Classic Kerala Tour
KERALA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Join other Solo Travellers on this amazing 9 day tour of ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala. Visit the cultural fishing village of Kumbalanghi in Cochin, marvel at the magnificent mountain scenery at the Munnar tea plantation, spice things up at the Thekkady spice plantation, visit Kerala’s largest freshwater lake in Kumarakom, explore the temples of Kollam and Kovalam and finally gaze at the paddy fields as you drift down Kerala’s famous backwaters on a houseboat for the night, feasting on backwater delicacies prepared by your own personal chef… what could be better? This Kerala tour is not to be missed.
Price from: £799.00
30 Nov 2018 – 8 Dec 2018
3 Mar 2019 – 11 Mar 2019
Day 1 – Arrive Cochin
Upon arrival, proceed to your hotel for checked-in. Your local guide will meet you at reception. In the evening you will visit the Cultural Art Centre that showcases Kerala’s best known dance drama, Kathakali, and other art forms of Southern India. An interesting make-up application demonstration of the show starts an hour before the show itself. Dinner to be arranged afterwards. Overnight in Cochin.
Day 2 – Cochin
After breakfast at the hotel, you will begin a half-day guided sightseeing tour of Cochin. Highlights will include the Dutch Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1557, the Jewish Synagogue, built in 1568, and the Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, one of eight basilicas in Kerala. In the afternoon you will drive to Munnar. It will be a scenic drive to the famous hill station, at an altitude of nearly 6000 ft. Here the British government established their summer retreat many years ago, thus avoiding the summer heat of the coastal regions. On reaching Munnar, you will check-in to the hotel and get tuned in to the new chilled-out atmosphere. Overnight in Munnar.
Day 3 – Munnar
This day is devoted to sightseeing in & around the mesmerising Munnar. After breakfast, you will start with a visit to the Eravikulam National Park (Rajamala National Park), this park is famous for its endangered inhabitants – the Nilgiri Tahr. It becomes a hot destination when the hill slopes here get covered in a carpet of blue, resulting from the flowering of Neelakurinji. It is a plant endemic to this part of the Western Ghats which blooms once every twelve years. Located inside the Eravikulam National Park is the Anamudi Peak. This is the highest peak in southern India, standing at a height of over 2700m. Then you will visit the pleasant Dam Reservoir area at Mattupetty. Afterwards, visit Eco-Point, a spot where you can hear multiple echoes of your own voice. This is also an ideal location for nature walks. Later, you can pay a visit to the famous Tea Museum in Munnar Town surrounded by tea Gardens – the only Museum of its kind; which illustrates the timeworn method of Tea production! Overnight in Munnar.
Day 4 – Munnar / Thekkady
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel and take a beautiful drive down to the green mountains of the Nilgiris. Rubber, coffee and cardamom plantations and tea gardens will follow. Your hotel is in Kumily, one of the entrances to the Periyar Wildlife Reserve. At an altitude of 2,700 feet above sea level, it is situated near the Club Mahindra Thekkady resort, which is built in traditional Indian ‘machan’ style, with accommodation scattered amongst the thickly wooded plantations of coffee, cardamom, pepper, teak and fruit trees.
In the afternoon, explore the beauty of nature and the flora and fauna of the region, with a 2-hour nature walk in the remote areas of the National Park. This reserve is an established tourist spot and is home to elephants, bison, sambar, wild boar, langur and more and also has unending chains of hills and spice-scented plantations. Overnight in Thekkady.
Day 5 – Thekkady / Alleppy
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and proceed to Alleppey. Alappuzha – most still call it Alleppey – is the hub of Kerala’s backwaters, home to a vast network of waterways and more than a thousand houseboats. Alleppey is graceful and greenery-fringed, disappearing into a watery world of villages, punted canoes, toddy shops and, of course, houseboats. Float along and gaze over paddy fields of succulent green, curvaceous rice barges and village life along the banks. This is one of Kerala’s most stammeringly beautiful and relaxing experiences.
After checking-in to your hotel, you will proceed to the Village Life Experience Program in Kumarakom (Winner of UNWTO ULYSEES Award). The village is well acclaimed for its backwaters, delicious cuisines and greenery. This tourist destination, over the years, is one of the most-visited in Kerala. Our journey will begin at Kavanatinkara after a briefing session. You will be accompanied by a guide who will familiarize you to the picturesque landscapes and the lush green surroundings of Kumarakom.
Day 6 – Alleppey
After breakfast you will be transferred to a fully furnished exotic houseboat, which will take you down Kerala’s serene backwaters. Watch and relax as rustic backwater life floats by, whilst treating yourself to a plate of backwater delicacies, prepared for you by your own personal chef. Overnight on the houseboat.
Day 7 – Alleppey / Kovalam
After breakfast check out and proceed to Kovalam to check-in to your next hotel. Kovalam is an evergreen and pleasant beach resort. Kovalam has three beaches separated by rocky outcroppings in its 17 km coastline; the three together form the famous crescent of the Kovalam beach. You will have the rest of the day to relax at one of the beaches. Overnight in Kovalam.
Day 8 – Kovalam
After breakfast, proceed for local sightseeing of Trivandrum to explore some of the best landmarks and attractions of this city. Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple, one of the richest temples in the world, the Kanakakkunnu Palace and the Kowdiar Palace are some of the last remaining royal insignia of this city, which will remind you of the erstwhile kingdom of Travancore. Overnight in Kovalam.
Day 9 – Depart Trivandrum
In the morning, you will have breakfast at the resort and later, check-out of the hotel and drive to airport for your return journey with beautiful memories in Kerala.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE KERALA TOUR
- Sharing a twin room in three star hotels with breakfast
- All transportation with A/C
- English speaking guides
- All entrance fees to monuments and parks
- All excursions/tours mentioned in itinerary
- All currently applicable taxes
- Up to six weeks before departure, a place can be reserved for the Kerala tour on payment of a deposit of £150.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
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- The outstanding balance is due 6 weeks before travel.
- Flights are not included in the cost of this trip and will need to be booked separately. Please do not book flights until we have given the go-ahead. Feel free to ask us if you need any help with booking.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
Trip Type Discover
Group Size Maximum of 10
Physical Rating Moderate
Currency & Spending Money Rupees / Spending £25 and upwards per day
Hosts A local guide will be your point of contact for this trip.
Clothing The temperature remains pretty much the same all year round in Kerala, expect 27°C average. We recommend taking light, long sleeved tops and trousers as these are essential at religious sites and will also help protect from mosquito bites. You should also bring comfortable footwear.
Health Always seek medical advice from your doctor or travel nurse a minimum of 8 weeks before you travel and make sure your vaccinations are up to date. Remember that your travel insurance may not cover you if you do not have up-to-date vaccinations. We highly recommend sticking to bottled water for the duration of your trip.
Single Supplement £250
Travel Advice We highly recommend that you read the foreign travel advice for Kerala before your departure date.