Citrus Holidays

10 Nights Keralan Odyssey

  • Keralan Odyssey
    Keralan Odyssey
  • Keralan Odyssey
    Keralan Odyssey
  • Keralan Odyssey
    Keralan Odyssey
  • Keralan Odyssey
    Keralan Odyssey
  • Keralan Odyssey
    Keralan Odyssey

A delightful journey through "God's own Country". Covering Kochi city, Munnar tea plantations, a houseboat stay and a relaxing beach break! Book your once-in-a-lifetime trip today! Total from only £1,783pp

"Every journey is in itself a pilgrimage. Because wherever you go, you see what God created."

– An ancient Chinese proverb.

When you find yourself in the backwaters of Kerala, in southern India, you'll be astounded at how appropriate that saying is with the scenery before you. It’s not without reason that Kerala is known as‘God’s own country’. A paradise, nestled between the Western Ghats and the overwhelmingly beautiful Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, Kerala has a little bit of everything that India has to offer.

"Right from the pristine beaches full of colourful and rich culture to delectable cuisines for you to savour, this is one holiday you must make to not just experience but rejuvenate yourself." – Lonely Planet, India 2011.

And when you can do all of this for as little as only £1783 per person, that's almost half what it usually costs, you surely need no reason to pack your bags and find yourself on the ultimate holiday.

What's Included:

Amazing itinerary with included tours

  • We take care of travel with Return International Flights from the UK
  • Two-Night Stay in Kochi with the opportunity to explore Kerala’s dynamic city
  • Two-Night Stay in  Munnar with a Tour of the Tea and Spice Plantation (w/ tea tasting)
  • In Munnar enjoy a fabulous Free Upgrade to a Valley View Room
  • Two-Night Stay exploring Thekkady, the gateway into the Periyar Sanctuary
  • Your visit includes the unforgettable opportunity to See Wildlife by Boat
  • Discover the Dances of the Kathakali and Martial Arts of the Kalaripayattu  
  • Set out in Agatha Christie style on an air-conditioned Houseboat for One-Night
  • Be Wined and Dined On Board with All Three Meals and One Free Bottle of Wine
  • Three-Night Stay in Varkala and one full body Ayurvedic Massage
  • In Varkala enjoy a fabulous Free Upgrade to an Executive Sea facing Room
  • Sightseeing & Transfers by a Private Air Conditioned Sedan Car  
  • For certain excursions, the services of an English speaking local guide will be available
  •  English Speaking Chauffeur throughout the trip and during selected excursions 
  • Applicable entrances and camera charges for monuments and sightseeing places
  • Breakfast and Dinner included with each hotel stay
  • Quench your thirst with a one mineral water bottle per person each day

Holiday Highlights:

Traverse green tea plantations, in this remarkable tour

  • Stay in some of India's most opulent hotels filled with treasures
  • Unlock Kochi’s history by embarking on our sightseeing tour
  • Get hands on culinary experience in a TV chef’s kitchen
  • Delight in a sumptuous lunch with a local Keralan family
  • Wonderful scenic drive to the beautiful hill station of Munnar
  • Visit a tea plantation to learn about the history of the “cuppa”
  • Relish the ambience of the Kathakali & martial arts in Thekkady
  • Set out in Agatha Christie style on a house boat from Alleppey
  • Visit the very ideal tourist spot, Varkala, surrounded by the greenery, beautiful meadows, deep puzzling valleys and dales.
  • Swing lazily in your hammock in the gentle sea breeze on the beach

Accommdation

CGH Earth Casino Hotel, Kochi

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The Casino Hotel is not just one of Cochin's landmarks, it's also a fine introduction to the charms of the city, and indeed, of Kerala. Here, you can get an authentic taste of Kerala's colourful life, diverse cultures and eclectic cuisine. The hotel is 6 km from Ernakulam and a 10 minute ferry ride to Fort Cochin and Mattancherry.

