort Kochi and Mattancherry.
Sarovar Portico is situated on a mountain at Ottakathalamedu near Thekkady, with a breathtaking views of the Sahyadri Mountains and the Periyar Lake. The eco-resort offers amenities such as: a fitness centre, a telescope deck, a games room and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Enjoy an overnight stay with a difference on a Houseboat, modelled on the area’s traditional rice boats.
You will stay at the 4-star Abad Whispering Palms hotel located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake and offering mesmerising views of its calm waters. Hotel facilities include restaurant and fitness centre. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV and tea/coffee-making facilities.
Uday Samudra Hotel is located just 15 meters away from the famed beach of Kovalam. The hotel is equipped with Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and tea/coffee-maker. The hotel also has spacious lawns, a harmony of architecture, blue water pools and soaring coconut grove in four tranquil acres by the sea.

Crowne Plaza Cochin

Just You have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Dates and Prices

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London (Heathrow)

Thursday 13 September 2018

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£2,249

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Thursday 13 September 2018

Departs

15:00 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

01:10 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Friday 14 September 2018

Departs

02:55 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

08:30 Kochin (Intl)

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Saturday 22 September 2018

Departs

09:05 Trivandrum (Intl)

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11:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Saturday 22 September 2018

Departs

13:55 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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18:45 London (Heathrow)

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London (Heathrow)

Thursday 24 January 2019

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£2,399

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Thursday 24 January 2019

Departs

14:05 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

01:20 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Friday 25 January 2019

Departs

03:05 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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08:05 Kochin (Intl)

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Saturday 02 February 2019

Departs

08:55 Trivandrum (Intl)

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11:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Saturday 02 February 2019

Departs

13:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

17:45 London (Heathrow)

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London (Heathrow)

Thursday 21 February 2019

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£2,349

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Thursday 21 February 2019

Departs

14:05 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

01:20 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Friday 22 February 2019

Departs

03:05 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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08:05 Kochin (Intl)

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Saturday 02 March 2019

Departs

08:55 Trivandrum (Intl)

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11:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Saturday 02 March 2019

Departs

13:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

17:45 London (Heathrow)

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London (Heathrow)

Thursday 12 September 2019

£2,249

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Thursday 12 September 2019

Departs

14:05 London (Heathrow)

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01:20 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Friday 13 September 2019

Departs

03:05 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

08:05 Kochin (Intl)

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Saturday 21 September 2019

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08:55 Trivandrum (Intl)

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11:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Saturday 21 September 2019

Departs

13:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

17:45 London (Heathrow)

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London (Heathrow)

Thursday 17 October 2019

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Thursday 17 October 2019

Departs

14:05 London (Heathrow)

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01:20 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Friday 18 October 2019

Departs

03:05 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

08:05 Kochin (Intl)

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Saturday 26 October 2019

Departs

08:55 Trivandrum (Intl)

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11:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Saturday 26 October 2019

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13:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

17:45 London (Heathrow)

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London (Heathrow)

Thursday 14 November 2019

GUARANTEED

£2,399

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Thursday 14 November 2019

Departs

14:05 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

01:20 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Friday 15 November 2019

Departs

03:05 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

08:05 Kochin (Intl)

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Saturday 23 November 2019

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08:55 Trivandrum (Intl)

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11:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Saturday 23 November 2019

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13:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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17:45 London (Heathrow)

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London (Heathrow)

Thursday 15 November 2018

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£2,399

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SOLD OUT

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Thursday 15 November 2018

Departs

14:05 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

01:20 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways

Friday 16 November 2018

Departs

03:05 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

08:35 Kochin (Intl)

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Inbound
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Saturday 24 November 2018

Departs

08:55 Trivandrum (Intl)

Arrives

11:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Etihad Airways - EY

Saturday 24 November 2018

Departs

13:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

17:45 London (Heathrow)

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Local Knowledge

Keralan cuisine offers a multitude of fragrant dishes with many vegetarian options available. Food is often served on banana leaves, too.

While in Kerala, one of the most beautiful states of India, you'll have the opportunity to experience the breathtakingly beautiful backwaters which consist of a complex network of lovely lagoons, lakes and canals. The most authentic way to do this is to stay on a traditional wooden houseboat, also known as a kettuvallam, in Alleppey. In the past kettuvallams were the main form of transportation for cargo. In modern times, they have been converted from rice boats into modern, comfortable vessels, which offer an unforgettable experience in traditional surroundings.

Each houseboat offers the following facilities:

  • Two or three bedrooms with en-suite facilities
  • Air-conditioning
  • Hot water facilities
  • Spacious living area with dining table and chairs
  • Upper deck with canopy to relax and for excellent views

There is a fully equipped kitchen on every houseboat and an experienced cook to prepare traditional simple Indian cuisine for dinner.

Traditional houseboat
Traditional houseboat
Traditional houseboat