Kerala - A Taste of South India

From $2,799
Duration 10 Days
Departures from Feb 2020 - Nov 2020
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From $2,799
Duration 10 Days
Departures from Feb 2020 - Nov 2020
Tour Overview

Peaceful backwaters, aromatic spices and some of India’s best beaches, this is what you’ll find in Kerala, alongside a lush landscape and incredible wildlife. You’ll spend the night on a houseboat and you may even spot the elusive tiger.

  • Classic Touring
  • Half Board
  • Flight Choices
  • Max Group Size 30

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • 8 nights in 4 & 5-star hotels
  • 1 night on one of Kerala's famous houseboats cruising the backwaters
  • 21 meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 9 dinners including welcome dinner & drink and farewell get-together
  • Free scheduled group transfers are available on arrival & departure. Other transport and porterage included

Included Holiday Highlights

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

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 Cochin

Make your own way to Cochin where you can meet us for the scheduled group transfers to your hotel. After settling in at your hotel, get to know your travelling companions over dinner this evening.

Meals included: D

Day 3 Cochin

Enjoy a morning tour of Cochin and see the Jewish Synagogue dating back to 1568. Next stop is the Mattancherry Kerala Palace and we round off our tour with a visit to St Francis Church.

At lunchtime we are invited to a cooking demonstration in the home of a well-known local chef and food journalist. This evening we will learn about Kathakali dance before enjoying a ‘Sadya’ vegetarian feast with the group.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 4 Cochin - Thekkady

Today head to Thekkady. Journey past rice paddies, tea and rubber tree plantations and aromatic gardens of coffee, cardamom and pepper, while the Western Ghats mountain range provide a beautiful backdrop.

As the sun goes down we’ll head to a spice plantation where we’ll enjoy a tour.

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Thekkady

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.

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Alleppey

​Journey to Alleppey, where we’ll board one of Kerala’s famous houseboats for an overnight stay. 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.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 7 Alleppey - Kumarakom

After breakfast on the boat we head to Kumarakom 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.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 8 Kumarakom - Kovalam

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

Meals included: B,D

Day 9 Kovalam - at Leisure

Today is free to relax in your coastal resort.

Meals included: B,D

Day 10 Kovalam - at Leisure

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

Meals included: B,D

Days 11 - 10 Kovalam - Departure

Your tour comes to an end today. Scheduled group transfers are available to the airport​, please see www.justyou.com/transfers

Please note: Due to the nature of these vacations, other travellers will join or leave the tour at different times.

Meals included: B

Accommodation

Trident Cochin

The 4-star Trident Hotel is situated in Cochin.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, safe, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.

The Elephant Court

Houseboat

Enjoy an overnight stay with a difference on a Houseboat, modelled on the area’s traditional rice boats.

Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere

The 4-star Vasundhara Premier Hotel is situated by the serene backwaters of Kerala in Vayalar.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and a spa. Bedrooms have private facilities and air-conditioning.

Turtle on the Beach Resort