The Casino Hotel features regular rooms, spaciously appointed suites and a separate non-smoking wing on the ground floor. Air-conditioned guest rooms are fitted with a personal safe, a minibar and satellite television. Environmentally sensitive practices are the watchword here, as in all the CGH properties.

Many guests love whiling away a relaxed hour or two in the Casino Hotel's sunlit, spacious lounge. This is the heart of the hotel, and usually buzzes with gentle activity like read the local papers (just for curiosity), do a crossword puzzle or just kick back, relax and watch the world go by.

Tharavadu serves Indian, Chinese and continental buffet dishes all day. Seafood specialities can be enjoyed at Fort Cochin restaurant. The Garden Cafe provides grilled food and healthy drinks, while alcoholic beverages can be found at the Vasco da Gama Bar.

The hotel also offers an outdoor pool and in-house Ayurvedic massage services. The Casino Hotel's gym is an expansive space, equipped with a selection of treadmills, weights, cycles, rowers and other equipment. At Casino Hotel you will have experiences that are not just enjoyable, but also environmentally aware and culturally rich.

Tea Harvester, Munnar

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Tea Harvester is a boutique property brilliantly designed in spacious and contemporary architecture, where vintage meets vogue. Ideal for both romantics and jetsetters who like a bit of elegance and opulence. Perched on the hillside in comfort and style, about 1800 feet above sea level, amid three acres of verdant tea trees, cardamom plantation and pepper wine, lays cradled an exemplar of fine living.

All the rooms are approximately 450 square feets, including Balconies in Front offering a 180 degree view of Tea plantations &180 degree view of Cardamom plantation from the balcony behind the room. Spacious Bathrooms, large windows, harmonious colours and long verandas are some of our features designed to reminisce the planter’s charm.

The property offers a guided morning walk, a short trek through tea, cardamom, pepper and coffee plantations. Guests can also enjoy mountain biking through the winding roads of the plantation and cooking demonstration of traditional Keralite cuisine. Tea Trees is a multi-cuisine restaurant while Grillers serve barbeque delights. Tea House serves exquisite blends of tea.

Tea Harvester offers a personal experience of Tea harvesting, the beauty of the plantations authentic to Munnar, and the personal assistance and luxury of a boutique hotel.

Pepper County -- Deluxe Home Stay, Thekaddy

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Pepper County is an idyllic home spread over an area of 7 acres in Kumily. The homestay is set amidst spice plantations and paddy fields.

It is a nice place to spend a peaceful, relaxing holiday in the quaint setting. The homestay offers basic but comfortable accommodation. Pepper County is indeed a paradise for nature lovers and honeymooners who come in search of tranquility. 

Traditional Kerala cuisine is served at Pepper County. There are plenty of things to do while staying at the Pepper County such as nature walks, bamboo rafting, hiking, boating and trekking. Pepper County also organises daily visits to spice plantations besides jungle jeep safaris and elephant rides. Cultural performances like Kathakali and Kalaripayatu (martial art form of Kerala) are organised on request.

You spend the next 22 hours on the traditional Houseboat also know as Kettuvallam. 

The Kettuvallam or 'boat with knots' is called so because coir ropes tied in knots hold the entire structure of the boat together. During the entire assembling work of the boat, not a single nail is used. Natural and eco-friendly products like bamboo mat, arecanut trees and coir are used to construct the boats.

Kettuvallam comprise of a separate living room with dining table, a bedroom with bathroom and a sit out area at one corner of the boat.

Guests can enjoy a calm evening right in the middle of the backwaters and watch one of the best sunsets that there could be.

Hindustan Beach Retreat

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A perfect place for those who like to holiday, unwind and do nothing, simply nothing at all. Hindustan Beach Retreat is a venture of the reputed Hindustan Textiles Group, based in Kannur, since 1939.

Hindustan Beach Retreat, Varkala, an immaculately designed home away from home. It has 27 well appointed rooms, each one with a spectacular view of the Arabian sea, giving you the luxury of solitude that you can enjoy with the sounds of nature. 

