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Discovering Kerala - Revealing the Treasures of Southern India

From £2,899
Duration 12 Days
Departures from: Jan 2025 - Nov 2025
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From £2,899
Duration 12 Days
Departures from: Jan 2025 - Nov 2025
Tour Overview
Absorb the heady mix of Kerala on this incredible journey from bustling cities to peaceful backwaters on a tour packed with fascinating cultural and wildlife encounters that reveal the region's finest treasures. 
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  • meals included tour Half Board
  • meals included tour All Breakfasts

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host
  • Return flights from London
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 9 nights half-board in 4 and 5-star hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • 1 night on one of Kerala's famous houseboats cruising the backwaters
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 22 included meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 10 dinners including welcome drink & farewell get-together
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation, & porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Cochin tour
  • Traditional 'Sadya' dinner
  • Kathakali dance show
  • Tea plantation and tea factory tour
  • Tata Tea Museum
  • Sightseeing tour in the Old City of Madurai
  • Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal
  • Cycle rickshaw ride in Madurai
  • Spice plantation walk
  • Kalaripayattu - traditional martial arts performance
  • Periyar Game Reserve - Game viewing by boat
  • Stay on a thatched roof Kettuvallam houseboat
  • Local Kumbalangi village experience  

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Cochin

Today, you fly to Cochin.

Day 2 Cochin

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 a charming collection of islands with distinctive houses on stilts and peaceful backwaters.
After settling in at your hotel, get to know your travelling companions over dinner this evening.

Meals included: D

Day 3 Cochin

We'll start the day with a morning tour of Cochin. Our first stop is the centre of Jew Town, a bustling port area and centre of Cochin's spice trade, where we will see the oldest Jewish Synagogue in the commonwealth, dating back to 1568. Next is the Mattancherry Kerala Palace, renamed the Dutch Palace after Cochin was taken from the Portuguese by the Dutch. We'll take time to admire the splendid murals that adorn some of the rooms, considered among the finest in India.
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. This shared meal will take you on a gastronomic journey through Kerala as you try a tempting selection of dishes from many different regions. Each is served following local customs and come in an order which is said to help digestion. You'll eat from a banana leaf, which points in a certain direction, with rice served on the bottom half, and other items placed in clockwise order. You'll find that your hosts serve dessert mid-way through the meal.

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Cochin - Munnar

This morning we begin our journey inland towards Munnar. It's a rewarding journey with great views along the way and on arrival we'll have time to take a stroll around the resort before dinner this evening. Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Munnar

Today we have the chance to take in the natural scenic beauty of Munnar, with its rolling hills, forests, waterfalls and tea plantations. We'll visit a plantation and tea factory where we get the chance to see the segregating, drying, threshing and packing in progress.

We will also visit the Tata Tea Museum, that tells the story of the area and the impact of tea to its journey. This afternoon, you'll have time time to explore the hill station - Munnar town independently. Having been a summer resort during the colonial era you'll see a nod to the English country style in some of the houses. Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Munnar - Madurai

We continue our journey through Kerala to Madurai, one of the oldest cities in India, home to the incredible Meenakshi Temple. Built at the same time as the Taj Mahal, it is a stunning sight and superb example of south Indian Hindu architecture. This evening you could join us to experience the extraordinary 'Putting to Bed Ceremony' held at the temple, a dazzling display of colour and noise with dance and music. Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Madurai

This morning we include a sightseeing tour of the Old City of Madurai, the highlight of which is a visit to Meenakshi Temple with its ornate façade. Inside the temple enclosure you'll get to experience the lively atmosphere with buzzing markets and continuous ceremonies and devotions. Later we visit the Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, built in 1635 and designed by an Italian architect, the palace is a must-see for its intricate designs. Finally, we will explore the local markets and narrow streets of Madurai by cycle rickshaw before a little time to make our own discoveries. Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Madurai - Thekkady

Today we'll travel onto Thekkady, a town near Periyar National Park. We'll head to a spice plantation where the aromatic scent of cardamon and pepper plants fills the air. Superb peppers are grown here on the Malabar Coast and as such are referred to as 'black gold'.

This evening we'll experience a traditional Indian martial arts performance - Kalaripayattu. Meals included: B,D

Day 9 Thekkady

This morning you could choose to explore the Periyar Nature Reserve, with an optional trek excursion. In the afternoon a boat trip will give you a 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. Later there will be time to explore the town and local market. Meals included: B,D

Day 10 Thekkady - Alleppey

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 fellow travellers. 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. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 11 Alleppey - Cochin

Breakfast served on our houseboat is a great start to the day. After this we'll take to the road and head towards Cochin. Along the way we will visit Kumbalangi village, this integrated tourism village project is a unique initiative where we can experience life as a local in this fishing village and enjoy a homemade lunch.
Meals included: B,L,D

Day 12 Cochin - UK

We will transfer to the airport for our flight to the UK, arriving the same day. Meals included: B

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Trident Cochin

The 4-star Trident Hotel is situated in Cochin.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, safe, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.

Amber Dale Munnar

Surrounded by beautiful nature Amber Dale Munnar is a retreat set in the idyllic highlands. The hotel has a restaurant and fitness centre. Guestrooms have wi-fi and tea/coffee making facilities.

Fortune Pandiyan

Surrounded by a mountain range, the Fortune Pandiyan Hotel in Madurai is situated within landscaped gardens. Facilities include an outdoor pool, spa, fitness centre and multi cuisine restaurant. Guestrooms offer air-conditioning, TV, safe and hairdryer. 

The Elephant Court

The Elephant Court is nestled within 4 acres of tranquil, lush and beautiful Thekkady. The resort is close to Periyar Tiger reserve, green orchards and spice plantations.

Houseboat

Enjoy an overnight stay with a difference on a Houseboat, modelled on the area’s traditional rice boats.

Trident Cochin

The 4-star Trident Hotel is situated in Cochin.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, safe, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour.

Nature Trek in Thekkady

Nature Trek in Thekkady

Enjoy a nature walk through the dense forests of Thekkady, covering up to approximately 8 km. 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 be surrounded by lush green vegetation as you look out for these animals in their natural habitats.

Half Day - Strenuous Walking - Amazing Scenery
Enjoy a nature walk through the dense forests of Thekkady, covering up to approximately 8 km. You will have the opportunity to try and spot lots of different birds, wild boar, Gaur...

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India - "Going to bed ceremony" at Sri Meenakshi Temple

India - "Going to bed ceremony" at Sri Meenakshi Temple

Join us on this optional evening excursion to get your first glimpse of the vibrant scenes at Meenakshi Temple where the daily 'putting to bed' ceremony takes place. This is a dazzling affair, full of noise and colour and is not to be missed!
Join us on this optional evening excursion to get your first glimpse of the vibrant scenes at Meenakshi Temple where the daily 'putting to bed' ceremony takes place. This is a dazz...

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Personalise your trip

Choose to extend your stay with an organised add-on. 

Discovering Kerala - Revealing the Treasures of Southern India with Marari Beach Extension

Discovering Kerala - Revealing the Treasures of Southern India with Marari Beach Extension

Extend to 15 days from £1,099 Departures from: Jan 2025 - Nov 2025
Absorb the heady mix of Kerala on this incredible journey from bustling cities to peaceful backwaters on a tour packed with fascinating cultural and wildlife encounters that reveal the region's finest treasures. Also home to India's most beautiful beaches you can extend your stay with 3 nights at the  beach resort of Marari Beach where local culture, unique ecology and luxury pool and beach relaxing meets.  
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