Overview

Flight - 1 night

Calicut - 1 night

Wayanad - 2 nights

Palakkad - 1 night

Cochin - 3 nights

Munnar - 1 night

Periyar - 2 nights

Kumarakom - 2 nights

Houseboat - 1 night

Kovalam - 2 nights

Kerala Naturally

From the remote north via rainforest and the Indian Ocean to the backwaters and up to the Western Ghats, including overnight on a houseboat and a homestay with a local family surrounded by plantations

Kerala is naturally blessed as one of the most beautiful areas of India, known as 'God's own country' for its lush vegetation, fertility and scenic splendour. Almost anything grows here, indeed one has the impression that simply dropping a net into the sea or a seed into the land brings automatic reward. Kerala is a unique area, isolated at the south western tip of India and largely cut off from the rest of India by the forested mountains of the Western Ghats. The influence of first the Portugese in 1498 gave way to the Dutch, then the British and East India Company. Trade was based, primarily, on products such as spices, cashews and tobacco.

Kerala's scenic beauty is best appreciated from its backwaters which reach deep into areas unapproachable by road. Tableaux of rural life drift by and glimpses of homes, farms, churches and temples delight the eye. Cochin, Kerala's largest city, displays enchanting architecture, heritage and colonial history, also evidenced in Kerala's current (Trivandrum) and former (Calicut) capitals and the hill stations of Munnar and Periyar high in the Western Ghats.

Discover Kerala's highlights, with, naturally, time to relax and absorb its scenic beauty on a houseboat, on the lagoon, on the coast and in the mountains.

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders 
Jules Verne Sightseeing 
No Single Supplement
6 Lunches and 4 Dinners
Local Expert Guide 
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 2 – 25

 

Special Events

Kerala Revealed

A variety of activities exploring Kerala’s arts and crafts, heritage, nature, martial arts and way of life. Enjoy a homestay and local cuisines.

Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Calicut (now known as Kozhikode) via Mumbai.

Day 2 Transfer to the 5-star WelcomHotel Raviz Resort & Ayurveda Spa at Calicut for overnight. (D)

Day 3 At Beypore visit an Uru wooden boats workshop. Travel to Wayanad (3 hrs) for two nights at the ‘CGH Earth’ Wayanad Wild. (B)

Day 4 Visit a Shiva temple and take tea in Wayanad. Visit Uravu charity focused on bamboo work and a village walk and local lunch in Thrikkaipetta. Visit the heritage & tribal museum and learn archery. (B, L)

Day 5 Transfer to Planters Retreat at Palakkad (5 hrs) for an overnight family homestay. Welcome drink and a tour of the spices, rubber and cocoa plantations. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Visit a plantation and rice paddy. After lunch with your homestay family, continue to Cochin (4 hrs) for three nights at the 4-star The Fragrant Nature, well-situated on the Fort Cochin peninsula. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Visit Fort Cochin, the Dutch and Mattancherry palaces, Synagogue, Chinese fishing nets and St. Francis' church. Visit a Brahmin community and Konkini family. (B)

Day 8 Early morning visit to fisherman's beach and breakfast at a local house. By tuk tuk to the local market. Kathakali dance performance. (B)

Day 9 Drive to Munnar (4 hrs). Walk through a tea plantation with picnic lunch. Overnight at the 4-star Tall Trees. (B, L)

Day 10 Visit the tea museum and local markets. Continue to Periyar (3 hrs) for two nights at the 4-star ‘CGH Earth’ Spice Village. ‘Kalaripayattu’ martial art performance. (B)

Day 11 Experience the village life and farms of Kumily panchayat by foot and jeep. Nature walk in Periyar National Park. (B)

Day 12 Drive to Kumarakom (4 hrs). En route visit a rubber factory and Mudackayam 'Britisher' Club. Lunch with local historian George Abraham, author of 'Path to the Hills'. Two nights at the 4-star 'CGH Earth' Coconut Lagoon. (B, L)

Day 13 At leisure. A selection of Ayurveda treatments at the hotel is available (bookable locally). Evening cultural performance. (B)

Day 14 Cooking demonstration and lunch in Alleppey. Board a Keralan houseboat for an overnight backwaters cruise. (B, L, D)

Day 15 Disembark and drive to Kovalam (5 hrs) for two nights at the 5-star The Travancore Heritage overlooking the sea. Tour of Trivandrum, Kerala's capital. (B)

Day 16 Visit Kanyakumari Devi and Sundaram temples, Gandhi Memorial and Vivekananda Rock. (B)

Day 17 Return flight via Mumbai. Option to add extra nights at Kovalam. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

2018

Thursdays
per person in a twin/double room
Jet Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
November 8 £2745
November 29 £2695

2019

Thursdays
per person in a twin/double room
Jet Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
January 17 £2845
January 31 £2895
February 14 £2945
February 28 £2895
March 14 £2795
September 12 £2495
October 10 £2795
November 7 £2845
November 28 £2795
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Limited availability, on these dates:
Mar 14, Sep12
Double for sole use £595 (Sep £495)
(2018 £995; Sep £795)

Extension Options

Extra nights - Kovalam Beach 
Travancore Heritage £79 (Sep £59)
Single supplement £59 (Sep £49) 
Departure transfer £22

Privately Guided

2 guests - £695 per person
3-4 guests - £345 per person
5-9 guests - £245 per person
10+ guests - No extra charge

Independent Arrival

Save £800 
Arrival transfer add £22
Departure transfer add £22

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 16 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 4 dinners, itinerary as described, services of local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, overseas airport taxes, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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