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.
Spend a night at the picturesque hill station of Munnar with stunning scenery
Cruise down Kerala’s backwaters on a traditional houseboat
Visit the beautiful Periyar National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary
Discover Cochin & watch the country’s best known dance show; Kathakali
Day 1 – Arrive Cochin
Today you will arrive in Cochin. There are no activities planned today but if you arrive in time for dinner, you can join the guide for dinner and get to know your other group members.
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. You will also see the iconic Chinese Fishing nets.
In the evening, you will visit the Cultural Art Centre that showcases Kerala’s best known dance drama, Kathakali, and other Art forms of South India. An interesting make up application demonstration of the show starts an hour before the show itself. Overnight at Cochin.
Day 3 –Cochin to Munnar
After breakfast we will start our 4-5 hour journey to mesmerising Munnar. You will pass through beautiful scenery including stunning tea and spice plantations. We will stop at the Tea Factory and museum in Lockhart where you will learn about the history of the tea estates and the various stages of tea processing. We will then check into your hotel which is nestled in the stunning hills with amazing views , where you can relax before dinner in the evening.
Day 4 – Munnar / Thekkady
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel and today we start our day with take a beautiful drive down to the green mountains of the Nilgiris. Rubber, coffee and cardamom plantations and tea gardens will follow. 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 Periyar National Park. It provides sanctuary for wildlife such as Tigers, Elephants, Bison, Sambar, and Wild Boar. 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. In the late afternoon 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. Afterwards, return to your hotel to enjoy the water front and view the spectacular sunset. Overnight at hotel.
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. This is one of Kerala’s most stunningly beautiful and relaxing experiences .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. In the afternoon we will 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 8 – Kovalam
After breakfast use the rest of the day for some well-earned time to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Maybe have some beach time or a relaxing ayervedic massage.
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.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- 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 £299
Travel Advice We highly recommend that you read the foreign travel advice for Kerala before your departure date.
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