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£ 1595 per person

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Highlights of Kerala

Immerse yourself in the peace and tranquillity of India’s natural landscapes; from rice paddies and tea plantations to lakes and beach resorts.

Our Kerala tour of India is perfect for those who want to explore the country’s natural beauty, away from the hustle and vibrant streets of the cities. Explore old forts and the tranquil waters of India’s lakes or simply sit back and watch the 500 year old fishing traditions. See Asian elephants in their natural habitat and stay on a houseboat where you can immerse yourself in the quieter side of India’s culture. 

Spend your days admiring the rolling green landscapes of India’s mountains where they grow pepper, spices, tea and coffee, before visiting a tea museum. End your tour on the warm sands of India’s coastline where you can simply relax or explore this tranquil area. 

At a glance

  • Learn how tea, coffee, spices and tropical fruits are grown in the paradise of India’s landscapes
  • Relax on the beach as you take in the coconut palm trees and surrounding rice paddies
  • Explore Periyar National Park where you can see elephants, fruit bats and hundreds of species of birds
  • Explore lagoons and lakes by boat and take in the serenity of the area

Interested in this India tour? To book or for more information, call our Trusted Advisers on:

01293 762400 Or Make an Enquiry
Suggested Trip Itinerary
Travel Time (approx.)
Day 1
London to New Dehli
10 hours
Day 2
Explore Cochin’s top sights
Day 3
Drive to Munnar
4 hours
Day 4
Enjoy the tea planatations of Munnar
Day 5
Explore the Periyar
4 hours
Day 6
Immerse yourself in the culture of Alleppey
2 - 3 hours
Day 7
Relax in Kumarakom
1 hour
Day 8
Explore the island of Kumarakom
Day 9
Drive to Marari
1 hour
Days 10 - 11
Explore Marari
Day 12
Return home from your holiday
10 hours
Day 1 : London to New Dehli
Fly from London to Cochin International Airport.
Sovereign Recommended Hotel

Fragrant Nature Kochi

India, Cochin

A five star boutique hotel steeped in history
Overlooking the harbour and close to the bustling streets
Choose from five restaurants, including Street Café 
Day 2 : Explore Cochin’s top sights
Spend the day exploring Cochin’s top sights. First visit the Dutch Palace, which was built by the Portuguese in 1557 and is an excellent example of colonial architecture in India. Next is the Jewish Synagogue before a visit to St. Francis Church and Santa Cruz Basilica. Immerse yourself in the religious heritage and variety of India in this historic town. 

Drive along the coastline to the Harbour mouth which dates back to the 14th Century and offers a chance to see the Chinese fishing nets which are still in use today. Your tour will end in Fort Kochi, which is full of Dutch and Portuguese buildings, as well as an old fort which dates back 500 years. 

In the evening you have the chance to see some of India’s traditional dancing, based on the Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The dancers wear rich costumes, including paint and masks, while drummers and musicians add atmosphere to the stories. 
Day 3 : Drive to Munnar
You'll be transferred from Cochin to Munnar, which usually takes around four hours. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the luxury facilities of your hotel. 
Sovereign Recommended Hotel

Fragrant Nature Munnar

India, Munnar

Set in the mountains, with views from every window
Try hiking, wildlife and birdwatching tours and visit a plantation
Relax in elegant rooms with fireplaces, balconies and more
Day 4 : Enjoy the tea planatations of Munnar
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Munnar. A pretty town which came to fame because of the tea plantations in the nearby hills, Munnar exudes an almost untouched sense of history and tradition. Visit a Tea Plantation and learn about the production of this world famous staple, as well as how it is harvested, transported and used. The Tea Museum offers an insight into the history of the area and the production of tea, with a chance to see photos and exhibits from days gone by. Finish with a tasting of different varieties of tea.
Day 5 : Explore the Periyar
Drive from Munnar to Periyar, which will take around four hours. 

Take in the rich landscapes surrounding the town, where 95% of India’s pepper is produced. Trading with the world from the 15th Century the town became rich from the proceeds of this “black gold” and retains much of its original charm. 

In the afternoon enjoy a sedate boat ride across Periyar Lake and take in the rolling landscapes and farmlands. Visit a Spice Garden and see how cinnamon, pepper, vanilla, ginger, cloves, cardamom and coffee are grown. 
Sovereign Recommended Hotel

Spice Village

India, Periyar

Built in the style of a rustic spice village
Located close to the national park
An ecological resort with luxury amenities
Day 6 : Immerse yourself in the culture of Alleppey

Drive from Periyar to Alleppey, which should take around 2-3 hours.

Stay in Alleppey, the “Venice of the east”, and immerse yourself in the serenity of the canals with a unique houseboat stay. Cruise through the tranquil lakes and lagoons of the area’s backwaters as you take in the views of the tropical forests and crystal clear waters.

Enjoy delicious Indian cuisine created using traditional recipes, spices and locally grown produce. Relax on your private houseboat and enjoy air conditioned rooms filled with traditional furniture and floor length windows allowing you to enjoy the views as they meander past. A chef, driver and cabin assistant will ensure your every need is taken care of, including delicious meals and snacks, clean and comfortable accommodation and stops at your favourite local sights.

