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8 Night Kerala Holiday: Kochi, Thekkady, Kovalam And Backwater Cruise

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£1099/per adult

Overview

Kerala is a delicious slither of paradise on India’s Malabar Coast. With Western Ghats bursting with sloping spice plantations, national parks teeming with wildlife and to-die-for beaches fringed by the twinkling Arabian Sea, this southern Indian state offers something for everyone. 

And because it’s so packed with history, culture and sun-baked shorelines, we’ve crammed a wide range of different activities into this eight-night tour. 

Wake up at decadent three and four-star hotels, scattered around Kerala's hot spots, including Kochi, Thekkady and Kovalam. And with breakfast and dinner included, you'll only need to think about what to eat when you’re out and about. 

Kick off your getaway with a sightseeing tour of Kochi (also known as Cochin). We'll whisk you off to the Dutch Palace, St Francis Church, the chandelier-clad Jewish Synagogue and show you the centuries-old Chinese fishing nets. 

Add a splash of authenticity to your trip with a visit to a village in Thekkady. Here, mingle with the locals to get a taste of what life is really like. Tuck into a vegetarian lunch served on banana leaf, keep your eyes peeled for exotic wildlife during a cruise down Periyar Lake and don traditional Indian attire during an exclusive photo shoot. Later, get your feet tapping during a Kathakali dance performance. 

The day after, you'll enjoy a thrilling bullock cart ride through village fields and practice your haggling at a local spice market. 

After, stop off in Kumarakom, a village nestled in Kerala’s backwaters. Experience its spaghetti-like canals during a private sunset cruise and drink in the blood orange glow soaking into the horizon before you. 

Then, the last leg of your trip will be spent in Kovalam, relaxing and unwinding on the sun-baked shores of this small coastal town. 

There is no set itinerary, so you are free to roam around wherever and at whatever pace you please. Scale the striped lighthouse at Lighthouse Beach and marvel at the superlative views before you; swim and sunbathe in the cove-ridden beaches of Hawa Beach and Samudra Beach; lose yourself in the bustling fishing harbour or visit Vizhinjam Juma Masjid mosque nestled behind.

Whats Included

8 night getaway to Kerala with traditional village experience and boat tours!

  • Return flights from the UK
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at the 4* Waterfront Granary Museum in Kochi
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at the 4* Hotel PepperVine in Thekkady
  • 1 night’s accommodation at the 3* Backwater Ripples in Kumarakom 
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at the 3* Travancore Heritage (beach front) in Kovalam
  • Breakfast and dinner at all hotels 
  • Enjoy a cooking lesson and lunch in Kochi
  • Visit the Jewish Synagogue, home to beautiful Belgian glass chandeliers
  • Marvel at the murals of the Dutch Palace
  • Go to St Francis Church, the burial place of famous sailor Vasco Da Gama 
  • Look at the centuries-old Chinese fishing nets 
  • Visit a Kerala village and local household to dress up in Keralan costumes
  • Head off boating through the village canals 
  • Enjoy a vegetarian lunch served on banana leaf at a local household 
  • Watch a wonderful Kathakali dance show in Thekkady
  • Have a fabulous time boating on Periyar Lake
  • Enjoy a rip-roaring bullock cart ride 
  • Take a tour of the spice garden in Thekkady 
  • Take a private sunset cruise through the backwaters of Kumarakom with two bottles of beer included 
  • Let your troubles fade away with an Ayurveda body massage in Kovalam 
  • Transfers by air conditioned vehicle 
  • Daily bottle of water so you’ll never go thirsty 
  • All applicable entrance fees and government taxes

Highlights

Sightseeing in Kochi, backwater boating and wildlife sanctuary visits await!

  • Delve deep into the history of Kochi, with visits to the city’s sights and delights such as the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace and St Francis Church
  • Gaze at the blood-orange glow of the sunset during a private cruise through the backwaters of Kumarakom by shikara boat 
  • Take a cooking lesson with a Keralan family and tuck into a succulent vegetarian lunch served on banana leaf
  • Dress up in Keralan costumes for an exclusive photo shoot during your Kerala village life experience
  • Keep your eyes peeled for exotic wildlife during a cruise along Periyar Lake
  • Relax and unwind on the glittering beaches of Kovalam for the last leg of your stay – sunbathe, swim and enjoy a complimentary rejuvenating Ayurveda body massage.
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