The beautiful ambience of the Poolside restaurant with its exquisite wood work is just the place to relax and enjoy a mouth watering array of food - Indian, Chinese and continental. The restaurant is set overlooking the pool with a view of the blue sea beyond. Sun-filled afternoons can be spent at the beachfront or in the ocean fishing.

The resort also offers treatment includes detoxification and rejuvenation of body by herbal oils and medicines.

The Hindustan Beach Retreat, Varkala is a resort that meets international standards of quality and service and is set to make a mark in the tourism circuit of God's own country.

Itinerary

Day 1 KOCHI

Welcome to Kochi, the most fascinating city of Kerala. On arrival at Kochi International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or start exploring with private car and chauffeur at your disposal until 19:00hrs. 

Kochi is the magnificent entry to Kerala and has been featured in National Geographic Travellers “50 greatest places of a lifetime.” Spread over several islands and historically rich in culture with booming industries, the city is a fantastic beginning to exploring the vivacious diversity of Kerala. 

OVERNIGHT IN KOCHI

Day 2 KOCHI

Unlock Kochi’s history by embarking on a morning sightseeing tour that will take you into the heart of this magnificent and beautiful city. The Dutch, British, French and Portuguese have all left their outstanding imprint with beautiful architecture. You will visit Fort Cochin, which has been a cherished sea port for centuries, Vasco Da Gama Square and Santa Cruz Basilica. Continue to St. Francis’ Church, considered to be India’s oldest European church, built by Portuguese Franciscan Friars.  Vasco da Gama was buried here before being taken to Lisbon. Proceed to the VOC Gate, Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue and marvel at Mattancherry Palace’s murals depicting the Ramayana and Puranic legends. 

Intriguingly, the only traces of China’s influence are the gigantic nets, ‘cheenavalas’ from 1350. According to Diplomat Ma Haun, “The fishermen are tourist-friendly and will happily let you join them.” And his observation still rings true today. You will learn about their very unusual fishing method, operated from the shore. In the afternoon, experience your very own pièce de résistance with a cooking class from a renowned local TV personality. At lunch, enjoy the flavours of Keralite cooking. 

OVERNIGHT IN KOCHI

Day 3 KOCHI – MUNNAR

Check out after a hearty breakfast and drive to Munnar over rugged hills, rolling oceans of tubby green tea bushes, through luscious grasslands, before passing the Pallivasal tea estates. This will be your first glimpse of Munnar. On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

At a height of 1,500 metre, set amidst mountains once known as the High Range of Travancore, Munnar is a bustling hub of tea plantations.  Prepare to be captivated by its dense carpet of tea, sprinkled with Acacias and Red Gum trees, and delighted by its freshly brewed cuppas.

OVERNIGHT IN MUNNAR

Day 4 MUNNAR

Continue with a full day sightseeing of Munnar, watching the mountain goats in the Rajmalai Wild Life Sanctuary. Then head to the the Kannan Devan Hills, the perfect getaway with panoramic views of the Munnar Tea Estates and the lake. After lunch you will proceed to Mattupetty, with the rare chance of seeing a herd of wild elephants on the way to Mattupetty Dam. Next up is the Tea Museum’s photographs and machinery during the revolution of the industry, which includes the original tea roller, the ‘Rotovane,’ and the ‘Pelton Wheel’. 

OVERNIGHT IN MUNNAR

Day 5 MUNNAR-THEKKADY

Along the way you will also explore Thekkady. After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to the spice capital and check into your next hotel. The afternoon is at your leisure. Feel free to walk through the spice market in the Kumily Village. Make sure you leave room in your suitcase for the finest cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and mace!

Later in the evening get ready for a captivating evening of culture. First up is the Kathakali, a mixture of art, music, dance and drama, with majestic costumes, elaborate makeup, and mythological stories. Kalaripayattu is the oldest form of martial arts, with elaborate movements and the sounds of slashing swords.

