Kerala - A Taste of South India

Classic Touring

9 Days from $3,249

Oct 2019 - Nov 2020 Departures

​​Famed for its aromatic spices, peaceful backwaters and lush landscape, Kerala is an enchanting destination. Learn about the art of Kathakali dance, discover Kovalam's ancient Chinese fishing nets, search for the elusive tiger and relax on the country's best beaches.

Overview

What's included

​Just You Tour Manager as your host
8 nights in 4 & 5-star hotels and a houseboat
19 meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners

PLUS
Specialist Local Guide
Welcome drink & farewell get-together
Overseas transfers on arrival & other transportation
Porterage

Included excursions

​Cochin tour
Cooking demonstration & lunch with a local chef
Kathakali dance show
Traditional 'Sadya' dinner with optional authentic dress
Spice plantation visit
Game viewing by boat
Local village tour in Kumarokam

Optional excursions

Thekkady nature trek

Itinerary

Make your own way to Kerala, where we'll meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in its cosmopolitan capital, Cochin. Known as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea' thanks to the beauty of its natural harbour, the city is made up of a series of picturesque islands and boasts unique houses built on stilts and tranquil backwaters. 
Get to know your travelling companions over dinner this evening. 
A day packed with wonderful experiences begins with our morning tour of Cochin. Located right in the centre of Jew Town, a bustling port area and centre of Cochin's spice trade, the Jewish Synagogue is the oldest in the commonwealth, dating back to 1568. Next stop is the Mattancherry Kerala Palace, renamed the Dutch Palace after the Dutch wrestled Cochin from the hands of the Portuguese. Step inside to admire the splendid murals that adorn some of the rooms, which are said to be amongst the best in India. We round off our tour with a visit to St Francis Church. It is here that Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama died and was buried. His remains were shipped to Lisbon some 14 years later, but his gravestone is interesting to view.

At lunchtime we are invited to a cooking demonstration in the home of a well-known local chef and food journalist. Here you'll not only learn how to use Kerala's aromatic spices in your own cooking but you'll get to eat the dishes created.

Another speciality of Kerala is Kathakali dance – and we'll learn about this unique art form this evening before enjoying a 'Sadya' vegetarian feast with the group.

A long but rewarding drive is on the cards today as we head to Thekkady. There's a treat for all the senses as we journey past rice paddies, tea and rubber tree plantations and aromatic gardens of coffee, cardamom and pepper plants, while the Western Ghats mountain range provide a beautiful backdrop to the surrounding rainforests and backwaters.

As the sun goes down we'll head to a spice plantation where we'll enjoy a tour. Superb peppers are grown here on the Malabar Coast and as such are referred to as 'black gold'.

​We're heading into Periyar Game Reserve today. A boat trip will give you the chance to look for elephants, bison and deer on the shoreline as well as all manner of exotic plants that, if you're very lucky, may be hiding the elusive tiger.​

​Our drive this morning takes us to Alleppey, where we'll board one of Kerala's famous houseboats for an overnight stay with a difference. Your 'kettuvallom' – modelled on the area's traditional rice boats – offers an unforgettable experience for you and your travelling companions. Head on deck for a cruise through the backwaters to see how the locals live, then enjoy a tranquil evening as our boat anchors in a quiet spot.

​Breakfast served on our houseboat is a great start to the day. We'll then take to the road and head to Kumarakom, cutting a route through coconut farms and fragrant spice gardens. A village tour and stop for lunch give us a chance to stretch our legs before arrival at our hotel.

​The final leg of our journey takes us to the Kovalam beach area today – a stunning location with magnificent beaches on which to relax and soak up the sun.

​The day is yours to do as you please. Be sure to head to the beach to see the fishermen pulling in the huge Chinese fishing nets for which this area is famous. Join your fellow travellers this evening for a farewell dinner.

At the end of your tour, you can join your fellow travellers on a transfer to the airport or choose to make your own arrangements.

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your vacation before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your vacation information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

India - Nature Trek in Thekkady

India - Nature Trek in Thekkady

from $89

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Enjoy a walk through the dense forests covering approximately 8kms. You will have the opportunity to try and spot lots of different birds, wild boar, Gaur bison, Sambar deer, Nilgiri langur, Macaque monkey, otter, and many other creatures. You will also be surrounded by lush green vegetation to spot these animals in their natural habitats.

Half day - Strenuous walking - Amazing Scenery

Accommodation

The 4-star Trident Hotel is situated in Cochin. <br><br> Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, safe, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.
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Enjoy an overnight stay with a difference on a Houseboat, modelled on the area’s traditional rice boats.
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Uday Samudra Hotel is located just 15 meters away from the famed beach of Kovalam. The hotel is equipped with Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and tea/coffee-maker. The hotel also has spacious lawns, a harmony of architecture, blue water pools and soaring coconut grove in four tranquil acres by the sea.

Trident Cochin

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Friday 18 Oct 2019

9 Days

$3,249

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Friday 15 Nov 2019

9 Days

$3,249

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Make Your Own Way

Tuesday 04 Feb 2020

10 Days

$3,299

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Make Your Own Way

Tuesday 10 Mar 2020

10 Days

$3,299

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Make Your Own Way

Tuesday 27 Oct 2020

10 Days

$3,249

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Make Your Own Way

Tuesday 24 Nov 2020

10 Days

$3,249

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