Day 7 : Relax in Kumarakom
You'll be driven from your houseboat in Alleppey to Kumarakom, which usually takes about an hour.

Check into your hotel and spend the late afternoon and early evening making the most of the facilities.
Sovereign Recommended Hotel

Coconut Lagoon

India, Kumarakom

A tranquil hotel surrounded by gardens and set on the shore of Vemband Lake
An ecological resort with upcycled wooden furniture and more
Enjoy nature walks, a butterfly garden, sunset cruises and cultural shows
Day 8 : Explore the island of Kumarakom
Spend the day exploring the town of Kumarakom. Explore the little islands and countryside or wander through the narrow streets of the town. Take in the clear waters of Vembanad Lake which is surrounded by emerald green forests and luscious landscapes. Bird lovers will enjoy the Bird Sanctuary, which houses hundreds of birds over 14 acres, including herons, teals, cuckoo and Siberian storks. Take a canoe ride through the sanctuary or just wander through the woodlands. 

Take in the wooden houses which are built on stilts or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the luxurious five star facilities of your hotel. 
Day 9 : Drive to Marari
Transfer from Kumarakom to Marari, which will usually take one hour. 

Check in to your hotel and enjoy the five star facilities. 
Sovereign Recommended Hotel

Marari Beach Resort

India, Marari

Set along the golden sands of the beach
Surrounded by luscious gardens
Menus include fresh local fish and produce
Days 10 - 11 : Explore Marari
Spend the day exploring Marari on your own. 

An eco-friendly resort set on the golden sands of the Indian Ocean, this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beautiful landscapes. Soak up the sun by the pool or on the beach, take a cooling dip in the water and order snacks and refreshments straight to your lounger. Wander through the whitewashed thatched cottages of the resort or watch the fishermen as they bring in their fresh catches.

Explore landscaped gardens or take part in some of the activities on offer in the area. Yoga and tennis can be booked, or you can take a guided walk through the natural rainforests in the surrounding area. 
Day 12 : Return home from your holiday
Transfer to Cochin Airport, which takes around 1-2 hours, in time for your flight to London. 

Interested in this India tour? To book or for more information, call our Trusted Advisers on:

01293 762400 Or Make an Enquiry

Holiday includes
  • Flights to and from the UK
  • All transfers and as detailed in the itinerary
  • 11 night’s accommodation (10 nights bed & breakfast and 1 night full board)
  • English speaking guide for excursions detailed in the itinerary
  • Kathakali Dance show in Cochin
  • Shared boat ride in Lake Periyar
  • Visit to the tea museum and plantation
  • Visit to the spice plantation
  • Guided walk of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Entrance fees
Holiday does not include
  • Meals and drinks (unless specified)
  • Visa cost (approx. $100 per person)

Places you will visit during your India tour


Located on the shore of a saltwater lagoon, Cochin can be found along India’s southwest coast. The mainland is home to shops, bars, restaurants and thriving markets, while there is a natural harbour where you will find peaceful groves perfect for boat tours. Famous for its spice production, Cochin is home to islands and channels which wind through the area and are full of little farms. 

If you want to explore the history of the city a visit to Fort Cochin is a must. Dating back to the 16th Century its magnificent walls are still largely intact and contain interesting European architecture combined with a colonial atmosphere. Also visit Saint Francis Church, which is the oldest in India and home to pretty architecture.

Located 1500 metres above sea level, Munnar is one of the largest tea growing regions in the world. Spend your days taking in the vast landscapes and farmlands filled with emerald green rice paddies and sprawling tea plantations. Cool, clean air makes this a much loved escape for Indians and the former colonial British from the hot summers of the city, and gives the town its colonial inspired architecture. 

Coffee and orange plantations can also be found residing in the hills of Munnar, with shaded valleys home to wildlife sanctuaries, perfect for animal lovers. Home to the blue Kurinji which flowers once every 12 years the area has some spectacular and very unique flora and fauna just waiting to be discovered.
Periyar National Park
One of India’s most spectacular national parks, Periyar is the ideal place to see Asian elephants as they splash, socialise and drink in the water or wander through the landscapes. Covering 300 square miles, the park is home to forests, marshes and grasslands, much of which has been undisturbed and provides an excellent home for some of India’s most magnificent wildlife. 

Monkeys, birds and bats reside in Periyar National Park, as well as Asian elephants, with chances to glimpse these shy creatures as you take a tour through their protected habitat. Take a boat trip across the still waters of Lake Periyar and admire the beautiful landscapes and wildlife along the way.
Kumarakom is made up of a group of tiny islands which are peppered across Vembanad Lake. Surrounded by lush green trees and the shade of emerald groves, this is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the tranquillity of India’s natural landscapes. Spend your days exploring by boat, stopping off in islands to learn about the area’s spice production and natural history. Try fishing excursions as you take in the stilted wooden houses of the area. 
Bird lovers will enjoy Kumarkom’s Bird Sanctuary, which provides a home to some rare species. Spread across 14 acres it’s home to cuckoos, waterfowls, teals, herons, wild duck and more. 

Interested in this India tour? To book or for more information, call our Trusted Advisers on:

01293 762400 Or Make an Enquiry
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