Solo Travel Made Easy to the Most Beautiful Part of India!
“To awaken alone in a strange town," wrote British explorer and travel writer Freya Stark "is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” So what’s stopping you? Do yourself a favour and travel to the fascinating places of Kerala solo – no one to answer to, no limits and a fresh clean slate for you to splash with the colours of India! Of course, travelling by yourself doesn’t mean you will be alone – unless that is your preference. Sure, you might start your journey by yourself, but you’ll soon discover that our small-group trip allows you to explore Kerala in the company of like-minded people.
As Lonely Planet perfectly sums up: "Kerala is a world away from the frenzy of elsewhere, as if India had passed through the Looking Glass and becomes an altogether more laid-back place".Thus, naturally this part of the world attracts those looking to get up close and personal with the dazzling gems of India. You’ll enjoy the journey even more by sharing the experience with a small group of passionate travelers, over a glass of wine or meal after a packed day of treasures.
Your journey of a lifetime begins in Kochi, the glorious gateway to Kerala, then onto Munnar where you will enjoy the finest tea with new friends. Continue to Thekkady to board the wildlife viewing boat at the Periyar Tiger Reserve before setting out on an enchanting overnight house boat from Alleppey. Your final destination is Poovar where you will enjoy the "paradise" of South India, with its coconut trees and sweeping beaches!
We understand that the first step towards taking a solo holiday may feel daunting, so we're here to ensure you have the perfect adventure from the get go! Enjoy 10 nights from £1,199 pp!
Breakfast & Dinner included throughout the trip
- We take care of travel with return international flights from the UK
- 2 nights 5 star accommodation in Kochi with breakfast & dinner
- Benefit from the expertise of an English-speaking guide in Kochi
- Culinary classes led by a TV Chef & lunch with a Keralan family, in Kochi
- 2 nights 4 star accommodation in Munnar with breakfast & dinner
- Learn about the history of tea with a plantation tour in Munnar
- 2 nights 4 star accommodation in Thekkady with breakfast & dinner
- Boating and entrances fees at Thekkady wildlife sanctuary
- Watch the dances of the Kathakali & Martial Arts, Thekkady
- Set out in Agatha Christie style on an air-conditioned houseboat for one-night
- Three meals on board (A/C only from 20:00 hours till 07:00)
- 3 nights in 4 star accommodation with in Poovar with breakfast & dinner
- 1 hour boating in Poovar Lake through the mangrove forests
- All accommodation on this tour is based on single occupancy
- Round trip transfers by air conditioned deluxe Car/Van/Coach with English speaking driver / Guide
- Applicable entrances for each monument & sightseeing places
- 1 Ayurvedic body massage at Poovar
- Parking, toll and night halt charges & currently applicable taxes
Share the experience of Kerala with like-minded solo travelers!
- Stay in 4 star hotels filled with treasures at each destination
- All accommodation on this tour is based on single occupancy
- 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
- 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 houseboat from Alleppey
- Enjoy an Ayurvedic massage or simply lose yourself in a good book
- Feeling brave? Opt for a thrilling catamaran ride across the sea
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.
Grand Plaza Munnar is a premium property from EVM Group, one of Kerala's leading business houses. Started in 1935 as a small enterprise EVM Group has today grown into a conglomerate with diverse business interests. Surrounded by tea plantations, Grand Plaza is situated 1.5 km from the town of Munnar.
Hotel offers elegant rooms that are well appointed to pamper you for an unforgettable vacation by emphasizing even on the minutest of the details of your requirement.
Guests can dine at the coffee shop, or the restaurant which serves Indian specialities, along with Chinese and Continental favourites.
Situated beside the road to Munnar from Thekkady, in the hamlet of Anakkara, Spice Grove is a distinctively stylish hotel surrounded by spice plantations on three sides. An elegant lobby furnished tastefully with wooden furniture and chrome accessories welcomes guests.
The rooms are arrayed along pleasantly illuminated corridors, all of them furnished with spacious soft beds draped with fabrics in muted shades, sturdy wooden chairs and tables and provided with a small refrigerator, work spaces and private balconies with splendid views of the surrounding plantations.
