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 Varkala 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 4 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 with a bottle of wine (A/C only from 20:00 hours till 07:00)
- 3 nights in 4 star accommodation with Certificate of excellence in Varkala with breakfast & dinner
- 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 Varkala
- 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.
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.
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 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 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-VARKALA
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.
On the way to Varkala you will be visiting the Krishnapuram palace at Kayamkulam which is closed on Mondays and all National Holidays.
OVERNIGHT IN VARKALA
Day 9 VARKALA
This full day will be at leisure. Varkala beach offers many beach activities like sightseeing, sunbathing, wind surfing, parasailing, and soaking in the beauty of this calm beach resort. It's a beautiful place for someone who wants a peaceful atmosphere all around. The warm pristine have short and quick waves that expand from 2 to 5 ft. Adventure freaks can hire surf gears on rent from the Surf and Soul school. The best time for surfing is from September to March. One who is interested in Jet skiing can be done at Kappil beach which is 8 kms from Varkala Cliff Beach.
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
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- 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
- Accommodation will be on Single Room Basis
- 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.