OVERNIGHT IN THEKKADY

Day 6 THEKKADY

After breakfast, spend a morning at leisure. In the late afternoon, board the wildlife viewing boat cruise at the scenic Periyar Tiger Reserve. Amidst the hazy mountains of the Silent Valley, lies Thekkady, the opening to the renowned Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, a place where congestions are caused only by elephant crossings. Catch rare sightings of tigers playing under smouldering sun sets or watch kingfishers fluttering along the rivers. The sanctuary is an open-air collection of natural bio diversity and endangered wildlife. 

OVERNIGHT IN THEKKADY

Day 7 THEKKADY-ALLEPPEY

Your journey continues by crossing the captivating backwaters by traditional houseboat.  After breakfast, depart for Alleppey. Set out in style on an enchanting one night cruise. While lounging in these floating villas, you will feel like invaders of the backwaters, with the vibrant sights of Kerala skimming by. Look out for the huge Chinese fishing nets, paddy fields, and locals making coir products, rustic buildings, ancient temples and dense coconut trees. Local fish plucked from the backwaters, grilled in spices and lemon will be served on board.

OVERNIGHT ON THE HOUSEBOAT

Day 8 ALLEPPEY-VARKALA BEACH

Check out and proceed to Varkala Located in the south Kerala at north end border of the district Trivandrum, Varkala beach is an ideal holiday destination in Kerala for the tourists who want a peaceful vacation. Counted as one of the top ten seasonal beaches in the world by discovery channel, this beach has a stunning beauty of landscapes, brown sand, and sea. It's a perfect spot to relax with a laidback atmosphere. Popular for beach activities like swimming and sunbathing, this beach offers a striking sunset views. It can simply take your breath away with its long winding stretch of cliff that expands over the Arabian Sea.

Varkala Beach is also called Papanasam beach as it is believed that taking bath here wash away all sins. This beach is very famous for spa, mineral springs Cliff clad beaches and pretty vibrant environs give a joyous feel that attract beach lovers or honeymooners to spend holidays at this place. The edge of the cliff offers fascinating views of sand and sea. Holidaying in Varkala gives a pleasant experience as there are many attractions that flock large numbers of tourist from all over the world. 


OVERNIGHT IN VARKALA

Day 9 VARKALA

Breakfast is at the hotel with the rest of the day at leisure. End your holiday on this wonderful paradise by treating yourself to an Ayurvedic Massage, where the body is revived and the soul replenished. Included is a full body session at the hotel or a nearby spa. Please book your slot. 

OVERNIGHT IN VARKALA

Day 10 VARKALA

Breakfast is at the hotel with the rest of the day at leisure. End your holiday on this wonderful paradise by treating yourself to an Ayurvedic Massage, where the body is revived and the soul replenished. Included is a full body session at the hotel or a nearby spa. Please book your slot. 

OVERNIGHT IN VARKALA

Day 11 VARKALA-TRIVANDRUM AIRPORT

After breakfast, check out from the hotel. A beautiful souvenir is the perfect way to end such a magical holiday. Take home a silk sari or handmade version, its motif conveying Kerala’s everlasting memories.

BOARD YOUR RETURN FLIGHT HOME

  • You will need to arrange a Visa prior to travel - Please ask your consultant for details of the application process.
  • Our endeavor will always be to confirm the hotels listed in the package chosen, however in rarest of    cases where we are not able to confirm certain hotel(s), like for like alternatives will be provided.
  • We recommend that you buy a travel Insurance as any costs incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc. are not included and will be passenger’s responsibility.
  • The package is non-refundable for any inclusion items not used/taken
  •  In Varkala free Upgrade to an Executive Sea facing Room is subject to availability

Exclusions & Terms

  • Any additional meals not mentioned in the package 
  • Room service charges, Telephone calls, laundry charges, tips of personal nature
  • And anything not specifically mentioned in the package inclusions section
  • Meals will generally be buffet meals unless otherwise stated to you on the confirmation.
  • Accommodation will be on twin sharing Basis unless otherwise stated
  • Free Room Upgrades depending on availability