Below, beside the lobby is the hotel’s multi cuisine restaurant surrounded on three sides by large expanses of glass that look out a line of trees. Planters Dine Restaurant serves Pan-Asian, Indian and Continental dishes. Ethnic Indian dishes can also be enjoyed at The Cricket Restaurant.
In a corner, behind the hotel, a paved courtyard leads to an open to the air swimming pool with changing rooms and deck chairs. On another end is a spa that offers traditional Ayurvedic cures along with international wellness and beauty treatments. The BBlue Petals Spa is a serene environment with stylish contemporary décor, ideal for rejuvenation, restoration, and revival of body and soul. The spa also offers a wide range of international treatments, therapies and massages all administered by qualified and experienced therapists.
In Spice Grove, a complete team of expertise professionals and hospitality group will be ready at your door to fulfill your needs and necessities making your stay an unforgettable experience.
Spend your day 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.
The property is a unique heritage resort cosseted by a coconut grove. Located on the banks of the river Poovar, at the juncture where the tranquil river embraces the roaring Arabian sea! The property is tucked away in the southwestern tip of India in the State of Kerala - the internationally renowned tourist destination (projected as one of the 50 best "must see destinations" in the world by the National Geographic Traveller Magazine)
Isola Di Cocco offers rooms, suites and condominiums, spread over 30 acres studded with palms and lush greenery. Privacy abounds at this upscale resort where you'll enjoy romantic seaside dining, lively open-air bar, attentive staff, large fresh water pool, great backwater rides and lots of relaxation. Laze around our coconut grove or relax in a hammock with books from our well-stocked library.
All rooms are garden facing, air conditioned and built to international standards
Day 1 KOCHI
Welcome to Kochi, the most fascinating city of Kerala. On arrival at Kochi International Airport, you will be met by a rep and the other travellers before being transferred to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
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 and the group into the heart of this great 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 and the group 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. Return to the hotel.
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 theMunnar 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’sphotographs and machinery during the revolution of the industry, which includes the original tea roller, the ‘Rotovane,’ and the ‘Pelton Wheel’. Return to the hotel.
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!
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. Return to the hotel.
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. Return to the hotel.
OVERNIGHT IN THEKKADY
Day 7 THEKKADY-ALLEPPEY
Your journey continues by crossing the captivating backwaters by traditional houseboat accompanied by like-minded explorers. Travelling in a group is a great way to discover Kerala with people you'd otherwise never meet.
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-KOVALAM- POOVAR ( 200 Kms )
After breakfast check out from the houseboat and drive to Poovar. Poovar is one among the natural wonders where the Lake, River, Sea and Beach meet the land. Poovar is unspoilt and unexplored, envoloped by the most serene backwaters, and opening out to the sea and a dream golden sand beach. It is basically a fishing village and the only way to reach Poovar is through water. Known for its pristine and virginal beauty, Poovar Beach is haunted by those who love solitude. It is truly a window into paradise.
On the way to Poovar you will visit two major beaches in Kovalam-- Hawa beach and Samudra Beach.
OVERNIGHT IN POOVAR
Day 9 POOVAR
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. Please book your slot.
OVERNIGHT IN POOVAR
Day 10 POOVAR
Breakfast is at the hotel with the rest of the day at leisure. Later board a traditional sunset boat and spend the afternoon cruising through the mangroves of Poovar Island. Relax and enjoy the passing landscapes, spotting the golden beach of Poovar Island, floating restaurants and then continue to the canals and backwaters.
OVERNIGHT IN POOVAR
Day 11 POOVAR - TRIVANDRUM AIRPORT (35 Kms)
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
- Accommodation will be on Single Room Basis
- 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.
- Jewish Synagogue & Dutch Palace will be closed on Fridays and Saturdays (Day 2)
- Rajamalai National Park is closed from 15th January till 1st April every year, so in that period on the way to Munnar we will give a complimentary visit to Thattekad Bird Sanctuary which is also know as Salim Ali bird sanctuary.
- The package is non-refundable for any inclusion items not used/taken
- Transfers will be on sharing basis.
- Any additional meals not mentioned in the package
- Room service charges, Telephone calls, laundry charges, tips of personal nature
- We recommend that you buy a travel Insurance as Any Costs incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc,
- Anything not specifically mentioned in the package includes column
- Meals will generally be Buffet meals unless otherwise stated to you on the confirmation.